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Starting the show off with some cool do-it-yourselfer sorta projects: Diederik Meijer submitted the The Silicon Graphics Refrigerator Project (or: How To Turn a $175.000 High-End SGI Challenge DM Server into a Fridge). Next up, mdaughtrey built a Mechanical Hit Counter jrbx1 sent us a link to an in-dash Atari 2600. Even coolor is that the dash its in is attached to a 1978 volkswagon ;) rednax sent us a review of a kit for adding neon to your PC. If you're not skilled enough to hack how it works, at least you can pretend you're cool and hack how it looks! I Nothing is more dangerous then glewtion's link to a story about a sculpture in england that that worries people since the heat it generates cook fry a bird mid-air. Oh, and I lied: even more dangerous then art is amasci's link to making pet ball-lightning. In your microwave, duh. If you've got some spare time, MxTxL submitted something that we've been seeing more of, email games. This one is battlemail, which apparently is glorified addictive paper rock scissors. f you were an Anime character, here's some helpful hints to keep in mind. Hieronymus Coward sent us a bit about The Drew Carrey Show featuring a 2 minute segment based on the sims. I wonder if they will use the vibromatic bed, actually the next expansion comes out soon (today?) so I probably am gonna have to resurrect my neighborhood sometime soon. Thirsty? Dipfan sent in a story about Coke wanting to put soda fountain style coke in every house right next to the water dispenser. Got Carbonated Milk? Finally for a little random product plugging, Rustin H. Wright found a place selling penguin crossing signs. Finally, anotherone noted that you can use Google in full swedish bork bork chef glory.
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  • That thing was pretty awesome! Somebody pop that link back up.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    In A.D. 2001


    Bankruptcy was beginning


    CmdrTaco: What happen ?
    CowboyKneel: Somebody set up us the economy
    CowboyKneel: We get financial report
    CmdrTaco: What !
    CowboyKneel: Main screen turn on
    CmdrTaco: It's You !!
    Creditor: How are you gentlemen !!
    Creditor: All your linux server are belong to us
    Creditor: You are on the way to chapter 11
    CmdrTaco: What you say !!
    Creditor: You have no chance to survive sell your stock
    Creditor: HA HA HA HA ....
    CowboyKneel: Taco!
    CmdrTaco: Sell off every 'thing'
    CmdrTaco: I know what I doing
    CmdrTaco: Sell 'thing'
  • I always knew that art-school was good for something:
    The beam could blind people, set fire to birds, or ignite trees, Merrifield says.
    This is like ants under a magnifying glass to the nth degree!
  • They described carbonated milk was needed, because milk is no longer popular, or uncool. Milk? Are we raising a boneless generation of kids who have no taste? Milk is an essential ingredient that adds flavor to breads, butter for potatoes, etc.

    Why are we giving up on this wonderful juice fresh from the cow's breasts? Are we on the way to consuming sythetic foods?
  • by mr_gerbik ( 122036 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @04:13PM (#332000)
    This proves I am getting a top of the line education at Ohio State.

    Physics in a Microwave Oven [ohio-state.edu]
  • by OdinHuntr ( 109972 ) <ebourg@po-box.mR ... .ca minus distro> on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @04:13PM (#332001)
    Any loyal Brunching fan will realize that the PRS e-mail phenomenon started before this "battlemail" tomfoolery ... check out Roshambo Rampage [brunching.com] at the Brunching Shuttlecocks [brunching.com].

    Back home, many an RPS legend has been born out of Roshambo Rampage.

  • by igaborf ( 69869 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @04:15PM (#332002)
    "You would have water mixing automatically with the concentrate and then connect it all up so that when you turn on your tap you have Coke at home."

    Have them get back to me when they can mix Bacardi in, too.

  • The drink, called e-Moo, should be available in supermarkets in the Northeast by June
    ..By which point even small children will be completely sick of the use of 'E' in front of every single new product and marketing device.

  • I have been wanting coke on tap in my house for years!! Send it on over!
  • The fridge project reminds me of one of my favorite SGI hacks, the Espressigo. Can't seem to find a picture of one, and I neglected to liberate one of the few existing examples when I had the chance ;-(.

    Oh, and the SGI servers are "Challenged" because they don't have graphics.

  • ...a sculpture in england that that worries people since the heat it generates cook fry a bird mid-air.

    Another shining example of what too much slashdot can do to a mind...

  • by sulli ( 195030 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @04:19PM (#332007) Journal
    Milky carbonated drinks have been around for years in Japan. Calpis Soda [lonelocust.com] is yummy, for example.
  • Did anybody notice that that microwave plasmoid cooks up nitrous oxide? [nbci.com]


  • by gwyrdd benyw ( 233417 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @04:22PM (#332009) Journal
    What is worse about carbonated milk is that the carbonic acid completely undoes the good affects of calcium: it is a bone mass depletor (not to mention exceedingly damaging to the teeth).

    carbonated beverages linked to bone fractures in teenaged girls [ama-assn.org]
    ditto [womenshealthchannel.com]
    an article disputing the above [acsh.org]

  • I think you can order a fountain from your local bottler...
  • C'mon 'Taco the line is "Riff-raff, street-rat; I don't buy that". And anyway, what does the misquoted-disney-musicals dept. have to do with these quickies?


  • ...lets make that mech hit counter spin.

    on three...




  • ...since the heat it generates cook fry a bird mid-air.

    Is this sort of like stir-frying?

  • by Tofu ( 2355 )
    I thought the song went "riff-raff , street rat"? :)

  • You know you guys could at least goto the pages and read them before you post these things. For example, the mechanical hit counter. it says right on the guys page that he only has a 144k DSL link. Now how in the name of jebus do you expect his link to support that?
  • Daft says: "Teenagers do like to sit down and chat about intelligent things and they need to have somewhere to do that, so it came from that idea.

    Right, teenagers talking about intelligent things. Those brits sure are funny.

  • We're just providing a free "durability test" for the hit counter.
  • You are right. I feel silly now that I did not read your post before I made a similar comment. :)

  • by DanThe1Man ( 46872 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @04:31PM (#332020)
    Next up, mdaughtrey built a Mechanical Hit Counter

    From that page: The video window is updated every 5 seconds so chances are you'll see more than one count if other people are connected. I don't know how many that'll be though since this server is only on a 144K DSL link (thanks Verizon...not).

    Um..144K? Hmm, was putting this page on slashdot such a great idea?

  • by gwyrdd benyw ( 233417 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @04:33PM (#332021) Journal
    Swedish Chef translator here [queensu.ca]!!!!
  • My "uncle Tom" returned from Japan a few years back with a can of "MILK SODA"... sounded disgusting, tasted great. Called "Calpis" (Official Site (Japanese) [calpis.co.jp], English Fan Site [lonelocust.com]). It used to come in a white, red and blue slim-n-tall can. 'Wonder if the yanks came up with this "E-Moo" on there own...
  • People were so interested in making their own pet plasmoids, they they have succeed in what I believe is the biggest case of the Slashdot Effect ever - WE'VE SLASHDOTTED MEMBERS.NBCI.COM!

    I can't be karma whoring - I've already hit 50!
  • by Alien54 ( 180860 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @04:35PM (#332024) Journal
    The direct link to the site is here [nottingham...ouse.co.uk]. It is called the Sky Mirror. They got photos and everything.
  • by Cyclopatra ( 230231 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @04:37PM (#332025)
    Milky carbonated drinks have been around for years in Japan. Calpis Soda is yummy, for example.

    They're nothing new in the US either, although they've sort of died out with the soda fountain. Now, of course, I can't remember for certain what they were called (egg creams, I think) but I used to love a drink that was made of chocolate syrup + milk + club soda that this 50's style diner served when I was a kid.

    Then again, we can't *really* expect marketdroids to come up with anything new, can we?


    "We can't all, and some of us don't." -- Eeyore

  • The guy who wants to put a Coke tap in houses-

    His name is Douglas Daft.

    Douglas... DAFT [everything2.com].



  • Poor guy he has only a 144K connection from Version. Wait till slashdot gets done with that connection. He will not be able to use the internet for hours.


  • by TrevorB ( 57780 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @04:42PM (#332028) Homepage
    Geez, I hope this guy's house doesn't light on fire due to the slashdot effect...
  • by Anonymous Coward
    It also cooks up Ozone, which is harmful. So you'll catch a buzz, but you will also die. Seems worth it to me.
  • by soulsteal ( 104635 ) <soulsteal@3l337. o r g> on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @04:43PM (#332030) Homepage
    We can search google using Swedish chef talk. Yet no one can parse the CmdrTaco speak mentioning all these quickies.
  • from the SGI Refrigerator guy:
    >>>The LED's should have been labelled GNDN* but instead I tell people the red led starts flashing when the beer supply runs low. ;-))

    Well, why didn't he rig up a sensor and make that happen? If you're going to use advanced technology, really use it!
  • well thats gone from 227 hits to a 6 digit number in the past few min... who else has been sitting there ping flooding it?
  • Whoever said they were good? But it's still the biggest Slashdotting ever...

    I can't be karma whoring - I've already hit 50!
  • There are home syrup dispensers.
    I think amway sells them.
    Can I come over and show you? ;)
  • by Anonymous Coward

    anyone take a look at today's fortune at the bottom of the page?

    Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess. -- Oscar Wilde

  • I'm right there with you on that one:)
  • by jedwards ( 135260 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @05:11PM (#332037) Homepage Journal
    This one? vaxbar [arizona.edu]
  • Calpis is sold in your finer asian shops through out America.
    not to be confused with "Cow-piss", which is sold in you not so fine shops. ;)
  • The guy that did that must be pretty confused right now if he doesn't read /.
  • by gvonk ( 107719 ) <[slashdot] [at] [garrettvonk.com]> on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @05:21PM (#332040) Homepage
    If we drink carbonated milk, wouldn't we be getting and preventing osteoporosis at the same time???
  • by trb ( 8509 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @05:23PM (#332041)
    here's the ball lightning page [nbci.com] without the nasty flashing ad frame
  • by fooeyploo ( 150566 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @05:27PM (#332042)
    I just tried the 1 atm. plasma experiment and it is even better than AOL CD's or pencils. It totally freaked out my wife to boot. I highly recommend trying this.

  • Scroll to the bottom of the page. [riceboypage.com]

    Image is everything...
  • Hey man! Lighten up. I'd say that anyone with half a wit would envy Sweden. So we have fun with the Swedish Chef. He was a muppet! Geez. If there were abundant jobs there I'd say many /. readers would rather live in Sweden than in the US. I know I would.
  • Someone's been watching Aladdin, and not listening to the words...
  • Sames goes for iCrap and xDude, what next
    y-fronts? oMan , uSuck?
  • In a cheap bid for Informative modding up, Hongpong, /. user 226840, noted that the Drew Carey show in question will be on at 8 PM in the Central time zone. That's seven minutes from now.

    In eastern, it will probably at 9 EST, and mountain, 7, and pacific, 8, if i was to guess.


  • When I saw this i sort of figured a bunch of trolls got together and decided to get it modded up with their scattering of mod points, especially because of the one "informative" point on it. IMHO the tolerance for off-the-wall humor on /. is way too low. way to go, AC man.

  • I was under the impression that carbonic acid (?) prevented calcium uptake. So it seems like carbonated milk would be counter-productive.
  • by kreyg ( 103130 ) <<kreyg> <at> <shaw.ca>> on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @06:00PM (#332050) Homepage
    We're going to melt the thing, cut it out guys. :-)

    First house fire caused by the /. effect. Grim or cool? I can't decide.
  • From the carbonated milk article:
    e-Moo - a drink for children of an Internet age - initially will be sold in three flavors: Orange Creamsicle, Bubble Gum and Chocolate Raspberry, which will marketed as an alternative for adults. In waiting, are Cookies and Cream and Fudge Brownie if e-Moo is successful.

    Mother of all that's holy...I am going to have to walk past Buble Gum flavored Milk in the supermarket, and not retch. As if life wasn't challenging enough.

    Also, it looks as if the adult flavor is Chocolate Raspberry. Words cannot express my utter revulsion at the concept. Maybe I'm not adult enough (I'm 25), or maybe by adult they mean every 13 year old who thinks they're an adult (hence I'm too adult).

    Either way, I think I'll stick to Coke. At least that way I know I'm being unhealthy, and am not trying to fool myself.

  • Neon lights can have that much cooler of an effect if used inside a completely clear plexiglass, such as this one [lglan.net], which I sighted at a LANparty I was at just a couple of days ago. That pic, however, does not do it any justice -- the lights don't even seem to be on.


  • err...i was thinking of rigging one up to my car. Then i could get a performance boost and be able to cook a burrito as i speed down the highway.
  • by Lostman ( 172654 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @06:04PM (#332054)
    I just got the webcam to update the picture and it was up to 303,129 -- attached to the top was a little sign saying "Hellooooo Slashdot!"

    Geez -- seems pretty happy for a guy who now knows that he wont have internet access until sometime tomorrow.. =)
  • You missed the most important line, the one dealing with justice. But what sort of justice is appropriate?

    ICQ 77863057
  • by cswiii ( 11061 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @06:15PM (#332056)
    ...is that anything like "opium den"?

    Moderators: read the article before your greasy little trigger fingers mark this Off-Topic.
  • by Chmarr ( 18662 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @06:17PM (#332057)
    Raises some very interesting issues.

    1. The Japanese have had carbonated milk drinks for some time. (And my, do they taste strange or what).

    2. Carbonation creates carbolic acid. Mixed with a alkaline (which is what milk generally is), is going to create some very weird effects.

    3. Saying that milk is outright 'good for you' is just plain irresponsible. Milk contains fat, cholesterol, and lactose, all of which are bad for you in sufficient enough quantities. (But see note below)

    4. They're adding 'crystalline fructose', which is just another way of saying 'sugar' without saying 'Sugar'. Fructose is a simpler carbohydrate than sucrose (which is a fructose/glucose pair), and therefore even more easily absorbed by the digestive system, and turned into fat. We should be aiming for more comples carbohydrates, not simpler.


    1. It still sounds like a better drink than the soda-pop crap. But, if you want refreshment, drink water. We all need to drink more water. (Apols to those in Dallas, your water sucks, you might as well drink petrol :)
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Calpis Soda was quite recently introduced. Calpis (sans soda), however, has been around since my childhood years. A very sweet drink. It was my favorite drink during the summers, until I became lactose intolerant.
  • Because the number of 1978 volkswaggons is on the decline, while the number of gas guzzling SUV's has been o na steep incline.

    And I doubt that Explorers, Bronco's, Expeditions, Range Rovers, Land Rovers, etc. etc. etc. get even near 30 mpg... at least, the expedition my boss had hovered around 14 miles per gallon...
  • The way soft drink companies talk about teens, it's like their very existence is a means to an end, the end being the integration of brand X into their lifestyle and their very way of thinking.

    If teens go for the kind of stuff the coke folks are talking about, the human race is in worse shape than I was giving it credit for. A coke tap in the house is a horrible idea.

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house"

  • I wouldn't mind trying that e-milk er what ever it called on my cereal that would be kinda cool. Maybe it will start an urban legand about milk on snap crackle and pop(rice cripsies) cereal. "OH MY GOD HE HAD MILK ON THAT!"

    Though I think that some other contries have a kind of carbonated milk allready. My old math teacher had some from some Asian country I think.(He spent more time talking about it then teaching us fucking bastered ruined my life but the milk and squid was good;)

    -What? E-Moo is that some kinda mailing thing???
  • A couple years ago, a couple of my friends in the dorm came up with the same brilliant idea (I imagine one of them, LordSigh (or is he LordFile on here?) will comment on it as soon as he sees it too) and actually *DID* it...

    Basically, what they did was get some powdered milk--you know, you have to add water to it to make it--and instead of using regular water, they used seltzer water. Apparently, the results were NASSSS TEEEEEEEEE, so be careful. Also, there was some question about whether the carbon dioxide would react with the milk and result in lumps of calcium carbonate; not sure what became of that, and I always hated chemistry anyway...
  • Australia has been importing Japanese Carbonated milks for years, plain or flavoured, a little sweet though. Besides do you really want to drink something that has been pasteurised, homogenised AND carbonated?
  • 98% of your body? If by that you meant "between 70 and 80% of your body", then you're in good shape.

  • In the downtown area of the pseudo-town of Silver Spring, MD [yahoo.com] (it's sort of spread out all over the place), the penguin is kind of an unofficial mascot. There is a mural outside the Metro [wmata.com] station which shows a typical Metro train populated by penguins instead of humans. What's really relevant here is that a couple of the "Pedestrian X-ing" signs in the city show a male figure, a female figure, a child figure and, yes, a penguin (emperor?) crossing the street.

  • It must be a communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids!

    echo $email | sed s/[A-Z]//g | rot13
  • The average American drinks more coffee and pop than he does water. Water -- you know, the stuff that makes up some 98% of your body? The stuff you need to live? Damn fools. Little wonder there's so much obesity and ill health.]
    Hmmm, let's look at the list of ingredients in soda and coffee... yep, the first thing listed is water. That probably explains why soda and coffee are, um, wet. Did you have a point, or were you just looking for an excuse to be Health Nazi?


  • I can do better than that. I did my thesis observations with a 10m parabolic polished mirror [caltech.edu]. (Not that there were many birds there to fry.) One of the observing requirements was "never let the sun fall on the dish."

    I also used terminal emulation software on my HP48SX calculator to replace one of the terminals and enter a command to slew the telescope - hence I claim that the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory is the world's largest and most expensive peripheral to a pocket calculator.

    (JCMT next door is bigger - 15m - but has a nifty shield to prevent the sunlight problem, so they get to observe during the day. It isn't just frying the focal point that is a problem - uneven heating warps the dish beyond the fraction of a millimeter tolerence required for using the telescope.)

  • First off, I'm amazed that it's still possible to view the mechanical hit-counter at all. But it is. Perhaps Verizon DSL isn't that bad after all. (Or perhaps a sympathetic Verizon admin upped his bandwidth. :-)

    Anyway, the MHC made it "hit home" for the first time how truly powerful Slashdot's influence really is. We all know that Slashdot readers can take down a webserver within minutes, but something about seeing the MHC go up 100 hits every five seconds at 12AM EST is really awe-inspiring.

    They don't call it SlashDDoS for nothing. :-)


  • The gas is brown so it's not nitrous oxide(N2O) it's nitrogen dioxide (NO2). looks like there might be enough in that fishbowl to make that whippet your last.

  • by Sir_Winston ( 107378 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @09:23PM (#332086)
    Many cafes still serve "French sodas" which are essentially milk, carbonated water, and a flavoring syrup. Great stuff. My favorite is a Hazelnut French soda. In fact, the Borders bookstore near me serves them, although they have the annoying habit of using Sprite instead of keeping plain carbonated water on tap.

    For a truly strange twist on milk, try making Koumiss (aka kumis, kumiss, or koumis). The Mongols used to make it by filling an animal stomach or bladder with mare's milk, hanging it outside the tent, and allowing it to ferment for up to a month or so. You can make a safer approximation by taking a gallon of 1% pasteurized cow milk, adding a few drops of Lactaid to break down the lactose into something standard brewing yeast can actually convert to alcohol, and a pinch of brewing yeast, and letting it ferment for 2 days. It's not only alcoholic by that point, but also quite fizzy thanks to all the CO2 that's a by-product of the yeast's activities. The alcohol inhibits the milk from souring. It tastes...interesting. Just picture mixing one part Coors Original with two parts milk, and then dropping in an Alka Seltzer. Interesting taste, indeed. ;-) From what I hear, it's popular with some of the SCA type people. But personally, I prefer to brew mead instead. Yummy.

  • The best way to stop this waste of time, is to introduce this:

    Download and compile this simple C program: bm.C [e.co.za].

    Have fun kids!
  • The 1978 VW probably gets better gas mileage than most new SUVs and if properly maintained, should pass inspections.

    Some old cars can get good fuel economy. I was in Sam's Club the other day and for some reason a 'coffee-table' type book about cars of the 1970s caught my eye. It contained ads, magazine reviews, and other stuff for just about every model of car sold in the US during the 70s. While flipping through it, I came upon an ad for a Datsun B210 hatchback. It had an EPA highway rating of 40mpg. Thirty years later, there are only a few cars that can beat that. My Mistubishi econo box doesn't and most cars I've looked at (w/ the exception of VW diesels) average in the high 20s. Most SUV owners can probably only dream of getting 20mpg.

  • Years ago, my college roommate went to the local Coca-Cola distributor and asked for a tap, a heat exchanger, and paid for a cylinder holding the syrup and one w/ the carbonated water. When he got back to the dorm, he drilled holes in his small refrigerator to pass the lines through, mounted the heat exchanger inside (in the freezer I think), and mounted the tap on the side. The fridge was right next to his recliner, so he could get refills of ice cold Dr. Pepper while watching his TV shows. When the cylinders ran out, he took them back to the distributor and paid for some new ones. I think he's still using it after about 10 years and he didn't have to pay for the tap or any of the other equipment. Just the cylinder refills.

    The idea of having Coke on tap in the home just sounds like a more consumer friendly version of what my friend and unknown number of bars and restaurants have been doing for years.

  • by MenTaLguY ( 5483 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2001 @10:15PM (#332092) Homepage

    *slaps forehead*

    You fools, this thing produces NO2! That is NOT the same thing as nitrous (N2O). Nasty stuff if you're thinking of inhaling it, and it certainly won't boost your car's performance either.

    Not that I really think inhaling N2O for fun is really that bright an idea either, but good grief man..

  • Mother of all that's holy...I am going to have to walk past Buble Gum flavored Milk in the supermarket, and not retch. As if life wasn't challenging enough.

    This stuff was *invented* for drinking while playing RPGs... preferably something like Human Occupied Landfill, Tales of the Floating Vagabond, Teenagers from Outer Space, etc. Here in South Florida, we get wierd Carribean drinks (we think things like Ginger Guava soda are normal), and we've already tried fermented Goats Milk (don't ask) during game night. That plus the occasional order from Japan (If memory serves me right, they already have Carbonated milk there).

    Ye Ghods... Bubble Gum flavored Milk. If only it were caffenated...


  • It is a very popular misconseption that milk is good for you. This is just bulshit and dairy farmers proapaganda. Go and ask a biochemist how hard it is to digest caseine for a human that is older then 16-18 months.
  • by timbo_red ( 112400 ) on Thursday March 29, 2001 @01:08AM (#332101) Homepage
    From the carbonated milk article:
    "we have to say it's a beverage because the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a strict definition of milk."
    What? And that definition doesn't include a Chocolate Raspberry flavour carbonated drink? The commie bastards.
  • How long before a slashdotter writes a script to ping the heck out of it...oh, already happened, sorry.
  • 1) How expensive was it to make this mirror?
    2) How much energy does this collect/generate?
    3) Can this be used to power a electricity-generating turbine?
    4) If so, why are we even putzing around with solar cells?
  • Also, it looks as if the adult flavor is Chocolate Raspberry. Words cannot express my utter revulsion at the concept. Maybe I'm not adult enough.

    Try a high quality hot chocolate mixed with 2 oz. Chambord (raspberry liquor). That might change your mind.
  • Just curious--how much would it cost to get those cylinders? ;]
  • "The unit is trying to define what a 'Coke space' means to a teenager"

    Clearly a place where you can buy hard drugs, tooth rotting soft drinks and small lumps of coal.

    The sad thing is, teens are unsophisticated enough that they won't realise that this is marketing produced by exectly the older generation that it's pretending to rebel against.

    And soda fountains in the house? Wow, the guy has reinvented Soda-Stream but with a water inlet on the side. I think you used to be able to get coke syrup for those as well.


  • The SGI fridge is just perfect... the question is, can you keep a Macquarium on top of it or does it get too hot in the back?

    The Coke tap... hmm. First off, I'd buy one as long as I could have my choice of syrups (or perhaps make my own?). Second, carbonated water through pipes is a freakin' silly idea. That's why they have CO2 canisters.

    The rest I haven't looked at yet.
  • Uhhh... egg creams?

    Milk, chocolate syrup, seltzer, and I believe ice. And I've never even been to Brooklyn...

  • The coke tap is an odd idea, not really workable the way it's being presented, but it's interesting. The only stipulation I'd have is that you get to buy the tap so you can do whatever you want with it. Somehow I don't seek Coca-Cola being that nice about it, but in theory at least it's not a bad idea, especially if you have an in-house wet bar or something of the sort.

    Now as to how Coke would expect it to be used, I have a *huge* problem with that...

  • The Cray I's cooling system had a void in it that just happened to be the size of a six-pack. The amount of time it took to shut it down, do a part replacement, bring it back up, and check it out, just happened to be the amount of time it took to bring a six-pack from room temperature to "AHHhhh..." temperature.

    The engineers insist this was not deliberate.

    The FE's really didn't care whether it was deliberate or not. But if it really WAS deliberate then it was very thoughtful of the engineers to build in such a moralle-booster for the field staff.
  • The "oops, we fried you" phenomenon of the Sky Mirror is a well-known problem for people constructing solar collectors. They "work" when partially constructed - the amount of heat collected is proportional to the amount of reflective surface that is already installed. They also "work" when not pointed directly at the sun - the focus is just off-center and slightly diffuse. A common accident is to be constructing one outdoors and lean through the effective focus while reaching in to install another segment. Easy way to burn out your eyes, fry your face, and/or set your hair on fire.

    But it works for sound, too.

    Story is there was a building in the industrial park near one of O'hare Airport's runways. The front door was in the middle of the symmetrical building. More than one person died of a "heart attack" at a particular spot on the runway.

    Somebody got to thinking and realized that the front of the building was a parabola, pointed at the runway, and the magic spot on the sidewalk was the focus of the parabola. If you happened to be standing there when a jet on takeoff went by with engines at full thrust, all of the kilowatts of sound that hit the front of the building would be focused on you for an appreciable fraction of a second. Very much like being at the center of a bomb.

  • The front door was in the middle of the symmetrical building. More than one person died of a "heart attack" at a particular spot on the runway.

    Oops. I meant "at a particular spot on the walkway to the building's door.
  • It is a very popular misconseption that milk is good for you. This is just bulshit and dairy farmers proapaganda. Go and ask a biochemist how hard it is to digest caseine for a human that is older then 16-18 months

    Um... that's why Vitamin D is added? Hello? Get out in the Sun and get some D that way too.

    If you don't believe me, you go ask a biochemist. Milk is very good for you and not just for the calcium. And No, I'm not a dairy farmer or a dairy farmer's propagandist.

  • Some people have asked why we don't generate energy with one of those things. Well, we don't use a single parabolic mirror, because it is hard to build a very large one. Instead, we use multiple mirrors all angled toward a focal point, like this:

    Solar Power Tower [sandia.gov]

    While the website says that it is in use, the last few times I have driven by on (on my way to my parents house in Bako), it hasn't been exceptionally bright. I remember it in the late 80's, early 90's, the top of the tower looked like it was white hot (at the focus), and when they would move the mirrors away, above the tower, you could "see" a spot of "boiling" air - it looked like the wavyness you see rippling off a hot car, from the heat refraction, but hovering at a point in mid-air. Very impressive shit.

    That's not all, though - want to build such a device yourself, for cooking perhaps? Check this [solarcooking.org]...

    Still not enough? Want to build a "real" solar furnace?

    Go here [eskimo.com]!

    Have fun, and don't burn yourself!

    Worldcom [worldcom.com] - Generation Duh!
  • Hate to reply to myself:

    DOEs Concentrating Solar Power Program [doe.gov]

    More info on Solar 2 [sandia.gov]

    Hmm, maybe it is still operating, and I haven't passed by on the right days?

    Worldcom [worldcom.com] - Generation Duh!
  • Vitamin D is added to help calcium absorbtion

    and http://www.notmilk.com [notmilk.com]

    Though personally I don't give a crap what you drink, I wish that the dairy board weren't so powerful as to get my tax money so that milk drinkers pay less for an animal product (which is more expensive per calorie to produce) while those of us who can't or choose not to (I'm one of the former) drink milk must pay more for substitutes.

    And I wish that 'non-dairy' didn't involve caesin (as I'm violently allergic to it, but it can be added to all sorts of things, including lox, without being mentioned. why? because the dairy board sucks and told the FDA that it was better that way)

  • The mechanical hit counter is a great illustration of the Slashdot effect. Every 5 seconds, the number goes up by 30 or so each time:


    ... so who's pingflooding it?

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them WHAT to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. -- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.