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Comment: It's making following instructions more difficult (Score 1) 224

by WillAdams (#46692821) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain

I wrote up the instructions for assembling the Shapeoko (an open source / hardware CNC machine) and a recurring theme on the forums is people suggesting that such-and-such a hint / suggestion should be added to the text instructions --- and said text was already there:

http://docs.shapeoko.com/zaxis...

I did make the diagrams interactive, which at least cut eliminated the complaints that ``there are supposed to be 2 of part X in assembly Y, but only 1 is shown'':

http://docs.shapeoko.com/conte...

Comment: Re:What about cable company saturation? (Score 1) 223

by WillAdams (#46684353) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

The problem w/ DSL is that it has a limited reach --- I tried to get it, but it wouldn't work (and Verizon doesn't have a good mechanism for handling that and rolling one over to FIOS) 'cause, while I was w/in reach physically, electronically the connection wasn't good enough --- so one has a limited potential market.

Comment: Re:Backup cameras are nice but (Score 1) 518

by WillAdams (#46629379) Attached to: Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

God no. Why make even more noise pollution?

Instead:

1) Drivers should walk around a vehicle before getting in and verify the condition of the vehicle and that it will be safe to move it

2) Drivers should back up slowly and carefully using their mirrors and should not drive vehicles which they're not competent to handle.

Comment: Re:How many unhatched chickens? So many. (Score 1) 251

by WillAdams (#46573265) Attached to: 3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

One doesn't even need a 3D printer w/ support for directly printing metal --- just print in PLA at a size which takes into account shrinkage from casting and use the traditional ``cire perdue'' (lost-wax casting) to cast in whatever material you're able to melt (I've known people who do aluminum and cast iron in their backyards).

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen

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