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Nerdy-ish



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Larry wrote:
OK Nerdy-ish, it's your turn:

To begin, I want to stress that I'm not an attorney. Therefore you are not to take any of this as professional legal advise. When faced with legal issues, especially international law, it is highly recommended to seek the advise of a legal professional. Having dispensed with the usual C.Y.A. disclaimers, it's time to share some of my personal opinions, and experiences.


IANAL, but I posted my comment as a sarcastic joke. With today's litigious world, nothing would surprise me if a replicator came into existence being sued over it's existence.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My latest replicator design is constructed entirely of neutrinos. Since these travel faster-than-light, hence backwards in time, it will construct its own predecessors.

You may laugh, but as proof of this, consider that none of its predecessors yet exist!


Bwaaa hahahahaha the world is, I mean will be, I mean was, mine all mine!!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Guy, and Nerdy-ish:

Due to extensive interest, as expressed by the number of views, and responses generated, I noticed that this thread has spawned a second page. It is interesting to note that this thread has experienced over 1000 views in its first 30 days of existence. Compared to other threads in this discussion group, this is very rare.

The nature of forums naturally precipitates references to previous comments made by others. In an effort to minimize page flipping due to references I previously cited, I will now list all of my cited links again.

Websites:

http://www.linuxcnc.org

http://sites.google.com/site/calculatingrisk/Home/cnc-mill

YouTube videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EYaM4FkASA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnABuOOoi5w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFZGpES-St8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nFglhjFml4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4OTtFpZV7U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssrf9PtJIzU&NR=1




Nerdy-ish:

The last time I replied to two separate postings, I replied to you second. This time I'll reply to you first. Thanks for the clarification of your posting on October 6th. In all honestly, I was not sure weather to take you seriously or not. In either case, I am not offended. However, it did afford me the opportunity to address the possible misgivings that some of the other readers might have had. Should you desire to make any future comments, they would be most welcome.

Guy:

I want to congratulate you on your latest, or is that past, then again it might be future technological conquest. Before you break out the champaign, you would do well to consider some marketing problems lurking on your event horizon (Pun intended). First neutrinos come in three flavors, Electron, Muon, and Tau. Since the last two don't mix well with vodka, you'll also need to invent Peach, Lime, and possibly Mandarin Orange. That feat alone should net you the Noble prize for physics as well as the Ig Noble award for, well hmmmmm - I'm sure they'll dream up something. You might well be the first scientist to hold both awards. Maybe even in the same year. We could combine the two awards ceremonies into one gala event! Now that's something the dinosaur media could really get their teeth into. Second, neutrinos have a very small magnetic moment, 10 to the −19 μB (For the benefit of all you iPad, iPhone, and LSD users, that's a really really small number). That fact alone would make for terrible puppy, gold fish, and space alien refrigerator magnets. This could lock you out of that lucrative world wide market forever. The last, but yet unthinkable, possibility is that the CERN experiment is flawed. That would cause your entire empire to come crashing about your ears!

You would do well to heed all of the above advice and take appropriate action immediately! Do keep us posted as to your progress.

IF YOU DARE!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Larry,

Do be careful if you are considering a neutrino cocktail. If you make its time run backwards (and you have to get your neutrinos in the appropriate energy band before they will do this), you can drink your cocktail before you have poured it. If you buy one just before closing time, it will not be poured and you will create a temporal paradox. OK you get a free drink because the barman never took for it either, but trust me, suffering a temporal paradox is worse than paying. Safer to mix with lower-energy neutrinos - at least, until you have got the hang of things.

Also, neutrinos oscillate between the three different flavours, so over time these will blend in standard proportions relating to the time spent as each flavour. If you still want the rush of higher energies and time runs backwards, your drink will taste unoriginal at first, but let it stand and it will regress towards its starting proportions and un-lose its character. Wait too long of course and poof! it pours itself backwards and you lose your drink entirely. The secret is plain to see - you must know as precisely as possible when it is going to be poured.

My replicator is immune from these problems, firstly because I construct it using the optimum flavour mix, so stabilising the material properties, and secondly of course because there are no licensing laws for replicators, thus avoiding any risk of temporal paradox.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guy, this one's for you:

In honor of the festival celebrated at the end of this month, I suggest the following. Imagine you're Captain Picard. You're stuck on the Ferengi's home planet, and you need dental work. Since the Ferengi are highly profit motivated, they would not waste a live doctor on a human. Hence you find yourself strapped to a dental chair with your mouth braced open. The room darkens. From the ceiling, this device descends and begins crawling up your chest. Right before bedtime, play the following video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quN37YskoaM

Now, turn the lights out.


Pleasant dreams!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EMC Gets a New Name:

With the approach of four thousand views, it's evident that there's no shortage of interest in this particular facet of the open source spectrum. As is usually the case with open source, the evolutionary process occasionally hits a bump, or fork in the road. This time around, it's a name conflict with an international IT company. It would seem that EMC and EMC2 which stood for the Enhanced Machine Control project were also the registered initials of this other company. Rather than go head to head for the rite to use these three letters, an alternate approach was chosen. As was announced, it was decided to re-brand the project as LinuxCNC. It is also claimed that the LinuxCNC name was granted a sub-license of the LINUX trade mark from the Linux Foundation. The original text of this announcement may be found at linuxcnc.org under Forum/Forum Announcements. So, in the future, I will be referring to this suite of programs as LinuxCNC.

To date, I have begun to find videos on, "You Tube", listed under this new name. In addition, now that things have settled down, there is also a new release, version 2.5.0, of the project under the new name. These files are available on the linuxcnc.org web site. Should you decide to try it, do let the rest of the community know of your trials and joys by posting your story on this thread.

Enjoy
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