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Comment: 3D printing is like google glass (Score 2) 219

by WillAffleckUW (#46835853) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

Both are way too early in their incarnations.

We're developing methods for use in medicine and engineering and architecture here at the UW to provide "spines" or "fibers" to make 3D printing stronger, to use biomaterials for compostable furniture, but it's just starting out. It's like when we started growing livers and other materials. Each step builds on the next.

Same for google glass. Sounds great, but it's too heavy, even after they downsized the battery and the whole invasive aspect freaks everyone out. There are methods to fix that - beeps and LED flashes when you record, using bio-electromechanical contact lenses that get their power from the eye, hearing aid upgrades or add ons for headphones that make it appear more functional, getting rid of the annoying jerks and the dependency on other devices.

those will come with time. I remember getting one of the early Rio MP3 players - a pale imitation of the later iPod mini.

Comment: One simple reason for this (Score 4, Interesting) 323

by demachina (#46831671) Attached to: iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Apps are becoming progressively worse, not better, over time. In the early days there were a lot of cool apps written by people who just wanted to write cool apps for a cool new tool.

Now with the preverse incentives of the app market, the app store is saturated by apps trying to squeeze a maximum amount of money for a dwindling amount of useful application.

In app purchases, in particular, are well on their way to completely destroying gaming at all levels.

Every free app you download any more is ususally worthless until you shell out significant amounts of money in IAP to make it usable, and then its still usually still not good

I'm all for paying software and content developers for their efforts but the methodologies for achieving this in app stores and on the Internet in general has completely failed.

Increasingly the only thing I use my tablets for is an ereader. They excel at that, but for just about everything else the app comcept has failed.

Comment: Re:Just more bullshit (Score 1) 381

It all began years ago, when cable companies started offering internet service with unbalanced bandwidth: outgoing speed was (and still is) a small fraction of the incoming speed. So began the process that has led to what we have today.

Personally, I would chart the decline to the widespread adoption of "walled-garden" tablets and smart-phones. The majority of computer users are now accepting of a situation where they have essentially no power to install software on their own devices. Thus the "Personal Computer" was turned into a passive, receive only device from a content and coding perspective.

Comment: Re:What?? (Score 1) 114

by kesuki (#46829901) Attached to: WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

i am already paying $50 a month for verizon cell phone, that's a 4g lte phone with i think 1500 anytime minutes. 2gb data cap, unlimited texting costs $5 a month but i send/recieve less than $5 worth of texts a month. so no not 'everyone' has text messaging plans. my parents both have dumbphones still and they have text messages blocked to avoid unwanted charges.

and guess what, every other carrier servicing my area basically non existant. the towers used to be owned by alltel but now are all verizon and people can barely make phone calls if they aren't verizon phones.

Comment: There is a paper based 10 minute test (Score 2) 21

by WillAffleckUW (#46829043) Attached to: Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's

that works just as well.

Your major risk factors continue to be (in order): being female, being old, having Apolipoprotein E alleles of a certain type, cardiovascular risk factors.

You can't do anything about the first three, and by the time most people pay attention, it's far too late, so I'd focus on the last part, quite frankly.

(this is not saying we're not looking into biomarkers, or other things, but a shorthand about your actual risk as a person, if you're not in a family with high Early Onset AD risk)

In general, other than that, reduce stress, get enough sleep, get mild to moderate exercise (even an added block of walking makes a big difference), eat a varied diet, and avoid repeated head injuries (and if you get those, stop playing for longer than you think).

Comment: Re:Overhead *should* be small. (Score 1) 195

by kesuki (#46826879) Attached to: How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

in linux any screen grab program can capture streams if you 'trust' the third party repository that hosts the software that convinces netflix it's streaming to a windows machine -- as long as you are using the open source driver to your gpu/apu whatever. in windows the driver enters a secure mode so you get a pink screen instead of the video, at least on ati it does.

the url you mentioned or one of them is here http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/easily-enable-silverlight-watch-netflix-linux/

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