Seriously though, now that I know these damn yellow dots are there they really bother me. If I print on high brightness paper they're really obvious.
I wonder what would happen if you printed on blue paper.
As far as I know, nearly all color laser printers have the Gestapo Dots feature.
Think of it as the modern equivalent of what they used to do with pages from a manual typewriter, where they'd look at little idiosyncrasies of the characters and be able to match it up to the suspect's typewriter.
After all, if you're not breaking the law, you have nothing to hide; isn't that right, citizen?
Of course as long as everybody burns off their fingerprints it does work.
I mentioned tracking dots today and someone said "
"well, that's what Kinko's is for!"
And if you're a REAL criminal, you're not using crappy office equipment to print cash.
I just got back from Phoenix AZ. While there I visited the Fry's Electronics store. Damn. I am impressed. Hard drives by the pallet. Boxes of motherboards stacked up. Every accessory you can think of.
I think they sell some other junk too, but who cares about that?
I ermember the first time I went to a fry's, it was like the electronics stores my dad used to take me to when I was a kid that are all but gone now.
I guess they've gone mainstream as well.
It was great. Now they are only two surplus places left there, neither of them that exciting. Most of the plastics places are gone too.
Sadly, these days if you're building something from parts you'll usually have to settle for mail order. Which reminds me ... dunno if y'all already knew about this, but http://octopart.com is a good starting point for that, they've got a search engine for electronic parts so you don't have to go to Mouser, Digikey, etc. etc. looking for what you want.
I wonder if the relationship between economics and globalization will eventually swing the pendulum away from the culture of throw-away electronics.
I wonder if the relationship between economics and globalization will
eventually swing the pendulum away from the culture of throw-away
Why would it? If anything it'll become moreso.
As things become cheaper to produce (as they will since there will be more buying people to produce for) they'll be less likely to be anything but all the functionality on one chip.
When they get really cheap, they'll just make alinux chip and write everything in software.
Your cheap parts are made by slave labor in China. If we didn't live in an affluent part of the world (some say we're headed in that direction), would those parts then be cheap enough to throw away?