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Comment Longest ad-hominem ever (Score 2) 185

Mostly the text appears to be an attempt to smear Snowden, although who knows what's in the redacted bits. He may have been in contact with Russian intelligence (they'd be stupid not to try), but he claims he got rid of his own ability to access the documents before going there, leaving that all in the hands of journalists.

Comment Re:Great for 10% of the population (Score 1) 220

Nuclear power has ramp-up and ramp-down times measured in hours or days. Because of this, it is strictly a baseload power source, just like coal. For peaking power, you need hydro, natural gas, or storage.

(Solar and wind are strange critters from a load-management perspective. They have the response times needed for peaking power, but not the availability.)

Comment MakerBot was most hyped, not first, best, cheapest (Score 3, Interesting) 274

I initially preordered a Thing-O-Matic, but was quickly warned off while waiting for it to cancel and get one of the many great RepRap kits available. I'm glad I did. Anyone that spent more than an hour or two a week trying to 3D print stuff quickly came to realize that MakerBot printers were to be avoided. They cost more and were less capable than most of the alternatives. When people can 3D-print their own custom designs and thereby rapidly improve existing 3D printer designs, mass-producing printers on a long product life cycle is a losing proposition. As far as I can tell they only got as far as they did on Bre Pettis' cult of personality and hype. While Thingiverse is handy it is/was also subject to their whims and censorship, and they blocked any weapons or weapon parts from being uploaded there, highlighting the need for other methods of sharing 3D printing designs. All I can say in conclusion is good riddance to MakerBot, long live 3D printing.

Comment Re:because (Score 2) 274

If you did a lot of 3D printing, it might make sense to print prototypes of a part to make sure you've got it right, then send it off to somewhere like Shapeways for the final part. I've built and used two 3d-printers, which can be super handy if you know how to use them, and I've ordered stuff from Shapeways. They each have their place but I think it's a pretty useful combination.

Comment Re:It's been dying since KDE3 (Score 1) 515

Honestly it's been so long since I used it, I don't remember exactly. I just remember there being things I wanted to do, that Gnome could do, that it didn't support. I recall trying KDE4 to get those things but it being buggy and incomplete. Sorry, I know that's rather vague, but again it's been a long time.

Comment It's been dying since KDE3 (Score 2) 515

FOSS developers are free to do what they like. I was quite happy with KDE3, although it was getting a bit outdated. However starting with KDE4 it seemed like too much attention was being given to gimmicks and core functionality and stability were suffering. I tried to go back a few times but never could. IMO that was the beginning of the end. I've run most of the major desktop environments on linux, and many of the minor ones, and for workstation use I'm currently happy with i3. On laptops Gnome is fine or Unity is acceptable. I'm not a teenager/20-something who cares about customizing everything on every computer anymore. I just want something stable and that works consistently across releases.

Comment Re:No, that's not what the court ruled. (Score 1) 309

I didn't write that carefully enough. I also didn't read the parent closely enough. I meant they would have expected their IP was not publicly exposed. I think was really responding more to a comment on the parent post than on the parent post itself. My bad. Been a long day.

Comment Re:Hmm, yes I can see the problem. (Score 1) 190

The reader I use ("QR Code Reader" on Android) tells me what it says before giving me the option of executing it or not. I assumed they all did.

QR coding moving boxes is a great way to not have to cut boxes open to see what's inside without having it written on the outside for all to see (it has a link to a password protected page).

Comment Re:I actually liked this feature (Score 1) 190

I use my voicemail number as my wifi password (my cell service has voicemail disabled; just knowing my cell number does not mean you get to leave me a message, you have to have the other number [that forwards to my cell - Google Voice] to leave a message if I don't answer). Anyone I like well enough to give that number to is welcome on my private network. This may change when I move, but is how I've done it for ~10 years.

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