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Comment: Re:as a chef, yes. for the home cook? no. (Score 1) 76

by gstoddart (#49145895) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

Dough in general is very amenable to be smushed, smashed, mushed, and extruded

Specifically I was thinking of the fact that 3D printing tends to want to lay down a little layer at a time, instead of a continuous sheet as you need to have in ravioli. Otherwise the dough would simply all apart.

You didn't read the parent post very closely

Are you a condescending asshole in real life, or just the internet?

I know a lot about food and cooking, as well as the machines used for it ... 3D printing, as it applies to food, a little less.

So, if this machine is going to roll out a continuous sheet of pasta onto a tray with indentations, pass over that and put in the topping, and then roll out a continuous sheet on top .. well, that's not so much 3D printing as robotic assembly.

If it's going to lay down a tiny little layer of pasta dough in successive layers ... well, you're not going to get a coherent dough, you're going to get the slime I alluded to when you try to boil it.

I have no problem with the concept of a pasta making machine ... I've seen machines which make tortelloni. I've also seen machines which make ravioli. They're both really cool, and work with the pasta as a continuous sheet as you need to so that it stays together.

But when you describe something as 3D printing, and all it's doing it rolling out a sheet of pasta ... to call it "3D printing" is to kind of abuse the term. There are already machines which make those pastas on commercial scales, has been for a very long time.

What I'm skeptical about is if this is actually "3D printing" in any meaningful sense of the word.

Comment: I'll believe it when I see it. (Score 1) 111

by Qbertino (#49145815) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

We have seen some suprises leaning towards the positive side from MS lately, no doubt. I'll admit that. However, MS has screwed up so much, so often, for so long that I'm weary of taking their word for it when it comes to enabling a more hassle free web.

If MS offers a relyably usable web frontend I at least will stop recommending *against* MS with my customers. In my opinion it would be smart for them to focus on openess and professional services with native software as a fallback for the heavy lifting. Their Azure thing seems to play in that direction. I'm wondering if MS can pull it all together with their new management. We'll see.

Until then, they can talk all they want. It will take some time before I see MS as a relyable player in my field again.

+ - Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook Press WA for $40M for New UW CS Building

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes ""Nice computer industry you got there. Hate to see something bad happen to it." That's the gist of a letter sent by Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google,, and other tech giants earlier this week asking the WA State Legislature to approve $40M in capital spending to help fund a new $110M University of Washington computer science building ($70M will be raised privately). "As representatives of companies and businesses that rely on a ready supply of high quality computer science graduates," wrote the letter's 23 signatories, "we believe it is critical for the State to invest in this sector in a way that ensures its vibrancy and growth. Our vision is for Washington to continue to lead the way in technology and computer science, but we must keep pace with the vast demand." The UW Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering profusely thanked tech leaders for pressing for a new building, which UW explained "will accommodate a doubling of our enrollment." Coincidentally, the corporate full-press came not long after the ACM Education Council Diversity Taskforce laid out plans "to get companies to press universities to use more resources to create more seats in CS classes" to address what it called "the desperate gap between the rising demand for CS education and the too-few seats available." Interestingly, had Microsoft, Amazon, and execs not quashed a proposed WA State income tax in 2010, the tax on Steve Ballmer's planned $2B Microsoft stock sale alone might have raised $180 million. Hey, better that Ballmer's tax savings further enrich Donald Sterling, right?"

Comment: Re:A "fix" for a "problem" that doesn't exist (Score 1) 550

by drinkypoo (#49144501) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

My DL speeds have been around 15 mps for years and I don't notice any delays on any particular websites I visit.

My download speeds just got up to 6 Mbps, sometimes, when the sun is shining. Pacific Bell promised to have all of California covered by 2000. SBC made similar promises, so has AT&T. We paid for this coverage to happen, and it hasn't happened. It's nice for you that you've got good coverage, but I don't really give a good goddamn what you've got.

Comment: Re: nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 550

by drinkypoo (#49144485) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

Currently these places are getting internet piggybacked on utility infrastructure.

What? Who told you that? People in the sticks are either getting access from a WISP or from satellite, if they're not one of the "lucky" few who can just get DSL. Even in the boonies people can get DSL if they're near the CO.

Comment: Re:nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 550

by drinkypoo (#49144465) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

You think so? Isn't it the free market which lead to the situation that we have today with a few major companies having the power to control the network and shut out competitors?

You can't have a free market while your government is granting monopolies, which is exactly how we got where we are now.

Comment: Re:That's actually not a bad idea (Score 1) 76

by drinkypoo (#49144187) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

I cook pretty much every night (other nights being leftovers or dinner out with a friend), and never make things like ravioli because I hate spending an hour making the damn things for 5 minutes of eating pleasure.

Did you know there's such a thing as a ravioli machine? It's like a pasta machine, but it rolls out ravioli when you crank it. You do have to stuff stuff into it, but you could use any number of things which come in a tub or wrapper and are still more or less made out of food, like the finer processed cheese products.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 322

by drinkypoo (#49144155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

Regarding this idea: a couple of years back I bought this universal hard drive adaptor,

same crap, 1/4 the price

I mean, it's different crap, but it does the same job. Note all the included stuff so you can plug in anything. 2.5" PATA runs power off the adaptor, all else get run off the included adaptor.

Comment: Re:Of course they are (Score 1) 256

by gstoddart (#49143387) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

Here in the UK it varies between unwise for commercial businesses to use US data storage through against internal rules for many government organisations to straight illegal for anything that has personal information like hospitals and police.

Well, yeah ... and this has been true since the PATRIOT Act was passed.

The US is now an inherently untrustworthy nation as far as data and technology goes.

You can't say it's your right to spy on everybody and then be surprised when the rest of the world tells you to piss off.

I should think US firms would be becoming pariahs around the world -- because the only rational thing you can do is to assume that any US company which has access to your data is being forced to spy on you. Because, they pretty much are.

The amazing thing is Americans might start to act like whiny bitches who say "but that's not fair to stop buying our stuff because we're spying on you", and wouldn't understand why there is no way they can be trusted.

So, congratulations, America. You've shot yourselves in the foot. And all of a sudden no sane person outside of the US can trust you with data. Don't act all surprised.

At some point, I'm expecting some aggressive whining about trade agreements to try to force people to buy products which will spy on them as the government throws a tantrum protesting the logical outcomes of their own policy.

Having billions of dollars in exports disappear is pretty much what the US should expect.

Comment: Re:as a chef, yes. for the home cook? no. (Score 1) 76

by gstoddart (#49143157) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

LOL ... since when do chefs have time to hang out on Slashdot? (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)

More on topic, I don't see how 3D printing pasta is going to work, for example. You're going to probably end up with some slime which comes apart when you cook it.

It won't be an actual dough, it's going to be ... well, I don't know what exactly. I just don't see this retaining the properties of dough.

I can see some of the molecular wizards like Wylie Dufresne or poeople like that, doing wacky things .. but the example of ravioli just seems like this wouldn't work at all.

This sounds more like the domain of crap food made at commercial scales, than actual good food prepared by chefs.

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