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+ - a new 3D file format for 3D printing

Submitted by dr_blurb
dr_blurb writes: A new 3D file format has been designed specifically for 3D printing: the 3MF format, with a couple of big backers: HP, Autodesk, Microsoft, Shapeways, etc. (detailed specification here)

It's another XML based format, and with 3D models becoming ever larger, these files may become a bit unwieldy. But maybe this is finally the format to end all formats (so we can stop using X3D from the web 3D consortium, and Universal 3D from the 3D Industry Forum, and Collada from the Khronos Group and...

Comment: some more stats (Score 1) 240 240

by dr_blurb (#49619135) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

some more stats, since Jan 1st for my site (online puzzle site):

Chrome: 35%
Safari: 22%
Firefox: 19%
IE: 19%
Android Browser: 3%
Opera: 1%


Windows: 60%
iOS: 18%
Mac: 11%
Android: 8%
Linux: 3%

Windows versions:

7: 62%
8/8.1: 25%
XP: 8%
Vista: 5%

and even:

NT: 0.1%
Server 2003: 0.1%
98: 0.005%
2000: 0.0005% :-)

Comment: just cc the CEO (Score 1) 227 227

by dr_blurb (#49599219) Attached to: Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not As Great As You Think

I usually send a standard reply along the lines of "please take me off your mailing list".

When that doesn't work, after 3-4 mails from recruiters from the same company I send a longer reply, this time cc'ing the CEO, CTO, etc. of the company, making sure to include the names of the recruiters.

Works like magic.

Comment: Re:The new version is terrible! (Score 2) 222 222

by dr_blurb (#49487943) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps

To return to the old version: 1. Go to 2. Click on the ? icon in the lower right corner 3. Click "return to classic Google Maps" But there doesn't seem to be a way to make it permanent.

There used to be a "remember this" option after that, which seems to be gone now.

Another option is to bookmark the direct link:

I'll be sad when that no longer works :-(

Comment: Re:Just emulation anyway, not a reimplementation (Score 1) 110 110

by dr_blurb (#48545709) Attached to: Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

If I was a Spectrum fanatic, I'd want something that was either a "true" reimplementation of the original Spectrum and/or something that looked and could be used like the original Spectrum- possibly with additional features or connectivity, but retaining the original features.

I don't care. If Sir Clive Sinclair is behind it, then I'm getting one :-)

Comment: money making racket (Score 3, Funny) 307 307

by dr_blurb (#48416509) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

They must do it on purpose: set up a crap hotel, put the 100 pound fine in the small print: profit!

At the place has 147 "terrible" ratings and 24 "poor" == 17100 pounds (about $26800) (!)

If they're smart they'll diversify: Bad review on tripadvisor: 100 pounds. Badmouthing tweet to 1000 followers or more: 500 pounds. Negative letter to paper: 500 pounds and 20 lashes. Bad review in paper: you forfeit all your bank accounts.

All hotels should do this. The Great Hotel Vengeance of 2015. In fact all reviews of any book, film, hotel, ebay seller, etc. should be included. Ah well anybody who says anything bad about anything ever. 100 pounds please.

+ - a Slashdot/Hackaday type site for programming nuggets?

Submitted by dr_blurb
dr_blurb writes: Is Slashdot no longer a place for posting stories about good programming hacks?

Recently there were stories about visualizing algorithms and about a Tetris in 140 bytes, but typically the programming stories are about IDEs/editors, programming education, software releases, and the merits of Javascript/Perl/PHP/Python/C++ etc.

Is there a site out there where programmers can submit their pet projects like on Slashdot, or maybe sites like Hackaday?

+ - San Onofre nuclear power plant dismantling will cost $4.4 billion, take 20 years->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar writes: Dismantling the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California will take two decades and cost $4.4 billion.

Southern California Edison on Friday released a road map that calls for decommissioning the twin-reactor plant and restoring the property over two decades, beginning in 2016.

U-T San Diego ( ) says it could be the most expensive decommissioning in the 70-year history of the nuclear power industry. But Edison CEO Ted Craver says there's already enough money to pay for it.

Edison shut down the plant in 2012 after extensive damage was found to tubes carrying radioactive water. It was closed for good last year.

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+ - The high-tech warfare behind the Israel - Hamas conflict->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: The Israel — Hamas conflict in Gaza is not only about bombs, missiles, bullets, but also about cyberwarfare, battles of the mind over social media, smart underground tunnels and cloud-based missile launching systems

The tunnels that Hamas has dug deep beneath Gaza are embedded with high tech gadgets, courtesy of Qatar, which has funded Hamas with billions to equipped their tunnels with intelligent sensors which are networked to control centers enabling the command and control staff to quickly notify operatives nearby that IDF units are advancing inside a certain tunnel, allowing for rapid deployment of attack units and the setting up of bobby traps inside the tunnel

In addition, Hamas has automated its rocket firing system using networked, cloud-based launching software provided by Qatar which can set off a rocket from any distance, and set them to go off at a specific time, using timers. “Anyone who thinks they have dozens of people sitting next to launchers firing rockets each time there is a barrage is mistaken,” said Aviad Dadon, a senior cyber-security adviser at several Israeli government ministries

While Doha is allowing Hamas to use its technology to fight Israel, it’s their own cyber-security the leaders of Qatar are worried about. For the Qataris, the war between Israel and Hamas is a proving ground to see how their investments in cyber systems have paid of — Qatar is very worried that one of its Gulf rivals — specifically Saudi Arabia — will use technology to attack it, and Qatar spends a great deal of money each year on shoring up its cyber-technology

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