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Comment Re:Kind of obvious... (Score 1) 270

I'm a 3D modeler, I've been working with 3D for over 20 years. I've YET to see a useful home-model that isn't just "look - I - printed - a - stock - model - ma!" tech demo. You'll actually be better off with a good CNC machine if you want to make prototypes on the cheap.

We are an electronics company who have a makerbot and a big ass CNC mill (and some manual lathes).The makerbot gets used a couple of times a week by engineers making jigs, or prototypes for form fit and sometimes function. The CNC mill rarely gets used, as it takes a lot more skill and effort to use.
So while I find the concept was overhyped for consumer use, it does find niche uses in businesses that actually need to design and make stuff.

Comment Prosecution Required (Score 1) 119

This will only stop if the government regulators get some balls and actually start prosecuting somebody. I bought a 'genuine' apple charger off eBay that was a fake with dangerously inadequate creepages. I told the supplier they had broken several laws, but all they cared about was the negative feedback on their eBay account.
If the govt. crates mandatory safety legislation, they need to enforce it.

Comment Re:Perfection in an imperfect world (Score 0) 162

You poor Americans; stuck in your mass manufactured bubble where you think Starbucks is good coffee (hint, they went broke in Australia because their coffee was crap), where your cheese is bright yellow and pumped from a truck, where builders still use feet and inches, where having heart condition could send you broke, where the great land of capititalism and competition won't allow competition for Internet in regional areas, where boarding an aeroplane requires a stranger groping you or a full body X-ray, where your police now look like a branch of the military, where you are 10 times more likely to be shot with a gun than other comparable western countries, yet any sane gun reform is met with loud no, where your hobby is invading small countries and/or overturning their elected leaders, where you mainstream news seems, like your politicians bought for by the highest bidder.
The USA is a great country, but its trajectory is concerning... And yes, drip coffee sucks.

Comment eBay just as bad (Score 1) 192

I purchased a genuine 12w apple charger from an Australian eBay seller. It failed within a week. I pulled it apart and it was clearly a Chinese knockoff. The creepage between primary and secondary was almost non existent. I told the seller and they were 'shocked'. I pulled apart the replacement they sent, and it too was a knockoff, albeit with better creepage. I told the supplier they needed to take down their Ad as they had sold over 300 of these things. Well after many back and forth emails, they start getting abusive. They just couldn't comprehend that that had broken Australian electrical safety laws, consumer seller laws and violated apples copyright.

The sad thing is, as I did more research, I find out: eBay doesn't give a toss; unless someone has died, the government regulators don't give a toss. So I reported them to Apple,but to be honest, I don't think Apple care that much either.
So this means, if you really want a genuine charger that won't kill anyone, you need pay the Apple tax.

Comment Germans are Right (Score 2) 108

Having driven a Tesla S for a week, I found the autopilot dangerous and stopped using it.
If your lighting is good, and you lane markings are good, it works OK; but other wise all you hear is a little bong and your on your own.

The trouble with autopilot is you still need to 100% concentrate as it could give up at any moment or come across a condition it doesn't understand, but the feature lends you to taking 100% of your concentration off the task of driving.
They should limit it to adaptive cruise control, e-braking, but not steering.

Comment Re:Stop the planet, I want to get off (Score 3, Insightful) 396

Seriously.... this is how wars start. And considering the powers that are involved, this can't possibly end well.... for anybody.

Have you considered that this is EXACTLY what they want.
More war. The manipulation of the media has become so obvious as to make them useless except for local news.
95% of news stories in Australia on US politics are Trump bashing. (Much of which he deserves)
Hillary gets next to zero news stories. (She must be super unappealing for that to happen)
Putin is portrayed as some evil psychopath, but when you listen to his speeches, he seems like a pretty rational dude that doesn't have that extra layer political fakeness of western politicians.

I would say the military industrial complex is chomping at the bit for more war to line their pockets.

Comment Resistant To Change? (Score 4, Insightful) 311

I wonder what makes Americans so resistant to change, and when they implement change, it has so many compromises to be unworkable?

Whether it be.
- Adoption of the metric system
- More sensible gun management
- Universal basic health care
- Writing dates mm-dd-yy
- Reform of you court/prison system

Australia has changed completely to chip cards. Mag swipe is no longer accepted.
For most merchants, transactions below $100, contact-less is used.
For over $100, a pin is required (and for some cards like amex, you need to insert the card for a chip read).
The transactions take around 2 seconds.

It works great. The $100 threshold is a good compromise for convenience vs fraud risk.

I assume you are complaining because your banks have stuffed up the implementation???

Comment How will you tell? (Score 2) 74

How on earth will anyone tell they have a fixed phone? Will it have a big S on it for safe. Or be a different colour? Or will you have to find some tiny serial number and look it up?
I do feel sorry for Samsung, as you can test hundreds of samples and not see a problem, but when you sell millions it only takes a low failure rate with a big consequence to have major repercussions.

Comment Lead free solder to blame??? (Score 3, Informative) 222

Yep. BGAs are difficult to rework, but perhaps the real blame for this can be aimed at the EU when they forced the electronics industry to transition to lead free solder 15 years ago, while not touching other industries, like car batteries.
Solder used to be 60%tin 40% lead. Lead was a great modifier to give ductility to solder joints. By going to almost 100% tin, solder joints are now more brittle, thus micro BGAs suffer more from thermal expansion fractures and shear fractures from physical drops.
The crazy thing, is the transition, which cost the industry Billions, was based on unproven science that tin/lead solder leached in ground fill rubbish dumps. It doesn't unless you have acid. But here we are today, stuck with a EU mandated change that increases energy to manufacturer and decreases reliability (see tin asker problem as well).

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