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Comment Re:Slower and over 540$ - List is $366 (Score 2) 75 75

It's officially not released yet, and the seller linked to is in Japan and gouging anyone who can't wait another couple weeks. I'm not sure how or what stock they got a hold of.

According to Intel, list price is $377 boxed or $366 Tray. Not $540.

Comment Re:Really weird backward step (Score 1) 134 134

If your commentary on welding is referring to the fillets, I believe they are there to prevent a stress concentration due to the sudden change in geometry. I further suspect that the beams are non-prismatic because it is harder to model that way. If what you want to do is prove the capability of the 3D printing process, it is quicker to copy a known good design. Once they get their legs they will likely start re-thinking the basic shapes. Hopefully by then, calculation methods will have caught up enough so that you don't waste a lot of time trying to define all your little non-round, non-straight, non-uniform thickness jiggery-pokery.

My concern is quality control and (more specifically) material anisotropy. 3D printed parts are essentially all weld. I don't want to have to resort to (expensive) welding NDE over the entire part.


Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens? 330 330

New submitter LOGINS SUC (713291) writes Truly in the first-world problems category, I've been looking for large format (>55") HD/UHD screens for home entertainment. In light of the recent Samsung big-brother monitoring and advertisement injection concerns, does any reputable manufacturer still make "stupid" TVs? I don't want to pay for all the WiFi, apps, cameras, or microphones. I don't need it to have speakers. And at this point, I don't even care if it has the TV receiver functionality. All this stuff leads to vendor lock-in or is well on the path to obsolescence by the time I purchase the device. I prefer all of this non-visual functionality be handled by devices better suited to the purpose and I don't want to pay for screens including these widgets I have no intention of ever using, at all.

I've searched all the normal retail outlets. If I find anything, they are wildly expensive. "Computer monitors" fit the bill but are almost all 55") LCDs in the sub-$3,000 range anymore? Are projectors the last bastion of visual purity for home entertainment?

Comment Re:Thanks, assholes (Score 1) 573 573

Most of the "3d gun" nutters are specifically printing the lower receiver. Under US law, this is the only part of the gun that is licensed. The rest of it is all accessories. What these nutters are doing is printing the unlicensed receiver and then installing regular gun parts around it. In clear violation of the law, I might add.

Comment Re:Story is BS. Make it Right cards aren't that bi (Score 1) 131 131

The entire premise is wrong. Why should some customers have a secret handshake that grants them reasonable levels of customer service? Why can't everyone get this level of service? Or, more to the point, why doesn't everyone get this level of service?

Comment Re:Like many inventions ... (Score 2) 250 250

Yes, actually. There is a niche in the logistics business of moving pallets from where they are unloaded to where they are loaded. Also, as others have indicated, there are cottage businesses associated with refurbishing and recycling damaged/end-of-life pallets.Some are just stacked. Fancy operations will strap them into pallet sized cubes.

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams