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Living Room / Re: 3D Printers - Dirty Secret
« on: July 28, 2013, 10:06 AM »
Even thought it's exactly the opposite problem this reminds me of a job I had with a company that provided printers for 3M factories. One of the two 3M locations in this area produces sandpaper. They had one room which IIRC was used exclusively for cutting the huge rolls of sandpaper into sheets and packaging them. Each station had a HP LaserJet for printing shipping labels.

What they didn't have was any type of cover over the printers which were sitting about 3-4 feet away from the sandpaper rolls. Every so often the printers would have to be "cleaned" which meant taking the paper tray out, picking up the printer, and dumping the sand out on the floor.

I'd love it if they could get it together and stop operating from the "How Not To Handle Disruptive Competition" playbook. I certainly have a lot of respect for their engineers. I still probably wouldn't buy a BlackBerry but more serious competition (2 players is not enough) is better for everyone in the long run. The problem is they keep blaming everything but themselves for their market failures. All the engineering in the world can't fix that.

Nobody wants you to have a Blackberry!
BlackBerry's executives have certainly done their part to convince you not to buy one.

Living Room / Re: NSA Can't Search Emails Of Agency Employees
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:09 AM »
Chances are this was nothing but the typical deny first and don't bother checking later policy that government agencies (especially intelligence services) have WRT to FOIA requests. The CIA has it down to a science. Last year somebody filed a lawsuit after they responded to a FOIA request for nothing more than their FOIA policy and they responded saying their were no documents matching the request.

Now keep in mind every agency publishes their FOIA policy publicly so the only way someone whose job was processing information requests wouldn't find it is if they didn't look. In fact that was the point of the request - irrefutable evidence the CIA is actively ignoring the law like everybody knows they are. The NSA certainly does the same thing.

Dammit xtabber! I didn't want to spend any more money than I have to and I'm a complete sucker for O'Reilly 50% off sales... sigh... Thanks for emptying my wallet! :P :D

There must be some law Tim O'Reilly can be prosecuted under for selling crack disguised as books. Or at the very least for holding 50% off sales when I don't have any money to spend.

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