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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

HnT Re:Maybe Anthony Bourdain (101 comments)

I hate to spell this out like that but you have to realize that North Eastern Thailand is the hottest, most rural, poorest and generally most "backwards" part in the whole country... it is not mere coincidence that an overwhelming number of Thai-farang marriages are with Isaan girls and yes, they have some rather strange customs and ways there but this does not apply to all of Thailand. Real NorthEastern food is not for the faint of heart but there are so many different really real Thai dishes from different regions, you shouldn't find it difficult to find something you can enjoy. Being "weird" doesn't make it somehow "more real" Thai food, that is just a Western middle class well-off white kids fallacy and way of dick-measuring who had the more "real" experience on their parents' money.

Thai cuisine has even adapted some very Western dishes and given them a unique twist, I would still consider many of those Thai dishes.

1 hour ago
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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

HnT How to judge "real" Thai food (101 comments)

It's a given that Thai food is amongst the most delicious cuisines in the world so you only need to find the right place to eat! These two simple points should help:

1. Are you in Thailand? Many places around the world come close but it's never quite the same.

2. Is it packed full with locals with just enough space to squeeze in? If the place is packed full you can be sure it is great and this goes for small food stalls just as much as for nice restaurants! Thai people are passionate about food and eat out a lot so the good places will be very full; better stay away from the empty ones.

This is all you really need and you can be 98% certain before even having tried the food! chok dee krub!

yesterday
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

HnT lol Germany (169 comments)

Something that Germany and its ridiculous energy politics driven by even more ridiculous, emotional and instrumentalized nuclear fear mongering could only dream about...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

HnT PhD is not a job but a research qualification (471 comments)

Congratulations on completing your PhD but boy do I have bad news for you... a PhD is not really a job qualification but actually supposed to be your entry into the world of academic research, so in a way you spent the last 6 years working hard towards a research career and now you are applying for a totally different kind of work. Most IT related work absolutely does not need even close to PhD-style research and data gathering, it needs people acting fast and pressing the one right button from years of practical experience so your academic research qualification of thoroughly analysing a completely unknown, really new problem is hardly ever needed.

Unfortunately this seems to be something many PhD candidates are forgetting and of course the universities will happily have you doing endless hours of very low paid work until they finally allow you your PhD and for some reason the media makes it seem as if every last one of us needs minimum two PhDs to even flip burgers but the real world works differently and it is about working experience and having a good network and a good reputation.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

HnT Re:iPad 3 (504 comments)

I notice that iBooks rather frequently hangs when scrolling through the text while reading. I am in night mode and the font is at the smallest possible size, it is AFeastforCrows bought on iTunes, so there is a lot of text visible on the screen and every 4 or 5 pages or so there is a small "hiccup" where it suddenly hangs while slowly scrolling... then continues. That's on my iPad3. It is there on the iPhone5s too but the hang is much shorter, so it's barely noticeable but it is there.

All of a sudden it has become a lot harder to swipe-up the system controls or swipe-down the notifications overview while reading, too.

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

HnT Honest question: why? (286 comments)

I used to love running my own Linux gateway box in the 90s and was proud as can be of it's uptime and for a while I was leading the eggdrop-bot uptime stats, so I completely understand the fascination of fiddling around on servers as a hobby. Still, I got to ask: why would anyone want to spend all that money to install a data center in their garage and what are you people using it for? There is only so much you can really do and your home data-center needs will typically be ridiculously small and won't go far above needing some storage and backup.

I cannot imagine a single use that would warrant shelling out that much money for the gear and electricity. If you want to teach yourself the skills, fine, I can see that point but you do not need two or three full racks and blade servers for that. If I really needed so many servers for test runs of an application, well you could just rent a couple of nodes on S3 or some other virtualization service and only switch them on when you really need them. It would cost much less, be more reliable and you could actually focus on getting your work done - instead of spending all that time maintaining all this junk in your basement.

So, enthusiasts, please tell me: why and what do you use it for?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

HnT Re:Seriously? This is a post? (232 comments)

Half way through your post I wanted to scream "It's great we have these books but goddammit, people are STILL making the same mistakes!!!"

about two weeks ago
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Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?

HnT More Editors! (282 comments)

We all know what really needs to be done first and foremost... write a new editor with all the good features of vi, emacs, ed, notepad++ and textmate rolled into one powerhouse!

about three weeks ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

HnT Re:Sorry guys, but you are full of shit (533 comments)

> DOS machine

I didnt know George RR Martin was using Lynx and procrastinating on slashdot but now the many years between GameofThrones books start to make much more
sense...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

HnT Portal, South Park Stick of Truth, Monkey Island.. (382 comments)

Portal
Porta2
SouthPark Stick of Truth
Monkey Island 1+2 (+3)
HalfLife (Source), Opposing Force, HalfLife2
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Unreal Tournament '99
Quake, QuakeWorld, Quake2, Quake3Arena
F.E.A.R.
Splinter Cell and/or Thief
Sam & Max
Neverwinter Nights
Gianna Sisters

about a month ago
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The Grumpy Programmer has Advice for Young Computer Workers (Video)

HnT Brace yourselves for mandatory fine arts majors! (120 comments)

So next to your CS degree you are going to need a fine arts major and better be a published author, recognized composer or important contemporary painter on top of 50+ years of working experience in a technology that's been around for 5 years oh and please do not be older than 25 because we all know from your 30s it is downhill, you cost 300 times "too much", experience doesn't mean anything and your are "not flexible".

It is becoming absolutely ridiculous what people seem to think a "real programmer" should have in terms of traits or characteristics and qualifications, and blogs like these add to the quaint conception. How about you HR drones pick a decent, common sense guy with roughly the qualifications regardless of age and establish a good working environment where you are making sure you train people and enable them to do a good job and grow in their knowledge and skill instead of looking for the one "rockstars" to save your death-march project, the "rockstar" whom you are going to pay a shamefully low salaries?

about a month ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

HnT Re:What Jesse wants (514 comments)

Can't be long now before Spike Lee "discovers" this and squeezes a few "oh so controversial" movies out...

about 2 months ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

HnT Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

Note that the article talks about a TREATMENT and not a CURE. Your diet and workout regime is also a TREATMENT and not a CURE. As it stands now Type2 can go into remission which usually means your GP will take you off of your meds and people think they are "cured" when actually they are not cured, their condition is just in remission and like your account vividly displays: it can quickly flare up again.

about 2 months ago
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The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

HnT Re:Does it make business sense, though? (78 comments)

All I really hear you saying is these four:

1. money

2. money

3. money

4. money

about 3 months ago
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In 2012, Facebook Altered Content To Tweak Readers' Emotions

HnT Re:Facebook encourages posing. (130 comments)

Not only do they facilitate and encourage posing, the whole reason for "web 2.0" and "social networks" is absolutely nothing but posing on a global scale.

about 3 months ago
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Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

HnT Re:Dead on arrival (345 comments)

You are of course spot on and everything you said goes double for a Harley. Everyone I know who ever looked at a Harley did so for the "legend" and the noise and definitely not the technology.
Theoretically the e-engine would give this bike some crazy pick-up just like all those e-cars have shown us but of course that does not matter even a tiny little bit for the typical chopper and Harley rider.

about 3 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

HnT Re:Thyroid problem (625 comments)

You are technically right, the worst kind of being right. You are completely neglecting the multitude of e.g. psychological issues that cause people to eat so much they become morbidly obese.
This is not such a simple issue and oversimplifying it in a condescending way will not help this problem practically all first world countries are facing.

about 4 months ago
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Protecting Our Brains From Datamining

HnT Wait a minute... (100 comments)

So if I actually buy and wear some overpriced "headset" that has built-in brainwave receptors then companies could be mining my brainwaves? Well hold the presses everyone! Next thing you know there are people who will "hack" into my bank account because I decided to print my login information on a tshirt!!

The main article is a farce. There is no "remote" reading going on against your will, you actually have to wear some useless "headset" and then be exposed to pretty obvious material ("flashing" straight or gay couples or candidates, really??) so "they" can gather all that information. This is akin to monitoring someone's heart rate and pupil response which also requires you to be strapped to certain machinery.

about 4 months ago

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iWork for iCloud beta now available for registered Apple developers

HnT HnT writes  |  about a year ago

HnT (306652) writes "Registered Apple developers got an email today that their iCloud accounts now offer a beta test access to "iWork for iCloud" and it looks very promising!"
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More details on the German government malware and

HnT HnT writes  |  more than 2 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reports details on cases where the government malware was used so far — all of them actually unlawful and in violation of its initial intention to only be used against serious crime and threats of terrorism."
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Skype Protocol Reverse Engineered

HnT HnT writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "The skype protocol for versions 1.x/3.x/4.x has been reverse engineered including rc4 and arithmetic compression and there is source code available to send a message to skype."
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Oracle and Apple Announce OpenJDK Project for OSX

HnT HnT writes  |  more than 3 years ago

HnT (306652) writes "Oracle and Apple® today announced the OpenJDK project for Mac OS® X. Apple will contribute most of the key components, tools and technology required for a Java SE 7 implementation on Mac OS X, including a 32-bit and 64-bit HotSpot-based Java virtual machine, class libraries, a networking stack and the foundation for a new graphical client. OpenJDK will make Apple's Java technology available to open source developers so they can access and contribute to the effort."
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