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Comment: Re:Users will be "Printer Trash" (Score 1) 400

I'm not aware of an ability to print leather

And it will be ever thus? Experimental work is already underway printing biological materials such as arteries and organs. As time goes by, the capability of 3D printers for complex materials will only increase.

Comment: Investigation Data or Profit Center? (Score 1) 405

by seven of five (#46560501) Attached to: L.A. Police: <em>All</em> Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation
The "investigation" part may be BS to justify creating a database of driver's behaviors. They know who belongs to what license plate. They know vehicle make and model which gives them an idea of your income. And they know where you are at any given time of day. What's to keep them from selling this information to data brokers?

Comment: Freezing your ass off in Chicago (Score 2) 335

by seven of five (#46330809) Attached to: Why Nissan Is Talking To Tesla Model S Owners
Guy I know commutes with a Leaf to work. Loves the electric benefits but says he can't keep the heat on in this bastard cold winter without the risk of running out of juice. He bundles up and braves it, but I gotta wonder, the battery must get hot anyway during operation; why can't they pump some of that into the cabin? I've also heard comments that some hybrids have that problem too -- to get decent heat, you have to run the engine.

Comment: Scarcity is Inbuilt (Score 1) 888

by seven of five (#46247007) Attached to: Star Trek Economics
While I'd love to think that the world will be post-scarcity anytime, the fact is the human brain evolved over millions of years of scarcity and this is what we're stuck with. Even if all the technical tools were in our hands, we automatically revert to schoolyard politics. There is power in having more than the next schlub, and power in keeping stuff from him. Unless we re-engineer the human brain, this is how it's going to be.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 (2538558) writes "It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format."

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