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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

jtara Re:Eggs are a very healthy food (143 comments)

I agree.

But you can't put egg yolks in a jar and put it on a shelf for months without refrigeration.

Not without preservatives and/or by using some processed "egg product" instead of whole, fresh, egg yolks. You'll never catch Hellman's saying they use whole, fresh, egg yolks, because it's impossible to make their products with them.

3 days ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

jtara Soy and Almond milk ISN'T, though. (143 comments)

| In contrast, I don't have the same issue with "soy milk" or "almond milk" not being some mammal's milk

I don't know why.

Soy "milk" and Almond "milk" aren't milk. At all. They aren't even milk substitutes.

They are marketing terms for some white gunk made from soy or almond that has nothing to do with milk. Not by source, not by nutritional content, not by any stretch of the imagination.

Some people enjoy this white gunk, some people think it's beneficial in some way, and some people who can't drink milk because of allergies or other adverse reactions see it as a godsend.

But it is not milk, which is a natural, minimally-processed product that comes from mammals. Soy or Almond "milk" is a product manufactured from natural ingrediants.

Mayonnaise, on the other hand, is a manufactured product. One might argue about it's composition.

3 days ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

jtara Re:Why would you call something Mayo that isn't? (143 comments)

It's a legit question.

And that's why Hellman's themselves then had to scramble to clean-up their marketing materials and website and stop using the term "mayo" for some of their own products of theirs that don't contain any "egg product" (what? Did you think it contained EGGS?! ROFLMAO!)

Hellman's invalided their own complaint, by their prior use of "mayo" for non-egg-producting-containing spreads. Maybe not legally, but morally. They can't go back and retroactively change the fact that they've been using the term "mayo" improperly themselves for years.

3 days ago
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Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

jtara Just Mayo is DELICIOUS, too! (143 comments)

I took notice when I saw the stories about Hellman's suing Hampton Creek. Oh, the irony, when Hellman's had to change their own marketing once they realized that they, themselves, have been using the term "mayo" to describe non-egg-containing spread!

Just Mayo is available in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods, and they have trouble keeping it in stock. It is really that delicious! Last time I took it through the check-out there was a scramble as the employees went to claim a jar once they knew it was back in.

Most shelf-stable "mayo-like" spreads you find on the shelf do not contain any egg. The thing is, it's difficult to make a shelf-stable product that contains eggs! You need to load it up with preservatives. "Real mayonnaise" on the aisle? It's kinda-mayonaise.

Yes, the pendulum has swung-back on eggs. For those (like me) who do NOT have an egg allergy or some other reason to avoid eggs, we should take another look at eggs - I have. I stopped removing half the yolks from omelets, for example. We learn a bit about food, we over-react, we learn a bit more.

Here's the ingredients for Just Mayo. Pretty short list:

- Non-GMO expeller-pressed Canola Oil
- Filtered Water
- Lemon Juice (note that "lemon juice" means "lemon juice" not some reconstituted concentrate, extract, or citric acid...)
- White vinegar
- 2% or less of the following:
- Organic sugar
- Salt
- Pea protein
- Spices
- Modified food starch
- Beta-Carotene

The only thing suspect here is the Pea protein, because I imagine it is a highly-processed ingredient. Hopefully not made in China.

They don't say, but I'd guess the modified food starch is Tapioca Maltodextrin. I have a big bucket of the stuff in my pantry. It's magic stuff.

When I want actual mayonnaise, I make my own actual mayonnaise. It's quick and easy to make up in a food processor, but of course then there's the cleanup. Egg yolk (you can pasteurize if you like easily in a sous-vide' cooker - I don't), salt, lemon juice, olive oil. You can keep it a few days, but best fresh. I wouldn't touch any of that stuff in a jar. Even in the refrigerated section, real mayonnaise is impractical to sell in a supermarket. I would not call anything that Hellman's sells "real mayonnaise", though they are allowed by law to call some of it such.

Unfortunately, most people don't know what real mayonnaise tastes like any more, and if you serve it to others they will say "what is this"? So, screw em' I reserve this for myself.

If I want to make a quick tunafish sandwich - I use Just Mayo. It tastes way better than that shelf-stable stuff from Hellman's

3 days ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

jtara Or you can just install an ad blocker... (309 comments)

I use AdBlock Pro as a browser extension.

However, I'm excited about the prospect of installing it on a router, and that's what I'm gonna do on my new Asus RT-AC87.

I currently run OpenWRT on a D-link DIR-825, and guessing I could install it there. But I want 802.11ac and a router that can handle a VPN connection at something closer to my cable modem throughput (currently, 120mbps down/20mbps up). The DIR-825's CPU is out of gas.

OpenWRT for the AC87 will likely never happen, or be hobbled by open-source drivers if it does, but ASUS has open-sourced their own ASUS-WRT and distributes binary drivers with it. So, I will use ASUS-WRT-merlin and there's an AdBlock service you can install from the package installer. It'll block ads from going to your portable devices, iPhone, iPad, Android, etc. which do not have any plugin capability in their browsers.

You need to set fix DHCP reservations for your devices, and add the addresses to the AdBlock preferences on the router.

about a week ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

jtara Dumb-asses! (Fry's is not so dumb...) (284 comments)

Fry's has a simple system for this.

1. You tell the sales associate (it's not done at the checkout counter) what site you want them to match.

2. They check it against the list of sites that they are willing to match.

3. They go to the site on their computer, and look it up.

4. They print an invoice that you take to the counter with your purchase.

5. BTW, they have incentive to do this, because they get something any time they print an invoice. I don't know the details, but it would be dumb for Fry's to withhold whatever the reward is just because it was a price match. So, anytime somebody at Fry's is actually helpful (rare, I know, but sometimes happens...) don't balk when they want to print an invoice!

You don't get away with just showing them your screen.

You can show them a screen, from the web or some price-search app, and then they will go to their own browser to look it up.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

jtara OSX (267 comments)

| which variety of BSD would you suggest?

OSX

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

jtara Heavy, low-output, little fuel (519 comments)

I know a little about this just because a friend of mine is a Materials Scientist, and worked for a company that makes the thermocouple devices that convert the heat to electricity.

He switched jobs recently, and now works for a company that make semiconductor substrates. His old company had gone through several salary cuts and was seeming on the ropes, so he was happy to get into a better situation.

They haven't had much call for these, and their other markets are minor - like generating some electricity from stove flues in remote locations, and those silly little camp stoves that will charge your iPhone.

No fuel source I think is the biggest issue. Doesn't make sense to buy thermocouples when you know you won't have enough fuel to be able to use them.

As others have noted, it's an extremely inefficient conversion process, and takes a lot of space (don't know about weight). It's been used primarily in deep-space probes. I don't think it's likely it would be suitable for a lander.

about a week ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

jtara Re:OMG I can't believe it. (299 comments)

Mis-direction. Trying to focus slashdotters on the scummy practices of others.

about a week ago
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Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life

jtara No, no, and no (81 comments)

| Like when Jesus was resurrected way back in the 19th century, or when the Chinese erected the Great Wall for fend off the Mongols, way back in the 19th century.

face palm

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

jtara OK, seriously then... (223 comments)

Assuming you can get power, at least sporadically, take a Macbook. Install the latest Xcode, give homebrew control of your /usr/local and install all the homebrew packages that seem useful. Install npm, node, and useful-sounding Node packages. Install rvm, the latest Ruby, and Gems that seem useful. Ditto for any other language or tool you think you might be interested in.

Get Dash, and download all the docsets that seem useful.

Pick an offline-website download solution and load up useful-seeming websites.

Install VMWare, any other OS(s) you are interested in, rinse and repeat.

Make sure you can make a pilgrimage to the one Starbucks (has to be ONE) to get the stuff you forgot.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

jtara Shave a yak (223 comments)

Shave a yak. I mean, for real...

about two weeks ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

jtara Missing the point (134 comments)

A lot of posters are missing the point, and stating that it's understandable that he didn't know about Plato, given it's limited availability.

Perhaps excusable. I read Computer Lib/Dream Machines and, yes, that was my first knowledge of Plato. And I was a Computer Science student and hobbyist.

But what he stated is that he did not have the opportunity to learn about computers. That's total nonsense. He apparently just avoided it. Any college student in engineering, social sciences, etc. in the 70's would have plenty of opportunity to take conventional classes, and in most schools they would have been required.

about two weeks ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

jtara Wow, does this guy have a blind spot (134 comments)

He must have thought those big round glowing tubes were a new experimental kind of light bulb.

Oh. U. Chicago. U Illinois(Urbana). Not the same. Too bad he went to the wrong school.

I visited in the 70's when I was in college to attend some talk about Plato and to see it in action.

Strange that my third-tier college in Detroit gave every student the "opportunity" to learn programming skills, and required it in many curriculums - certainly for any of the sciences, including political. Indeed, those of us in Computer Science were constantly bitching about the engineers and "those SPSS people" hogging the terminals. (That's why we developed some software for booting them off of their terminal...)

(In fact - like Bill Gates - I learned in high school first. We were lucky to have an IBM 1620, though. I didn't have to steal time-sharing!)

Was U. Chicago that far behind? Or did our Education Secretary just make a bad judgment that it would not be useful to him?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

jtara Re:FOUND IT! (405 comments)

FYI fimble.com is listed in poster's SlashDot home page, and is specifically mentioned by him in at least one post on this thread.

Either he's a spammer, or his PC got hacked.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

jtara Re:FOUND IT! (405 comments)

Verified this as shown above. Mod parent up! ROFLMAO!

Hostkarma blacklist Removal Form

Your reverse DNS is correct! - mail.fimble.com
The IP address for the reverse lookup name matches the original IP - RDNS Information

This is a list from our log files showing the activity from IP address 23.31.69.157. Our system stores information for 4 days. /ip-log/karma.log.12:virus 23.31.69.157 fimble.com NOTQUIT [S=5 - FakeMX NoQuit] X=tarbaby H=mail.fimble.com [23.31.69.157] HELO=[fimble.fimble.com] F=[lollypop@fimble.com] T=[terrydw@mkl.com] S=[Feeling adventurous tonight? Multiple mega hot lasses, free access!]

Please review the above list. It might alert you to an existing problem on your end that you need to look into and deal with. If you have been hacked or you have a virus problem and are still sending spam you will be relisted. If what you are seeing here is clearly a false positive or you have fixed the problem then please do use the remove option below to be delisted. We do not want to block any good email that you are sending. Actual removal will take place in the next 5 minute cycle. Because of DNS caching however other systems might remember the old information longer. If we have wrongly listed you please accept our sincere apologies for the error.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

jtara YOUR BROWSER is supplying this information... (100 comments)

First off, please don't post links to crappy sites that make you force-quit your browser and make nonsense statements like this:

> The W3C Geolocation service determins location by the browser providing GPS location (if available) and signal strengths of visible WiFi annoucements.

W3C Geolocation is a standard for some Javascript functions that browsers can implement to allow sites to get geolocation information. It is up to each browser's author to decide to implement it or not, and what method(s) they will use to determine location. That is also dependent on hardware - does the computer/device have GPS? Wifi?

It is YOUR BROWSER supplying the bogus information. First thing, try another browser. Try turning GPS if you have it on your computer/device) on/off. Try turning Wifi on/off.

WiFi geolocation works from databases of router IDs that are collected by Google, other "drive by" operations, self-reporting, correlation with other knowledge, etc. which is stored in a database. There are several such databases that a browser might use. Google/whoever drives down your street, notices WiFi signals, and logs the ID and location. Device geolocation sees that you pick up one or more WiFi signals that are present in the database.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

jtara It's a common anti-spam strategy - accept it (405 comments)

First off, it's ridiculou to run your own Email server today. If you really insist, do it in a data center with a VPS and your own domain with proper DNS records including PTR.

Beyond that, it's common for big, low-cost/free email hosts to reject mail coming from dynamic IP pools used for consumer accounts. It has nothing to do with Comcast per se - they will block Comcast, Cox, ATT, whatever. It's an easy way to block a lot of undesirable sources at low cost. It saves them the support cost of dealing with complaints by reducing their spam volume significantly.

You are not going to get your IP unblocked. You will just waste your time trying to get dozens or hundreds of email hosts to unblock you. Maybe a few of them might.

If you look at your Comcast agreement you will almost certainly find that - like most consumer broadband - your intended use violates the TOS. This is not why your mail is being blocked, though. It's because others realize that there's no good reason to run a mail server in your home, and plenty of bad ones.

Wake up and realize it's not 1995.

Good luck!

about two weeks ago
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Hacker Builds a Dark Net Version of the FBI Tip Form

jtara Great resource for the kidnapped! (41 comments)

If I am ever kidnapped, I will be sure to remember this!

I can use Tor to post an "anonymous" tip, and then the FBI can rescue me quickly!

Maybe I cant get surreptitious Internet access, I can convince the kidnappers to use the Tip site to taunt the FBI! Get them to think I'm on their side. "Hey we can use TOR to tell the FBI how badly f*cked-up they are!

about two weeks ago

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