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Comment Too much, too fast (Score 2) 79

3D Printing is hardware, not software, you can't just re-write and make it better for everyone instantly at virtually no cost. As soon as you produce a better piece of hardware you have to distribute it, make it sound good enough to people that bought your last hardware, make it sound better to those who haven't bought it already, etc etc. Hardware takes time, it takes patience, it takes perseverance. People are still interested in 3D printing, other hardware designers love it for rapid prototyping, it's starting to be used more and more in industrial production altogether. But selling it to consumers? That was never the way to go, not everyone needs a 3d printer on their desk, and not everyone needs their potentially 3d printed object "RIGHT NOW!" or even fairly quickly. 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. That'll be the revolution, not having some giant, cumbersome, noisy machine sitting in every garage for no reason.

Submission + - A Statistical Analysis of the Wisconsin Election (

locater16 writes: Last week Jill Stein called for a recount of votes in 3 states for the 2016 election, citing evidence of manipulation of e-voting machines. While /. has been rife over the years with plenty of evidence that e-voting machines can be hacked, even easily, this does not mean that the election was manipulated as such. So what's in order? A statistical analysis of course!

I started with 2 simple hypothesis, if you wanted to manipulate the election for the most bang for your buck, you’d either go after counties that voted for Clinton in ’12, or after a specific type of machine/OS you could hack quickly.

With that in mind the author (and submitter) dug through the publicly available data in an independent search for evidence, or lack there of, of manipulation.

Ok, first let’s take a test case. Door County voted for Obama (7 points) in and has paper ballots with an optical scanner. Hackable? Yes, but less of a target than touchscreen voting. Trump won Door County by 3 points. Next let’s look at Grant County, another narrow win for Obama in ’12, but this time with a touchscreen voting system we’ll call Dominion. Trump wins by 10 points in ’16.

While the results aren't exactly exhaustive, they are indicative, accurate, and interesting.

Comment Production? (Score 1) 313

Seriously, production? China wants to have factories, let them. It's all vastly low margin stuff. Investment in research is much more of high return on investment. Other countries can manufacture your designs all you want, let them have the pollution and low paying jobs.

Comment Re:Seems like..... (Score 1) 110

Passphrase? Cracking it is called a dictionary attack, it's what almost every password cracking attempt uses anyway. It's just a list of words run against the password, and can be rather easy to crack. SAFE passwords are long enough series of random letters numbers and symbols, something an attempt would have to brute force character by character and thus wouldn't have much of a chance of getting. $57*ghU^61@nm is a far safer password that "Correct Horse Staple Battery" which would easily be crackable in a reasonable timeframe. Unfortunately $57*ghU^61@nm is friggen hard to remember. Maybe it's time to find convenient and cheap biometric scanners.

Comment Micosoft giving it up? (Score 1) 305

There's still stuff left to do, access to things that programmers want. If Microsoft wants to stop its API development, and give up the ghost of it's Microsoft only policy, leaving OpenGl and the Khronos group to do all the advancement, then maybe that's a good thing. While Microsoft and DirectX overtook OpenGl in terms of what the API could do since around DX10, it did so at the cost of being locked into Microsoft stuff if you wanted to use it. But if things go a little slower now in order to have only one, open API advancing then maybe that's a good thing.

Comment Demand for H1b programmers reasonable (Score 0) 419

There's a notion in most sane economists theories that there's a "good" level of unemployment, that if the supply of employees dries up to much things will start to slow down. After all, why work hard when you know someone else will hire you once you get out?

The target most often cited as "good" is around 5% unemployment (actual, counted unemployment without people "giving up"). While that's still too high and probably says something about a bias of economists, it's still a good notion fundamentally. And 2.2% may be starting to push the limits for a single category. Even if you disagree, it's no wonder that Google and MS and et al. want more H1-B visas and are collaborating against you, they need to stop paying you so much so they can save more for the poor CEOs!

Comment So we can expect (Hope?) to see this in GDDR6 spec (Score 1) 114

? I mean, money? Psssh, there's people out there that have two GTX Titans ($1,000 cards) and would have more if there was room on the motherboard. Plus the vast reduction in power usage would be really useful for mobile high end stuff. Would love to grab a Nvidia 850 or whatever next year with 4 gigs of this onboard.

Comment It's not who comes first... (Score 1) 196

"First!" isn't what counts here, this isn't an internet forum. Apple didn't build the first "smart" phone, or first MP3 player, or the first tablet. It built the most useful, and user friendly, tablet and smartphone and MP3 player to date. I'm not sure it matters if Samsung is "first". If Apple's product seems significantly "better" it's going to dominate anyway.

Comment Camping/Hiking (Score 1) 228

Why not? The appalachian trail is driveable relative to you, or if you want an even more amazing experience go out to California and stay a week or two in Yosemite. Or surfing, go somewhere where there's surfing! It's not hard to pick up if your even semi athletic. Whatever you do, you can try photography at the same time, it really lends itself to being a hobby while doing another hobby. Travel or hiking or whatever, wherever you are, you can be taking photos at the same time. Go on an adventure.

Comment Re:Amazing but (Score 1) 218

This true, even the most sensitive cameras can't capture nearly the range of the human eye, or the resolution per millimeter for that matter. But as pixel size gets larger the range of light captureable tends to increase, with such large pixels I wonder how this stands up. It might do quite well with a single exposure all on its own, at least versus other comparable full frame sensors.

Comment Gotta go with the classic (Score 1) 469

The halberd is the sturdiest besides the bec de corbin, but gains over that in both reach and just plain looking intimidating. Most other polearms looks slightly silly in comparison, and you can't underestimate fear, or a good thwack to the brain if your facing the fearless zombie hordes.

Comment Yay, more reason to buy EA games (Score 1) 303

Because hit titles like Dragon Age 2 and Dead Space 3 are just what I w- oh no wait I don't care.

Still, I'm SURE this will do it. Yes EA, this will save your continuous quarterly disappointments. Just like every game you make having multiplayer, or desperately chasing such growing franchises as Call of Duty (declining year over year for two years straight) or companies like Zynga (desperately cutting studios and employees to remain in business).

Yes EA, your recent history of brilliant strategies will save you this time. "Let's make people who seem uninterested in paying in first place for games like Warfighter, PAY MORE FOR THEM!"

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