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Comment Ban or... (Score 1) 477

There is a plugin for some forum software that allows you to cause them all sorts of hell.

Sometimes it will error out, other times it will work, it gives the illusion your site is having lots of problems and depending on how you set it, drive them mad. Most will simply tire of it, especially if you ramp it up slowly. Some will figure out something is fishy though, at which point you have to do something more, but it sure is fun watching them squirm. I reserved this only for those who are there to causing trouble but are very aware of the thin line they walk and make sure to just stay on safe side of it, but only just.

Another option is a rep system.
While it can be abused, it is quite effective against most trolls. Unfortunately some decide that is fine too and work to get a low reputation, competition at it's finest. You need to set the ban level at a pretty easy level to cross to avoid this.

Bottom line, don't let them live on your boards, no matter how much their friends complain, or how much they contribute.

Comment Even Backblaze warns these numbers mean little (Score 2, Insightful) 114

Even Backblaze warns these numbers shouldn't really be used by the average consumer to justify their drive purchases, and for very good reasons.

The numbers lie.
They lie because you don't use drives in the manner that they do, Backblaze starts a pod, it fills with data and then primarily sits IDLE from that point on. In other words, they fire it up, does a ton of writes then does nothing, whereas your drives write, read erase, spin up, spin down constantly. Your drives sit in a box that may be in a warm closet, lack air flow, or sit by your feet getting bumped all of the time.

Comment Not easily and it's getting worse. (Score 1) 328

Each release is becoming more and more difficult to do it.
El Capitan requires a right click to force it to open and Sierra added a switch to disable it entirely.

Yes, I realize none of that is particularly difficult, but in Sierra's case you have to know the switch exists in the first place in order to use it. It's not even like they hid it, but the warning could at least give you a hint that the setting exists if you want to change it rather than just telling you that you can't install the software. That's just being lazy or a jerk.

Comment You lack imagination (Score 1) 274

Besides the fact you can print more than just "plastic", many times in manufacturing you use a tool to make the tools you need. This may be a jig or it can even be a mold which can be used to create something from plastic, resin, chocolate, ceramics, wax, or even metal.

3d printers are not a one stop manufacturing facility, it's a tool in your workshop.

Comment Re:3D printing hype was always bullshit (Score 1) 274

Actually, 3d printing is changing how we manufacture things almost as much as CAD and CNC did when they were brought in. If you manufacturer hard objects and you haven't at least looked into 3d printing, you're years behind your competition.

Most human creations are subsonic and not very exciting, you don't have to travel faster than sound or colonize Mars to change the world. More to your point though, they are talking about sending a 3d printer to Mars and use it to build the habitats prior to colonization.

Comment Bre petis was a salesman. (Score 1) 274

Maybe he himself believed it, but regardless, there was ZERO chance Makerbot was going to start a revolution.

A key problem is demographics, which apparently no one (including Stratsys and 3D systems) bothered to pay attention to, the bottom line is that not everyone is a maker. For the price of a Makerbot you can build a pretty decent garage woodshop, or buy a (cheap) dekstop CNC mill, but does the average person have one? No, because most people don't have the time, skill or willpower to actually do it.

Comment I'm sorry, but what's your job again? (Score 1) 119

If Linux was more prevalent, you probably wouldn't have a job.
Hate MS all you want, but if your job there is to fix these problems. No problems = no job. Stop trying to make your job redundant, you should be praising MS for keeping food on your table.

And no, you aren't paying for it, you're paid to deal with it.
It may seem like a subtle difference, but your paycheck says otherwise.

Comment Re:Gesture typing (Score 1) 37

This depends A LOT on which keyboard you are using.
Swype! has been pretty good until a recent update, after clearing the dictionary/cache it cleaned up and started doing well again.

Google did okay-ish, but Swiftkey and several others I've tried were a complete joke, sometimes not even using my own language. In other words, you may need to try a few before you get one that works well for you. That said, I will not go back to pecking.

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