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Comment: Re:Wrong type of machine for Dremel (Score 1) 103

by dbIII (#47943175) Attached to: Dremel Releases 3D Printer
It's a single material with the 3D printer, having to work with a range of materials makes milling far less trivial and makes your "never actually used" somewhat comical.
I've written scripts to turn 3D drawings into G-code programs and making sure that the cutter is going at the correct speed (so that it can actually do the job without breaking itself or your part) is a bit harder than you appear to have considered.

Comment: Re:Hmmmmm (Score 1) 107

by dbIII (#47943121) Attached to: Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

When the announcement that cuts were coming I made a comment on /. about how everyone at Microsoft would be looking over their shoulder wondering whether their job would be cut.

Isn't it MS that has the toxic culture of making sure that somebody in every team gets a poor review? That's already a reason to wonder about being cut.

Comment: If you are going to drag someone in (Score 1) 107

by dbIII (#47943097) Attached to: Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research
If you are going to drag someone in from halfway around the world you are normally expected to not fire them at a whim. The problem here is not the guest workers, the problem is a management mentality of firing at a whim and local conditions that do not protect the locals fired at a whim as much as guest workers fired at a whim. Firing guest workers gets noticed on many levels. Kicking a local out the door with no reason given is just American business as usual in some states.
It's far too common to blame the people that are not being shafted than those doing the shafting.
A different question is why are these people getting dragged in from halfway around the world, which gets hard to honestly discuss because indentured servitude and driving down wages rears it's ugly head while "that guy from country X is brilliant" muddies the waters.

Comment: Wouldn't it be amusing (Score 1) 228

by dbIII (#47941687) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died
Wouldn't it be amusing if the current batch of private celebrity photos actually came from an "intelligence community" leak after a pile of Apple data was seized.
An interesting thing that Snowden has show us is that there is a vast sprawling web of people extending deep into private enterprise that have access to "secret" information. Imagine someone with a few of those photos, they can make serious dollars - it's not as if they are compromising their values of national security and they are already working for profit instead of duty.

Comment: Re:No it was Apple, but ... (Score 1) 172

by dbIII (#47941575) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users
Doesn't matter since it's sadly nowhere near the truth, even though I'd like it to be and Apple are not the worst offender. Where did you get that incorrect figure from? I find it very annoying to be served a smug "correction" with such an obvious lie. You should be either very embarrassed to be fooled in such a way or ashamed of yourself for making up such an obvious lie.

Comment: No I was not thinking of that one (Score 1) 172

by dbIII (#47941557) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users
No I was not thinking of that one. I wrote above: "A few years back it was shown in a Mac laptop review". The review in question was in a newspaper called "The Australian" and it was way back when the "titanium" Mac was released.

Apple's AU tax is 10%

Utterly wrong. The ACCC found differently recently - follow your own link and you'll most likely see Apple stuff too, it certainly got into the papers. I don't know what they can do about it other than warn consumers that they are being ripped off. Apple, among many others (MS, Adobe, AutoDesk etc) are taking advantage of the supply chain in regions with little competition by price gouging.

It seems to be an increasing trend on this site - smug "corrections" based on either misunderstanding of the post that a person is replying to or deliberate "reality distortion" by fans upset that the object of their veneration is being addressed in less than glowing terms.

Comment: Matrox had one that actually worked, unlike MS (Score 1) 541

by dbIII (#47924713) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9
Matrox had one back then that was half decent but it got broken by later versions of MS Windows. Nvidia still has a multiple desktop thing packaged with Quatro cards which has gone in cycles from perfect to flaky and back again. The MS one was proof of concept and may have worked initially but it turned into a certain blue screen timebomb a while after it had become abandonware. There were various others that worked for a while but nothing you could use for the long term.
It's almost as if it was a purchase requirement for a sale and abandoned later, but I suspect it's more a series of projects that were not maintained.

Comment: One major reason (Score 1) 541

by dbIII (#47924633) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9
To use more memory. Admittedly you can solve that with the 64 bit XP if you have hardware it supports, or you can get server 2003 which is similar to XP, or you can roll back to Win2k to get away from the fucking stupid memory ceiling in XP if you have more than one core (I've still got a 6GB Win2k machine lurking in storage to run some legacy software every couple of years).
If you don't need more memory, as with a couple of receptionists computers in my workplace, XP does the job up to at least MS Office 2010.

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