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Interviews: Ask Bre Pettis About Making Things

mandark1967 Future Replicator 2 Upgrade Kit Plans? (69 comments)

I note that the Replicator 2 and Replicator 2X share many components.

Will there ever be plans to release an upgrade kit for the Replicator 2 which adds a more powerful Power Supply, Heated Build Plate, and/or a second Extruder Head Assembly?

It would be nice to be able to add those options to the Rep2 in order to print ABS and other materials, or to do multi-color prints.

Follow up Question relies on the proviso that an upgrade kit is planned....

Will you shut up and take my money already?!

about 4 months ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

mandark1967 Re:Ready the Lawyers (642 comments)

I'm J.G. Wentworth and I don't approve this message. I'll take your structured settlement, anyday!

about 4 months ago
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3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?

mandark1967 Wow there's a lotta negativity here (251 comments)

I didn't really think my submission was provocative but, based on the responses, it seems to have incited a lot of negativity for some reason...

I've had 1 part, and -only- 1 part "fail". That was due entirely to my design (I'm still a n00b, I admit)

My first week of ownership has been great, and I have recevied several requests to make items for, gasp(!), for real, honest-to-god currency no less!

I didn't buy it specifically to make money, but to learn and make things I need. I am also learning, however, that I "can" make money with it if I put forth a little effort...

Items I've made during my first week:

SSD Docking Station case
Dashboard to hold the speedometer/turn signals/ignition/GPS/Go Pro mount for my DR650
Fan Grills for my computer
Liliput 7" LCD back cover that mounts it into my spare drive bays in my computer case (so I can run my monitoring software there while gaming on my main screen)
Replacement door hinge kit for my Obsidian 800D Case
Wall-mounts for my surround speakers
Raspberry Pi case which also mounts a 4-port USB hub

I'm also currently in the design/prototype phase for a SFF HTPC Case.

about 4 months ago
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How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

mandark1967 Infect millions? (234 comments)

Whaddarthey gonna do? Buy Adobe?

about 5 months ago
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US Carriers Said To Have Rejected Kill Switch Technology Last Year

mandark1967 Re:That's a great plan... (197 comments)

Oh Great...My retirement plan has been RUINED by you meddling kids.

about 5 months ago
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Major Vulnerability In Tinder Dating App Allowed User Tracking

mandark1967 Welcome to 2 days ago (23 comments)

when the story was broken on another site.

Our tumbly, 6-sided overlords must be please that we're finally catching up to the likes of Reddit

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

mandark1967 Re:Nope (478 comments)

This is an excellent idea!

Just blind everyone so they can't find their cameras! Even if they do manage to find their camera, they can't see shit so their photographs will suck.

about 5 months ago
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N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

mandark1967 The UN? LOL. (325 comments)

This is the same organization that took 10 friggin years to define the term "genocide" as it applied to the Rwandan massacres that took place unimpeded for a decade.

So...which nations will ante up to remove KJ-u from NK to stand trial?

about 5 months ago
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Dear Asus Router User: All Your Cloud Are Belong To Us

mandark1967 I have an Asus RT-N66U with OEM Firmware and... (148 comments)

I don't have to worry about this, AT ALL, because the router only worked for 2.5 hours after installation before it died. so there!

about 5 months ago
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Foxconn Building Factories In Indonesia

mandark1967 Title Bad Need More Better (75 comments)

"Foxconn Building Factories In Indonesia"

Wow! Foxconn has factories dedicated to constructing buildings?!?!

I bet the assembly line is frikkin HUGE!

Now the workers don't even have to go outside to jump to their death! They can just jump off the assembly line!

about 6 months ago
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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More

mandark1967 Re:Please stop the redirection to beta (179 comments)

I tried following the link to check out the reactos website but received a Certificate error. Meh...

about 6 months ago
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Windows Replacement? ReactOS 0.3.16 Gets Themes, CSRSS Rewrite, and More

mandark1967 Re:Imperative for Dice (179 comments)

Let's talk!

Signed,

J.G. Wentworth

about 6 months ago
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

mandark1967 Re:We ALL need to leave. (180 comments)

...snip...And be patient. It looks like the site and his email has been slashdotted.

WHAT?!?!?! You mean someone from Dice redesigned his site and email too and called it Beta?!?!

My God, man! They're like the Borg! Will they stop at nothing?!?! Oh the humanity!

about 6 months ago
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How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

mandark1967 Re: Contact Alice Hill (180 comments)

Further, this is not exactly complicated shit. It's a discussion web site for Christ's sake.

And as Christ's official spokesperson here on planet Earth, I've been told to let you know your Lord of Overlords thanks you for doing it for His sake.

about 6 months ago
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How loud is your primary computer?

mandark1967 Re:Water cooling FTW (371 comments)

Then why in the world would someone "Pump up the Jam"?!

about 6 months ago
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How loud is your primary computer?

mandark1967 I was torn between Option 1and Option 2 (371 comments)

If I leave my headphones plugged in but don't wear them, I can barely hear the fans on the Twin Titan GTX Cards spin up when I'm playing graphically intensive games, but if I'm wearing those headphones I can't even hear the gunshots from the neighbors outside in the parking lot...

They really are quiet video cards and the 10 Noctuas I have in the Obsidian 800D case are silent.

(4) on the H100i
(1) on the SSD Cage
(1) on the HDD Cage
(1) between the PSU area and the mobo area
(1) on the rear of the case
(2) on the front blowing in

Very pleased with the Noctuas. Best fans I ever bought, though they are the most butt-ugly fans ever made in the history of civilization.

about 6 months ago
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Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

mandark1967 Re:Think of the children (293 comments)

That's the sound goatse makes when he farts

about 6 months ago
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Target Credit Card Data Was Sent To a Server In Russia

mandark1967 I don't see what the big deal is (137 comments)

I keep all my important financial information on servers in Eastern Europe and the Balkins.

They think they hacked me, but I'm just using them for free cloud storage.

about 6 months ago

Submissions

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3D Printing. Have you taken the plunge yet? Planning to?

mandark1967 mandark1967 writes  |  about 4 months ago

mandark1967 (630856) writes "With recent advances in working with different filaments (Wood filament, Nylon, etc) and price drops seen lately, I'm curious to know how many of you have decided to take the plung and get into 3D Printing. There are several kits available now or even assembled units that are in the same cost range as a "gamer" video card (DaVinci 1.0 for $499, Printrbot Simple 2014 — $399, 3d Stuffmaker — $499) I'm wondering if any of you have purchased one and how you like it so far. I've been in the computer field since the 80's but never did CAD work before so I was very hesitant to take the plunge, fearing the steep learning curve of mastering programs like Blender or AutoCAD. What I found, however, was programs like TinkerCAD and 123Design made it very easy to learn basic CAD so I decided to picke up a 3D Printer last week. After a week or so of design work and printing out many items, I think I've picked up a few skills and I can actually see myself making a little money on the side creating and selling items. I don't think I'd trade my current job for one designing and printing items, but it is nice to have a little income on the side if I choose to do that."

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Our Solar system was adopted?

mandark1967 mandark1967 writes  |  more than 7 years ago Our Solar System is traveling at a 60 to 90 degree angle compared to the rest of the Milky Way Galaxy and scientists have now discovered why. It seems our solar system originated not in the Milky Way Galaxy, but in the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy, which is in the process of being eaten by the Milky Way.

The article here contains some very interesting information concerning the process of our solar system being adopted by the Milky Way and posits the theory that Global warming is a direct result of our adoption into a more energetic galaxy. There is additional information located at this link which contains further links to additional coverage.

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Thermalright gone wrong

mandark1967 mandark1967 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I received my Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme Heatsink today and note the following:

I checked how "flat" it was. I did this by placing a metal ruler on it's thin side on the base from corner to corner diagonally. While I couldn't get a decent picture of just how concave the unit is, I measured a 1.5mm curvature. Meaning there is a 1.5mm hump in it at the middle of the base.

If this is some sort of design feature, someone needs to re-design the base. I did a search on Google and found WAY TOO MANY references to people having to lap the crap out of the thing in order to get it to perform better than the stock heatsink. Nearly every single user I found who is having quality control problems are encountering the exact same ones;

o The Heatsink, as designed, built, and delivered, provides no increase in performance over stock (until lapped)
o The Heatsink base is curved, not flat
o The Heatsink base has more grooves than Soul Train

The base of the heatsink looks like it was machined by Stevie Wonder.

There exists an area the seemingly didn't get machined at all. The grooves in the heat sink are so pronounced that I considered boxing it back up immediately and returning it. I decided against returning it immediately in order to see if I could lap the heatsink to an acceptable degree.

I started the lapping process by using 800 Grit due to how badly convex and rough the surface was, and then moved to 1000 Grit, then 2000 Grit Wet-or-Dry Sand paper. I used a metal finishing sanding block in order to maintain the flatness of the base. After 2.5 hours of lapping, I had removed most of the nickel plating in the middle area of the heatsink and some of the defects in the base.

Nickle plating? It isn't worth a penny if you have to sand it off!

While most of the nickel plating is gone, the grooves remain. You can really see the "quality craftsmanship" on display here. (Close your eyes and imagine the Dakota Badlands)

I lapped the heatsink base until I could clearly see the writing on my camera in the reflection of the base, but after this exercise I ran into another problem when mounting it to the motherboard, but it's not one you would initially expect.

I use a FDI LanParty nF4 UT SLI DR Socket 939 board and the unit doesn't come with mounting brackets for a 939 board. When I placed my order I specifically ordered a Socket 939 mounting kit.

When I attempted to mount the heatsink the screws wouldn't fit into the mounting plate on the back side of the motherboard. I tried many different options such as using the springs from the mounting kit on the stock screws and all sorts of things like that but I couldn't get it to fit at all.

I then went to Thermalright's website and looked at their instructions. It calls for replacing the mounting plate that resides on the back side of the motherboard with a metal one if you are using a DFI motherboard. My problem is that I don't have one and one wasn't supplied in the Socket 939 mounting kit I ordered. Did I mention Thermalright doesn't make one?

Final result? I'm stuck with a piece of crap heatsink that

1. Is "supposedly" the best air-cooled heatsink on the market (that)
2. Doesn't sit flat even after lapping (and)
3. Has grooves the size of river gorges (and)
4. Won't fit my motherboard

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mandark1967 mandark1967 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Taken from their website (www.pcnut.com) Dear Customers: Please note that due to personal & financial issues, I had no choice but to close our retail store in Henderson Nevada, and suspend activities on PCNUT.COM; after 7+ years of operation, where we experienced progress of computer technology, moving at speed of light! It brings me great memories when one my customers remind me of our Celeron overclocking kit, something that propelled us into the spotlight. I have meet so many wonderful people in this business, and I am grateful for the opportunity. Please stay tuned, as I am doing my best, to figure out a way to reopen PCNUT (any suggestions/assistance/donations will be greatly appreciated!)! Best Regards, Humphrey Chen aka Da HeadNut PCNUT Computers, Inc. They were the company that got me hooked on overclocking and I am saddened to see them close their doors. Humphrey ALWAY treated me very well and always took the time to personally reply to each and every email I ever sent...even answering my n00bie questions...

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