* Posts by jake

12154 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007

Waymo presents ChaufferNet, an neural net designed to copy human driving

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How many billions of dollars are being spent chasing this?

Wouldn't it be much more efficient to simply teach people how to drive properly in the first place?

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In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies

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MS and FB are two sides of the same coin.

Both suck equally. Neither are welcome here. Nor will they ever be.

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Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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Re: Belgians know how to cook them.

"fresh red chilli"

What kind of chili is that? "Red" is a colo(u)r, not a cultivar ... and red chilis run the gamut.

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Re: I miss Lester Haines writhing!

Lester writhing? Somehow I doubt he even squirmed much ... maybe the odd twitch when discussing politics, but that's about it.

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Have a gander at this: Amazon agrees not to act as Silicon Valley's foie gras dealer

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Re: Serves them right

"you just put in the address and somebody goes and shoots for you."

No, thank you. I don't trust an un-named shooter to clean my food properly. And they are certainly not going to be around in time to fend off varmints. Mayhap you don't know what guns are for?

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Re: Serves them right

Who would be stupid enough to purchase a firearm sight unseen?

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Well ...

... in 1972, a friend's father was arrested for having a large supply of Sichuan pepper at home, in California. Seems he was supplying restaurants in China Town (SF version) and somebody tipped off the Feds.

Other people have been arrested for privately importing banned food substances into the US, or even across state lines. If you ever lived through infestations (like Medfly here in the SF Bay Area in 1981) you'd know why we try to keep certain foods out.

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Re: Chacun à son goût

Yes, Doug, that is exactly what would happen. If the city-folks were feeding them corn, instead of cheeseburgers and fries/chips, that is. The diet of birds in the city makes for really crappy texture and flavo(u)r ... IF the poor critters make it to an age where they are worth harvesting, that is. Most die young because their nutritional needs aren't being properly met. Yes, folks, allowing your kids to "feed the ducks" is probably going to contribute to killing them prematurely. Isn't that special?

The liver fattens up as part of a natural process in migratory birds. It is their fuel tank during the migration. Why do you think we eat goose & duck in the fall, when they are on their way South for the winter instead of in the spring, when they are almost back home?

Some producers of fois allow the birds to eat naturally ... I used this method on about half my stock for the last couple years of production. The end result was a slightly smaller product (10% or thereabouts), but otherwise no difference. I'd probably go with the natural method if I were to get back into fois production, simply because the labor of hand feeding costs more than an extra 10% of harvest.

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Re: Chacun à son goût

"Yes, the practice is unpleasant"

Maybe to the city-folks in the audience, but not to the critters in question. Back when I raised meat birds, the geese would line up for their free fill-up(0). Some would try to cut in, ahead of where they were in the pecking order(1), and got shoved back in place by the rest. A few would actually get back in line and ask for seconds!

Trust me, as a dude who raises meat animals I can guarantee that you don't want their lives to be miserable. It makes the end product taste terrible. Likewise, you do NOT want to "cause painful diseases" in meat birds, so the OA was somewhat misleading. To put it mildly.

Strangely enough, I'm not fond of fois ... and no, I don't sell it. No law against giving it away, though, as you can discover in most high-end restaurants here in California.

(0) It's hardly "force feeding" when they WANT it, now is it?

(1) Where did you think the phrase came from, city-boy?

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The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Re: Dear fragile and wonderful academics...

"we pissed all over the one we were given!"

Who is "we", Kemosabe?

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The early 90s called, they want their headline back.

"Death of Usenet predicted! Film at 11!"

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Re: Fewer of those guys,

Sounds fishy to me.

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Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Only one problem.

ssh didn't exist when the Vs were launched ... and it has never been ported to their custom computers.

If you turn on local echo, you'll be able to see what you typed, and correct spellinh^Hg mistakes without having to wait for the error message.

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Somewhere ...

... a little bell just went "ding", and a light lit up. A galactic administrator looked up from whatever it was doing, and thought to itself "That's two ...".

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'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

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Re: Craftsman? Stanley? Pfffffft

Festool? Garbage marketed at yuppies.

About four years ago I received a $3000 xmas gift certificate for Festool products from a well-meaning in-law. The next spring, I decided to build a new mobile chickenhouse (~100 layers), so I acquired a Festool tracksaw, a biscuitdomino joiner, a router, a sander and assorted bits & bobs to make using the four "easier". Halfway through the project, all four tools were unusable. Fortunately I had my Skil 77 and etc. to fall back on ...

A couple of weeks later, AvE came out with this review.

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Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Re: @jake Which is better?

That's all very nice and all, harmjschoonhoven, but I fail to see how it has anything whatsoever to do with anything that I posted in this thread. Care to elucidate?

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Cowtard ...

... have you tried the coconut version of bacon? When done right, it's nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. Completely surprised me! I keep it on hand for our vegan friends.

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Re: The best bacon

johnnybee ... I see that Wiki (that well known organ of all that is truth and light) agrees with you about smoked vs nonsmoked. I related things the way I was raised ... Regional differences?

Re: guanciale, as I said it's not traditional. But try it. Tasty.

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Re: Which is better?

You don't have to raise it yourself, but it's more satisfying if you do.

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Re: Which is better?

No, the cure doesn't always kill trichinella. But trichinella is far, far less common than salmonella in domestic fowl here in the lower 48, and I see no issues eating raw eggs (salad dressings, ice cream, etc.). There are typically fewer than 25 human cases of trichinosis each year here in the US, and most of those are NOT related to hogs or other domestic critters, but wild game.

Commercial hogs here in the US are particularly safe, so your local meat market's pork bellies are probably OK. Home raised hogs depend on the owner's ability to follow guidelines. If in doubt, cook it. I trust mine. I do NOT usually trust wild boar.

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Quorn bacon?

Git a rope ...

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No, not a snack.

Bacon is my favorite vegetable.

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Strangely enough ...

Dark chocolate dipped streaky bacon is really, really tasty. Just make sure it's good dark chocolate (85% or better) and good bacon, fried crispy but not glass-like ... it need a little chew to it. Sometimes I dust it with a little chipotle powder. Food of the gawd/ess(s)!

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Re: The best bacon

Bacon is always smoked. By definition. Without smoke it's just salt pork.

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Re: True innovation

Sometimes over 24 hours. I often go 36 hours when I'm cooking whole hog. But yes, low and slow is the way to go.

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Not just US ...

... most commercial bacon everywhere is pants.

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Re: Which is better?

Gene, proper bacon doesn't require cooking. It's fully cured and ready to eat as-is.

That said, try your oven. Times/temps available in your .fav search engine.

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Re: Neither

We've been making lamb bellies into bacon here in Northern California for a lot longer than I've been alive. Bacon knows no national borders!

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Re: Simple

I've had absolutely awful bacon.

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Re: Which is better?

You don't need to turn an entire half a pig into bacon. You can start with little bits of pig. Guanciale comes to mind ... In the Italian tradition it's not normally smoked, but who's quibbling? Pork bellies are easier to find and are a good "learner" bacon.

Rinse & dry the bit of pork to be cured. Put it on a large piece of plastic wrap and add salt, maybe with sugar/honey/maple syrup (to taste). Pepper, juniper, allspice or bay/laural etc. can be added if you like. Then wrap securely in the plastic wrap. I usually wrap it in two more layers. Place in a tray (to capture any leaks) and stash it at the back of the lowest shelf in your fridge. I usually go 10 to 14 days per inch of pork, turning it over once or twice per day. When cured to your taste, smoke on green apple twigs, again to taste.

People have been curing and smoking meat at home for millennia. It's not exactly rocket science.

If you don't have a dedicated smoker, either make one (you tube for instructions?) or purchase one. I use and recommend the Masterbuilt brand electric smokers for small, family sized projects. Can get one large enough to smoke a couple of medium sized pork bellies (or four whole spatchcocked chickens, or one dismembered 28 pound turkey, or ~25 pounds of homemade sausage) for about US$200. Mine is nearly 10 years old, gets used 5 or 7 times per month, and shows no sign of falling apart. It's an investment that keeps on delivering a dividend.

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Re: Canadian

So-called "Canadian" bacon is an artifact of American marketing and has absolutely zero to do with our Kanukistan cousins. It is basically pork tenderloin that is salt-cured, very lightly smoked (sometimes to the point of being unnoticeable), and fully cooked. It is essentially deli (sandwich) meat, but some people like to turn it into leather by cooking it on pizza.

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Which is better?

Neither.

The only bacon worth eating is homemade. Period. End of discussion.

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Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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Re: In other news...

There is a school of thought that says cats have already pushed everything over the edge, we just haven't noticed. There is a subset of this school that suggests either the cats can push, or we can notice, but not both.

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Re: Idiots

This is a variation on "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear".

Might I point out that you don't have a plate glass exterior wall in your shower, and you do have drapes over the windows in your living room & bedroom ... and hopefully there is a door between your toilet and the rest of your house. What are you hiding? Are you a criminal?

Privacy isn't always covering something illegal.

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Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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Re: How come they sell it in the first place?

"I'm sure after this they'll probably remove it from sale."

Not unless they ban Tabasco. And Dave's various products. And growing your own chilis.

Take a dozenish hot peppers (75g or 3oz, give or take). Place in a blender. Add enough vinegar (I use white or cider) to blend smooth, a pinch of salt to taste, and a similar pinch of sugar. Use as you would any store-bought hot sauce. It ages nicely if stashed at the back of your fridge for a few months, closely covered. Adding some grated carrot before blending will mellow out the final product and add a depth of flavo(u)r. This works for any hot pepper, or mix & match.

Do the above with Carolina Reapers and you've essentially got bear spray. Which, as I commented earlier, is tasty on eggs. Do you really think they will ban a delightful condiment, loved by millions?

WARNING! Keep this stuff away from mucous membranes! It WILL hurt you! Do not play with your contacts after handling it ... come to think of it, don't play with anything after handling it. If you get my drift. (Hang on a second ... we EAT this stuff? On purpose?)

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Re: offtopic but reminds me of an old joke

I first heard it as brown/grizzly. Mid-late 1960s, Fort Yukon, AK.

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Re: The machines were just trying to share!

Common misconception. It's not the chilis, nor the beans, that cause problems "downstream". It's poorly prepared food, combined with entirely too much fat.

Beans & hot peppers are a normal part of the diet here at Chez jake. None of the residents report either explosive decompression or the proverbial ring of fire. (Before anyone asks, our genetic background is widely varied.)

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The machines were just trying to share!

Bear spray is yummy, especially on eggs :-)

Force multiplier, threat deterrent or delightful condiment? You decide.

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Microsoft says it's time to get serious about facial recognition rules: 'Laws and regulations are indispensable'

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Sounds like ...

... Redmond's FR code doesn't work, and they are trying to buy time.

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Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: Maybe its time for Microsofties to study programming?

"Microsoft is starting to get a shade of a bad reputation."

Starting? How far back was your time machine set?

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Anything but ordinary. Indeed.

On the bright side, Win10 is the last version of Windows many (most?) people will ever use. Don't blame me, it was Microsoft's idea. Be careful what you wish for ...

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If you ever felt like you needed to carry 4TB of data around, Toshiba's got you covered

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Re: This has been available for a while

Another way of putting it is "a testimonial is not the same as data".

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Re: Eggs. Basket.

Again, have you got proper backup for all that data? What you propose isn't backup.

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Get real! Microsoft CTO of AI quits Redmond for real estate biz

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Re: Obviously the guy is a genius...

It doesn't take genius to see which compensation package is larger.

Location, location, location.

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And lo! Tim Cook becometh tech Jesus. But with more awards

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Re: Jesus, Eh?

Did you know that the translation of "Barabbas" is "Son of the Father"? In other words, BOTH guys on the stand claimed that moniker ... What if the wrong one was put to death? Kinda gives credence to what happened three days later, no?

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Re: I wonder is I can listen to "White Christmas"...

Actually, the holier-than-thou set who are constantly trying to find offense on the behalf of other people[0] are trying to classify it as such. Sad but true.

[0] Despite not actually asking those other people if they are offended ...

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Re: Apple

There was no apple in Genesis. Look up the difference between the Latin mālum and mălum. The Bible is full of such translation errors.

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It's the wobbly Microsoft service sweepstake! If you have 'Teams', you've won a lifetime Slack sub

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Re: Of course, given recent statements from the rumor mill...

"I’m currently investing heavily into Powershell on Linux"

Out of curiosity, why? I'm not baiting here, either, I'm genuinely curious what PS does for you that the native Linux toolkit can't handle better, faster, easier, with a smaller memory footprint and thus inherently better security?

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Re: Need a distributed peering model

But, but, but, but ... how would google/amazon/microsoft/apple be able to watch everything you do in order to keep you informed of all the great deals you are missing out on?

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