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Comment: Re:Manufacturing (Score 1) 333

by drinkypoo (#47958357) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I think you have no idea what you are talking about. Drilling one hole with a laser isn't too hard. Drilling millions of holes with tight tolerances with near perfect repeatability IS as difficult as "rocket science". (as if that is some sort of valid comparison...) That's exactly what make manufacturing hard.

No, he's right. The benefit of laser cutting is that it is predictable and repeatable. It's far easier to laser-cut millions of holes with tight tolerances with near perfect repeatability with a laser cutter than it is to do it with a mill, provided that the surface being cut lends itself to laser cutting. The problem of positioning the laser is no more complex than the problem of positioning the part on a mill (arguably, it is less so) while milling the holes adds a significant number of additional complexities which are not present in a laser cutting system. That's why laser cutting has become so popular, to say nothing of its ability to handle materials which cannot practically be machined. Then again, laser cutting a fat billet isn't really practical either, so clearly both approaches have their benefits. I imagine that's why both approaches are used by Apple on the same hardware.

Comment: Re:This is why you outsource manufacturing. (Score 1) 333

by drinkypoo (#47958307) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Outsource to a big company like Foxconn or Solectron that has already invested in all the expensive equipment and processes (in both cases, some of it actually paid for by Apple), and have them do your manufacturing for you.

The problem with that notion is that you can and will be pushed aside if Apple wants to do a bunch of manufacturing right now. You are last in line for the big guys. You need to be matched with the appropriate manufacturer.

Comment: Re:Dont forget! (Score 1) 333

by drinkypoo (#47958295) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I wonder if some kind of fair trade system could be developed for electronics, just like we have for food products?

The simplest fix is to charge a tariff to offset the benefits of cheap labor. Then you get money and eliminate the benefits of slavery, without actually outlawing trade. In order to prove that you're unfairly assessing these tariffs, they have to prove that they're not oppressing their people, so the process drives transparency.

It won't fix the low value of human life in China overnight, but it will apply pressure in the correct direction. Sadly, it's not even on the radar.

Comment: Re:It is doable. (Score 1) 333

by drinkypoo (#47958281) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Until you get really sick or run off to Argentina with Miffy, and then the remaining staff hasn't a clue about how to run or fix all the custom contraptions.

The complexity of equipment we're talking about here is nothing like software development. You do realize that even machine tools only have a handful of moving parts, right? Tools which hold animals (or cut, smash, or otherwise affect them) can be apprehended simply by dissasembling them. Then you measure some distances center to center, and maybe the bore and stroke of some cylinders, and do some simple math (as in, even I can do it, and I have issues with numbers) and et voila, you know how it works. Especially if they have more than one of them, and replacement parts can be copied from another machine. Farm equipment is regularly repaired by people who don't have a manual.

Comment: Re:"compared to consumer grade cameras" (Score 1) 45

Because in order for me to give a shit, I have to be able to afford it. Otherwise, I really don't care. I can, however, muster enthusiasm for open-source cameras with the quality of video provided by an expensive DSLR, but cheaper, and still able to use their lenses. If someone can point me to something like that, I'll be excited.

Comment: Re:It doesn't OWE the taxes (Score 1) 78

by drinkypoo (#47958255) Attached to: Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

However unless you forgo ALL the tax claw backs you are eligible for, it is questionable if you have a right to criticise Google.

Great. Let's answer that question. The answer is yes, yes you do. A person is not the same thing as a corporation. For one thing, a person is real, and a corporation is a legal fiction which was created by government and which does not exist without its protection. Government is meant to serve the citizenry (hahaha) and corporations thus must also serve the citizenry (HAHAHA) or they should not be permitted to exist. Indeed, one of the tests for granting of a corporate charter used to be public interest, but now it's simply shareholder interest.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Hate Machine (Score 1) 46

by drinkypoo (#47958243) Attached to: New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

One thing that you didn't point out about how weird it is at slashdot lately is the mods. Man, what the shit? People get mod points and just seem to go silly-willy. I suspect that some folks just get on their hate-wagon, and seek out certain people's comments, and regardless of what they say, they mod them down, purely based on the screen name.

I can't speak for anyone else, but this actually used to happen to me a lot "back in the day", and obviously as well; the mods would simply apply to five consecutive comments, many of which had nothing wrong with them. Then I'd post the list of URLs to my journal, and often some of my fans would help me out with some cancelling, corrective positive moderation. Thanks, fans! Lately there's been a lot less of that. It's happened maybe twice in two years that I can recall, it used to happen every couple months or more.

I kind of wish they'd do away with AC, or only allow moderation privileges to certain folks. But both of those are shitty ideas.

How about a word filter for ACs? Treat them like the children they're acting like. After all, it's trivial to acquire a slashdot account, which need not be tied to an actual identity.

Comment: Re:To answer the last question (Score 1) 139

by drinkypoo (#47958231) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

What's wrong with American drivers? Well to begin with, they all drive like assholes.

Now now, that's not really true. Many of them drive like idiots.

So far I've found the best drivers in the country to be from NY or CA. However, there are many shit drivers around places with a lot of money. Go figure. In the latter case you see it exemplied whilst passing through Marin. Always getting cut off by some dickwad in a Mercedes which doesn't even have plates yet.

Comment: Re:When I lived in Japan and rode trains every day (Score 1) 139

by drinkypoo (#47958207) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

The MTA recently cut the number of station staff. If they didn't have anybody on the train, they just wouldn't have enough employees around to mind the shop during normal operations. I mean, you need a human being with a radio down there.

Right, but they belong in the station, not on the train. The train's doors should be physically incapable of opening why the train is in motion, which would solve that particular problem.

Cutting the station staff is a bad idea, mmkay?

Comment: Re:What's wrong with American drivers? (Score 1) 139

by drinkypoo (#47958191) Attached to: Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

Then again, our trains were substantially lighter (about 50 tons empty, 80 tons crush load), so I'm sure it was easier for us to deal with the varying inertia.

Up until the point where a bigger brake won't help, you can solve this problem completely with bigger brakes, which provide consistency. Well, it works for everything but trains, so I don't see why not trains too.

Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 1) 290

So when any of the normal annual changes take place (the way they handle certain experimental drugs or therapies, the way they handle certain hospital scenarios, etc), the insurer can no longer provide the plan

[citation needed]

the ACA shuts it down because it doesn't provide post-menopausal women maternity care, etc.

That is a separate complaint, an emdash was absolutely the wrong punctuation to use there. If they have to terminate plans and cannot change them by adding onto them, which I doubt, then that complaint is valid. Complaining that plans are shut down because they don't provide comprehensive medical coverage is a separate complaint, and something of a bullshit one as well. Supposedly post-menopausal women have given birth before.

Comment: Re:Please describe exactly (Score 0) 290

since we work hard to make more than $60k (in an area where that's essentially poverty-level income, given the local cost of living), we get none of the candy they're taking from other people

So because you've chosen to live where your meager skills won't permit you to make a good living, you're complaining? how's about you go someplace where you can get paid? You're whining about how your state handled obamacare, but that's your state. If it didn't come out the way you wanted, you share the blame. Next time, involve yourself in the politics. Now, everything is over for you but the weeping.

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 290

ERs generally cannot turn away emergency patients

Bull shit. ERs turn away emergency patients all the time, then they drive them from hospital to hospital until they die. Since I live in bumfuck, if that happens here, I'll almost certainly be dead.

You are an insult to my intelligence! I demand that you log off immediately.