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Comment 3D printed guns are not a problem... (Score 1) 301

...for now. I've yet to hear about a 3D printed gun that I would think was safe to be in the vicinity of when it was fired. Simple homemade zip guns are safer. I suppose a machined plastic composite (John Malcovich!) is effective & might slip through a metal detector (not sure how you get the ammo through) but we sure haven't heard much about them.

As the technology progresses this will likely change. But right now the high end 3D printer I have access to in my R&D lab couldn't create a decent, safe to use firearm. It could print out something that looks really cool & would freak people out!

Comment Re:Sure it's expensive (Score 1) 177

Maybe it depends on where you're at in the U.S. My perception is locally here in Michigan, litter are not nearly as bad as it was in the 60-70s. However, I was in Brooklyn last year & was shocked at the trash everywhere. There were garbage cans, lots of garbage cans everywhere. Go figure.

In London it wasn't great either but I never saw a litter can anywhere. I assume because of the years of anti-terrorism as cans make a good place to put explosives.

Comment Use binoculars! (Score 1) 179

Close the drapes. Because it's perfectly legal for that pervert across the street to use binoculars. He just can't trespass. But cops can, correct? wtf I can't keep up with all this.

If I smoke weed (or don't & they just claim they smell it) cops can break down my door.

If they view what they think might be something illegal though your windows, they can break down my door.

If someone on my open wifi does something that might be considered illegal, they can break down my door.

So basically I can just assume that cops can break down my door at any time.

Has it really ever been different?

Comment All new product development (Score 1) 336

Crunch time comes with most (pretty much all to some degree) companies I've worked for with all new products. As a design engineer, I've seen it since the late 90s. Now days they are applying it to everything, by using unreasonable, arbitrary deadlines on all projects (cost-outs, sustaining, etc..). Exempt employee = lots of unpaid OT.

Comment Minimum wage is the base rate (Score 1) 1094

Minimum wage is the base rate for for most workers. If the minimum is 16K a year, entry level for skilled labor is 20-22K, 2 year 25K, 4 year, under 30K. My employer has been starting Bachelor Degree'd fresh outa college at 27K. If the minimum was 20-25K, they would have to pay college graduates better. The money is certainly there, we are making record sales & record profits.

Why have wages been flat for so long now? Holding the min wage down is part of the reason. The money is certainly there. Everyone deserves a cut.

Comment Most mobile sites suck (Score 2) 356

IMO, most mobile sites suck. They are more difficult to navigate & are many times missing required features. Watching my wife & son use an Ipad to try & order a phone on Verizon was painful. I logged Verizon on with my Surface & plugged in a mouse & a few clicks later the phone was ordered. That is just one example. With my phone, I try to request the desktop site but quite often I don't get it.

Side note: Verizon sucks but my company gets a huge discount. And my wife still loves her Ipad, & I still like my Surface Pro.

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus