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Comment Re:Conservative. (Score 1) 319 319

Honestly, OSX is the worst offender of the lot.

I use my computer to do work, not surf the net and look at pictures of cats.

Working with OSX is like working on your car in your garage, and you've got all the tools you need spread out within arms reach so you can quickly grab them as you need them.

Only, you have an obsessive compulsive spouse who absolutely NEEDS everything to look clean and pretty in case some third party is watching, and every time you set down a tool and pick up another one, she picks it up off the floor and puts it away.

It's not a technical problem. It's a problem of faulty design. They let a bunch of graphic designers turn my goddamned hammer into a flower, and it's very pretty, but I can't drive a nail with it, and, somehow, they convinced EVERY manufacturer of hammers to follow in their footsteps, so I'm forced to look for a brick, because ALL the tools I relied on to do my job are BROKEN.

I just want my ugly, greasy toolbox back, but no one makes them any more.

Submission + - Transgender 3D printer tech faces catch-22 with Upwork 1 1

orangesquid writes: http://joaz.github.io/work/201... This is a friend of mine, a 3D printer technician. Upwork.com is not being understanding of the medically-advised and legally-necessary steps she has to take in order to live her life authentically as a transgender woman. In order to get her name changed, she has to live full-time as a woman for a length of time, but upwork.com will not allow her to use her new name, even though she has documentation from her therapist. It's a catch-22 many trans* people face---in order to change their name and gender marker legally, they have to be living authentically as that person with the new name, but in order to be recognized in the community with their new name, they have to already have it changed legally. How is one supposed to prove to the court that they are trans* and need their name changed legally, if the requirement is to use the new name full-time for some period, when nobody will let them use their new name before it's legally changed? I've seen other stories unfold like this. One IT professional I know lost her job after transitioning, even though she did well and was well-liked at the company. Another friend in IT was accused of lying on her resume when a previous employer did not honor her new, legally-changed name---even though she had spoken with HR and they said there wouldn't be a problem. Someone else I know worked in a computer room and was trying to transition---her boss thought it would be funny to make jokes and lewd remarks about male genitalia around her. I know most people aren't going to understand where trans* people are coming from on this, but what's interesting here is that upwork said they had no problem with the issue, provided some documentation was provided. After documentation was provided, their story changed---why?

Comment Re:plastic is for junk (Score 3, Insightful) 266 266

Have you ever had a LEGO brick turn squishy on you? Because that's what they're made of, ABS plastic.

It's a plenty tough enough material that I used it to manufacture parts for a geodesic dome for outdoor use as a greenhouse, and it held up fine. I also manufactured gears for a friends high end RC car after the manufacturer had gone out of business. Those gears see a lot of stress, and they held up fine.

ABS is a great material, and so is PLA.

Comment Re:Maybe, maybe not (Score 1) 529 529

Now, there may actually be a very few people who do genuinely have the problem, but when you come to do the studies, you sample a large number of people. You do the statistics. You do not conclude that there is no link - studies like these cannot show that there is *no* link. You conclude - correctly - that there is no statistically significant link. But there still might (or might not) be a real problem for a very few people.

This is like people who claim they have ESP and magical abilities. If there were even ONE legitimate case, they could simply walk into a casino and repeatedly win multi-million dollar wins until every casino on the planet bans them.

All it takes is ONE "electrosensitive" who can consistently answer yes/no to whether an antenna is broadcasting. Much like ESP and other supernatural abilities, so far they do not exist.

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