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Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

BKX Beans & Rice, Rice & Beans (390 comments)

It's like Dave Ramsey says: if you're broke, then eat "beans and rice, rice and beans." It's easy and cheap, even in a dorm.

1. Rice cookers are like $10-20. Get one with a steamer tray. It doesn't have a burner and can't start a fire, so tell your RA to fuck off.
2. Buy rice at the Asian store. It'll cost $1/lb for good Jasmine rice (brown rice only, you'll need the nutrients). (You don't have an Asian store? My ass. Or try the Mexican store. You don't have a Mexican store, either? Shut the fuck up and stop lying. Open your eyebulbs; they're everywhere.)
3. Buy bullion cubes and/or soup base (it comes in a jar) for flavor. You can get that stuff cheap at the Asian store.
4. Buy beans in a can from Save-a-Lot/Aldi/cheapo-store. I like navy beans and fava beans. There're a few dozen other kinds. Get what's cheap. One can a day, minimum.
5. Put the rice, soup base/bullion/soup mix and water in the rice cooker and press the button. Add the beans when it's done. Enjoy.
6. If you're feeling rich, chicken or sausage or burger patties go in the steamer tray.
7. The Asian store will also have cheap noodles that the rice cooker will cook just fine. Cheaper than ramen. (You still need the beans, or you'll eventually get something nasty like beri-beri.)
8. Oatmeal and raisins make a good, fast breakfast. (Add sugar packets and creamers from wherever other people get coffee.)
9. You'll also need to add some vitamin C every once in while to prevent scurvy. Any fruit or fruit juice will do. Tea made from fresh pine needles (actual pine trees only) will do in a pinch. I like raisins, apples, bananas, and oranges, which are all usually cheap enough.

You can actually live on that stuff for months at a time without dying. The soup base/bullion and occasional noodles and meat will keep you from committing suicide.

about 5 months ago

Peter Molyneux: Working For Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

BKX Re:Thanks for peptuating (164 comments)

There is some thought that those people are so depressed that they aren't even capable of marshaling the energy to commit suicide. When you give them an antidepressant, they start to become less depressed and but are still depressed enough to be suicidal, only now they have the energy to kill themselves, and so do it.

about 6 months ago

Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

BKX Re:Old timer Michiganian here! (684 comments)

It was Michiganian originally (occasionally, Michiganite, but only by Wisconsinites). Then, in the 1850's Senator Abraham Lincoln got mad at one of Michigan's senators, who happened to be quite fat. Lincoln insulted him on the Senate floor by calling him the "Michigander" (which was, in part, a pun on the phrase, "what's good for the goose is good for the gander," in addition to calling him fat.) For whatever reason, the name expanded to mean, "person from Michigan," and it stuck.

about 9 months ago

Square Is Discontinuing Monthly Pricing On February 1, 2014

BKX Re:Swipe? (114 comments)

Simply opening one of the card readers will completely brick them.

Probably not. I've repaired and/or replaced many keypads and phone jacks on CC terminals over the years. I've done this for readers made by several different companies and many levels of features, including Hypercom (the most popular brand), and terminals that have RFID readers and external pinpads. Opening them up has always been easy, and they accept my soldering iron and screwdrivers just fine. I doubt there's much in the way of tamper-proofing on the portable ones either, even though I've never worked on them, considering the lack of tamper-proofing on anything else they make.

about 10 months ago

OSHA Wants To Post All Workplace Injury Reports Online

BKX Re:We need health inspection reports posted (100 comments)

We have this in Michigan. You can see how many critical and non-critical violations each restaurant in the state had at the last semi-annual health inspection. It sucks for the restaurants though, since silly things are "critical", like having a dumpster lid (outdoors) open from the wind, or a completely shaved-bald man not wearing a hairnet, or cutting a milk dispenser bag nipple at a 30deg angle instead of 45deg, or using a steamtable rated for reheating food instead of a double boiler or the oven. The latter one's particularly ridiculous, since the steamtable in question brings the food up to temp in the exact same amount of time as a double boiler (this has been tested and documented) and ovens don't reheat large amounts of food in anything approaching a reasonable amount of time. In case you're wondering, reasonable to me is one hour to get to 160 deg F. Double boilers and proper steamtables do this. The oven doesn't. It doesn't even do it in legal time (2 hr). Before you say I'm crazy, try it. Reheat a gallon of 33 deg F gravy in the oven some time.

Some of the non-critical stuff has been pretty silly, too. Like the time we got written up for having a bathroom door closer that shut the door too fast. Or the time the health inspector "smelled mice" (huh) in a different bathroom. I'm not sure what mice smell like, but I'm pretty sure that someone had just taken a dump. The mice bait traps throughout the building had been empty for years at that point and no one had seen a mouse turd in aeons. Or the time he saw an unused crackpipe (crackpipes are made of glass test tubes which come with paper roses in them at gas stations. You break one end, put some steelwool and crack in and heat.) in an employee's locker and made him clean out the locker for broken glass hazard. I was cracking up laughing.The crackhead was fired later for smoking crack in the bathroom. And also for fighting with his girlfriend in the bathroom, after smoking the crack. The girlfriend won. The bathroom sink and toilet required replacement. It was the girlfriend's crack.

about 10 months ago

First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

BKX Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

Heroin overdose among experienced users with steady supplies are unheard of. Heroin is quite safe, actually. The overdose problem is usually among black-tar heroin users who inject or snort (rather than smoke or eat) who then buy white powder heroin. Black-tar heroin is very impure (20-30%), being manufactured directly from unpurified opium or poppy straw extract, while white powder heroin is very pure(80%+, unless heavily cut), being manufactured from purified morphine. Even when cut, white powder heroin tends to be at least twice a potent as black-tar. Furthermore, black-tar and white powder are misnomers; both are yellow to yellowish brown, which is how those overdoses happen.

Until recently, white powder heroin was only available in large cities such as NYC, but now it's moving West, leading to a string of overdose deaths along the east coast and as far west as Michigan.

If it were regulated and legal, this entire class of overdose deaths would be eliminated. Considering that this type of overdose death is the majority of overdose deaths in the US, we are killing people by keeping it illegal. Considering the rate of overdose deaths among long-time users, legalization would result in fewer overall deaths, even if everyone picked up the habit. Now that you know all this, you and all other prohibitionists, especially those in Congress, are engaged in willful murder.

Have fun sleeping tonight, murderer.

about a year ago

British Porn-Censoring MP Has Website Defaced With Porn

BKX Re:Further proof that the people pushing this agen (266 comments)

incandescently this was a attachment send by her Son who is a Maths PHD who remains blameless.

I see that your Aunt's son is very bright. (and also nephew)

about a year ago

Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

BKX Re:My answer (525 comments)

Exactly. The dictionary specifically says that America, used alone, refers to the USA. America, with North or South prepended to it, refer to the continents. And The Americas (plural, with the definite article), refers to both continents, together, with all countries therein. You'll note that "America" without any qualifiers, according to Webster (parse those definitions carefully), unambiguously means the United States of America.

about a year and a half ago

In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

BKX Re:Not the first, but hopefully bad enough to be l (511 comments)

I expect them to have working servers and the right number of them available on game day and the reason is Amazon. What EA should have done is put a few copies of their server software on Amazon's Cloud servers (EC3 or whatever it's called), tested them and threw them into the loadbalancer's server list with a low priority. When they got whacked they could have just increased their capacity with more Amazon until the storm is over. That's why this we're-ordering-more-servers bullshit is bullshit. They should have had excess capacity from the cloud for launch day and ordered servers as needed after the initial wave to save money. This should be true for everyone at this point, given the low cost of a nearly unused instance.

about a year and a half ago

Triple Monitor Solutions From AMD, Nvidia Face Off

BKX Ya know (75 comments)

I've had a triple monitor setup for years, but I've never actually gamed on it. This article makes me want to give it a shot. Unfortunately, my machine is kind of low powered (Core 2 Duo E6???, Radeon 5770) for the more recent games that could actually use triple monitors, so maybe not. And, I hate most recent games. I wonder how Defense Grid would look on three.

about a year and a half ago

eComStation 2.2 Beta, the Legacy of OS/2 Lives On

BKX Re:Please (94 comments)

I "zealot + Grammar Nazi = zelot grahamor" thought always.

On a side note, I've decided that grahaming is the process of writing English which sounds correct when spoken aloud but is subtly ungrammatical.

about a year and a half ago

MIT Says Gunman Hoax Call Mentioned Swartz Case

BKX Re:Good grief... (41 comments)

You missed what I was saying happened. The middle school had the "bomb". The High School was evacuated. The High School's students were put into the middle school, where the "bomb" was. That's the nonsense.

about a year and a half ago

MIT Says Gunman Hoax Call Mentioned Swartz Case

BKX Re:Good grief... (41 comments)

That was my reaction to a botched bomb-threat reaction when I was in eight grade. One of my friends called in the threat to the middle school from the middle school payphone at 7:45 AM. I heard the call, and he definitely said the bomb was in the middle school in a bathroom by the gym. At 8:30 AM, the high school (the two schools share a single campus) was evacuated into the middle school gym. At 9:00 AM, my friend was arrested. The evacuation was completely unnecessary, as they knew he called it by 8:00 anyway. He called his mom right afterward and said that she needed to pick him because a bomb threat had been called in. She called the school to find out if it was true, and they asked, "Wait, how did you know that again?" Anyway, in addition to the evacuation being unnecessary, it was the stupidest thing I'd ever heard. Why would you evacuate an unaffected school's population into the area containing the bomb, and why would you wait an hour and a half?

about a year and a half ago

Missouri Legislation Redefines Science, Pushes Intelligent Design

BKX Re:Christians, physicians and hospitals (813 comments)

Not Catholic School but Baptist school or some-other-evangelical-protestant school. Catholic Schools (at the ones I've been around) are very serious about providing a proper education. Evolution and post-modern philosophy are right up at the top of that list. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Catholics believe in evolution. PJP2 said that evolution is simply one of the tools God used to create us. Or at least that's what the priest at my Grandfather's funeral said.

about a year and a half ago

Interviews: Ask Blendtec Founder Tom Dickson What Won't Blend?

BKX Automatic refrigerator/blender? (118 comments)

Have you considered embedding a blender in the door of a refrigerator with hoppers and a timer and a dispenser, so that we could be awakened by an automatically created fresh smoothie/milkshake waiting for us in our fridges?

about a year and a half ago

Jonathan Coulton Song Used By Glee Without Permission

BKX Re:I think he's got a case (307 comments)

I think you may need to go back to law school, Mr. Expert Lawyer. J.C.'s is a derivative work, yes, and so it doesn't automatically gain copyright protection except insofar as the individual recording is concerned (mechanical rights, IIRC). However, the underlying music is completely new. J.C. definitely holds a copyright on the music, excluding the lyrics which are still Mix-A-Lot's (or whoever). J.C.'s work is not a direct cover, it is substantially changed from the original, and as such, the changes receive their own copyright protection. This is Derivative Works 101 here. If J.C.'s cover had been faithful to Mix-A-Lot's original, or even reasonably close, you'd be right; J.C. would only have a case if Glee had used his actual performance. However, J.C.'s cover isn't faithful; it's a new creative work, derived from Mix-A-Lot, and, therefore, the differences are copyrightable.

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Lands Drunk Driving Teen In Jail

BKX Re:How is this gasping news (443 comments)

You clearly don't live in Michigan where drunk driving penalties are already ridiculous. One DUI will cost you at least $5000 (reinstatement fee, jail costs (you WILL be arrested), driver responsibility fee, actual fine, probation costs), in addition to community service and probation.. A second will cost at least $7500 + some jail time + community service + probation + another $3000-$5000 if you ever want your license back. A third (and subsequent offences), is the same plus possible prison time (probable in some counties), plus a few more grand, and you're probably never getting your license back, no matter how hard you try. Forth offense is just asking for prison time.

And heaven forbid you get in an accident. You become personally liable for all medical costs and damages in an accident, and jail time is a given. If someone is killed or seriously injured, your asshole is sentenced to become a vagina for the next decade, as well.

Seriously, is that harsh enough, because it seems a bit ridiculous to me. Oh, and if you're above .15 BAC, jump up a level for being SuperDrunk.

about a year and a half ago

Finding a Crowdsourced Cure For Brain Cancer

BKX Re:Misguided (217 comments)

First, he was 100% correct about cancer. Second, even if he doesn't know how homeopathy works, I do, and it doesn't. This is how homeopathic "medicines" (no, they aren't medicine; I'm not even willing to just put medicine in scare quotes and leave it at that. It must be said explicitly, homeopathy is not medicine; it is water.) are made:

1: Put random shit in bottle. Set counter C to 0.
2: Dilute 100:1 with water.
3: Shake solution up and down ten times.
4: Shake solution side to side ten times.
5: Shake solution back to front ten times.
6: Tap bottle of solution on a Bible (King James preferred for some reason) ten times.
7: Increase C by 1.
8. GOTO step 2 until C is 30 (or whatever number you prefer).

The interesting thing here is that by 13C or so, there's no way that there's any of the original substance left unless you poured some 1C in the ocean and smacked it up a few times with a Bible. At 14C, you're lucky if you got a single molecule. Beyond there it's just gone. So unless Jesus comes down from Heaven to make water into medicine every time you shake a bottle and beat a Bible with it, homeopathy is nothing. See this website for more details:

about 2 years ago

Finding a Crowdsourced Cure For Brain Cancer

BKX Re:doesn't this rely rather strongly on the novelt (217 comments)

Not to be all grammar Nazi (prepare for incoming grammar and spelling mistakes), but I think you meant "QUOT CAPITA TOT SENSUS". When I looked at your version, it made no sense (That head many counts.). Then I thought about it. "One head, many opinions"

about 2 years ago

Sugar Batteries Could Store 20% More Energy Than Li-Ions

BKX Re:and undergrad biochem class teaches us... (152 comments)

I found it in three seconds by asking Aunt Google. It varies by type but is generally around 920 kg/m^3. Given 7-9 kcal/g (since I'm not sure what a cm^4 would be anyway, I'll assume that was a typo), Aunt Google says 6.44 - 8.28 kcal/cm^3. Of course, she also said that 3.94 (kcal / g) * (1.58700 (g / (cm^3))) = 6.25278 kcal / (cm^3), which makes oil practically the same to around 20% better.

about 2 years ago



Fecal Matter Transplants As Superbug Cure

BKX BKX writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BKX (5066) writes "According to this article, a procedure perfected in Scandinavia involving an enema made from a healthy person's stool is now the treatment du jure for t a particularly nasty diarhea-causing bug C. diff. Cue rectum as one-way street jokes now."

BKX BKX writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BKX (5066) writes "I can't believe that I was the only one that noticed the "Capture the dearly departed" fragment in the article on particle accelerators today. That story is such a troll it's not even funny."



BKX BKX writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I can't believe that I was the only one that noticed the "Capture the dearly departed" fragment in the article on particle accelerators today. That story is such a troll it's not even funny.


Lord, sometimes moderaters need to stop being dumb.

BKX BKX writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I can't fucking beleive moderators. I think I have had like 4 comments modded down as troll just because they went against the grain of Slashdot's current community. Funny, though, how I was the grain when I first used /..


BKX BKX writes  |  more than 8 years ago

w00t! The Gimp rocks. I just wish it was more stable on Windows. I tell you what though, I sure did learn how to save regularly as much as I learned about gimping.


Holy Rotten Balls Batman!

BKX BKX writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I can't fucking that people actually post in their journals. And that people actually fucking read them! I found a journal entry somewhere by someone with MODERATED COMMENTS while MetaModerating. I've managed to something like 25 moderator points in my life (15 in the past three weeks; MetaModerators must love me) and I have NEVER even concieved of moderating someone's journal comments.


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