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Comment: Tired of the hype (Score 1) 143

by pbjones (#46689211) Attached to: A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

3D printers will be attractive to consumers when they are sub$500 AND provide quality prints quickly. People take print time into account along with price so if it takes hours to print an object that they can buy over the counter, people will just buy over the counter and avoid the hassle of a machine thumping away for hours. My prediction has always been that 3D printing will be done in a shop front or via mail order. This latest unit is just taking advantage of the dissatisfaction with the current crop of consumer printers, and may not actually live up to the promises.

Comment: As much as I hate M$.... (Score 1) 650

by pbjones (#46681463) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

MS has offered upgrades at a reduced cost, it has supported it for about a decade, if people hold onto it, they do so at their own peril. Who holds onto a photocopier for ten years and expects spare parts? Yes I own an old laser printer and sadly, if it breaks I don't expect to have spare parts available. The devil inside me says that people are also holding on to XP because many machines could be activated with the same code, or even without a code in the case of many laptops supplied with a restore CD.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.