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Comment Re:Copy machine at stores (Score 1) 246

It's still the right idea, if you remove the "wait in the store while it prints" part. Maybe order online, let the store print it, get an email to pick it up/send it via regular mail. While things like Shapeways and 3D Hubs do exactly that, there's no store doing the same thing. So if you live in a big enough city with a few people listed on 3D Hubs you might be able to pick it up yourself, otherwise there's always the shipping delay.

I've read about UPS teaming up with a company about doing exactly that, but I haven't heard anything since then.

Comment Re:Too much, too fast (Score 1) 246

Someday, a while from now, you'll be able to go to a website, select a cup or a custom statue or whatever, have it 3D printed and delivered to your door for a fairly reasonable, even cheap, price.

You mean something like Shapeways or 3D hubs*?

* they also list commercial/industrial-quality services, not just home owners.

Comment Economic growth (Score 2) 81

Sorry but no. Let's not be dogmatic about this, shall we? Authoritarianism really can outpace free societies in economic growth.

When the objective is clear, as in when your population haven't got basic appliances or sufficient housing, it's much more efficient to take an engineer's approach to the problem than allowing every tom dick and harry clutter up decision making with their combined ignorance and stupidity. Look at e.g. Singapore. Autocracy is what propelled it upwards out of the marsh it was in.

Also. successful companies don't operate by popular vote either.

There comes a point when the road ahead is less clear ... and there free societies have the advantage because they can afford to try everything and keep what is good.

Comment Balanced (Score 1) 411

French criminal law is different from the US. For cases involving penalties of up to 15 years of prison, guilt isn't determined by a jury but by a judge.

Plus laws pertaining to State Security are a bit sharper there and less encumbered by checks and balances.

From the desciription It sounds as if the French authorities were careful to collect evidence that might allow one of their judges to decide whether the suspect was merely curious or a sympathiser (and hence in breach of their anti-terrorism laws). It looks as if that evidence led their judge to decide that man was a sympathiser. Hence the sentence.

Internet is a main source of radicalisation. Given that dragnet internet surveillance will show such browsing, it offers an opportunity to go after people engaging in it.

Not exactly what would have been done in the US as it is today, but not unreasonable either. Given mr. Trump and his right-wing radical cabinet appointees I guess this will become policy in the US too. Perhaps with appropriate window-dressing and executive orders.

Those who are counting on the House to block that, think again. Those who are counting on the Supreme Court to put a stop to that ... consider that mr. Trump has one vacancy to fill there already. And there may be more before his 4 years are done. Personally I don't think any judge who doesn't see eye to eye with radical right wing policies will stand a chance.

Therefore the way towards implementing precisely this measure in the US seems clear. Ironically the advent of mr. Trump seems to mean that the US will become a bit more European in this respect.

I believe that people are going to get what they voted for. Good and hard.

Comment Re:Garages? (Score 1) 11

Think about the power to weight ratio--with as little as a plastic vehicle with a passenger or two would weigh on Ceres, the ratio would be very high, especially after they found the ferromagnetics in the belt that could be magnetized a hundred times as strong as today's (that story, "The Pirate", is still in edit), replace the magnets in a 100 watt motor with them, and one watt will run that motor as well as 100 did the old.

They already had real moon buggies, they're still up there. They used wheels, but the moon is a LOT heavier than Ceres.

Imagine playing basketball on Ceres? I might add that to a story, there were microgravity sports in "Mars, Ho!".

Comment Re:Hard drive or software? (Score 1) 106

I don't back up daily, more like weekly, plus whenever I have a rash of new data. I keep the backup drive unplugged except when backing up, and never in s thunderstorm. Losing my non-backed up data would only hurt a little, it isn't like I'll lose a 10,000 customer database or anything.

Before I retired, backups were automatically done daily by software. I had to change the backup tapes weekly.

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He comes he'll meet a shotgun slug
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Five years ago this Christmas
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He came in for a landing
As I let out a yawn
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