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Comment: Let's see it (Score 1) 202

FTA: “Recently I applied for a patent on 3D printing,” Suarez told BBC in an interview.

Okay, give us the application number so we can actually see what you've done and see if there's any prior art. A cursory search of the USPTO application database returns nothing at all for Thomas Suarez as the inventor, nor for any Suarez in either Los Angeles or Manhattan Beach, the given (residential) address for CarrotCorp.

I really hope this kid has stumbled onto something good, but everyone seems content to just take him at his word without anything to substantiate his claims.

Comment: Re:Warp Drive (Score 1) 550

Then you have never looked at a ten line C program to implement a PID control loop for a servo motor.

But the controller that the loop is a part of will still be more than happy to drive whatever the motor is attached to right past its mechanical limits if a limit switch fails. :-) I've seen it happen many times myself.

Comment: A tale of two phones. (Score 1) 349

by emil (#47389527) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Here is my phone. Notice that it has been dumped, it has 768mb of ram, and a 1ghz CPU.

Compare that to the Samsung Fascinate, a very similar phone that is still supported despite having less ram.

What you can see is a developer bias: Qualcomm technology is (already) preferentially terminated.

For myself, I need to start buying Samsung, and I need to make sure that it has as little Qualcomm technology in it as possible.

Comment: Dump MORE Snapdragon? (Score 3, Interesting) 349

by emil (#47385055) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Does Cyanogenmod need even more encouragement to dump Qualcomm processors? Odd that the Nook Color is still supported, when many faster Qualcomm chips have been shown the door.

I already have to run an unofficial release of Cyanogenmod on my vivow. Now what is the likelyhood that I'm going to get a Towelroot patch when you are nuking the source repositories?

I still won't buy Motorola products because of their past behavior. Am I about to add Qualcomm to that list?

Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 5, Funny) 170

by NormalVisual (#47373337) Attached to: Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass
The excuse Chief Justice Rehnquist gave in his majority opinion was that while being stopped at a checkpoint did count as "seizure" under the Fourth Amendment, it is only a "slight" intrusion which must be weighted against the importance of preventing drunk driving and the effectiveness of the roadblocks and therefore not a true violation of our Constitutional rights.

"Just the tip, okay baby?" as defined by the Supreme Court.

The IQ of the group is the lowest IQ of a member of the group divided by the number of people in the group.