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Comment Re:Kind of obvious... (Score 4, Interesting) 273

Makerbot pushed too soon and too hard. Their machines where not up to the expectations set by marketing.

However, wood? That was years ago. We've progressed a lot. I'm not saying it's "one click and 100% reliability". But it's not as error prone as it was 3 years ago.

I work for Ultimaker, and the Ultimaker 2+ (while a bit older) is still selling very strong due it's reliability. Prototyping, showcase models and jig&fixtures are the main markets where we see sales.

I work at R&D, we have CNC machines next to our fleet of 3D printers to prototype as well, but they require a lot more expert knowledge, we have a full time operator on that. Unlike the 3D printers, that are even used by our reception desk, provide little to no noise, and no dust.

Comment Re:Can't have customers removing spy^H^Hecurity pa (Score 4, Informative) 275

Well, I never cared too much about those. But I did disable all updates about a month ago on my Windows7 and my GF Windows10 laptops. Why? They repeatedly fail to installed. Causing a loop of "using 100% CPU for about an hour, reboot, fail to install, reboot to roll back, and then using 100% CPU again the next day trying to install the update again."

After repeatedly fixing those updates, I gave up and just disabled all updates. (which was easy on Windows 7 and a pain in the ass on Windows 10)

Comment Re:Did anyone try to stop it? (Score 1) 108

You do know that every single attempted suicide survivor regrets his/her decision?

Or, if you do not like the human angle, pick one:
a) Yes, society invested in this person, and you want the highest return on investment.
b) Do not kill yourself by causing a shitload of damage to society. The train conductor now has been traumatized. And the train is delayed. Both causing economic damage to society.

No, you are not free to do whatever the fuck you want. Because a lot of things you do influence other people as well. You litter? That means someone needs to clean that up, and we all need to pay for that someone. And thus, you should not litter.

Comment Re:DRM Increases Piracy. (Score 1) 81

I think the implementation of said DRM has much more to do with it then the actual DRM.

My steam library has 208 games. It's easy, it's cheap, it's quick, and it never caused problems.

Our (shared with my girlfriend) e-reader has no bought e-books anymore. Why?
First off, it's expensive. My girlfriend goes trough about 2 books a week, as ebooks costs just as much as a paperback, that's about 20 euro a week. For some digital copies of something that gives a few hours of medium entertainment. (These are not top notch books, it's easy to read stuff)
It's also clumsy, buying a book is more effort then torrenting it. You still need to transfer it, you have different DRM schemes to deal with.
Our local library does offer an assortment of ebooks for rent. Great idea, horrible implementation, as it requires tons of effort to use. Seach->select->download->load in different application->store it there in a library->convert->transfer resulting file->hope everything went properly->have your PC invaded by the application that manages the rental library. (From Sony, no surprises there)
Reports every once in a while that ebooks go "poof".

Compare that to steam, where I can buy in 2 clicks, I get to use the game everywhere, with easy downloads and no hassle. (And recently, even easy refunds if the game fails to work)

Comment None. (Score 5, Informative) 165

As someone in this industry (Ultimaker)

I will tell you. There no single printer you can buy that will do Lego level of quality. The precision of lego is just beyond of what current 3D print tech can do. The molds Lego uses to make their bricks are already on the extreme level.

Now, if you want to replace 1 brick. You most likely can get away with any printer, as 1 imprecise brick in a build isn't an issue. But 5 in a row are.

Your best bet would most likely be a small SLA printer. Like the a Formlabs or a Autodesk Amber.

If you don't want the dirty bits of SLA. You're stuck with an FDM printer. Not the best option for what you are looking for. But no chemicals. I would look at an option that has a 0.25mm nozzle option. There are a few. Our latest iteration has it. But that's most certainly not the cheapest machine.

Comment Re: Follow the money (Score 1) 211

Depends. I backed 9 kickstarters. 2 delivered on time. 1 is 2 years after schedule But that is still going. But I didn't research this properly beforehand, as his goals where too ambitious for the time period. Most projects are just a few weeks late.

What I invested is a small amount of money. Because if a bit of research and common sense ("if it looks to good to be true, it is") I have a high return of unique products, that would normally not see the market.

Only 1 of the projects I backed made more then 1mil. As I think making a lot more money then your goal is also a risk.

So, yes, there is a chance I get nothing. But then I'm only out of $10-$100.

Backing a sub $300 3D printer, that's stupid for example. Just in raw materials you need $150 for any printer (electronics, hotend, motion parts). Add production, shipping, R&D, and you'll go over that.

Comment Re:Is "GDrive" equivalent? (Score 1) 330

Got no experience with OneDrive. But I have used dropbox and GDrive. Dropbox functioned way superior in this case, never really caused issues.
GDrive on the other hand once deleted ALL data by mistake of an syncing error (yes, could be recovered, but that was shitloads of work), and you shit yourself when you see all your files disappear.
I've also had a few times that GDrive refused to sync at all, without a clear cause. It just kept refusing.
The web interface can be dog slow when you have 1000+ files in a folder.

Comment Re:Bull (Score 1) 235

"we should send an agent to interview person X, who disappeared in Syria for two years and now bought four drones and a little bit of fertilizer..."

So, someone who went to seria, discovered that they have an agriculture problem there, and is looking into fertilizing land by the use of drones to spread the fertilizer is a someone that should be on a watch list?

(Not sure why you would want to use a drone as a bomb delivery mechanism. There are cheaper, more silent, larger range, more reliable options)

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