1364 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007
Aw yeah, I remember my crappy Sony Mavica that did 320x480 to floppy disk. And my Epson MX-80 with Graftrax PLUS. And my TRS-80. Man... none of those technologies went anywhere.
I have color prints of Kerbals from Kerbal Space Program that Shapeways printed. They're in full color and I have no idea how they're done, but the color is really impressive.
I'd like to make some complex brackets but I don't have the CAD skills, and doing iterations at Shapeways is too slow and too expensive.
There some things that need to happen:
1. Printers need to be cheaper. Getting there.
2. We need color. It makes a huge difference for anything other than a pure structural part. I can't paint worth a damn.
3. We need metal. When we do make the structural parts, they need to last more than 20 minutes without snapping.
4. We need some way of making items other than drawing them from scratch in CAD. That's an artistic talent very very few people have. Current 3D digitizers need to get an order of magnitude better, and digitizing things is always going to run into IP issues.
There's one application right now that I'm surprised no one's captured:
You know all those blokes that make Airfix Spitfires? No? Because the kit's been discontinued? How about those guys that make motorcycle kits? No? Because too few people buy them to make motorcycle kits a thing? Imagine if you could print the kits. Most kits are flimsy monochrome plastic anyways. It'd be like e-books, a company'd never need to discontinue a kit because they no longer take up space in a warehouse. And if you could do them in color, you'd get the jackanapes like me that like models but can't paint.
Tea in the US South
Boil 1/2 gallon water. Add 6 cups sugar. Add ice. Serve.
I use a Breville Tea Maker and apparently in the US, Breville *is* Sage from the looks of http://www.brevilleusa.com/beverages/kettles-tea-makers.html I thought I recognized that button design.
This one has a magnetic gizmo that lowers and raises the basket of tea leaves automatically. It's completely silent and a little eerie.
It does pretty well given the completely shit selection of non-bagged tea we have here.
Re: how does the merger impact broadband consumer choice
Comcast and TWC actually FINALLY compete here in Orlando. It was a long time coming.
A merger would kill that.
Thanks El Reg
The Yahoo! story had basically the entire continental US out, which I knew wasn't true because I'm a customer in central Florida.
A beer for Kelly.
Hm. I don't know why they don't go back to the full-height standard and fill them with a buttload of platters. This would help latency as well as capacity.
My rather plain-jane case has a dozen full-height-capable bays in the front, for absolutely no reason. Might as well put some of them to use.
Man, it was a shite weekend for space...
Between this, the SpaceX test Falcon going boom, and the 2 navsats in the wrong orbit, it's pretty rough.
I'm crossing my fingers for Rosetta.
Re: @Lost all faith...
You can't just place a power widget on the screen showing the gps/bluetooth/wifi state?
Oh that's right, iPhones don't have widgets...
Re: 23 Years
Eh, most people just are not that bright, and need major hand-holding to do the most basic of tasks on their computer, like copying files. So they can't handle Linux as a daily runner.
For me, when I fix something on Linux, it *STAYS* *FIXED* unlike Windows or Apple where the problem may pop back up a couple weeks later. That's enough payoff to put in the time to learn things.
Are rare. IBM's big breakthrough was the 360 architecture, where they had the idea you could sell software that ran on a whole price range of models, not just a single one-off model.
Apple's was making a phone smart, with a form factor and design that appealed to everyone.
You can make it nicer, with better features, but since the shiny bit has worn off, people will be going "meh, it's just another iPhone"
This is why people are doing smart-watches. They want to capture that breakthrough moment, but since it's mostly derivative and not a true breakthrough, it's already flopping, even before most of them hit the market.
And when was the last Google Glass story? It was a while ago, huh?
You, El Reg and a doctor...
Both the lenses and the reflectors are ALREADY cheap plastic. At least here in the US, headlights are behind thin plastic lenses that cloud solid in about 6 weeks. You can polish them, but it still only lasts a month or two at most.
You can look at any parking lot to see 90% of the cars have near-useless headlight lenses.
At least they didn't deliver a couple Galileo navsats into the wrong orbit...
Re: Cancelled after 1 series
One series? If it's on Fox, it'll be canceled after 3 episodes, if it even gets that far.
However, ΔV isn't the only thing to worry about... an altitude launch would cut out almost all the aerodynamic drag regime.
Re: It's the humans, stupid, and boy, are they stupid
And here's another problem with Android security... I just looked for "app ops" on my Moto G and there are no fewer than 24 apps named that, maybe about 30 named "app ops [something]" and another couple dozen named "permissions manager"
Some of those have got to be malware, and I have no way to tell good guys from bad guys.
It seems Steven Joel Sotloff is from Orlando and was a reporter for the local university paper. It's a really small world out there.
I hate religionists of any style... Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist, or any other. I've been atheist ever since growing up in a very anti-intellectual Lutheran high school. This is the sort of trouble they cause.
I've bought Minecraft, Don't Starve, and Kerbal Space Program straight from the sources, as I think they deserve full dosh for their games w/o a cut for a middleman.
I also read the Don't Starve & KSP forums, and the number of sob stories involving Steam is pretty high. Their games won't play or update without a lot of pain.
For me, when KSP releases an update, it's probably a hell of a lot easier to download and unpack a zip file than to deal with Steam.
I think they have a way to go.
Re: Darwinism in action
Or as Jeremy Clarkson once said "if you stuck a big spike on the steering wheel instead of an airbag, ther would be less accidents"
My issue is that wrench monkeys can't fix ABS and ECU issues now. They just blindly swap $1,000 modules. This would just make it worse.
I had a home version Atari trackball
I took it apart, and it was a cue ball (actually a bit bigger) on two ball-bearing supported rollers, and a third smaller ball bearing. These rollers spun optical shutter wheels, so yes, it was exactly a mouse upside down.
It was built like a Sherman tank, and I think the thing lasted for 15 or 20 years. The only drawback is it was fairly large. It was about the size of 2 SATA drives stacked. It was a knockoff made by Wico.
And yes, I got it to play Missile Command on my Atari 800.
Speaking of SUPER EXPENSIVE mice, does anyone remember the original Sun optical ones that required their own specific metal pad with a pattern on it? Or the mortal combat incurred when # of mice > # of pads?
Re: As a civil regulator
No. As a nuclear safety regulator, a lot is either sensitive or classified.
Re: Good Start
I wish I had more upvotes.... F^#*$ing systemd. They've now broken udevd in a similar manner, and I have to work around it by running scripts to upload from my camera with "at now"
"Shark dentist?" Could he be any more condescending?
And how the hell is there an electrical current in fibre optic lines? I'd expect the reverse, where the electric current from the copper cable keeps the sharks away, and the lack of it around fibre optic means they can go "hm. different. wonder what it tastes like?"
Re: In Amerika
To your 2nd paragraph, I must say "me too"
And on the contrary to everyone else, I think anon should keep pushing for this guy's name. The papers are going to do it, and someone needs to.
They even arrested a Washington Post reporter because he was dark skinned
I notice that story's disappeared from the BBC. It was there yesterday.
I'm sooooooo glad they didn't buy T-Mobile and try to drag them down to their level.
Re: Its not difficult to wipe 99% of the data from a device
Or when the screen shattered on my Nexus 4, put a .30-06 round through it at 50 feet. I wish I'd had a slo-mo of that. It was magnificent.
Why the hell do they have meters that need batteries? That's their own damn fault.
Re: So many things to consider.
> I wear three zone varifocals. This is clearly in the bottom zone so it will be out of focus.
I can't wear bifocals because the constant angle required kills your neck on a motorcycle, so sadly my speedometer and tach are becoming out of focus as I age, and I can not read the tiny digits on my FJR speedo at all, especially at night. I'd give a testicle for heads-up kit that could set focus to accommodate me, even if it just projected onto the windshield and not my helmet visor.
You have to be under 40? What kinda bullshit arbitrary restriction is that? At least the Nobel restrictions of "no more than 3" and "you have to be alive" have a reason behind them.
Re: Bloody wonderful.
They've learned "get 'em young" from the religionists. You should see all the christian indoctrination schools around here. I went to one myself, but it didn't "take"
No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off
Re: Unfortunately, they know better...
> the socket is recessed and the connector's hood is integral to the connection
Fuck that shit. My TomTom GPS had a USB port recessed so far you needed the specific TomTom cable with the tiny connector, and it screwed me on a trip where the cable got lost, so I was no longer able to charge it.
Mr. Dremel had a little chat with Mr. TomTom's case and suddenly it wasn't so recessed.
Good hardware companies have always gotta crap on the software
Why doesn't Samsung stick to what they're good at, leave the OS to Google, and get rid of Touchwiz so I can buy one?
It just happened here near Orlando this week - "nearly 30 officers respond to prank call"
Re: We don't need no stinkin' backups
> Why shouldn't that maintanance include a test flight
Because it's dangerous to the crew, plane, and anything the plane might crash into. I sure as hell wouldn't fly anything that has had the primary flight controls intentionally turned off.
The flight crew practice the emergency procedures in the massive simulators the airlines use on a regular basis, and part of the maintenance is testing and exercising backup systems.
You're not going to test an ejection seat in a fighter by hopping in and pulling the loud handle. I don't test the ABS on my motorcycle by screaming down the road at 60mph and trying to lock up the brakes, I test it by attaching a laptop (or clipping in a diagnostics jumper) and seeing if all the valves and calipers behave properly.
Real user names??
Who do they think they are? Google Plus?
"pre-crash preventative occupant protection"
What the fuck is THAT?? Not hitting the other guy?? Jesus...
I'd love to see a Lanc fly
...though a B-17 is an adequate substitute. I also was privileged enough to see "Glacier Girl" (only flying P-38) this summer. She sounded a lot like the turbofans in an A-10, strangely enough.
Speaking of Merlin engines, I remember seeing a TV show showing ancient films of the production lines. One of the machines honed all 12 cylinders in both blocks simultaneously. I've always wondered what happened to that piece of equipment.
And of course you can also read about Miss Shilling's orifice on Wikipedia...
For me, the sample size was 3 restaurants of crap food and even worse service. Not going back there ever again. Friday's waiters/waitresses make Marvin the robot seem happier than Richard Simmons.
Bogus QR stickers
I was bored enough to scan the QR sticker on a bottle of ketchup in a restaurant, and it came up with a .ro address. I went to it on a VM at home, and it was quite the malware nest.
Zynga made me quit Facebook
The fact that I could not turn off all the spammed friend-updates about Farmville and Mafia Wars was the final straw there. I guess I should say "Thanks, Zynga!"
So how will this affect restaurants, where the server usually takes your card and the signed receipt to swipe somewhere else?
Some of the restaurants have Android tablets-with-card-swipe, but these are incredibly poorly implemented and so far I refuse to use them. For example, they let you play trivia games, and then charge you for that. As another example, they're on a separate wi-fi network from the patron wi-fi network (smart) but the wi-fi password was the chain name (dumb)
Then they expect you to pay through the device, so if you want to pay cash, you then have to get the server to come back and deal with it. You can guess how well that's handled.
Over here "cracker" is a very racist term...
What's that, Mr. Clarkson? Yes, I'll go along quietly...
Re: Is that all?
They're not doing free credit monitoring for me, and my Chase card was one of the ones snaffled.
Except for Rosetta, it's the best news I've heard in weeks. Cheers! Beer! Thumbs up! Go! Happy face!
"in a truly agile environment delivering customer facing systems, test environments must reflect the live setup, and not just be dumped on retired tin"
Bullshit. Even working at one of the biggest companies in the world, they don't have the dough to duplicate the live setup for dev/test/stage/buildtest/uat/psr/whathaveyou. It's still retired tin.
Re: Why do they never tell you why?
They don't know. They expected it to be mostly ice and already just recently found out it's not.
Plus just the closeup pictures alone are worth the spacecraft's weight in gold.
"everybody does it"
This is exactly what Time Warner/Brighthouse said when I complained about their DNS servers never returning "no such host" and redirecting me to an ad page.
It caused samba to crap out because it tried DNS resolution before WINS resolution, and thus always got a bullshit answer.
I filed an FCC complaint and Time Warner/Brighthouse threatened to drop me.
This is a direct result of no competition. At least with my cellphone I was able to leave Verizon and go to T-Mobile.
It still looks really weird to see that as a brand stamped on a phone.
> Checkpoints with armed guards asking people for their documentation
Nope. Most people I know would go "oh I feel SO MUCH SAFER" just like they do with the TSA security theater at the airports. They already think I'm some sort of terrorist for refusing to put up with that shit.
288 fibre strands
Zounds. And how long is that out of commission after the backhoe?
Re: It's nothing to do with rural!
Yup, I'm in Orlando, which is far from rural, and Time-Warner/Roadrunner/Brighthouse (or whatever the hell they're called this month) seem to have their network duct-taped together.
I get about 3 megabytes/sec according to xosview max unless I VPN somewhere, in which case it about doubles.
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