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Comment: Missing the Point (Score 1) 288

by Grizwoldo (#46805107) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand
I think there's a bigger point that many are missing here. The point that I see is that someone put in a lot of work and made something of incredible quality readily available to the masses. You make valid points as to why the pro version costs so much more, but that's really besides the point. The key here is that a quality prosthetic is available to the uninsured, those in a 3rd world country, to anyone who wants it. It's something that the maker community can build on and improve to create a device that really is better than a pro model. If people were paid for this, labor costs would be insurmountable. Instead, prosthetic technology is being pushed forward by the people, for the people, for no real cost to the end user. Brilliant. And as far as not being able to use a 3D printer, come on. I can't reliably fix my car every time, but I sure as hell can find a friend with the knowledge and skills, can watch youtube for easy stuff, and can have someone pay for it. I don't have to buy a new car when the oil needs changed, and they don't have to buy one arm at the cost of an arm and a leg.

Comment: Re:Another lie about the NIF (Score 1) 143

by Grizwoldo (#42259525) Attached to: Laser Fusion Put On a Slow Burn By US Government
It's not even all about bombs. Yes, we know the research is going to bennefit bomb-making, but it's also a national security thing. If we can create a power plant with the immense power potential of fusion, we've effectively made a way to start weaning ourselves off of foreign energy on the fast track. Less dependency on foreign oil means we are not dependent on them. Not dependent means we can use fusion bombs without worrying about our oil supply... OK, so bombs are a pretty big part of it.

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