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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Guano_Jim The personal touch! (509 comments)

Depends on how long of a future you need to proof against, but I'd imagine jobs requiring human interaction and contact will be among the last to go. PT's, masseuses, and psychologists are probably fairly safe for the next fifty years.

Becoming a physical therapist will be a great way to make a living off all the utopians who are injuring themselves with increasingly bizarre sports, plus you'll get to use the latest and greatest exoskeletons at work.

about 2 months ago
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Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

Guano_Jim I for one... (325 comments)

...am looking forward to Andy Serkis' mocap performance of Jar Jar's light saber seppuku.

about 5 months ago
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A Bid To Take 3D Printing Mainstream

Guano_Jim No. (143 comments)

I think 3D printing as we know it today is likely to remain in the realm of the hobbyist for the foreseeable future. BUT... at $300 a pop this new printer's going to open up the process to a lot more hobbyists who might be scared off by a MakerBot's monster price tag.

A printer like the M3D would be put at a price point where it wouldn't be unusual to find one at an elementary school. I could see this becoming a great educational tool.

about 5 months ago
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Tesco: 3D Printing Will Come To Supermarkets 'Within a Few Years'

Guano_Jim The Cake: Not A Lie (81 comments)

I could see cake decorations being printed on-demand in your local supermarket. Dad likes Game of Thrones? Print him a cyvasse set and put it on his birthday cake.

3d printing with sugar is well on its way to becoming a mature technology already, so yeah, a few years and I wouldn't be surprised to see it at the bakery.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Shows His Vision of Holographic Design Technology

Guano_Jim Neat stuff! Do not want. (109 comments)

This video is some great gee-whiz showmanship, which gets Joe Sixpack excited about technology and maybe sells a few more Tesla cars a couple years down the road.

But man, I'd hate to try and design anything by holding my hands in the air for six or seven hours a day.

Might be cool for next-generation Kinect-style gaming though.

1 year,8 days
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Mastermind of 9/11 Attacks Designs a Secret Vacuum Cleaner

Guano_Jim I've heard... (284 comments)

...his design sucked.

Thank you! I'll be here all week. Try the veal.

about a year ago
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Sarah Thee Campagna Makes Robot Sculptures (Video)

Guano_Jim These Aren't The Droids You're Looking For. (33 comments)

I was kind of hoping for an artist that uses robots to creat traditional sculptures, maybe some combination of CNC and sensor data and 3D printing. That would have been a coolburger drenched in awesomesauce.

These are great little sculptures made from high-tech yard waste, but they're not really robots in any meaningful sense of the term.

about a year ago
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Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

Guano_Jim Standard Driver for 3D printers (505 comments)

That's pretty cool. One of the things that needs to happen for 3D printing to become commonplace is to take it out of the realm of specialized software and just make it a mundane action one does with a computer.

Click, print. Heads up Apple, Microsoft is preparing to drink your milkshake on this one.

about a year ago
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MakerBot Merging With Stratasys

Guano_Jim Re:Patents? (65 comments)

I think that FDM printing is going to go the way of the dodo pretty fast. It's slow, imprecise, and prone to messy failures. I say this as someone who owns a Replicator1 and a Printrbot Simple, both FDM printers.

I think it's more likely that this purchase is going to let MakerBot start competing in, and eventually dominate the hobbyist/prosumer stereolithography space, currently being owned by the resin-based FormLabs Form1 printer, with the b9Creator and mUVe1 hot on its heels.

That is, provided Stratasys shares some of its stereolithography knowledge with MakerBot. Enclosing the build space is rearranging deck chairs on a T. Rex while the mammals are evolving thumbs.

about a year ago
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The Turbo Entabulator: A 3D-printed Mechanical Computer

Guano_Jim people asking why bother (83 comments)

We do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

Hats off to the designer.

about a year ago
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Amazon Delivering Groceries? It's Coming, Thanks To Sales-Tax Politics

Guano_Jim To Quote Q from ST:TNG (214 comments)

"Oh, very clever, Worf. Eat any good books lately?"

about a year ago
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Dreambox: the World's First 3D Printing Vending Machine

Guano_Jim We can't do everything, we should do nothing. (97 comments)

I think this is great. Sure, the 2013 Dreambox is only going to print you a piece of plastic crap. But they've got to start somewhere, and they're first in the space. That counts for something, haters opinions notwithstanding.

At the rate we're going, the 2017 Dreambox will be able to print you a functional circuit board to go with your plastic, and that's when things get really, really interesting.

But for now, yeah, plastic crap. Stay tuned.

about a year ago
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Pitcher-Turned-Law Student On Cheating In Baseball

Guano_Jim What kind of hardware do I need to play this? (276 comments)

I've been trying to download this "baseball" game all morning and all every website I visit just shows me a bunch of sweaty dudes in pajamas.

They're using wooden controllers (!) and even worse, they're outside. Is this a beta? wtf

about a year ago
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3-D Printable Food Gets Funding From NASA

Guano_Jim Complex geometry (242 comments)

The geometry of food has an effect on how we perceive taste, so it wouldn't shock me if chefs to specialize in molecular gastronomy started experimenting with novel structures once 3d food printers become commonplace.

A thousand quatloos to the first person to design creme bruleé shell with the texture of cotton candy, 3d printed in a popsicle form factor.

about a year ago
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California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated

Guano_Jim Thanks, Cody! (856 comments)

I'd like to thank middle-class crypto-anarchist Cody Wilson from Defense Distributed for ensuring that idiot politicians of every stripe try to clamp down on the most promising new manufacturing technology in a decade.

Nice job! Love the plastic zip gun you made, kid.

about a year ago
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Perceiving Robotic Industrial Arm Inches Toward Autonomy

Guano_Jim Luxo Jr. (22 comments)

That second video is just great. The robot really looks like it's an animal trying to figure out how to get at the box.

It makes me wonder if we can get some Pixar animators to work on these robots when it comes to human interaction. I'd love to see a robot arm look all dejected when it can't figure out the problem, and then sheepishly ask its meatbag handler for help.

about a year ago
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Why Self-Driving Cars Are Still a Long Way Down the Road

Guano_Jim Taxis first (352 comments)

I think we'll probably see self-driving cars in congested, relatively low-speed environments like inner cities before they're screaming down the highway at 75mph.

The first robot taxi company is going to make a mint when they integrate a smartphone taxi-summoning app with their robo-chauffeur.

about a year ago

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3000 Geeks unite to help elect fellow geek

Guano_Jim Guano_Jim writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Guano_Jim (157555) writes "Running for Office: It's Like A Flamewar with a Forum Troll, but with an Eventual Winner

IT guy and candidate for the Kansas State Legislature Sean Tevis is using an XKCD-style cartoon to help finance his budding campaign. At least 4,000 fellow geeks have already contributed small amounts to his campaign so far through PayPal."

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