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Comment: clunky software? (Score 4, Insightful) 143

by Whatsisname (#46686833) Attached to: A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

One of the main obstacles between 3D printers and consumers has been clunky, unintuitive software

More like the fact that CAD software packages cost many thousands of dollars, and no good free alternatives exist.

Or that the printers themselves for commercial grade machines also cost many thousands of dollars.

Or that mechanical design is inherently challenging and is an expensive skill to develop.

But nope, just have some big buttons on a touch screen and everything will be groovy.

Comment: Re:Now the next step... (Score 1) 143

by Whatsisname (#46049903) Attached to: US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

The idea of the patent system was that anyone could patent their grand idea and then have legal backing to protect it in court from someone that uses the idea without consent. The filing fees were also designed to be low to keep the barrier of entry low enough that "the little guy" could get the same protection as the big corporations.

This is completely false. Patents were never about the "little guy". Their purpose is to benefit society by providing an advantage to disclosing the secrets of invention so society can learn. Prior to patents, technology was often a closely guarded secret, belonging to individuals or trade guilds, secrets that were often lost with the deaths of the people involved. By making disclosure a more attractive option than secrecy, society could benefit by learning from the details of the inventions.

That is the idea of the patent system. "Little guy" doesn't mean shit, all that matters is having useful knowledge disclosed to society, whether its individuals or mega-corps.

Comment: Re:Depends (Score 1) 937

by Whatsisname (#45908513) Attached to: Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

*their

Also, not all failures are caused by "not doing there job right", especially when venturing into new territory. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, a classic example of a disastrous engineering project, pushed the envelope and collapsed, but not because the engineers didn't do their job right. There hadn't been a bridge of that size with that design before, and aerodynamic concerns weren't taken into account. If that bridge hadn't collapsed and taught the lesson, some other bridge would have.

You can never remove all risk. You may call that 'passing the buck', but blaming all failures, regardless of cause, as "not doing there job right", forces a stone-age technological capability.

Comment: Heard this before (Score 1) 156

by Whatsisname (#45341633) Attached to: Google Bots Doing SQL Injection Attacks

I vaguely recall an article years ago on something like TheDailyWtf where some idiot webmaster wrote a web application with links instead of buttons to perform tasks, and was confused why his site and data was getting trashed repeatedly, until he figured out it was the crawling bots.

This is nothing new: unskilled developers using the wrong methods and getting burned.

Comment: A better map (Score 2) 322

by Whatsisname (#44648057) Attached to: Open Source Mapping Software Shows Every Traffic Death On Earth

Map is disappointing. Whomever decided that color scheme should be slapped.

I was expecting something like this: http://map.itoworld.com/road-casualties-usa but for all countries.

The map linked has every traffic fatality in the United States, and the age, sex, and classification of each death.

Comment: Re:Internships are hard work! (Score 4, Insightful) 540

by Whatsisname (#43986379) Attached to: Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid

By having them unpaid, you are essentially making those jobs only be accessible to people from wealthy families. Only people from wealthy families can afford to pay the bills while working for free. Everyone else has to find a paying job, which would then exclude them from being able to gain entry into those fields.

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