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Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

bhlowe Hurry up (186 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!)

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

bhlowe Engineering (508 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 two weeks ago

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

bhlowe Don't buy (126 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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

bhlowe Re:Meanwhile... (116 comments)

I have a home based computer business, a few servers, A/C and a pool, and 3 kids that keep the washing machine running... But a digital and comfortable lifestyle with electricity shouldn't be something only the wealthy can afford. Which is why solar makes sense.. and is out of reach for many.

about three weeks ago

Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

bhlowe Re:Careful (116 comments)

Its VERY easy to get a real, positive return on a solar investment within a few years. That's because electricity rates are high, and solar panels are now cheap. Only government organizations can manage to screw up such an easy return on investment... (For instance, schools, government buildings such as the White House, etc. where the only concern is appearing green.) For dollars spent vs. dollars saved, solar is a fantastic investment, even without government subsidies.

about three weeks ago

Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually

bhlowe Meanwhile... (116 comments)

Meanwhile, people without the ability to harvest energy from the sun and reap the tax benefits are getting socked with energy bills doubling every 5-7 years. (My average $500+/mo energy bills are why I'm getting solar installed this month!)

about three weeks ago

If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

bhlowe I blame DiFi (341 comments)

Dianne Feinstein should be charged with criminal negligence for writing the law that has been encouraging unaccompanied minors to travel to the US to cut in front of people who are in line for H1B's.

about a month ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

bhlowe Lois Lerner Method (560 comments)

Take the 5th and say your computer crashed. That works for the IRS.

about a month ago

Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man

bhlowe Re:Ecological problem? (109 comments)

Lack of head cover can cause skin cancer. Knitting wool hats can increase demand for sheep. Sheep farts are also bad for the environment. I'm not sure if the impact on carbon for premature mortality is offset by the sheep farts.

about a month ago

Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

bhlowe Re:Available in Amazon UK (210 comments)

What price is it listed as? Doesn't it make sense that Amazon US and Warner Brothers would have to come to a legal agreement with price and markup before they can accept pre-orders?

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

bhlowe Code triumphs (310 comments)

I'd love to hear some stories of coding triumphs... Stories where a bug fix, patch, or hack saves the day or gets it done right..
Does anyone have any fond memories they'd like to share?

about 1 month ago

The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

bhlowe Maybe the developers took a paying job... (475 comments)

Or the devs were encouraged to take a paid vacation from coding... Courtesy of the NSA or Microsoft. My guess the link to was not often visited.

about 2 months ago

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden

bhlowe The raid wasn't the start of prosecution... (221 comments)

The raid came after repeated attempts to have the owners shut down the site on their own accord. By ignoring and mocking the multiple attempts at warning their behavior may be in violation of laws, they chose to fight the battle in a court of law. Courts of law have police to enforce their decisions. Their mocking of take-down notices and repeated claims that they are only facilitating pirating (not actual pirating) can and should be interpreted by courts and juries.

about 2 months ago

How To Approve the Use of Open Source On the Job

bhlowe GPL (123 comments)

Avoid terms with negative connotations, such as "GPL" and use the more acceptable term, BSD. As a hiring software developer, I know of what I speak.

about 2 months ago

A 32-bit Development System For $2

bhlowe Penny wise, pound foolish? (138 comments)

Spending a little more money up front often pays off with a better product, bigger user community, more sample code, more documentation... and no breadboarding!

about 2 months ago

C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

bhlowe Re:Meh (435 comments)

Exactly: The OS releases the memory after the application sigfaults.

about 3 months ago



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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