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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

bhlowe Operation Repo ? (904 comments)

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

about a week 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

bhlowe Audible (167 comments)

I love listening to books... So Audible is where a lot of my entertainment money goes. Great for car trips or commuting. Goodreads is a good app for logging and rating books you've read. Unfortunately, the two are not merged, so buying a book on audible doesn't add it to good reads.. Audible has a free trial.. You really should pick out a good book and give it a listen.

about a month ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

bhlowe Re: Models may differ from reality (708 comments)

If you have cash, going green is easy and wonderful. If you're working poor, you're screwed. The US government can pretend to "invest" in green technology, but eventually the tens of trillions in debt and unfunded mandates will catch up with reality.

about a month ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

bhlowe Re: Models may differ from reality (708 comments)

You give up using energy first. Let me know how it goes. (For what its worth, I drive an electric car and have 10KW solar panels on my house.)

about a month ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

bhlowe Models may differ from reality (708 comments)

Do these studies properly account for ALL animal flatulence? Including whales? I didn't think so.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Corporate Open Source Policy?

bhlowe Re:Better ways to do it. (57 comments)

Quite simple. BSD avoids legal problems that releasing code under GPL might create in the future. Plus, most (proprietary) software companies prefer BSD and altogether avoid GPL. So if a corporation is going to "give back" to the open source community, they'll do it under a license they most agree with. Anyone open sourcing code will want to do so with an eye towards future uses and whether it will be good or bad if used by a competitor.

about a month and a half ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

bhlowe Re:Wrong problem to focus on (158 comments)

I haven't been impacted by illegal drug lords in Mexico, either here in the states or while traveling in Mexico. I have been impacted by getting stopped by the border patrol and their sniffing dogs. Sounds like money going to Mexican drug lords is a Mexican problem.

On the other hand, millions of American's are impacted by illegal immigration. From honest business owners who compete with businesses that hire illegal labor, to underfunded schools and social services, and of course the victims of crimes committed by the undocumented -- from hit and run, drunk driving accidents, to rape and strong armed robbery and petty thievery.

We have laws on the books that were not here when my ancestors came to America. America still has more legal immigration than all other countries combined.

A country without laws, borders, or a common language is doomed to fail.

about a month and a half ago
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Sniffing Out Billions In US Currency Smuggled Across the Border To Mexico

bhlowe Wrong problem to focus on (158 comments)

I vote we focus on stopping illegal immigration going into the US and less about US currency going across the border. There is not a lot of problems associated with drug money going to the Mexico. On the other hand, waves of unskilled, poor, desperate people and who can't legally work here is a recipe for social problems that will last generations.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

bhlowe Ya get what you pay for (430 comments)

Hire someone who knows the product (a starving developer?) to help you.

about 2 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

bhlowe Blame Islam, not Israel (868 comments)

Trying to blame Israel for very real world-wide problem of Muslim-on-neighbor violence is missing the root cause. The Palestinians and most Muslims have been taught from age zero to hate the Jews because of the lunatic ravings of their "prophet." Their Qur'an is filled with war tactics and how to treat the enemy, which is everyone who doesn't believe in their god. And the vast majority of Muslims believe in Sharia law that enforces these barbaric 8th century laws. Browse thereligionofpeace.com for a few insights into the real source of the problem.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

bhlowe Hurry up (194 comments)

This split between supported formats on various browsers is ridiculous. Embed it into the next FireFox so that video tags support H.264. Make it something you can disable if you're paranoid. There will be plenty of time to examine it and make sure there isn't a back door (which would be a stupid thing for Cisco to attempt!)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

bhlowe Engineering (509 comments)

Engineering has a strong future: Robots. Nanotechnology. Advanced materials. Hydrogen storage. Fuel cells. Automation technology. Rapid building techniques. Vertical farming. Take any industry she likes, then work with a company that is going to do it better with technology, using fewer humans to do the work.

about 3 months ago
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Home Depot Begins Retail Store Pilot Program To Sell MakerBot 3-D Printers

bhlowe Don't buy (127 comments)

Home 3D printing has two problems for consumers... 1. Most consumers don't need to print widgets more than once in a while.
2. The software to create and modify 3D objects has a learning curve (requires time and effort to learn.)
Sure its fun to create little plastic toys, chains, balls, and cases.. Interesting, but not particularly money-making. A nice skill to have, perhaps. But owning the printer isn't required to learn the skill or take part in the revolution. Save your cash and send your designs to a 3D print shop. Disclosure: I have a very cool but underutilized Makerbot I rented for the summer.

about 3 months ago
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Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public

bhlowe The Sword and the Shield (95 comments)

The Sword and the Shield was written in 2000 and covered a lot of the information about the Mitrokhin archive. It is 700 pages and is an interesting read. The actual archive is probably only of interest to the serious student that can read and understand Russian and really loves cold war history.

about 3 months ago
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Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

bhlowe Re:21 feet (55 comments)

In other words, about half as long as the HA-420 Honda personal jet.

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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