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Comment: Use for 3D printing (Score 3, Interesting) 266 266

Custom Model Rockets
Movie Props (Make your own light saber)
Robot Parts (FIRST Robotics)
Phone Cases (with gears)
Custom connectors for Legos

The biggest questions you have to answer are 1) what material do you want to use, and 2) what the max size of your part? Personally, I like ABS. It is flexible and more forgiving and assembles easily with acetone. My favorite lowend 3D printer is the Makerbot 2X, however you won't get an iron man costume out if it with the 6x9x12 build volume. However, with a few mods you can print, ABS, Ninjaflex, and even PLA.

The Ultimaker 2 is a great printer for PLA, nice resolution, however it uses 3mm filament which is not as common as at the 1.7mm that most of the other printers use.

My lease favorite low end 3D printer is the Makerbot Z18.

It's all good fun, go for it!

Comment: Supreme court to DOJ, Challenge Accepted (Score 4, Funny) 223 223

DOJ: We recommend you don't take this important copyright case.
SCOTUS: Oh really, why is that?
DOJ: Corporate interest mostly, we are looking to create a new form of monopoly power, and Larry Ellison has some really cool Sailboats.
SCOTUS: Thanks for your recommendation, we are looking forward to hearing this case and just added it to the docket.

Comment: Re:this isn't going to make you safe. (Score 1) 114 114

Here is what is going to happen. They will invest in license plate trackers while autonomous cars start to hit the roads. Soon, autonomous cars will be driving by themselves. I can even envision the day where multiple families timeshare an autonomous vehicle. Why park a car in a lot when someone else could be using it? The day of the autonomous taxi is not far away.

Meanwhile we need a clever way to defeat the license plate readers. Since they are fixed tech, how hard could it be? Spraying the plate with IR reflective coating and then mounting HID (High Intensity Infrared Leds) to complete blow out the IR filter in the camera sensor. It seems like these things could be defeated.

Any ideas?

+ - Chance to Destroy Your Printer->

An anonymous reader writes: The office products dealer, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, announced its "Motor City Copier Crush" competition will take place on 22 April. Administrative professionals from the local area can enter the competition to win a new Sharp Multi-Functional Printer, and the winner will get to keep the new device and have an unwanted copier or printer dropped from a 60-foot crane.
Link to Original Source

+ - An Illustrated History of "iPhone Killers"

schnell writes: In June 2007, the original iPhone — with 2G-only connectivity, no native apps and $499 on-contract pricing for a 4 GB model — launched exclusively on AT&T in the US. At the time, the US smartphone marketplace was dominated by BlackBerry and Windows Mobile, with Palm and Symbian as afterthoughts and Android still in prototype — leaving the industry to wonder whether Apple's phone venture was a legitimate contender or a flash in the pan. Since then, dozens of phones have been lauded as "iPhone killers," and Yahoo! has a collection of sixteen of the most notable. These putative assassins range from the original Motorola Droid to the LG Voyager with the Palm Pre and the BlackBerry Storm in between. In retrospect, did any of these devices really have a chance? And what would a real iPhone killer require?

Comment: But who will program the program..... (Score 1) 266 266

But who will program the program? Once the new amazing program is created, will users somehow be able to communicate requirements or will they just get a wizard?

The problem is not the lack of coders, the problem is that our species can not keep pace with our rate of technological innovation and expansion. Technology is ubiquitous as evidenced by people walking around like zombies starting at screens. Until we get a handle on technology, what it "is", where it is taking us, and how to adapt it to our species in a sane way, I doubt that programming will go away. It might morph, but it will still require advanced knowledge of business rules, databases, and processing.

As long as we are chasing the shiny ball of hardware, technology, and new functionality we will need programmers. When the ultimate platform is finally decided or all the players agree to use a platform neutral architecture, then we can run code generators. Oh wait, I think we tried that with JAVA and .NET.

Comment: Building a good team is all about people (Score 1) 101 101

What are you hiring? Are you hiring a resume or are you hiring a person? In order to get a good team, you need to start with good people and let them carefully add who they think will mesh with the team. This usually results in long term team stability since the team gets along with each other and works well together. If you have a good team core in place and try to force the rockstar that HR found onto the team or alternately the low waged, inexperienced H1-B without input it could end badly. This could result in team dissatisfaction and abandonment.

What is a good team?

A good team eats lunch together, more often than not.
A good team protects each other and shoulders the work load together.
A good team plays together, voluntarily, not the BS team building stuff the companies artificially put together.
A good team builds bonds which leads to everyone be honest and open about problems, skillets, and new ideas.

Not every person on a good team has to be a rockstar but a team should have base talent, be willing to learn, and of course be willing to be part of the team.

A team is like a little family you spend 8-10 hours a day with.

And... it is nice to say thank you to your TEAM. TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves Money

Good luck building your TEAM.

Comment: Re:where did Amazon service suffer as a result? (Score 3, Insightful) 155 155

So don't buy Amazon shares. Jeff Bezos is an innovative maniac always looking for the next hit and willing to gamble big. Amazon is down $100 since 2013, but if you are longer term (multi-year investor) that bought in Dec 2012 you are still up $50 a share or you still made 15% or 7.5% per year. Sounds pretty good to me. Seriously, if you want to cry go look at energy companies right now.

It is just whining from people who want more, more, more. We hear it time and time again: Apple isn't giving us important shareholders enough money, Jeff Bezos isn't giving us investors enough money. We want more, we're important, we're shareholders. Go buy a dividend stock and be quiet. It is a stock, there is no such thing as a sure thing. Just ask everyone who lost 10-years of retirement savings as the banks crashed the world economy and then were bailed out by the US Government. So much for the invisible hand of the market.

Comment: Re:And people over 40 don't know how to reinstall (Score 1) 840 840

I used to think the same thing, until I learned you can get a NEW Toshiba laptop regular price at Best Buy for $300. I can't believe how inexpensive new machines have become. I can't even buy a Windows 7 license for less than $100, yet somehow I can get a whole laptop for $300.

The savings in buying something old, putting money into it and fixing it up, especially in computer hardware just doesn't make sense anymore. Unless you just have to reflow the solder in your trusty toaster oven, it is probably easier to buy a new one than fix up an old one.

Comment: Re:The devices have changed, not just the users (Score 1) 840 840

I can agree with you and can verify this as someone is a maker. I decided that with the help you a YouTube video could change out the battery in an iPhone 4s. No problem, just watch the video then do the same. I totally miscalculated the fragility of the battery connector and pried it right off the board with solder traces and all. The new modern electronics are very, very fragile, especially the connectors.

So, I looked on Ebay for someone who specialized in the type damage repair that I had done and shipped the phone off to have a new connector soldered to the motherboard.

The second phone I repaired was a success now that I knew about the delicacies of the insides and how careful you had to be when wiggling off connectors.

We also recently used a toaster oven to reflow the solder on a failed HP motherboard, 384-degrees for 8 minutes and wow did it smell, but fixed the problem.

So yes, things can be fixed, but it is a whole new world of repair. New pentalobe screwdrivers, new spoogers and prytools, toaster ovens for reflowing solder, and of course guidance from YouTube on how to fix anything.

"May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." -- George Carlin