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Gartner Says 3D Printers Will Cost Less Than $2,000 By 2016 170

colinneagle writes "Widespread adoption of 3D printing technology may not be that far away, according to a Gartner report predicting that enterprise-class 3D printers will be available for less than $2,000 by 2016. 3D printers are already in use among many businesses, from manufacturing to pharmaceuticals to consumers goods, and have generated a diverse set of use cases. As a result, the capabilities of the technology have evolved to meet customer needs, and will continue to develop to target those in additional markets, Gartner says."

Comment Disturbing Quote (Score 1) 312

Seems this quote applies - from Adolf Hitler, Mien Kampf:
"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure
of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the
benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any
curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation."

Comment Re:The Right Tool for the Right Job (Score 5, Insightful) 266

I'm in agreement with this as well. I'm so tired of businesses and employers thinking that I always want to be 'on'. This is their desire and dream.

This is why I'm more protective of my time and privacy. Once you are leashed by today's technology, it become very hard to rid yourself of that shackle.

Comment Another excuse for Big Brother. (Score 2, Insightful) 404

I've always believed that "to solve crimes" was only a lame excuse to allow Big Brother to monitor the citizens.

Like many of the issues discussed here it really is about 'control'. Who has it and who wants to dictate it.

I've come to the conclusion that I fear an out of control Government more that I fear terrorists/serial killers/Death Flu/etc

Comment Re:Sun Microsystems: What are your theories? (Score 1) 152

I worked for Sun for 5 years and it is my opinion that the true cause for Sun's Demise is the Management. Over the last 8 years or so they forgot why they where a successful company and be came a large, unresponsive Corp.

I believe that they made the cardinal sin of thinking that they could dictate to their users rather than listening to what the customers wanted. (For example see Scott McNealy's comment about people not having privacy so get over it....)

Comment Word and TeX/LaTex are two different Animals (Score 1) 674

I think that this thread is comparing apples to oranges.

Word is a WYSIWYG editor, while TeX/LaTeX is more a Typesetting type of program.

In Word you layout your document exactly how you want it to be viewed, whereas in TeX/LaTeX you simply concentrate on the content and allow the program to typographically set your document.

I think they are each useful for their own purposes. I don't see one replacing the other at this time.
Internet Explorer

IE Market Share Drops Below 70% 640

Mike writes "Microsoft's market share in the browser dropped below 70% for the first time in eight years, while Mozilla broke the 20% barrier for the first time in its history. It's too early to tell for sure, but if Net Applications' numbers are correct, then Microsoft's Internet Explorer will end 2008 with a historic market share loss in a software segment Microsoft believes is key to its business."

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