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How can I set up an offline network and simulate VOIP/email?

Help me simulate the internet, without the internet! [more inside]
posted by jet_manifesto on Aug 10, 2014 - 2 answers

Gears and Levers and Cams: Like I'm Five

Does this exist? I want a 3D simulation program where I can experiment with gears (including bevel gears), slots and slides, eccentric cranks, levers, maybe even chain drives and belts and pulleys. Ideally I'd be able to change sizes, numbers/shapes of teeth, location of the drive shaft, etc. to see how those changes affect the motion of the gadget. [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Jan 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Can you identify this nuclear war themed computer game?

I remember playing a great computer strategy game on my ZX Spectrum back in the 1990s (although perhaps the game is older) which simulated being in command of the US Strategic Defense Initiative. Most of the gameplay involved doling out funding dollars to different SDI research & development projects (X-Ray satellites, high energy lasers, ABM bases etc.). You could choose whether the US president and Soviet Premier were hawkish, dovish or a mix (but they could not be both doves). There were DEFCON warning levels. All games culminated in a nuclear war with a Soviet first strike launch. There was a map with the missile swarms tracked. You had to scramble to set the red 3-letter code to activate the SDI system in time. You could take charge of individual SDI platforms yourself or just let them run automatically. You could also OK the wholesale launch of US nukes in retaliation. What is this game? (games that this is definitely not inside) [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Nov 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Toy Universe

What are some good simulation/strategy computer games that don't emphasize violence or warfare? [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Nov 13, 2013 - 17 answers

How to get SimLife running in OS X?

Anyone got clues for where I (a) get hold of SimLife and (b) get it running in OS X? I'm happy to put together a Wineskin or it, or run it in VMWare, if the Windows version is the way to go.
posted by unSane on Apr 22, 2013 - 9 answers

What software will let me simulate building construction?

I wonder if there's a game or a program that simulates building construction. I am interested in something like STARCRAFT or LEMMINGS for building-construction simulation. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Feb 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Automata simulators?

What are the best automata (formal language theory) simulators? This is mainly for teaching purposes. I have used JFLAP in past iterations of the class in question, and my google searches suggest this is still the best option, but I was wondering if there is anything newer and better that I'm not finding. Details below. [more inside]
posted by advil on Jan 28, 2013 - 4 answers

But I love brussels sprouts!

What is this life-simulation game I played in the early days of the web? [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp on Jul 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Modelsim

How did you learn how to use ModelSim? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Apr 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Funding for simulation model

Where to get funds for implementation of a simulation model in academia? [more inside]
posted by allelopath on Jun 8, 2011 - 10 answers

I'm looking for an artificial language learning game based on trial and error.

I'm looking for an artificial language learning game based on trial and error. [more inside]
posted by monkeys with typewriters on May 2, 2011 - 4 answers

CAD/Simulation software to determine capacitance

I'm looking for a free (or trial) CAD/simulation software package that can be used to derive the electrical capacitance of geometric shapes in relation to one another. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Mar 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Weird game from the past is nagging at me...

Help me find this weird little game where you control the productivity of a creature working in a cubical at a science lab... [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Feb 6, 2011 - 3 answers

F---ing microeconomics, how do they work?

Help me understand how to apply microeconomics concepts to a simulation with a very small number of actors. [more inside]
posted by zvs on Dec 23, 2010 - 5 answers

Investing on (Great) Wall Street

Are there any online fantasy stock market simulations that let you invest in international stocks? Or, if not, Asian stocks? I currently use Vritual Stock Exchange, which is limited to NYSE stocks.
posted by dkleinst on Aug 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Simulacrum and Simulation

I want to know about the best simulation games out there. Preferably regular (Steam/disc-based) rather than online games - if you know of a farming game that isn't Farmville - or Agricola - I'd be up for that. [more inside]
posted by mippy on May 31, 2010 - 16 answers

Exile in FarmVille

Recommend a farm-themed simulation game. NOT THAT ONE. [more inside]
posted by trunk muffins on May 4, 2010 - 24 answers

Simple economics simulation app for showing principles, forces and feedbacks?

Simple economics simulation for demonstrating economic concepts and instilling a gut feel for what various regulatory interventions would do? [more inside]
posted by ahaynes on Mar 12, 2010 - 1 answer

Help me learn autonomous simulation

I would like to write some basic software that, without any user input at all, simulates an event such as a crew traveling in space. What do I need to learn in order to get from the "if launch was successful then print 'CONGRATULATIONS'" stage to the "if crew member #3 is depressed and she is co-pilot, then set $mistake_likelihood higher" level of detail? [more inside]
posted by circular on Mar 3, 2010 - 10 answers

How To Model A Web Site?

Resources for modeling a web site and its use by visitors and members? [more inside]
posted by hifimofo on Feb 13, 2010 - 2 answers

Magratheans, anyone?

How do I discover what day/night and seasonal cycles are like on a hypothetical unusual planet? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Nov 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Where to get a list of guitar pick-up electrical characteristics?

Where can I find a reference chart of the electrical characteristics of common electric guitar pick-ups? [more inside]
posted by mhjb on Oct 7, 2009 - 1 answer

Survival Simulation Games

Survival simulation video games (not horror)...help me find some. Looking for recommendations on survival games (like Lost in Blue, Sims Castaways, etc.) for the PC. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Aug 11, 2009 - 7 answers

What are your favorite ABM resources?

Looking for the best resources for learning about agent-based modeling and social science simulation. [more inside]
posted by proj on Feb 10, 2009 - 2 answers

Planning suggestions for taking an 8th grade science class through a pretend town meeting?

Have you got any logistical or planning suggestions for leading an 8th grade earth science class through a pretend town meeting on an environmental topic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2008 - 6 answers

A to B via Z

Can anyone direct me to some good sources of algorithms or tutorials that will help me to creater something somewhat more complex than a 2D particle system? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Oct 12, 2008 - 3 answers

Where can I find data on planetary positions and velocities?

I'm working on a computer simulation of the solar system, but I need data on the positions and velocities on planets and their moons. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 on Mar 17, 2008 - 5 answers

What strategy/simulation based games would I love?

What strategy/simulation based games would I love? [more inside]
posted by JPowers on Feb 27, 2008 - 34 answers

What games are set in Los Angeles?

What video games feature Los Angeles as the setting? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Jan 13, 2008 - 14 answers

Ad Astra Per Aspera!

Seeking recommendations for some great space exploration/simulation games. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 20, 2007 - 10 answers

Examples of 'The Infinite' in Myth and Their Effect on Conditions of Truth

I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 28, 2007 - 22 answers

help finding software

Looking for electronics simulation software. [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell on Oct 8, 2007 - 6 answers

Circuit Simulator in Java

Can you help me solve this (not homework) computer science problem? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk on Oct 3, 2007 - 21 answers

Simulating the corners of my eyes.

Possible-Neuroscience-filter: How can I simulate the way things look through our fovea vs. through our peripheral? Using Photoshop. [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Oct 1, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me get game(s).

I've got a month off and I need a new game to play. I bought Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind in a bargain bin on a whim, played it and really liked it. What other games would I like? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Sep 13, 2007 - 17 answers

Realistic space simulation?

I've recently been playing Freespace SCP and it's been making me think about realistic space simulation, and the lack thereof. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Jul 20, 2007 - 26 answers

molecular dynamics animator

Help me find software to animate my molecular dynamics simulation [more inside]
posted by SBMike on May 25, 2007 - 10 answers

I'm like a toddler with floaties in the deep end: I'm not going to drown, but my feet don't touch and I'm lost.

Help me simulate highway traffic using Java. I'm up to my ears in ArrayLists, and I don't know how to swim! [more inside]
posted by reeddavid on Jan 16, 2007 - 12 answers

It's that time of year!

Looking for good, free, flexible programs that I can use to simulate single transferable vote elections.
posted by By The Grace of God on Jan 9, 2007 - 2 answers

Simulation science in the classroom

Need help finding classroom demonstratable examples of software simulation. [more inside]
posted by carson on Oct 12, 2006 - 9 answers

Roger Huston

How can I mix astronaut background sounds and change my voice so it sounds like I'm using one of the radios from the old-NASA spaceflight days? [more inside]
posted by Smedleyman on Sep 14, 2006 - 10 answers

ICAO but I can't see anything else!

Where can I find airport diagrams for non-U.S. airports? [more inside]
posted by drleary on Aug 1, 2006 - 4 answers

Help me optimize this naughty function!

OptimizationFilter: I need to maximize a function of about ten variables. I can only approximate the value of this function at any point, by running a simulation which takes about a minute of computation time. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by lenny70 on Apr 8, 2006 - 19 answers

What is the best simulation software for salespeople?

I am searching for a simulation software. Within the simulation the velocity of 2 conveyor belts that transport workpieces of different sizes should be optimized. The software will be operated from salespeople to approach a customer and should make complex incidents understandable.
posted by germanguy on Nov 6, 2005 - 5 answers

cell?

How do cells form various shapes? [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Jul 13, 2005 - 10 answers

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