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HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

ajlitt Re:Patent royalties (182 comments)

More likely that it costs extra to do FCC part 15 certification testing for additional communications modes. This seemed to have been the case on the Nook Color, which had a chipset that could do WiFi and Bluetooth but didn't have Bluetooth support in the OS.

about 3 months ago
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Duke Univ. Device Converts Stray Wireless Energy Into Electricity For Charging

ajlitt Re:Too bad (216 comments)

I am resisting the erg to laugh.

FTFY

about 9 months ago
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Fusion Reactor Breaks Even

ajlitt Re:Mr Fusion (429 comments)

Raspberry.

about 10 months ago
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Microsoft Reveals Its 3D Printing Strategy For Windows 8.1

ajlitt Re:I don't even, what are they, what? (103 comments)

Now that I think about it, that's true, there is no hardware flow control for RepRap firmware. Sorry, forgot about that. Every command is responded to with "ok" if it's been accepted into the buffer. If there's no room, the "ok" is delayed until the buffer has space. So maybe "copy file com1:" might not work well, but a very simple expect script could do the job.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reveals Its 3D Printing Strategy For Windows 8.1

ajlitt Re:I don't even, what are they, what? (103 comments)

Some firmware lets you use the nonstandard 250000 baud rate. On Linux, 250000 is supported by newer kernels but requires some libraries be updated (pyserial for Pronterface and Octoprint). The reason that's chosen is because it divides down with no clock error to the CPU clocks used on some of the AVRs used for RepRaps.

This isn't a problem if you use 115200.

Is that what you were thinking of?

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reveals Its 3D Printing Strategy For Windows 8.1

ajlitt Re:Yay (103 comments)

Wouldn't they be unspoolers?

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reveals Its 3D Printing Strategy For Windows 8.1

ajlitt Re:Yay (103 comments)

Once I lost a 7 hour 3D print job because Win7 decided that it was ok to reboot to install patches if I haven't been in front of the computer for 15 minutes. That was the end of my brief reunion with Windows on my personal machines.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reveals Its 3D Printing Strategy For Windows 8.1

ajlitt Re:Something missing (103 comments)

You can throw any bitmap at any color laser printer, and it should print it.

Take any 3D model and send it to a 3D printer and you'll likely get a blob of goo if the toolchain doesn't choke on the model first.

Mapping a 2D image to a 2D surface is easy. Taking an arbitrary mesh and turning it into instructions to manufacture a mechanically sound object is hard.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reveals Its 3D Printing Strategy For Windows 8.1

ajlitt Re:I don't even, what are they, what? (103 comments)

And here is how to send a file to a 3D printer that speaks gcode:

C:\> mode com1: baud=115200
C:\> copy foo.gcode com1

about a year ago
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Steve Ballmer Reorganizing Microsoft

ajlitt Re:chair jokes (387 comments)

Bings forth the mental image of Ballmer looking critically while interns strain to hold up a couch, saying "Two inches to the left. Hrm, ok, now two inches to the right. Now another two inches to the left..." for an hour before having them set the couch back down exactly where it was.

FTFY.

about a year ago
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Smell Camera Snapshots Scents For the Future

ajlitt Re:New perfume (117 comments)

I'll just torrent the XMSmell.

about a year ago
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Man Creates ATLAS Detector From Lego Bricks

ajlitt Re:Superconducting magnet Technic kit (54 comments)

Polyethylene bricks and some Mindstorms attached photodiodes would make a nice My First Neutron Detector.

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

ajlitt Re:So... (83 comments)

Sort of.

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

ajlitt Re:How much to print the parts for a 3D printer? (97 comments)

/r/reprapPIF. No incentives, and it's only for plastic components and not wiring/electronics/metal. Unfortunately it's pretty dead in there.

There are a number of people that subsidize their printing habit by printing and eBaying plastics kits like those.

about a year ago
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Ubuntu Closes Longstanding Bug #1

ajlitt Re:What is on slashdot? (267 comments)

The quote of the day picker is out to lunch it seems:

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And there aren't even any property taxes." -- J. MacKay, Mathematics 134b % The sum of the Universe is zero. % The test of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Aldo Leopold % The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay % The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa. % The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison % The unfacts, did we have them, are too imprecisely few to warrant our certitude. % The universe does not have laws -- it has habits, and habits can be broken. % The universe is all a spin-off of the Big Bang. % The universe is an island, surrounded by whatever it is that surrounds universes. % The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries % The Universe is populated by stable things. -- Richard Dawkins % The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan % The universe, they said, depended for its operation on the balance of four forces which they identified as charm, persuasion, uncertainty and bloody-mindedness. -- Terry Pratchett, "The Light Fantastic" % The University of California Statistics Department; where mean is normal, and deviation standard. % The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. -- E. 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Gerard % There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923 % There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero, "Ad familiares" % There is no royal road to geometry. -- Euclid % There's a whole WORLD in a mud puddle! -- Doug Clifford % There's no future in time travel. % There's no sense in being precise when you don't even know what you're talking about. -- John von Neumann % Things equal to nothing else are equal to each other. % This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks. % This is the theory that Jack built. This is the flaw that lay in the theory that Jack built. This is the palpable verbal haze that hid the flaw that lay in... % This place just isn't big enough for all of us. We've got to find a way off this planet. % This universe shipped by weight, not by volume. Some expansion of the contents may have occurred during shipment. % Those who can, do; those who can't, simulate. % Those who can, do; those who can't, write. Those who can't write work for the Bell Labs Record. % ... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War" % Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell % Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space. % Time is nature's way of making sure that everything doesn't happen at once. Space is nature's way of making sure that everything doesn't happen to you. % To converse at the distance of the Indes by means of sympathetic contrivances may be as natural to future times as to us is a literary correspondence. -- Joseph Glanvill, 1661 % To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. -- Thomas Edison % Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?" % Torque is cheap. % Two is not equal to three, even for large values of two. % Two percent of zero is almost nothing. % Two wrights don't make a rong, they make an airplane. Or bicycles. % UFOs are for real: the Air Force doesn't exist. % Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky % Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, opulence is when you have three -- and paradise is when you have none. -- Doug Larson % We are each entitled to our own opinion, but no one is entitled to his own facts. -- Patrick Moynihan % We can defeat gravity. The problem is the paperwork involved. % We can predict everything, except the future. % We cannot command nature except by obeying her. -- Sir Francis Bacon % "We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company." % We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything. % We don't know who it was that discovered water, but we're pretty sure that it wasn't a fish. -- Marshall McLuhan % We gave you an atomic bomb, what do you want, mermaids? -- I. I. Rabi to the Atomic Energy Commission % We have a equal opportunity Calculus class -- it's fully integrated. % We must believe that it is the darkest before the dawn of a beautiful new world. We will see it when we believe it. -- Saul Alinsky % We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra" % We who revel in nature's diversity and feel instructed by every animal tend to brand Homo sapiens as the greatest catastrophe since the Cretaceous extinction. -- S.J. Gould % We will have solar energy as soon as the utility companies solve one technical problem -- how to run a sunbeam through a meter. % We've sent a man to the moon, and that's 29,000 miles away. The center of the Earth is only 4,000 miles away. You could drive that in a week, but for some reason nobody's ever done it. -- Andy Rooney % Wernher von Braun settled for a V-2 when he coulda had a V-8. % "What I've done, of course, is total garbage." -- R. Willard, Pure Math 430a % What is algebra, exactly? Is it one of those three-cornered things? -- J.M. Barrie % What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind. -- Thomas Hewitt Key, 1799-1875 % What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake % What is research but a blind date with knowledge? -- Will Harvey % What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928 % What the deuce is it to me? You say that we go around the sun. If we went around the moon it would not make a pennyworth of difference to me or my work. -- Sherlock Holmes, "A Study in Scarlet" % What the scientists have in their briefcases is terrifying. -- Nikita Khruschev % What the world *really* needs is a good Automatic Bicycle Sharpener. % When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute -- and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity. -- Albert Einstein % When Alexander Graham Bell died in 1922, the telephone people interrupted service for one minute in his honor. They've been honoring him intermittently ever since, I believe. -- The Grab Bag % When some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it. % When speculation has done its worst, two plus two still equals four. -- S. 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W. Hamming % You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi. % You mean you didn't *know* she was off making lots of little phone companies? % You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10^12 to 1. -- Ernest Rutherford % You will never amount to much. -- Munich Schoolmaster, to Albert Einstein, age 10 %
ajlitt@serval:/tmp$ rot13 foo|less
hen some people discover the truth, they just can't understand why everybody isn't eager to hear it. % When speculation has done its worst, two plus two still equals four. -- S. Johnson % "When the going gets tough, the tough get empirical." -- Jon Carroll % When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas % Where are the calculations that go with a calculated risk? % Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat. -- Christopher Morley % White dwarf seeks red giant for binary relationship. % Why don't you fix your little problem... and light this candle? -- Alan Shepherd, the first man into space, Gemini program % With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm? % Without life, Biology itself would be impossible. % Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ? % "Yeah, but you're taking the universe out of context." % You can not get anything worthwhile done without raising a sweat. -- The First Law Of Thermodynamics % What ever you want is going to cost a little more than it is worth. -- The Second Law Of Thermodynamics % You can not win the game, and you are not allowed to stop playing. -- The Third Law Of Thermodynamics % You can't cheat the phone company. % You cannot have a science without measurement. -- R. W. Hamming % You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi. % You mean you didn't *know* she was off making lots of little phone companies? % You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10^12 to 1. -- Ernest Rutherford % You will never amount to much. -- Munich Schoolmaster, to Albert Einstein, age 10 %

about a year ago
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To Avoid Confusion: Oracle's Confusing New Java Numbering Scheme

ajlitt Re:CPU=Critical Patch Update (183 comments)

Its not like they could have just said Critical update patch...oh no, we need to make things confusing.

What happens when admins get confused and pour the contents of their beverage containers into their servers?

about a year ago

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