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Comment: Hate to ruin the party... (Score 1) 285

by Larry_Dillon (#46805659) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

While the expensive commercial hand seems overpriced, it also reflects costs like R & D, field testing and marketing that a printed hand may not have incurred. It seems as though the designers of the 3d printed hand probably looked at different commercial models and copied the best features from them, making this something of an apples/oranges comparison and it may infringe on (so called) intellectual property, if offered commercially. Could the printed hand exist without resting on the shoulders of the commercial products?

Comment: Re:ACLU (Score 1) 1613

by Larry_Dillon (#46769517) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Part of the reason the ACLU doesn't spent much effort on 2d amendment issues is that the NRA is much better funded and defends only one amendment. No 2d amendment case with merit has failed to make it to court for lack of backing. Tons of 1st and 4th amendment cases don't get off the ground because of the much more limited resources available to the ACLU.

Comment: Still a toy for most people (Score 1) 251

by Larry_Dillon (#46574135) Attached to: 3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

While I can see where they would be occasionally useful, mostly for making replacements for small, hand-to-find parts, I'm not ready to buy yet. I thought about it last summer but for the money, I got an oxy-actylene set up instead. I figure in 10 or even 20 years, the gas welding setup will be worth about what I paid for it whereas the 3d printer will be worth approximately nothing, like a 10 year old computer.

I'm not trying to say that these are equivalent goods with equivalent capabilities, just that I will get more use for more years out of a welder.

Comment: Code of Hammurabi take that (Score 1) 653

by Larry_Dillon (#46527591) Attached to: $30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but in 18 years of public and private education, I was not every told about any laws, except in passing, unless you want to count reading the constitution in the 12th grade.

It used to be that governments had secret laws that you could be guilty of without even knowing it was illegal. We've done something better. Most laws are public but there are so many of them no on can possibly know them all -- ask any lawyer.

There has been a little distress selling on the stock exchange. -- Thomas W. Lamont, October 29, 1929 (Black Tuesday)