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Comment: Re:The electorate's - our - fault. (Score 1) 533

It's a shame that the rest of the world don't get a vote. That seems fair given that your filthy and corrupt system allows politicians to be put into power by corporate interests and then pressure the rest of the world's governments to further those mundane financial interests.

Comment: Re:Perhaps a change in law is needed ... (Score 1) 207

by easyTree (#49102373) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers

As far as I know, it's very very rare that such a widget is of such clever design that you freeload on someone's hard work. What I think is the case (on basis of a thoroughly non-scientific survey, sample-size 6, personal observation) is that any ingenuity in the design is spent in making sure the widget in question can't be second-sourced without infringing on some sort of patent. E.g. by adding a special notch, a special hole, or simply making the dimensions so that the widget is unlike any other on the planet (and any other widgets won't fit) and that regardless of extent of use, environmental conditions, time zone.., the widget dependably develops a fatal fault one nano-second after the warranty elapses.

Comment: Re: Note that this is a little different from soft (Score 2) 207

by easyTree (#49102289) Attached to: Wired On 3-D Printers As Fraud Enablers

That said, there could be safety standards for home-printed parts along the lines of "this geometry printed using XYZ materials on a printer meeting these minimum specifications is equivalent to the original part",

How does this allow *someone* to maintain a monopolistic price advantage? Dude, ur anti-american.

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