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Comment: They already tried and the answer was no (Score 2) 769

by MrBippers (#46391435) Attached to: The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
When the K-cup patent expired Keurig tried to promote their "Vue" cups, some of which actually carried RFID chips that interacted with the brewer. Vue cups were bigger, didn't fit in the K-cup style brewer, and cost around twice as much as K-cups. You could get an adapter to use K-cups in a Vue brewer, which was great when those machines were cleared out super cheap because no one bought them.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous. (Score 2) 90

by MrBippers (#46085239) Attached to: Public Libraries Tinker With Offering Makerspaces

Outside of making 3D printers accessible I'm not sure how libraries could feasibly offer workshops. People don't only work in plastic, and presently 3D printing is a novelty for your average person.

With the Chicago library's lab, they offer various workshops on some small example projects (e.g. a 3D printed trinket or a laser cut greeting card) to expose people to the basic process and offer open lab hours. You can look at the schedule here. I'm not sure where you see a problem with the feasibility of this.

3D printing is to a large extent still in the novelty phase, but as it gains in popularity so will the practical applications. I have a broken plastic component of a relay in a 70s era pinball machine for which purchasing a replacement isn't an option. It is however a simple geometric design and I plan on printing a replacement at the library.

Comment: Re:WTB Cisco Switch (Score 3, Insightful) 284

by MrBippers (#42686155) Attached to: Cisco Exits the Consumer Market, Sells Linksys To Belkin
My current Asus router (dd-WRT) and the Buffalo router it replaced (tomato) have been flawless. I remember having a Linksys WRT54G with a legitimate hardware issue years ago and having to jump through a massive array of hoops to actually convince of it. There was a massive chain of emails every single question of which could have been answered by reading the first email I sent. No love lost here.

Comment: One thing publishers/paper journals offer (Score 1) 162

by MrBippers (#42625577) Attached to: Mathematicians Aim To Take Publishers Out of Publishing
Is legacy access. When a given journal shuts down, the articles they did publish are still available from the publisher for perpetuity digitally or physical copies archived in the library. Free open journals are great, but we need a way to ensure anything published will be accessible even if their servers went down. My University cancelled their subscription to one journal I frequently read articles from, but I can still get PDFs of the physical copies that came with that subscription from the library archives. A huge part of science is being able to refer back to what has already been done.

Comment: Re:Does anybody still "upgrade"? (Score 1) 222

by MrBippers (#40507679) Attached to: Full Upgrades To Windows 8 Only From Windows 7?
With Win 7 upgrade they took the fresh install option away at one point, though I don't know if they've since restored it. Well, it would install fine but the upgrade license wouldn't activate unless you went in to the registry to changed the id to having been an upgrade install.

I get upgrade copies of windows from my University for like $8. I have a CD binder with Win XP (no sp, sp1, sp2, sp3, x64), Vista, Win7 (x32, x64). That includes multiple copies of some where I had friends pick them up.

Comment: The real use for this technology (Score 1) 22

by MrBippers (#39513045) Attached to: Researchers Create Living Human Gut-On-a-Chip
Summary and TFA seem to skim over the main area where this technology will likely see application--in looking at drug permeability and transport across the intestinal membrane. This is something that gets examined for EVERY orally administered drug and right now this is done primarily with cell culture monolayers of intestinal cells. This model allows for the addition of peristaltic forces and other stressors to give a more physiologically relevant system.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.