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3-D Printer Creates Buildings From Dust and Glue 139

An anonymous reader writes "D-Shape, an innovative new 3-D printer, builds solid structures like sculptures, furniture, even buildings from the ground up. The device relies on sand and magnesium glue to actually build structures layer by layer from solid stone. The designer, Enrico Dini, is even talking with various organizations about making the printer compatible with moon dust, paving the way for an instant moonbase!"

Comment Re:Of course it is. (Score 1) 769

I've been using it since 2000, and I didn't know about the -k switch, either. Really interesting. But then again, I've never found man to be very helpful for me. The way the documentation is laid out... I find much more help from the internet.

Comment Re:E17 is pretty stable now (Score 3, Informative) 199

I will not argue that it's been a long time. I've been waiting a long time, too. I gave up on it years ago before recently trying again due to some positive things I was hearing.

But I follow the commits pretty regularly, and many of the component software and libraries are reaching a 1.0 and mature status. They have a very clear roadmap to reach a stable release. As I said, I'm not saying they will make a Christmas release. But to go from years of, "it will be done when it's done" to "possibly release by Christmas," that's a pretty major shift in thinking.

But I'm not taking the developers' word for it, nor should you take mine. Try it out. I think you will be impressed with the progress. It truly is already in a workable state for day-to-day use.

Comment E17 is pretty stable now (Score 5, Informative) 199

While news on the site may have been sparse, quite a lot of work has been going on with E17 development. The developers had released a roadmap showing that perhaps it would be ready for a Christmas release. While I doubt that milestone will be achieved, it has made significant progress.

I've been using it for months as my desktop at home and on my laptop. It is quite usable and I've had zero crashes for a while now. Rasterman has always had a focus on small-screen devices, so this development doesn't surprise me. But if you haven't checked it out in a while, you should.

Comment Re:Lol (Score 1) 936

I'm partial to the sourcemage way of doing things:

The package manager is called "sorcery" and to install software, it's "cast [spell]", like "cast firefox".

To remove software, it's "despell firefox". The repositories are called "grimoires" and to search, you "gaze". Fun from a geek perspective.

Comment Re:Lol (Score 1) 936

This happened to me. They setup my iphone in the store. When I tried out the app store, I could not figure out why some stranger's email address was there and it was asking for some password. I searched all over that phone for a way to change those settings...

Eventually learned what I needed to do. Then had to find a computer with windows on it, install itunes, and plug up my phone. Set it up correctly, then had to uninstall itunes and make sure my account info wasn't stored on that pc.


Comment Re:The problem is apt-get (Score 1) 936

This is addressed in the more newbie-friendly distros.

For example, if I use a media player (doesn't matter which one) in ubuntu to play an AAC file, it will pop-up a window telling me that it needs to install software to play that file. I just click to install, and presto, it's there.

mp3 didn't play out of the box either, but the first time I tried playing one, it gave me the info about it not being free, etc, and then let me install the codecs.

Using ubuntu as a newbie is most likely a very smooth sailing experience. It's when you try to do things that A REAL NEWBIE would not be doing that you run into other issues. And I would argue that means you are not a newbie and are willing to spend more time to understand the underlying processes.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 600

Nice idea, but thanks to the patriot act, you can no longer do things like this. If you purchase one and have it shipped somewhere, you still have to register and setup the card online or by phone. There is no such thing as an anonymous card.

US Senate & House Create YouTube Channels 199

eldavojohn writes "Following an election in which online videos played an important role, the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate have opened YouTube channels (or 'hubs') advertised to be a 'backstage pass to your government.' Ideally this will bring transparency to citizens and inform them of their senators' & representatives' positions and ideas."

Comment Re:I would like to hear from a lawyer on this.. (Score 1) 581

I think, as a general rule, most people do tell some lies. It just makes social situations easier, and sometimes it is done without even considering it. I see more cost associated with ensuring total honesty in all situations. Again, just my personal thoughts on this particular issue. I try to live honestly, but I don't see myself as totally honest all times.

Everyone makes assumptions about people, that is just life. Sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong. Your point about the question being subjective is true. As I said previously, a test like that will always have some room for error and should never be the only criteria used for a purpose.

But, as a general indicator or screening for other concerns, I think they are very useful. And, a "lie" scale on a test would not be based on that one question. There would be several (or many) that someone would have to answer "incorrectly" to give the appearance of deception.

If in any problem you find yourself doing an immense amount of work, the answer can be obtained by simple inspection.