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Comment: Re:and the beer is really good (Score 1) 528 528

The keg itself will stay good for at least a month if it's handled properly. Im' not sure about the lines running to it, but I've sat at the bar at those places and while a few beers might make up half the sales, I don't obviously notice taps going completely unused.

The brewpub across the street from me has two locations side by side and (iirc) 31 taps in one and 15 taps in the other. They stopped selling kegs from the brewery because they struggle to produce fast enough to feed their own pubs, I've never noticed anything particularly stale.

Also the lesser used stuff often tends to be things that are in a more barleywine style and that has the added bonus that it should have a longer shelf life.

Comment: Re:Ride one in January (Score 1) 100 100

Surely if you see a lane that's completely empty, you are likely to consider switching to the mode of transit that can use it.

Bikes a huge net win to cities because they are far cheaper to support than cars. Without taking action like this then nobody will want to use the, but even that's not enough - I can depend on my city ploughing bike trails and lanes (sometimes before they've even ploughed the road) and all the city buses are equipped with bike racks should I decide it's just too crappy out to ride home. Once it reaches that level of support then people do use them. I think about half the people in my office ride in to work in good weather, though certainly fewer when it's raining or snowing.

Comment: Re:What's that you say? (Score 2) 528 528

I prefer the US. Though I'm young, in good health and am very well paid. Though I have the ultimate fallback and can potentially retire to the UK when thats a better fit for my needs.

Selfish certainly, but it's nice to have that option.

If i wasn't on a six figure income I'd probably go back though, the US is horribly stacked against the lower middle class.

Comment: Re:What's that you say? (Score 1) 528 528

I was actually pretty surprised to see a similar track in italy. I worked with a guy at a supplier there who "only" had a high school education but was working in software.

Few US employers would touch someone like that (especially fresh out of high school) but there seems to be a different mentality over there where you can transition into jobs like that starting as an intern.

Comment: Re:What's that you say? (Score 4, Insightful) 528 528

But you are also suggesting that's just for education which is clearly untrue.

I've never lived in Germany, but in Scotland you get a lot more for your income tax dollars than you do in the US. Of course if you happen to never get sick or never need welfare then the US is probably going to win overall, but it's hard to make that bet.

Comment: Re:and the beer is really good (Score 2) 528 528

I grew up in Scotland and now live in Boulder, CO.

The average standard and selection of beer in the US is so far head and shoulders above Scotland it's not even comparable. It's not unusual for restaurants to have dozens of beers on tap and larger liquor stores carry hundreds of different brews. If you like a good scots ale then you'll be ok in most of Scotland, and if you like a typical German beer then you'll be happy there, but if you like having a large selection of things to choose from then you'll be happier here.

Comment: Re:A couple of things (Score 1) 583 583

That's absurd. I've saved my team's collective ass by pointing to stuff like - "we made this agreement with your company on 5/2/2007 in a discussion with myself Mike and Jeff". Ultimately that's been a great benefit to my employer (though we don't do any kind of shady stuff that we don't want future records pointing to)

Comment: Re:Whack-a-mole (Score 1) 87 87

I also don't think legality factors into it massively, particularly if it's legalized with the facts about safety and addiction clearly marked on the package.

The reason I don't get up in the morning and smoke heroin has nothing to do with the law, it's very similar to the reason I don't start the day with a double whisky - it's because it wouldn't have a positive impact on my life. Generally nobody believes they'll be caught anyway - there might be a little novelty at first, but by and large the people who want to abuse opiates are already abusing opiates.

Comment: Re:Delete stuff. (Score 3, Interesting) 279 279

I've never had a particularly bad experience quitting jobs, and the more graceful employers have always left themselves in situations where they can call me up and ask if they need a particular file or piece of knowledge or hire me back on a short term basis to fix a problem.

One employer early in my career even pointed out that my workstation was slated for recycling when I was done with it and let me take it home. Somehow security didn't bat an eyelid when I signed that out and simultaneously handed over my termination documents and badge.

Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself.