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Comment Re: Nonsense (Score 1) 348

I agree on a lot of things there, but let's skip 6-8 years ahead. 3D printing will have advanced. I'm thinking colors, shiny gloss, more rigid or more flexible plastics.

In my city, a non-profit organization runs two labs with 3D printers. I could see the next five years where people just select a part, then submit it to a queue at the lab. Next day, they pick it up. Easy peasy, and just like Visicalc it will sell itself, because it saves costs.

And then I'm not even mentioning that it is much more flexible. (select size, colors, gloss, weight, strength, etc.). I'm also not mentioning the possibility to print metals, which might also happen.

Comment Re: Nonsense (Score 1) 348

I'm pretty surprised that you think nothing is worth printing. There are products for which I feel the only important thing is the plastic shape itself. For instance, a dock for your mobile phone. Or a lunch box. A laptop case. A box to store your nuts and bolts. Models to paint, like model airplanes or tabletop game parts. Door handles. Spoons and spatulas for kitchen usage.

It's a pretty long list.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 295

Because it's their passion, of course. I like a good fuck as any other guy, but a fuck is just a fuck. I have dreams that I want to fulfill, and they relate to work. Apparently your dreams relate to doing nothing.

Comment Re:Looks like no extra energy in batteries (Score 1) 244

Why don't you just carry an extra battery with you? I've got a Samsung Galaxy Gio and ordered an extra battery + external charger. Since these batteries are small and flat, I carry an extra one in my wallet.

If you've got a built-in battery, just buy a case with a built-in battery which you can switch on.

Comment Johnny come late (Score 0) 260

Unbelievable, what is wrong with Microsoft and consumer electronics? When all the really successful players just keep their mouths shut, and [i]after[/i] all the moderately successful companies start announcing their vaporware, only then, [i]only then[/i] Microsoft comes and and says "yeah yeah, we've been working on that too".

Yeah whatever.

Comment No Flash (Score 1) 147

For me personally, I need decent Flash. My (European) country's national broadcaster has a digital Flash-based channel. I recently found out that Adobe dropped Flash hardware acceleration somewhere last year. You can't force it on through some obscure configuration file, either.

That makes for a big disadvantage for most Linux-friendly stuff, I need something Microsofty or Apple-ish.

Comment My favorite quote from Against A Dark Background (Score 3, Funny) 150

"Good afternoon, madam. How may I help you?"

"Good afternoon. I'd like a FrintArms HandCannon, please."

"A--? Oh, now, that's an awfully big gun for such a lovely lady. I
mean, not everybody thinks ladies should carry guns at all, though I
say they have a right to. But I think... I might... Let's have a look
down here. I might have just the thing for you. Yes, here we are!
Look at that, isn't it neat? Now that is a FrintArms product as well,
but it's what's called a laser -- a light-pistol some people call
them. Very small, as you see; fits easily into a pocket or bag; won't
spoil the line of a jacket; and you won't feel you're lugging half a
tonne of iron around with you. We do a range of matching accessories,
including -- if I may say so -- a rather saucy garter holster. Wish I
got to do the fitting for that! Ha -- just my little joke. And
there's *even*... here we are -- this special presentation pack: gun,
charged battery, charging unit, beautiful glider-hide shoulder holster
with adjustable fitting and contrast stitching, and a discount on your
next battery. Full instructions, of course, and a voucher for free
lessons at your local gun club or range. Or there's the *special*
presentation pack; it has all the other one's got but with *two*
charged batteries and a night-sight, too. Here, feel that -- don't
worry, it's a dummy battery -- isn't it neat? Feel how light it is?
Smooth, see? No bits to stick out and catch on your clothes, *and*
beautifully balanced. And of course the beauty of a laser is, there's
no recoil. Because it's shooting light, you see? Beautiful gun,
beautiful gun; my wife has one. Really. That's not a line, she
really has. Now, I can do you that one -- with a battery and a free
charge -- for ninety-five; or the presentation pack on a special
offer for one-nineteen; or this, the special presentation pack, for
one-forty-nine."

"I'll take the special."

"Sound choice, madam, *sound* choice. Now, do--?"

"And a HandCannon, with the eighty-mill silencer, five GP clips, three
six-five AP/wire-fl'echettes clips, two bipropellant HE clips, and a
Special Projectile Pack if you have one -- the one with the embedding
rounds, not the signalers. I assume the night-sight on this toy is
compatible?"

"Aah... yes, And how does madam wish to pay?"

She slapped her credit card on the counter. "Eventually."

                -- Iain M. Banks, "Against a Dark Background"

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