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Why MakerBot Didn't Kickstart A 3D Printing Revolution (backchannel.com) 243

Bre PettisâS once said MakerBot gave you a superpower -- "You can make anything you need." But four years later, mirandakatz writes that though MakerBot promised to revolutionize society, "That never happened." At Backchannel, Andrew Zaleski has the definitive, investigative account of why the 3D printing revolution hasn't yet come to pass, culled from interviews with industry observers, current MakerBot leadership, and a dozen former MakerBot employees. As he tells it, "In the span of a few years, MakerBot had to pull off two very different coups. It had to introduce millions of people to the wonders of 3D printing, and then convince them to shell out more than $1,000 for a machine. It also had to develop the technology fast enough to keep its customers happy. Those two tasks were too much for the fledgling company."

Comment Re: Are we there yet? (Score 1) 203

Oh I know about the US acting across borders.
I had to sign a form from my bank saying that I'm not a US citizen, and have no financial ties to the US just to keep my account. Complying with US financial law on top of local laws is simply too much of a hassle for most non-US banks.

This is a new thing so it stands to reason that they try it out locally before making the rest of the world miserable. Besides, after the Snowden leaks and a successful challenge to the Safe Harbor agreement, the EU for one is a lot less keen on sharing financial information of their citizens.

Comment Re:Monitized! (Score 1) 25

To me "tech product enthusiasts" conjures up the image of mindless consumers of pointless gadgets and those who market to them. People who have sold out long ago. At least they still have their Wifi kettles to keep them warm at night.

United States

Ransomware Compromises San Francisco's Mass Transit System (cbslocal.com) 141

Buses and light rail cars make San Francisco's "Muni" fleet the seventh largest mass transit system in America. But yesterday its arrival-time screens just displayed the message "You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted" -- and all the rides were free, according to a local CBS report shared by RAYinNYC: Inside sources say the system has been hacked for days. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has officially confirmed the hack, but says it has not affected any service... The hack affects employees, as well. According to sources, SFMTA workers are not sure if they will get paid this week. Cyber attackers also hit Muni's email systems.
Though the article claims "The transit agency has no idea who is behind it, or what the hackers are demanding in return," Business Insider reports "The attack seems to be an example of ransomware, where a computer system is taken over and the users are locked out until a certain amount of money is sent to the attacker." In addition, they're reporting the attack "reportedly included an email address where Muni officials could ask for the key to unlock its systems."

One San Francisco local told CBS, "I think it is terrifying. I really do I think if they can start doing this here, we're not safe anywhere."

Comment Re:No, Aumented Reality is the next big thing. (Score 1) 114

AR is a massive privacy invasion waiting to happen.
VR isn't.

Oh yea, heaven forbid we gain AR and lose all of the privacy we currently have with the likes of Google and the NSA.

AR requires cameras in public places.
VR doesn't.

Nearly everywhere you go in public right now, you are on at least one camera if not ten. All of which are owned by other people than yourself.
One more camera of your own that isn't recording doesn't seem like that big of a deal.

AR pretends you can navigate in the real world while being distracted by a game.
VR doesn't.

That's about the only good point you've listed.

AR can be spoiled / interrupted by other people's pissing about in front of the idiot with the headset.
VR cannot.

Challenge accepted!

AR requires high-end computer vision, equipment and processing to operate properly.
VR doesn't.

Tell that to the VR headset makers that all want me to upgrade my video card or purchase a next gen console.

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