Monthly Archives May 2006

Midas Touch

I found a new beer from Dogfish Head at CM this week. It’s called Midas Touch. This one fits Adam’s definition of “beer he doesn’t like”. That is, it is very fruity, and moderately hoppy. That being said, I challenge him to try one–he might change his tune on this one. It reminds me of some of the sweeter barleywines I have gotten into. Or maybe a west coast pale mixed in equal parts with mead and a fairly sweet muscat wine. The story of this one is that the University of Pensylvania excavated a tomb in Turkey, which they
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Categories: Beer, Wine and Spirits.

Another Weapon for MRSA

The antibiotic/superbug battle has always struck me a bit like the antipiracy-measure/pirate situation. Sure, the anti-piracy crowd can keep coming up with new mechanisms, but it’s just a matter of time before the pirates find a way around them. This puts humans on the losing side of a very long battle. I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime, but I strongly suspect we’ll return to 18th-century levels of mortality from infection within the next couple of hundred years, as we continually train bacteria to become resistant to more and more attacks. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect
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Categories: Health.

Commodity Battle: AOL vs. Skype

Its not uncommon for technology companies to choose a complement to their core technology and try to make it a commodity. This can be a very successful approach: Microsoft’s OS market share has doubtless been aided by cheap, commodity-class PCs. Sometimes when you’re developing two complementary bits of technology, it makes sense to commoditize one of them to aid the other — this is the traditional “give away the razor, sell the razor blades” model. Printer manufacturers have embraced this model with such gusto that some have even started using crytpographic handshakes between the printer and toner cartridges in an
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Categories: VoIP.

A New Brew from Austin

I’m not exactly what you’d call a beer snob, but there’s a lot of stuff out there that I don’t like. On the other hand, there’s a lot of beers that I’ll happily drink that would give me “social pariah” status if I ever owned up to drinking them. In any case, I’m partial to dark, German style beers — bocks and doppelbocks in particular. I stay away from anything ever described as “hoppy” or “fruity,” and strongly beleive that the brewer who invented IPA (George Hodgson, for what it’s worth) should have died an unnatural death. (Yes, I know
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Categories: Beer, Wine and Spirits.

T-Mobile bans VoIP and IM from new UK 3G Data Service

(Apologies for violating my policy of not repeating stuff on slashdot. Also for basing a US-centric rant on a UK story.) It seems that T-Mobile has released a new 3G data service in the UK. Sounds pretty neat, except their terms of service explicitly ban the use of VoIP or IM applications. The referenced article speculates that they plan to offer their own VoIP service. If they are banning such applications because they think their network can’t deal with it, that is bad enough. But if they are banning them because they don’t want competition with their own service, then
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Categories: General, IM, and VoIP.

Texas Goats Don’t Faint

A Plano, Texas school had an unexpected intruder. When they checked the security footage to see how it got in, they found the goat had repeatedly butted a glass door. After defeating it’s own reflection, it explored the halls. For those unfamiliar with the D/FW area, Plano is not exactly rural.
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Categories: Goats.

Open Source SigComp Project Launched

SigComp, an IETF-developed technology for compression of signalling messages, is considered important for certain wireless SIP applications (notably push-to-talk, although its application to other applications is getting some attention as well). The Open SigComp project web site launched last week. The purpose of this project is to produce and maintain an open source SigComp stack. Not only will this assist in research and prototyping work around the SigComp protocol, but it should also help in the continued development of the SigComp protocol within the IETF.
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Categories: IETF, Open Source, and VoIP.

What Not To Do On The Trading Floor

It seems that Ben Bernanke has a bit to learn about speaking the most carefully analyzed words in the financial universe. The visual image painted by the Financial Times is just priceless; I wish I had a video clip of this… “I asked [Bernanke] whether the markets got it right after his congressional testimony and he said, flatly, no,” [CNBC Anchor] Bartiromo said. She was reporting live from floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the resulting trading roar almost drowned out the rest of her remarks. (Thanks for Ron for bringing the FT article to my attention)
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Categories: General.