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Comment: The Sword and the Shield (Score 2) 95

by bhlowe (#47407975) Attached to: Thousands of Leaked KGB Files Are Now Open To the Public
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.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile... (Score 1) 116

by bhlowe (#47368975) Attached to: Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually
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.

Comment: Re:Careful (Score 2) 116

by bhlowe (#47364759) Attached to: Renewable Energy Saves Fortune 100 Companies $1.1B Annually
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.

Comment: The raid wasn't the start of prosecution... (Score 1) 221

by bhlowe (#47138707) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Arrested In Sweden
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.

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