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Don't buy Makerbot.
 
Here is a comparison print of the same object:

Green: The first print of a brand new extruder on a Makerbot 5th generation.
Red: A handful of prints later on the very same extruder on a Makerbot 5th generation.
Clear: The first print of a brand new Printrbot Simple Metal without tuning.

I have since gotten better results both on layers and rafts for my Printrbot Simple Metal. The Printrbot Simple Metal is $600. The Makerbot is $2900. The only thing you gain with the extra $2300 spent is the headaches.
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I don't post about software very much any more, but this article should absolutely be required for anybody involved with software projects. The bullet list at the end should be a checklist of the most important points about software projects.
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Thanks for your help with this, +J.R. Parsons!
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The lie here is that the firefighters were not actually offered a raise. They were offered an increase from a 42-hour work week to a 56-hour work week. They would actually be paid a lower hourly rate.  So what Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is saying is that Chief Clack deserves a raise because the firefighters' union turned down an offer of a shittier work schedule for less pay.  It boggles the mind.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake calls in for her monthly Mayoral Minute.
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Does anybody know why my Terminal tab would fail to send M501 commands to my Printrbot Simple Metal? I enter the command in the text box, and then hit enter (or click "Send"), and nothing happens. The text box still contains "M501". Neither log (octoprint or serial with serial logging turned on) seems to hold any clues. The serial log does not appear to have any indication that I tried to send an M501 command.

This seems to happen to me on a regular basis. I haven't figured out a repeatable cause or solution. Some combination of resetting the printer, disconnecting/reconnecting Octoprint, and reloading Octoprint in my web browser usually seems to solve it, but isn't particularly reliable. I'm running the master branch of Octoprint 1.1.1 on OctoPi.
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I fixed my 'bot, so if anybody has any suggestions to fix this issue, I'd definitely appreciate the advice.
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Yup. Also, if you leave it there for an extended period of time (like, say, the full work day), you're even more of a douche because you're basically wasting the parking space for that period of time.
Severe weather can tell you a lot about people. Sometimes it brings out the good and sometimes the bad. I lived in New Orleans before moving to Baltimore and have been through a hurricane. I grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., and have managed many a snow storm. I've seen neighbors sharing supplies, drinks and friendliness in times of uncertainty.
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This is exactly why the Google Reader shutdown pisses me off so much. Google's "Don't be evil" credo has been a sick joke for quite some time now. Money quote:

"The truth is this: Google destroyed the RSS feed reader ecosystem with a subsidized product, stifling its competitors and killing innovation. It then neglected Google Reader itself for years, after it had effectively become the only player. Today it does further damage by buggering up the already beleaguered links between publishers and readers. It would have been better for the Internet if Reader had never been at all."
A hyper competitive space with dozens of choices? Reader made its first public appearance a couple of months before this, in October 2005. I remember this period well - it was a time of immense excite...
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Thanks for bringing that blog to my attention.

Ironically, I just subscribed to it via ... Google Reader.  :-\
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I don't agree with all of Aaron Swartz's politics, but his death is a tragedy that should offend anybody who cares about justice. It is true that the only person fully responsible for Swartz's suicide is Swartz himself. But the people involved in his prosecution absolutely have his blood on their hands too. The idea of seeking a 35-year prison sentence for Swartz's violation of a terms of service agreement is appalling. If prosecutors do not exercise appropriate discretion in charging and seeking penalties, then our legal system becomes an affront to justice rather than an instrument of justice. Any prosecutor who fails to do so appropriately has no place holding the office he or she does. As Lessig wrote, conceding that aspects of what Swartz did were wrong:

"I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don’t get both, you don’t deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you."
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And another petition to fire the lead prosecutor (Ortiz's subordinate), who has been associated with the suicide of another young hacker:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/fire-assistant-us-attorney-steve-heymann/RJKSY2nb
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This: 'Akin, King, and the rest of the GOP that supported a WIRE HANGERS ALWAYS! constitutional amendment aren't simply destructive assholes — they're actively harmful, ill-intentioned. Evil. And before you condemn me for being overdramatic and premenstrual for choosing the word "evil" to describe guys who wear suits and America flag pins, consider what that word means — profoundly immoral and malevolent. People who truly believe that rape cannot lead to pregnancy because of ~uTeRuS mAgIc~ or that women who become pregnant under any circumstances must stay pregnant are using information that they know to be wrong in order to promote laws that cause bodily harm, physical punishment, and distress to women. Doesn't get much eviler than that without getting weapons and uniforms involved.'
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Also, this part is both awesome and profoundly sad: "Rape outrage limit reached. I have given this all of my fucks, and the fucks I have given are still not enough fucks. So many more fucks need to be given, and I have exhausted my fuck supply. The fucks are on backorder. Employees are working overtime to restock my fucks, but in the meantime, please accept this 10% off coupon while we wait for the fucks to arrive via FedEx. I'll be over here, drinking wine from a Pac Man mug and watching cartoons."
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