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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

QRDeNameland Re:Discussion is outdated (484 comments)

Actually, I would "villify" that you wrote "5 languages" then listed six...seven if you count C and C++ as separate languages as most people do. Oh, and that you misspelled "vilify".

But otherwise, good points.

3 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

QRDeNameland Re:No way! (512 comments)

To my mind, true "common sense" is what the GP describes, intuition guided by common experiences, not always accurate but useful in situations where you have no other information to go on.

Your understanding of "common sense" is what I would call "conventional wisdom", sometimes correct but often horribly wrong.

"Common sense" as used by most people can mean either thing and unfortunately erases any distinction between intuitive thinking (generally a good thing, IMO) and groupthink (not so much).

5 days ago
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Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

QRDeNameland Re:I doubt the Republicans wrote it... (182 comments)

Actually, it is unconstitutional to have laws enacted in ways other than the constitution proscribes.

I don't think that word means what you think it means.

about two weeks ago
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Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

QRDeNameland Re:Glad were stopping the evil socialists (182 comments)

Not to mention, "pedophile" refers to someone with sexual interest in prepubescent children, not 17 year olds.

about two weeks ago
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Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

QRDeNameland Re:Not surprising... (278 comments)

I rember buying the tripple album of Emerson Lake and Palmer. 3 (three) albums. That was unheard of.

Well, not exactly unheard of. The original Woodstock soundtrack, George Harrison's All Thing's Must Pass, Grateful Dead's Europe '72, and Yessongs are just a few well-known examples of triple LP releases that predate ELP's triple live album.

about three weeks ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

QRDeNameland Re:Aerostat definitions (177 comments)

Now get off my lawn, because a zeppelin will be landing on it shortly.

Adjust your spectacles, old man. That's a dog taking a dump. Oh, the humanity!!

about a month and a half ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

QRDeNameland Re:So... (251 comments)

Stockholm Syndrome!

I was wondering if he might have received some "rectal rehydration".

about a month and a half ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

QRDeNameland Re:Justice (772 comments)

...with liberty and justice for all. *

* Disclaimer: Must be 18 or over, void where prohibited, some restrictions may apply, not available in all states.

apologies to Doug Stanhope

about a month and a half ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

QRDeNameland Re:Standard M.O. (148 comments)

Option 4: NSA has a surveillance tape of him with a Kenyan Muslim sheep.

about 2 months ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

QRDeNameland Re:good (341 comments)

I am reminded of the following exchange:

talk show host Joe Pyne: "So I guess your long hair makes you a woman."

Frank Zappa: "So I guess your wooden leg makes you a table."

about 2 months ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

QRDeNameland Re:The real trade secret is the yeast (50 comments)

Don't know what to tell you, but I've toured I-don't-know-how-many US/Canadian brewpubs and they were all single-step infusion set ups. I can't speak to your buddy's homebrew machine, but in many ways a home brewery can be much more flexible than a small commercial brewery. Generally speaking, to do proper step-mashing you need a separate vessel for heating the mash in addition to the lautering vessel, which is obviously more costly and takes up more space. You can do limited step mashing in a single mash vessel set up by adding more hot water, but there are limitations to what you can do there.

about 2 months ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

QRDeNameland Re:The real trade secret is the yeast (50 comments)

As the AC noted above, opinions differ on the subject, but also note that I said 'difficult', not 'impossible'. However, having done both, my opinion is that decoction mashing produces a flavor profile that specialty grains can not.

about 2 months ago
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Open Source Craft Brewery Shares More Than Recipes

QRDeNameland Re:The real trade secret is the yeast (50 comments)

From my understanding, the most successful breweries are not as concerned about their recipes being stolen because they have a proprietary yeast strain that they own and no one else can get.

Not to mention...not all breweries are the same. For instance, many German brewers use a traditional method called decoction mashing where portions of the mash are drawn off and boiled and then returned to the main mash to raise the temperatures for various enzymatic reactions, which will yield malty flavors that are difficult to achieve otherwise. Very few breweries outside Europe have this capability, in fact many smaller US craft breweries only allow for one step infusion mashing (hot water added to grain where the mash can only have one temperature stage) which limits the kinds of malts that can be used as the lightest and least modified malts require multiple stages of temperature rests. This is why it is exceeding rare for N. American breweries to be able to fully reproduce the flavors of e.g., a German Pils.

So much of brewing relies on process that just knowing the "recipe" (i.e., just the specific ingredients) is not a guarantee of being able to reproduce the beer.

about 2 months ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

QRDeNameland Re:school curriculums? (481 comments)

It's perfectly fine to use the English plural of English words, whatever language they're borrowed from ...

As with much of the English language, it depends on the specific case. If you were to use "datums", "agendums", "bacteriums", or "criterions" instead of "data", "agenda", "bacteria", or "criteria", those would be nearly universally considered incorrect. There is not much rhyme or reason other than how the usage evolved in practice.

Not trying to be pedantic, just pointing out that English has few hard and fast rules in that regard. And on that note, I'm off to meet up with some of my fellow alumnuses from college for a night at the opuses. :)

about 2 months ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

QRDeNameland Re: that's because (376 comments)

Actually, it's a triple negative (don't, disagree, aren't).

about 2 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

QRDeNameland Re:Why are you a corporate shill? (111 comments)

Seconded. I had no idea about his background. He was just downgraded from 'windbag' to 'shitbag' in my book.

about 2 months ago

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Intel to Pass on Vista

QRDeNameland QRDeNameland writes  |  more than 6 years ago

QRDeNameland (873957) writes "Steve Lohr on The New York Times' Bits blog reports that:

Intel, the giant chip maker and longtime partner of Microsoft, has decided against upgrading the computers of its own 80,000 employees to Microsoft's Vista operating system, a person with direct knowledge of the company's plans said.
Ouch, that's gotta hurt..."

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QRDeNameland QRDeNameland writes  |  more than 7 years ago

QRDeNameland (873957) writes "In a NY Times Op-Ed piece today, Mark Helprin argues for what amounts to perpetual copyright, and that anything less is essentially an unfair public taking of property. According to Helprin, "No good case exists for the inequality of real and intellectual property, because no good case can exist for treating with special disfavor the work of the spirit and the mind." Well, I can think of quite of few arguments for such a case, unfortunately the NY Times did not see fit to publish any contrary view for equal time."

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