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Breaking Up With MakerBot

moderatorrater Re:It is a MakerBot after all (185 comments)

It's interesting that the author uses a time killing game as a yard stick for the waiting period - as if the time spent while printing was 'dead' and couldn't possibly be used for anything productive.

That's his point - for the purposes of using the makerbot, it is dead time. You can't iterate before you have something, and you can't have something for 5 hours with a 33% chance that hardware failure was the problem and not the design.

What we're really seeing here is the impatience of the Now Generation. What? You have to wait -thirty minutes- for something to be produced?? OMG!

That's basically the same as having to wait 5 hours, right?

Have these people any idea how long it takes to produce something through conventional CNC, let alone hand fabrication?

How many amateurs are willing to burn virtually all of their free time for a day to do those things? Very few. Comparing your professional abilities and patience to his amateur abilities and patience is unfair (to put it very kindly).

about 9 months ago
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MagicPlay: the Open Source AirPlay

moderatorrater Re:its not news yet (177 comments)

Slashdot.org is not a newsfeed for Pintrest and Best Buy shoppers

That might have been true a few years ago...

about 9 months ago
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PayPal Spaces Out With Paypal Galactic

moderatorrater Re:Just a matter of time... (60 comments)

Are you kidding me? Just imagine what advances will come to mankind when one alien orders from another alien on ebay and paypal keeps both the item and money when there's a "dispute".

about 10 months ago
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Montreal Union Wants a Camera On Every Policeman's Uniform

moderatorrater Re:ok (320 comments)

I think that's the point, but it can also prove the opposite. Full honesty and a good record will help both sides.

about 10 months ago
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Rare Docs Show How Apple Created Apple II DOS

moderatorrater Re:here comes Bobby buzzkill! (130 comments)

Looks like everything's in order. From a technical and possibly legal perspective, then, everyone is barred from laughing at GP's post until further notice.

1 year,14 days
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Should the US Really Limit Chinese-Government Influenced IT Systems?

moderatorrater Re:Seriously? (220 comments)

hiding it better

I'm pretty sure word on stuxnet broke well before the Mandiant report showed a clear link to the Chinese government. It's hard to hide something that does physical damage to your enemy's hardware.

1 year,14 days
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The Patents That Threaten 3-D Printing

moderatorrater Re:Nature has prior art (134 comments)

That's cute. Companies have been patenting genes for a while now, ones found in the wild without any modification by the company. If that doesn't count as prior art, I don't see how nests or hives would.

about a year ago
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Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers

moderatorrater Re:Cue the xenophobia (617 comments)

Don't forget rants about how you're expecting to get competent talent for $17K/year.

6 figure salaries in an area where cost of living makes that a lot of money. But don't let your ignorance stop you from commenting.

about a year ago
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Large Corporations Displacing Aging IT Workers With H-1B Visa Workers

moderatorrater Cue the xenophobia (617 comments)

I work for a large company that hires based on talent. We can't get enough workers, H-1B or not. We don't discriminate based on age or anything else, just skill. The stories in my area are the same for all companies: we can't get enough skilled programmers.

This headline will just serve as an excuse for people to post rants about how their talent is being overlooked because of the foreigners invading our shores while ignoring the fact that many people who try to work as programmers are just terrible (see: fizzbuzz).

about a year ago
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EFF Proposes a Working Code Requirement For Software Patents

moderatorrater Re:Interface patents (130 comments)

Just because it's simple doesn't mean it's obvious and should be able to be patented. You need someone who knows the field to determine whether it's obvious or not, and if you have someone who knows the field looking at the working code, they could do just as well looking at the application (once it was translated into English, anyway).

about a year ago
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EFF Proposes a Working Code Requirement For Software Patents

moderatorrater Re:first (130 comments)

It's weird that you have content as a public member but require a getter for position. Seems like you should be consistent one way or the other.

about a year ago
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Paleontologist Jack Horner Answers Your Questions

moderatorrater Re:Comes full circle (36 comments)

I'm sure he'll spare no expense, maybe make them dependent on something that only he can give them, and then certainly make them all the same gender. Given all that, what's the worst that could happen?

about a year ago
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Drug Testing In Mice May Be a Waste of Time, Researchers Warn

moderatorrater Re:Rejection (148 comments)

No real scientist would do that.

about a year ago
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Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished

moderatorrater Re:Been saying that... (376 comments)

The way it currently works is that generics don't need to go through the same trials because they're the exact same chemical and re-proving that it's safe and effective doesn't add anything. If it would add something, then we probably improve the required trials so that one set is good enough.

The other argument against requiring generics to go through trials is that cheap generics are an important part of healthcare. If you don't have the insurance to pay for the latest and greatest, you can use the generic instead and it will cost you $10 / month.

about a year ago
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Economists Argue Patent System Should Be Abolished

moderatorrater Re:Been saying that... (376 comments)

Of course you could solve the same problem by pealing back the red tape as well

In pharma, that red tape is known as "making sure the drug doesn't outright kill you." It's not perfect and it's currently being gamed, but the red tape is absolutely necessary.

The other problem with pharma is that the red tape is only necessary for the first person to do it. Thus, if the patent system goes away but the red tape stays there, then innovation will disappear completely because everyone will jump on the new drugs with generics and no need to recoup the costs of making sure it doesn't kill people.

There are things that need fixing with pharma, but simply eliminating red tape and patents certainly won't do it.

about a year ago
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Why It's So Hard To Predict How Caffeine Will Affect Your Body

moderatorrater Re:Simple Answer (212 comments)

They could put that on literally everything.

about a year ago
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Scientist Seeks 'Adventurous Human Woman' For Neanderthal Baby

moderatorrater Re:Reprehensible. (697 comments)

I don't think lab animal is at all what he/she would be. The most interesting part of the experiment would be how he/she interacts with humans socially, starting with an actual adoptive family and schooling if appropriate.

about a year ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

moderatorrater Re:Going to get modded down as sexist for this, bu (690 comments)

From that article:

Moving to cross-country comparisons, we find that earlier results linking the gender gap in math to measures of gender equality are sensitive to the inclusion of Muslim countries, where in spite of women’s low status, there is little or no gender gap in math.

Also, looking at the graphs of gender gap vs gender equality, there's a trend towards no gender gap as equality goes up. Further, the gender gap is all over the place clustered around or just below 0.

Am I missing something here that says the gender gap isn't artificial?

about a year ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

moderatorrater Re:Going to get modded down as sexist for this, bu (690 comments)

Understand that in average both sexes are not equally fit for every task and equally gifted in everything is not sexism it is lucidity

Sorry for the poor source, but girls and boys are equal in mathematic ability when you look worldwide, which indicates that differences in the west are due to cultural bias, not natural ability.

Physically, men are stronger than women on average, but mentally it appears that it's entirely or nearly entirely cultural. In that case, saying that they're different on average in mental ability is at the very least supporting a sexist construct in our culture.

about a year ago
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Google's Schmidt: Patent Wars Harm Startups

moderatorrater Re:Funny (82 comments)

Except that if you're using it, then it was probably not the result of a startup that was bought and killed.

That VC money doesn't appear out of thin air. It often comes with the intention of the company being acquired, and was money previously invested in other companies that got acquired. It's all part of the ecosystem.

about a year ago

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How important is freedom of speech?

moderatorrater moderatorrater writes  |  more than 5 years ago

moderatorrater (1095745) writes "With the recent banning of a film-maker from the UK for making a documentary critical of Islam, it sparked a discussion about whether or not freedom of speech trumps safety. It seems that the question is best best exemplified by another. Knowing the violence that would ensue, would you have the government ban the printing of the famous cartoon of Muhammad, and why?"
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Stardock report: new games, DRM position

moderatorrater moderatorrater writes  |  more than 5 years ago

moderatorrater (1095745) writes "Stardock has released their 2008 customer report. In it they talk about their upcoming games, their current games and the updates they're planning, and illustrate their position on DRM and copy protection. As one of the most successful game development shops for the PC, it's good reading and gives you a nice, bulleted list of their position on DRM. It's a good read."
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Nintendo hold top ten selling games in japan

moderatorrater moderatorrater writes  |  more than 6 years ago

moderatorrater (1095745) writes "For the third time this year, the Wii and the DS have swept the ten top selling games in japan. From the article:

The domination of Nintendo formats continues until number fourteen, with Banpresto's Super Robot Wars: Original Generations — one of four PlayStation 2 games in the top fifty.
A lot of people are saying that the Wii is going to start showing a decline; when exactly was that supposed to happen?"

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moderatorrater moderatorrater writes  |  more than 6 years ago

moderatorrater (1095745) writes "The ACLU is suing a subsidiary of Boeing for helping the CIA abduct and torture people. From the article:

"Publicly available records demonstrate that Jeppesen facilitated more than 70 secret rendition flights over a four-year period to countries where it knew or reasonably should have known that detainees are routinely tortured or otherwise abused in contravention of universally accepted legal standards," the suit states.
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