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Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 2) 153

by DrXym (#47944171) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State
I guess the problem that Apple & Sony demonstrate is that going to the manufacturer doesn't necessarily get you a better price even without a middleman. They just use it as an excuse to have bigger margins.

The proper form of competition would see the manufacturer required to sell its products at a wholesale price in a transparent and unbiased way. If the manufacturer wants to sell its own product it would have to set up a subsiduary company which would be subject to the same rules as everyone else.

Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 1) 153

by DrXym (#47943963) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State
I think I'd have more sympathy for dealers if they sold cars for the price on the sticker with no negotiations, no hidden extras, no hidden fees. The price you see is the price you pay. It would be better yet if they did this online where they can't bamboozle people with figures or promises they won't keep or with high pressure sales for extras.

Comment: Re:Wrong type of machine for Dremel (Score 1) 103

by DrXym (#47943669) Attached to: Dremel Releases 3D Printer
Perhaps it would be more accurate to say a 3D printer SHOULDN'T require any skill on the part of the user. That is assuming the hardware and software are up to snuff. The software shouldn't accept impossible shapes and the hardware / firmware should be reliable enough to accurately print what its told to print. The only reason it shouldn't is if it suffers a jam or runs out of material.

When that actually happens and we see reliable printers it'll move from being a niche thing into the mainstream. The problem I see for Makerbot et al is if they don't pull their fingers out soon then someone like Canon, HP, Brother etc. will surely make such a machine and they'll probably have the brand recognition to dominate the market.

Comment: Re:And it looks abysmal too (Score 1) 132

by DrXym (#47907409) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

With greater quality and accuracy, yes, but not far less time. 40 large mold sets would take quite some time to produce and be massively more expensive. Once the molds are made, they would be faster, but the break even point in time would probably be a couple to a dozen cars, the break even point on cost would probably be in the thousands.

Most cars would be sold in the thousands and besides, nobody would buy a car if the finish was as bad as this. They only achieved the speed at all by rushing the printing, extruding from a wide nozzle. If they were to use high precision nozzles to achieve makerbot quality finish it'd take 100x the time and it still wouldn't look great. It's just not practical except for the crudest of prototypes.

Comment: And it looks abysmal too (Score 3, Insightful) 132

by DrXym (#47904481) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive
Most extruded plastic 3D printers look bad, but this particular one looks terrible. The flaws are big enough to see in the promo video in SD. It's like a lumpy coil pot.

As usual 3D printing is being used as an excuse for free publicity. Most of the parts could have been injection moulded with far greater quality & accuracy in far less time, assuming plastic was the best material to make them with in the first place.

Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 2) 149

by DrXym (#47889731) Attached to: Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla
The US was bitching that Apple paid a really low rate of tax in Ireland just recently while Ireland was claiming it was all above board. I'm not sure if it was or not but Ireland has always insisted their taxation scheme is transparent - it's just that it allows big corps to launder their profits through a few countries to shake off the tax liabilities.

Comment: Re:Rather cumbersome (Score 2) 77

by DrXym (#47878407) Attached to: Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

I'm guessing that if Amazon had added it to Google Play Store, rentals would have had to use Google payments where Google gets 30% instead of Amazon. That or it'd work only with Prime, not rentals.

The requirement to use their payment system probably doesn't apply to Amazon. Their Play policy

has an exemption which says "where payment is for digital content or goods that may be consumed outside of the app itself (e.g., buying songs that can be played on other music players)". As long as Amazon lets rentals play through other apps then they're probably perfectly okay.

A more likely reason it hasn't appeared until now have been Amazon's own ambitions to run an app store and tablets/phones that are tied to it. They're holding back the goodies to make their own platform more attractive by comparison. Google did it with YouTube to Microsoft, Blackberry did it with BBM and so on.

Comment: Re:My main takeaway (Score 1) 730

by DrXym (#47866105) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
I suspect it is to some degree (even if that means Samsung flavoured phones of some kind) and it'll suck for battery life like all the rest.

BTW I think it looks like a nice watch but looks should never be at the expense of doing watchy things like telling the time. A watch design that turns off to save battery is a fundamentally broken design.

Comment: My main takeaway (Score 2) 730

by DrXym (#47865495) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
Apple have launched a smart watch which is technically indistinct all the other smart watches.

All smart watches suck. They suck for being tied to a phone. They suck for being tied to specific phone OS and models. They suck for their battery life. They suck for their displays which turn off to save battery. Maybe if someone was upgrading from a fitbit or similar they'd be useful but I just don't see the mass market appeal in these things until they fix these issues.

Comment: Re: So.... (Score 3, Informative) 170

by DrXym (#47851009) Attached to: Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager

Or similar bullshit by people who think "scripting" languages are appropriate for base system tools. Now you will have python dependency hell every-time you want to do something simple like repartition your disks. Oh, and is that project python 2 or python 3? On and on..

gparted is a graphical tool for editing partitions and already has a raft of dependencies. One more won't make a difference especially since python is used increasingly in core distributions for scripting instead of bash.

Secondly, perhaps the reason that gparted is considered a mess is precisely because it mixes up the graphical parts and the low level stuff in one package, a problem compounded because the installer also has its own partition editor. Fedora appears to have written a layer called blivet to abstract out partitioning from the installer GUI and therefore it makes sense that they use it in the desktop also.

Comment: Doubt it would work (Score 1) 147

by DrXym (#47850795) Attached to: Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon
It's a neat idea but what happens if a fish gets stuck in one of these things, or if a tear develops and they're unceremoniously dumped onto a concrete sidewalk? What sort of pressures are involved if there are 30 or 40 fish in them at once? What's the maximum incline that can carry them? If the incline is low, are the fish going to shoved up a big spiral to reach the top in one go or are there staging pools? The tech in its current form seems more useful for fish farming where the need to move fish around is probably an every day issue.

Given that many dams (including the Three Gorges) have a boat lift and locks, perhaps the answer is to adapt these so that they also transport fish at the same time. Or adapt fish stairs so that they apply a principle similar to a lock where sections automatically raise and fall to give fish some respite and assistance to reach the top.

Comment: Re:Simple Way to Deal with TimeShares (Score 1) 116

by DrXym (#47821255) Attached to: MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review
A better reaction - state you are not interested. Don't explain or elaborate, state. Don't give reasons that will be turned against you "Too expensive? Well what about if we...". Just say not interested and prepare to wrap it up. Better yet, don't go to a sales pitch in the first place. Anything that involves attending a "free seminar" or a "presentation" to collect some cold called prize is probably a scam.

I'm not even sure why anyone thinks the resale market is any better either. Yeah you avoid paying a full lump sum but you're still whacked with fees and hidden charges and have to deal with shysters. What's the point?

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