Sony UK Managing Director Fergal Gara caused a bit of a to-do in the gaming world today when he revealed, via a Eurogamer interview, that the digital download of PS4 launch title Killzone: Shadow Fall was “cracking on for 50GB.” That’s a pretty hefty file size whether you’re comparing it to the 500GB of hard drive space built in to every PS4 or to the broadband speeds in most US homes these days.
Of course, you can still buy the game on a disc rather than clogging up your broadband with that massive download. The PS4 also offers the ability to start playing a downloading game before it is completely finished. Still, that whopper of a file size got us thinking: have game sizes been increasing faster or slower than broadband download speeds in recent years? That is to say, does a game take more or less time to download, on average, than it did in the recent past?
Soliciting some gamers’ experiences in this regard got a wide range of responses. Some people felt that big games are much more annoying to download today than they were a few years ago. Others said their downloads are much faster now, mainly due to an improved Internet connection compared to the one they used to have. We could throw our own experience into this mix, but to get something more than anecdotal conjecture, we were going to need some hard data.
I never thought I’d see the day when someone would find a reason to build a wee tiny foldable 3D printer that can make things about as big as a few matchboxes. This printer, called the LumiFold, is a 3D printer with a build envelope of 90x90x90mm and uses UV sensitive resin to print fairly high-quality objects in a few minutes.
I personally am at a loss to explain why exactly you’d want a portable, small-format 3D printer but I’m sure someone out there can set me straight. The creators are looking for a teeny-weenie $1,500 to fund the project and they’re selling the printer for $429. You can also buy parts kits for a bit less.
The creator, Marin Davide of Italy, explains his reasoning thusly:
It was first designed when a customer asked for a small, portable 3D printer that he wanted ot use for printing dentals molds. He wanted the printer to be cheap and easy to use too. We started developing the LumiFold, and after some months of designing, building prototypes, going back to design again we came up with the current design of the LumiFold. And it proved to be so good, we decided to launch a crowdfounding campaign to provide everyone interested a cheap, portable and easy to use 3d printer!
If television has taught us anything it’s that it takes different strokes to move the world. That said, this compact little resin printer seems to be filling a niche I never knew existed. Portable 3D printers could help designers build prototypes in the field and artists to create projects on the fly. It could also be a way to build replacement parts far from a machine shop. The possibilities, while beguiling, are endless.
BOSTON (Reuters) – An alumnus of Yale University, who in June retired from a large U.S. money manager, has given the elite university $250 million, the largest donation in the school’s 312-year history.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. government offices from the Internal Revenue Service to the national parks may be headed for a midnight shutdown amid a congressional budget battle, but the District of Columbia will remain open.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Air and rail travelers in the United States should not feel a big impact if Congress fails to avert a government shutdown on Tuesday, since passport inspectors, security officers and air traffic controllers will all continue to work as usual.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) – Attorneys defending accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes, who could face execution if convicted of murdering 12 moviegoers, said on Monday they need a witness list from the prosecution soon if they are to be ready to try the case early next year.
For all the hype surrounding “Breaking Bad’s final season—and especially last night’s finale—the show’s ratings were not only considerably lower than those of many other cable shows, but represented only a fraction of top-ranked network fare. The finale drew an estimated 10.3 million viewers. Despite blanket news media coverage, media appearances by cast members, and social media being overrun with Heisenberg talk, the finale just barely match the *average* of AMC’s biggest hit, “The Walking Dead.” The zombie-fest drew between 9 million and 11 million viewers on average last season—higher than any drama on television, including on the broadcast networks. According to Advertising Age, the average cost of a 30-second spot on “The Walking Dead” last season was between $200,000 and $250,000, with last-minute buys reaching as high as $375,000. The “Breaking Bad” finale drew a reported $250,000 for each 30-second spot. Last season, before the hype began to crest, ads were going for an average of just $56,000. The show was unquestionably a huge success for AMC, but perhaps more for its cultural currency than its actual currency (though the fact that more than half of the show’s viewers were in the all-important 18-49 age demo didn’t hurt). Together with “The Walking Dead,” and “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” helped AMC become an advertising powerhouse: the network’s ad revenues leaped by 14% last quarter, to $147 million. Walter White may be dead, but the undead hordes of “The Walking Dead,” and the spiritually dead ad men of “Mad Men,” will help AMC get over the loss. “Mad Men” has only one season left. (MORE: How to Make Airline Tickets Less … Awful) Elsewhere on cable, Duck Dynasty—a hugely successful show about a family that makes duck calls—drew 9.6 million viewers for its season finale. “The Bible,” on The History Channel, drew an average 11.3 million viewers, though many of them outside of the 18-49 “dollar demo.” The numbers add to the continuing story of media fragmentation. The last comparable television event signoff was probably the series finale of “Friends” in
Memo to financial fraudsters: Tuesday is not your lucky day. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the nation’s top securities regulator and financial watchdog, will not be closing on Tuesday in the event of a government shutdown, a SEC spokesperson confirmed to TIME on Monday afternoon. All employees will be reporting for work, normal operations will continue, and there will be no furloughs. At least not yet. In other words, it will be business as usual. That could change, however, if a federal government shutdown drags on. “The SEC will be able to stay open in the event of a funding lapse because we have carryover funds available,” SEC spokesperson John Nester said in a statement emailed to TIME. “Unlike most other agencies, our appropriations language provides that our funds ‘remain available until expended.’ It is not uncommon for us to have carryover balances at the end of a fiscal year, and we have determined that our carryover balances are sufficient to allow us to remain open for a few weeks if there is a lapse of appropriations.” According to the agency, any changes to the SEC’s “operational status” after October 1 will be announced on its website. House Republicans want to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) as part of a deal to keep the government running. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the administration considers that demand to be “extortion.” On Monday afternoon, the Democratically-controlled Senate stripped the anti-Obamacare language from the House temporary spending bill, all but ensuring that huge swaths of the federal government that are considered “non-essential” would close. (MORE: Apple Beats Google, Coke as Best Brand) House Republicans plan to take one more shot at attempting to delay Obamacare as a condition of keeping the government open, but it’s not clear whether the Senate would even take up the new measure before the shutdown deadline. Although the SEC is not as well-known as cabinet-level federal agencies like the Departments of Defense, Justice, and State, the SEC’s role in the U.S. government