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Comment: Re:Wrong type of machine for Dremel (Score 3, Informative) 50

by aXis100 (#47941679) Attached to: Dremel Releases 3D Printer

We are no-where near the point where fused filament 3D Printing is a plug and play operation. In the last 12 months I've had to spend a lot of time and effort to get reasonable prints, and have had to regularly consider things like:

Printer idiosyncracies (which a professional printer should avoid):
- Wear & tear on pulleys and bushings changing belt performance
- Correct hot end temperatures, scorching and smoking of filament leading to clogged nozzles
- Bed flatness
- Enclosure temperature control, adhesion to the bed and control of warping

Then, even if your printer is working well there are a huge number of factors to consider when drawing and slicing your shape:
- Orientation of the shape with respect to grain in the filament to give good styrength
- Orientation of the shape to avoid bridges and overhangs
- Inside fill percentage and fill style to optimise between strength and potential warping.
- Adjustment for tolerance and oozing around and intermeshing parts

That's not a complete list, but it's what I'm down to now on a regular basis now that I've tweaked all of the other settings and am getting some consistency.

Comment: Re:Gotta say... (Score 1) 120

by Richy_T (#47929561) Attached to: Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

OK, now let's run with that analogy, it's close enough for illustrative purposes.

So, 1/3 of all cars are exposed to this radiation which weakens seatbelts anyway.

Now, a small proportion of all cars, we could go by model but let's go by circumstance instead... Maybe let's say 98% cars used for off-roading are exposed to this radiation.

So now, instead of 33%, it's what, 34%, 35%? If this is an issue, then the 33% is also an issue and we should be doing what we an to eliminate that. Sure, it's not ideal if you're a farm worker or an off-roader (in the car analogy case) but many jobs and activities have negative aspects.

I just think that statistics are being used here to generate a story when there isn't one. "Farm workers have increased risk of infection" just doesn't have the same ring for pulling in the $$$

Comment: Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (Score 1) 317

by Richy_T (#47922337) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

A Libertarian society would have *NO* schools? What are you smoking? I don't think even the statiest of statiests would say that if they are in the least bit intellectually honest. That statement doesn't even deserve a sincere rebuttal. I'll just chuckle and shake my head.

Comment: Re:Just wait (Score 1) 419

by Richy_T (#47921395) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

You didn't think the reality distortion field was just a figure of speech, did you? It's been the primary subject of research for Apple to try and reform the Beatles since their revenues fell so heavily when they split up. (The whole Apple suing Apple thing was just a smokescreen, man).

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 1) 608

Social actions are by-the-by. Reasons that people might object to U2 are their own, just as others may not object to this Tyler dude. Personal choice should be respected. I believe U2 are somewhat partisan in their views on the Northern Ireland situation. Some loyalists might find that offensive.

And it's not about the deletion, the album shows against your account as "purchased" implying that you have made a choice. Offering for free is one thing, this is quite another.

Not that those in thrall to Apple shouldn't know better anyway but some people just need their eyes opening, I guess. I'm sure Google won't be much better though.

Comment: Re:Uber does seem to be flailing about... (Score 1) 139

by Richy_T (#47913027) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

They are not trying to be cost competitive to taxi services, they are trying to be *better*. It doesn't matter if taxis are cheaper if you can't get a taxi in a reasonable amount of time. If prices are allowed to rise with demand, that will encourage *more* drivers to be on the road to meet that demand. If you want cheaper, you can still wait around an hour for a regular taxi to become available. If you want to be on your way to your next adventure of the night, perhaps you're willing to spend a little more.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 265

by Richy_T (#47912301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

This is the truth.

Ideally, if one were truly archiving, you'd keep the original media around but the truth of the matter is that one is probably digitizing in order to be able to throw out what are basically big and bulky items that truthfully have little value but you just can't throw away without feeling a little guilty.

I have a big stack of negatives I inherited from my grandparents. The truth is that probably no one who knows anyone in those pictures is still alive. We have left the era when that kind of thing was rare and interesting and we're now into the "irrelevant info dump" era where every minutae of a persons life is available to the world and in 50 years nobody will care unless you become noteworthy or famous or happen to have descendents who are into all that genealogy stuff..

If I have not seen so far it is because I stood in giant's footsteps.