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Comment Re:I hope it's self aware (Score 1) 70

Don't want it shooting one of own wheels off, thinking was some curious object that didn't seem to belong.

Giving such a young machine free will and a laser, isn't that a little like leaving the gun on the kitchen table where the four year old can grab it while you're out in the garden?

I want my childhood over! We only found magnifying glasses in the kitchen drawer... no wait, actually dad's desk drawer.

Comment Re:Raw milk faddist here (Score 1) 254

It was poorly phrased. Of course the amount of calcium in the milk remains the same, but over heated milk does seem to have reduced bioavailability of calcium. The above poster's claim of a 50% reduction between raw and pasteurized milks seems to be really high, but I can't find any numbers on that. Pasteurization does reduce B and C vitamins in milk by about 5%.

So it was. Unfortunately that's the language commonly used in cheesemaking tutorials. Hence the 3rd paragraph in my original post. One day I might get around to read up on the actual biochemistry and be able to quantify more precisely, but for now I'm too lazy to do that and the cheese works out all right.

About adding Ca:

Comment Raw milk faddist here (Score 4, Interesting) 254

The technology they've developed involves increasing the temperature of milk by just 10 degrees for less than a second, which is well below the 70-degree Celsius threshold needed for pasteurization. That quick heat blast is still able to eliminate more than 99 percent of the bacteria left from pasteurization.

So which is it? Do they first pasteurize the milk, then "blast" it with the 10 degrees? Or is the 10 degree thing the only treatment?

without affecting the nutrients or flavor.

As any hobby cheese maker will be able to tell you, pasteurizing diminishes calcium content by around half. If you google for cheese making instructions, almost all will tell you to preferably use unpasteurized milk, and if you have to use pasteurized, you need to add calcium. Calcium is one of the things needed for the fermentation processes. (UHT milk is strictly discouraged as about all calcium is destroyed, and the stuff one can add back is not of the same quality - cheeses with UHT milk usually flop).

Obviously, a lot of other nutrients (minerals, vitamins, probiotics) are diminished. I'm not sure about the chemistry, but I assume it would not be elemental minerals, but some organic compounds being broken down so as not to be utilizable by biological processes (fermentation, digestion) any longer.

Thankfully, in my country one can sell raw (unpasteurized) milk legally, provided samples are tested every few months for some pathogens - this is called "certified raw milk". My provider voluntarily does the tests once a month. I obviously use some of the milk fresh, which seems to last longer in my fridge than the commercial pasteurized milk. Most of it is used for feta-style cheese, one of the easiest cheeses (I know, I know, cows milk does not make "real" feta). I do not need to add any cultures, it uses its natural-occurring cultures for the fermentation step, I only need to add some coagulation enzymes. The cheese also differs light-years in taste from the chalky store-bought stuff made from cow's milk.

And let's not get me started on taste. Just not comparable to the white stuff from the supermarket. The milk also comes unhomogenized, and somehow that cream just does it for one's tastebuds.

Anyhow, as you may deduce, I'm a fan of making milk last for weeks in the traditional (and nutrient-enhancing) way: fermentation. Jogurt and kefir do last about double as long as the fresh milk, and can still be used instead of fresh milk in a lot of applications; cheeses obviously last for some months at least and be default only get better with age. Cream and butter also last a bit longer, and freeze well. Then there is the trip to the supplier every week or two to restock - for the few single days in between where your fresh milk is used up, there REALLY are other diet options, you don't need fresh milk every day.

Comment Re:Nothing is free (Score 1) 107

How much do you pay for your daily sunlight, air and gravity?

I'm somewhat large, and so I actually get a rebate from my gravity bill.

No, dear fellow mom's basement dweller. All those sunlight units you never use, as well as the portion of air credits unused due to the stuffy atmosphere down there, are actually carried over to your gravity balance (after "administrative" debits, of course).

Comment Here's my shot at a crackpot theory (Score 1) 173

I bet Google is kicking itself that it sent out those camera-laden streetview cars, instead of publishing an augmented reality game that also could send location and direction-marked camera captures back to the server.

That's not to say that they don't have a finger in the pie with the company that published the game, or perhaps more indirectly via the Android platform.

Since I have already established that shotguns seem to work against drones, I'll next try if they can make pokemons go away - or at least pokemon go players...

And don't forget that the above sentences may be full of irony and satire.

Comment Has to be said (Score 1) 104

After years of using Linux servers at work, even installing Cygwin at a stage, but otherwise being too lazy to "fix anything that ain't broken", I went for the gateway drug Linux Mint (because I think Win10 finally stepped over the "broken" threshold for me). It wasn't as painful as I feared, it gives a nice performance boost to many apps that run on both platforms (e.g. Eclipse and a JEE app server), and PlayOnLinux made running a couple of Win apps via Wine quite effortless.

Comment After Reading TFA... (Score 1) 298

This must be a new low for /. submissions, when not even the submitter Reads The Fine Article...

The CNN article nowhere mentions airplane deaths or parachute drops of pods.

What it does mention (in so many words) is that they want to do for air passengers and freight, what Intermodal shipping containers have done for surface freight (sea, rail, trucking) - and yes, with the possibility to extend air networks to other modes of transport e.g. road or rail, like what has happened for shipping containers. Read like that, it makes a lot more sense than the wild hand-waving of the summary and the other comments. Albeit probably not enough sense to make this a reality... I for one am not so sure that passengers would allow for the same sort of dynamics that freight does, once bundled into a bulking container of whatever name.

It also differs from the Airbus design in that the pods are not inside the aircraft, but attached to the aircraft. Less duplication of structural material than the Airbus design? Probably. But perhaps not as much as contemporary aircraft though.

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