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Comment: Weak-minded officials == corruption (Score 1) 202 202

by Futurepower(R) (#50013269) Attached to: How Uber Takes Over a City
Weak-minded government officials are an example of government corruption.

Anyone who accepted the idea, "not allowing parking lots was to push people into not having cars", was weak-minded. The idea was always to save the builders money, and have residents use the surrounding streets instead. The resulting lack of parking reduced the values of surrounding houses, because, for example, house owners could not have parties if their guests could not find a place to park.

+ - Ask Slashdot: For What Are You Using 3-D Printing?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: I've been thinking about getting a 3-D printer for a while: the quality is rising, the software is better, STL files really do seem a sufficiently good standard ("sufficiently standard," that is — I'm not worried that printers are going to stop supporting it anytime soon), and prices have dropped quite a bit. Importantly to me, it also seems like less of a jumping-off-a-cliff decision, since I can get a completely assembled one from places as wild and crazy as ... the Home Depot (not that I plan to). However, even practical things I can think of to print can't truly justify, and that's OK — I hope not to require enough replacement knobs and chess pieces to necessarily *need* one, and playing around with it is the main likely upshot, which I'm OK with. But still, I'd like to hear what uses you have been putting your 3-D printer to, including printers that aren't yours but belong to a hackerspace, public library, eccentric neighbor, etc. What actually practical / useful tasks have you been using 3-D printing for, and with what printer technology? It's OK if you just keep printing out those chess pieces and teapots, but I'm curious about less obvious reasons to have one around. (And I might just use the local Tech Shop's anyhow, but the question still applies.)

Comment: Re:How is this news for nerds? (Score 2, Funny) 1052 1052

by DickBreath (#49996347) Attached to: Supreme Court Ruling Supports Same-Sex Marriage
It seems unlikely that there are any gay nerds. Nerds are a fraction of the general population. Gay people are an even smaller fraction of the general population. This would make the existence gay nerds seem highly unlikely.

Similarly, the odds that in the vastness of space, an asteroid could just happen to strike our moon seems so incredibly remote that one could safely conclude that there are no craters on the moon.

Comment: Re:As an informed citizen... (Score 1) 588 588

by SuiteSisterMary (#49994029) Attached to: Supreme Court Upholds Key Obamacare Subsidies
Wheee, sharecropping! Next, tell people that not only do they only have health insurance through their employer, but now they're paid in company scrip, usable only at company stores, where products the company decides you want or need is priced at what the company feels is fair.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries