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Backups

jwz
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How long should you keep your backups?

I wrote this with tar. Which stands for tape archiver. It's 1600 BPI. That's bytes per inch.

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force
181 days ago
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1600bpi. that was HIGH density in the day
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People Are Very Upset About the Way This Dude Cuts His Bagels

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Twitter user Alek Krautmann ignited controversy this morning with his photo of vertically sliced bagels.

First things first, these bagels appear to be from Panera Bread, which may be a perfectly acceptable bagel vendor in St. Louis, but if you live in New York and you want a bagel, it’s probably a good idea to keep walking to a place whose owner is not currently attempting to “atone for his family’s Nazi past.”

But their provenance aside, these bagels have been sliced in a way that, depending who you ask, is either a major faux pas or the greatest thing since sliced bread.

The original tweet was quickly ratioed, and responses ridiculing the sliced bagel concept garnered more likes than the original post.

Even Dictionary.com chimed in, arguing that the etymology of the word “bagel” requires it to take the shape of a ring.

Sliced bagel critics say that the slices on either side of the bagel hole would be too small, and that part of the joy of eating a bagel comes from sinking one’s teeth into its thick, chewy dough. Fans have said that the bagel slices have more surface area for schmears and that some people prefer not to eat a whole bagel — a problem I can’t claim to have ever encountered. If you ask me, pizza should be folded, pasta water should be salted, and bagels should be sliced through the middle and loaded with cream cheese, maybe some lox.

Bagels are also excellent sandwich vessels. A bacon, egg and cheese just wouldn’t be the same sandwiched between wafer-thin discs. Can a slice of tomato even fit atop a bread-sliced bagel crisp?

But I won’t completely knock it until I try it. I just have to find a New York bagel shop that’s willing to butcher a perfectly good hunk of dough. After all, stranger things have happened.

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force
545 days ago
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If you do a möbius cut you get one piece but more surface area for cream cheese
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Review: Smark translator works as advertised – although so do translation apps

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The Smark translator, seen here translating English to Hungarian

Not all that long ago, if you told someone there was a device that allowed your spoken words to instantly be heard in another language, they might not believe you. Well, there are now several such gadgets available, and we recently tried out a unique new model – Misway Technology's Smark two-way translator.

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force
758 days ago
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Hahaha. Love the Monty Python reference in the photo.
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The Best Way to Drink Whiskey Is With a Bit of Water, After All

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Drink scotch, drink rye, drink bourbon, drink too much but barely enough, drink a barrel of it, drink it hot, cold, with a cigarette—but however you drink your whiskey (whisky), drink it with a splash of water. Or so says science.

Rather than relying on highly scientific and perfectly enjoyable taste tests, researchers at Linnaeus University in Sweden carried out computer simulations of water and alcohol to better understand the movement of organic compounds that make whiskey taste like, well, whiskey. That flavor comes from a molecule called guaiacol, which contributes to common "tasting notes" for the spirit—smoke, peat, spice. Chemically, it resembles other aroma compounds, such as vanillin (tastes like vanilla) or limonene (tastes like lemon). You get more of it in Scottish whiskies than their American or Irish counterparts, researchers said.

The water and ethanol in any spirit don't mix perfectly, so drinks have what are technically known as "ethanol clusters," which can trap aromatic compounds such as guaiacol and, in turn, prevent drinks from tasting as they should. A little extra water in the glass can free guaiacol from its depths, so it can skate around the surface of the drink and enhance both the smell and the taste (in the range of about 40 to 45 percent alcohol after dilution). At 27 percent overall alcohol—even more water!—it's even freer to "aerosolize" and get up in your nose as you sip.

This highly important research began (more or less) over a barrel. Scientist Ran Friedman was inspired to carry out these trials after a visit to Scotland, where he was struck by the locals' dedication to adding a few drops to a wee dram, no matter how high-end it was. But his coauthor Björn Karlssen is reluctant to tell drinkers what to do. Preferences are necessarily personal, he told NPR, and whiskey is "among the most complicated product there is, in terms of chemical composition." It sounds like further tests are necessary. Pull up a stool and let's get to the bottom of this.

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force
1133 days ago
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As we always knew. But now backed up by SCIENCE
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Second Life and the World's Worst Children's Book

jwz
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The rabbits aren't dead, they're sleeping. They simply can never wake up.

Virtual rabbits across Second Life will fall asleep on Saturday then never wake up, now that the their digital food supply has been shut down by a legal battle. The player-made and player-sold Ozimals brand of digirabbits are virtual pets that players breed and care for in the sandbox MMO, and even need to feed by buying DRM-protected virtual food. But they rely on servers. Waypoint reported earlier today that the seller of Ozimals and the Pufflings virtuabirds has received a legal threat he says he cannot afford to fight, so they've shut down. By Saturday, rabbits will run out of food and enter hibernation.

The rabbits aren't dead, they're sleeping. They simply can never wake up.

[...] At least the Ozimals' birdy cousins, the Pufflings, had a swift death. They shut down instantly on Wednesday when the servers went down, while rabbits hold on with the food in their cyberbellies.

Ozimals did give rabbit owners a brief chance to save their rabbits. Before shutting down, they gave away items which make rabbits not need food -- and leaves them sterile. Some rabbits will live on forever, the last of their kind. If you wish that fate upon your rabbit, apparently some kindly players have a stash you're welcome to.

Your DRM-addicted pet bunny can be like Cancer Puppy from The Magicians! It can spent eternity with its viscera riddled through with botnets and blockchains!

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force
1222 days ago
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Second Life is still a thing‽
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Android Auto vs. Apple CarPlay Head-to-Head

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Everyone who works on CarPlay and Siri at Apple should be forced to watch this. Pretty much a shutout victory for Android Auto.

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force
1273 days ago
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Wow. This is pretty definitive.
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emdeesee
1272 days ago
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I couldn't help but chuckle at the Apple advocate's repeated assertion that the Apple product is more aesthetically appealing, as if that were a compelling argument in the absence of basic functionality.
Sherman, TX
gglockner
1273 days ago
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No contest. Ouch.
Bellevue, WA
satadru
1273 days ago
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This is entirely my experience...

[edit] also this: https://i.redditmedia.com/wKf7Kx9XYXPQDIJpypCXJyKRlLOXVmtvFEkNmIsLRvw.jpg?w=768&s=d4a85626c0cad5576f76d37eaace5c5a
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