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Re: Waiting for the Fed-Ex/Kinko's of 3D Printing
"... or at least their business methods are similar."
Proprietary modeling language, or something else?
Waiting for the Fed-Ex/Kinko's of 3D Printing
I actually believe the explosion of 3D printers (via Kickstarter or some other method) is a good thing. It's reminding me of the various versions of personal computers in the seventies and eighties, back before the IBM PC became the beast to emulate by the other manufacturers.
Eventually we'll get to a few standard models, and then... well, I probably still won't buy one, but I expect that someday I'll be able to e-mail a file to my local 3D fabbing shop for either pick-up or delivery.
... and commentards...
(Mine's the one hanging outside the lock-up.)
It's been used for years in movies.
He did say "practical applications".
Re: Why the XML hate?
I don't dislike XML, but making sure the parsing works correctly is indeed an issue, as Brewster's Angle Grinder suggests. If you're involved in the data design, beating down the "attributes everywhere" view of design is a time-consuming process, and if you have to use an existing design, odds are that you'll have to deal with attributes that are simply unnecessary, but still required.
It's fine for data that forces that sort of structure (most databases, for example), but otherwise JSON is far superior.
(As an aside: YAML is an abomination, and gulags should have been opened for those who promoted it.)
The presence of this single word in the screenshot is somewhat reassuring.
Depends on your coding style. I'm starting to appreciate prototypal inheritance.
It may not change your opinion, but at least you'll have a better grounding.
> ALWAYS add braces around blocks of code
They haven't got you writing python yet, then?
Actually, I wondered if this was a case where programming in one language blinded a programmer to the bug written in another language.
There are a lot of comments in this and in prior articles about the necessity of using braces even around single-statement if blocks, which up to now struck me as odd -- how could anyone not see the indentation error? But if your brain is trained to view multiple-indented lines as a single block regardless of braces, then maybe you wouldn't "see" the problem.
Note, not blaming python (for what it's worth I'm writing a project in coffescript right now), and I don't know if the coders in question even use python or other indent-block languages. But I do wonder if conflicting programming standards contributed to the problem.
Nah. Despite the screaming headline, the key word is in the first paragraph: "Some of the universe's “missing matter” might have been found..."
Some, not all.
Re: "banning cheese next, followed closely by nuts."
"What about if every single food item a supermarket sells lists "may contain nuts"..."
So you use fear-mongering to object to hypothetical fear-mongering? It doesn't work that way -- oddly enough, the "may contain nuts" warning tends to occur only on products that may contain nuts.
Honestly, get a grip.
Re: "banning cheese next, followed closely by nuts."
Has it though? Everything has a nut warning on it. Could have been a good idea but the warnings are so ubiquitious that they are just noise - like Website cookie warnings have become.
Noise to you, perhaps. Important information to me.
The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society did an interesting version in the style of a 1930s horror movie with The Call of Cthulhu (imagine if RKO Pictures did The Call of Cthulhu instead of King Kong).
And if they count for you, the "radio plays" they've done of Lovecraft's stories have their own charm.
Re-Animator was at that time an unusual film -- a good H. P. Lovecraft adaptation. Not great, but it had a coherent storyline and managed to do well with the make-up it had.
"Eve is simply a business simulator with lasers."
Actually... to me that makes the game more interesting. Hmm...
Presumably he gave up more than that, but only four have been arrested so far.
I expect that some will get away with it simply because of identity changes and national borders.
Re: > do we know anyone else with an iconic coat that's blue with some red detailing?
Be nice; most of us have only seen him in black-and-white, if we've seen him at all.
My puzzlement come from the lack of yellow stitching on those shoes that are supposed to be Doc Martins. Yellow stitching is necessary.
Re: Fishnapper was right
But who's to say it wasn't the ride in the pint glass that did them in?
I suppose we can be glad the fishnappers didn't resort to duct tape and rope.
Re: Very interesting read!!
"Where did I claim the renaissance only happened in England?"
I'm sorry, but you really should get into the habit of reading what you write.
E.g.: "... can it be any coincidence that the renaissance mysteriously ended around the same time as the enactment of the Statute of Monopolies in 1624 ..."
Beyond the fact that the Statute of Monopolies was an improvement over the then-current system of monopolies (or lack of system), there's also the minor detail that it was an English Act. Just how it was supposed to have ended the Renaissance in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and other countries... well, as before, your best hope is the space aliens theory.
Re: Very interesting read!!
Eesh. Another who gets his history from Dan Brown.
So, the Renaissance only happened in England? And it somehow wasn't of benefit to rich monopolists long before 1624?
Look, just attribute the Renaissance to the space aliens and be done with it, okay?
Re: smiles for the 'goto'
It does depend on the coding problem. The last time I had to use a goto was about twenty years ago (and it was only the second time I'd ever used one), but it only lasted in the code for about three years before refactoring made it unnecessary.
I don't have anything against the construct, but it may indicate a need for a closer examination of how one's code is organized.
Re: Wrong thread???
Seriously? You manage to pick up that you might be mistaken, but then couldn't be bothered to re-read the short article to see why you might be mistaken?
Re: Haven't you seen Fringe ?
Given a hypothetical bomb that size, who says the objective has to be depressurization?
Even if it "only" managed to kill one person, do you really think the rational action afterwards would be to fly on to the scheduled destination? Especially since the crew wouldn't know if that was the only device on the plane.
Re: Not quite
Yep, My grandfather's too, training for the RAF in Canada. He always said that given the average lifespan of WWI pilots, he was very lucky the war ended before he got shipped over.
Re: iWatch ? I cannot believe
Very few people of my generation wear wristwatches.
Really? A lot of my friends are unaware that you're their spokesman, then -- I've been getting questions about my watch, because people of your generation got tired of pulling out their phone to check the time.
Your downvotes, much like your tears, are delicious.
Ah, passive-aggressive hipsters, how predictable you are.
Libertarians are something completely different
No, Libertarians claim to be something completely different. It's the same old money-shuffling scam, with a whiff of feudalism added.
The Only Failure Here...
... is your inability to hear the whooshing over your head.
Re: "You could make a random number generator"
Atmospheric noise (and other sources) have been done, although I suppose you'd want a plugin device instead of a web site. To quote myself from over a year ago:
Other sites that have done this: Lavarnd (<http://www.lavarnd.org/>, yes, randomness from a lava lamp), Hotbits (<http://www.fourmilab.ch/hotbits/>, "Genuine random numbers, generated by radioactive decay"), and Random.org (<http://www.random.org/>, which uses atmospheric noise).
Well... actually, we commentards had to nag them into doing it. But to their credit, they are now doing it.
Thank you, reviewers.
Okay, The Calamitous Calamari Is Fun...
And side-note, the Kickstarter project to propel objects like cubesats has succeeded .
Having said that, I do want a patch with the NRO logo.
All the "don't do it" comments just show that the terrorists have won.
Considering the no-sense-of-humor types have been in place since planes were hijacked to Cuba, the terrorists (current batch) are just a variation on an old theme. Only the things to watch for have changed.
Okay... I dislike our current copyright system, and bravo to Australia for shining a light on TPPA negotiations, but "running the US software industry into the ground"? Cite, please?
Speaking of citations, crediting the National Commission on Excellence in Education's famous quote to Jerry Pournelle says something about your own education.
Re: A bodacious attempt, it sits well with this commentard.
Surely a round for the El Reg staff would cost more than £500?
But he didn't say he was in the U.S.
(Plus, a quick search confirmed this. I sometimes feel A.C. postings should be automatically penalized with a -1 penalty at the start.)
Re: I'm on it
What, you prefer that over Slippery Rock's high-tech cooling system?
(Actually, I could see combining the two... hmm.)
Derbyshire Was Astonishing
Of all the anniversary articles The Reg has presented so far, this is by far the best. BBC special effects manged to do a lot with very little, and one of the reasons for that is the sound that accompanied them.
The theme song itself is still a marvel and the admiration I have for Derbyshire for creating the "orchestra" that played it is limitless.
Re: The best one?
Yes, the problem with judging the best is that one has to also consider the quality of the scripts. I think Peter Davidson could easily have ranked higher in viewers' estimations if the script quality hadn't started dropping around that time.
(Is it my imagination or did Davidson get saddled with a large number of scripts with downer endings, including Tegan's departure?)
I came in with Tom Baker, and still rank him highly, but I really like Smith, who seems to have incorporated much of what I like about Baker and Troughton in his performance.
None if you live in a well-lit city, but in more remote areas the ability to have the home lights on before you get home is a plus.
The internet-lightbulb is something of a straw dog anyway. The question is rather "what devices would it make sense to remotely control", and while the fanboi-types will certainly go overboard, in my case the ability to remotely monitor the temperature (and choose to turn on the air-conditioning) would be a plus for example. Or to turn on the outdoor lights.
All this time and not one visit to Canada?
Even as an American, I find that suspicious. At the very least there ought to be a Cyberman or two roaming Saskatchewan.
But Will It Handle ANSI Escape Sequences?
I've been thinking about replacing the CRT on my VT100 terminal.
What? You mean you don't have a VT100 terminal?
(Think of it as last-century steampunk. Steampunk moderne, if you will.)
Re: Compressing the Helium
There's something about the idea of duck voices screaming in terror as they drop that just amuses the evil, evil side of me.
Hmm. They have Sargon Chess. I remember when it was famous, and I even have the book with the source code in it (yes, a published book with Z80 source code listings). They specify 1981 in the listings, so presumably it has some improvements over the 1978 version.
(For those who want to look it up [good luck], it's Sargon: A Computer Chess Program by Dan and Kathe Spracklen, ISBN 0-8104-5155-7.)
Symmetry is Boring
Obviously an asymmetric design needs to be the choice. So that gives us the ones by Dirk Duckhorn, Gareth Jenkins, and ... Ariadne.
(Nit pickers will mention the ones by Adrian Lynch and Marten Erdelen, I consider those to be symmetries of a different sort.)
Obviously this means that combined with the groundswell of opinion offered by your other posters, Adriane is the clear front-runner.
Re: Am I the only American who wants U of M to lose?
Well... the refusal to lend out tools isn't a great attitude, but on the other hand they at least aren't saying anything like this:
They are probably staying in the best hotels too.
So you're from Ohio?
Re: They seem to be doing everything right, apart from...
"Starting fractured is not great."
Except, as Steve Knox pointed out above: "A few variations of the same CPU architecture and a few variations of the same general GPU architecture?"
As someone who prefers ATI/AMD's offerings, I'd actually prefer a bit more fracturing.
Re: I'd love to know
It's in the "no data" category , but that just raises the question of why there is no data. I certainly didn't notice any thought police hanging around on my last few trips up North.
Re: ... their half dozen terminal sessions.
I ... rarely had more than three sessions going at a time. I feel so inadequate now.
The Obvious Way to Decide
Coldfire. Because it has the coolest name.
(Specs? What are those?)
Re: some good points...
As for Thorium and fusion, those will be interesting in the future ...
Fusion, yeah well, I'm still hoping to see it within my lifetime. Thorium though is for all practical puroses here: CANDU reactors would have no trouble making use of it (the adjustments that I can see being necessary have to do with the level of heat capture, there may be others).
No, I mean another passive or low power display tech. One which does proper colour.
They exist, although currently the color is so washed out as to be almost indistinguishable from grey scale. The reviews so far have been uniformly low.
It's a technology that isn't quite ready yet. Presumably it will get better given a few years. I know that I'd trade in my e-reader the moment even a four-color screen appeared.
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