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15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market

rolfwind Re:Lacking details (203 comments)

I actually think the whole thing was a ruse to sell his Bustin' Jieber app.

1. Make 3D printing claim. (Bonus for wearing Google Glasses while doing so.)
2. People check you out.
3. ???
4. Profit!

Having a ready to buy shitty app fits neatly into #3. The fact is that the school seems to incentivize kids towards bullshit business lingo, innovating this and that. I doubt their math and science is that strong as the Bullshit Dept. I applaud them requiring kids to have a business though.

Smoke and mirrors, razzle and dazzle. Congrats kid, you have a bright future in this country.

about three weeks ago
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The View From Inside A Fireworks Show

rolfwind Re:If a thing is dangerous with drones... (200 comments)

People are going to do whatever they please with them. If some other activity isn't compatible, then it's that activity we'll have to restrict.

Great, you want every asshole with an RC drone to have unlimited freedom to burden/violate others.

about three weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

rolfwind Re:why? (346 comments)

Is google gonna have to run tech support everytime someone mistakenly sends an email?

Should the USPS intercept a letter upon request everytime someone made a mistake in sending it out?

No, it's not doggone reasonable. In fact, it's so unreasonable, that only a company with the pull of Goldman Sachs can demand it.

Do you think you go to google with the same request, they'll bow down to you? Do you think the courts would have granted it so fast?

Of course not, because it's a drain on their resource to help some dumbass rectify his own damn mistake.

about three weeks ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

rolfwind Faith in God (299 comments)

By 1977, his bodyâ(TM)s radiation count had fallen by about 80 percent. When the worker returned home, friends and church members avoided him. His minister finally had to tell people it was safe to be around him.

What, wasn't their faith in god strong enough? It works wonders for children without vaccinations...

about three weeks ago
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Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet

rolfwind Re:This just illustrates (365 comments)

Germany already has the highest electric prices for a major 1st world industrialized country:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Obviously if wholesale electricity is now at 4.5 cents (usd) per kwh, there's a whole lot of other shit piled on there to bumb it to 36.x cents per kwh.

about a month ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

rolfwind Re:IF.. (561 comments)

Really? I don't find the legitimate ones bad at all. Much better than the SAT for testing raw, innate intelligence.

IQ is like a brightness of a flashlight. It's potential. Brighter is better, but it doesn't guarantee you point it at a useful direction, or even use it for anything useful at all other than to study playboy under the bedsheets.

I would think if they took recent Nobel Prize winners in the hard sciences, they would be trending above average and by a margin.

about a month ago
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Why Software Builds Fail

rolfwind Re:Eighteen THOUSAND engineers?! (279 comments)

Well if they won't make the beta programs today that will get discontinued tomorrow, who will?

about 1 month ago
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Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

rolfwind Re:I do not do it because I want to (710 comments)

Oh that's cute. You think hours = productivity.

That's what's killing the American worker. And the sad thing is, this was known to be false 100+ years ago.

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Material Can Carry 160,000 Times Its Own Weight

rolfwind Space Elevator? (60 comments)

Would this material make one possible?

about a month ago
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The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

rolfwind Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (263 comments)

Back in the day patents were put in the Constitution to advance the arts and sciences. Medieval guilds protected knowledge which held humanity/society back, so it was preferable to give limited government protection in exchange for opening up the knowledge (so the next generation can have at it, I guess).

Having patents for their own sake seems counterproductive in this regard, as a lot can be reverse engineered in the meantime.

In reality, everyone is told by legal not to look at previous patents ever, just in case they do infringe, it's not willful infringement.... patent portfolios protect the huge corps and the trolls, with very little in between, and the really lucrative stuff is kept proprietary anyway.

So it leads one to ask, while wasting time writing patents apps, what is the patent scheme good for really and is it beneficial for society?

about a month ago
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How Secret Partners Expand NSA's Surveillance Dragnet

rolfwind Re:De-fund the NSA Completely (63 comments)

It would be counter to purposes to "win" those wars, when fighting them enriches the special interests involved in pushing them in the first place.

Treatments bring money, cures do not.

about a month ago
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How Secret Partners Expand NSA's Surveillance Dragnet

rolfwind Re:De-fund the NSA Completely (63 comments)

I think the most powerful argument that can be made against the NSA (and today's government in general) is that it was once seen as a necessary evil that could be harnessed to protect liberties. It surely wasn't anywhere near perfect ever, but it was hoped that over time, it would eventually slide towards perfection as a servant of the people.

Now, does anyone seriously believe the government is anything but a bureaucratic monster, gorging itself via wars (on terrorism, on poverty, on drugs, etc) to the end of enlarging itself and shrinking everyone else's pie? I mean seriously?

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

rolfwind More than willing to pay this (619 comments)

If they take that damn ethanol out of my gas.

MPG and food savings would easily make up for it.

about a month ago
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3-D Printing with Molten Steel (Video)

rolfwind Wow (104 comments)

This will suck. Some blotchy metal will come out. This will just be a welder with a robotic arm.

Why not a real printing process, like powdered metal layed down and lasers? Or something.

about a month ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

rolfwind Re:It's an artform (240 comments)

You are mistaking cynicism for insecurity. I lived through this shit with the vinyl resurrection. Now I'm only waiting for VHS tapes to get a following again but I guess the hipsters might go all the way back to the original reels.

about a month ago

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