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The 3D Economy — What Happens When Everyone Prints Their Own Shoes?

FrozenGeek Re:Not necessarily (400 comments)

You can potentially print things like toothbrushes, etc, but you cannot print food. Nor can you print gasoline or diesel fuel or ... I doubt this will significantly reduce shipping (it could potentially increase it - if printing stuff is cheap enough, the amount of raw material for printers might exceed the the shipping requirements of the finished goods it replaces).

about 6 months ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

FrozenGeek Re:Tarzan need antecedent (824 comments)

Further, if the shareholders want to turf him, then they reasonably need to turf everyone involved in hiring him as those folks knew, or should have known, about his support of the proposition.

about 6 months ago
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Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down

FrozenGeek Re:Tarzan need antecedent (824 comments)

No, his presence negatively affects some people's perceptions of the business but it probably has a positive affect on others. No idea how it balances out.

about 6 months ago
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More On the Disposable Tech Worker

FrozenGeek After 28 years in the industry... (323 comments)

... I've learned a few things. 1. Technology is continually changing. 2. It is up to me to be continually learning; no one else can, or will, do it for me. 3. The underlying principles and concepts remain the same, so someone with a good grasp of them will be useful IF THEY WANT TO BE USEFUL. 4. The best employers try to help employees keep up to date (but DO NOT RELY ON YOUR EMPLOYER FOR THIS).

about 6 months ago
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Your Car Will Soon Sense If You're Tired Or Not Paying Attention

FrozenGeek One word... (178 comments)

Vaseline.

about 6 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

FrozenGeek Re: And we're going to trust self driving cars now (664 comments)

Even if the self-driving cars are well coded, what about hackers? Imagine a virus that causes, say, a million vehicles to go berserk some Monday morning during rush hour. Or even just causes a million vehicles to brick themselves. Yes, people can also go berserk, but you likely won't get a million of them doing so at the same time. Have we learned nothing from M5 or iRobot or Terminator? Methinks 'tis about time for a Butlerian jihad.

about 7 months ago
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Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

FrozenGeek When dealing with security... (261 comments)

... best to keep it simple. Get there prepared with all the info they will need. Answer questions directly and simply. Don't volunteer additional info. I've traveled extensively. I've also had interviews with security services in the process of landing jobs. Those rules have always helped. Never had any problems.

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years

FrozenGeek Re:Pizza Hut (225 comments)

Actually, per my latest IQ test, I'm a moron, not an idiot.

about 7 months ago
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Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years

FrozenGeek When I saw the headline... (225 comments)

... I was going to make a funny comment about how Pizza Hut had already done that (well, it feels like it lasts for years in my gullet), but then I saw the bit about the pizzas actually being edible and we all know that Pizza Hut has not done that yet.

about 7 months ago
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Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

FrozenGeek Not like I have other computers (373 comments)

Oh, wait. I'm a slash-dotter. I have lots of computers. So I'll Steam on one computer and get cheats on another. Sorry Valve.

about 7 months ago
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iPad Isn't "Killing" Netbook Sales, According To Paul Thurrott

FrozenGeek Re:Two different market segments (457 comments)

Dude, in North America, spending $500 on a goof-off device is called fiscal restraint. How many people do you know who've spent more than $1000 on a widescreen TV in the last 3 years? Or bought an ATV? Or a snowmobile? Or a home theatre system? Or ...
We spend a lot of money on toys. If the iPad turns out to be a toy, so what? If some people manage to use it for actual work, great.

more than 4 years ago
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How Do You Handle Your Keys?

FrozenGeek Re:saves time and money! (763 comments)

A key ring with house keys and bike key. Another key ring with house keys and car keys.

more than 4 years ago
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RFID Checks Student Attendance in Arizona

FrozenGeek Re:Attendence in college? (554 comments)

I don't know that they will be punished at exam time. Many professors grade exams on the curve, meaning that they pass X percent of the class. If many students do poorly on the exam, clearly the exam was too hard.

When my father was in med school, ca 1950, attendance was taken and affected your right to take the exam, so this is not a new concept.

All that said, it won't work. For example, I walk into class and the sensors detect my card, so I'm logged as being in attendance. Woo hoo. Now I put my card in a metal wallet that prevents the sensors from reading the card and walk out the door. The sensors do not detect me leaving. Or, equally silly, I oversleep and I'm in a rush to get to class and leave my card on my dresser. So I'm in class, verified by many classmates and possibly the professor, but I'm logged as absent.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Raises E-book Prices For Everyone

FrozenGeek Re:Gonna sound snarky.... (327 comments)

The vast majority of texts that authors give us are incredibly poor. Our editors have an extremely hard job of cleaning these up and rewriting them so that they are generally understandable and professional and are correctly targeted for our audience. To our established authors, we also offer them an advance on their work.

I'll second this. I once read a book published by the author on a vanity press. Although the content itself was good (and the writing was not too bad), the formatting looked like it had been done by a 10-year-old. Much of the text was either bold or underlined or italicized (and note that those 'or's are NOT exclusive ors), to the point that it was almost unreadable. Had it been formatted by an adult, I might well have purchased several copies to give to friends. As it was, I did not manage to read the entire book - the formatting was just too awful. Editing is NOT the same thing as writing. A good editing job is worth money.

more than 4 years ago
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Corporate IT Just Won't Let IE6 Die

FrozenGeek Re:My plate is pretty full right now... (479 comments)

It's not just familiarity. We have web-apps at work that work on IE6 but not most other browsers (even later versions of IE don't completely work properly). The underlying problem is IE6 was nowhere near standards compliant and, unfortunately, a lot of web apps were written for IE6. In short, there is plenty of blame to go around:
- the web developers who used non-standard "features" of IE6
- MS for standard non-compliance and for adding proprietary features to IE6
- companies who accepted web-apps that used non-standard features in IE6.

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona Trialing System That Lets Utility System Control Home A/Cs

FrozenGeek Re:Don't cry monopoly. (393 comments)

What province might that be? And could you please cite the relevant laws/regulations?

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona Trialing System That Lets Utility System Control Home A/Cs

FrozenGeek Re:Don't cry monopoly. (393 comments)

Just did a google search. Estimates on the cost of solar power (searched in the last year) range from $0.10/KWh to $0.19/KWh. I'd imagine that Arizona would probably be on the low end. So, depending on the cost of electricity in your area, solar might be a rational alternative.

Today, the use of remote control is relatively sane and benign. Tomorrow, who knows? Given the tendency of nut-jobs to enter government service...

more than 4 years ago
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Man Put On "No-Fly List" While In Air To NYC

FrozenGeek Re:And people wonder... (300 comments)

Yeah, when I was a kid, flying was an adventure and a lot of fun. Now it's a PITA. It's been several years since I seriously considered a vacation that involved flying. I'd rather drive. If I have to fly to do it, odds are I'm not going to do it. If my attitude spreads, the airlines are in trouble.

more than 4 years ago
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Website Mass-Bans Users Who Mention AdBlock

FrozenGeek Re:advertisers can suck it! (660 comments)

On the other hand, your ISP sends no money at all to any of the web sites that you visit. Expanding on your own analogy, your ISP owns the streets. The billboards that you want torn down belong to the owner of the amusement park at the end of the street and they enable the amusement park owner, which is not the ISP, to provide you with free access to the amusement park. If you tear down the billboards, you will find that the amusement park either institutes an entrance fee or goes out of business.

more than 4 years ago

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