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Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'

parkinglot777 Re:I measure taste like a food critic (103 comments)

leaf to hold it all together

Not really. The flavor of the leave is mild but helps your taste bud and eases the spiciness as well.

As the GP said, real Thai food has strong balance; however, it also depends on where you get the food. Each region has different preferable taste. Normally, Northern part tends to be mild to medium spicy hot, Eastern part is medium to hot, the Central part is mild, and the Southern part is medium to very hot.

I guess it is the reputation that Thai food has to associate with peanuts and/or coconut. This is NOT TRUE especially peanut. Most Thai dish does not contain peanuts. Many does not contain coconut and peanuts. I guess the reputation comes from curry dishes (most of them contain coconut but not all types). For peanuts, I guess it is from Pad Thai (but I never order it with peanuts). By the way, Sriracha is NOT a traditional seasoning in Thai but rather a brand name of hot source that makes its name to the west. They don't usually use it in Thailand.

"krueng therm" (literally "engine fillup")

a better literal translation of "khrueang toem" is "additional ingredient"

I had trouble for a while trying to figure out the word "Krueng therm." As the parent post said, "Krueng" can be "engine" or "ingredient," but using the word alone will not give you a clear meaning like that! In Thai, the word does not have a complete meaning until you put it in a context. However, it gives you a sense of something that usually has more than one thing involved, and the word is a noun. The word "therm" or "toem," if I guess correctly, means to fill or to add. However, no Thai people would ever use these 2 words together. Thai people either use "Krueng Proong Ros" ("Proong Ros" means to season food) in a formal way. As you see, the word "Krueng" is in there to indicate the word as a noun. Or another word that Thai people would use is "Puang Prick." The first word means a bunch of (normally you would see 4 different kinds of seasoning). The second word means chilli (which indicates some if not all of them contains chilli as an ingredient). I know that some Westerners would want to make fun of the word, so go ahead. If you don't know, the "F" word in English is actually a type of vegetable in Thai, so go figure.

2 days ago

Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

parkinglot777 Re:Walked past Security Theatre (216 comments)

I'm so glad that so many people were able to participate in the extended season of Security Theatre. Too bad the iPad patron missed out. Well, at least at first...

I would think this comment to be more "funny" than "insightful" though. The reason is that this kind of event would happen to any kind of securities -- dame if you do and dame if you don't -- but many people do NOT see it that way.

Let me put it in a simple model. The man is either a terrorist or not, and the security decision either arrest him or let him go. So there are 4 possible ways that the situation can occur: the man is a terrorist and security arrest him, the man is a terrorist and security does not arrest him, the man is not terrorist and the security arrest him, and the man is not a terrorist and the security does not arrest him.

The first possible way would be a news, but appreciation may not really be that high from people. I would also ask, how many of those who already dislikes security at the airport would say? Would they say "Oh it is their job"? Would they really appreciate their work? Very likely not.

The second possible way would also be a news later, but the security would be chopped into pieces. It has happened before and I don't see that it will not happen again. They will be called "incompetent" and many other names. I don't blame those who call them names for this kind of event, but for myself, it also depends on how the situation happened.

On Saturday morning, a man got off a plane at Sydney Airport in Australia and was so enchanted by the fascinating content on his iPad that he walked into a domestic terminal without bothering to go through security.

The third possible way is this situation because the precautious causes chaos but no harm found. It is annoying and frustrating, of course, but I would try not to criticize them because it is the man's fault. He, who ignores his surrounding, goes through the terminal without going through the security. What if he is a terrorist? If I were working as the security, I would not take a risk to ensure others safety over the noise from people that blame me on my precautious.

The last possible way, as you know, is not very important; however, there will be some people posting about it and say negative thing about how incompetent the security is (again) -- dame if you don't -- even though there is nothing happened.

So overall, I think the situation is appropriate. No harm found and I think it is an unfortunate event to happen...

2 days ago

CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

parkinglot777 Re: feminists controll the law! (194 comments)

Next we should go after Apple and Microsoft. It's well established that 98.28% of all electronic stalkers, harassers, and domestic abusers used either Windows or osx to do it.

What the fuck is wrong with the world that the seller of a tool can be arrested because some customer chooses to use it for nefarious purposes. I sure hope people don't start using cars to commit crimes because I like having a car. Oh wait...

I can't imagine how your post could get insightful. I guess, so many people do not read TFA but rather throw in their opinion.

Your analogy fails. Now let me give you another one. Let say someone is selling bombs (not kits or tools, but ready-to-use bomb). Do you think it is wrong to arrest the person because his/her customer chooses to use it for nefarious purposes? My example is a bit extreme but you should get the picture why this software, which could do harm more than good, would get you arrested.

If I remember correctly, a similar app was offered in a show "Shark Tank" called "Cate apps" or something similar. The apps has very similar functionality in the sense that it can intercept the incoming message or phone call on your own phone, so that others but you would not see. They gave a new name as "Cheater" apps. However, this app goes even further than that. It can intercept both incoming and outgoing (see quote below) many things: Call Recording, Call Interception, Recorded Surroundings, Electronic Mail, SMS, Voicemail, Contacts, Photos, Videos, Appointments. Once the phone has been installed with the app, you can monitor all of those without having the phone!

The app was designed with numerous functionalities that permitted it to intercept a variety of both outgoing and incoming wire and electronic transmissions to and from the smartphone on which it was installed.

I understand that many people (including myself) want "freedom," but the real "freedom" does not come with privacy and/or security. Unless you live alone in the middle of no where and completely no interaction with others in anyway, you have to pick the scale between freedom and privacy/security.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

parkinglot777 Re:password manager (191 comments)

sha265(md5("hunter2" + ""))

I don't think it is necessary to double encrypt your password or increase security; especially the way you do (using SHA256 and MD5). A good explanation about why double/triple/etc encryption may not be necessary can be found at http://security.stackexchange.... (look at the answer to the question).

about a week ago

Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

parkinglot777 Re:Will this internet of things die already? (103 comments)

Or, perhaps more to the point of this entire thread, a "smart" thermostat that gets hacked and ends up costing you 4x what it should.

Or a logging server that gets hacked to determine if the motion sensor has been tripped in the last hour or two, indicating an empty house ripe for theft.

If and only if you are being targeted. I have no idea why a person who can hack or like to hack would go around and mess around with anyone randomly. There must be a reason why. Hacking is not something you do and expect no consequence (backfire). If you are smart enough to cover your track, then again it is even more questionable why you would go around and do it randomly? Even theft, it is not worth while to select a random house with the system to rob. Why? The theft may get only worthless junk from the house and is not worth the risk.

And yes, dismissing these scenarios as "impossible" is exactly how the hell this kind of weak-ass security mentality spreads.

I agree that they should not implement something and disregard the security, but your reasons is not enough for the argument. If you simply said the reason they should have better security just in case to save their behind for any security incidents, I wouldn't disagree with your reasoning.

about a week ago

Obama Presses China On Global Warming

parkinglot777 Re:The pot calling the kettle black (260 comments)

China wouldn't need to burn so much coal if we in the West stopped using them for their child labor just so we can have iStuff and other bling a little bit cheaper.

I am not sure why the parent post is marked as insightful??? Wouldn't China still use coal if they are not being hired to do the labor work? If their children are forced to work, does that mean the West force them to? Or the local contractors? Or it is simply their own will because many of Chineses are so poor and want to make money regardless what others (especially westerners) rules are or what they think? The culture of Chineses, who are poor, is that they want to make a few bucks if they can rather than sit around doing nothing because they do NOT have government to spoon feed them (both children and unemployed). So if there is an opportunity regardless what kind of work is, they WILL do it (may or may not be happy but resources to buy food comes first).

So I do not understand why should the parent post blame the West for whatever they are now and being insightful... :-\

about a week ago

To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

parkinglot777 Re:Corporate taxes (407 comments)

The easiest solution is to tax the velocity of money. Similar to VAT tax, but applies to all monetary exchanges of all types, from bank transfers to buy a house. The lone exception would be all cash (real greenback) transactions.

Err, no. Your propose is going to push more pressure on middle class people. Most middle class people do not carry cash that much but credit card because they have credit (poor people likely don't!). If you force everything to be taxed but cash transaction, do you think rich people will not use with cash instead too? Your propose does not help but rather make it worse. Furthermore, your proposal would easily increase crime because people need to carry cash more and more. Also, don't you see that your propoal will create "double" or "triple" taxes because a transaction may not simply end in one process before it gets to the final destination...

about a week ago

To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

parkinglot777 Re:Corporate taxes (407 comments)

Stop calling them loopholes.

Loopholes are unintended.

Hmm... How about intended loopholes? :-P

about a week ago

Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

parkinglot777 Re:Bigger is better for some, bigger... (277 comments)

Guess it really depends on how big your pockets are.

I think some people have a purse to put the phone in, and some people have a holster to keep the phone outside their pocket. So it also depends on how people keep their phone...

about two weeks ago

DuckDuckGo Now Blocked In China

parkinglot777 Re:A Big Compliment! (82 comments)

It may be Chinese law, but at the same time, isn't it protectionism? Some Chinese search engines out there will certainly be profiting from the Google ban, where as Google is being blocked from doing business in China.

That's just a bonus for them. In other words, it is a win win siutation for them (not for others). The control is the main reason if you look closely.

Why isn't there a lawsuit against this practice? No complaint in the WTO (where China is member)? In the age of information technology, censorship and free market don't really work with each other.

You are thinking as a westerner... The system of complainig works if both sides respect the system. Do you think China care about this when it comes to against their own point of view?

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

parkinglot777 Re:Ya, but... (392 comments)

Do you know how many people I know who were CS majors, write very badly formed code? A lot of them. Do you know how many people I know, who do an excellent job in IT, who have liberal arts degrees? Probably about the same number of CS majors who write badly formed code.

I hope you know that your statement above does NOT invalidate my statement at all but rather a fallacy. 1)You create another statement which has no correlation to my statement (CS grads code badly form code) and attempt to invalidate my statement with it, 2)You do not establish any evidence that those who have Liberal arts degrees could form codes better but rather make it out of the thin air by saying so, and 3)My statement does not say that ALL English Lit grads have badly formed code but rather state my highly doubt in their coding ability (look at the word "may").

I've been writing computer programs since I was 8. I did not need a degree to get into the IT industry. Because I was already established on a career path, when I did go to school, I did something I *wanted* to do versus something that people think I *should* have done. In my case it was a BA in Philosophy.

I am not sure of your meaning of the word 'IT industry'. If you are thinking about computer in general (programmer/developer, not tech support on the phone or best buy geek squard), then I also hope you do NOT associate CS with the IT industry. Even though CS grads could work in the IT industry, the study is focusing more on academic and research industry. If you really want to be making money in the IT, Software Engineer is the way to go, not CS. To me, CS is more in depth in concepts and algorithms; whereas, SWE is more in rules and usabilities.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

parkinglot777 Re:Gee I do not know. (392 comments)

Uh, India?

Or Indians who got a degree in the U.S.? There are more Indians who are going to school here than you thought. It is much easier and cheaper to get them a visa and work here rather than bring them from India (those who are in India obviously get the "outsourcing jobs"). Therefore, many of them still have what you called "the U.S. education" regardless what school they attended.

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

parkinglot777 Re:Ya, but... (392 comments)

Anyone with a degree in English Lit. SHOULD have critical thinking skills, especially if they went to a decent college. CS grads should also have critical thinking skills.

They need to clarify the word "critical thinking" because it is just another buzz word that people keep using nowadays. To me, there are various type of "critical thinking" and how to apply to different situations. Of course, English Lit grad "critical thinking" could be different from STEM grad (both the approach and solution). So it is not easy to say either way is better unless the definition is clear.

English lit. grads with decent programming skills would probably make for good gamer programmers, rather than simplistic scenarios.

If an English Lit grad has decent programming skills, I would be very confused why the person would get the degree in English Lit in the first place??? Or even the person can do programming, I would not want to maintain the code the person wrote because the code may not be well formed. I would prefer the person to deal with the content/text/design layout or art, but not programming!

about two weeks ago

Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

parkinglot777 Re:Defetism (230 comments)

Now if those @#*$&! at Mozilla gave me that convenient checkbox to enable/disable Javascript without having to mess with about:config, I'd have one gripe less.

Then you should use the NoScript plug-in which automatically blocks JavaScript from sites you visit (except certain white list sites and you may have to block them yourself). Besides, the plug-in remember what you have set it up (allow/not allow) even after the browser update (thump up for the developers to keep up with the browser). It is a simple workaround.

about three weeks ago

Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

parkinglot777 Re:Illegal (182 comments)

Is that quote in TFA somewhere? I'm not seeing it, though I have a lot of their flash blocked.

It is an image on TFA, so it is NOT text searchable but viewable WITHOUT FLASH. Your comment indicates that you didn't bother to scroll down to read the whole TFA. If you still cannot find it, the image link is which is the first image after the article image on the top.

about a month ago

News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

parkinglot777 Re:Rupert Murdoch Streisand (132 comments)

All people, everywhere, no matter what political view they have, will search out information that re-enforces their own world view.

Not true. I make a specific effort to listen to news sources that conflict with my world view. I know others that do the same. I tend to lean libertarian, but get most of my news from PBS and NPR which tend to view government and collective social action as the solution to most problems.

I don't know how your answer is insightful. Your reasoning does not invalidate the GP post. Your answer is that you search out for information of the opposite side of your world view which has nothing to do with the GP statement. Do you search out for information of the same world view side you are viewing? If you never and will never do it at all, then you may say that it is not true; otherwise, I still see that the GP statement stands.

Also, to me, even though the post implies relation to politic, the GP post can apply to other thing else as well. In other words, (I believe) it is true that everyone would look for information that re-enforces their own bias and try to ignore others (not only in political info). I doubt that there is even a single person in the world who has no bias in any thing at all. This, however, does not mean that anyone will never change their bias once they encounter different information.

about a month ago

Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

parkinglot777 Re:Working as intended (166 comments)

They only need enough information shared to get the job done.

And that has always been the issue. Where do you draw the line of "enough"? There is no simple solution for this because the information could be too much under one circumstance but is too little in others (and vice versa). The issue involves more than just information, because it also involves people, politics, etc. Yes ideally, we could say and want that, but in practice is very difficult to achieve....

about a month and a half ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

parkinglot777 Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

I think you should try to apply for the job before pulling political assumption into the topic. Yes, they may be very inefficient, but I at least know some people who tried to get the job and got it plus those who have already been in the job. Not that I say they are very efficient, but the issue is not this simple with emphasis on government...

about 1 month ago

LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation

parkinglot777 Re:Need to hire more H1b's (108 comments)

I see. Thanks for the correction.

Anyway, you could read more on possibility of staying without being sent back on which said that the person may be granted a time period to stay and find a new job if the person files I129 before the termination notice. Also, the 10-day grace period is from termination by expiring employment time period.

about 2 months ago


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