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Comment: Re:How it happened? Easy: PATENTS expired. (Score 5, Insightful) 69

by sehlat (#48006365) Attached to: How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity

Except no ONE person invented it. 3D printing was the result of a lot of researchers working on a lot of parts, and when the dust settled, none of them could build a really practical printer without paying off all the other patent holders, most of whom were playing dog-in-the-manger with their patents while trying to elbow out the competition.

Anybody remember that scene in "A Beautiful Mind" where Nash points out that if everybody goes after the beautiful girl they block each other and nobody gets the girl? Patents on complicated devices are like that. Everybody ends up blocking everybody else and nobody can do much with the technology until the patents expire.

Comment: Never gonna work ... (Score 1) 506

by sehlat (#47758739) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

"... stumble out of a pub..."

Like the inebriated gentleman in San Francisco of many years ago? He stumbled out of a pub, crawled into the back seat of a waiting automobile, assuming it was a taxi, and demanded "Take me to the corner of Washington and Clay!" Given that Washington and Clay run parallel to each other, that would confuse the hell out of the computer.

In this case, however, the officers driving the vehicle escorted their new passenger to the lockup so he could sleep it off.

Comment: Major Change in Business Model? (Score 1) 249

by sehlat (#47673739) Attached to: Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Apple is famous for two things:

1. Having a walled garden.

2. Cultivating the wall and leaving the garden to fend for itself.

Possibly mimic GoodReads, which Amazon uses to great effect as a marketing and curation tool?

Letting the App developers take more of the gelt home would also help. More of them might
be able to support themselves instead of feeding the iMaw.

Comment: "The implant can be used to deliver other drugs." (Score 1) 302

by sehlat (#47409879) Attached to: Wireless Contraception

So in the future, everybody is required to be implanted with this gadget -- loaded with tranquilizers. The government has the activation key, no skin contact required, and if a demonstration or anything else gets "out of hand" the code gets broadcast, the "insurgents" go off into la-la land, and they send in the street sweepers to collect them.

Forget the tinfoil hat. Where's my tinfoil armor?

Comment: Champagne corks pop at Amazon (Score 2) 51

by sehlat (#47320719) Attached to: Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

B&N bought Fictionwise, where I was buying about $2000/year of eBooks before the publishers managed to kill just about every eBook store that carried their stuff except Amazon and B&N. Neither of them is as well-run or as reader-friendly as Fictionwise and Books on Board were (hint: shopping cart, "tell me when new books by author (x) are available", and store credits along with publisher-over-priced eBooks which could be used to buy more books).

Amazon has more than just books, so they can hang in there, but the Nook division and its former parent company are both doomed.

*sigh* Thank God for Calibre and jailbreaking!

"Buy land. They've stopped making it." -- Mark Twain