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Comment Re:Impractical? (Score 1) 347

Personally I dont think 3D printers will ever be an "Everyone" machine, like a PC is. You still need a bit of understanding of how computers, drafting, and the mechanics of the machines to get any use out of them. I could see it being the difference between a screwdriver and router table.

Damn near everyone will have a screwdriver in their home, but only hobbyists spring for a router table. If anything I can see printers being setup in shops like Kinkos where people can take a design and have it printed in an afternoon.

Comment Re:Yet another story... (Score 2) 124

THat's not all that reassuring, especially new companies people who did not have real world experience in large scale manufacturing.

Often times it seems, even with a prototype they will just take the lowest bid from a Chinese company to manufacture something; and as it turns out, it's shit quality, is delayed, and has budget overruns. Resulting effectively having the project die because they'd need to redo the entire Kickstarter to raise money for a second round of manufacturing.

Comment How did they come up with estimate? (Score 3, Interesting) 122

I am curious how they can come up with estimate of how much the tax would generate, while also not having a clearly defined scope of what the tax would cover.

It'd be like someone saying they want to buy a car, and me saying it'll cost $20k. The term "car" covers a wide, wide range of possible options, and to give an ballpark figure would be nigh impossible with any accuracy unless I knew the specifics.

Comment Re:So.... (Score 2) 169

Issue is, time is finite. You're effectively doubling the time spend per each course, thats going to mean less time for other courses, and jobs needed to buy food and pay tuition.

Also issue is the time needed to prepare, classes would need to be staggered to allow at minimum the three (or however long is needed) hours between them. I highly doubt these results would be comparable if I did the preparation at 6am and had a class at 4pm with a full schedule between that.

Comment Re:I wish media would stop referring to this as a (Score 1) 479

I think it's more a matter of danger.

The $20 toy one you could hit with your finger and meh, at most might smart like snapping a rubber band.

A copter like that or others will often have blades made from carbon fiber, be very sharp at the edge and spinning at several thousand RPM. Put your finger near it and it'll slice it off.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 85

OP was referring more to the idea of a bunch of random ass people coming together and doing a project with little no training or expertise beforehand.

Glue some foam together? eh, no big deal, one armed blind guy could do it.
Worst case? Get to spend time time washing off your hands.

Woodworking? Get atleast a hobbyist in there who has spent some time building stuff and knows how to properly hold the tool.
Worst case? Cut off a part of your body. Damage still limited to yourself.

3D printing/Metalwork? OK now you need someone competent, the risk of mistakes means serious damage to properly and people.
Worst case? You puncture a gas tank and turn it into a flaming rocket which explodes.

Comment Re:4 hours to respond (Score 3, Interesting) 286

I assume for something so odd and unexpected it took them a bit to properly prepare their response.

Marketing guy would have to take it to his Mgmt and him to his, etc... then it'd have to debate on how to respond then it' have to be passed back down the chain and done. Last thing you want is for it to go south and you be THAT GUY that messed it up. Name of the game is covering your ass, especially on high publicized portional PR nightmares.

Comment Re:On the plus side... (Score 3, Interesting) 351

For your average Li-Ion battery they are in cylindrical cells and output around 3.7v each. Li-Poly are similar but instead of hard cylinders they are laminated sheets one on top of each other, allowing for more variety in shapes and are the most common for phones; downside being they do not put up with as much abuse and can be damaged resulting in an internal short and the eventual boom/fire.

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