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Comment Re:It's only going to get worse (Score 1) 620

It's only going to get worse as long as the liberal approach is to shut down carbon-free nuclear power and replace it with carbon-producing natural gas (which by the way pays someone to frack it), heavily subsidizing solar panels and then declaring it cheaper than carbon power. Yeah, stop the free money and disconnect from the evil carbon grid and we'll see just how a fair comparison works out. (ps, also look up the meaning of sustainable and see if it involves free money from a magic source) Or imagine if there were organized efforts to make solar installations as painful and expensive as possible through any means (lawsuits, unnecessary processes, etc) possible.

How about a tax on solar panels to pay for new nuclear plants.

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Your data seems to be out of date. Solar has reached and even passed grid parity in many markets, which explains why its deployment has rapidly increased even where there are no subsidies. I agree we should invest more in next gen nuclear, but it makes no sense to penalize solar to do it. Instead, we should have a carbon tax and divert the funds to low carbon alternatives (like nuclear) and, heck, give rebates to taxpayers just to make it politically popular. We could start with a tax that is very low and gradually increase it to allow for smooth transition. It's the fair thing to do, as we are all paying the externalized costs that fossil fuels create in the form of pollution. Oil, gas, and coal companies essentially get a subsidy compared to cleaner energy sources by not paying the societal cost of pollution. A carbon tax would level the playing field.

Comment Re:Net neutrality isn't (Score 3, Informative) 395

Yes, I've actually read the regulations, and frankly their only real problem is that they don't go far enough. I used to be half owner of an ISP in the mid 90's. I was there for the ending of NSFNet, the birth of the commercial backbone, the rise of independent ISPs, and then telecom deregulation and subsiquent consolidation. I know what it meant to be a CLEC when big telecom was handed whatever they want. Net Neutrality is what made the Internet what it is. Walking away from it know, even as patchwork and incomplete as the current regulations are, will be a disaster for consumer. Period.

Submission + - New browser game to allow REAL spell casting

Izaak writes: Here's something unique. The people at GLACI Inc. are combining the speech recognition capabilities now available in modern web browsers with the Phaser HTML5/Javascript game framework to create a browser game that can be played with voice commands. As far as I can tell, this is the first time anyone has done that. Currently on Kickstarter, their game Words of Power is an old-school dungeon crawler with a focus on spell casting, which makes it a good fit for a voice interface. Voice commands can add some realism to the spell casting while also making the game more accessible to the physically challenged. The project includes the creation of a free, open source framework that will allow others to create similar games.
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Here's something unique. The people at GLACI Inc. are combining the speech recognition capabilities now available in modern web browsers with the Phaser HTML5/Javascript game framework to create a browser game that can be played with voice commands. As far as I can tell, this is the first time anyone has done that. Currently on Kickstarter, their game

Comment Numerous Factual Errors (Score 4, Insightful) 204

That article comes of as an attack piece from someone who feels threatened (maybe someone with serious investment in traditional reactor tech?). He makes ridiculous claims about the US spending decades trying to get thorium reactors working (we did not), and about many companies trying to create thorium reactors in past decades (they did not), and makes scary claims about a small amount of thorium 233 and its potential to make bombs (far more refined plutonium and uranium exists and is more easily weaponized). The truth is, the US made only one test thorium reactor decades ago, and it proved the potential for a sustained thorium cycle. The current research challenge is only around extracting waste products from the molten salt fuel mixture, and that is well within our technical capabilities. The only thing stopping the development of working LFTR reactors is the will and funding to do it.

I would pick apart the article in more detail, but I suspect other people have already beat me to it.

Comment A Degree Will Open Doors (Score 1) 309

You can certainly find IT work without a degree, but an actual CS degree will open up far more opportunities, and the coursework will expose you to a broader range of concepts and skills. When I started college, I was already hacking assembly language on simple personal computers... but college exposed me to low level operating system concepts and taught me how to write a compiler from scratch. I probably could have taught myself those things if I made he effort... but I am not sure I would have thought to without the going to college. My CS degree set me on the path to become an embedded Linux and Android developer.

Comment I published The Bolachek Journals just recently (Score 2) 74

I've been getting great feedback. Rather than the usual shotgun toting road warrior style hero, I decided to explore how a tech geek might approach the zombie apocalypse. Its been described as McGuyver meets the Walking Dead. Part 1 is available on Nook, Kindle, Smashwords, or download it for free directly from my blog. So far I've been getting 5 star reviews and very positive comments, but I would love to hear some feedback from the more technology savvy Slashdot demographic.


Submission + - Can A Video Game Teache Computer Programming? (

Izaak writes: My partner and I are dipping our toe into the indie game developer pool with a game intended to teach programming skills while providing the fun of a first-person puzzle solver (our inspiration is games like Myst or Portal). We even plan to make it available for free to schools, teachers, and parents homeschooling their children. We would welcome input of the Slashdot community as the project moves ahead.

Comment Embedded Linux Kernel Hacker Here.... (Score 1) 212

I've been doing the telecommuting thing for nearly a decade now, focusing mainly on emebedded linux kernel and driver developent as well as Android work more recently. I not only get my job done from home, I sometimes work on the road in an RV. I mostly use an Ubuntu laptop, Verizon MyFi, and a cell phone. I also have a Tektronix oscilloscope and a BDI3000 hardware debugger... but that is more specific to my kind of work than most people will need I suppose. On the software end, I mostly use gmail for email (though I have used Thunderbird in the past). LibreOffice does everything I need in document department. I trade Word and Excell docs with Microsoft users all the time with no complaints. Gmail also seems to handle the calender thing pretty well, including interoperting with Microsoft calendar messages. I've occasionaly had to work with clients with a very Microsoft centric infratructure, and that has meant using the web interface to their Outlook server and other such hastle... but I've always manage to get by.

Comment Been doing this for years (Score 1) 480

I've been an independent computer consultant for more than 15 years now, and spent many of those years working from home on my own schedule. I find it helps to set aside a specific work area and specific hours of work (assuming those aren't set for you). It helps if you have a spare bedroom you can turn into an office. Keep non-work visual clutter to a minimum to avoid distractions, but don't be afraid to schedule breaks for yourself. I do most of my work in Linux, so on the computer end I keep all my work related stuff in a different account or at least a different virtual desktop.

Comment Re:Awful "journalism", the story is almost certain (Score 1) 128

Since their latest Amazon Instant Video upgrade, I've been unable to watch any Amazon videos either on my 32 or 64 bit system. I've made sure I have the latest Adobe flash plug-in and have HAL installed. Their tech support was useless. I've cancelled my Amazon Prime membership over it.

And they wonder why some people resort to bit-torrent.

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