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

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

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

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

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:US Metric System (Score 1) 1387

It would mean I'd need to own about half as many sockets and wrenches. Or eventually after a long enough time some future generation would. Also, not knowing if a random bolt is metric/imperial it's a pain to have to go back and forth to gauge the best fit.

Man With World's Deepest Voice Can Hit Infrasonic Notes 173

An anonymous reader writes "The man who holds the Guinness record for the world's lowest voice can hit notes so low that only animals as big as elephants are able to hear them. American singer Tim Storms, who also has the world's widest vocal range, can reach notes as low as G-7 (0.189Hz), an incredible eight octaves below the lowest G on the piano."

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

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.

You will lose an important tape file.