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Comment: Re:Moo (Score 1) 469

I asked for an opinion from a decent pianist that I know on why are steinways so expensive, albeit quite a while ago, and he never commented on sound. The main comment was getting the balance between a good action to play on, and one that lasted with significant use. Pianos do wear out with use. Old pianos generally should be considered like an old car.

One thing for certain is, marketing certainly plays a major role. Having big names use or endorse the gear certainly sells units. Certainly in the case of beats headphones and monster cables, that's completely marketing, while the cables are overkill, the headphones suck.

When it comes to luxury items, the french seem to have it mastered, particularly with alcohol, where their drinking end price range isn't particularly good at all (I'm Australian, local wine becomes quite drinkable if you spend >$20 a bottle), then their cognac or champagne, it's all marketing by having a it named after a region and protecting it so viciously.

Comment: Re:Let me know when... (Score 1) 134

by sd4f (#46561491) Attached to: Functional 3D-Printed Tape Measure

It is making some large inroads in some industries, CNC technology in general is being heavily thrown into dental, for instance. A lot of the cast parts such as teeth and crowns are being milled, while I've also seen 3D printers being used to make other parts as well, such as dentures.

However, in general, the 3D printers aren't really brilliant yet. Problem with the original article is that it doesn't describe what machine it was made on. The quality of the print, and the ability to print all assembled indicates that it's a very expensive commercial model, rather than the cheaper consumer ones. Reality behind it is, why bother 3D printing those parts if the machine costs tens of thousands of dollars, and material costs hundreds of dollars per kilo.

Comment: Re:Insanity (Score 1) 151

by sd4f (#46504547) Attached to: Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services

lol at the arts funding, he didn't tell them they "don't have the right to refuse funding from corporate sponsors whose ethical values conflict with those of the artists", he just said that if they do refuse corporate donations, the government shouldn't be filling in the fiscal shortfall due to the protest they are making.

If artists want to make a stand over something, good for them, it's their right to do so, but they shouldn't then be able to just fall back on taxpayer dollars by shaking the money bucket, every time they feel their purity is under threat. And even then, the government is the progenitor of this stand that they're taking, considering it's asylum seeker detention which they are against, so taking government money would, in a sense be, hypocritical.

After all, only the impotent are pure...

Comment: Re:extremist comparisons (Score 1) 256

by sd4f (#46402103) Attached to: In Ukraine, Cyber War With Russia Heating Up

The problem is during WW2, Ukrainian nationalists sided with the Nazis. So while it is insulting for most Slavic nations, it's a bit hard to say the same for the Ukraine because there still is the same nationalistic mindset, with strong support for Stepan Bandera and the groups who carried out massacres.

The western media isn't really covering this fact, while the Russian media is dwelling exclusively on this. So no matter what, people are getting a skewed outlook on what has been happening, but one thing for certain is that the nationalists are large in number, and the Ukrainian 'opposition' isn't distancing themselves from them at all.

+ - Dice, what are you getting by butchering Slashdot ? 2

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Before I register my account with /. I frequented it for almost 3 weeks. If I were to register the first time I visited /. my account number would be in the triple digits.

That said, I want to ask Dice why they are so eager to kill off Slashdot.

Is there a secret buyer somewhere waiting to grab this domain, Dice ? Just tell us. There are those amongst us who can afford to pay for the domain. What we want is to have a Slashdot that we know, that we can use, that we can continue to share information with all others.

Please stop all your destructive plans for Slashdot, Dice."

+ - Richard Nixon Announces His Approval For Slashdot Beta 3

Submitted by MightyMartian
MightyMartian (840721) writes "Former US president (and everyone's favorite funny man) Richard M. Nixon announced his approval of the Slashdot Beta site.

"I was just telling Pat this morning as I made sweet Nixon love to her that what the web needed was a whitespace-riddled atrocity. Slashdot Beta is the Tet Offensive of discussion sites, so screw you, you stupid hippies."

Henry Kissinger was said to have been very pleased as well. Dr. Kissinger was quoted as saying "In Soviet Russia, Slashdot betas you!""

+ - Nerd website found to make viewer's eyes bleed

Submitted by grommit
grommit (97148) writes " is a website that is testing out a new "Beta" web design specifically crafted to make the viewer's eyes bleed. Editor samzenpus is quoted as saying, "We were hoping for at least a 70% eye bleed rate (EBR) but when we found out that we're actually generating 95% EBR, we were ecstatic. We are proud to break new ground in unreadable web design!""

Comment: Re:In the UK, we used to give grants to study. (Score 1) 321

by sd4f (#46158097) Attached to: James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

Everybody happy because education good!

No truer words written. I'm seeing it in Australia, where the government provides loans for tuition, the universities grow with more students, get more money, employ more people, etc, everywhere they want more and more people to come out with a degree. So then you have this ridiculous situation where child care workers are no longer in child care but rather early childhood education and care. The absurd part of it is, people are starting to need to go through training to do something which they may be already perfectly experienced at by virtue of i don't know, but maybe being a mother, just for example.

You also get the situation where doing clerical work, particularly for the government as a public servant/employee, now requires a degree. Doesn't matter what, but a degree is necessary. It beggars belief that they don't care what you studied, but a degree is necessary to do work which requires on the job training.

Comment: Re:delayed gratification was the original model. (Score 1) 321

by sd4f (#46157971) Attached to: James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

That's my experience in Australia. I'm a mechanical and mechatronic engineer. My university requires me to complete two 6 month internships to graduate. I've completed all my subject, and one internship. This final internship is proving to be rather obstructive for me graduating. Most places just don't want to look at someone who's fresh out of university, even though I have worked for a manufacturing company (who unfortunately went broke, as many are in Australia at the moment) and was employed for longer than my allotted internship time. For the very few ads, 5 years experience and for the ones which aren't, they'll be larger companies who have some extremely repugnant HR department who manage to narrow a field of applicants into ones who present the best in interviews and that's about it.

I might come off as jaded, but I'm getting rather annoyed. I'm passionate about engineering, I actually enjoy learning but it seems that no one is interested in employing anyone to do actual engineering work. The university has careers expos, and the last one I went to, only had two companies who were interested in consulting work. The others, were either foreign engineering companies who were after technical sales people, like as if I'm going to spend all those years at university, just to become a sales person, and the other mobs were financial institutions such as banks and 'professional services' companies. The logic being that it's easier to train an engineer on business related matters and finance, than a business or economics graduate, maths and problem solving.

I think my best option would be to try to create a start up with acquaintances, but even then, Australia would have to be one of the worst countries in the developed world to do that and probably worse than many developing nations. So my future is probably not going to be one in Australia unless I resign myself to a life of mediocrity.

Comment: Re:Scholarships, you mean (Score 1) 321

by sd4f (#46155613) Attached to: James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering
Certainly in Australia as well. I think the effects are starting to show now, with many engineering industries in serious decline here, namely manufacturing. I read that Germany compels companies to spend money on training employees through a tax concession. That's something which could be of significant benefit in Australia.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis