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How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity

zAPPzAPP Re:How it happened? Easy: gigabytes of RAM (69 comments)

Considering the print itself can take hours, it hardly matters if the initial calculation takes a couple milliseconds, or minutes...

3 days ago

Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

zAPPzAPP Re:Thermodynamic equilibrium is not required (211 comments)

The definition is the same, but not the application.

Instead of looking at the state of order in the system, the article seems to be more interested in the transfer of information. That's what I read from their definition of what life is.

about three weeks ago

Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

zAPPzAPP Re:Thermodynamic equilibrium is not required (211 comments)

Pumping energy into a system does not necessarily the order of things.

Also even though the article also mentions therodynamics, shouldn't it be the information theory entropy that is used here?

about three weeks ago

Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

zAPPzAPP Re:Unusual in a huge system ... (211 comments)

'unlikely to be unusual' is a weird way to put it.

I understand that to be the same as 'likely to be usual', or as one would normally say: 'likely'.

So environments favorable to life are likely?

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?

zAPPzAPP Re:Solution looking for a problem (115 comments)

They were mostly wounded while killing, trying to kill, or assissting in killing other people (you know... combat).
It is kind of a moot point discussing who the 'good guys' are in a war. However usually it is soldiers on both sides. A soldiers saving grace may be, that they are acting under orders and have limited choice in the matter.
However for the same reason I do not see a point why they should have a priviliged status.

All things conssidered they rank pretty low on my sympathy list.
Certainly much lower than a wounded cop for example, who was fighting actual criminals and certainly lower than people who were simply the victim of an accident or violence.

about three weeks ago

Giant Dinosaur Unearthed In Argentina

zAPPzAPP Re:Predators (85 comments)

Wasn't this theory debunked like 50 years ago?

about three weeks ago

Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

zAPPzAPP Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

This is pretty much what 'unlauterer Wettbewerb' means:
Fighting competition through illegal means, or gaining unfair advantage by not following the rules of the business.
And it was decided by a court.

So there.. exactly what you wanted.

about a month ago

Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

zAPPzAPP Re:Human Subjects (91 comments)

The whole point of such a person would be, they are not showing symptoms,so how the duck are you going to find them?

about 1 month ago

Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

zAPPzAPP Re:Flip the switch (247 comments)

That's what we got religion for:
No matter what 'we' realize, there will alwas be enough people wo believe something completely different for no reason, to keep the system going.

about a month ago

Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs

zAPPzAPP Re:The problem with the all robotic workforce idea (304 comments)

There are still other resources needed to produce other than work.
Such as raw materials and energy.
But work is the only resource most humans have to offer in exchange.

about a month and a half ago

World's Fastest Camera Captures 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second

zAPPzAPP Re:Four times faster than existing. (94 comments)

But... uhm... you need free light to 'see'.
So how could you see the light while it is still traveling inside the glass?

about a month and a half ago

Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

zAPPzAPP Re:Huh? (406 comments)

I wonder how this could be even possible.

My car for example becomes absolutely hysteric if I place something on the passenger's seat, but do not plugin the safety belt.
Loud warning noises over the speakers, blinking front display, getting increasingly urgent/annyoing if I do not prombtly react.
Same reaction if I leave the driver's seat with the key still in the ignition, too.

And this is a middle class Opel Astra.

Yet this car with all its automation is oblivious to the empty driver''s seat?

about 2 months ago

The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

zAPPzAPP Re:Redefine (188 comments)

Which does not answer the question what the X stands for either, now does it?

about 2 months ago

The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

zAPPzAPP Re:This naming trend has to stop (188 comments)


Your product name must be at least 8 characters long, contain at least 1 of each of these: upper case letter, lower case letter, number, unprintable symbol, smilie-face, must not have meaning in any language and sound kind of cute."

about 2 months ago

The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

zAPPzAPP Redefine (188 comments)

Couldn't they have just redefined the acronym?

'Xenon Based Media Center'.. something something... It does not have to make sense. Just shorten it back to XBMC. There. No more trademark violation.

We don't even know what the X in xbox stands for either. No one cares.

about 2 months ago

Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

zAPPzAPP Re:Time Shifting? (317 comments)

Both Xbox and PS3 could store more than 10GB of music and neither costs 2500$+ per unit.

If the paid royalities to someone, it can't be close to those numbers.

about 2 months ago

A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

zAPPzAPP So it can place parts... (43 comments)

How do I feed it parts?

I can see two rolls kind tucked to the side there, with tape just loosely hanging out. Would it somehow take parts out of those?

What about designs with lots of different parts?
Parts that don't come on rolls (this is about small numbers and prototypes after all)?
How much time goes into preparing all the parts for pick up?

about 2 months ago

Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

zAPPzAPP I'd rather have it as a service (127 comments)

I only need a 3D printer in rare occasions, which does not justify buying one.
So I would like to get easy access to one.

Take a better, faster, more expensive printer.
Put it in a vending machine like case and sell the printing service by time/volume maybe?
Couple it with a 3d scanner, so I can scan in some part I need copied / remade right there. But also make it possible to remotely queue jobs and then pick them up at the store later when they're finished.

I am imagining somthing like a postal package station, only the stuff you can pick up is being made right inside the machine.

about 3 months ago


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