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Comment that's peanuts compared to the tweakers (Score 1) 213

$160 for a memory card may be exorbitant, but at least it is a memory card and does something useful.

while checking for reviews on audio gear (i do appreciate well designed hifi) i saw this review for what looks like a 4" x 6" plastic slab.

now i have no idea what 'Crystal Technology' is or how it's supposed to work. i'd love it if someone took one of these things and sliced it open to find out what's inside. i suspect it's just a piece of solid plastic. however, i can't think why anyone would spend $119 just to find out. the depressing thing is how credulous the reviewer is and it ultimatly lends doubt on all the site's reviews.

Comment Re:It's a golden age for trinkets (Score 1) 47

what 3D printing needs to take off is a 3D scanner.

there are lots of 3D designs that you can download and print. if you're good with 3D drafting software, you can even make some of your own. but what i want is to make replacement parts for household goods (like pot handles, broken plastic bits on the car, etc.).

i don't expect most manufacturers will be willing to publish 3D print files for their products so that users can make minor repairs. in fact, i expect most manufacturers will invoke the DMCA to protect their product designs to prevent users from printing copies of them.

but ordinary people (i.e. those who are not geeks or nerds) will expect the use 3D printers for something. minor repairs to household goods qualify. and. so far, nothing i've seen seems to point that way.

"It doesn't much signify whom one marries for one is sure to find out next morning it was someone else." -- Rogers