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Comment Re:The problems are many (Score 1) 64

No doubt about it, but look at it: Frankly, it looks like something you'd expect in some cheesy 60s scifi movie. People are used to appliances that are closed black boxes that just spew out what they're supposed to produce, they don't want to see the wiring under the board.

Yes, I do and yes, I agree, the Prusa is a great design and I love it every time I use it, but the topic here is the question why this didn't get mass appeal. And mass appeal is something gained and won by the way it looks. And this looks intimidating to the average Joe out there. It looks like something he won't get under control, and he's not going to shell out 740 bucks to find out whether he does.

Comment The problems are many (Score 1) 64

And one of the key ones is that there are too many out there. With heatpads and without, with this or that plastic, and let's not get started on the various designs on how to get the filament on the ground. Many different designs, some looking rather ridiculous like something Dr. Strangelove would have invented. Yes, it still is a rather experimental thing, and it looks the part, too.

And people don't want that. Especially with something they're supposed to pay a thousand bucks for or even more. What people want is something that "just works". And "just works", it sure doesn't. It needs tweaking and a lot of try and error to get it right.

And in the end, what do you get out of it? You can print plastic parts. Provided you have the design files for them. Umm... yeah, that's ... well, ... why sugar coat it, it's bullshit. Unless there is something you can print that you can't buy MUCH cheaper, there is exactly no point to drop a thousand bucks and go through all the hassle on top of it.

Comment Re:The Decline of Big Media has been Noticed (Score 1) 230

The problem is that people equate being able and allowed to tell the truth with some sort of obligation to do so, and that's dangerous. You have the same effect as you do with people being dissatisfied with the medical system or with science. I do not want to believe in established science/pharmacy/news, and there is someone else who sells "non-establishment" science/pharmacy/news, so he must be right because "the establishment" is something I don't trust.

And that's dangerous.

Just because A is false doesn't automatically mean that B is true just because B contradicts A.

Comment Re: No More Muslims (Score 1) 487

That's not how voting works. The US is divided into "electoral votes" which basically is divided up among states (and in some cases, counties). Trump got ~57% of the "country's" vote, you don't vote directly which is what many Dems are missing in these cases, popular votes don't matter, have never mattered.

Comment Re:Bad Headline (Score 1) 487

The other companies gave no answer, which for any company that didn't have a history of inadvertently enabling genocide was IMO the right thing to do. Such political trolling really shouldn't even be dignified with a response, in general.

But you're right about IBM. Ethically speaking, they should have been the first to say no, given what happened the last time they helped with a database of everyone in a particular religious group. Then again, it is also possible that because IBM and its employees were not punished for their role in enabling the Holocaust, the bean counters that run the place would dutifully enable another one. Scary thought.

Comment Re: No More Muslims (Score 1) 487

FDR was a leftist and didn't want to go to war until his hand was practically forced, partially by The New Deal. The New Deal was very much leftist, tripled taxes mainly affecting the poor and causing the 1938's depression with unemployment at 19% in 1939, it wasn't until the US spent billions on the "war effort" that the mismanagement of The New Deal was undone even though FDR doubled the national debt.

Comment Re: No More Muslims (Score 1) 487

Nice try but the 40s were barely the hallmark of social justice and the left did not want to go to war. It wasn't until the US was threatened by Japanese and German forces near the US that some sensible decisions were made.

These alt-left stories do nothing but galvanize the other 60% of the country that voted for Trump. IBM, Twitter, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have already helped the US government and part of the US government has already built and maintained a Muslim registry from Clinton to Obama and none of them cleaned it up, only expanded it.

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