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My Summer Car is an open world survival game based around building your own car from the shell using...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-06-03 - 09:24 By: admin

My Summer Car is an open world survival game based around building your own car from the shell using parts, bolts and spanners

My Summer Car is a game currently in development by the Amistech team, with help of the community in a form of testers, people that do character voices and those that give ideas and suggestions as the game is still in Early Access on Steam.

The game takes place in the Finnish countryside. You play as a 19 year old male whose main goal is to assemble a taken apart, rusty old Satsuma, the in-game equivalent to a Datsun 100A that came out of use for the family and spent it's last years in the garage, and make it pass the inspection. While doing so, the player must manage their bodily needs and acquire money to pay for food, electricity, fuel and even performance and visual upgrades later for the car. In order to make money, the player has to do different jobs like pumping septic tanks, delivering wrecked cars, brewing kilju or doing vandalism.

The gameplay detail though is what really makes this game. There is no quick start and you have to do jobs to first earn money to buy parts to complete and modify your car. (your car starts as a shell dissembled down to the last bolt, and you have to source and buy stacks of engine and car parts right down to cylinders, spark plugs, etc and assemble it using the correct tools) You have to sleep, eat, wash and look after your health. But the mindblowing part is all the mechanical accuracy - over tighten the fan belt and it will break. Before you get parts you have to order them, wait for them to arrive and then fetch them at the post office. Don't put the wrong grade of fuel in the vehicles either! The diesel fan first needs to warm the spark plugs before you can start it. And you can die!

The best way to get a feel for what the time is about is to watch Squirrel's intro video below and to have a look at the wiki at http://my-summer-car.wikia.com/wiki/My_Summer_Car_Wikia. To get going, as it is a detailed simulation, it is a good idea to read this getting started guide at http://my-summer-car.wikia.com/wiki/MY_SUMMER_CAR_GUIDE_2:_ELECTRIC_BOOGALOO.

Watch Squirrel's video of the game at https://youtu.be/BAgAU83yhe0

#mysummercar #gaming #simulation


A cellphone taped to someone's wrist:' Woman looking at Apple Watch found guilty of distracted driving...

Posted on: Sun, 2018-06-03 - 08:59 By: admin

A cellphone taped to someone's wrist:' Woman looking at Apple Watch found guilty of distracted driving

A driver looking at an Apple Watch while stopped at a traffic light is still guilty of breaking Ontario’s distracted driving law, despite the trendy device’s new technology and her claim she was only checking the time.

Even with its miniaturization and trendy technology, an Apple Watch is no safer “than a cellphone taped to someone’s wrist,” said a justice of the peace, while convicting a Guelph woman this month of holding or using a hand-held wireless communication device while driving.

Victoria Ambrose was stopped at a red light on South Ring Road in Guelph in April when a University of Guelph police officer, beside her in his cruiser, noticed the glow of an electronic device. The officer testified he saw her looking up and down about four times, court heard.

A sign of modern times... the issue should be about the "distraction" and not the "device". But the same could be said of a navigation device, and what would be different from one mounted on the dash or one that comes mounted inside the dash? I expect this is also why we are seeing more and more devices being voice controlled. From my Google Maps, Waze, my Android phone in general (Google Assistant) and even my Garmin Dash Cam are all voice controlled. Maybe we need to start actively learning to use this voice control.

See http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/a-cellphone-taped-to-someones-wrist-woman-looking-at-apple-iwatch-found-guilty-of-distracted-driving


‘A cellphone taped to someone’s wrist:’ Woman looking at Apple Watch found guilty of distracted driving | National Post

The 1903 Gillette Double Ring: The Razor that Started it All

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 19:30 By: admin

The 1903 Gillette Double Ring: The Razor that Started it All

If you’re using a Double Edge (DE) razor you may not realize where or when the actual concept came to shape. Traditional wet shaving has had its share of innovation, but none of it can compare to the introduction of the disposable blade razor. There’s one man you can personally thank for this particular design that has been replicated times over the past 115 years. His name is King Camp Gillette.

Read more about the Double Ring at https://sharpologist.com/2018/05/gillette-double-ring-razor-started.html


The Gillette Double Ring: The Razor that Started it All - Sharpologist
If you’re using a Double Edge (DE) razor you may not realize where or when the actual concept came to shape. Traditional wet shaving has had its share of innovation, but none of it can compare to the introduction of the disposable blade razor. There’s one man you can personally thank for this particular design …

These are the best times to avoid traffic in Joburg and Cape Town right now - In case Capetonians wondered...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 18:38 By: admin

These are the best times to avoid traffic in Joburg and Cape Town right now - In case Capetonians wondered how bad their traffic really is

“Several possibilities lie behind these scores. Neither Cape Town nor Johannesburg have mass-transit rail systems, meaning road is a more important part of the average commute. Cape Town also suffers from a ‘mono-mode’ spatial legacy, whereby a large majority of the jobs are in the city centre and a majority of housing is in the suburbs, resulting in inefficient ‘tidal’ passenger flows (empty buses on return journeys).”

It added that many LA residents might work in a business near to their suburban home, this is not possible for most Capetonians.

See https://businesstech.co.za/news/motoring/248691/these-are-the-best-times-to-avoid-traffic-in-joburg-and-cape-town-right-now/

#capetown #traffic


These are the best times to avoid traffic in Joburg and Cape Town right now
While Cape Town’s traffic levels are no worse than other similar cities across the world – its citizens don’t necessarily feel the same way.

Human Connection Network - a nonprofit social network that connects information to action and promotes...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 17:42 By: admin

Human Connection Network - a nonprofit social network that connects information to action and promotes positive local and global change in all areas of life

It looks quite a bit like Google+ but has some quite unique functionality for supporting opposing factual arguments which will then be voted on my 100 strangers. It also has very powerful filtering helping you find what you want. It is certainly something of interest for charities, non-profits and activists wanting to mobile support or ideas. Looks like it could also be a very good general social network too. They are wanting to complete their funding target to get the network publicly launched.

Here are some of the unique functionalities listed:
- Giving you all standard functionalities of a social network + easy to use and smart tools, map and even a highly efficient project management tool within a simple all-in-one user interface
- Filter and sort EVERYTHING, to find EVERYTHING
- With a MORE INFO and TAKE ACTION button connecting you to matching content to see what you can do on the matter you just read about
- Connecting everyone within ONE COLLECTIVE, collaborating for the greater good
- 100% solution orientated
- Designed to be an independent news portal, with the overview of a news magazine (predefined topics), discussion board and knowledge base - by people for people
- Crowd-moderated
- User-friendly basic settings
- Endless possibilities for advanced users
- Open-source, transparent, fair
- Developer API interconnection for external charity content & tools
- Full privacy, ad-free
- Charity status

You can watch a video about its functionality at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwSx06DK2oU&feature=youtu.be or visit the site at https://human-connection.org/en/

#socialnetwork #activists #NGO #charity #causes


Counter-Strike, FIFA, and Fortnite players will share in R220,000 in prizes at a tournament in South...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 16:20 By: admin

Counter-Strike, FIFA, and Fortnite players will share in R220,000 in prizes at a tournament in South Africa at the end of June – and anyone can enter

Contestants stand the chance to win over R220,000 in prizes, and 11 smartphones, at Africa’s largest esports tournament at the end of this month.

Gamers will battle it out Rush, taking place at the Sun Arena in Pretoria from the 29th of June to 1 July, in three main tournaments which include Counter Strike on PC, FIFA on PS4, and Fortnite on mobile.

See https://www.businessinsider.co.za/counter-strike-fifa-and-fortnite-share-r220000-prizes-at-esports-tournament-rush-2018-6

#esports #gaming #southafica


Counter-Strike, FIFA, and Fortnite players will share in R220,000 in prizes at a tournament at the end of June – and anyone can enter
And 11 Huawei P20 Pro and Huawei Y7 smartphones are also up for grabs.

Rolling Line - Amazing VR Model Train Simulator - Driving Model Trains In VR

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 14:57 By: admin

Rolling Line - Amazing VR Model Train Simulator - Driving Model Trains In VR

Rolling Line is an awesome VR Model Train Simulator where you can experience Model Trains in full scale! Build and ride your creations in this awesome Train Simulator.

Gives a good taste of what VR can do for us. Now imagine this in another few years time as the resolution and detail gets even better! Train sets take up quite a bit of space so imagine having this to play with ina small apartment.

Watch it at https://youtu.be/ypXSL2gUUSY

#modeltrains #VR #trains




CorsixTH - an Open source clone of Theme Hospital

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 11:10 By: admin

CorsixTH - an Open source clone of Theme Hospital

CorsixTH aims to re-implement the game engine of Theme Hospital, and be able to load the original game data files. This means that you will need a purchased copy of Theme Hospital, or a copy of the demo, in order to use CorsixTH. After most of the original engine has been re-implemented in open source code, the project will serve as a base from which extensions and improvements to the original game can be made.

It will run on Windows, Mac and Linux.

See a video playthrough at https://youtu.be/n8dbDN6xXsE and Theme Hospital can be bought from https://www.gog.com/game/theme_hospital for $5.99

#hospital #game


If there were console wars, the Xbox One would be losing out to Sony's PlayStation 4 — but that's not...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 06:33 By: admin

If there were console wars, the Xbox One would be losing out to Sony's PlayStation 4 — but that's not a bad thing

First off, let's get one thing straight: The "console wars" don't exist. The idea that Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox are engaged in some kind of dogged winner-take-all battle is both outdated and toxic. It lets fans indulge in the idea that they're noble partisans, which in turn gives them an excuse to say offensive things about their so-called opponents. The videogame market is a big one and has more than enough space for multiple game devices from multiple manufacturers.

If past is prologue, it would seem being in second place has a paradoxical effect on consoles: without the scrutiny of the largest audience possible, there's less pressure from fan bases to stay the course, which offers an opportunity to try new things. At the same time, the perceived failure of the product requires experimentation in order to find ways to capture a lost audience.

See https://www.wired.com/story/xbox-console-wars/?mbid=synd_digg

#consoles #gaming


Xbox Is Losing the Console War—but That's a Good Thing
Not being on top makes it a lot easier for Microsoft to take risks with its hardware.

The Hidden Costs of Losing Your City's Newspaper - Without watchdogs, government costs go up, according...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-06-02 - 02:58 By: admin

The Hidden Costs of Losing Your City's Newspaper - Without watchdogs, government costs go up, according to new research

When local newspapers shut their doors, communities lose out. People and their stories can’t find coverage. Politicos take liberties when it’s nobody’s job to hold them accountable. What the public doesn’t know winds up hurting them. The city feels poorer, politically and culturally.

According to a new working paper, local news deserts lose out financially, too. Cities where newspapers closed up shop saw increases in government costs as a result of the lack of scrutiny over local deals, say researchers who tracked the decline of local news outlets between 1996 and 2015.

Paul Gao, an associate professor of finance at the University of Notre Dame and one of the paper’s authors, was inspired to look into the issue after an episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” about the news industry. “He was focused on two things: consolidation of national news media and closure of local news media. John Oliver’s show really gave us the prompt for the phenomenon, and we started thinking about it from an economist’s point of view.”

The survey covers some 1,596 English-language newspapers serving 1,266 counties in the U.S. over the study period.

Without investigative daily reporters around to call bullshit on city hall, three years after a newspaper closes, that city or county’s municipal bond offering yields increased on average by 5.5 basis points, while bond yields in the secondary market increased by 6.4 basis points — statistically significant effects.

The team presented its findings at the Society for Financial Studies Cavalcade at Yale University earlier in May, and it’s the subject of a discussion at the Brookings Institution in July. (The paper has yet to be published.)

And of course, not part of the study, but I'd also expect less or no fake news in a proper journalistic newspaper...

See https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/05/study-when-local-newspaper-close-city-bond-finances-suffer/561422/

#newspapers


The Hidden Costs of Losing Your City's Newspaper
Those vanishing civic watchdogs are worth every cent.
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