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Comment: the training matters, not the machines (Score 1) 167

I held a director level position at a nationwide chain of makerspaces for several years, and have worked with big tech companies building their own makerspaces. I'm not boasting, but I have more experience is setting up maker spaces than all but a handful of people in the country.

In some respects, the tools you select don't really matter; all you need to do is buy robust enough tools so they won't immediately fall apart, without blowing your entire budget. That part is easy. Honestly, the difference between a MakerBot and their competition isn't that much, and the same is true of most tools.

The thing that will make or kill your lab is training and maintenance. This is the most important thing you will read all day; ignore it at your own risk.

If you put a few 3D printers on a table, expect people to use them correctly, and have somebody add "printer maintenance" to their job, you will fail. In a month, you'll have broken printers, irritated users and overworked staff. You simply must have a system for training how to use the tools in the space, according to your set of rules and expectations. You need a system to keep un-authorized users off the machines. You must have people on hand to answer questions, and help your users, post-training. You must have dedicated maintenance staff. If you have a collection of perpetually broken tools, your users won't respect the space or tools, and it'll will turn into a nightmare.

There's a reason that makerspaces aren't an easy way to make money; it takes a large, competent staff to keep them from turning into a disaster area of broken tools.

Comment: iPhone 6. No issues. (Score 1) 484

by Skynyrd (#49553373) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

I just don't have issues with my phone, and I can't remember the last time I rebooted it. It was most likely the last time I updated the OS. It just works.

The only real complaint I have is that AirDrop isn't reliable, but I'm not sure if that's my laptop or my phone.
Is it you? Is it some collection of apps you have?

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 1) 441

by Skynyrd (#49472447) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

Because the republicans are more for sale than the democrats are. How anybody can support a party that is so obviously anti-citizen amazes me.

Yeah, the dems fuck up all the time as well, but it's the republicans who want to end decent health care, net neutrality, sell our national resources. If they can make a buck by fucking us, they will (and do).

Comment: Re:I read some of the comments to her (Score 1) 467

They have the freedom to say it, and I have to freedom to not hire them because of it.
Actions have consequences.

And I think you have serious misconceptions of the concept of "law". Here's an example - the CEO of Chick-Fil-A is very publicly anti gay, and anti gay marriage. He breaks no laws while expressing his opinions. However, people who don't agree with him have the option of protesting, boycotting, writing letters to the editor, saying mean things about him online, quitting their job at CFA, etc. People who agree with him can eat more chicken, protest the protestors, etc. No laws will be broken. Just because 100,000 people will never eat at CFA again (mob mentality) it's so far from a law, that you can't even see a law from there.

All of these things are part of free speech, and whenever CFA is mentioned, there will alway be a little bit of "oh, the anti-gay company" (whether spoken out loud or not). It's simply consequences (both good and bad) for his actions. I really don't see a difference here.

If we all thought that saying "we want to rape her with baseball bats" was an OK thing to do, we'd all laugh and say "boys will be boys" and nothing would happen. I'm certain that there are a lot of people in the US that think their behavior is acceptable and don't care about this issue.

However, there are many, many people who are tired of these kinds of attacks, as well as tired of men treating women like passive object for them to put their dicks in. I'm one of those people. These grown ass men know that it's wrong to say this shit, and did it anyway, in public. Now they have consequences to deal with. Not the law; consequences. You are welcome to be on either side of the issue, but my desire to see them pay a price is not a law.

I have a serious issue with one thing you're saying - "I don't even think that there are any "people like this" in our society."
Yes. Yes, there are "people like this" in our society. Put yourself in her shoes for just a moment. You are getting rape threats from unknown guys; you don't know who they are, where they live, or how serious they are. Scared? Feel threatened?
Our society, for too long, has turned the other cheek, and said "boys will be boys" when people do this. She was dressed that way. She had too much to drink. Why was she alone? Why didn't she fight back? How many men has she had sex with?
This is all bullshit, and it puts the burden of not being raped on women. Our mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, friends and neighbors. It's bullshit. Of course women should be smart, and limit exposure to risk (just like men do), but we need to get out of this cycle of blaming women for what happens to them, and expose the men who perpetuate these actions - whether they act on them or not.

Comment: Re:I read some of the comments to her (Score 1) 467

I'm really on the fence when it comes to whether freedom of speech shoudn't win here.

They have the freedom to say it, and I have the freedom to fire them for it. I'm not sure how you aren't seeing this as a victory for free speech.

Freedom of speech is not the same as freedom from consequences. The government isn't attacking these guys; other humans, who also have freedom of speech are responding to them. The school, most certainly, has a behavioral clause on the books, and has every right to kick that guy out of school. An employer has every right to fire somebody who acts like a giant asshole in public.

As I said in a previous reply, we are not making up laws. The people have spoken (using that freedom of speech thing) and don't want these guys working for them, or attending their university. Freedom of speech gets a win - win today.

Comment: Re:I read some of the comments to her (Score 1) 467

And at this point the mob is just making up the laws as they go.

Nobody is talking about the law. These guys made public "remarks" about raping a woman with a baseball bat, and the public is pissed off about it. The cops haven't stepped it, as far as I know.

These men had the right to say that shit, as vile as it is. Now they have to deal with the consequences. If one of my employees was being that much of a complete asshole in public I'd fire him (or her), and that's exactly what happened here. Sure, there's a lynch mob, but it's my right to sit at this keyboard and do my best to send these guys to hell.

We don't need people like this in our society. We have to share our world with them, but we can certainly stand up and say "enough".

Comment: Re:I read some of the comments to her (Score 1) 467

Let them go silently, so they can date your daughter?
I'm not trying to be disrespectful of your daughter (if you even have one) but wouldn't you want a loved one to know this before she started dating this creep? Is it fair that somebody this damaged could hide those damaged thoughts (shoving a baseball bat up a young woman, against her will) after screaming about them in public?

I have no idea what to do with him, and prison is certainly not the answer, but when people do shit like this, it's in their permanent record (google). If anybody who has graduated from high school hasn't figured this out, they are probably too stupid to function anyway.

Would you just let him go if he robbed a liquor store?

Comment: Re:I read some of the comments to her (Score 1) 467

You are free to start a company and hire these guys. I, however, don't want to hire grown adults that think it's OK to threaten a person with rape by baseball bat, simply because her father plays baseball. These aren't junior high boys who have their head up their asses; these are men. Adults. They are responsible enough to vote, buy booze, buy guns, serve in the military - yet we shouldn't hold them accountable to their hateful words?

If the comments were off-color, like "hey, can't wait for her to get to college so I can date her", it wouldn't have been a story. They'd just have been douchy guys, and nothing would have happened. Read the comments, and tell me that there should be no record of what happened. Rape by baseball bat? Raping her and bragging about it to her father? There is something seriously wrong with these men, and there should be a consequence for their actions.

We all have a line in the sand about who we would hire (or date, or live with, or whatever) and who we wouldn't. Yours is simply in a different location than mine.

Comment: I read some of the comments to her (Score 5, Insightful) 467

The comments were horrific. Directed at her, because she was his daughter. Her only "crime" was being the daughter of a sports star. She had done nothing, but comments ranged from raping her, to penetrating her with a baseball bat.

I hope every one of these sick little fuckers loses their job, gets kicked out of school *and* has their name attached to the story. I want somebody to find these comments *every* time that one of these guys is googled, forever.

This shit won't stop until there are actual consequences. It won't ever stop completely, but it could certainly help.

Comment: Pandora not the same as Spotify (Score 1) 305

by Skynyrd (#49113703) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

Pandora has a different model than Spotify, and comparing them is somewhat silly.

Pandora pays the standard rate, set by the government. It cannot play a specific song you request, or play an entire album. Much like traditional radio, you hear what "the DJ" decides to play. You can "choose a station" by selecting an artist or song, but you can't force it to play the song you want.

Spotify, on the other hand, deals directly with the artist, and pays more for allowing to play an album, or specific songs.

At at the end, it doesn't really matter how much they pay the label, because the artists doesn't get shit.
As a side note, the royalties, like in radio, are paid to the song writer, not the performer.

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