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Comment Dip shoe (Score 1) 144

Why not just have the athlete dip his foot into a thin polymer bath for the outer, then a harder compound to coat the sole (with drying time in between, of course) to make the shoe? Seems faster, and would provide a much better fit than a 3D scan. Just dip, dry, race and peel off when done. It's not like the shoe has to last a long time, especially for a sprinting shoe.

Comment Superfreezing? (Score 1) 156

I'm wondering what would happen if the combined effects of being under pressure (4 kms of ice) and low temperature would make this the worlds largest beer bottle experiment?

It would be tragic, yet somewhat hilarious at the same time.

Comment Re:What a waste! (Score 1) 478

Agreed. We are moving towards a skills-and vocation-based learning model, when we once were theory and concept-based, from which the skills may be developed. We are learning 'click here, do this' to get results fast, when we should be learning *what* we are doing, so that we can develop the 'how' on our own. Knowledge and experience (bad) versus intelligence and wisdom (good). Long term growth are lost for the sake of short term KPI padding. Too many times I've had to deal with 'I don't know OoO because I learned Office' or 'I can't do X because it's not in the software I'm using'. I'm not advocating OoO, but I'm saying we should be working on learning Word Processing, from which we can use both. Anybody who has sat through a Powerpoint with stupid animations but has very little to say knows this.

Comment Depends on the app (Score 1) 359

I used to think this this limit existed - for home use, I hit a wall at full HD video streaming - you'ld only use ~30Mb. Some mention torrent packages - but the actual utilization of this package would still hit the same limit, making the download process redundant. However, if distributed computing (REAL cloud computing - so memory, processors, applications and data are essentially 'out there') becomes real, 1Gbps would get very slow very fast. For now, just give me a game that utilizes realtime streaming of application binaries, and high quality assets over the Net and I'll be happy. Other than games, I'm at a loss as to what these monstrous home applications could be. Anyone?

But yeah, I'm a 'wait and see' on Thunderbolt.

Comment Re:Obvious? (Score 1) 369

I've been goind through the comments. The problem, IMO, is that the PTO seems to be granting patents without considering the definition of what a patent is, and how one is granted. Yeah, I'm saying the lawyers have lost their way - sue me.

IIRC, the applicant has to show a development or innovation that is not obvious to a normal (or average) practitioner of the craft. The 1/10 argument actually SUPPORTS the patent application, as only 1 out of 10 thought it was obvious. Whether they though to do it first or not is not the issue - it must be non-obvious. Other engineers may simply have not done it as it was not commercially viable.

I'm all for patenting, for example, specific expressions of carrying out encryption. The problem is, that the PTO seems to be allowing patents for the act of encryption itself - this I have a problem with. The former protects the effort put into the expression (and hence the artists work) without preventing improvement and further evolution of the idea, but the latter kind of patents are killing innovation by doing just that. If it's THAT obvious to do, it should never had been patentable in the first case. It's particularly bad in software, where ideas and incremental evolution of ideas is at the root of development. It seems overly broad patents are being granted every day. I mean 'look and feel' patents? Really?

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan