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Comment: Re:Excuse me? (Score 2, Informative) 144

by drkim (#46777015) Attached to: Vintage 1960s Era Film Shows IRS Defending Its Use of Computers

We all know we only have computers because of NASA and space. Although computers can be used to add and subtract vast reams of numbers, back then governments and corporations were too stupid to see this. Only though space exploration do we have the computers we have today. Charles Babbage? Konrad Zuse? All lies. There were no computers before about 1961.

Alan Turing 1941?
John von Neumann?
ENIAC 1948?

Comment: Re:FAA loses: Commercial Drones Are Legal (Score 1) 214

by drkim (#46744685) Attached to: FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

The court ruled, "It is concluded that, as Complainant: has not issued an enforceable FAR regulatory rule governing model aircraft operation...

You are correct. There is a difference, a legal difference, between FAA issuing 'policy' and 'position' papers, and passing actual rules.
They tried to fine this poor guy $10,000, and the court tossed it out saying the FAA had not (and still have not) passed a rule that carries the force of law.

Comment: FAA loses: Commercial Drones Are Legal (Score 5, Informative) 214

by drkim (#46735369) Attached to: FAA Shuts Down Search-and-Rescue Drones

The FAA has been overturned by a a federal judge on this, and non-commercial and commercial drone flying are now legal.
" NTSB Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty ruled Thursday that the policy notices the FAA issued as a basis for the ban weren’t enforceable because they hadn’t been written as part of a formal rulemaking process. "

Decision 3-6-14:

Comment: Re:Do I have to? (Score 1) 64

by drkim (#46722785) Attached to: Future Airline Safety Instructions Will Be Given By Game Apps

Will they kick me off the plane if I lose the game?

No... I believe the gaming all happens at the boarding gate. You're not allowed on the plane until you get a perfect score on the emergency testing.

Of course, if you do TOO well on the First-Person-Shooter part of the testing, the TSA will take you aside for extra screening.

Comment: Re:lol (Score 4, Insightful) 126

by drkim (#46718857) Attached to: Photo Web Site Offers a Wall of Shame For Image Thieves

There's a difference between copying a photo and claiming to be the original photographer.

By copying the photo you are getting the benefit of using the photo on your site.

However, by claiming to BE the photographer, you are defrauding EVERY client who ever books with you from that time on, since they expect you to have the skill to shoot that original photo.

Comment: Re:Transparent OLED (Score 1) 135

by drkim (#46701957) Attached to: A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

Would be cool to have them combined. Flick a switch on your AR headset and the outside world is blocked out (with a change in optics?) turning it into a VR headset.

(Don't know how enough about the implementations. I expect they work very differently. But still, it would be cool if they could be combined.)

Not particularly hard. Flip an opaque sheet down into the field of view. (This could be display tech dependent, of course..)

Comment: Re:..and we need this technology why exactly? (Score 1) 176

by drkim (#46646273) Attached to: The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

I'm just curious (no, didn't read your link)...
Does this X-10 thing require special bulbs for setting colouration (RGB, light-temperature etc), or can it do that with regular off-the-shelf bulbs?

No - it's a remote on-off, dimming, relay control, thermostats, PTZ camera control, etc. Sends its signals over the power lines, but can do bi-directional signaling.
You can do timers with it, macros, random lights, alarm sensing and activation.

Comment: Re:Some reasons (Score 1) 176

by drkim (#46636917) Attached to: The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

...for most people setting up a whole X10 system like tha is a tall order

X-10 is fairly easy to set up and much cheaper.
You set one letter for the house control [A-P] and set each socket, switch or outlet to the same letter, and then one unique number [1-16].

The problem with smart bulbs is, if they fail, you have to pay for a new $30-$60 bulb.

With X-10 you just replace the bulb with another cheap, dumb bulb. No additional programming.

Comment: Re:So far away (Score 1) 400

Actually, the storage cost is a good point...

I also wonder if they will be recyclable/re-meltable materials for these printers down the road..?

So, there's 8 people coming for dinner. You print 8 sets of place-settings, cups, bowls, plates, place mats.

After dinner, you rinse them off, and melt them back into 'raw storage.' Napkins and leftovers get mulched.

Tomorrow, you might need some running shoes...

Comment: Re:So far away (Score 1) 400

Just like desktop publishing with those fancy laser printers.

Well said...

...Not that long ago, when if I needed any typeface set other than a typewriter font, I had to drive to a typesetting place with my copy; and then return to pick up the strips of finished type.

If you wanted to edit video, standard def video at that, you had to rent an edit bay for $450 an hour.

What people overlook is that instead of filling their house storing 'stuff,' they can print the things they need on demand. Of course these are limited, and slow and expensive right now; just like limited, and slow and expensive early laser printers.

Comment: Re:So far away (Score 1) 400

by drkim (#46611495) Attached to: The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

Will you print a whole custom shoe, or just a custom insert for the shoe? The insert gives you a great fit, while using more traditional methods for creating the actual shoe results in a better constructed, longer-lasting product, for less.

They are already printing shoes on multi-material machines. I've held them in my hand. They would certainly fit better than an off-the-rack shoe, since they are printed to your specific foot. (Sadly, not MY foot, which is why I couldn't try them on!)

They use a harder, stiffer material for the sole/heel area, and a flexible media for the insole and sides. The sides were printed with vent holes, as well.

The top and bottom materials are fused together, so it looked like they would hold together forever. I can't speak to lifetime durability, but they certainly looked more rugged than a leather stitched dress shoe.

Comment: Re:Never going to happen (Score 4, Informative) 400

by drkim (#46611285) Attached to: The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

Unless 3D printers can start molding metals, rubber, paint, and various other base materials then this is a non-issue.

They are already doing this - just not at the 'home' level...

Alumide, Steel, Sterling Silver, Brass, Full Color Sandstone, Ceramics...

The moon is a planet just like the Earth, only it is even deader.