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Comment: Re:The real deal (Score 1) 43

by normaldotcom (#47562419) Attached to: A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

These are around $6000 but it's the real deal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

You may have lost a zero there--I wasn't able to find pricing on that machine specifically, but most pick and place machines of that caliber cost upwards of $50,000. There are some chinese ~$3,000 desktop machines like this http://dangerousprototypes.com..., but they have poor accuracy and no optical feedback.

A $300 pick and place machine would be awesome, but honestly anything around $2000 that can accurately place 0402 components with optical feedback would be amazing.

Comment: Re:If it ain't broke... (Score 1) 100

by normaldotcom (#46840833) Attached to: HP Server Killer Firmware Update On the Loose

For anyone with ILO2-equipped servers that have frozen due to heartbleed vulnerability scanning, HP has released a (thankfully) free update to the ILO2 firmware to work around the issue. A physical power cycle of each server is required before the update may be applied, however. http://h20566.www2.hp.com/port...

Comment: Re:Bookstores - are you trying to change hard enou (Score 1) 83

by normaldotcom (#46746051) Attached to: Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com

There is some technology akin to 3d printing for books, such as the Espresso Book Machine which can print an entire book in a couple of minutes. Some universities have these machines, but I'm not sure if they will ever have much popularity outside of an academic setting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Comment: Re:Photographers? (Score 1) 66

by normaldotcom (#46421511) Attached to: Getty Images Makes 35 Million Images Free For Non-Commercial Use

“We reserve the right to monetise that footprint,” Peters explains. “YouTube implemented a very similar capability, which allows people to embed videos on a website, with the company generating revenue by serving advertising on that video.” And while Getty Images has yet to determine how these ads will appear, Peters is confident that this capability will be introduced in the near future.

TFA actually states that they plan on adding advertising soon, although they don't mention how these ads will be displayed in their "embedded player". I have no idea how they plan on advertising without being incredibly intrusive; I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

+ - CmdrTaco Launches Trove, a Curated News Startup->

Submitted by jigamo
jigamo (1554711) writes "The Verge reports:

A long list of startups have put forth a Herculean effort to find the best way to suggest new things for people to read, and former Slashdot editor-in-chief Rob Malda, also known as CmdrTaco, just unveiled his: Trove, a people-powered app initially available on the web and for iPhone and iPad.

Trove basically lets users opt in to feeds of stories that align with their interests. Users are encouraged to curate "troves," collections of stories that relate to a particular theme. You could create a trove for "Ukrainian Politics," "Dog Heroes," or "Best of The Verge," for example, to which other Trove users can subscribe.

"The core of the product is that people have many interests and rather than just giving them information through pure algorithms and picking particular publications, we want to connect them with people who share those interests, who can pick the best content in those topical areas," says Vijay Ravindran, CEO of Trove.

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+ - Net Neutrality struck down by Court-> 1

Submitted by Bobfrankly1
Bobfrankly1 (1043848) writes "An appeals court stuck down the FCC's net neutrality rules basing their decision on the FCC's choice of classification of broadband carriers stating: "Because the Commission has failed to establish that the anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules do not impose per se common carrier obligations, we vacate those portions of the Open Internet Order.""
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Comment: Re:Uh... (Score 4, Informative) 362

by normaldotcom (#45262425) Attached to: Debian To Replace SysVinit, Switch To Systemd Or Upstart

systemd service files are quite straightforward---I'm not sure what kind of monumental effort you are referring to when creating service files. For a simple service, starting/stopping/restarting the service is handled automatically, leaving a very minimal service file.

For example:

[Unit]
Description=AutonNav

[Service]
ExecStart=/usr/sbin/autonnav
Type=forking

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

Comment: Re:Always a niche (Score 3, Insightful) 317

I agree that teacher-student interaction and personal relationships should be more encouraged in higher education through smaller class sizes. Nevertheless, I don't think that this is currently limited to liberal arts colleges—I attend a university with a small yet excellent engineering department, in which relationships with professors have proved invaluable to my education.

Large lectures on the other hand are minimally interactive, and could be migrated to online video. The benefit of this migration is that professors who held large lectures in the past would be available to teach smaller classes, providing more opportunities for one-on-one interaction. The hard decision is which classes to offer as online lectures and which to offer with small class sizes, as different courses seem to lend themselves to different teaching styles.

Comment: Saves on app tabs (Score 1) 132

by normaldotcom (#38921043) Attached to: Firefox's Web Push Notification System Announced
This is actually a useful idea--I keep at least 6 "app tabs" open in firefox at all times just to see when I get notifications from Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Google Calendar, Google Voice, etc. A push notification system could give nice in-browser notifications without keeping entire pages loaded into memory.

Comment: Hand-soldering BGA packages is hard (Score 1) 240

by normaldotcom (#38881901) Attached to: Why the Raspberry Pi Won't Ship In Kit Form
Correctly soldering BGA packages requires a reflow oven or a good heat gun with some solder paste. This is intimidating not only for customers with basic soldering skills, but even those who have extensive experience soldering other small SMT packages. Nevertheless, releasing the PCB as open hardware would allow people to fabricate and assemble their own boards, without placing an additional burden on the company.

+ - Thousands Take to the Streets to Protest ACTA->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The protests against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement continue to spread in cities across Europe. The protests began in Poland, where thousands have taken to the streets and opposition politicians have worn Guy Fawkes masks in protest against the country signing the agreement last week. The scenes from Poland and France are remarkable, demonstrating the widespread anger over the decision to join ACTA. A full rundown of protest plans can be found here."
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