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Comment: Re:LaserJet II and LaserJet 3, LaserJet 4L (Score 1) 493

by mspohr (#46789521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

I still use a LaserJet 4L at home for light printing work. This is now over 20 years old. It was used heavily in business for about 5 years then light use at home. I just buy a new cartridge about once a year (recycled ones cost about $15).
This thing never jams, always feeds properly and the print quality is as crisp and sharp as the day it was new.

Comment: Taboo?? (Score 3, Insightful) 341

by mspohr (#46751411) Attached to: Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

I don't think there is much of a taboo on discussing climate engineering. It's just that all of the proposals I have heard about are just stupid / won't work / would screw up things more, etc. Then there is the "what could possibly go wrong" factor.
It's fine to discuss climate engineering but they'll have to come up with something much better than anything now out there.

Comment: Re:And this is why I won't get Glass (Score 1) 167

by mspohr (#46742031) Attached to: Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

They don't seem to have any problem finding customers at that price.
I personally am not interested. I just don't see myself walking around wearing this thing. Not sure what I would do with it. It seems really nerdy and creepy. However, if I had a specific application in mind... something like recording surgery, automobile repair (or service and repair in many industries) then I could see it.
I do have a Google Chromecast which is really a beta device and has been a disappointment due to very limited functionality. They are slowly adding applications but still very much a walled garden. Hopefully it will be more useful some day. I only spent $35 on it so not much risk there.

Comment: Re:And this is why I won't get Glass (Score 1) 167

by mspohr (#46741481) Attached to: Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Google (and many other companies) do this with their beta products... you know... because they are "beta" and they want to limit the number of users to something they can handle.
For instance, Gmail was limited access at first and you had to be invited to join. I see that you are using a gmail account.

Comment: Re:He's right! (Score 1) 578

by mspohr (#46728953) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

It's hard to find out exactly what he said since all I can find are news stories, many which repeat the headline. It would be nice to have a transcript. I'm sure what he said was more nuanced than what is being reported. The "Can't teach a coalminer to code" looks like it will live forever... at least in the Twitterverse.
Anyone have a link to an actual transcript?

Comment: Re:He's right! (Score 0) 578

by mspohr (#46727291) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Sure, coding is not for everyone but it just shows the arrogance of this capitalist pig Bloomberg when he assumes that coal miners are stupid and can't be retrained.
Coal miners as a group are probably just as smart as the entitled 1% who had education opportunities. So yes, you can train coal miners for other jobs (including coding). It's just elitist to assume otherwise.

Comment: Re:Problems? (Score 1, Informative) 152

by mspohr (#46716103) Attached to: Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

As we all know, the folks here at /. all know much more about everything than anyone else so they are eminently qualified to opine on any subject. In the current case, I am sure that the engineers at Tesla will read every comment carefully to see where they have gone wrong and try to correct their mistakes even though they cannot equal the brain power and engineering prowess of the collective "Slashdot hive mind".
Let the flame wars begin!

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