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Comment Re:So they want to piss on the maker community? (Score 1) 59

They already took a piss 2 years ago when they went closed source. Now they want to take a big steamy dump with their iTune for 3D printing.

The thingiverse repository as we know it may change completely.

Their first and foremost goal seem to divorce completely from the knowledgeable maker community and attend to the ignorant mass consumer flock who dean't know better.

The movie 'Print the legend' is really interesting to watch and Bre Petis really takes a hit from many comments. He's being called an a-hole by is ex VP Marketing!

Comment Re:Orange County's system (Score 2) 278

Most people don't know what that but you are 100% correct.

I do 2 things to earn a living. I'm an IT Consultant and I operate a maple farm. We use Reverse Osmosis to separate most of the water from the maple sugar crystals. For me, pure water is the waste and the rest is my base product that I boil later.

My small RO machine can produce around 800 gallons of pure water in an hour depending on the pressure I apply on the membrane. With a properly maintained membrane, only H2O is produced, no viruses, no bacteria and no antibiotics can get beyond the membrane.. So yes, it is purer than well or tap water even the natural minerals are removed (they need to be re-added later). The pure water then created will often get polluted by the distribution pipes themselves however.

I would have no problem at all drinking waste water from Reverse Osmosis Filtrate.

Comment Re:Ever use sat internet? (Score 1) 74

Internet satellite usually come from a single Geosynchronous satellite which is located at a 42,000km orbit. At the speed of light it take 280 msec to cross that distance back and forth and you can add some more delays for the earth network time. This delay doesn't affect streaming or downloads but it will affect lag sensitive operations like ssh, gaming, vpn, voip, etc.

The proposed 700 sat network will most likely be in low earth orbit like the iridium satellites at around 750km. At that altitude, the delay becomes 5 msec which is more than reasonable.


US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil 439

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from a Reuters report shedding light on one consequence of increasing knowledge of the extent of U.S. government spying: "Brazil awarded a $4.5 billion contract to Saab AB on Wednesday to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets, a surprise coup for the Swedish company after news of U.S. spying on Brazilians helped derail Boeing's chances for the deal. ... The timing of the announcement, after more than a decade of off-and-on negotiations, appeared to catch the companies involved by surprise. Even Juniti Saito, Brazil's top air force commander, said on Wednesday that he only heard of the decision a day earlier in a meeting with President Dilma Rousseff. Until earlier this year, Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet had been considered the front runner. But revelations of spying by the U.S. National Security Agency in Brazil, including personal communication by Rousseff, led Brazil to believe it could not trust a U.S. company."

Comment Their real motives will be revealed (Score 2) 712

I think that the real motives of the NRA has more to do with the liberty of companies to sell guns than with the liberty of people to own them.

If it ever come to the point were guns sales plummet 50% because people are 3D Printing them for a few dollars instead of purchasing them from gun manufacturers for a few 100s... I would be curious to see the NRA's reaction.

Just sayin...

Comment Re:They did that in Québec last year (Score 1) 172

I agree, I was just pointing out that it wasn't the first time that Voltage did that here. If anything, the current landscape should weaken their claim but since the 'offenses' possibly took place before the new law maybe they will be subject to the 'old' law.

Comment They did that in Québec last year (Score 1) 172

It is worth noting that It's not the first time that Voltage Pictures tries to fuck with Canadians. Last year they had a run at a few dozen Quebecers over the Hurt Locker that time:


I never new if they ended up with some settlements or not. What I do know by experience is that when I rented the Hurt Locker I ended up not watching it because the DVD was only in French. French is my native language but I hate translations, they are simply un-watchable. The Hurt Locker was distributed here by Maple Pictures and contrary to 99.9% of DVDs and BDs, they made two different versions for Canada, one in French and one in English. The English version was nowhere to be found in Québec. Talk about under using technology...

I can only imagine the poor bastard that actually bought the movie only in French (without knowing it) and ended up downloading a proper original English version and getting a 'pre-settlement' letter in the mail 2 years later...

Comment Re:I've never seen camera serial # in EXIF (Score 1) 272

Most decent DSLR do that. My Nikon D800 does it. My Nikons D700, D300, D300S and D7000 did it before and my friend's Canon 5DMKIII and 5DMKII do it too. I see it just by looking at my library in Lightroom.

I have a smaller Fuji X10 and a Nikon P7000 abd they do not insert their serial number in the EXIF data.

Comment Re:Maple Syrup Strategic Reserve? (Score 2) 399

That is completely true in theory and slashdot is not the place to debate the UPA practices. However, there are small details about the implementation and politics that make it often unfair. For example, the stolen inventory discussed in this story was supported by the producers since the UPA pays us only when the syrup is sold which can be a year or so later.

Over the years, I became mostly self sufficient and I sell the major part of my production in meals and products sold at my establishment. I did that to have as little to do with them as possible.

Comment Re:Maple Syrup Strategic Reserve? (Score 4, Interesting) 399

I do mainly 2 things in my life:

1- I'm an IT consultant 9 months/year
2- I produce maple syrup on my maple farm 3 month/year

I've been doing that for years and let me tell you that it is true that is a monopoly benefiting mainly the big producers and the small one are kinda left behind. But then again, It is similar to most farming in most countries.

Comment Re:What's next? (Score 1) 189

They have a history of double dipping so why the hell not?

Surely, at some point, it will become inconceivable that they earn more money from AWS or other cloud users patent fees than from their own cloud clients. They're extracting money from Android manufacturers. They know all too well how and where to piggy back themselves onto others along the food chain... Parasites...

"What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying." -- Nikita Khrushchev