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Comment Re:Nine (9) times. (Score 1) 179

Your post gave me a little hope and inspiration for the future. :)

I have to say I could say "ditto" to 80 percent of what you wrote, because it was like reading my own life story, it wouldn't surprise me if you where in your 40's too. I still have to find those 20% you speak of, I might have been super unfortunate with my bosses, or just a loser magnet since I'm usually very dedicated and become almost TOO loyal towards those I work for, it's almost guaranteed to end with a backstabbing (of me) sooner or later anyway, and the office girls you speak about...those are the special HEN club I talked about in my previous post that always end up hating me if I don't conform to their "membership" qualifications (and we're not talking about work related qualifications I can tell you).

I've thought about going into business for my own for the longest time, just have to find the right niche (it's all about what people want to buy), and I think this would fit you tremendously as well - we sound very alike you and I.

Comment I've been laid off at least 5 times during 29y. (Score 1) 179

I never seem to be able to keep a job for more than 2 years, I don't get why.

In the beginning, everyone is thrilled to have me, they find me amusing and productive. After a couple of years, the ladies in the companies usually end up hating me, I don't get it...I never say anything remotely sexist, and I don't do any sexual harassment or anything, but it seems like I don't give them enough attention or something perhaps? I'm so clueless about this.

Being laid off is a huge blow to me, it takes me years to recover from the personal strain from it.

Comment It's not the H1B - it's something else... (Score 2, Interesting) 305

...This doesn't just happen in America. We the people all over the world are getting replaced by cheaper workers now. I was replaced myself, and had to train up a couple of cheap trainees that the GOV. had given my former workplace in a so called back-to-work program, with a much lesser salary - plus the GOV. even PAID for the workers the first year.

No employer in the world can afford to say no to such a deal, the trainees actually had 16 years of experience in their field behind them, but where also laid off from a bigger company earlier on - and had been on GOV. wellfare for a long time, this is SWEDEN btw. so it's amazing it's even happening here, but since we're a wealthy country (on the paper, not counting the MASSIVE debt each Swede have since they essentially don't own anything but borrow money), this isn't something you'll see in any newspaper - much less reported in American news.

It's a sign of the new times we're heading for. The outsourcing is massive, the GOV. will attempt to get work back to the country, so the salaries of everyone has to be slashed, but you try to tell the happy fat cat that he has to cut his living costs and you'll get the UNION all over you until you have to file for bankruptcy if you do what they want anyway. There's another agenda too - and that is they're trying to open the borders worldwide, so workers can essentially work and live anywhere. You'll notice MASSIVE unemployment rates as everything you once knew will fall apart right in front of you, until you eventually decide to accept lower pay, less perks, longer hours etc.

Submission + - Scientists suggests with 97% accuracy we're heading for a Mini Ice Age in 2030. (

MindPrison writes: Solar activity will fall by as much as 60 percent by 2030 according to the Solar researches at the University of Northumbria. According to them, we will have conditions similar to the maunder minimum Code, a time back in 1645 and 1715 where Europe and North America experienced very cold winters.

Comment Yes, here's the evidence... (Score 4, Informative) 503

...minus the replicator:

We're in for a rough ride. A real rough ride. Automation is increasing fast, industry production is being outsourced to 3rd world countries or where labour is cheap, this isn't new, but it's increasing rapidly now. The 1% Richest Elite in America owns 40% of the country, and the rest of the world, the scenario isn't far away. One day, there will be severe uproars amongst the increasingly poor population, not to mention the INCREASING population.

The software companies are essentially building platforms rather than hiring, the industry heads for full automation. The days where you had manual labour is on a fast track to oblivion, all the unemployment numbers speaks for themselves. People are more and more RENTING their own homes rather than owning, more laws are being imposed on the populations "freedoms" to keep them in line during this transaction to new times, it happens with a speed that's similar to cooking a lobster, it dies, but it's so comfortable while dying in the heat that it gets docile and have no clue what's coming, same with the population. We slowly accept the situation.

At some point, there will be so few jobs that socialism technically controls everything, and socialism will by then look more like slavery than freedom and democracy. Voting for all of the above instead of several parties...because they all steer in that direction, they just know...telling you, isn't going to work. But telling you what you WANT to hear, will work. (For them!)

This sounds like some crazy conspiracy tinfoil hat theory, right?

Well it isn't. And it's happening right in front of you, you know it...harder and harder to get a proper job, highly educated people clueless to why they can't get a decent job. Forget manual labour jobs, those are already given to those before you that'll give up their jobs over their cold dead hands before giving it to you, so they now work OVERTIME. Why do you think we just passed laws to allow higher overtime pay?

And property? Don't even get me started. Do you guys remember the 2007 crisis? When hundreds of thousands of people had to leave their homes because they couldn't afford to pay their mortgages? And foreclosures was abundant? Guess what happened after that. Two things, a lot of houses where left abandoned and the banks/financial institutions lost billions on houses that became trashed, unmaintained and uncared for while people still had their debt which they can't possibly hope for to ever repay, now if they had kept their homes - they would have stood a fighting chance, but no. Corporate greed eats itself up.

The second thing that happened, was that smart real estate investors came and purchased the foreclosed homes, and rented them out.

Joblessness, lack of freedom, lack of happiness, lack of money, lack of jobs, outsourcing, automation will ultimately lead to one of the worst periods in history, civil wars will break out, huge fights amongst growing masses of unemployed welfare recipients fighting against the elite who has the law-in-hand, for food and basic needs. This will probably last a good 20 years or so, until we phase into the next "moneyless" society.

The moneyless society is actually good, but it's going to be a rough ride (as described above), and the hardest part will be to convince those with the money to part with the monetary system for good, for the common good of everyone, this will eventually equal man to everyone, and our future jobs will basically be to secure our planets resources and stability. But there's going to be ONE huge fight before we get there. Brace yourselves!

Comment This is extremely important for our future... (Score 1) 279 the future (now actually) we're going to have to produce at least 5 percent of the produce in our very own homes.

Apartments must be designed with indoor greenhouses as a part of the design. To keep it low on pesticides and insects, hydroponic farming is an essential technique, what Phillips is doing isn't new by any standard, but they're one of the worlds most important developers of lighting, we need more efficient led lights, we have to reduce the power usage and make the lights brighter, this can be done with new chemical processes. The future is bright.

I've been growing vegetables indoors for the last 5 years now, realizing that every person got to start ASAP to learn, because learning when we finally need not going to be an option since learning to work with growing crops and produce comes with a learning curve just like everything else. Vegetables are living organics, it's not like learning to play the piano, so many factors comes to play here - and this is something any farmer will tell you...the learning curve is going to be there, you just can't become an overnight pro at this.

So folks, start growing your own produce now - even if it is just basil chilli and spices. I grow Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Paprika peppers in the summertime, try to grow spices all year around, and I'm getting better at it, slowly ...but I feel this is VITAL to our survival.

Comment I could do this, I used to be a Commodore Service. (Score 3, Interesting) 66

..technician back in the 80's to 90's.

I can read from the various posts in this thread that you all think it's a walk in the park to fix these old 80's computers, oh guys may know a couple of common things such as dry soldering and drying capacitors, but there's a lot more to fixing those things than you might know.

One of the most common faults of the 80's was the ROM/RAM circuits, they where often clusters of 2/4/8 kilobyte ram chips (often 4164 etc.), and finding dead ones requires a couple of "old skool tech skills", one of the simplest one is the "thumb test", is one of the Ram chips very hot (you could of course use a bottle of cold-spray, I don't know what it's called in your country...but to us it was just Cold spray, this is essentially a spray that sprays super cool air because of a chemical process when in comes in contact with air, the surface will be really cold, forming ice crystals) and then you can see clearly which surface is getting hot fast. Another method is to use the oscilloscope to see if anything is out of the ordinary (you need to know how it looks as an image first, the voltage changes because of the logic communication will form an image, and if you know how it looks when normal, this is also a method we used.)

You can also use a logic tester, this is an instrument that can monitor the traffic in those logic circuits, you can set it to the speed of the actual logic (usually 1 to 20 MHz, depending on the computers speed) and see if everything is okay.

Another common flaw back then, was broken prints...over some time, these boards gets really hot, and this stretches the metal on the PCBs, and broken connections is some of the hardest things to find.

Another typical flaw is design flaw, over time...we needed to change I/O chips on certain models simply because it was so badly designed that they would eventually go bust, they where very sensitive many of the DIY'ers out there who made their own Fast-Loaders/Robotics connected to the I/O ports would regularly blow these chips.

Pity I live in Scandinavia, I'd love to retire doing this :)

Comment Re:Replacing hard to find spare parts. (Score 4, Interesting) 266

And people don't explain what they want something to look like. They send a cad or other type of file that defines what they want, not some inaccurate poorly rendered result of a cad file.

Well, I've been working for YEARS in the merchandise/nick-nack/gift production industry and I know my competitors well, in fact...I got my job because everyone else does it the old fashioned way, and if there's something key accountants the hardship of communicating their ideas to the production teams in e.g. China.

Cad files is what we have after visualizing a product anyway, but good luck sending that to the factory in China. Most often the factories and production facilities in China depend heavily old older software and huge machinery that can't even use our files. It's WAY better to send them a sample for them to copy, these people are EXPERTS at copying stuff.

Even little things like a logo on an USB stick, they will and can get wrong if they don't know exactly how it looks from all angles. You'd be amazed how often this happens.

Comment Re:Replacing hard to find spare parts. (Score 3, Informative) 266

Valid questions, I'll try to answer a few, and hopefully that answers some of the other peoples concerns as well:

Sure, 3D printing isn't yet for everyone, and yes - it does take both knowledge and experience. One of those things are of course 3D modelling experience, the better 3D modeller you are...the better your results will be, and of course the faster you'll get it done.

Another thing you need to be somewhat experienced at, is how to model things FOR a 3D printer, this is because if you just "print" without any planning, you're most likely to end up with having to experiment so much that you'll make 10s of misprints, costing you a small fortune in ABS plastic.

You also need to know to remove bugs in your model, all STL files must be properly CLEANED before converted to an STL file. This means you need to understand how to make clean models, remove double vertices, double faces, edges etc. You also need to understand where to apply support for the various parts, most printers can't really print into thin you need to model some temporary holders/molds that holds the printed object in place while printing. You also need to consider how to clean up the final model, most cheaper printers will leave some ugly looking stripes (due to the printing process), which you need to sand down later, if you have too many details, it'll make it pretty though to clean up later on.

The design process time depends entirely on the object complexity at hand. For example, a small cover for a battery can take as little as 1 hour to design (I'd probably do it in less than 10 minutes), but the printing process itself takes a lot longer. If you where to make a complex cogwheel construction, that could take hours to days. Nevermind a beautiful detailed statue that could take weeks. But hey, good art doesn't grow on trees, and this is up to each individual to master.

Yes, 3D printing isn't for everyone, but then again... that also makes it worth something to those who are willing to put the time and effort into the learning process. If it was for everyone, there'd be no business for people like me, but sure - 3D printing will improve tremendously over time, so please keep buying those printers! :)

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.