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Comment: Re:Researchers create a 3d printed bandwagon! (Score 1) 52

by codeButcher (#49188421) Attached to: Inside the Weird World of 3D Printed Body Parts

progress towards CNC-milling a pancreas.

That's interesting. Where I work we're making progress on human transplants of a web-scale ficas using nothing but red staplers crowd funded via a new meta-material crypto currency based on a Bitcoin NoSQL kernel which solves the pressing problem of laser mounted sharks doxing bio-hackers via Twitter's NSA paper trail.

What has /. come to? Where are the Natalie Portman/Soviet Russia/Beowulf memes???

Comment: Nightly Builds (Score 1) 514

by codeButcher (#49137511) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

It seems to me the problem here is the nightly build process, which seems to have even reached the graphics artists. Rather than checking in nothing, which would break the build, he/she/it/they checked in hastily concocted outline stuff. Heck, that music note on the article screenshot is HARDLY recognizable as one. After all, when one does read sheet music, notes are akin to typeset letters, not merely baubles hanging off a washing line by their tails.

Well, this is what I HOPE to be the case, and that something more polished goes into that software, both what one can see on-screen and the stuff behind the scenes....

Comment: Summary writing (Score 1) 131

by codeButcher (#49135439) Attached to: Inventors Revolutionize Beekeeping

This must be the first summary I've read on /. in over a dozen years that wasn't just a copy-pasted paragraph from the article. Kudos for that.

On the other hand, I didn't much like the slant (which must be popular in the post-modern, green, politically-correct, think-of-everything-little, brave new world) of the first sentence.

Hell yeah, I'm gonna prune that sucker of a peach tree in my back yard (or as you may prefer to put it: rob it of of it's precious, verdant, aspiring fire wood) despite the fact that peach trees grow just fine without pruning. Why? So that it can bear more precious, fragrant, soft, juicy fruit, of which I will rob it too. That's the whole point of planting a tree in my back yard (instead of burning fossil fuels to travel to some place thousands of miles away that has wild trees, just to collect a few.)

Oh, and please get off my precious green lawn while you're at it.

Comment: Anecdotal, admittedly, but.... (Score 2) 133

by codeButcher (#49101637) Attached to: Crystal Pattern Matching Recovers Obliterated Serial Numbers From Metal

... how to recover serial numbers obliterated from metal surfaces such as firearms and automobiles ... In the NIST experiments... researchers hammered the letter 'X' into a polished stainless steel plate.

Just had a look at the few automobiles and firearms I own. None are made out of polished stainless steel plate.

Also, while my oldtimers are stamped, I recall seeing a few items of more recent manufacture that had the s/n milled into the substrate.

Comment: Re:Browser Makers Should Get The Message (Score 1) 353

by codeButcher (#49080921) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Useful Browser Extensions?
Apart from finishing the current article and starting new one(s) only then, continuing to read the current article also allows a slow link to finish the non-instantaneous (sometimes painful) process of loading.

I've you'd used Firefox, you would have a little checkbox that allowed you to choose between the two options sans plugins.

Comment: Re:perforce (Score 1) 343

by codeButcher (#49074313) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

perforce - Easy to install, free for 20-users or less, rock solid, and clients for many OSes. Most importantly, it supports single-user checkouts, which is vital for things like Word documents that won't merge.

Used at a workplace, many years ago, for non-source code (binary file format)-versioning needs (e.g. documentation, when that was still written as part of the process, which goes to show how long ago that was). Anyhow, we didn't particularly like it, and soon started talking about "Perverse"....

I'm PRETTY SURE it has improved since those days...

Documentation is the castor oil of programming. Managers know it must be good because the programmers hate it so much.