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Comment: Re:It's all very nice (Score 1) 7

by plover (#47979051) Attached to: We've gone past "good enough" computing ...

Except it's not "good stuff". When you look at the whole picture, including high power consumption and time wasted on doing stuff that isn't "what you want", the cost of the old stuff is absurdly high, especially compared to adding a process to an existing machine, or dropping it on a low power box like a RasPi.

And yes, trackpads still suck.

Comment: Re:Most rational people never believe in AGW (Score 1) 68

by MightyMartian (#47978791) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

Good thing climatologists aren't members of a religious faith.

But I do enjoy how you've cribbed Creationist thinking that "any day now we'll discover evolution is a lie" and neatly changed some words. Are you proud to be at the same intellectual level as your garden variety YEC?

Comment: Re:"Belief" is not part of the scientific method (Score 1, Troll) 68

by MightyMartian (#47978771) Attached to: Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

Except, of course, what you just wrote has nothing to do with AGW models or theories.

Par for the course for science deniers of all kinds; create strawmen of theories they're too emotionally retarded to accept, strike down strawmen and declare victory.

Imagine being so infantile you cannot deal with reality.

Comment: Re:Too be fair... (Score 1) 175

by drinkypoo (#47978211) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

when your people are dying and people are coming in, risking their own lives to try and help you, and your response is to attack and kill them, trying to use the injustices of the past to justify the mass deaths of the present won't win you any friends

This isn't about justifying deaths or winning friends. This is about if you want to try to help people, you have to craft your message in a way that they are ready to receive.

Comment: Re:Your employer (Score 1) 177

by drinkypoo (#47977915) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Yes, we do know what kind of conference this is because the OP told us.

What. No, no they have not. They said it was specific to a technology, that's it. You then concluded that it was more along the line of "C# or Java: Haskell to the Rescue!". but it could easily be technology-related, for example automation controls. There's lots of reasons why someone in the public sector might have something to gain by visiting a conference being held in Vegas. It's just a common place to hold them for a broad variety of reasons. You don't know what the subject matter is, but you're sure you do. Why? The provided evidence is insufficient to jump to the conclusion you're now standing upon.

Comment: Re:Yes, just like that. (Score 1) 204

by MightyMartian (#47976827) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux

Have you looked at Powershell and its scriptlet libraries? It's easier to administer Windows than it was a decade ago, but it's still quite complex. "Better than it once was" is not the same as "better than the alternatives".

And Linux, even with the Redhat ecosystem, can still be lean and mean. Maybe the problem with the AC's IT department is the IT department. I run a whole host of Linux servers, admittedly under Debian (though I've toyed with CentOS), and they're all pretty lean and mean. I'll wager a baremetal Debian or Fedora install is going to be a lot less of a hog than the sparest of CLI-based Server 2012 installs. Nobody seriously moves to Windows Server because of resource issues.

Comment: Re:One's dreams may be superseded (Score 1) 84

by Hadlock (#47975293) Attached to: Elon Musk Hints 1st Person To Mars May Go Via New Brownsville Spaceport

We've had the capability to put a man on Mars since the mid-1970's.... Just not the political will. Now that spaceflight is in the commercial realm, it's no long political willpower + taxpayer cost, it's just private cost and selling that dream to the right person.

Comment: Re:So in the future ... (Score 1) 144

by Rei (#47974841) Attached to: The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

Really, shipping bulk raw materials is equivalent to shipping finished goods, in your world? Finished goods are usually predominantly waste space, are full of packaging, have to be handled gingerly, and need to be distributed to individuals in different locations. Raw materials are packed together as densely as possible, little to no packaging, can be thrown around, and go straight to just a couple manufacturers. And when import taxes come into play, it's even more extreme, since those are generally based on the price of what you're importing.

Comment: Re: So in the future ... (Score 1) 144

by Rei (#47974671) Attached to: The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

You know, I was just thinking, wouldn't it be possible to make a rapid 3d *moulder*, for those bulk parts that you don't require as much precision on (aka, chair)? Picture a stretchable half-mould surface, on a large bed (maybe 50x100cm for a home edition, larger for a workshop) with a grid of little pistons on it that can change it's shape (nothing too high res, maybe one every square centimeter). Picture a second half-mould positioned just opposite, such that the two elements can close off off a 3d space. Such a system could virtually instantly form whatever shape you want, spray the inside with release agent, pipe in a thermoplastic or thermoset resin or wax (for lost wax casting) or confectionary or whatnot, let it set / cure it, and then open up. The pistons could then reshape to ready for whatever shape you want next. If such a moulder would you mess with the two halves individually after they've formed their shapes, you could use it as a composite layup, too. Disposable liners for the mould could be used if sticking / damaging the adjustable mould surface would be a problem.

Wouldn't that be getting awfully close to the potential that mass manufacture currently has? Casting as many times as you want and only having to wait for the product to set? Sure, you'd be limited to relatively simple geometries, but if you need anything more complex, that's what regular 3d printing is for. Hollow shapes could be handled in a two-stage process, first printing out the inner, releasing it, securing it in place, respraying both it and the mould with release agent, then printing out the desired part. I'd think a well-designed moulder could handle that without human intervention.

Hmm, come to think of it, it might even be possible to make a direct metal casting moulder. I know there are high temperature flexible fabrics that can withstand the temperature of most molten metals (various ceramic fiber ones), although I'm not sure whether there are any with sufficient flex for such a role. Oh, hey, carbon fiber and graphite felt are used as a flexible insulating material , that'd probably do the trick.

Comment: Re:Very sad (Score 1) 244

by garcia (#47974409) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

For the first time since I started w/the iPhone (the 3G was my first one), I see absolutely nothing of value with this major release version which makes me want to upgrade to it.

I'll be paying $99 for the 5S and be happy w/it. Sorry but unnecessarily bigger sizes and a better camera is not worth $200+contract renewal.

Comment: Re:Competitive pricing? Depends... (Score 1) 144

by Rei (#47974313) Attached to: The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

Come to think of it, this has to be a godsend for Hollywood. They've got the budgets, and you can use the same model for both CG special effects and printing for camera work (whether we're talking about printing for miniatures, animatronics, prosthetics, molds for prosthetics, gadgets or other small objects, etc). No need to have both your 3d artist and a physical artist create the same thing.

Comment: Re:Add 3D scanner service to offer 3D copies (Score 1) 144

by Rei (#47972591) Attached to: The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

For this to be more than just a gimmick, UPS needs to offer a 3D scanning service as well.

Which is why I really hope to see Project Tango in the future connect direct with 3d printing.

Scan your scene with your phone, click to print, pick the article in question out of the scene (with simple cutting tools and smart select), assign a material to it (with the app doing its best to choose defaults), possibly apply some filters (welding broken pieces together, for example) or stretch it a bit in different directions to meet your needs if you choose, pick your printing service, pick any other details such as surface treatments and the like, and it gets uploaded, you get billed, and your print arrives in the mail when it's ready.

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