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

zAPPzAPP I'd rather have it as a service (126 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 a week ago
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Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

zAPPzAPP Re:"Biohackers" (159 comments)

So... biocrackers?
I think I've seen those in the local deli.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

zAPPzAPP Re: Wrong question (381 comments)

The computer in the watch can do that, no biggie.
The key is user interface and that seems unlikely.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

zAPPzAPP Re:How is this new? (241 comments)

I was assuming that we would at least stop at destilled water.
Applying the "sewage' attribute to pure water molecules would be superstitio, unless you assumed the sewage was somehow radioactive.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

zAPPzAPP Re:How is this new? (241 comments)

Usually towns located at a river will pipe their (hopefully treated) sewage into that river.
Towns downstream will often get at least part of their drinking water from groundwater taken near the river (the river guarantees a steady groundwater level), treat it again, then use it.

This adds some cubics of soil as additional filter, but is basicly the same thing.

Really, unless the town is lucky to get first access to some mountain's stream, the drinking water will always be at least part 'treated sewage'.

about two weeks ago
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Google Reader: One Year Later

zAPPzAPP RSS gimmick (132 comments)

For me, RSS is the stuff to justify playing around with fancy desktop gadjets and mobile apps.Setting up the perfect desktop/homescreen with INFORMATION everywhere. So efficient!
Then never to be used, or read afterwards.

about three weeks ago
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In Düsseldorf, A Robot Valet Will Park Your Car

zAPPzAPP Re:This is not news (120 comments)

Witch!

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

zAPPzAPP Re:No "sensitive data" filtering? (346 comments)

Maybe that is exactly what they were trying to set up, hence the need to send such information to test it.
Of course they should have used bogus information in that case...?

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

zAPPzAPP Re:E-mail? (346 comments)

Maybe they were setting up a system to automatically detect and intercept all emails containing 'sensitive client information'.

about three weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

zAPPzAPP Re:It's accomplices all the way down! (255 comments)

Probably because it is not a precedence based jurisdiction, so this case has no concern for them. They can relax, wait and battle when/if they are actually target of a lawsuit.
Of course this decission may be an indicator of how the law is to be interpreted, but that is a problem with the law itself and winnning this case for the guy will change nothing about that for the ISPs.

about three weeks ago
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Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

zAPPzAPP FYI: remove from Youtube not from 'Google' (364 comments)

Read the arcticle so you don't have to:
This is about removing artists from Youtube, not from the Google search engine.

about a month ago
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Toyota Investigating Hovercars

zAPPzAPP Re: aka (186 comments)

And no grip whatsoever in curves. Weeeeeee~

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

zAPPzAPP Re:violent crime has plunged (875 comments)

That was only the partial quote in the summary.
What he really meant to say was:

"Now that we got tanks, America has become a warzone."

about a month and a half ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

zAPPzAPP Another case of 'same, but with a computer' (216 comments)

The first part 'loss of life' should already be covered by simply applying murder and/or manslaughter charges. There is no reason to invent a new law for this, only because it's done with a computer.

The second part 'threat to the country's national security' on the other hand is such a broad term, it is basicly a blank check where they can fill in any sentence for any crime as they wish.

So I guess it's really about the second part, and the first part is only there to give it more weight: 'HACKERS MIGHT KILL YOU!'

about a month and a half ago
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EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

zAPPzAPP Re:SPARC? (171 comments)

Maybe, but it is their cash.
One spends gov money more easily than one's own.

about a month and a half ago
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EU Launches World's Largest Civilian Robotics Program; 240,000 New Jobs Expected

zAPPzAPP Re:SPARC? (171 comments)

No problem, the EU just raised 2.8 billion to pay for lawyers.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

zAPPzAPP Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (583 comments)

The important thing is, that there is an easy and safe fall back mechanism for the automation in case of catastrophic failure.
In this case it is:
- cut the engine, apply brakes.
Easy to perform, even if automation completely fails and can be engineered with multiple rendundancy.

For a plane:
- lower altitude, find safe landing spot, try to land the plane, ???
Can not be done with malfunctioning automation -> human has to be there to take over this job (good luck human..)

about 2 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

zAPPzAPP Re:No thanks (583 comments)

An insurance company will compensate you.
The insurance pay will be lower than your usual car insurance, because the automatic cars are statistically safer and insurance companies love statistics.

about 2 months ago
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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

zAPPzAPP Re:No steering wheel? No deal. (583 comments)

True, the car is much slower and can just stop moving at any point, without crashing into the ground.

about 2 months ago

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