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Comment: Re:Makerbot Technology? (Score 1) 23

by morgauxo (#48931333) Attached to: Scientists 3D-Printing Cartilage For Medical Implants

"If I needed one of these for myself, I would sincerely hope that the hospital could afford better than an entry level"

Agreed although they can use whatever they want if it's the best that they have and my alternative is death.

"It only works in this context because they're experimenting"

Yup.. that makes sense. They can prove the concept here before buying the million dollar magic bot.

"In some ways, 3D printing gets used because it's a way to promote 3D printing"

Ok... sure. I see that all the time. But they aren't promoting "3D printing". They are specifically promoting one entry-level 3D printer manufacturer. If they wanted to promote 3D printing they could just say "3D printing technology" or if they wanted to emphasize that this was being done with tools that mere mortals can obtain or at least get access to they could say something like "hobyist leve 3d printing technology". By why is Makerbot somehow being singled out as unique? They are basically just RepRap technology in a shinier box, not unlike a couple dozen or so other that are out there.

No, I'm not commenting on the fact that they used a Makerbot, I'm commenting on the fact that they refer to it as Makerbot technology as though 3D printing is something solely owned and developed by Makerbot.

What are they, Kleenex?

"...even if you could get something cheaper and faster by just having someone carve the same thing out of styrofoam."

Doubtful.. they need to use a material that is biocompatible. I don't know what all materials that includes but unless styrofoam or something similarly easy to work with is one of them...

I didn't know that PLA is biocompatible enough to make implants. I guess it makes sense given what PLA is made from.

I wouldn't want to try to carve a block of PLA by hand! Injection molding would probably be best for mass-production. For prototyping though... 3D printing probably IS the best tool. Actually... since these things are for implanting in real human bodies.. which have all sorts of natural variances this may be one of the very few industries where 3D printing makes sense in production, beyond the experimental stages.

Comment: Makerbot Technology? (Score 1) 23

by morgauxo (#48928727) Attached to: Scientists 3D-Printing Cartilage For Medical Implants

Why so specific? There are a lot of comercial competitors as well as DIY printers in the same league as the Makerbot Replicator. None of this was available in today's affordable form before the RepRap project. This almost sounds like a very strange ad and unless there is something very special about Makerbot many contributors to 3d printing technology could find it offensive.

Comment: Re:Jurassic Park (Score 1) 130

by morgauxo (#48888239) Attached to: New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

The ability to change sex wasn't something they evolved in the movie. It was something they either had all along, inherited from a common ancestor or got from the frog DNA that was used to fill in the gaps in their genome.

Why wouldn't these E. Coli be expected to evolve independance from the artificial stuff? Because it takes generations to evolve something.. and.. there is no selection pressure to do so until it is already too late. They don't evolve because they die.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 1) 189

by morgauxo (#48878505) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

If you were on a budget and the upgrade to PCI had to come in stages that just meant you had a mixed system. Now you had plug and play PCI devices that couldn't understand why some resources were just not available since they were already taken by the old ISA hardware. That started to improve once BIOSs got smart enough to let you block off resources from the PnP pool.

Comment: Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (Score 1) 307

by morgauxo (#48876555) Attached to: Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

I'm not worried about paying double for Netflix. I'm more worried that 10, 20 or even 30 years from now Netflix or some company which bought Netflix will still be doing the same thing they are today with no real innovation because nobody else was ever able to afford the "fast lane" fees to enter the market and challenge them.

I don't think Netflix's price could double due to carriers charging them. The market probably wouldn't support it. If carriers wanted to drive Netflix out of business they might. I could see Comcast doing that if they want to sell streaming Xfinity to everyone.

Unless they want to kill Netflix in order to replace it with their own services, if carriers get the ability to do slow lanes they would have to charge an amount that Netflix can actually afford to pay without raising their prices so high that they go out of business. Otherwise they lose a potential revenue stream.

As for your bill going up.. if Netflix can raise their prices without losing their customers they should have already done it even before having to pay fees to the carriers. That's how free market supply and demand work!

Comment: Re:Which is fair (Score 1) 189

by morgauxo (#48876107) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

I remember reading (back in Pentium I days) that NASA still used 386s for a lot of things that went into space. The larger transistors inside made the chip more radiation resistant.

I wonder if they ever found a way to make modern processors more radiation resistant or if they just added more shielding or maybe even still use the old stuff...

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 5, Insightful) 189

by morgauxo (#48876021) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

What the fuck are you talking about?

I've watched my parents throw away perfectly good printer/scanner combos that were only a few years old because there were no drivers beyond XP.

I have dozens of network and video adapters on a shelf in my garage that work great in Linux but have no Windows drivers beyond XP.

Until recently even a 386 could run Linux!

Linux vendor? I wouldn't know. I've never used one. I can install my own software thank you!

Comment: What about ISA? (Score 2) 189

by morgauxo (#48875929) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

I was assuming that EISA was just a special case inside of the same code as ISA and that what was proposed was to remove all ISA support. Is that what was going to happen?

ISA is old but I am sure there is quite a bit more than just one person out there with some sort of legacy hardware using it. I have a little bit of ISA hardware myself that I would like to use but not quite enough to build up a legacy PC. Every now and then I search the internet for ISA to USB adapters. There actually IS one company selling such a beast but it is way to expensive to be worthwile for me. But.. if I had some expensive piece of lab equipment or something like that with a proprietary ISA adapter... it would make sense.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 4, Interesting) 189

by morgauxo (#48875857) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

I loved being able to set the IRQs and memory addresses. Ok, not really but the for the first decade or so I HATED plug and play, or plug and pray as we called it in my office. Half the time it didn't work! It would try to put things right on top of one another. When possible I would disable it and just use the jumpers. Once you got used to it it wasn't THAT hard and it was great knowing that your soundcard was on IRQ X and your video on IRQY and never the two would conflict. Early plug and play seemed to randomly decide to reshuffle things and the next time you boot it may not still work.

That was of course a long time ago and things work well on any reasonable hardware today. But.. I still cringe when people complain about setting IRQs. It's not hard to move a jumper and its not that complicated of a concept to know that to things probably shouldn't try to use the same resource. Not being able to set those things caused me far far more frustration than having to set them ever did! Even though things are great now I'm not entirely sure that decade of pain was worth it to get here.

Comment: Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 1) 189

by morgauxo (#48875767) Attached to: User Plea Means EISA Support Not Removed From Linux

"I had never managed to see more than one of these systems in my lifetime"

When I was in college I worked for the campus (NPR, not student) radio station. I wasn't a DJ, did tech work there. Anyway.. that was around the same time you were replacing that EISA system.

We were on a tight budget (hey, it's public radio, what do you expect). During my time there we put the first computers in the studios as well as everyone's offices. Previously only a few managers had computers.

Anyway... to accomplish this we used to get old computers from other university departments. I'm talking real old, like original IBM ATs and knockoffs from the same era. We would hack the case with a nibbler and pop-rivet gun to fit a standard motherboard. We kept the power supply, floppy drives and sometimes they had usable hard drives. Yes.. we installed Windows 95 (and later 98) on MFM hard drives!

My boss, the engineer had a source for 486 motherboard, CPU + RAM combos. Depending on CPU speed and amount of RAM they were either $10 or $15! This all sounds horribly obsolete but at the time it was plenty good enough to run the then current web browsers, Office and email. Anything beyond that they probably weren't supposed to be doing anyway. In an era when new PCs were still $1500+ we were equiping people for under $50.

Well.. back to the point.. these motherboards had EISA slots and somehow the boss managed to get ahold of a handful of EISA video cards. Those computers that got the EISA cards did seem to run a lot faster!

So.. long story short.. I have seen more EISA cards than you. :-P

Comment: Re:Households without a PC (Score 1) 647

by morgauxo (#48869643) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Oh, yah, this thread was about kids who only had a smartphone. How many platforms are identical between desktops and smartphones? Sure, Android uses Java. It isn't exactly the same environment as on a desktop though. I don't think the same code is very likely to run on both beyond maybe console hello world.

Should they be teaching programming using HTML5? If so I don't think we can find enough common ground to even have a reasonable conversation about this!

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. -- P. Erdos