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Comment There's a whole cottage industry of printers (Score 1) 273

I never bought a 3D printer myself, they are too expensive and I could not think of enough uses for one. Instead, twice I have used Thingverse to find something that fit my needs and ordered the item to be printed and mailed to me. There is a cottage industry of people with 3D printers that print the item and mail it to the end-customer. Both items combined cost less than $50 and that's with shipping. Delivery took an average of 4 days from the date of order.

For those curious, the 2 items I ordered are:
Cubicle Phone Mount:

Mini Desk Fan (turns a 120mm fan into a personal cooling fan):

Comment Re:Bootloader jeopordizes your audio hardware (Score 1) 116

It happened instantly to Lon Seidman ( when he plugged an Xbox One controller into his 2016 MacBook Pro running in bootcamp.

As soon as the controller was plugged in he heard a loud crackle/pop, magic smoke and what he believes were sparks. The only upside was the laptop didn't die, only the speakers.

Comment Re:Except (Score 1) 253

From Amazon:

"A-to-z Claim Conditions

When you buy from third-party sellers on, the condition of the item and its timely delivery are guaranteed under the A-to-z Guarantee.

You can file a claim when all of the following applies:
You have contacted the third-party seller through Your Account.
You have waited two business days for a response.
Your request meets one of our A-to-z Guarantee conditions below.
The third-party seller failed to deliver the item by 3 days past the maximum estimated delivery date or 30 days from the order date, whichever is sooner.
The item you received was damaged, defective, or materially different from the item represented on the product detail page.
The third-party seller agreed that they'd refund you, and they either haven't refunded you at all or the refund is in the wrong amount."

"Note: If the seller's listing is eligible for Amazon Prime, Amazon Customer Service will handle any issues related to the order."

Comment Re:Not a biased result. (Score 1) 204

That is part of the reason the judge(s) in this case found that swiping of the magnetic strips was no a violation of the 4th amendment, since there was no reasonable of expectation to privacy regarding the contents of the magnetic stripes:
Another Fourth Amendment consequence flows from the commercial
purpose of gift cards. Unlike cell phones and computers, whose function of
storing personal information often results in access being restricted by a
password, the raison d’être of gift cards means that third party cashiers will
often be doing the same swiping that law enforcement did here. DE L’Isle, 825
F.3d at 430 (“[T]he purpose of a . . . gift card is to enable the holder of the card
to make purchases, and to accomplish this, the holder must transfer
information from the card to the seller, which negates an expressed privacy
interest.”); Bah, 794 F.3d at 633 (“A credit card’s stored information . . . is
intended to be read by third parties. That is the only reason for its existence.”
(second emphasis added) (quoting United States v. Benjamin, No. 4:14-CR-
3089, 2014 WL 5431349, at *11 (D. Neb. Oct. 24, 2014))); see generally Smith
v. Maryland, 442 U.S. 735 (1979) (discussing the third party doctrine); United
States v. Miller, 425 U.S. 435 (1976) (same).
We thus join the other courts that have considered this issue and
conclude that society does not recognize as reasonable an expectation of privacy
in the information encoded in a gift card’s magnetic stripe. See Bah, 794 F.3d
at 631; DE L’Isle, 825 F.3d at 432; Alabi, 943 F. Supp. 2d at 1285; Medina,
2009 WL 3669636, at *11.

Comment -1% club (Score 1) 198

I guess I would be in the negative 1% club since I don't subscribe to cable at all and only subscribe online to HBO during "Game of Thrones" season then swiftly cancel. The only 2 channels I would like to have, HGTV and Comedy, are not available separately, so I simply found alternative sources of entertainment such as Twitch and Youtube, both of which I gladly support (Twitch Turbo & Patreon for individual Youtube channels.)

Comment Re:How much do all the ads on webpages cost? (Score 1) 78

It's worse than the obnoxious ad bars, just about every news website these days automatically plays embedded videos. If you check your browser cache you will find it having anywhere from 500MB to serveral GB of crap. AdBlock doesn't block it all either. I would expect that NoScript is your best bet, or using a text-only browser if they still exist. As for the Comcast data caps, I live in Illinois where they have been testing the caps for years now, only ever reached the old 250GB cap once back when I was downloading several Linux distros and had a Netflix subscription. With the new, higher, caps I have not come close despite using my Internet to mostly watch video (Twitch & Youtube.) They made it far easier to see how much of your allotment you are using when you login to their website now.

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