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Breaking Up With MakerBot

SandBender Makerbot doesn't solve any of the hard problems... (185 comments)

All the makerbot does is find the lowest acceptable bar for accuracy and repeatability...which is pretty damn low when comared to even hobby CNC XYZ systems. They can get away with it because the maximum precision the can get from the medium is relatively low as well. At the end of the day the only think that makerbot has going for it is that it is an additive process instead of subtractive.

The real devil with all 3D printing (additive CNC) is that it is, at its core, a materials science problem. You can throw better software and hardware at the problem until the cows come home. Until you solve the fundemental material science problems you will always be better off with a 5 axis mill if you want to build stuff that is actually usefull.

about a year and a half ago

The Survival Machine Farm

SandBender Re:Misguided... (214 comments)

Man I wonder how everyone survived and flourished before sayyyyyy 1800. These people need to learn how to feed themselves without begging for internet handouts before I'd take any advice from them on restarting civilization.

more than 2 years ago

The Survival Machine Farm

SandBender Re:Already done in a better way? (214 comments)

Yah but they are a self sustaining village so they need more money so they can continue sustaining themselves. I guess $64,000 goes fast when you are building shitty tractors instead of actually farming.

more than 2 years ago

The Survival Machine Farm

SandBender I am so sick of Marcine and his band of re-treads (214 comments)

These folks pop up every year or so. I'm assuming it's around when they run out of money and need to find some more suckers to fund them. I've been following them and their "Compressed Earth Brick" huts (sod huts anywhere else) for a few years. They would be better off buying some Oxen, Pigs, Horses and maybe and old 8N tractor. The the concept is fundamentally flawed the hubris involved is off the charts. If they want to be self sufficient the first thing they should do is dump anything invented post 1900. This classic DIY'itis. Gahh so annoying, what a waste of 30 acres of good land.

more than 2 years ago

The Unspoken Rules of Open Source Hardware

SandBender Self important drivel from a non-contributer (64 comments)

The more I read the claptrap coming out of the Brooklyn "Maker" scene the more I realise what the so called maker movement is all about. I think a few other people have pointed out that the hobby engineering community has been around for a long time. We have been hacking , futzing, inventing and maybe even selling since the industrial revolution, hell, long before that even. The "Maker" revolution is really all about exploiting the hobby engineering market. Make magazine only exists to Make money. It has no other useful purpose. We had mailing lists, web sites, forums and catalogues long before Make existed. Torrone and his ilk are salesmen. They make a tidy profit selling other people's work to the masses. There are no "unspoken rules" in open source. The only rules that are worth anything are ones that can be enforced by law. If that were not the case we wouldn't need the open source license in the first place. Phil should stick to riding Limor's coat tails, coming up with new stickers and badges to hock and re-publishing other people's projects.

more than 2 years ago

Drupal Competes As a Framework, Unofficially

SandBender It's not a framework when... (178 comments)

It says CMS in the title!!!

Sorry I've been dealing this crap for years. If Drupal is a framework than so is Jira, Joomla, Media Wiki...hell I'll even throw in Excel. You can extend it's functionality you say??? Oh yah it's a framework now baby. I am so sick of bad developers trying to re-define things instead of just admitting that they are wrong and learning from their mistakes. Besides being a huge bucket of swill, Drupal is the second most mis-used piece of software on the planet (Excel has to be #1). Anyone who suggests Drupal as a solution should have a D branded on their forehead so all will know their sins. GahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhHHHHHH!

more than 3 years ago

Apple Warns Companies About 'Pod' Naming

SandBender Pod People (392 comments)

I think Steve Jobs is a Pod.

more than 8 years ago


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