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Comment: Re:Gee, thanks Texas (Score 1) 192

by lgw (#49202029) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

I had a CNC crown done many years ago. It cost more than a lab crown and never fit right. I now have a lab made crown in it's place and my dentist no longer has a CNC machine.

Early adopters take the hits for the rest of us. The crown wasn't exactly right out of the mill - the dentist still did a bit if drilling on it to get my bite right - but it did fit solidly on the tooth-stub it crowns.

Comment: Re: I have said it before (Score 1) 379

by mrchaotica (#49201285) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

I'm glad you liked it.

In the 80s, utility companies in the US just gave up on building new nuclear plants entirely. The two reactors currently under construction at Plant Vogtle in Georgia are the first new reactors to be approved in over 30 years. They're currently over budget and behind schedule, but how much of the problem can be attributed to regulatory meddling vs. other causes (such as the fact that the last engineers who could possibly have experience building a reactor in the US have surely long since retired) remains to be seen.

Comment: Re:The gun fetishists and ammosexuals think (Score 1) 192

by jedidiah (#49200603) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

On the other hand, it's been commonplace to carry your gun everywhere in some places. The entire planet is not a concrete jungle in the style of Coruscant quite yet.

Taking your gun to school is only seen as a problem because some people choose to act hysterically when it comes to a particular bit of modern technology. They wallow in their fear and ignorance and take great pride in it. They confuse ignorance with sophistication.

It's seen as "something that's not done" simply because it's taboo and there's a good part of the population that chooses to be intolerant.

Comment: Re:Gee, thanks Texas (Score 5, Insightful) 192

by lgw (#49200433) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

This is why we can't have nice things.

Small-scale manufacturing is the source of all coming nice things. Yes, yes, you can use it to make guns - or anything else for that matter! 3D printing will never, by itself, make Star Trek replicators a reality, you need both additive printing and milling to make small-scale, eventually in-every-home, manufacturing a reality. The "Ghost Gunner" is just an ordinary CNC mini-mill. That's kind of the point here: it's not a tool for making guns, it's just a tool. And a damn impressive one.

Yesterday I had a crown put in. The last crown I had took 2 dentist visits, because the crown had to be manufactured in a lab and mailed, a multi-day process. Yesterday it took under 2 hours. The dentists scanned my tooth, designed the replacement on a computer as I watched, and (with some intermediate steps) it was automatically milled in a back room while I waited. We're living in the future, and, yes, the future will have guns, which even if you think that's a bad thing, just think of all the other stuff we'll be making ourselves, or in the office of the appropriate professional.

Comment: Re:For regulation to work... (Score 4, Interesting) 192

by jedidiah (#49200411) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

Texas does in fact allow open carry of long guns. What it doesn't allow is open carry of hand guns.

In fact back when the whole Ferguson thing was more of a thing, there was an open carry demonstration by a black shooting club. They marched through one of our large cities (with rifles and shotguns) and deposited themselves next to a number of on duty police officers on their meal break.

No fireworks ensued though. Nobody got over excited. Although it does bear mentioning that the jurisdiction in question does have a black police chief and had a black DA.

Comment: Re:Lift the gag order first... (Score 2) 421

That fact that they happen to be Republican is irrelevant because both parties are thoroughly corrupted by the corporate interests that actual net neutrality threatens!

Both parties are quite corrupt - we know this. But if on some specific issue like this, one party or the other was not corrupt, that would be interesting. And that often happens, as the businesses in question pick one party or the other as the target of all their bribes for efficiency reasons. But that's not the case here. The safe assumption here is that any net neutrality laws will be a bribery contest between the cable companies and the content providers (mostly Google and Netflix), and anything shat out of that process is highly suspect.

Party doesn't enter into it - this is about the Senator from Google vs the Senator from Comcast!


The Abandoned Google Project Memorial Page 105

Posted by Soulskill
from the Hello!-Wave-Lively,-Reader! dept. writes: Quentin Hugon, Benjamin Benoit and Damien Leloup have created a memorial page for projects adandoned by Google over the years including: Google Answers, Lively, Reader, Deskbar, Click-to-Call, Writely, Hello, Send to Phone, Audio Ads, Google Catalogs, Dodgeball, Ride Finder, Shared Stuff, Page Creator, Marratech, Goog-411, Google Labs, Google Buzz, Powermeter, Real Estate, Google Directory, Google Sets, Fast Flip, Image Labeler, Aardvark, Google Gears, Google Bookmarks, Google Notebook, Google Code Search, News Badges, Google Related, Latitude, Flu Vaccine Finder, Google Health, Knol, One Pass, Listen, Slide, Building Maker, Meebo, Talk, SMS, iGoogle, Schemer, Notifier, Orkut, Hotpot, Music Trends, Refine, SearchWiki, US Government Search, Sparrow, Web Accelerator, Google Accelerator, Accessible Search, Google Video, and Helpouts. Missing from the list that we remember are Friend Connect, Google Radio Ads, Jaiku, SideWiki, and Wave.

We knew there were a lot, but who knew there'd be so many. Which abandoned Google project do you wish were still around?

Comment: Re:Yeah the FCC is stifling freedom! (Score 1) 421

what I find funny is that here some people are unhappy. Make up your mind slashdot, you finally got what you wan

Nobody changed their mind; the Slashdotters who wanted ISPs to be common carriers a decade ago still do. It's an entirely different set of users [industry shills and teabagging nutjobs] that have come out of the woodwork to bitch and moan now.

Comment: Re:Sheesh (Score 1) 421

The libertarian solution would outright abolish such government-enforced monopolies.

The libertarian solution would have Comcast and all other utilities pay every property owner for permission to run lines through their property (which is clearly unworkable -- if a single property owner at the entrance of a street refuses, everybody else on the street would be screwed). That's why even people who normally lean libertarian (such as the GP) realize that government regulation is a better alternative in this case.

Comment: Re:They do what they're paid to do... (Score 1) 421

Yeah it's amazing how clueless Congressional boiler plate responses can be. I've sent emails to my Congressman in favor of a particular new project and EVERY TIME I get back emails thanking me for sharing my opposition to it, with a long list of things he intends to do to prevent the project from ever happening.

It's almost like they don't care about the little people's views...

Science is to computer science as hydrodynamics is to plumbing.