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Comment: Re:Underspecced? (Score 1) 104

by gl4ss (#47942961) Attached to: Dremel Releases 3D Printer

depends what you're comparing it to.

if you're comparing to similar sized wanhaos or flashforges(it's a rebranded flashforge) its not that different in price.

if you compare it to makerbots it's a bargain. and less bullshit than current mbi products. and just as capable (PLA only like all current makerbot printers).

as to why having ability to print abs is sometimes nice: it can withstand higher operating temps for the part you print. 60 degrees(hot car) and pla gets easy to deform.

as to why cheapo printers don't allow for abs.. you need at the very least a heated bed and that needs better PSU.. and an enclosure helps too.

for a thousand bucks with a brand name association and warranty it's no really so badly priced. of course if you can tinker a little bit you can get a printer for 500 bucks - but be prepared to spend couple of weeks tinkering around getting it just right. my currently in use printer cost total of about 540 bucks with the upgrades i had to do and it prints now ok(comparable to 1000$ printers) but it took redesigning of some parts to get to this point.

point being, you can buy makerbot 5th gen for 2800+$.. or you could buy two of these and forty kilos of plastic. and the 5th gen probably needs you to call support more often (mbi just recently killed their google support group to cut bad press. among other things their new smart extruder is a _mess_ and not user maintainable, so you have to send it back every time you get a clog - which is quite often since they fucked up the redesign real bad).

and the flashforge dreamer or dremel rebadge of it seems to have a lot saner approach when it comes to stepper motor driving too(mbi rolled a custom stepper driver solution for their 5th gens.. and it's noisy as hell and the board seems built so that it is non trivial to update the sw on the driver chips)..

Comment: Re:Same as humans ... (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by gl4ss (#47919575) Attached to: Developing the First Law of Robotics

sure, but this is a fucking gimmick "experiment".

the algo could be really simple too.

and for developing said algorithm, no actual robots are necessary at all - except for showing to journos, no actual AI researchers would find that part necessary, the testing can happen entirely in simulation - and no actual ethics need to enter the picture even, the robot doesn't need to understand what a human is on the level a robot that would need to in order to act by asimovs laws.

a spinning blade cutting tool that has an automatic emergency brake isn't sentient- it's not acting on asimovs laws, but you could claim so to some journalists anyways.. the thing to take home is that they built into the algorithm the ability to fret over the situation. if it just projected and saved what can be saved, it wouldn't fret or hesitate - and hesitate is really the wrong word.

Comment: Re:Lie. (Score 1) 191

by gl4ss (#47919317) Attached to: Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

better than that the system allows for password reset by using email(among other methods). so with the data they posses, they can generate access to all the data. that means that any encryption or access blocks or whatever there are, are meaningless from the logical point of "can they read it?"

so they can reset the password without having anything from you - that means they can read everything is in there and can be coerced to do so by legal means.

on some other site it might be worth mentioning that they don't really need to change the password so you wouldn't really notice it either.. they can do whatever they want with the data - nothing required from the account owner.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 2) 320

by gl4ss (#47919153) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

a) it comes along with sync.

and it will go away in a month as I understood? the thing is though that they just used millions of peoples paid data to do their little stunt - AND they could have made it for free to _choose_ on itunes.

but bono, that fuckhead, didn't want it free unless it was pushed to every device.

and it'll count as wasted storage space too. there's a difference in putting it for free to sync if you want and synching it for you. that they needed to make a tool to get rid of it just tells that it wasn't simple to get it off your shuffle list(and this from a company that prides on usability, yet even newspaper articles on it couldn't provide instructions on how to remove it from your idevice without crippling synch or it appearing on shuffle!

thus they had to make the removal tool.

and U2's manager commented that he had to find new ways to market.. well.. that's because nobody would've even known the friggin album about "their roots" and "the songs are about the early days" and shit like that had even come out. I certainly would not have known they had a new album.. not that I'm looking to listen to it now..

Comment: Re:Can we please cann these companies what they ar (Score 1) 288

by gl4ss (#47896057) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

is a call center providing services for 10 minicab companies the minicab company?

but yeah, they're minicab companies, but... is it illegal for the minicabs say in london to pick up two passangers from different locations and drive them at the same time to another city and drop them off at different locations and charge them different fares as if they were individual customers? the reason cab companies didn't fight these call-by-phone-only companies(not just uk, same in finland) was that it's not so easy as using an app to see if there's a ride nearby.

also, is this california law for protection of busses and metro area public transport monopolies or what?

Comment: Re:power consumption? (Score 2, Insightful) 207

by gl4ss (#47896041) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

fanboiz care.

in the way that they like to mention how it has a new processor. since uh, there's not that much to mention about the iphone6 except nfc.

it's a budget phone for premium pricing... and that's where apple is going now. budget in the sense that it costs less for apple to make the 6 than what it cost for them to make 5 when 5 came out. much less.

battery life? about the same. it's about the same thing after all. it's 600 bucks + device and marketed partially with having a faster cpu so that's why you should as a consumer care if it's that much faster or not, because you can buy similar devices that play same kind of games, has about the same kind of screen, connects to all the same social networks, has about the same battery life but has one third of the price.

you know why they call the 6+ retina hd? because fullhd is so 2012.

Comment: Re:Not a first (Score 3, Interesting) 444

by gl4ss (#47887311) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

yeah but that doesn't count since the dam isn't on the factory premises ;D. that's what the article is wanting factories to do.. it doesn't care if you do it like sensible being and put the power generation outside the plant premises..

btw the usual way to run factories a 100 years ago was on "100%" (or over 100% if you count out the extra..). the papermills etc were usually built so that they had an included hydro plant. last time i got an update the old, old hydro dam at my hometowns powerplant was only providing for lightning though. the old textile plant in the bigger city near my hometown was the first place to have electric lights(iirc in all of nordic).. and those were from hydro. to run the textile mill when it was dark with smaller risk of fires..

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 1) 352

by gl4ss (#47886869) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

no it isn't.

the only good thing is that it's easy to develop apps for it because it's so limited you don't have to worry about much.

but if they drop the Phone from the name, then that's just another fail. good luck explaining to your grandma that she can't run her Windows 8.1 app on her Windows 8.1 device but can run on it on the Other Windows 8.1 device and explaining to a client that they can the android version on android tablet and some randon android device but need to develop separate app versions for windows 8.1 device and the other windows 8.1 device.

you see, before you unify naming you should fucking UNIFY THE FUCKING OPERATING SYSTEMS, not create 3 different one's with vaguely similar look but wildly differing capabilities!

Comment: Re:Yahoo knew fine was a bluff (Score 2) 223

by gl4ss (#47886829) Attached to: U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

no.. you just announce what they want and why you're now paying 250 000... maybe announce it by accident. but you pretty much would need to announce it somehow to shareholders that you're paying 91 mil a year for keeping secrets.

of course, then they might announce secretly that you're in contempt of the secret court. ..anyhow didn't the fucks just a while ago try claiming that prism didn't exist? and why don't these companies just move the servers out of USA too? I mean, Microsoft, Google, etc already pretend to be Irish(or varying other country) companies for taxation. So why stay technically American then at all - why not just move over the borders? probably easier in the long run anyways since now they're breaking privacy laws of other countries and are being put into catch22 by the yanks. would be easier to just move than to comply with secret laws that contradict secret laws of other countries that contradict the public laws of both countries.

Comment: Re:What's suprising (Score 3, Insightful) 363

by gl4ss (#47860425) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

just to clarify how they are under pressure from "commercial channels": they sell the shows to be shown on commercial(and publicly funded by other countries, but sell to them anyways) channels under exclusivity deals, so the drm/location limits are put in place to protect commercial interests of the BBC.

otherwise they wouldn't need to give a hoot if people worldwide were viewing their stuff, but if they let everyone in say Finland view the bbc feeds on iplayer how the fuck would they sell their content to the Finnish broadcasting company or the Finnish commercial channels? they wouldn't, so they do this to protect that revenue stream just like any other commercial company.

and the extra money generated thusly goes on for making shows nobody in UK even wants to look.

Comment: if you're not reading science.. (Score 1) 770

by gl4ss (#47852541) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

why do you except scientific methods to be part of it?

economics can have some science to it, but mostly it's psychology and mostly it's guesswork. some better, some not so good. there's psych medicines that you can test with science and need science to produce, but the results in an individual can vary.. free will and all that. the other side of economics is just pure math, but that's just a side. you can calculate interest rates all you want but you can't really know if someone can pay it to you..

you can scientifically poll people with expertise in the field of maniacs though and therefore get a scientifically made up consensus to go by...

Comment: Re:Nice timing (Score 1) 138

ok so the part of Russian Empire that provided plenty of goods for the St. Petersburg and had a bloody war between commies and whites to separate from the Russia/Ussr and had to fight two wars with Russia during WW2, one aligned heavily with nazis (only technically unoccupied european nazi partner whee!!/sarcasm)...

has not had to concern itself with Russian imperialism?? what the fuck! the entire Finnish foreign policy is only about how to keep Russia or earlier USSR out of Finland while at the same time doing trade with them to keep butter on Finnish tables. St. Petersburg is like a 3 hour train ride from Helsinki(+border formalities which add quite a bit). the entire if to join nato or not to join nato is about tiptoeing with the Russian bear - can't live without it and can't live with it. the entire Finnish defense policy is basically built around the fact that Finland could be invaded so fast, that it's better to teach everyone(man) how to shoot, so it would turn into Afghanistan^2 - but we really would rather be peaceniks.

point being, Finland is an ex-region of the Russian Empire(which had certain level of autonomy within the Empire) which according to some theory was let to gain independence only because Lenin thought it would join USSR anyways. However, using the same tactic to take over Finland that Putin used for Crimea and is trying in Eastern Ukraine now would never ever work for Finland. And it would ruin the value of the Russian oligarchs summer houses too... the whole Russia-Ukraine situation is affecting life very much on the street level of many people in Finland though, since it's banning some exports into Russia and there's significant trade between the two - and of course Finland has had to appease to american empires wishes too, which has cost plenty of good trade dealings with Russia ( ,Finland threatened with sanctions over providing tech to Russia)

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