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Comment Re:Amazing (Score 1) 53

They still are a fringe technology. They are only used in industry to do simple prototypes. They are used by consumers to make.... toys? I've only seen them print giveaways and demos, not a whole lot useful.

I know some people using 3d printers to print and sell quadcopter parts, not for kiddie quads but ones that would hurt you if they fell on you. That's still pretty toylike, but it illustrates the point that you can build actual parts with them.

Comment Re:Regardless of longevity. (Score 1) 112

The only real concern would be potentially having the ISS break apart a little bit at a time, and those individual parts becoming separate pieces of debris in space.

But that is in fact a real concern, one that can't simply be waved away. The station is designed to be powered; I'd imagine that abandoning it will cause it to deteriorate even faster. One day when we have repulsor technology or whatever magical wand is waved, we can worry less about debris and then that sort of thing will be a viable option. Until then, burning it up is the most responsible thing to do.

Comment Re:Of course... (Score 3, Interesting) 43

Or the phone could diagnose the disease, or forward imagery on to some system which will do the same. That's why I got involved with infragram, in the hope that at some point I'll end up with a mobile device which can do the processing onboard. I had to say it, but this might actually be a decent excuse to use the Pi, with the camera module.

Comment Re:too much credit to Blackberry (Score 1) 120

Don't be too hard on RIM, going from selling professional products to consumer products is one of the toughest transitions companies goes through and one that's massively underestimated because people think you're going to sell "the same". You don't.

well, you do and you don't. They needed to sell the same sort of hardware (people who preferred blackberry did so because of the hardware in most cases) but with more user-focused software. They needed to change halfway, and they couldn't even manage that.

Comment Re:Indeed, it needs a bit more (Score 1) 65

Try running a car without maintenance for 5 years.

Automakers are now working on cars designed to run without maintenance for five years. As in, before the first maintenance. They contain extended life coolant and synthetic oil. So far, though, two years is about the practical limit, because coolant breaks down whether it's supposed to or not. That's not bad for a vehicle designed for terrestrial use by the untrained.

Comment Re:Beer bellies not related to beer (Score 1) 110

We're not talking about large strong beers, usually. Most people who are drinking a 12 pack are drinking Meister Brau or something. My dad put away a case of shitty beer like Brew 102 (it was on sale at the Food & Liquor^W^W^WCheaper! for a long time) nightly for years. Yes, that is as lame as it sounds. Alcohol is a hell of a drug. I am lucky enough to not be an alcoholic. My response to waking up and finding out I did something stupid is not to try to drink away the stupid.

Comment Re:Regardless of longevity. (Score 1) 112

In order to prevent it from becoming a hazard you'd have to cover the whole damned thing in shielding. The only viable way to do that with current technologies is probably to surround it in those inflatable modules that Bigelow wanted to build; anything else would be too heavy for basically no payoff. Good luck getting umpteen launches of those going

Comment Re:Beer bellies not related to beer (Score 2) 110

There is no causation between beer consumption and a "beer gut"

There is no relation between your comment and the truth. Beer guts ain't fat, that's not how your body works. Fat is added to your whole body when you get fat, and it's removed from your whole body when you lose weight. Beer guts are enlarged, hardened livers, or fluid seeping into the belly from a cirrhotic liver.

Comment Re:Atheism is a self esteem issue (Score 1) 1293

I have every ounce of respect for Agnostics. Atheists in most cases are people with self-esteem issues.

I agree that atheism is in general a somewhat religious position, but I disagree that it's generally a self-esteem issue; or at least, that it's any more of one than religion itself. Religions teach that believers are special, after all. Atheism, on the other hand, teaches that none of us is inherently more special than any of the rest of us, at least for reasons of spiritual association.

I am personally an agnostic, so naturally I want to agree with you, but I believe the situation is a bit more complex than you make it out to be. There's reasonably good evidence that gods are in fact not influencing us in various ways that they've been said to do before. Ongoing absence of evidence is evidence of absence, it's just not proof.

Atheism is also a fairly rational response to persecution by theists. People who are religious or pay lip service to religion have been the majority for much of recorded history, and they have often oppressed those who do not claim to share their beliefs, and even some who do. In the absence of evidence of validity of religion, it is rational to disagree with it.

Ultimately, I do feel that most of the followers of YHWH are foolish and even more of them are broadly ignorant. I don't know that I'm smarter than those people, but I'm probably much more used to engaging in critical thinking. I've literally overheard people say that giraffes disprove evolution. Some people are so married to their narrow worldview that they'll snatch at anything to avoid admitting that they're crazy. They might have a perfectly fine mind, but they're not actually using it. These are the dangerous people, because they will support anything you can whip them into a froth over.

Comment Re:Sure (Score 1) 396

I went one step further and installed the "Install" disc to the hard drive and the "Play" disc to the fastest USB drive I have, so the game can still load from two locations at the same time. That way, the DVD drive isn't roaring constantly and it cuts down on wear and tear of moving parts. There's still the occasional bit of pop-in, but never any geometry, just the rare odd texture here and there.

Yes, I have also read about this elsewhere. I will install the play disc to a 16GB OCZ Rally2, which is probably not the fastest thing around any more, but which is pretty damned fast. I bought my 360 used and when the optical drive failed I found that it had already been turned up, so I had to replace it. Luckily I know my way around a soldering iron, apparently unlike the prior owner, so I replaced the drive mechanism and kept the original controller board; the standard fix to avoid having to pull the AACS key out of the drive. I'm in no hurry to do that again, so I religiously install before playing so that I only need to read discs once, and at a reasonable speed.

Comment Re:More importantly (Score 4, Insightful) 1293

Sex is for procreation not recreation! Sinner!

Sex is to quiet those voices... the voices that keep telling me to ...
Wait, nevermind.

If you get a book and a funny hat and a bunch of people standing behind you cheering you on, you can do whatever the voices tell you to do, and even tell people about the voices.

Comment Re:Faith and evolution ARE compatible (Score 1) 1293

In fact, even the idea that humans evolved from goo is not ultimately incompatible with faith in God or in intelligent design. This is because the point of ID/Creationism is not how God created, but that God created.

Wrong. I mean, for some people that's true, but some people are married to the idea that God created all that we know in six 24-hour periods 6,000 years ago. Anything that conflicts with this theory must be a lie or a mistake. You actually recognize this fact below in your comment, but you need to understand that the idea that humans evolved from goo is ultimately incompatible with these people's faith in God and intelligent design. And there are still more people who are partial literalists, who believe that God made man out of clay and breathed life into him, but that evolution is still part of God's creation, and while it might be working on us now, it's not where we came from.

ObDisclaimer: I believe I'll have a beer later today, but little else

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