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Comment Re:Richard Stallman Does This. (Score 2) 49

EMACS is indeed the only software that ever caused me physical injury.

After a multi-day editing binge on a CKIE keyboard I went to the campus medical center. Muscle strain on my left pinky from rotate/stretch/curl of my large hands to hit control ...

Now, I would never tamper with University property but a couple of days later days later, there was a little piece of plastic next to my keyboard , and the shift-lock no longer toggled allowing me to remap the control key to where God meant it tone. . .

hawk

Comment Re:There's an add-on for that.. (Score 1) 419

>I don't want to accept those cookies, I want to say
>"this site can set cookies, this site can fuck off" ... that
>has been a standard feature of Firefox for at least a
>decade.

It's not that new . . . it long predates the firefox name and mozilla foundation.

I think it was in Netscape 3 . . . I don't remember if it's older than that.

hawk

Comment Re:Riding Bill's coattails ... (Score 1) 634

>Funny how only the governor's wife gets invited into such investment opportunities.

Actually, no, it wasn't that limited.

Her broker, in another case and as part of his plea deal for a felony conviction, explained how bribers were laundered at the time in Arkansas.

At the time (now changed), a futures order in that market only indicated the brokerage, not the client. When Joe wanted to bribe Kevin, they each opened an account with Lenny. Lenny would put in two offsetting orders (a buy and a sell). At the end of the day, the transaction that lost would go in Joe's account, and the profitable one into Kevins (unlike the stock market, this was a zero sum game, and the gain and loss would be identical amounts).

hawk

Comment Re:Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 1) 183

Current blades are trucked in one piece (per blade) which is impressive to see. Three of them were parked on I-5 outside of Patterson, California a few months ago. There are a lot of net videos and photos which convey the scale.

Even at the current size they can't get through many highway interchanges and local intersections. The larger ones won't be able to ship in one piece at all.

Comment Remember the NASA Wind Turbines? (Score 4, Interesting) 183

NASA Wind Turbines approached this scale in the '80's. Unfortunately, this was a previously-unexplored area of aerodynamics for NASA, and they had mechanical stress and noise problems (including subsonics) and were all demolished. I think there was one near Vallejo, CA being taken down when I got to Pixar in '87, and one in Boone, NC, which famously rattled windows and doors.

The art has since improved. I took a ride to the top of the turbine at Grouse Mountain, that was fun! That's the only one I have heard of where you can actually get to see it from the top.

Comment Starting out with the wrong assumptions (Score 2) 165

This is starting out with the wrong assumptions.

Design a brick system that can be produced with 3-D printers, and will hold together when fabricated within the tolerances of an SLA printer. Forget FDM, it's too low precision and SLA is already achieving an equal or lower cost of manufacture compared with FDM.

LEGO is manufactured to astonishingly high precision, but I am not convinced that this is the only way to make a brick system.

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