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The ugly math of low sales, high costs

Posted September 10th, 2012 by Number_Six
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General Motors Company sold a record number of Chevy Volts in the month of August. This is not good for the company's bottom line, however, as GM is losing as much as $49,000 on each Volt sold, according to industry analysts and manufacturing experts. GM is estimated to be years away from making money on the Volt, and will soon face new competition from Ford, Honda, and others. The Volt's steep ($39,995) base price and complex technology have kept buyers away from Chevy showrooms.

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A bionic eye has given an Australian woman partial sight.

Mark's Robot Body: We're getting there! (Reuters) - Dianne Ashworth, who has severe vision loss due to the inherited condition retinitis pigmentosa, was fitted with a prototype bionic eye in May at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. It was switched on a month later.

"All of a sudden I could see a little flash ... it was amazing," she said in a statement.

"Every time there was stimulation there was a different shape that appeared in front of my eye."

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Watch light in slow motion

Posted August 28th, 2012 by djcreurer
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MIT researcher have created a camera that can record light in motion. Article links to TED talk showing light moving through a 2l coke bottle filled with water and another showing light moving over an apple.

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Bitcoin-funded debit/credit card coming in 6-8 weeks

Posted August 22nd, 2012 by snowdog2012
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Users of electronic cash protocol Bitcoin might soon have another way to access and spend funds...Charlie Shrem...revealed that his company was 6-8 weeks away from launching a Bitcoin-funded international debit / credit card that will be issued by two unnamed major banks: one international and one domestic...the card will function like a regular debit or credit account and should be accepted wherever MasterCard is accepted – virtually everywhere. The first 1,000 cards will be given away for free but after those have been spoken for, expect to pay around $10 for a card.

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New blockbuster film makes use of 3D printing

Posted August 17th, 2012 by Mick4747
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The variety of things that can be done with 3D printing is truly amazing. Here's an interview with Laika, the animation studio behind the new blockbuster film "ParaNorman." The bit about 3D printing begins on the second page, halfway down.

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The Wiki Weapon: A Free 3D Printable Gun for the World

Posted August 6th, 2012 by Zinoviev
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Defense Distributed (http://PrintableGun.com) is engaged in an earnest effort to produce and freely distribute through the internet a CAD file for a small, unrifled, completely 3D printable .22. They're encouraging libertarians and anarchists from across the internet to participate in the democratization of this project. They believe the existence of such a file alone will crash the current statist paradigm.

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First double amputee to compete in an athletics event at the Olympics

"...Oscar Pistorius made history on Saturday when he became the first double amputee to compete in an athletics event at the Olympics."

This is Bull S. "Pistorius said exhaustive tests had proved that running on blades gave him no advantage." To which I say "keep in mind that while Figures don't lie, but liars sometimes figure." If not this time, then they will sometime in the future.

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KickStarter - Virtural Reality Headset - Super Cool, Super Potential!

"...combines immersive stereoscopic 3D rendering, a massive field of view, and ultra low latency head tracking to form the future of gaming as we know it." Who knows what future applications this tech may have beyond what we think of today as "gaming." WOW!

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Top 10 Bitcoin Statistics

Posted July 31st, 2012 by snowdog2012
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Bitcoin forces us to adjust the way that we think about money and value transfer. Fortunately, the bitcoin community has been excellent at consolidating informational data through a loosely-integrated group of dedicated volunteers.

Here are the top 10 bitcoin statistics in no particular order.

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Apple removes Bitcoin wallet apps to monopolize mobile payments

Posted July 29th, 2012 by scook2083
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"When you finally grasp the magnitude of Apple’s play in the payments business, it becomes clear that potential competitors will be shunned from the platform. As Daniel Terdiman suggests in CNET, “New Apple features may leave fresh app roadkill in their wake as Apple is likely to undercut several existing third-party applications.” With the introduction of Passbook, Apple has launched mobile payments on iOS and competing virtual payment systems, including bitcoin, must be terminated."

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