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Comment Encrypt your e-mails (Score 1, Funny) 513

The inevitable next step by Kim Dotcom's Mega.co.nz's completely encrypted file sharing is completely encrypted messaging. When that takes off, Google's evil practice of not encrypting mail will be left for dust. They're going to lose a lot of customers unless they decide to jump first. Which, as you can see, will lose them more revenue.

Comment How do the filter crap out of the plastic? (Score 1) 91

I have a few reservations, and big disclaimer here - I make 3D printer filament. The main one is that the tiniest bit of crap in your plastic will inevitably find your printer's nozzle pinhole. If it does not fit through, you will block.

The other is that the machine does not yet seem to be fully functional and they're already welding up all the pretty boxes. Priorities, guys.

Comment Good for society (Score 1) 317

Adverts are little attention-getters that push buttons to make you do things you don't want to do. It could be that they're causing us to do a number of other weird things too as a side effect - like get unreasonably violent and agressive. This is of particular suspicion in the US where foreigners meeting US advertisements for the first time get a big culture shock. Could this "Shock! Get yours now!" subliminal message be driving roberies, greed, rape and other undesirable behaviour, which let's face it is over-abundant in the US?

The more that is done to supress them the better.

Comment Self-soldeirng solder (Score 1) 321

OK, this one needs doing as a cautionary tail. Working at Amstrad in the 80's I had a nice battery-powered soldering iron with an effiung great NiCad in it. The wire broke off one end of the battery. I grab a soldering station and set to soldering the tag - but no solder. The boss has the big roll of solder so I haul off a metre of it and wander back. I then solder the battery teminal, and scream in pain.

For lo, the other end of the solder coil has flopped out of my palm and is leaning on the other end of the NiCad. NiCad then discharges through the solder coil, melting the whole thing instantly in my palm. I had a palm full of hot lead. Owser!

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