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Comment: Re:Same Thing Almost Happened to Me (Score 1) 535

But what objective did they achieve? They didn't get a new customer in him. They created headache and strife out of incompetence that didn't gain themselves anything in the process. If anything, telling him the truth would have caused him to look elsewhere for a home and become a (happier) customer all the faster.

Comment: Re:Well duh (Score 2) 420

by Mateorabi (#48704869) Attached to: The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace
And the guy who sits next to those other people you are constantly coordinating and discussing issues with? The guy who needs to concentrate hard on a one-man project? He is freaking hating it, and by extension, you. Headphones don't eliminate all distraction cues. And you know what? You'd still be able to do your collaboration shtick in cubicles or offices by walking up to folks when you need to.

Open plan might work for some places, but its a fad being adopted by managers following trends without evaluating if they truly make sense for their shop.

Comment: Re:Heat gun (Score 3, Informative) 304

by Mateorabi (#48699073) Attached to: Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It
That depends on the board design. If the MoBo designer didn't balance the copper density well top-to-bottom it will warp the whole damn thing as if it were a thermostat. Technical term is "potato chip-ing" the board. Seeing as how the initial problem occurred under temperature loads bad design isn't outside the realm of the possible. Or they cheapped out and used thinner copper layers that didn't spread the heat evenly enough laterally. (Though as others have pointed out it may be something INSIDE the chip packages not the MoBo. Also 340F isn't enough to melt solder, particularly lead-free.)

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 282

by Mateorabi (#48340531) Attached to: When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem
No, we should make our acceptance of [the existence of] the problem not be conditioned on (proposed) solutions. You are free to propose other solutions, and the choice of _which_ solution often politics and opinion. It's a variation of "everyone is entitled to their own opinion, not their own facts."

Comment: "Waste" (Score 3, Insightful) 71

While I find the 3d printing damn cool, the editorializing about the waste struck me as an odd comment for subby to make. I'm guessing that a lot of powder gets left over by this new process just as milling from a solid block leaves shavings. But those should be just as easily melted down and recycled in the next job, so not really wasted. (And if they are thrown away, it means that reusing them just isn't economical, so the 'waste' isn't that valuable anyway.)

I think the better argument where 3D wins is the ability to get arbitrary shapes that could be impossible to make with traditional machining or casting.

Comment: Re:Episode V! (Score 1) 457

by Mateorabi (#46956671) Attached to: Favorite Star Wars Movie?
There's a great short story about an AT-AT test pilot doing war-games for the brass and the weapon's designers. In one test engagement against A-wings he has the new AT-AT kneel down before shooting back. When they ask him why afterwards, he explains that he thought the A-wings might try to trip him up. After horrid stares amongst the designers and their bosses, they decide the best "fix" is to ship his smart ass to Tatooine so they can sweep it under the rug and stay on schedule.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990

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