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Comment: Re:from the in-10-years-he-can-try-it-legally dept (Score 1) 129

by zymurgyboy (#45073257) Attached to: 11-Year-Old Coloradan Will Brew Beer In Space, By Proxy
Yeah, but that won't get all the unwanted proteins out of it. If the filter is too tight, you'll take all the good flavors with it. But if this is truly for health and hydration, maybe that doesn't matter. If that's the case, there are already plenty of better ways to make a water supply safe, and they're much quicker/thorough to boot.

Comment: Re:from the in-10-years-he-can-try-it-legally dept (Score 2) 129

by zymurgyboy (#45071633) Attached to: 11-Year-Old Coloradan Will Brew Beer In Space, By Proxy
It'll probably be pretty gross though. The brewing process (on earth at least) is fairly dependent on gravity. Once the primary fermentation ends, yeast, proteins, and other biproducts naturally drop out (and become the stuff called trub). The beer is sucked off the top and bottled/kegged, leaving that stuff behind. Fining agents, if they are used, forced the process of coagulating some of these things and help them fall to the bottom, but they also rely on gravity to work. Assuming this stuff is brewed in zero G, it would be the most unfiltered beer you ever had. Unfilterd is all the rage these days, at least.

Comment: why is this release announcement buried? (Score 5, Insightful) 124

by ubiquitin (#41686637) Attached to: NetBSD 6.0 Has Shipped

Apparently, I'll never understand Slashdot. The latest junk from Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Oracle, et al. make the front page, but one of the highest quality open source releases gets buried. (It's almost like people self-medicate their marketing these days, but separate issue.)

I got 6 years of uptime once off of NetBSD on sparc. This stuff is gold. It's platinum. It's so stable, you have to worry about making sure you get around to patching your apps because the OS just never dies... stick this on solid state storage with the new NAND support, and you don't even have to worry about spinning disk fails. As a network device OS, this will be an awesome high-uptime packet sensor or embedded packet router.

Bravo NetBSD! Keep up the good work. This is top headline stuff.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 424

by zymurgyboy (#39754841) Attached to: Power-Saving Web Pages: Real Or Myth?
Part of the appeal at the time blackle came out was that soooo many people had google set as the start/home page in their browser. That has to have gone down with the rise social media.

I fear for the future of my children. And my children's children.

It is a moral IMPERATIVE that someone develops a Blackfacebook.com NOW!

Won't someone think of the children, please?!?

Comment: Dwight Schrute? (Score 1) 312

by ubiquitin (#38099854) Attached to: Microsoft Patent Aims To Curb Obnoxious Employee Behavior
More like Logan's Run. I have been Michael's number two guy for about 5 years. And we make a great team. We're like one of those classic famous teams. He's like Mozart and I'm like... Mozart's friend. No. I'm like Butch Cassidy and Michael is like... Mozart. You try and hurt Mozart? You're gonna get a bullet in your head courtesy of Butch Cassidy. - Dwight Schrute

Comment: Re:Moleskine (Score 0) 314

by zymurgyboy (#37435918) Attached to: I tend to keep random notes most often ...
Mmmmmhmmhmmm.... Hot Grits.

Another thing I noticed when I started using the Moleskine: I stopped losing my trashy little notes. This isn't actually confined to the Moleskine, either.

There are three pieces of background information I need to disclose upfront before I go on:

1) I like to smoke
2) I love beer
3) I like fedoras

I used to keep a pen caddy on my desk and had a drawer full of cheap disposable pens. Likewise, I'd have several cheap disposable cigarette lighters all the time. In spite of this, it seemed like I could never keep any of them around, and of the ones that were there when I needed one, I'd find many of them empty or broken when I went to use them. Cheap pens and lighters just grow legs. You lend one to someone and you never see it again. Since they're cheap and ubiquitous, some people think nothing of walking off with them. Even if they do it accidentally, well, it's just a cheap plastic piece of crap, right? Why go to the trouble of returning it? If I'd lose it myself, I wouldn't go to the trouble of hunting it down, either. It's just disposable junk, so I'd get another 12-pack.

I got fed up one day when four consecutive pens I grabbed from my caddy didn't work. I threw them all out and got a couple decent Cross pens, one with a twist barrel containing blue ink, red ink, and a pencil; another I put highlighter refills into. I ditched the Bic lighters and replaced them with a decent Zippo. Nothing extravagant, just nice, and not cheap. I was resolved to use no more disposables. Only decent quality equivalents that are refillable and have enough value that I'd miss them if they vanished.

Guess what? I almost never lose them. I always have a reliable flame and writing instrument. If I lend it, it comes back. If I did lose it, I'd be pissed off, but since each of them cost around $50 (give or take 10), I really try not to and, with the exception of one of the pens, haven't in over three years. My working theory at this point is that honest people will return stuff that has obvious value. I, in turn, take care of stuff I like that costs more than a couple bucks.

When I took notes on odd scraps of paper I could never find them. Since I added a Moleskine to the mix (generally covered by the theory), all my notes are in one place and I keep track of it.

Every year in Brussels, there is a beer festival in the Grand Place. Brewers come from all over Belgium and pour some of the finest beer you can find on the planet. I like beer enough to take notes when I taste something new, so I grabbed a Moleskine I keep just for beer tasting notes, my pen, put on my Fedora, and headed over there. I know a little bit about beer. Enough to talk smack and sound convincing to someone who brews it for a living. I hit this one booth and the guy pouring started talking shop with me and I tasted one of their beers. I started jotting notes and had another. He saw me writing and asked if I was with the press. I answered back that I wasn't and asked him something about the styles of beer they brew, but it was loud and he didn't quite hear me. He gave a couple free beers and asked me to treat his brewery nice in my Style section article. I got mistaken for press at two other tents after that and just played along.

The only thing better than beer is free Belgian beer! Wouldn't have got that with a Bic pen, a baseball cap, and e-mailing notes to myself from my BlackBerry. Yeah, sometimes it pays to not look like the nerd that you really are.

Comment: Moleskine (Score 1) 314

by zymurgyboy (#37434952) Attached to: I tend to keep random notes most often ...
It doesn't need to be charged or synched. The paper is good quality and comes in ruled, plain and graph form. A few sheets at the back are perforated for convenient and neat removal, if you need to give a jotting to someone else. The covers are durable and look stylish (on the reporter-style flip books I favor). Even has a little pocket for keeping a receipt or two... And sometimes it pays for a nerd to not look like a complete nerd. Hey, it was good enough for Indiana Jones and Ernest Hemmingway.

Comment: Re:Hiho Mousketeers!! (Score 1) 364

by zymurgyboy (#36605124) Attached to: One Week: No Mouse, Just Keyboard

Hmmm...we are to gather from your comments that using a mouse is somehow infantile while learning a bunch of arcane bespeaks of intelligence?

Hmmmmm...no moreso than we should assume from you condescending questions that you are a humorless douchebag, professor. I'm sure you're a barrel of laughs and the life of every party. It's was a joke. Lighten up.

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