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Comment: Re:Uggh (Score 1) 141

by JohnAllison (#46103957) Attached to: New 3D Printer Can Print With Carbon Fiber

This is very interesting and informative. Thanks for the reply. I didn't cite the post to prove the truth of the matter you're asserting, strong or not, but to shift the discussion away from the chopping up carbon statement to something more relevant, like the rest of what you posted. I should have been more clear.

Since it appears that you have some expertise in the matter at hand, what are your thoughts one the loss of laying the strands vertically for different vectors of rigidity? What I mean is, it looks like the current strands are laid down on the horizontal plane and just layered on top, losing the ability for strands to run lengthwise. Given that compromise, what kind of products would this printer be good at printing, which, not so good?

Thanks!

Comment: Re:Uggh (Score 1) 141

by JohnAllison (#46101659) Attached to: New 3D Printer Can Print With Carbon Fiber

I think the useful quote from the site is this:

The incredible strength of carbon fiber comes from the long, continuous strands that carry load down the entire part. This is why space shuttles, rockets, and Formula 1 cars are constructed from continuous strand carbon. And it’s how we print. Don’t settle for plastic with a dash of chopped carbon fill. Longer is stronger.

Comment: Good Argument (Score 1) 146

by JohnAllison (#42271437) Attached to: Jammie Thomas Takes Constitutional Argument To SCOTUS

I was a bit flippant before I read the case. So she filed for certiorari, big deal. But I like the argument, and frankly, I agree. The statutory damages that have come to the supreme court have been against institutional respondants, not individuals. The purpose of having such large amounts was to focus deterrence towards those types of offenders, not individuals. That the amounts in this case are thousands of time larger than the actual damages, and are not just.

Additionally, the circuits are split on what to do, and there is some case law that appears to be ignored by the circuit court.

I wish them great with this case. I hope it gets picked up. I think there is a case that it should.

Spam

+ - Slashdot is being spammed?!-> 4

Submitted by satuon
satuon (1822492) writes "Why would anyone spam slashdot?! What's the point? I have no idea, but something like 80%-90% of the submissions are spam. I don't know if this happens just now or all the time, I don't go in http://slashdot.org/recent that much. I'm just posting this cause I got frustrated. If you're frustrated as well mod this up, I want there to be a discussion of this!"
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Comment: Re:Where are the lawyers? (Score 1) 301

by JohnAllison (#34973596) Attached to: 60% of AOL's Profits Come From Misinformed Customers

I'm not sure which country you are from, but in the United States many legislatures have enacted laws to protect the elderly from those trying to take advantage of their age, trusting nature, and in some cases dementia.

There is even an entire area of law known as, wait for it, elder law.

So when the GP brings this issue up, it is indeed, a valid of question of law for the jurisdiction in which AOL operates, the United States.

Games

Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-blame-ralph dept.
Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."
Cellphones

Duke Nukem 3D Ported To Nokia N900 95

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-outta-gum dept.
andylim writes "It looks as if Duke Nukem isn't completely 'nuked' after all. Someone has ported the 90s classic on to a Nokia N900. As you'll see in the video, you control Duke using the Qwerty keypad and shoot using the touchscreen. I'm wondering how long it will take for this to get on other mobile platforms." In other Duke news, reader Jupix points out that 3D Realms' CEO Scott Miller recently said, "There are numerous other Duke games in various stages of development, several due out this year. We are definitely looking to bring Duke into casual gaming spaces, plus there are other major Duke games in production."
Idle

Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

Posted by samzenpus
from the type-A-negative-personality dept.
trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."

Comment: Re:Collusion (Score 1) 1186

by JohnAllison (#28011791) Attached to: US To Require That New Cars Get 42 MPG By 2016

I really appreciate you passing this along. I plan on reading this.

One note: Would the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change be the best place to look for evidence of if climate change exists, on the scale we're talking about, and whether CO2 affects this process and by how much? I would expect they would assume an outcome to justify their entire existence.

The name alone implies a huge conflict of interest. Yet, I don't think in this politically charged atmosphere we are going to find anything but politically patronized studies.

If you you of any good place to read some papers of the causal links. I'd like something to read and bookmark for future uses.

Networking

EU Rejects Law To Cut Pirates Off From Their ISP 210

Posted by Soulskill
from the leave-me-tubes-alone,-arrrr dept.
MJackson writes "Europe has rejected plans to allow ISPs to disconnect users suspected of involvement with illegal file-sharing. In its final vote, the European Parliament chose to retain amendment 46 (138) of the new Telecoms Package by a majority of 407 to 57. Amendment 46 states that restrictions to the fundamental rights and freedoms of Internet users can only be put in place after a decision by judicial authorities. However, network neutrality remains unprotected."

Comment: Re:USB? (Score 2, Informative) 374

by JohnAllison (#26878299) Attached to: EU Commissioner Wants Standard For Mobile Phone Connectors
This was one of the reasons I purchased my SLVR years ago.

I later discovered that I can not charge the phone, and use the audio out at the same time. (Think cross country road trips) Other than that I do like the idea of a singular connector to charge.

As devil's advocate, let's look at the iPhone, because I have one and am familiar with it. Two connectors, one for audio/mic, another, the proprietary dock connector.

I assume Apple and those with other proprietary connectors would have to retool how they output video, audio, line out, control, in/out, PWR, GND, and anything else over USB. Annoying, but possibly worth it to consumers.

However, how much competition are we losing by specifying which connectors or what interfaces should be mandatory. When the tech industry shoots past this legislation do we really want devices tied to legacy connectors?

Should the government regulate or is this an area where the speed of the consumer to adapt to the market will better provide the winners and losers of an industry?

I'd like to see what the industry has to offer before I call for regulation

P.S. I hate mini-Displayport.

Suggest you just sit there and wait till life gets easier.

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