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Comment: Re:It's a culture problem. (Score 1) 228

by mosb1000 (#46837961) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

Just because you're doing it yourself doesn't mean you have to do it by hand. For example, you can get a lot of attachments for a bobcat that can help you out with your firewood problem. Granted, you'd need to already have a bobcat to make this worthwhile. These 3D printers will eventually server a similar purpose if they can learn to make them work in more than just plastic. If you want to make a plate by yourself today, you'd need a pottery wheel and a kiln, plus the know-how to make it by hand, but with a 3D printer, you can just download a design and print it out (if you don't mind that it's going to be plastic). That might beat going to the store because you can match the rest of your decor without shopping around. If they can get the kinks worked out so that anyone can use them, 3D printers might get more people interested in making and maintaining their own things.

Comment: It's a culture problem. (Score 4, Insightful) 228

by mosb1000 (#46835085) Attached to: Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

Right now we have a consumer culture that doesn't really teach people to make and repair their own things (which is what a 3D printing would mostly be useful for). So while a 3D printer might someday be useful for a mechanic who needs to make car parts or a shoe salesmen who needs to make a custom shoe, most people are still expecting to go to someone else to get those things. As the technology improves and can make more things (metal parts, rubber, glass, composites) and people get more used to it, we may see the market for the technology grow, assuming it isn't outlawed first.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 327

by mosb1000 (#46834467) Attached to: iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

I've been upgrading my iPhone about every two years since the first one was released. But I felt guilty about replacing my 4S with a 5S because it was still in perfect condition and it was totally adequate for all of my uses. So when it comes time to upgrade again, I will likely skip it unless there's something really fancy and new about the 6S.

Comment: Paper (Score 1) 386

by mosb1000 (#46758941) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Until the IRS upgrades to the '90s and lets you use their website to file, I'm not really interested in filling out a million questions on some scammy website, or going to an accountant to fill out some basic paperwork anybody could do. It's easy enough to fill out the paper forms and mail in a check (though that is the only thing I am likely to write a check for, or put in the mail this year).

Comment: Team mentality (Score 2) 313

by mosb1000 (#46718221) Attached to: Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

I was trying to figure out why people would say that she's connected to the NSA. I was wondering if they'd say that about anyone who served in the White House (Al Gore is on Apple's board). I guess to people subscribing to a team mentality, any member of the republican leadership must be working to promote the NSA, and all the brave democrats are fighting against it.

But in reality, it's pretty silly to think that she's going to advocate turning over all their data to the NSA just because she's on their board and has worked with the NSA in the past. It's also pretty silly to think the NSA hasn't already got that data without her help.

Comment: Re:Feds... (Score 4, Insightful) 342

by mosb1000 (#46459145) Attached to: New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

Interstate commerce means any work involving or related to the movement of persons or things across state lines. If you make a car in CA and take it to NJ, that's clearly interstate commerce, and the Federal Government is granted constitutional authority to regulate it. Maybe you are confused about what it means?

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft ... and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor. -- Wernher von Braun