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FSF Approves TAZ 3 Printer As Privacy Respecting 35

sfcrazy writes "The Free Software Foundation has approved TAZ 3 as privacy-respecting, and awarded it 'Respects Your Freedom' certification. TAZ 3 is the fifth model in the LulzBot line of 3D printers by Aleph Objects, Inc. FSF has certified other models of LulzBot 3D printer for respecting privacy as well."
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FSF Approves TAZ 3 Printer As Privacy Respecting

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  • "lulzbot" (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @12:38PM (#46218551)

    That business sounds like it's going to be really successful. Businesses up and down the country are going to take it very seriously. Techies speaking in budgeting meetings are not going to have any trouble selling that brand at all.

    • by gl4ss ( 559668 )


      it's a reprap.

      but you know why it's certified? because they paid for it to be.

      coincidentally it's one of the most expensive mendel90 style repraps you can buy(albeit a pretty good one).

    • Well it will work out just as well if you try to push a product based on its actually features, quality reputation, and performance.

      All they really care is How Much will it cost, and how much will it cost to maintain.

    • That business sounds like it's going to be really successful. Businesses up and down the country are going to take it very seriously. Techies speaking in budgeting meetings are not going to have any trouble selling that brand at all.

      kleenex probably didn't sound like something you want to put on your face at first either. coke doesn't sound appetizing at all. google is a typo.

      If a product is good enough, people will see the name as defining the industry rather than anything else. Unless your name is Gimp. That's never going to work.

      • Kleenex makes perfect sense when you know where came from, and yes it would inspire you to rub it on your face. []

        • by gmhowell ( 26755 )

          How did Kleenex® Facial Tissue get its name?

          To explain how Kleenex® facial tissue got its name, it is necessary to go back to 1920 and the development of our first consumer product, Kotex® feminine napkins. Our Kotex® trademark was derived from the words "cotton texture" and met our requirements for being short, easy to say, easy to remember and easy to explain. Kleenex® tissue was originally designed in 1924 as a cold cream remover; hence, the "Kleen" portion of the word was co

    • by BillX ( 307153 )

      My work bought one. We were looking for a consumer-level (RepRap-level) FDM printer for quick prototyping; Lulzbot TAZ came pre-assembled and calibrated (no need to spend billable hours fiddling with it before first print), had a large build area and unlike some other RepRap-derived designs, is truly open-source.

      Suits might care about a silly name; engineers not so much :-)

  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @12:50PM (#46218673)

    What sorts of information are you afraid they'll share? Printing anatomically correct "recreational appliances" and then having your printer publish the small dimensions?

  • by jandrese ( 485 ) <> on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @01:01PM (#46218803) Homepage Journal
    In what way does a regular 3D printer not respect someone's privacy?
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      What does this mean?

      It means that we have come to the point where a company that respects privacy is newsworthy.

    • by suutar ( 1860506 )
      The emphasis on privacy came from muktware. The FSF notice says that the RYF certification is about freedom, control over the product, and privacy, and of the three I'd say (like you mention) that for a printer privacy is the least likely to be an issue. (Though it does relate to the 'nothing we'd call spyware' requirement.)
    • It sure would be nice if the links in a summary of an article actually described what was being presented instead of simply linking to a press release saying exactly the same thing that the summary says. Respects privacy? In what way does ANY printer not respect your privacy? Is anyone seriously suggesting that my printer goes online to look up my bank account details after I print a statement that contains my account number?

      The FACT is that the "award" is Respect Your Freedom, not Respect Your Privacy, an

      • Actually, most printers have some identifying marks printed subtly on the paper. Nominally, the purpose is to help catch counterfeiters, but I don't think any moderately successful counterfeiter is using a printer they bought at Staples.
    • Any device's software can do things you don't want. If that device requires software which runs on your computer, then that software can do anything your OS lets it do.

      This means a program running with your credentials (running as you) on a networked home computer can upload copies of files you can read, launch a program to spy on you as you work, or possibly install some software that does nasty things to any user of that computer. The possibilities are too numerous to list. And this program can be somethi

  • by jonwil ( 467024 ) on Tuesday February 11, 2014 @04:26PM (#46221483)

    Given that it was a laser printer that caused RMS to start the whole "Free Software" thing, why cant I find a decent laser printer (or even inkjet) that doesn't require piles of driver crap and does all sorts of useless stuff I dont need.

    Where is the company willing to make a 2D printer that respects my freedom and privacy?

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