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Comment: Re:Same with photo printers (Score 1) 223

by CanHasDIY (#46835879) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

It's the same deal with photo printers. It's much easier and cheaper to go down to Walmart or Costco when you need to print out your photos and get them to use their professional quality machines to do the job. I think that 3D printers will end up in the same sport. You'll go down to Walmart, and get them to print out an item for you. You'll only need it maybe 5 times a year, so there's no point in owning your own 3D printer. There's already services where you can send a 3D file and somebody will print it out and ship it to you.

I think this is accurate. I'm not ready to buy a 3D printer but I'd drive over to The UPS Store and have them print something out.

See, that's exactly why I'd like to acquire one - there's money to be made printing stuff for other people.

I wanna be the guy making that money.

There are web sites where you can find folks nearby with 3D printers and their costs. There were half a dozen within 10 or so miles. For me, though, that's not how I want to transact business.

Somebody set up a "quick fabrication shop" in a commercial center near my house... I haven't stopped by yet, but from the outside their storefront seems just as inviting as the next small retailer.

Just like every other new industry throughout human history, it's going to take some time before 3D printing, either self-done or outsourced, is ready for mass adoption.

Comment: Re:Same with photo printers (Score 1) 223

by CanHasDIY (#46835573) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

See, that's exactly why I'd like to acquire one - there's money to be made printing stuff for other people. I wanna be the guy making that money.

Do you think you stand a change against established commercial locations like copy shops, which have already secured real estate in prime locations and built up a customer base?

Yes. People do it every day.

For example, my in-laws opened up a gun shop 2 years ago, and they just opened a second location late last year; their sales volumes increase monthly, despite the fact that the same customers they service could just as easily go 2 blocks down the road and buy the same guns from Wal-Marx.

When digital photo printing became a thing, you started to see digital photo printers in drugstores and pre-existing photo stores, not new, specialized shops just for that.

10 - 20 years from now that may be an accurate representation of 3D printing, but considering the complexity of creating precise, repeatable 3D prints, I'd say today's environment in that field is more equivalent to regular photo printing in its infancy - back in those days, you either set up your own dark room, or took your film to one of the boutique stores that specialized in photo development.

Comment: Re:Printing the cart before the horse (Score 1) 223

by CanHasDIY (#46835307) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

The way this technology was presented to "The Public" a few years ago, it sounded like we would soon be buying stuff online and printing it at home.

Which, IMO, is exactly why normals aren't exactly chomping at the bit to buy themselves a 3D printer - the media tried to sell them a magic anything-duplicator, and the reality of the situation is that they're anything but.

Plus the steep learning curve; I doubt most people would even own a personal computer if there was no such thing as a GUI.

Comment: Re:Same with photo printers (Score 1) 223

by CanHasDIY (#46835273) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

It's the same deal with photo printers. It's much easier and cheaper to go down to Walmart or Costco when you need to print out your photos and get them to use their professional quality machines to do the job. I think that 3D printers will end up in the same sport. You'll go down to Walmart, and get them to print out an item for you. You'll only need it maybe 5 times a year, so there's no point in owning your own 3D printer. There's already services where you can send a 3D file and somebody will print it out and ship it to you.

I think this is accurate. I'm not ready to buy a 3D printer but I'd drive over to The UPS Store and have them print something out.

See, that's exactly why I'd like to acquire one - there's money to be made printing stuff for other people.

I wanna be the guy making that money.

Comment: Re:Same with photo printers (Score 1) 223

by CanHasDIY (#46835261) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

Lets not forget that while most of the orders will be simple extra-cheap toys or minor repair parts, there will be dicks. I mean that both in the sense of 'person who drops off an order and never picks it up/pays for it' and '3D printed sculptures of male sexual organs.' Often, the two will overlap.

The first problem is easily solved, just make them pay when they drop off the file to be printed.

As for the second issue... well, as any of us who ever tried to have racy photos developed at Wal-Marx know, they'll probably refuse to print those. Or at least, refuse to give it to the customer (phrasing!)

Comment: Re:Communicate without need for phone or internet. (Score 1) 151

I love the idea of sending a jpeg by semaphore. Can't see it working for smoke signals, though.

Why not? Long/short pulses of smoke could correspond to 0's and 1's, respectively.

Now granted, it might take 2 weeks and a helluva lot of timber to send the file header...

Comment: Re:not on my cable (Score 1) 115

by CanHasDIY (#46832765) Attached to: How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

If the USPS would just condemn and use a right of way on the sewer lines for fiber, and give me an IPv6 address for a router, THAT I would pay for.

I never knew the Postal Service had that kind of power. Or that they installed communication infrastructure.

Then again, it is run by a General...

Comment: Re:Over the air (Score 1) 334

by CanHasDIY (#46827459) Attached to: Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

FYI, I received your message on my homepage, just thought I'd let you know that spamming Slashdot then "anonymously" accusing me of being the spammer probably won't work, since, you know, your UID is different than mine.

Of course, assuming you're as clever as you think yourself, you already knew that, huh?

Comment: Re:Empirical (Score 1) 449

by CanHasDIY (#46824813) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Whenever I read accounts like this, I always, ALWAYS assume that there is much more to the story than the clean and simple explanation given. Obviously there is much more to this story than you are telling, because there are so many incongruous aspects to it (not the least of which is, how could the judge's decision possibly have stood on appeal if your acquaintance was so clearly wronged here?).

Not that I necessarily disagree with the likelihood that there's more to this story than we're being told, but most of the single mothers I've known throughout my life don't have the financial resources to hire a lawyer for the initial charge, let alone be able to afford an expensive appeal. Hell, most people I know.

"Justice" is expensive.

Comment: Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (Score 2) 449

by CanHasDIY (#46824745) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

What pay phone? The only 3 that still exist in the US are also covered by cameras I'm sure.

Substitute payphone for VoIP gateway and you are left with the same problem. We routinely get anonymous whackos calling us from all over the world appearing to come from local numbers. It gets easier every day to make a practically untraceable call using IP as POTS overlay.

Which just goes to show the problem with letting dinosaurs whose understanding of technology is, shall we say, "limited," to make laws and decide how the scope of said laws are affected by technology.

Maybe we should be demanding our "representatives" impeach one or two SCOTUS "justices," and replace them with some younger people who actually know what the fuck they're talking about.

Comment: Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (Score 3, Insightful) 449

by CanHasDIY (#46822885) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

What pay phone? The only 3 that still exist in the US are also covered by cameras I'm sure.

I used to think this way myself, until I started paying more attention to my surroundings.

There are actually a LOT of pay phones still in service, you just have to know where to look for them; most of the ones I've seen as of late were in gas station parking lots.

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