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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

leonbev We're 3D printing the wrong stuff for mainstream! (302 comments)

I think that the problem is that most people are using 3D printers now are engineers making prototype parts for machinery, which doesn't interest the mainstream.

Now, if you post a bunch of 3D printer template files for sex toys... now you'll get the mainstream's attention!

Wow... I almost see the great unwashed masses heading to Target now for "That there plastic dildo maker" Janet told me about :)

about 4 months ago
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Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

leonbev Re:I'd watch that for a dollar (465 comments)

Personally, I think that the show would be a good idea if they found the right host and sponsors for it.

Instead, they try to turn a game programming show into "Hell's Kitchen" and failed miserably.

Someone should do a Kickstarter for another attempt of this show. I'll bet it would get funded.

about 5 months ago
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

leonbev Re:Just windows XP? (426 comments)

You are assuming that most people still using XP at this point actually know how to burn a DVD from an .ISO image or make a bootable USB thumb drive to install Ubuntu themselves. That's kind of a dangerous thing to assume.

about a year ago
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What Marketers Think They Know About You and What They Really Do

leonbev Re:Not Much On Me, Not Totally Wrong (277 comments)

Yeah... the information they had on me was profoundly wrong.

They said that I was a single factory worker/tradesman making $25K to $50K a year, with an odd interest in cosmetics. Weird.

The information that they had on my car and house was accurate, though. They must get that info from my credit report.

I updated the info to (accurately) show that I was a married technical worker with a household income of $125K a year. That should make sure that I start getting better junk mail in the future :)

about a year ago
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Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

leonbev Re:so pony up, Microsoft want agile extreme only (413 comments)

It sounds like Microsoft wants a three to six month jump on their competition for Windows 8.1 "Modern UI" apps.

Seems stupid to me, considering that most users aren't really buying into "Modern UI" anyway. I would want people filling their app store with as many launch day titles as possible to build legitimacy to the platform.

about a year ago
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Break Microsoft Up

leonbev Re:Terrible idea (355 comments)

Yeah... how do these people plan on breaking up Microsoft, anyway? The only really profitable divisions are the Office division and Windows division... everything else is barely making a profit (Like the XBox division) or are losing money by the boatload (The tablet division, the phone division, Bing, etc.)

Unless you paired some of the unprofitable divisions with the profitable ones, things like Bing and the Surface would die immediately. While I'm sure that many Slashdot fans would cheer about that, it's probably not the best outcome for Microsoft.

1 year,9 hours
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Using Kickstarter Data To Predict Ubuntu Edge's Success

leonbev Re:tl;dr - their answer is NO (113 comments)

By predicting that the Kickstarter is going to come up short of their goal, these armchair analysts have likely (and amusingly) impacted their own projections. Now that more people think that the project is going to fail, even fewer people will bother to invest in it. Depending on how many people read the article on Slashdot, it might cost Canonical another $500,000 to a million in contributions.

1 year,25 days
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Early Surface Sales Pitiful

leonbev I'm still waiting for the liquidation sale (251 comments)

It's only a matter of time before Microsoft unloads all of these unsold Surface RT tablets for next to nothing, just like HP and Blackberry did with their failed tablet designs.

Anyone want to take a guess when the remaining Surface RT's will start showing up on liquidation sites like Woot for around $149? I'm thinking that they might make great door-busters for a Black Friday sale... you can finally get that person who's been drooling over your iPad a tablet of their own. Just don't be surprised if they hate you for being a cheap skate.

1 year,27 days
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Secret Chat Between Julian Assange and Eric Schmidt Published By WikiLeaks

leonbev Julian Assange... Bitcoin fanatic :) (212 comments)

It seems that Julian Assange is a hardcore Bitcoin fanboy... he spent about a third of his interview talking about it.

That said, if he took his own advice and invested heavily in Bitcoin back in 2011 when they were less than a $1 each, he'd be a wealthy guy right now.

about a year ago
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Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money

leonbev Odd thing to come from Forbes... (692 comments)

Considering that one of their freelance journalists (Tim Lee) on forbes.com is one of the biggest supporters of Bitcoin.

Check out all of the articles he's written about how great Bitcoin is:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/timothylee/

I find it amusing that they let this one freelance writer attempt to pump up his personal Bitcoin stash on such a popular financial site.

Of course, this is Forbes... They'll post anything for page views and ad impressions. I still remember the crap they posted about the merits of SCO's pathetic Linux patent infringement case against IBM back in the day, mostly because they loved the negative attention from the Microsoft and Linux fanboys.

about a year ago
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S. Korea Says Cyber Attack From North Wiped 48,700 Machines

leonbev Re:Civillian cyber-casualties (186 comments)

With the number of Bitcoin fanatics currently on Slashdot, I'm sure that there would be at least one person here who would rather be dead than lose their wallet file with a $100,000 worth of cryptocurrency on it :)

about a year ago
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New Skype Malware Uses Victims' Machines To Mine Bitcoins

leonbev Re:Nerdcoin Apologists (132 comments)

Yeah... if you're going to try mining with a botnet, it would make a lot more sense to mine Litecoins instead. The Litecoin mining software still works relatively well with CPU miners, and there is a better chance that the currency is going to appreciate in value.

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Blockchain Forked By Backward-Compatibility Issue

leonbev Uh oh... Bitcoin is having growing pains (351 comments)

It seems that good ol' Bitcoin is having problems scaling up to meet the new demand for cryptocurrency. Perhaps we should start looking into alternate cryptocurrencies like Litecoin instead?

about a year and a half ago
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Bitcoin Hits New All-time High of $32

leonbev Re:Hurry up and die please (339 comments)

Yeah... it's more of a "pump and dump" scam than a ponzi scheme.

I think of Bitcoin along the same line as penny stocks... something that is basically worthless, but can be easily inflated with some good story and enough suckers to buy into it.

Then you sell out of your position quickly, and watch the whole thing crash. If you're lucky, people will forget what what happened in a few months and then you can pull the same scam all over again.

Hell, Bitcoin has already crashed before once when Mt Gox got hacked in 2011. Do you really want to invest in a "currency" that can go from $30 to $1 in less than a day?

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Tells Retailers To Stop Selling Certain Samsung Devices

leonbev Re:Remember when... (308 comments)

Exactly. When it comes to anti competitive behavior, Apple in 2012 is every bit as ruthless as Microsoft was in the late 1990's.

If Microsoft still has a Borg icon, Apple should have one as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Preparing For Life After the PC

leonbev It's going to take awhile... (636 comments)

I know that smartphones are rapidly evolving, but I think that it's going to take more than 3 or 4 years before they have enough memory, storage, and CPU power to take over the duties of a desktop PC.

At the rate they are progressing, a smartphone plugged into a docking station should by able to handle web surfing, e-mail, and light office work in a few years. Something more intensive like PC gaming or video editing? Give it another decade or so.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: All-In-One PC For Kitchen?

leonbev HP TouchSmart 610 (156 comments)

I'd vote for an HP TouchSmart 610 myself, since it comes with a TV tuner and a remote controller. It also has a built-in Blu-Ray player and comes with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse along with a touchscreen. I'd think that I would fit into a kitchen fairly well.

The only downsides I see is that TouchSmart's aren't cheap, and they do not have official Linux support. That said, I see them on sale all the time.

more than 2 years ago
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Firefox 12 Released — Introduces Silent, Chrome-like Updater

leonbev Re:They've lost their focus (411 comments)

Not really... even if you disable updates, Mozilla might decide to remotely disable your plugins if they think that they contain security or stability issues.

They've already screwed up a lot of working Firefox installations that had old Java plugins with that "feature".

Of course, you can disable the "blocklist" feature as well, but not without editing the user.js file or going into the about:config screen.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

leonbev Re:Read the policy (671 comments)

Perhaps the places where you worked are different than the places that I've worked, but most of the bosses and HR people that I've dealt with didn't have a clue about technology. If I had a question about a specific piece of hardware or software I wanted to install on my company laptop, I'd ask my local friendly IT guy instead. That way,I make sure that I got a straight answer instead of a educated guess.

That said, you can get a decent laptop for $500 now. Even if it was allowed, do you really want put your personal stuff that you paid for on a company laptop, knowing that it's one IT security policy change away from being wiped out or corrupted?

more than 2 years ago

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