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  • The future of 3D printing by medical consultant Dr. Thirumurugan S V Mahadhevan

    06/27/2017 12:14:54 AM PDT · 4 of 7
    fireman15 to fireman15

    MPCNC time lapse build video.

  • The future of 3D printing by medical consultant Dr. Thirumurugan S V Mahadhevan

    06/27/2017 12:10:45 AM PDT · 3 of 7
    fireman15 to 2ndDivisionVet

    We purchased our first 3D printer last November. Along with open source freeware, there is an incredible amount of professional design software made available to hobbyists by the developers for free. My favorite’s are Autodesk’s Fusion 3D and Autodesk’s 123D Design.

    I have printed out a wide variety of the typical objects that can be found on and other download sites, but I have used it to make many parts for repairing various items around the house. I have also designed a few interesting projects that I will eventually share myself when they are perfected.

    The next big project that I intend to work on is the MPCNC open source project which stands for Mostly Printed CNC. It is a CNC router that is scalable and can be used for a wide variety of projects. The electronics, stepper motors, router and other parts that are not printed will still cost several hundred dollars, but it is a very capable machine with a lot of support in the community.

  • New form of carbon discovered that is harder than diamond but flexible as rubber

    06/26/2017 10:46:32 AM PDT · 20 of 20
    fireman15 to Two Kids' Dad
    Seems like the smart people keep getting smarter.

    It is hard to say if that is true or not. Certainly, they have more electronic computational and analytical tools available to them that make it possible to test their theories and the properties of the physical substances they produce more efficiently. But this does not indicate that they are necessarily any smarter than previous generations just that they have better and more tools available to them.

    The article does not do the best job of explaining the properties of this new substance. What does it even mean when they say something is as hard as diamond yet as flexible as rubber. On it's surface at least that is a contradictory statement. A machine tool of alloy steel with an edge meant for cutting must be hard, if it is flexible it will not hold its edge when trying to cut another hard material.

  • What If Donald Trump Doesn’t Sink the Republican Party?

    06/26/2017 9:21:29 AM PDT · 64 of 96
    fireman15 to Yosemitest
    Unlike most Trump supporters, I can actually look up ORIGINAL SOURCES to find the truth.
    I don't believe every LIE that Trump spews out.

    What lies? What original sources? What special abilities and/or access do you possess that the rest of us do not?What are you even talking about? During my career I responded to hundreds of calls with people suffering from mental illness. You are delusional and I pray for your own sake that you get some help.

  • What If Donald Trump Doesn’t Sink the Republican Party?

    06/25/2017 10:11:02 PM PDT · 46 of 96
    fireman15 to Yosemitest; eyedigress
    Yosemitest's fails to grasp political reality and chooses instead to live in his own delusional dream world... The picture below may help explain how he and his friends at the National Review reached their conclusions:

  • 'They're aggressive': Edmonton beaver attacks prompt warning from Alberta trapper

    06/25/2017 8:48:41 AM PDT · 42 of 42
    fireman15 to Does so

    Searching on the internet, it seems the 60 year old died in 2013 in Belarus.

    We have a bike path and walking trail nearby that goes through an area with a bunch of beaver dams, and there have been some problems in the last few years. Mostly it has been dogs who have found out that it is just as well to not harass the beavers.

  • 'They're aggressive': Edmonton beaver attacks prompt warning from Alberta trapper

    06/24/2017 11:55:36 PM PDT · 31 of 42
    fireman15 to Rebelbase

    A few years ago... a guy was out fishing with his buddies. They saw a beaver and he decided to get a photo. The beaver turned and charged him and bit him in the thigh. It nicked his femoral artery. He and his friends were unable to stop the bleeding so he didn’t make it.

  • Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming

    06/19/2017 10:22:45 AM PDT · 21 of 33
    fireman15 to I want the USA back
    The prime driver of warming is the energy received from the Sun. So, wrong.

    You state the obvious but actually ocean current patterns such as El Nino, La Nina, and the North Atlantic Oscillation have a strong association with natural variations in the weather. I suppose Energy Secretary Rick Perry was trying to point this out. The record rains this year on our West Coast was associated with the strong El Nino. Warmists try to claim that CO2 has a similar association with the weather which is absolutely nonsense.

  • More Ice in Arctic Blamed on Global Warming

    06/16/2017 9:22:12 AM PDT · 25 of 25
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Sorry for not italicizing my quotes and the typos.

  • More Ice in Arctic Blamed on Global Warming

    06/16/2017 9:12:45 AM PDT · 24 of 25
    fireman15 to Hot Tabasco; gleeaikin

    As a follow up to my prior comment, “gleeaikin” was in agreement with you..........

    First, it is normal etiquette to include anyone who you mention in your post in the “To line”.

    Second, not that it matters but you apparently did not read the discussion very carefully. gleeaikin is an extremely courteous person, but I received nothing in reply that indicated that we were in “agreement” about this matter.

    My position is that neither satellite data or data from ground based weather recording stations currently are currently giving a highly accurate picture of current conditions at either pole. There are no solid indications that we are outside of typical natural variability but from historical accounts from mariners that sea ice extent in the arctic ocean was less in the 1930s. When one looks at unadjusted data from ground based weather recording stations in the United States... it appears that the 1930s were warmer than what we are experiencing currently.

    gleeaikin said in post 49 of , “The greater concern that is being commented on is that in the far north, the summer temperature is about 10 degrees hotter. This is supposed to be melting the permafrost which releases a lot of CO2. Also it appears that for at least some arctic river systems, there is a lot of frozen methane deposits that are now being released and methane gas is said to be more dangerous than CO2 gas.”

    Then she said in post 51, “I just got back to town after a business trip, and Googled “How fast is Arctic permafrost melting?” Below is the link that came up which had many articles listed below.

    I was not so concerned about the polar ice because it is the thickness that is most significant. Even a thin layer of ice is useful to reflect back the solar radiation and protect from Earth overheating. However, even if coverage increases, unless the ice continues to thicken it does not change the issue by much.”

  • More Ice in Arctic Blamed on Global Warming

    06/15/2017 4:03:18 PM PDT · 8 of 25
    fireman15 to Enchante

    I just had a discussion here on Free Republic with someone who believes that the arctic is melting and it is going to release massive amounts of methane and we will have runaway global warming because of it. They posted a Google Search with all sorts of stories which “confirmed” their fears.

    I mentioned that in the 1930s which unadjusted records from ground based weather recording show was warmer than it is currently... that the arctic ocean became navigable in the summer. It was thought that the “Northern Passage” would soon be the most economical route to get goods from the far east to Europe and the East Coast of the United States.

    Somehow it didn’t cause runaway global warming then. And in fact during WWII a flight of airplanes were forced down in Greenland. 50 years later they were found again under hundreds of feet of ice and some were recovered. The ice in Greenland and the Antarctic are both near record levels. The only thing remarkable about today’s climate is that the left have been able to stir up so much misinformation over it.

  • Shooter of Congressional Republicans rifle already being called "high-powered."

    06/15/2017 9:38:31 AM PDT · 176 of 181
    fireman15 to Sopater
    You don't recall correctly. The SKS and the AK47 both eat 7.62x39. The Mosin Nagant and Dragunov both eat 7.62x54r, which is more similar to a .30-06.

    You are correct, they achieve similar velocities and energy when using similar weight projectiles. Even the slightly smaller .308 Winchester was designed for more modern propellant and achieves similar muzzle velocities:

    .30-06 Remington is 7.62x57
    .308 Winchester is 7.62x51

  • Shooter of Congressional Republicans rifle already being called "high-powered."

    06/15/2017 9:22:11 AM PDT · 175 of 181
    fireman15 to \/\/ayne
    You get my point that liberal news media find a phrase that makes guns seem more “dangerous” and use it for no reason.

    I understand your point and agree completely. In this case the cartridge chosen made very little (if any) difference as compared to a cartridge with more case volume for more propellant but a similar sized projectile. The terminology chosen by the media is intended to push the left’s agenda against the second amendment. As compared to a handgun cartridge, any 30 caliber rifle cartridge such as 7.62x39 is “high powered”.

    We own a BM-59 semi-auto which is basically a Garand that has been re-chambered to 7.62×51mm NATO and fitted with a 30 cartridge magazine. It is very fun to shoot, but how much more dangerous would it actually be in the hands of an idiot. Effectively, not much other than slightly more impressive noise that it makes.

    So sorry to hear about your dad's Remington being stolen. My grandfather's entire collection of vintage rifles was stolen many years ago. I was devastated. We also knew for sure who took them, but couldn't do anything about it.

  • Shooter of Congressional Republicans rifle already being called "high-powered."

    06/14/2017 11:41:32 PM PDT · 161 of 181
    fireman15 to \/\/ayne
    I certainly think of 7.62 X 39 as high powered. So what? The amount of bullet power in this situation is irrelevant.

    At 50 yards which is approximately the range of todays nasty episode the projectile from a 7.62 x 39 has approximately 1292 foot pounds of energy. The projectile from a 30-06 Springfield has approximately 2664 foot pounds of energy at 50 yards. But at 50 yards both projectiles will make a big hole that will do a lot of damage.

    7.62 x 39 is one of my favorite cartridges. It is a great cartridge to reload. I use a 160 grain homemade cast heat treated bullet with a recipe that produces approximately 2300 fps. A more powerful cartridge such as the 30-06 uses approximately the same weight projectile but propels it at over 3000 fps so you must use jacketed bullets.

    “AK” style rifles are designed more for durability and dependability than accuracy. But the accuracy can be pretty good if you put a little extra effort into your reloads and your rifle.

  • Evicted: Loan scheme costs couple their San Mateo home

    06/11/2017 7:37:07 PM PDT · 97 of 105
    fireman15 to Governor Dinwiddie
    Then there are pimped out cable and Internet bundles. Plus add in insurances premiums for this and that. Home and automobile extended “warranties”. Microsoft's Office 360, and other “services”. There are more schemes to lock you into some form of recurring payments than you can imagine. This is in addition to car loans, revolving lines of credit, and mortgages. Everyone is a shyster trying to part you and your money.

    Amen to that brother. Fortunately, if one is resourceful it isn't any more difficult or expensive to work on your own used car these days. And they tend to last longer than they used to with proper maintenance. An older version of Office or one of the open source alternatives work just fine. High speed Internet without cable TV add ons is relatively inexpensive and you can purchase on-line content such as Netflix and DirecTV Now for cheaper than cable. Their are numerous MVNOs which provide cell service for much less than the primary cell service providers with no contracts with inexpensive used cell phones. So despite all the big business scams designed to part you from your money... there are more alternatives these days than ever.

  • Evicted: Loan scheme costs couple their San Mateo home

    06/11/2017 11:04:46 AM PDT · 36 of 105
    fireman15 to fireman15

    Oh I forgot to mention... they did sell their bass boat and motorhome... so I guess some sacrifices were made.

  • Evicted: Loan scheme costs couple their San Mateo home

    06/11/2017 11:03:47 AM PDT · 35 of 105
    fireman15 to Dilbert San Diego

    My wife’s sister and her husband live in the bay area as well. She is a veteran and served 27 years in the air force. But before she retired she said a cardboard box hit her in the head and that she has neck pain. So in addition to her pension she gets disability payments from the military and disability from Social Security. Her husband is still active working as a colonel. They pull in around $200,000 a year.

    So they bought a new house 15 years ago using her VA benefits and then they kept borrowing against it until just 5 years later they owed twice what they paid. Her husband was transferred to a different base, but the market correction caused their house value to drop back to what they paid for it so they were underwater.

    They found another brand new house using his VA benefits in a better neighborhood and closer to his new base. Their previous house was sold on a short sale after about the same time they moved into the new house. They of course bought all new furniture when they moved... to match the new house. They also both drive nearly new luxury cars and he has two vintage corvettes.

    The bank took the loss and if you recall there was some type of legislation that has run out now, where they didn’t have to pay income tax on the hundreds of thousands of dollars they took out on all of the refi’s and never had to pay back.

    The thing that amazes me is that her sister still pretends like she went through real hard times on this.

  • Evicted: Loan scheme costs couple their San Mateo home

    06/11/2017 10:35:07 AM PDT · 14 of 105
    fireman15 to artichokegrower

    No, this one doesn’t add up. We had neighbors down the street who eventually lost their custom built brand new house and were evicted. Like this situation, it was not completely unexpected.

    They had a similar story. The wife was supposedly dying of cancer. But fortunately she didn’t. Despite their desperate situation, they were still driving around in new luxury cars and they moved into a another new house when they left here.

    After they moved into their new custom built home, they never made a payment. It took the bank 4 years to finally get them out. I assume they used their sad story to maximum advantage.

  • NASA: Key Antarctic Glacier Not Melting As Rapidly

    06/11/2017 8:41:30 AM PDT · 14 of 37
    fireman15 to Kaslin

    This reminds me of other stories from a few years ago about melting glaciers in Antarctica. After the stories appeared it was pointed out that at the time the melting was suppose to have been occurring... the average temperatures were far below freezing.

    Alarmists like to make claims about the poles because it is more difficult to verify and most people are not cognizant of the actual conditions there. Also our satellites with weather reporting capabilities do not cover the poles well and ground based data is easier to manipulate.

  • Biden: I Knew Hillary Would Lose Battleground States

    06/10/2017 11:05:40 AM PDT · 13 of 61
    fireman15 to Olog-hai
    I knew Joe would need more hair plugs right after he got the last batch.