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Doctors Replace Patient's Thoracic Vertebrae With 3D-Printed Replica

Jarik C-Bol Re:DMLS (55 comments)

That'd be fun also!

4 days ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Jarik C-Bol Re:Open Source is Winning (415 comments)

I actually don't mind Adobe going subscription. Adobe being subscription opens up their software to a much larger user base. As a student, my school had Photoshop on a few machines, and I got to learn to use it. However, the 700$+ (at the time) price tag prevented me from having a recent copy of Photoshop on my own machine, so i was stuck with a ancient copy of Photoshop 7 that came with a scanner I got as a gift.
At no point have I been able to afford shelling out the huge one time payment for a full version of Photoshop. With the subscription, I am able to use the most recent version all the time.
Now, I understand that eventually, paying 20$ a month for a Photoshop subscription eventually will ad up to the old full price of the software, but it will take nearly 3 years to reach that point. If we where still in the 'single payment for single version' model, they would have released a new version by then, and there's another giant payment, or fall behind in versions and skills.

I am sure there are plenty of students out there who are in the same situation, where 30$ a month they can come up with, where 700-1000$ all at once would be a problem. Sure, you could use GIMP, or other open source software, but there is something to be said for learning the workflow of the industry standard software.

about a week ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

Jarik C-Bol Next week, on Cracked... (156 comments)

I have the feeling this is going to be one of those "Top 10 viral stories that where complete BS" on cracked.com in about a week.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

Jarik C-Bol Re:Damn Dirty Apes (341 comments)

Well, presumably Abraham Lincoln is still human, with his grasp of language, law of his time, etc, meaning that existing things could be explained to him, and he would be capable of comprehending that explanation. (sort of like explaining an iPod to my Grandmother). Whereas, no matter how many times I explain it, my dog will never understand an iPod.

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

Jarik C-Bol Re:Why wait for the aminals to go thirsty? (327 comments)

Thats exactly what we do, its an 'at will' watering system, meaning the animals have 24hr access. the system is faced primarily south, is on a float activated switch, and maintains the water level in the supply. The point is, more animals use the system during the hot part of the day, meaning the system has to run more to maintain the level. Obviously, this means facing the panels to deal with the mid day load, aka, South.

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

Jarik C-Bol Re:soo.... (327 comments)

Or say, you are using it to supply power for a pump that provides water for livestock, in which case, you need the power during the middle part of the day, when it is hottest, and the animals use more water. Solar Cell aiming is a case by case basis.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

Jarik C-Bol Re:Lost!? (375 comments)

There are two kinds of people in the world. One of those kinds constantly looses its phone, wallet, keys, iPad, etc. The other kind never does, because it knows better than to put valuable items down in random places.

Seriously, its the old 'spectacles testicles wallet and watch' only now its more like, 'keys, phone, wallet and X' where X is whatever else you carry. They go back in the same pocket every time, they go back on the same place on the desk when you get home, and you never wonder where they are.
Would you take 300$ out of your pocket, set it down in a restaurant, and just wander off, and later wonder where the hell your money is? Then why would yo do that with your phone, or your wallet full of credit cards, or anything else of value? People boggle my mind.

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Jarik C-Bol Re:Federal Funding is not contingent on speed limi (525 comments)

Texas covers snow safety precisely "not enough." let me explain to you how snow works in Texas. They flipped a sand truck (for sanding the roads in bad weather) in my county once, with about 1/4th an inch of snow on the ground. If it snows, everyone freaks out, and then goes out and drives around and gets in wrecks.

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Jarik C-Bol Re:wildlife crossing (525 comments)

Also known as "Car undercarriage obliterators."

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Jarik C-Bol Re:Federal Funding is not contingent on speed limi (525 comments)

Actually, the terrain varies enough across Montana that you don't tend to get road hypnosis and fall asleep. Now western Texas? the land of boredom and flatness? Best have a fog horn and a lot of caffeine in the car.

about two weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Jarik C-Bol Re:Federal Funding is not contingent on speed limi (525 comments)

I lived in Montana during their infamous 'Safe and Reasonable' speed limit era. For those who don't know what that is; for a period during the 90's Montana's speed limit on the Interstate Highways was, in theory, unlimited during the day, and 85mph at night. The posted speed at the borders was "Safe and Reasonable. Night 85mph" This lasted for a number of years, until finally they capped it back down (apparently to 70). The story I heard most often that the reason for the change was due to accidents, generally involving out of state drivers. The locals knew the roads and conditions, and would self regulate for most part, but travelers from out of state (some probably seeking the 'no speed limit' thrill) would exceed the conditions, resulting in accidents. Now, because i've lived there, I can tell you, almost everywhere it is safe to drive 85mph on the Interstate, there is an alternative 'frontage' road that would be a 65/70mph road. I can't say I care one way or another if they change it back to 85mph, but I think the same problem will persist, of out of staters(and the occasional natural born idiot) exceeding the capabilities of their skill/vehicle/road conditions and wrecking.

about two weeks ago
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I prefer my turkey ...

Jarik C-Bol Spatchcocked and roasted (189 comments)

Going to have to go with Brined, Spatchcocked and Roasted, with a nice pan of potatoes, carrots, and other root vegetables underneath to catch all the tasty tasty drippings. also, the thing gets done in like, half the time of conventional roasting, so win/win.

about three weeks ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Jarik C-Bol Worthless Headline. (194 comments)

What the HELL does the name of the movie on the disc, much less the star of said movie, actually contribute to this process / article? Confused clicks, thats what. I nominate this headline for this years "Most Worthless Headline" award.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Jarik C-Bol Re: Pathetic (1128 comments)

Speaking as a big person, I'm going to have to go with:

Yeah, pretty much.

When it comes right down to it, any individual needs to be aware of themselves, and how they present themselves to the world. I, as a large person, am well aware that I can influence peoples perception of me, simply by the way I carry myself. It is a simple matter of posture and expression that changes me from 'big ole teddy bear' to 'menacing lumberjack from hell.' which is sure as shit not the persona I whip out if i'm being confronted by the police.
this is not restricted to 'big people' either. small wiry people can present a dangerous and menacing persona, dependent on an entirely different set of perceptions. agitation, fast movements, anger, and the like can present a character that seems ready to lash out, and may be extremely quick and dangerous.
In all reality, the fact is, there may be a time and place to act like a macho tough shit badass, but it sure as hell is NOT "When being questioned by the cops".

I'm probably a racist bastard, but there is this whole 'gangster' and 'thug' culture that we seem to have cultivated and trust me, its jumped into every culture, its not a black or latino exclusive thing, its young people across the entire race spectrum. This stupid damn 'culture' that glorifies to various degrees a criminal lifestyle, does absolutely jack shit to train young people how to avoid doing stupid shit with authority figures. Sure, there are corrupt cops, but if you don't act like a stupid arrogant fuckbag when dealing with them, you usually get out clean, and even if you get hauled in, at least your alive to fight it in court, which is better than dead because you grabbed for a cops gun or some other assed out stupid action.

about three weeks ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

Jarik C-Bol Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (652 comments)

I read about a neat idea for disposing of the stuff in Popular Science a few years back.. Long story short, you make graphite spheres (about the size of a basketball I think) fill them with nuke waste, bore as deep into the crust of the earth as you can, and drop the spheres in. The spheres heat up from the nuke waste inside, and melt their way down into the mantle of the earth, never to bother us again.
of course, there's probably a thousand arguments against it, but it was interesting.

about three weeks ago
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A Toolbox That Helps Keep You From Losing Tools (Video)

Jarik C-Bol Re:Hotel minibar (82 comments)

Hell. its a less effective solution to a problem thats been solved already. I was talking to a person a while back who was telling me that in a large Fabrication facility he was in, they had what amounted to a huge machine that housed all sorts of tools, from wrenches to individual sockets, when a worker needed a tool, they would go up to it, swipe their ID, select the tool, and it was dispensed. Tool was associated with their ID, and off they go. Probably saves time hunting for the size you need in a bucket of wrenches as well.

about three weeks ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

Jarik C-Bol Re:Cooled? (246 comments)

Yep, sunburn on sub zero days is hilarious.

about a month ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

Jarik C-Bol Re:I don't watch discovery any more (164 comments)

The pawn and Restoration shows are *almost* appropriate for the History channel, simply because they discuss antique and sometimes historical items, and bring in the 'experts' to talk about some of the stuff they see. The others you mention are just dumb. On the other hand, when it comes right down to it, there is only so much of History that
A: The public will be interested in.
and
B: Can be made into something that can be shown on TV.
Combine that with documentary format shows falling out of favor in general, and you can see the History Channel's problem. You gotta keep making money, or close down, so they throw every 'historical' thing they can find at the wall, (even the loony conspiracy shit) and see what sticks.

about a month and a half ago
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Photon Pair Coupled in Glass Fiber

Jarik C-Bol Re:Naive optimism in headline (91 comments)

There needs to be a moderation tag for "Sad but True."

about a month and a half ago

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Scale of the Universe as a game

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "Newgrounds user Fotoshop has created a game which allows users to zoom in and out, exploring the scale of universe from the largest distances we can discern, down to quantum foam. Interesting descriptions and explanations abound as you travel through the range of measurements. Well worth a look."
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New Red Faction game in the works

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "in a very short article, CVG released the fact they had been informed by THQ that a new red faction game is in the the making. article at : http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?i d=169331 we can only hope it uses the destructable environments better than Red Faction 2. Which many of us red faction fans considered a bit of a letdown after the original."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "With the recent post about ebay in a lawsuit over its "buy it now" button against MercExchange L.L.C. (whom i had never heard of untill today) I pose the question. Has patent law become to lax, in that it allows the patent of "common sense" ideas? Honestly, I doubt anyone had any inkling that someone had patented the buy it now button when they added the code and functionality to ebays website. How far are we from an age where creating a web service, no matter how mundane, is 90% making sure you didn't violate someone's archaic patent of some menial detail. I say that this is an obvious case of how we need to take a serious look at what can and cannot be patented in this country."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol writes "http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/873aae7bf86c0 110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html Popular Science has a report on a machine that uses plasma to render anything short of nuclear waste down to is base elements, and use the results to drive generators that produce more power than the machine uses. Its creator has big plans to save the world, one landfill at a time. Hopes are that once in place, we will solve our garbage problems, and be producing cheep easy electricity from the junk we throw away. Here's to hoping, maybe this one will pan out, according to the article, it is being implemented in several cities across the country."

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