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Comment: Can we submit a poem? (Score 5, Funny) 109

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect in it’s weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

Comment: Re: Makerspace.... (Score 1) 167


That's why it's so important that people document this sort of thing w/ open licenses which can't be taken back.

I've been working on that sort of thing for the Shapeko:

Anyone know of any similar wikis / resources?

  - --- I've tried to help out on this, but simply didn't get any help when I expressed how mystifying I found the structure / hierarchy --- finally just did a link dump of 3D printing stuff here:
  - --- this subreddit has a single page, which addresses the big thing which the Shapeoko wiki can't have, a list / comparison of other machines

Makerspace == workshop for geeks who missed shop class and don't understand the basics of craftsmanship

Comment: Re:Tablets not as useful as expected (Score 1) 417

by WillAdams (#49544175) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

The thing is, I won't buy a desktop or laptop that doesn't have a stylus --- I find the stylus essential to my way of working / interacting w/ a computer. I need to be able to:

  - draw / paint / sketch
  - markup / annotate
  - use the machine as a reference device w/o a keyboard being in the way (this is esp. important when using it as a map reader when driving --- need a daylight viewable display for that though, and I can't replace my Fujitsu Stylistic ST-4121)

If I can fulfill my text input needs w/ a stylus, why do I need to schlep a keyboard around?

Comment: Re: Dell, HP, Panasonic (Score 1) 417

by WillAdams (#49544159) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Unless your first experience was buying an Asus Vivotab Note 8, my first new machine since college and it dies in less than a month due to a widespread problem w/ the digitizer cables going out:

What does it say about your brand and QC when that's a top hit for one of your models.

Guess I'll try a Toshiba Encore 2 Write 10 next --- at least the T1200XE I had was a solid and reliable machine which lasted quite a while.

Comment: Lee Valley enforces a reasonable ratio top--bottom (Score 1) 482

by WillAdams (#49486575) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

They have a strict limit set to their ``pay slope'':

They're a great company and I'm always pleased to buy stuff from them.

I wish more companies would pay attention to the studies which note that greater than 22--1 creates a lousy corporate culture.

Comment: Serious things treated seriously and w/ dignity (Score 5, Insightful) 234

by WillAdams (#49485159) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

There needs to absolutely be a mechanism in place for a woman to:

  - safely be transported to a hospital in a fashion which maintains chain of evidence
  - be examined by a sympathetic, but impartial medical professional using a rape kit to collect evidence
  - make a formal statement, and if it includes an accusation, that to be duly sworn out in a reasonable fashion

There needs to be in place mechanisms for the hospital, police and other social structures to take the above seriously. If there aren't, that needs to change.

Comment: Re:Maker movement (Score 1) 24

Yes, please, thank you.

Stackexchange managed to totally derail the Digital Fabrication area when they rebranded it as ``Maker'' something or other, and the term just annoys me.

Can we at least (re)define it as people who read _Make Magazine_?

Anyway, you may find the Shapeoko wiki of interest:

Comment: Criminals and revolutionaries of the future beware (Score 2) 135

by WillAdams (#49172431) Attached to: Supreme Court Gives Tacit Approval To Warrantless DNA Collection

They'll wind up using the same sort of protective techniques the superstitious used to use against witchcraft --- being careful not to shed any blood, skin, hair or nail clippings when engaged in their illicit activities.

I can see a scene in a science fiction movie (God forbid it really needs to happen) where the protagonist's best friend, despite the padded, blood-absorbing armor which they were when conducting sabotage against the state is injured, so that a single drop of blood drops to the ground --- while the protagonist looks on in horror and sadness. Then, the doomed buddy simply announces, "I've been blooded. Give me all the ammunition you can spare." and then goes off on a berserk, suicidal assault of the pursuing authorities.

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. -- P. Erdos