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Comment: Re: Note that this is a little different from soft (Score 1) 207

by WrecklessSandwich (#49101999) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers
I for one am completely ok with 3D printed parts needing to meet the same safety standards required for their non-printed equivalents. The last thing I need is to take a tire to the face because some bozo with no relevant engineering background decided to stick it to the man by making a new axle for his car on a jumbo sized RepRap. That said, there could be safety standards for home-printed parts along the lines of "this geometry printed using XYZ materials on a printer meeting these minimum specifications is equivalent to the original part", but actually doing the testing may be prohibitively expensive for certain industries.

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 3, Insightful) 703

by WrecklessSandwich (#48771845) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College
That's just the problem, the classes were stupid easy. I had a friend make this mistake going into electrical engineering. All of the STEM people from his community college had their credits transfer just fine, but then they promptly got their asses kicked in their first real-college engineering class because the community college didn't actually prepare them sufficiently. Some went as far as to retake some of their CC courses at the 4-year school because they realized how far behind they were. 5-6 year graduation times all around.

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Comment: Re:Sadly, calculus is not all that useful... (Score 1) 134

by WrecklessSandwich (#44721909) Attached to: Ohio State Introduces Massive Open Online Calculus
Yes, IT is a terrible field for making use of calculus. Try engineering, especially fields like control systems. My boss has a PhD in control engineering and he can basically take a signal and turn it inside out and backwards to find out whatever he wants because he knows off the top of his head what kind of curve he'll get if he, say, integrates the signal twice.

You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10^12 to 1. -- Ernest Rutherford