(BTW - we did make the black candidate and offer - he accepted, then shot us down after getting a counteroffer from his employer to stay. )
Also, I know people that use actual objects created on MakerBot specifically to use mold-making for metal casting - so that would be an option for you too.
I bought a Dell laser printer a few years back. I think it's made by Brother, or Lexmark, or some other second-rate manufacturer. BIG MISTAKE. It sucks, and the drivers suck. Will never do that agin. Buy a printer from a real printer company, not "a PC" company that decides to go into the printer game.
Not looking forward to their future 3D offerings.
Much more likely to be purchased by an artistic, engineering, manufacturing-type of group - under greater control and scrutiny than "I need a [standard] PC" like a lot of boilerplate Dell IT purchases.
Maybe these consumers would go with Makerbot, maybe not - but their gonna need the machine with the right specs - not just whoever is on the approved vendor list.
So - don't know if this will be good for MakerBot and Dell. But then again, maybe I'm just short sighted - and a few years 3D printers will be as ubiquitous as 2d ones - and that's the game they want to be in.
Why he (or anyone else) couldn't have come to the same conclusion WRT Leap Motion dumbfoundes me.
I think I just answered my own question. It would be much cooler on Cool Korea, but probably funny as hell in Krazy Korea!!!
As a techy and Linux geek - I think if I have to do research to understand a Slashdot article, it's either bad, or I've been reading Slashdot for too long.
I'veI seen people bumbling around with smartphones, tablets and PDAs trying to take them to meetings and conferences, and use them to take notes. They all suck. The iPad keyboard is not "like a dream" to type on no matter what Steve Jobs said.
I know one guy who has a surface pro - I asked him (as a joke) how he liked it. He said "it's great - I grab it on a way to a meeting - I can type - take notes, write docs, do spreadsheets."
It's not about replacing the desktop - but being able to do some work while your not at it.
I hate MS just as much as the next guy (I'm actually a Linux and iOS zealot) - but I believe microsoft's biggest mistake was showing those commercials with stupid people dancing around clicking their covers on-and-off and not showing what the product could actually do for you.
If we removed the ability to put DRM plug-ins into web browsers - there would probably be no browser-based way of playing much of any "big media" content. Should we do that?