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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 week ago

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 two weeks ago

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 two weeks ago

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 three weeks ago

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 for a few insights into the real source of the problem.

about three weeks ago

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 a month ago

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 a month ago

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 a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 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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