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Comment: We're 3D printing the wrong stuff for mainstream! (Score 1) 302

by leonbev (#46835069) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

I think that the problem is that most people are using 3D printers now are engineers making prototype parts for machinery, which doesn't interest the mainstream.

Now, if you post a bunch of 3D printer template files for sex toys... now you'll get the mainstream's attention!

Wow... I almost see the great unwashed masses heading to Target now for "That there plastic dildo maker" Janet told me about :)

Comment: Re:I'd watch that for a dollar (Score 1) 465

Personally, I think that the show would be a good idea if they found the right host and sponsors for it.

Instead, they try to turn a game programming show into "Hell's Kitchen" and failed miserably.

Someone should do a Kickstarter for another attempt of this show. I'll bet it would get funded.

Comment: Re:Not Much On Me, Not Totally Wrong (Score 1) 277

by leonbev (#44764715) Attached to: What Marketers Think They Know About You and What They Really Do

Yeah... the information they had on me was profoundly wrong.

They said that I was a single factory worker/tradesman making $25K to $50K a year, with an odd interest in cosmetics. Weird.

The information that they had on my car and house was accurate, though. They must get that info from my credit report.

I updated the info to (accurately) show that I was a married technical worker with a household income of $125K a year. That should make sure that I start getting better junk mail in the future :)

Comment: Re:so pony up, Microsoft want agile extreme only (Score 2) 413

by leonbev (#44695433) Attached to: Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

It sounds like Microsoft wants a three to six month jump on their competition for Windows 8.1 "Modern UI" apps.

Seems stupid to me, considering that most users aren't really buying into "Modern UI" anyway. I would want people filling their app store with as many launch day titles as possible to build legitimacy to the platform.

Comment: Re:Terrible idea (Score 1) 355

by leonbev (#44685005) Attached to: Break Microsoft Up

Yeah... how do these people plan on breaking up Microsoft, anyway? The only really profitable divisions are the Office division and Windows division... everything else is barely making a profit (Like the XBox division) or are losing money by the boatload (The tablet division, the phone division, Bing, etc.)

Unless you paired some of the unprofitable divisions with the profitable ones, things like Bing and the Surface would die immediately. While I'm sure that many Slashdot fans would cheer about that, it's probably not the best outcome for Microsoft.

Comment: Re:tl;dr - their answer is NO (Score 1) 113

by leonbev (#44455629) Attached to: Using Kickstarter Data To Predict Ubuntu Edge's Success

By predicting that the Kickstarter is going to come up short of their goal, these armchair analysts have likely (and amusingly) impacted their own projections. Now that more people think that the project is going to fail, even fewer people will bother to invest in it. Depending on how many people read the article on Slashdot, it might cost Canonical another $500,000 to a million in contributions.

Comment: I'm still waiting for the liquidation sale (Score 1) 251

by leonbev (#44438151) Attached to: Early Surface Sales Pitiful

It's only a matter of time before Microsoft unloads all of these unsold Surface RT tablets for next to nothing, just like HP and Blackberry did with their failed tablet designs.

Anyone want to take a guess when the remaining Surface RT's will start showing up on liquidation sites like Woot for around $149? I'm thinking that they might make great door-busters for a Black Friday sale... you can finally get that person who's been drooling over your iPad a tablet of their own. Just don't be surprised if they hate you for being a cheap skate.

Comment: Julian Assange... Bitcoin fanatic :) (Score 1) 212

It seems that Julian Assange is a hardcore Bitcoin fanboy... he spent about a third of his interview talking about it.

That said, if he took his own advice and invested heavily in Bitcoin back in 2011 when they were less than a $1 each, he'd be a wealthy guy right now.

Comment: Odd thing to come from Forbes... (Score 3, Interesting) 692

by leonbev (#43471679) Attached to: Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money

Considering that one of their freelance journalists (Tim Lee) on is one of the biggest supporters of Bitcoin.

Check out all of the articles he's written about how great Bitcoin is:

I find it amusing that they let this one freelance writer attempt to pump up his personal Bitcoin stash on such a popular financial site.

Of course, this is Forbes... They'll post anything for page views and ad impressions. I still remember the crap they posted about the merits of SCO's pathetic Linux patent infringement case against IBM back in the day, mostly because they loved the negative attention from the Microsoft and Linux fanboys.


$35 Indian Tablet Has Until March 31st To Ship or Be Cancelled 46

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the too-good-to-be-true dept.
damitr writes "With a lot of fanfare the Indian Government had launched a $35 tablet named Aakash (The Sky). Despite skepticism, the government went ahead with the project. But delays in production and deployment of the tablet have left the project in risk of failure. The manufacturer has been unable to supply the required 100,000 units, and a deadline of March 31 has been set. The new minister Pallam Raju says: 'Aakash is only a tablet... there are other such devices as well. While work will continue to develop it and increase its productivity, manufacturing is obviously a problem.'" For what it's worth, they did manage to ship 17,000 of them. It looks like meeting the deadline is impossible and the $35 tablet is dead.

+ - Graphene aerogel takes world's lightest material crown-> 1

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "Not even a year after it claimed the title of the world’s lightest material, aerographite has been knocked off its crown by a new aerogel made from graphene. Created by a research team from China’s Zhejiang University in the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering lab headed by Professor Gao Chao, the ultra-light aerogel has a density of just 0.16 mg/cm3, which is lower than that of helium and just twice that of hydrogen."
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