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Comment: Re:Where will decent software come from? (Score 1) 111

I can't afford Solidworks. I keep dreaming of having the money but I can buy a lot of real equipment for that price. So I've used free 2d cad and Blender for printer modeling. Recently I've been using the nightly builds of Freecad. The UI is a freaking mess as you have already mentioned however the functionality is finally breaking the barrier of usability in the upcoming 0.15 release. The bugs that you mention are appearing less and less, and at least the backend is becoming more stable.

I did a single beginner tutorial a couple years ago that has been viewed more than a few times on youtube and am working steadily on a small series that I hope to release prior to or adjacent to the release of the 0.15 final (maybe it will be 0.16 when done?).

Currently my main focus is how to show a usable tutorial to explain hierarchy in FreeCAD, how to create a complex parent/child object, and how to use edges and vertices to create unlinked objects. While maintaining a structure that will be comprehensible enough so that a user can modify it throughout it's creation.

Anyway, don't give up on it just yet. It may take a few years before anyone gets around to fixing the UI, but the basic functions should be there very soon.

Comment: Re:Orbital (Score 4, Interesting) 443

by deathguppie (#48257247) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch
SpaceX has yet to lose a production launch vehicle. Odds are it will hit them eventually, but it's price to product. If your competition can't provide a better launch record for non-test vehicles then you've lost the customers confidence. I'd rather pay 134 million per vehicle than 316 million per vehicle if the chance of loss is relative.

Comment: Re:$3500 fine? (Score 1) 286

by deathguppie (#48218513) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

the answer to you last question is yes. If weed is legal in Colorado and I drive from there the Washington state (which also has legal weed) with weed in my car, can I be arrested in states where it is not legal?

If local laws have no value then they have no meaning. If you are a paid driver going through a jurisdiction that requires a minimum wage you are circumspect to that law. Otherwise you are unfairly competing with local drivers that are compliant with the law.

The same can be said for international wages. If we set an a legal wage for employees in this country you cannot just arbitrarily add people to the workforce without compensating them appropriately.

Comment: Re:It's amazing (Score 1) 199

by deathguppie (#47816915) Attached to: First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

To avoid that, we'll let you install video cameras in our home and inject us with transponders

On the up side, at least we won't have to deal with those awful ankle bracelet transponders. It's good to see modern technology used wisely in the enslavement and control of future citizens. Why I remember way, back when in the 80's when governments had to compile huge warehouses full of paper documents in order to keep current dossiers on all it's people. You kids and your technology.. heh..

Comment: Re:KDEnlive (Score 1) 163

by deathguppie (#47810329) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?
Kdenlive, is far and away more advanced than Openshot. It has tons more effects, some of which are keyframeable. It has a built in title page creator and allows importing/exporting of almost any format. It's biggest problem is very large projects that seem to overwhelm it and make it slow and unstable. As long as my scenes aren't to long I don't seem to have a problem, even on my 4 year old AMD desktop.

Comment: Re:Blender (Score 1) 163

by deathguppie (#47810223) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?
Not trying to flame here, but I'm kind of tired of this. Blender's interface has a ton of tools. That's not quirky, it's called depth. It takes a ton of time to learn because of the amount of stuff there is to learn. Not because it's difficult to understand the UI. IMHO blenders interface is easier than some professional interfaces for similar software.

Comment: Re:Blender (Score 2) 163

by deathguppie (#47810193) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools?
I've used Blender for years, and use it for tons of stuff. But really when I want to edit, I use KDENLive. There are just to many things that take a lot longer to do in blender than kdenlive. For instance if your output video is a different framerate than your input video you will have to ditch the sound in it, split it out using another program and then import it into blender so that it matches the output video. Also keyframing for audio and video effects are available in kdenlive. I know that I can actually do a ton more in Blender but the amount of time I spend creating nodes and working with sound just makes it not worth it. I actually create content in blender then edit everything together in kdenlive.

Comment: Re: Her work (Score 4, Insightful) 1262

I personally have been somewhat critical of Sarkeesian, but hearing this really makes me feel bad. I would never want anything like that to happen to anyone, and I hope things get better for her. Even if I think she's a bit nutty she should have the right to speak her mind without threats of violence.

Comment: Re:Document formats... (Score 1) 579

by deathguppie (#47702851) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

But remember, MS only has to pay enough politicians to make the change. The tax payers then cover the cost of making the switch back to Windows. If you could imagine how much that contract would be worth, then think how much it would cost to buy off a few politicians.. it's like money in the bank.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 5, Insightful) 962

by deathguppie (#47513119) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

A certain part of what he said ( not all) does ring true to a lot of us (male devs).. if you've worked on games, and I've only worked on open source games. Then you've gotten hate mail. People say the rudest most hurtful things they can think of and target you. The first time it happened to me, I was angry, humiliated, stomped around the room.. it was awful. Then it happened again, and again.

personally I would put the pornographic fanfic in a different category as the rest of the insults in the article simply because it didn't sound like it was someone just trying to insult the person. It just sounded creepy. I had a girl when I was in my twenties, whom I told that I wasn't interested in her that way call me repeatedly and just breath into the phone when I answered.. that was creepy. Being a guy didn't make me feel better about it either, I didn't know if she would try to cut my brake lines in my car, or burn my house down with me in it. It sucked.

All of the things mentioned in the article are truly lame, and should never happen to anyone , but I don't see them as sexist per se. It's more just about how shitty the world is. Sexism, seems more about inequality. Women getting lesser pay, having less opportunity in the work place. That is something everyone can agree on. But if you just want to claim that all shitty things that happen to women are due to sexism, then everyone else is going to start thinking about all the shitty things that happen to them, and wonder why your shitty things should garner more special attention than any one else's. It sucks to have people single you out for insults, but it sucks worse when it's someone keeping you from getting a job, or a pay raise, or not allowing you to drive, or vote, or wear pants. That's sexism.

Comment: Re:9 States automatically increased (Score 1) 778

by deathguppie (#47494479) Attached to: States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

Here in Washington the min wage is $9.32. So 68 cents less than $10.10. Employment has gone up or stayed the same in most areas, but certainly there has been no job loss. Here in Seattle people are fighting to get a higher min wage so that people aren't living in poverty, but it isn't the $15 everyone is talking about. Most people won't see $15 for years, and there are some exemptions as well.

Comment: Re:Launch date (Score 1) 60

by deathguppie (#47437957) Attached to: Sand-Based Anode Triples Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

Not all concepts will make it to market. For varied reasons. Sometimes it's simply a matter of to restrictive/expensive patent licensing. But mostly some unforeseen problem happens further on in development that causes the whole thing to fizzle away to nothing.

The experience we gain from both the initial research, and the failure is invaluable. Personally I love reading about materials research, even if I don't understand all of it, the time I spend researching to learn is well worth it.

Comment: Re:About time. (Score 1) 110

by deathguppie (#47368227) Attached to: FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges
I am like a lot of people, I didn't switch to T-mobile until they started changing the way they did business. I previously had been with Sprint, then At&t. I can't say enough shitty things about either of those companies and what and how they billed. At one point I started getting a "service" charge from At&t that they just refused to explain. Hows them for apples. The thing is, T-mobile has been by far less expensive, and since I'm on an "unlimited everything" plan that costs me less than my limited plan with At&t there are no overages. I never have to worry about extra charges. (actually I think they do have late fees on the bill, but that's it) On top of that I get 2gb/month tethering for no additional charge. Do that on another carrier. No I don't work for T-mobile but this is the first time, I haven't truly "hated" my phone company. What's more you can bet Verizon and At&t were doing the same kinds of things back in the day.

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