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SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

Ogive17 Re:oh wow (104 comments)

FYI, most plastic injection machines use a screw to move the pellets that get melted and eventually extruded into molds. Sure there is some gravity at the beginning but that would be easily remedied by a 2nd screw in the cylinder shaped hopper.

6 hours ago
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The Minecraft Parent

Ogive17 Re:I look forward to Minecraft with my son (167 comments)

Just love it when people jump to extreme conclusions on /.

Coordination in a sense that he will need to learn what materials, and how many, are required to proceed.

I played soccer, football, baseball through high school and have since taken up golf and ice hockey as an adult. My son is going to have plenty of opportunities to play outside, especially since there is a pack of kids running around outside nearly every evening.. spring through fall. Next year my son will be with them.

And I plan on sitting next to my son and creating with him in game. If we can do it once a week for an hour or two, that will be a great way to spend some time with him.

2 days ago
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The Minecraft Parent

Ogive17 Re:Pleasant? (167 comments)

Wow, where to start?

While a game was supposed to be nonviolent, plenty of Minecraft servers seem to have added functionality that allows direct fighting and ability to kill other players. Chat capabilities go unmonitored and "adult language" is widespread.

So do not let your child play, unsupervised, on these public servers. You cannot get to a server without specifically adding the server address (which you typically get by searching on the internet).

On a personal level, it annoys me that a game world with a level of 3d graphics and physics sophistication that was state of the art 20 years ago is extremely popular today, but I can see the draw of "retro" look and feel.

So graphics trumps gameplay for you? I still play my favorite NES/SNES games on an emulator because of how much fun they are, not what they look like.

2 days ago
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The Minecraft Parent

Ogive17 I look forward to Minecraft with my son (167 comments)

My son is still too young, only 1.5 years old.. but when he's around 3 I plan to let him start fiddling around on the computer, specifically with Minecraft.

It takes coordination, cooperation, critical thinking, and creativity to create in this game and I'm looking forward to having this be one of the activities we do together as he gets older. Of course I also cannot wait until he's old enough for legos.. I only wish I did not sell all of mine 20 years ago in a garage sale..

I watch some streamers on twitch, for the "pros" everything is automated for them as they have done it all so many times. I'm still a noob at the game since I don't have much free time to play but look forward to exploring the game more with my son.

2 days ago
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Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

Ogive17 Re:Too Bad (102 comments)

Too bad "normal" people don't make for interesting sitcoms. To use the Seinfeld reference again, every character was extremely eccentric on that show, doesn't mean every New Yorker is like that.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Ogive17 Re:Expanded thinking (391 comments)

No, that's not the point. Not every job at a tech company relies on a heavy does of science.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Ogive17 Expanded thinking (391 comments)

Before someone gets their panties in a bunch, I am not suggesting that STEM grads have a lack of critical thinking.

The problem, and it's quite evident by the responses so far, is that many STEM grads think alike. Larger companies do not want liberal arts majors to become their lead programmers, they want them to be part of a team that accomplishes a goal together.

Cross functional, diverse work teams are very beneficial to most companies. I've been working with our IT group for the past year to get updates made to the system my group makes. The only guy in that group that had any decent communication skills (he was also a very good programmer) bailed 2 months ago. Now progress is at a standstill because they do not have the confidence to talk to the customer (which is me in this case).

5 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Ogive17 Re:911 was down for us Friday night (609 comments)

Define the basics. Seeds + Soil + Water + Sun = plant. Am I expected to know the composition of fertilizers or how much yield to expect per acre? I probably know a bit more than the average person because I'm in middle America and my dad's family use to farm.

I can tell you the difference between a 2-stroke and 4-stroke engine but that's because I work for an automotive company.

The OP's statement was a bit ridiculous... not knowing that a certain OS requires 15% of HDD space should disqualify someone from owning a computer? What an expert knows and qualifies as "general knowledge" is most likely not general knowledge to the average person.

about a week ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Ogive17 Re:911 was down for us Friday night (609 comments)

If you don't know the basics about farming, you do not deserve to eat.

Ooo, this is fun!

about a week ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Ogive17 Cost analysis (444 comments)

One of our production facilities installed two large windmills that supply roughly 10-15% of the power the plant uses. You would think this would lower the cost for purchased electricity, but it didn't.

The electric company raised the rates for our plant because the usage dropped enough that they entered a lower usage bracket which has a higher cost per KW/h. We actually pay MORE each month in electricity costs even though the plant purchases 10-15% less electricity..

Obviously they are negotiating the contract terms now (it may be done) but this is just one example of how the utilities have everyone by the balls. They are going to get their money, one way or another.

I'm sure for Tesla, it will be easier since they are starting from the beginning instead of doing a retrofit. However I hear similar stories from residential users. Most times people want to make the choice to use returnables but outside factors make it monetarily difficult to pursue.

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Ogive17 Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

I'm 5'8", legroom is not my problem. Seat width is my problem. I have broad shoulders. If I have to sit next to an adult, our shoulders will likely be rubbing unless one of us gives up the armrests and leans forward slightly.

Seat designers screwed up by using hip width and not shoulder width.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Ogive17 Re:For the cops that oppose (643 comments)

Those are some damn fine assessments you've done based on one "fuck off" comment.

I'm sure you'll go to town with my next comment but here goes.. The reason why most people hate cops is that they do not want to take responsibility for their own actions. "Stupid pig having to meet his quota of speeding tickets, nevermind that I was going 70mph in a 45." "How dare that cop arrest me for smoking pot in public!"

The entire point I was trying to make, before you basically assumed my dad has covered for a bad cop and therefor makes himself a bad guy, is that most cops just want to do their job and go home. Yes, there are some who seem hell bent on making everyone else's lives miserable by using laws to their advantage. Giving you a ticket for going 58 in a 55, as an example. My dad worked with a few like that.. simply being a jerk isn't illegal.

You also need to know that we're in a relatively rural part of the country, 100k or so people in the county. There is not much excitement or shennanigans.

You can think whatever you want. The first 25 years of my life, I grew up around many peace officers. Most of them you'd never guess they were cops if not for the standard issue mustaches. They worked to uphold the laws passed by the various levels of government.

I'm proud to be associated to my dad. You'd probably get along well with him, unless your only intent would be to antagonize.

about three weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Ogive17 Re:Do Everything Wrong Day (441 comments)

So, in other words, you want everyone to go back and act like it was in the 80's (well, except the real guns/ammo.. though I did get in trouble for bringing a transformer in that turned to a cap gun.. but all they did was take it away for the rest of the day and tell me not to bring it back).

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Ogive17 Re:For the cops that oppose (643 comments)

First of all, fuck off.

second of all, it was guys just being dickheads.. kinda like you.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Ogive17 For the cops that oppose (643 comments)

Just like everything else in this country, a few bad apples ruin it for the rest of us.

My dad is a retired cop, very honest guy (though maybe I'm a bit biased). Most of the guys on the force were genuine good guys, of course there was 1 or 2 jackass's that would do stupid shit.

If a chest cam is going to eliminate the contradictions between the cop and the suspect, so be it. A few thousand people died 13 years ago in a terrorist attack and now the rest of us who want to fly on a commercial aircraft are treated as potential terrorists.

about three weeks ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Ogive17 Re:Poor material choice (162 comments)

Even though the mission was originally set to last just 90 days?

I spent my first few years as an undgrad studying aerospace engineering. You don't build a lander to survive a trip to Pluto if your mission is the moon.

about a month ago
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Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll

Ogive17 Re:Dammit! Adam you rolled over... (63 comments)

Unfortunately he has absolutely nothing to gain from proceeding further with litigation. He fought the good fight and didn't cave in to their demands. He got them to back off and created the framework for others to suceed as well.

He is a businessman, not a saint.

about a month ago
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Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

Ogive17 Re:Makes sense (144 comments)

If they used hiragana (phonetic) it would be quite simple. I believe there are just 71.

My wife is Japanese and her family name is so rare that almost no one would know how to pronounce it by reading the kanji. Common names like Yamamoto can be read literally, my wife must always include the hiragana with her name.

about a month ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

Ogive17 Hoping for better solution (383 comments)

At work I have so many passwords with different requirements and different reset schedules that I had to turn to the low tech approach of writing every one down on a post it note and hiding it under my calculator on my desk. I do take my laptop home every evening.

Interesting enough, email is the only program we no longer have to sign in to each time, and it also does not time out after inactivity like every other program. That is the place where most sensitive business information would be located. All they would need to do is crack my windows password (while also knowing my login name).

I wish I could log in to windows and do one authentication to unlock every other program I use routinely.

about a month ago

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