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Comment: Re:I'm a brewer (Score 1) 48

by nitehawk214 (#47954601) Attached to: SteadyServ Helps Keep the Draft Beer Flowing (Video)

Ok, "bar owner", you must not also be the bartender or manager. There is no difference between "consumer" and "bar" kegs. All kegs come pressurized AND require an external CO2 tank. (Though some people use air pumps since they do not have CO2 equipment. Anyone doing this looks like a amateur frat-boy, just use bottles and cans for crap's sake.)

If the beer contained no head-space, there would be no way to get it pressurized. And if there was oxygen in the head-space it would cause the beer to go (see frat-boy example above) And if it contained CO2 in the head-space but was no under pressure it would take forever to get it pressurized when a keg is exchanged.

Lastly, kegs with different styles of beers have different weights. And if you do overcarbonate it, it will weigh more. If you really do own a bar, you must only serve shit light beers.

Seriously, have you ever actually picked up a keg or swapped out a sankey? Do you notice there is no giant inrush of gas when the connector is hooked up? Have you ever accidentally not had the CO2 turned on when the sankey hooks up and notice that pressure rushes FROM the keg back into the line? (And if the beer was foamy from being jostled, foam goes up into your CO2 line, which is a serious pain in the ass.)

Comment: Re:That's all I needed to hear (Score 1) 90

by ultranova (#47952817) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

The cloud is not trustworthy, it was shown to not be many times over and no sane enterprise will allow the cloud to take over local desktops/servers.

Unless it's cheaper. Then as long as nothing happens, managers get bonuses for the savings their decisions have earned the company, and if something does, it's an unforeseeable event that was the fault of some evil haxor.

Comment: Re:ICANN sell to the highest bidder (Score 1) 63

by ultranova (#47952745) Attached to: Amazon Purchases<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.buy TLD For $4.6 Million

TLDs have certain requirements associated with them, unless Amazon magically also has some super special secret deal that Google hasn't told the world about after losing ... then Amazon won't be able to monopolize or otherwise use the TLD to an unfair advantage.

And yet that's exactly what Amazon will do. Even if they run their registry business as a separate department, the conflict of interests is always there. It's exactly like an ISP who also provides content has an incentive to make connections to Netflix suck.

Perhaps it would be best to simply forbid companies from expanding to arbitrary new segments?

Comment: Re:Get a (New) Job (Score 1) 243

by Jason Levine (#47949661) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

I have the opposite situation. I've been in the same job for 13 years now. In that time, I've taught myself and gotten training for many new technologies. Some of these got integrated with my workload and some didn't. Of course, we have a big library of applications that have been developed over the years (by myself and other developers) that are running on old code. It would be great to rewrite them from scratch using new technologies, but this would take more time than I have available so we maintain them and work new technologies into the mix in other ways - finding the right balance between the old "it still works fine" and the new "isn't this cool."

Comment: Re:Not necessary complacent... (Score 5, Insightful) 243

by Jason Levine (#47949621) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

I grew up watching my father leave for work at 5am, come home at 6pm with a stack of work, do work at nights, and do more work on the weekends. His excuse was that his bosses saw him producing a certain level of output and he needed to keep it up. He's retired now. Do you know what all that extra work got him? Laid off when someone else with better connections wanted his job.

When I first started my job, I made it clear that I wasn't going to do this. I'm willing to remote in if there's a problem that can't wait until morning, but that's the exception, not the rule. I get into work at 8am, leave at 4:30pm, and stop thinking about work the minute I leave the doors. Granted, I love what I do - web development - so I'll often freelance or work on my own stuff on the side, but that's my choice. I'll also put that stuff on the side to teach my boys how to ride their bikes or to watch Doctor Who with them.

I enjoy my job, but part of what keeps me enjoying it is that I don't let it take over my life.

Comment: Re:half nonsense (Score 1) 166

by Jason Levine (#47947029) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent

Is this just a problem in the PC version or can people do this in the tablet versions also? For example, if I loaded Minecraft - Pocket Edition on my son's Android tablet, could other people enter his "world" and interfere with things he made? Could they initiate chats with him (abusive or otherwise)? Can you choose to wall other people out and operate in your own "Minecraft World" and/or only allow approved people in? (For that last one, perhaps I could load up Minecraft and walk through something my son built, but Random Internet Stranger wouldn't be able to do the same.)

Comment: Re:Beats second life... (Score 1) 166

by Jason Levine (#47946989) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent

Ability to exercise lots of things, like planning.

This might be really good for my son. He's 11 and has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. One of the things he struggles with is executive function. Whereas you or I might see a task and immediately start breaking it down into subtasks, prerequisites, etc and organizing them, he struggles with this. This might help him out by giving him a task "Build a Fort in Minecraft" and making him think through the steps (e.g "build the foundation first, then the walls, etc.").

Comment: Re:I look forward to Minecraft with my son (Score 2) 166

by Jason Levine (#47946929) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent

We've been considering getting our oldest son (11) into Minecraft. He currently loves playing Disney Infinity because he can build worlds and then use his favorite characters to navigate through those worlds. Of course, at $14 per character figure, this can get expensive fast. I can get Minecraft - Pocket Edition for $7 from Amazon's app store, load it on his tablet, and set him to building.

Comment: Re:confused (Score 1) 327

And regardless as to who got rid of DRM first, why would they go back when their competition (Google, Amazon) sells their music in DRM-free MP3 format? You can buy a song from Amazon's MP3 store and play it on any Apple device. Unless Apple plans on turning off MP3 support on their devices in favor of this new DRM format. (In which case, expect to see a mass uprising of Apple users whose legally purchased songs suddenly don't work on their iDevices.)

Comment: Re:Garbage Disposal (Score 1) 163

Why would you think that they could not twist being treated like "normal" criminals as something special?

They can try and probably will. Think of it as attacking a heavily fortified bunker rather than open field; sure, it can be done, but it's a lot harder.

In the US, Muslim recruiting is prisons is very effective.

But this is only a problem if you buy Islamic State's claim of being a Caliphate and thus representing all Muslims. Otherwise we're just looking at criminals finding religion and straightening up, which is hardly a bad thing. And that again gets us into this being primarily a war between competing stories, rather than physical militaries.

Liars are gonna lie, nothing you do is going stop that.

Which is precisely why their story needs to be contradicted rather than confirmed at every turn.

Comment: Re:Garbage Disposal (Score 1) 163

Wars seldom end through peaceful negotiations. They end because one side completely and utterly destroys the other.

Well, no. A war most often ends in a negotiated truce. Otherwise most still-existing nations would have no lost ones in their history.

Then again, I can see you're working through some personal issues here, so I guess facts are of little importance. But perhaps you could choose some topic where you won't cause actual damage by venting?

Just because he's dead is no reason to lay off work.