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Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 406

by zAPPzAPP (#47621005) Attached to: Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

I wonder how this could be even possible.

My car for example becomes absolutely hysteric if I place something on the passenger's seat, but do not plugin the safety belt.
Loud warning noises over the speakers, blinking front display, getting increasingly urgent/annyoing if I do not prombtly react.
Same reaction if I leave the driver's seat with the key still in the ignition, too.

And this is a middle class Opel Astra.

Yet this car with all its automation is oblivious to the empty driver''s seat?

Comment: So it can place parts... (Score 2) 43

by zAPPzAPP (#47561475) Attached to: A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

How do I feed it parts?

I can see two rolls kind tucked to the side there, with tape just loosely hanging out. Would it somehow take parts out of those?

What about designs with lots of different parts?
Parts that don't come on rolls (this is about small numbers and prototypes after all)?
How much time goes into preparing all the parts for pick up?

Comment: I'd rather have it as a service (Score 1) 127

I only need a 3D printer in rare occasions, which does not justify buying one.
So I would like to get easy access to one.

Take a better, faster, more expensive printer.
Put it in a vending machine like case and sell the printing service by time/volume maybe?
Couple it with a 3d scanner, so I can scan in some part I need copied / remade right there. But also make it possible to remotely queue jobs and then pick them up at the store later when they're finished.

I am imagining somthing like a postal package station, only the stuff you can pick up is being made right inside the machine.

Comment: Re:How is this new? (Score 1) 242

by zAPPzAPP (#47438901) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Usually towns located at a river will pipe their (hopefully treated) sewage into that river.
Towns downstream will often get at least part of their drinking water from groundwater taken near the river (the river guarantees a steady groundwater level), treat it again, then use it.

This adds some cubics of soil as additional filter, but is basicly the same thing.

Really, unless the town is lucky to get first access to some mountain's stream, the drinking water will always be at least part 'treated sewage'.

C makes it easy for you to shoot yourself in the foot. C++ makes that harder, but when you do, it blows away your whole leg. -- Bjarne Stroustrup

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