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Comment: Re:So they are doing what? (Score 0) 509

by bhlowe (#48781869) Attached to: Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack
Advocating death against a person or group is not protected free speech. The problem is the hundreds of millions of muslims cheering for the few million or so muslims that are actively engaged in jihad. Islam is 1000x worse than the KKK ever was and yet the multicultural left (who claim to care about liberal values) are apologists.

Comment: Music on a NAS (Score 1) 169

by bhlowe (#48740385) Attached to: How Long Will It Take Streaming To Dominate the Music Business?
Since I typically don't watch the same movie twice, I think streaming video content is a no-brainer. And I love Pandora... but if you like listening to a single album at a time, where song B always comes after song A, a personal collection is still the way to go. And not that difficult or expensive. I have a system that works well-- QNAP (or Synology) NAS, with media server, and Sonos. I use SuperSync to sync everything from my iTunes accounts to the NAS and can sync to and from that from anywhere. But the music space is a bit fractured, and there are a lot of competing solutions, with no clear winners.

Comment: Benefit far outweighs privacy concerns (Score 1) 168

by bhlowe (#48213853) Attached to: Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait
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.

Comment: Re:Any suffiently advanced tech... (Score 3, Insightful) 986

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.

Comment: Re:Any suffiently advanced tech... (Score 1) 986

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.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder