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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

markov_chain Re:Untested? (357 comments)

Reminds me of when I broke our website at work. I lined up and tested a production patch, but then just before checking in hand-edited the diff to add an extra null check... ah well, lessons learned.

about 7 months ago

Canadian Hotel Sues Guest For $95K Over Bad Review, Bed Bugs

markov_chain Re:mistake in editorial entry (432 comments)

This does not happen often on Slashdot, it was only this one story. The adjacent stories were all unaffected.

about a year ago

World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Players in First Quarter of 2013

markov_chain Re:Entertainment vs. Chores (523 comments)

Yeah really. When I came home the day after I quit WoW, I was like, "Whew! I don't have to play WoW any more!"

That's how I knew I made the right decision :-)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is Your Favorite Monitor For Programming?

markov_chain Re:People are spoiled (375 comments)

I was like this too once but when Eclipse tripled my productivity due to the various real-time compilation, code inspection, code browsing, or code refactoring mechanisms built into the IDE, I simply couldn't justify not using it.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Get My Spouse To Start Gaming With Me?

markov_chain Re:Simple: (550 comments)

That's fascinating, my wife is the same way. In fact she turned me onto HOMM3, but won't touch any other game. As far as I can tell she likes the mechanic of going around the map and picking up glittery things, and also likes the fact that it's basically a computer-managed board game, without the twitch factor.

about a year and a half ago

Why America's School "Lag" Has Never Mattered

markov_chain Re:I'm not sure if the US version is shit.. (361 comments)

Point is, the only Chinese creative he could come up with is not from mainland China, and went to college in the United States.

about 2 years ago

Google's Marissa Mayer Becomes Yahoo! CEO

markov_chain Yahoo employees rejoice (302 comments)

Office hours from now on shall be 9-5!

more than 2 years ago

Bill Gates Patents 'Virtual Entertainment'

markov_chain Bill Gates (141 comments)

If you thought Bill G was done, think again!

about 3 years ago

The 2011 Hugo Awards

markov_chain Re:Inception? (162 comments)

Not to mention Tesla was played by David Bowie. David Bowie!

more than 3 years ago

Chinese Researchers Propose Asteroid Deflection Mission

markov_chain Re:Pointless (198 comments)

Hopefully they still accept T-bonds

more than 3 years ago

Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours

markov_chain Re:And this obsession with bass (674 comments)

You hear it on the CD but not on the other 2 lossless formats? How???

more than 3 years ago

Massive Solar Tower Planned For Arizona

markov_chain Re:Decent idea. (407 comments)

It would be pretty hilarious if the effect on weather was that it created lots of rain clouds, thus making it inoperable.

more than 3 years ago

I would soonest put my trust in a ...

markov_chain Re:Spouse (312 comments)

Yes but be very very careful if you get the model with a built-in pencil sharpener

more than 3 years ago

Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World

markov_chain Logo and ML (510 comments)

I learned BASIC first. When I was shown LOGO, I wrote a few lines of code to draw a Sierpinski triangle, and thought to myself: there is no fucking way this can be this simple. It worked, though, and sure got me to appreciate the weird academic languages.

more than 3 years ago

Notch Announces Minecraft 'Adventure Update'

markov_chain Re:Terraria (142 comments)

Something that comes to mind from my drug dealing days is, "never pay in advance"

more than 3 years ago



Study shows, speaking out mistaken for competence

markov_chain markov_chain writes  |  more than 5 years ago

markov_chain (202465) writes "The fact that your boss is an incompetent blowhard might not be a coincidence. As Time magazine reports, a recent study by two UC Berkeley researchers shows that individuals who speak early and speak often tend to be perceived as competent by their peers, regardless of their actual aptitude. How many of you have encountered such a supervisor? Is it better to speak up in an attempt to blow the whistle, or suffer in silence for fear of being fired?"
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markov_chain markov_chain writes  |  more than 7 years ago

markov_chain (202465) writes "For a while I've been making coffee using home-ground whole beans and a standard drip maker. I settled on this method for its simplicity and good taste even after trying numerous others such as French press, gravity and pressure percolators, each coupled with either preground or whole beans. So far, the fresh ground beans are the only factor that made a significant difference in taste. However, when I recently spotted a site that vaguely extols freshness, I began to wonder how much the freshness of even the whole beans themselves affects quality. Normally I thought the whole beans would retain the quality far longer due to less surface area exposed to air, but clearly there still must be a decline; worse yet, it is difficult to gauge that decline since the sellers usually do not advertise the age of the beans. For this reason, I would like to throw out two questions to you, Slashdot readers, about our favorite beverage. 1) what is your preferred coffee-making method, and how does it compare to other methods you tried? 2) What are your favorite beans? Specifically, not just the varietal, but also the source and the age (if known)."


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