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Comment: Little value for the home user (Score 1) 91

by Fear the Clam (#49145971) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

This device makes sense for situations where arranging the food is where the effort liesâ"delicate cookies shaped like snowflakes and portraits of the bar mitzvah boy sculpted in chopped liver. But for things like a pizza or ravioli or cookies that can be laid out in no time with a spoon or a pasty bag it's a waste of time.

It's not like you load the thing with food elements like flour, eggs, cheese, and spices and ravioli comes out. It doesn't make food, it only squirts out food that's already made. The video's enthusiasm about how one is eating all sorts of wonderful fresh ingredients is irrelevant because one has to make that stuff anyway before it goes in the machine.

I can see this being an interesting tool for fancy restaurants that would like to make breadsticks that look like coral and other instances where people pay for presentation for itself, but being adopted in homes like the microwave was? I just don't see the value.

Comment: Re:Taken to the cleaners... (Score 4, Insightful) 132

by Fear the Clam (#49066859) Attached to: LG Exec Indicted Over Broken Samsung Washing Machine

Agreed. Touching a competitor's setup at a trade fair is bush league.

I don't buy that "testing" defense for a second. If you're a company that large you test by buying a machine anonymously at retail, take it to your labs, complete a test plan, then take it apart the see the build and components. Just randomly poking at stuff before a trade show isn't even going to give you much data.

Comment: How long have you tried wearing them? (Score 1) 464

by Fear the Clam (#48722811) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

I ask because I first started with progressive lenses about five years ago. They helped me immediately with small print and the computer, but it took at least a month to get used to wearing them around and I was very conscious of tilting my head to get the angle right for distances. Sometime in the second month I stopped noticing (the head tilt must have become automatic) and they've been fine ever since. I wonder if you're experiencing something similar, just reversed.

For what it's worth, I use two 24" monitors at work and have no problems.

Comment: I love Microsoft (Score 0) 39

by Fear the Clam (#48127165) Attached to: Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

Every year or so you read about all of these brilliant researchers working on fascinating projects for them. The rest of the time, it's just one mediocre release of Windows and Office after another.

It's like a Michael Crichton book: Some guy brings dinosaurs back and all he can think to do with it is open an amusement park.

Comment: Re:Now wait (Score 1) 210

by Fear the Clam (#47217777) Attached to: Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

Largely I think publishers just don't give a fuck about quality anymore.

It's not just the ebook conversion. Book publishers and packagers have been cutting down on editors and the whole revision for the last couple of decades. "Fuck it," they say, "nobody will notice. And even if they do, they already bought the book. What are they gonna do, buy the next 'Shades of Gray' from another publisher next time?"

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.

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