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Comment: Re:Uber this! (Score 1) 197 197

by BlueStrat (#50017393) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company

France can always be counted on to do things in the least logical way possible.

In which alternate universe is arresting the people running an illegal business the "least logical way possible"?

The fact that it's illegal for a private person to accept payment for a car ride principally to protect politically-connected businesses practicing an outdated/obsolete business model is both corrupt and illogical. It's protectionist crony-capitalism. Rather than logically correcting such a corrupt system, they doubled down on it. Just because a government declares something "illegal" does not mean it is morally and/or ethically wrong, or a detriment to society and/or the economy.


Comment: Re:GUNS (Score 1) 249 249

by BlueStrat (#50017221) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: For What Are You Using 3-D Printing?

You can get a pretty good gun for $200 and a really good gun for $500 these days. You can get a CNC'd 1911 for that now... or something more modern :) And yet a 3d printed gun will literally never be as good, because it will never output forged stock. (Perhaps one day we will develop a universal assembler, and that will be better than either of course.)

All quite true at this time.

The one thing a 3D printed gun can do that a normal gun cannot: Not yet exist when authorities come to confiscate guns, and then exist once the authorities have departed.

That, more than anything else, is what makes 3D printed guns unique and the ability to produce them attractive, especially to those who live under a government bent on disarming the population.


Comment: Re:No GPL (Score 2) 96 96

by pem (#50016145) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing the Right Open Source License

You must be a sociopath then, or work for one.

I've always envied people who can see the universe in black and white.

It scares the shit out of me whenever they get any sort of power, though.

That's really the only reason to not use something with a copyleft license.

Because they prove over and over that they are incapable of rational thought.

Comment: Re:Fucking Lawyers (Score 2) 148 148

by roman_mir (#50013985) Attached to: SCOTUS Denies Google's Request To Appeal Oracle API Case

My position on copyrights and patents was always the same: abolish all patents and copyrights and prevent government from providing monopolies with these laws.

Basically this is nearly the ultimate absurd result that we are seeing here and it probably can even get worse. You want to build a road somewhere? Well, you are violating a copyright on other people building horizontal surfaces to allow circular wheels (and legs I suppose) to run on them. You want to build a house? Are you going to have a roof? Foundation? Walls? Windows? Doors? Fucking copyright violator. Absurd, isn't it? Or is it really absurd to expect that ruling like that can actually be passed given the fact that it is a government entity that can pass that ruling and given that governments are already given authority to rule on these issues?

No, the real solution is not even about money exchanging hands (though I wouldn't be surprised in case of Oracle), it is about the power that governments have over our heads, and this power is as insane as it is absurd.

No company or person should be given government protected monopoly on anything, including any invention, copyright, whatever. That's not how evolution works, that's not how cultures worked and still keep working. That type of power is destructive, not constructive in any way. Let the people and companies decide how to provide their services and products in a world that does not automatically protect them from any type of competition. At the very least this cannot be a power granted to government, deal with these issues on contract basis and using trade secrets if you must.

Anyway, I can only leave 1 or 2 comments here now given that 24 hours passed since my account's 'karma' was obliterated again by moderators who want to make sure I cannot reply to comments made to me, so don't expect many comments here either.

Comment: Re:Fucking Lawyers (Score 1) 148 148

by roman_mir (#50013539) Attached to: SCOTUS Denies Google's Request To Appeal Oracle API Case

You mean in the same way that a manufacturer of a spoon "illegally copied" information about a human mouth?

In the same way that a road construction crew "illegally copied" information about wheels being round?

In the same way that a manufacturer of a catheter "illegally copied" information about urethra?

This is API, API is information about CONNECTING pieces together, it is a contract information, definition of connectivity, not implementation details.

This is not a problem that is just related to Java somehow either, this concerns everything, every language, nearly every field and industry.

Comment: Re:plastic is for junk (Score 1) 249 249

by pem (#50012707) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: For What Are You Using 3-D Printing?
A couple of ACs have more than adequately responded to this, and should be modded up, but I will give some specifics:

Fine if you're a commercial site and your client knows your job will take 2-3 weeks and cost a few thousand.

No, this is for small in-house things. For things going out, we do a much better job, with real schematic capture and real layout tools.

If you're just looking for a quick fix, there is no 1-day PCB turnaround under $100.

Sure there is (if you allow a day for shipping). I can get 3 pieces of a miniboard from for $51 + shipping. IIRC, one-day shipping is a bit over $20, so for $75 I can send off a design before 1:00, and have the boards before 1:00 two days later.

If all you need is 1 print and you're a hobbyist or need something one-off, that is unacceptable.

As I said in my initial email, that depends on whether your time is valuable. In my experience, it takes a lot less total time to get a working prototype with a PCB than without, unless your circuit is very small. So if you can wait a couple of days for your circuit, and you have other things to do in the meantime (e.g. your time is valuable) and you'd like to spend less total time on the board (e.g. your time is valuable), then not laying out a board is unacceptable.

Of course, you can do whatever you want. I've seen people dead-bug 176 pin QFNs and make them work. If you find detailed work like that therapeutic, fine. But if you have other stuff to do, it can quickly become cost-ineffective.

Comment: Re:"Are" or "could be"? (Score 0) 103 103

by roman_mir (#50012429) Attached to: 79% of Airbnb Listings In Barcelona Are Illegal

1. Who says 'my business' is causing a disturbance? Do you generally know which hotel somebody stays in if they are running around drunk on the street?

2. I don't believe for a moment that there is an actual problem of that type, most people sleep at night and I am almost completely sure this entire fucking article is a gigantic exaggeration like pretty much everything else that pops into the media.

3. Hotels being in so called 'commercial districts' does not change the hotel customers being drunk 1 block away from the hotel, beside which hotels are mostly located near private housing anyway, not in factory or warehouse zones.

4. By my standards there is no question at all, I am completely against all government involvement into any business and money, so no, by my standards this is a cut and dry case of government oppression. You are the one full of shit, hotels are located near other houses and buildings all the time and their clients can get drunk and noisy anywhere at all, be it a city or a beach or transit or whatever.

Comment: Re:GUNS (Score 1) 249 249

by BlueStrat (#50009695) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: For What Are You Using 3-D Printing?

No, it's because a 3D printed gun is not anywhere near as good as a gun made by a gunsmith.

Not really so true anymore, currently it's the price per copy.

But as 3D metal printing technology advances (and it won't be long, as it was only a handful of months ago that all there was out there was the Liberator plastic single-shot and now there's metal 1911-style semi-auto pistols being produced.), expect the cost/time required to drop dramatically and for quality to keep pace.

Can you think of a legitimate application for which a 3D-printed gun would be superior to a weapon made by a real gunsmith?

"Superior"? Probably not for a little while yet, but at the same time it will not be long at the rate 3D printing tech advances these days. "Legitimate application"? Depends a lot on what you would consider a "legitimate application", but I get your point and in many cases you would be correct. This will soon not be true as 3D printing technology advances & matures, however.


Comment: Re:plastic is for junk (Score 1) 249 249

by pem (#50009051) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: For What Are You Using 3-D Printing?

That'd be like etching a pcb without testing the circuit on a breadboard first. Sure, it is what you have to do for large complex projects. But for most small projects it is painfully slow and error prone.

Etching a PCB (well, actually, letting somebody like expresspcb do it) instead of testing a circuit on a breadboard first is something I do all the time.

If you're ready to accept a breadboard, that means you're willing to accept one or two for a start, and they don't have to be pretty, which means that if they were PCBs, you wouldn't mind a few blue-wires.

If you're in that position, and your circuit has more than a few handfuls of nets on it, and your time is valuable and you have other stuff to do before your circuit comes back, and you're halfway proficient at electronics and at double-checking your work...

If all those things are true, you'll have a much nicer working PCB in much less time than it would take to get your crappy, flaky breadboard working.

As the saying goes, YMMV, but that's been my experience over decades of doing this.

Comment: Re:Fails to grasp the core concept (Score 1) 196 196

by Oligonicella (#50008081) Attached to: WSJ Overstates the Case Of the Testy A.I.

(or at a more advanced level, are programming a computer to learn how to learn things)

That is pure hope as well as circular. I don't think he's dismissing the concept so much as dismissing the current field operatives as being anywhere near as far along as they promote themselves to be. He's doing it with a heavy dollop of derision, but I'm seeing that from the opposite side as well. .

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers