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Gartner Says 3D Printers Will Cost Less Than $2,000 By 2016 170

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-you-one dept.
colinneagle writes "Widespread adoption of 3D printing technology may not be that far away, according to a Gartner report predicting that enterprise-class 3D printers will be available for less than $2,000 by 2016. 3D printers are already in use among many businesses, from manufacturing to pharmaceuticals to consumers goods, and have generated a diverse set of use cases. As a result, the capabilities of the technology have evolved to meet customer needs, and will continue to develop to target those in additional markets, Gartner says."

Comment: Boxing, or more precisely pugilat (Score 1) 207

by Damien Clauzel (#40827987) Attached to: What Is Your Favorite Ancient Olympic Game?
In ancient Greece — when contests were closer to daily life than today's abstract simulations — pugilat was made with leather strips covered with metal bands. Combat ended on KO or forfeiture, no points. If a combat was too long, a procedure called "klimax" (héhé :) was activated : in turn, each fighter was given a free punch to his opponent that couldn't be blocked or dodged, until only one fighter remained.

Now get of this silly balance beam and run the marathon, please ! Oh, and don't forget to wear your full armour and weapons : you would not dare to arrive naked before the gods, don't you ? :)

Comment: Same in France, with average success (Score 1) 353

by Damien Clauzel (#39674841) Attached to: Portugal Is Considering a "Terabyte Tax"

We have the same here in France, for years, with average success.

Every couple of years, the administration has to completely adjust those taxes because of the market evolution (new category of devices : think smartphone, tablet, NAS, digical video recorder, hard drive based TV recorder, internet-modem-with-nas-but-only-for-catchup-tv, etc) and the technological improvements (DVD, blueray, SSD, hybrid storage, cloud, etc). Basically, it is a mess and nobody is happy : the entertainment industry says it gets not enough money from it, the citizen are against it, ISP say that content is none of their business, companies pay for taxes that don't concern them, etc.

The final result is that the money doesn't go to the right persons, the average customers are taxed, and all the rest are buying their hardware in other European countries where the products are not burdened with those taxes.

Comment: Me, in France (Score 1) 216

by Damien Clauzel (#38244350) Attached to: For 1 kWh of electricity, I pay ...

Therefore, partly in French :

I am a customer of EDF (Électricité de France; a now private company owned and managed by the state. Yes, I know it make no senses, but that's a trick to counter European regulations), like more than 90% of the population.

  • - puissance souscrite : 6 kVA (max power available in household)
  • - abonnement mensuel : 7,84 € (monthly subscription)
  • - prix du kWh :
    • * Heures Pleines : 0,1311 € (price per kWh during the day)
    • * Heures Creuses : 0,0893 € (price per kWh during the night : 23h00-07h00)

Comment: Open wifi for me in France (Score 1) 458

by Damien Clauzel (#35985288) Attached to: For Security, My Wi-Fi Access Point Relies On:

No restrictions, I broadcast my wifi access point to the complete city block. People are free to use it for accessing the net.

It is the same network that I am using for my personal use, I am only applying QoS for granting me the full bandwidth that I need and for preventing somebody for swamping the line so everybody can use it.

I am using a mix of secure (ssh for work and data exchange between my computers) and unsecure connections (browsing /. :). Other people can do whatever they prefer.

Here in France, more and more citizen and non-profit organisation are willing to explicit put into the law that access to the internet is a basic right, such as healthcare and pension. Actually, the law is confused about the fact that people can share their internet connection with other people, so we need a clarification.

Sci-Fi

BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled 602

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the so-sick-of-emo dept.
Kethinov writes "The sci-fi TV series Caprica, a prequel spinoff from Battlestar Galactica, was just canceled by the Syfy channel. In response to the cancellation and the recent theme of many similar good sci-fi shows getting canceled over the last few years, I've written an editorial arguing that Caprica's cancellation reflects the decreasing sustainability of the cable TV business model. A better, more modern business model could have saved Caprica from cancellation. If this model is adopted in the future, it could save many other similar niche genre shows from the same fate down the road." Another perspective here might be that a boring, ponderous show got yoinked because nobody watched it. Just sayin'.
Science

+ - 40 million years old Primate fossils found in Asia-> 2

Submitted by sosaited
sosaited (1925622) writes "It has been widely believed that our ancestors originated out of Africa, but a paper published in Nature by Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientists puts this in doubt. The paper is based on the fossils of 4 primate species found in Asia which are 40 million years old , during which period Africa was thought to not have these species.

The diversity and timing of the new anthropoids raises two scenarios. Anthropoids might simply have emerged in Africa much earlier than thought, and gone undiscovered by modern paleontologists. Or they could have crossed over from Asia, where evidence suggests that anthropoids lived 55 million years ago, flourishing and diversifying in the wide-open ecological niches of an anthropoid-free Africa.

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Security

+ - Aussie kids foil finger scanner with Gummi Bears-> 4

Submitted by mask.of.sanity
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "An Australian high school has installed "secure" fingerprint scanners for roll call for senior students, which savvy kids may be able to circumvent with sweets from their lunch box. The system replaces the school's traditional sign-in system with biometric readers that require senior students to have their fingerprints read to verify attendance.

The school principal says the system is better than swipe cards because it stops truant kids getting their mates to sign-in for them. But using the Gummi Bear attack, students can make replicas of their own fingerprints from gelatine, the ingredient in Gummi Bears, to forge a replica finger. The attack worked against a bunch of scanners that detect electrical charges within the human body, since gelatine has virtually the same capacitance as a finger's skin.

A litany of fingerprint scanners have fallen victim to bypass methods, many of which are explained publicly in detail on the internet."

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Communications

NASA Working On Solar Storm Shield 85

Posted by samzenpus
from the spf-25-trillion dept.
Zothecula writes "The solar storms that cause the stunning aurora borealis and aurora australis (or northern and southern polar lights) also have the potential to knock out telecommunications equipment and navigational systems and cause blackouts of electrical grids. With the frequency of the sun's flares following an 11-year cycle of solar activity and the next solar maximum expected around 2013, scientists are bracing for an overdue, once-in-100 year event that could cause widespread power blackouts and cripple electricity grids around the world. It sounds like an insurmountable problem but a new NASA project called 'Solar Shield' is working to develop a forecasting system that can mitigate the impacts of such events and keep the electrons flowing."
Star Wars Prequels

The Empire Strikes Back Vader Costume For Sale 167

Posted by samzenpus
from the best-costume-ever dept.
Now is your chance to own an original Darth Vader costume from the best of the Star Wars movies. Christie's auction house plans on putting it up for sale on Nov. 25 and it would be unwise to underestimate the value of this costume. From the article: "The jet-black helmet, mask and armor worn by the intergalactic villain are expected to sell for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 and $365,000) at a sale of pop culture memorabilia next month."

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