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Comment: Re:I went to the original Nov 1 launch date (Score 1) 149 149

I drove down to view it from Titusville (great show, btw) and couldn't find a hotel within 30 miles with vacancies (I started looking earlier this week once I saw the weather was going to be good). Ended up in Daytona Beach Shores (35 miles away). Not a racing fan, so wasn't aware of any Daytona scheduling affecting things. Oh well.

Comment: Re:Who's taking care of ordinary folk's business? (Score 2, Interesting) 283 283

Well, if Joe is over 55 he has AARP to lobby for (certain aspects of) him. If he carries a gun, he has the NRA. Heck, if he drives a car he may have AAA. So many organizations we do business with and are fundamental to our lives have someone speaking up as lobbyists. Joe Six Pack isn't unrepresented. Maybe he would like his own personal voice, as would every citizen. Can you imagine 300,000,000 lobbyists in DC? They get their individual voice every 2+ years when they vote in various representatives.


The Race To Beer With 50% Alcohol By Volume 297 297

ElectricSteve writes "Most of the world's beer has between 4% and 6% alcohol by volume (ABV). The strength of beer achieved by traditional fermentation brewing methods has limits, but a well-crafted beer that is repeatedly 'freeze distilled' can achieve exquisite qualities and much higher alcohol concentrations. An escalation in the use of this relatively new methodology over the last 12 months has seen man's favorite beverage suddenly move into the 40+% ABV realm of spirits such as gin, rum, brandy, whiskey, and vodka, creating a new category of extreme beer. The world's strongest beer was 27% ABV, but amidst an informal contest to claim the title of the world's strongest beer, the top beer has jumped in strength dramatically. This week Gizmag spoke to the brewers at the center of the escalating competition. New contestants are gathering, and the race is now on to break 50% alcohol by volume."

Comment: Re:Cause or effect? (Score 1) 109 109

Actually, I think the information available about the dangers of phone usage while driving *does* stop some people from doing it. It would be nice if more people heeded the warnings. The results of this study may not convince as many people as some would hope, but if it convinces some people (it is or isn't safe) then it has value.

Comment: Re:Is that an OLED screen? (Score 1) 1713 1713

Granted I got my information from the live updates on Engadget and Gizmodo, but my understanding of the 10 hr runtime was when running video. So, not a maximum runtime but to demonstrate a runtime under a particular load. It is possible the feed got the details incorrect, but i don't consider 10 hrs all that bad for constant use.

Comment: Re:Slow QWERTY typer (Score 5, Insightful) 203 203

The other thing about handwriting is that you can do it one handed at decent speed. If you have one hand holding a clipboard, notepad, tablet, etc, you need good text input with one hand. If you only ever write where you can use 2 hands, such as at your desk, a keyboard (ie PC or laptop) is probably best.

Comment: Re:Where? (Score 3, Informative) 332 332

Yeah - they kind of stretched it. Neil Sedaka's song has:

Is this the way to Amarillo?
Every night I’ve been hugging my pillow
dreaming dreams of Amarillo
and sweet Marie who waits for me.
Show me the way to Amarillo
I’ve been weepin’ like a willow
crying over Amarillo
and sweet Marie who waits for me.

Comment: Question with spoilers (Score 1) 461 461

I only saw the movie once and maybe I misremembered something. I figure someone on this board will know the answer (or invent one, this being /. afterall) I thought Spock said he came out of the black hole into the new timeline 25 years after Nero did. If so, how did Nero get a hold of Spock's ship with the red matter? He clearly had it at the beginning of the movie since he already had decided to destroy Vulcan and have Spock there to watch, although he was looking for the old Spock and not the young one. Anyone?

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