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Comment: Blame Islam, not Israel (Score 2) 836

by bhlowe (#47557305) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
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.

Comment: Hurry up (Score 1) 194

by bhlowe (#47516085) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264
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!)

Comment: Engineering (Score 5, Interesting) 509

by bhlowe (#47459519) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
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.

Comment: Don't buy (Score 1) 127

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.

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.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.