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Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 5, Insightful) 200

Sure it might be better, but it definitely can be much worse.

Worse than no high speed broadband service? Wilson built their system because Time Warner and others refused to. So, the city decided to solve the problem themselves. When you refuse to serve a community, you can't complain about 'unfair competition' when they decide to serve themselves.

(Time Warner thanks you for your loyalty)

Comment: Re:Illegal? (Score 1) 192

by StatureOfLiberty (#47336567) Attached to: An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

It is wonderful that someone took the time to have him recognized. So many times people don't take the time to do things like this.

Regarding contracting out:

I was a boom operator in the Air Force (inflight refueling specialist). In my free time, I wrote an aircraft weight and balance calculation application in basic that ran on desktop PCs (which were brand spanking new at the time). We had been filling a form out (called a Form-F) by hand using numbers looked up in charts. It took about 20 minutes to fill this form out. The Air Force had contracted out the creation of an app that ran in an HP programmable calculator to do this same task. It took about 5 minutes to fill the form out using the calculator. My program could generate this form in about 2 minutes. And my program was also more accurate (and it printed on a full page instead of 2" wide thermal paper). After I wrote my app, nobody used the calculator to generate the Form-F unless they filling it out on the airplane.

I was already out of the Air Force at the time. But a buddy of mine who took on maintaining the program I wrote said it was used to 'load plan' every KC-135 flight in the first gulf war. Not bad for a program that I could not even get certified (if you used it on a check ride you would have actually failed the check ride, even though the result was actually more accurate).

I certainly never got a medal for my app. It did get me Airman of the Quarter at our base. But, the real reward was that it worked and that people loved it. The fact that it worked better than the contracted solution was icing on the cake. I think this guy's story is great.

Comment: Re:We aren't stupid... (Score 4, Funny) 105

by StatureOfLiberty (#46978409) Attached to: FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal
Revised proposal from FCC:

We have heard your concerns and being the responsible and responsive agency that we are, we have revised our proposal. Companies like Netflix can now pay companies like Comcast to degrade data delivery for everyone else. See, we've completely reversed course. Thank you for expressing your concern. See what a difference you can make when you stay informed and involved?

+ - Custom 3D-printed kayak is a homemade work of art-> 1

Submitted by awaissoft
awaissoft (2930871) writes "Jim Smith is an ambitious man. He not only built himself a large 3D printer, he also decided to have it make him a kayak. It appears to be the world’s first 3D-printed kayak, and it’s a stunner.

The kayak’s multi-colored patchwork design looks like it would appeal to Colin Baker’s version of “Doctor Who.” The boat consists of 28 parts printed using ABS plastic. The materials to produce the nearly 17-foot-long kayak with a 6mm-thick hull cost around $500, according to Smith. The whole contraption weighs nearly 65 pounds, which is pretty much in line with the weight of a regular kayak.

The individual sections are held together with metal bolts and sealed with silicone so it won’t go all Titanic and sink. The internal structure features a series of ribs to help strengthen the design. The unusual creation is water-worthy, with photographic and video evidence to prove it.

The 3D printer that spit out the kayak is as impressive as the vessel itself. The custom-built gadget builds parts on a large scale and uses a heated chamber to prevent warping and cracking. Smith has been fine-tuning the printer, based on his own design, since 2008.

One of the advantages of printing your own kayak, besides owning a one-of-kind piece of floating art, is that it can be customized to your height and weight. Smith did exactly that. It was a time-consuming project, but it’s also a sneak peek at the possible future of 3D printers in the home. It might not be too long before we’re all churning out custom kayaks, or even 3D-printed cars."

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