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

by The_Rook (#49092413) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

$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.

http://www.stereotimes.com/post/bybee--quantum-signal-enhancer/

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.

Comment: Re:Speaking for myself (Score 1) 320

by The_Rook (#48070207) Attached to: The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

none of the cartoons you describe "road runner, bugs bunny and crew, daffy duck, foghorn leghorn, jetsons, flintstones, pepe le pew" were designed for children. the loony tunes/merrie melodies cartoons (bugs bunny and crew) were created for theatrical distribution and the jetsons and flintstones were sitcoms intended for primetime broadcast.

if you're thinking of cartoons with smartly written scripts and were written for children perhaps you should have mentioned "rocky and bullwinkle". sure the animation was cheap, but that's the limitation of teevee budgets.

you're right about the corporate churn, though. hardly any saturday morning cartoons went for more than a half season or so. just not enough time for a series to find a voice or for the writers to get a feel for making it good.

Comment: the virgin galactic craft isn't even a spacecraft (Score 4, Insightful) 77

by The_Rook (#47961091) Attached to: Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

more to the point, the virgin galactic craft doesn't go anywhere. it has no destination other than downrange. so all branson is selling is a roller coaster ride. and an expensive one at that.

the russians (and soon spacex) at least have a space station as a destination.

Comment: why are snowflakes symmetric? (Score 5, Interesting) 79

by The_Rook (#43428871) Attached to: High-Speed Camera Grabs First 3D Shots of Untouched Snowflakes

what i've always wanted to know was why are snowflakes symmetric?

sure, a hexagonal crystal has bilateral symmetry etc. but snowflakes form long, complex arms with what can best be described as filigree. and yet, the filigree on opposite sides of the snowflake are also symmetric - that's shown even in these photos.

so what i want to know is how does crystal faces on opposite sides of the snowflake 'know' to grow symmetric filligree? what mechanism is there that allows one crystal face of a snowflake to 'know' what the other crystal faces are doing and so grow identical structures?

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