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Comment Re:The problems are many (Score 1) 94

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) 94

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) 248

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:let's be honest here (Score 1) 146

This is actually a sad case, but even though there are those cases and they are not as rare as one would think, they are not the main route for heroin. People addicted to painkillers are usually reaching for solutions that are closer to legal prescription drugs.

Heroin, at least to my knowledge, is an exit drug, used by people who have pretty much reached the end.

Comment Re: I peruse iffy websites all the time (Score 1) 403

Doing so wouldn't really have told them anything considering I don't have a Facebook account (at least not one that is by any means tied to my name), don't use Twitter or other social media and generally don't really have a very visible online profile.

Hey, maybe that made me suspicious. Time to create a meaningless, happy-go-lucky Facebook page. Which gets me back to the idea I had a while ago, creating a service where you can pimp your Facebook profile so recruiters, law enforcement and in-laws think you're the perfect guy. Kinda like SEO for social media...

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 403

A girl licking a boot sure isn't getting me hard either but allegedly that's considered porn by some people. Hell, there's people getting off to the weirdest shit you could imagine. I remember a story about a guy who gets off by sticking his dick into hamburger meat, does that mean every time I have a burger I'm essentially participating in hard vore?

Comment Re:Dare to be different! (Score 1) 127

What market has chosen? Apple has chosen to produce an iPhone and people can buy it or not have an iPhone. And people buy it.

Remember how market economy was supposed to be? Suppliers offering choices and people being the decider what sells and what doesn't? What choice do I have? If I want a more or less modern phone, I have to swallow that it's going to have a soldered battery with an anemic lifetime because it's paper thin, along with the phone not being much thicker and needing a protective cover so it doesn't crumple when you put it into your pocket.

And please don't tell me people really HATED those USB ports enough that they DEMANDED them removed...

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