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Comment Re:Moka Pot? (Score 2) 584

Yep, this is why I put 'omitted' - is this really that unusual?

This is the proper old school way to make espresso as far as I know, and what we use most of the time - just don't water it down into a weedy 'Americano'.

Also, are electric kettles really not common stateside? Sure I've seen them in motel rooms etc?

Comment Re:Reciprocity (Score 1) 357

I think you would find that on the whole it is far easier to move from the US to X than from X to the US, so that would be close to opening your doors. Sounds very reasonable to me, since I think the whole idea of stopping free movement is revolting, but you guys seem to really like 'protecting your borders'. You know we all get mugshotted and fingerprinted if we dare even visit for a holiday, right?

Comment Re:Junk food is the problem (Score 1) 655

Thanks for a sane and considered reply. Yep, I've been making an effort to get to the gym a few times a week over the last few months and it certainly helps. Along with careful calorie counting, 20 or 30 pounds has come off, but plenty to go. I've found the livestrong 'myplate' website a reasonable help in the latter, though it's by no means perfect (and a bit preachy for my taste).

But it really does get tedious seeing the morons on here talking about how easy it is if you have some willpower etc. You don't like eating as much? Have a higher metabolism? Weren't brought up to seek comfort in food the same way when bored or low? Lucky you - I bet you have other personality flaws you could be working on. Try finding a tiny bit of empathy for a start. (Now flame away :) ).

Comment Re:new yorker (Score 3, Insightful) 647

I generally prefer his non sci-fi stuff, (the Crow Road is possibly my favourite 'straightforward fiction' ever) but would really recommend the latest Culture one, Surface Detail. I only picked it up as my other half had just read it, but found I really enjoyed it (although he still can't stop himself spending half his time coming up with unneccessarily ridiculous names for all the characters, even when he has a decent story to tell).

Comment Re:oy (Score 1) 630

Man, that dumbass was so wrong, because, of course, Japanese never buy Fords and Americans never buy Toyotas, and Europeans never buy Dodges, and Americans never buy Volkswagens.

Hmm - speaking as a European who can't remember the last time he saw a Dodge, he might have been off on a few things... :)


Submission + - Google creates a new image format for the web (blogspot.com) 2

krou writes: Wanting to find a way to further compress lossy images like JPEG in a way that preserves quality and resolution, but shrinks the file size so that it makes the image load faster, Google has created a new image format called WebP 'that promises to significantly reduce the byte size of photos on the web, allowing web sites to load faster than before'. The compressor is based on the VP8 codec that Google open-sourced in May, 2010. 'In order to gauge the effectiveness of our efforts, we randomly picked about 1,000,000 images from the web (mostly JPEGs and some PNGs and GIFs) and re-encoded them to WebP without perceptibly compromising visual quality. This resulted in an average 39% reduction in file size.' They've set up a comparison site of open source and classic images for developers to assess quality.

Comment How infuriatinly Americo-centric (Score 0, Offtopic) 170

If the sample questions I just tried are anything to go by, and they've been running this thing against a variety of international volunteers online (I've no idea if this is the case), then damn right it's going to win - practically every question needed some knowledge of modern US brands/media/folklore. That ignores the fact that you need to know a bit about the premise of jeopardy to play, but I can forgive that. I just kept seeing the correct answer and thinking 'oh right. who?'

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