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Comment: I'm driving a rented Nissan Pathfinder while my (Score 5, Insightful) 605

by mark_reh (#49528553) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

car is being repaired. Ridiculous! 20 MPG and every time I step on the brakes or the gas it rocks back and forth like a rocking chair. It seats about as many people as a sedan and can carry only slightly more junk than a sedan. Why do people want to drive these things? They aren't attractive, they don't stop/go fast, they can't carry much stuff. I don't get it.

I don't understand why so many people want to drive pickups either. In a pickup you can only haul stuff you care about in decent weather. I get it if you're a farmer or ranch hand and need to haul messy stuff year round, but why would anyone else want to drive a truck? And why is it that the bigger the pickup, the greater the odds that they will back into parking spaces?

Comment: So they have this great tech but they use it to (Score 1) 150

rehash an old movie with "speeders" and whatever those stupid giant walking machines/targets are called, but they left out the one thing that made it Star Wars: the frickin' teddy bears! Where are the damned teddy bears? I want teddy bears!

Comment: Re:science doesn't have the answer... (Score 2) 133

by mark_reh (#49499951) Attached to: The Origin of the First Light In the Universe

They are definitely NOT both theories. Theories, by definition, have supporting evidence and are modified as new evidence is discovered. There is no supporting evidence for so-called "intelligent design"- it is a belief. The layman's misunderstanding of the word "theory" is why the ID idiots have been able to gain as much traction as they have.

Comment: For all of you folks in civilized countries... (Score 1) 177

by mark_reh (#49498293) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees

The gun nutz will tell you our society will be more "civil and polite" when everyone is walking around with a gun. The "walk of shame" that is done in the US when employees are terminated is a direct response to the wide spread and easy availability of easily concealed firearms, and is a perfect example of that "civil and polite" society they predict.

Comment: Re:Peak 3d printer (Score 1) 177

by mark_reh (#49498243) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees

3D printers are not too expensive. You can buy a 3D printer for $300. How much cheaper does it have to be? No, price isn't the problem- they're too cheaply made. Why does it take some much arcane knowledge to get quality 3D prints? Is it because 3D printing is difficult, or is it because 3D printers suck? Every company in the business is trying to make them cheaper, as if THAT is what holds consumers back from buying printers. They keep taking things out and making them cheaper and cheaper and the result is that it takes a lot of tweaking to get a good print.

Why is autotramming such a hot topic among 3D printer hobbyists? Because they're getting tired of having to adjust the machine every time they start a print. Why is autotramming necessary? Because the printers are built like crap using stupid mechanical designs that cantilever all the axes and the print bed and/or they make the frames out of laser cut plywood or similar cheesy stuff. Adding an inductive sensor is cheaper than building the printer so that it doesn't require adjustments all the time.

Why do some designs use two motors to drive screws that lift the X axis? Because a second motor is cheaper than adding a belt, pulleys, and bearings that will ensure that the X axis will stay in alignment. The result is that people have to realign the X axis because it is easily knocked out of alignment.

How often is the cheapest solution to any problem the best solution? Consumers don't need printers to be cheaper. They need them to work. A lot of people pay $1500 for a machine to wash their clothes. If they'll pay that much for a stupid, uninteresting appliance, what would they pay for something as awesome as a 3D printer, if they could buy one that works?

Comment: I remember her first run (Score 2) 676

by mark_reh (#49460985) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

but never could figure out what her qualifications were. Sure, she was the president's wife, but did she participate in decision making?

It seems to me that the press has elevated the status of the first lady to co-president. I don't buy it. Being married to a president doesn't make you presidential material any more than being married to an engineer makes you an engineer.

If there was something wrong with my car I wouldn't call the mechanic's wife/husband, I'd call the mechanic.

Comment: Yeah right. (Score 1) 892

'So as part of our recruiting process we don’t negotiate with candidates. We come up with an offer that we think is fair. If you want more equity, we’ll let you swap a little bit of your cash salary for equity, but we aren’t going to reward people who are better negotiators with more compensation.

Except the executive positions...

Comment: Can people with H1B visas start companies? (Score 1) 442

I was under the impression that H1B visas were for slaves, not entrepreneurs. My understanding of H1B visas is that they are sponsored and that if you leave the sponsored job, you have to go back to wherever you came from. That's what makes it so attractive for employers. The H1Bers can't complain about low wages and long hours under threat of being sent back to where they were trying to get away from.

Is it different for white people coming from European countries?

The best way to accelerate a Macintoy is at 9.8 meters per second per second.