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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

bhlowe Bah hah hah (119 comments)

What's a blackberry?

2 days ago
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Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

bhlowe Re:Awesome (147 comments)

Awesome indeed. Hacking 68000 machine code back in the day was good times. Anyone remember TMON? And before 68K, there was 6809s... I might be dating myself.

about a week ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

bhlowe Benefit far outweighs privacy concerns (168 comments)

Anxiety over being late (for work, or for a plane) is a common concern.. this will help alleviate it.
On the freeways where I live are large signs that show transit times to various points-- those are very accurate and very nice to have.If you're concerned about privacy and tracking, don't wear a device that can track you.

But if you're in an airport, you can assume your name and travel details will be reported to the government. Even if your local coffee shop wants to know how many you stop in for a latte, who cares? If you care, wear a tinfoil hat or unplug.

about a month ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

bhlowe Re:Any suffiently advanced tech... (986 comments)

No, read the report (before spouting off.) The measuring equipment was not supplied by the inventor. The test was partly funded by the Swedish energy research consortium, Elforsk. The inventor may have had an opportunity to swap out the fuel--but it was running continously at 1100- then 14000C, so it would have difficult to do without causing a blip in the temperature data. The reactor was also a welded closed system and was cut open at the end of the 32 days with all team members present, including Rossi. Yes, maybe he pulled a sleight of hand trick at that moment.. but that doesn't make much sense if it was already agreed that the reaction was beyond chemical.... and could not have happened, even if its entire weight was made out of gasoline, Lithium ion batteries, or TNT.

about a month and a half ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

bhlowe Re:Any suffiently advanced tech... (986 comments)

The whole point of the test is that it ran for 32 days and generated more energy (1.5MWh) than can be generated by ANY known energy device its size. A black box test that weighs less than the equivalent generated amount of gasoline, super capacitors, Lithium ion batteries, etc. is a modern day miracle. A black box test protects the inventor and shows off the device if the experiment is run properly. The parameters were defined properly.. But measuring the heat from the device may have been badly blown. Remains unresolved.

about a month and a half ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

bhlowe Re:Seriously Timothy? (986 comments)

Because despite what you might believe, the process hasn't been debunked. There are theories on why it might be fake, and theories on how it could be real. It is still in the realm of magic. If it works... Imagine a world without global warming stories on slashdot.

about a month and a half ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

bhlowe Re:Any suffiently advanced tech... (986 comments)

A black box test doesn't need to reveal how something works-- only the inputs and outputs must be competently measured and compared. Theory is also irrelevant in a black box test. Fire worked just fine before the theory of it was known.

about a month and a half ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

bhlowe Re:Having read the report - there are problems. (986 comments)

There WAS a thermocouple backing up the readings. But I agree it wasn't a perfect test. A real dummy test beyond 500C was a glaring oversight. The dummy test should have been done with a similar reactor using high efficiency resistive and inductive heaters.

about a month and a half ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

bhlowe Re:if these confirmers are reputable, who are they (986 comments)

Read the report. The names are at the top.
Giuseppe Levi - Bologna University, Bologna, Italy
Evelyn Foschi - Bologna, Italy
Bo Höistad, Roland Pettersson and Lars Tegnér - Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Hanno Essén - Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Unfortunately, Levi is a long time acquaintance of Rossi, so his independence is hard to justify.

about a month and a half ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

bhlowe Re:Cold Fusion News (315 comments)

Those wacky gullible university professors from Sweden and Italy... You should let them know how dumb they are.

about a month and a half ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

bhlowe Re:Cost of treatment? (487 comments)

We're talking Ebola. Biohazard level 4 or safety precautions are required, but obviously wasn't available for the Dallas hospital. This guy died pretty quick, but I'm guessing the bill will be substantially more. Plus Ebola is considered a bioterrorism agent, so every drop is a controlled substance capable of being weaponized. So the Feds were called in from everywhere..

about a month and a half ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

bhlowe Re:Cold Fusion News (315 comments)

There are dozens of groups working on low energy nuclear reactions. Google Dennis Cravens who demoed a very simple experiment that showed excess heat in one of two similar brass spheres. I agree, its maddening, that in 3 years, no one has conclusively debunked Rossi. I agree with the above poster-- if the experimental results don't jibe with theory, who ya gonna believe? Or should we close the patent office....

about a month and a half ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

bhlowe Cost of treatment? (487 comments)

Someone should do a FOIA request on the amount of money that was spent at the hospital and for cleanup... I assume the public taxpayer is footing the bill, we should be able to know how much one patient costs. Then we can compare that to the cost of keeping our borders open to vs. restricting some "tourist" visas.

about 1 month ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

bhlowe Re:Cold Fusion News (315 comments)

Ni -> Cu is no longer claimed.. Now what is claimed is that the secret ingredient, Lithium is the core of the reaction... and might be more accurately called a lithium neutron transfer. (Ni58->Ni62 and Li7->Li6) ? But don't quote me..

Read the report..
http://www.sifferkoll.se/siffe...

There are open source replication attempts going on now. Time will tell.

But my hope meter has gone up again... and this appears to be a new nuclear process.

about 1 month ago
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Fusion Reactor Concept Could Be Cheaper Than Coal

bhlowe Cold Fusion News (315 comments)

A new analysis and report on Andrea Rossi's E-Cat reactor suggests a new type of nuclear reaction may be real. http://matslew.wordpress.com/2... A new Hydrogen-Nickel-Lithium fuel source may be in our future...

about 1 month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

bhlowe Operation Repo ? (907 comments)

It ain't no joke... if you don't pay that note!!

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do After Digitizing VHS Tapes?

bhlowe Re:Amazon Glacier (268 comments)

Agree. Having had an unexplained crash wipe out all 4 drives in a NAS... I now back everything up to S3 Glacier. Yes, I might try Crash Plan with a friend to do it for me and vice versa, but.. Amazon is hard to beat.

about 2 months ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

bhlowe don't they already vent hydrocarbon gasses? (82 comments)

My understanding is that many oil wells vent large quantities of natural gas that are unprofitable to collect as a product, but could be used for on-site purposes. Solar panels are great if you have a ton of room, can keep them clean, and don't need continuous power, and want to appear "green." But for oil fields, using natural gas and processed fuels is the way to keep prices competitive.

about 2 months ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

bhlowe TeamViewer (210 comments)

I had a "Microsoft" guy walk me through installing TeamViewer. After twenty minutes of goofing with him, I said it was installed (which it already was).. When he asked for my team viewer ID, I asked for him to give me his ID first. They didn't and were mad I wasted their time. But.. it makes me think that the TeamViewer company might be able help track down these jerks.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

bhlowe Re:Audible (167 comments)

Great recommendation on Librivox! Listening to a classic now..

about 3 months ago

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Nuclear Process in Tiny 4.7kW Reactor

bhlowe bhlowe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

bhlowe (1803290) writes "You probably think that 4700 watts of clean, radiation-free power from a three cubic inch reactor sounds like yet another impossible hoax. But this was a third iteration demo, designed to satisfy skeptics of two previous demonstration at the prestigious University of Bologna. Attending the third demo were two Swedish scientists. One was chairman of the Swedish Skeptics Society and the other was chairman of the Energy Committee of the Swedish Royal Academy of Science. They were both allowed to freely examine the entire setup except for the contents of the tiny, 50cc reactor chamber."
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