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By gzt (Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 06:01:42 PM EST) gzt, chess, stuff, things, vegetarian chili, foreign languages, lunix, beach boys (all tags)
So I've got a cover of "Don't Worry Baby" stuck in my head. The wifing unit, apparently, doesn't approve of my falsetto attempts to sing along.


So I was thinking about why I'm not using Lunix at home. I don't really have many reasons not to, as all the programs I use on my desktop are not Windows-only with the exception of a couple chess programs: Chessmaster and the Convekta software. I don't use Chessmaster all that much, but I use the tactics training software from Convekta fairly often. The other chess stuff I have can be done in Lunix, as it's all free stuff like scid and FICS interfaces. I suppose the main barrier is dealing with the music and hard drive space and what Windows and Linux can read and write to. But I have another 320GB drive lying around somewhere and that should be anough to take care of that. I prefer amaroK to iTunes anyway. The laptop would have to remain on Windows because of wireless connectivity, obviously (it doesn't work on Lunix). YNAB can go on Lunix, too. But, you know, until I'm done with CT Art 3.0, it would be silly to switch, since I use it every day. Shutting down and booting back up to switch programs is just a waste of time. I suppose wine or VMWare or something could be a solution, but just sticking Windows for now is also a solution.

I'm not getting much training lately. School, church, social life, major crick in the neck have been conspiring against me. I'll be at it tomorrow, though. SQUATTING. And then I'll be doing a lot of school work and studying. I should put in at least an hour every day of study from here on out in preparation for nonsense.

Here's a hint: don't produce something in a foreign language, even if it's just one sentence, if you don't speak the language well enough to know if it's wrong. In some cases this requires near-native fluency, or at least very good idiomatic fluency - particularly if you're saying something that is likely to be idiomatic. This pretty much discards the idea of using something like Google Translate unless you are desperate. It should also give you pause before volunteering a translation unless you're pretty good with the language.

I started Yusupov's book (Build Up Your Chess Volume 1) and am enjoying it so far. It's fairly tough.

We should make vegetarian chili. We have the dry beans instead of canned beans. There are pros and cons. Pros: cheaper. Cons: have to remember to soak them beforehand, have to make choices about how much to make. With cans, you just grab a couple cans of black beans, a couple cans marked chili beans, grab a couple onions, maybe some tomatoes, and go to town with the seasonings.

Anyway, I got a bunch of work done today.

Interesting: http://www.westportchessclub.org/computer-chess/Houdini-1-5a-x64-v-Deep-Rybka-4-1-x64--100Games.htm

A match between what was stereotypically known as the best chess engine for a few years (and which has now been shown to have stolen large amounts of code from a GPL engine) against a genuinely free (and open source? not sure...) engine that has recently climbed to the top of the charts. Incidentally, I use Houdini for my own chess analysis because it's free. Houdini seems to be creaming Deep Rybka as of the third game.

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Translations by CMcKinnon (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 06:19:09 PM EST
I agree 100% on the foreign language stuff. We have to localize the system I work on for three additional languages besides English, and translations are always an issue. We used to send them out to a professional translation service, then just use what they gave us back. However, we then continually got corrections from the business people who actually live in the other countries and are native speakers. The complaints were usually like "well, that's technically correct, but the way we would actually say it is ...". So now, for large batches of text, we still send it to a service, but then have the locals review and correct it. For small things, like just a line or two, we just go right to the locals.



that's absurd. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 07:07:43 PM EST
You would kind of expect a translation service to do that simple task. It's not that hard to find a literate speaker of (viz) Hindi to do a quick once-over and make those corrections for you after they do whatever it is they do to produce their drafts.

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If it's a translation service, by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 07:32:52 PM EST
there is absolutely no justification for them using a non-native speaker to create it in the first place. End of story.

But doing the writing for UIs is hard work, of course.

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You can't be so sure they didn't by Driusan (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 01:36:55 PM EST
They may very well have asked a native speaker to do a once over, but that native speaker happens to be from a different locale which speaks the same language (with different idioms) then your native speaker who's a user.

For instance, in Quebec they'll say "stationnement" to refer to car parking. If your translation service used a native speaker from France to do their once over, they might have told them to just say "Le parking." (Contrarily, a Quebec user will say "le crankshaft" while Google translate tells me the french word (presumably in France) is "vilebrequin.")

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Vive le Montréal libre.

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That is definitely something to consider. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #18 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 01:50:40 PM EST
And is definitely another reason not to entrust this sort of thing to somebody without a high level of proficiency.

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Where ya been? by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 10:45:39 AM EST
Forget to use the dupe account today?

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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I'm soaking beans right now by garlic (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 06:29:28 PM EST
I remembered on my way out the door to work. It's one of those odd evolution of food issues -- who decided to soak these rocks for a couple hours and see if they become edible?


if you pick them in the pod by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 10:35:30 AM EST
and shell them fresh, they ain't rocks.

Only after you leave them in pod/on plant until they dry out do they get hard..

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dry beans by lm (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 08:01:01 PM EST
A pressure cooker will cook even non-soaked beans in less than half an hour start to finish.

I usually do the slow cooker thing and then bag them in 2 cup portions and freeze what I'm not using immediately.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
wikipedia by garlic (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 12:47:23 PM EST
claims you can poison yourself by using dry kidney beans in a slow cooker.


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Will Dr. Wikipedia bill my insurance? by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #19 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 05:02:24 PM EST

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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I'm sure such is possible by lm (2.00 / 0) #22 Wed Mar 30, 2011 at 05:32:36 AM EST
It's yet to happen to me. If you understand why it might happen, it seems to me to be relatively easy to gauge why it might happen in some slow cookers.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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All your base are belong to us by kwsNI (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 09:23:10 PM EST
What's wrong with approximations?  :)

I've had Halestorm's cover of Bad Romance stuck in my head since the CD arrived Saturday.  I'm glad no ones been around to hear me humming Lady Gaga. 

I cannot shake my suspicion that by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 11:19:39 PM EST
you wake up every day and quest for some notion to annoy yourself with. Is this accurate? Would you consider yourself to be a happy person?

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

meh. on soaking by R343L (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 03:16:38 AM EST
This is how I make vegetarian chili: That is all.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
also, a link by R343L (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 03:19:38 AM EST
Michael Ruhlman had a recent post about the lore and science of soaking beans. I plan to try the baking soda thing. Steve Sando himself chimed in!

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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what I'd like to have seen by garlic (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 12:55:07 PM EST
is for an example bean, how long it takes to cook without soaking, and with progressively longer soaks -- 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours.


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hand-shredded chiles? by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 08:46:13 AM EST
Ouch. Do you wear plastic gloves?

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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dry chiles by R343L (4.00 / 1) #14 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 12:06:53 PM EST
Don't really have a lot of oil. At least not the finger ones I usually use. And no, I don't usually wear gloves. I don't use them to cut up fresh ones either.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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I did that once cutting up a habanero. by Captain Tenille (4.00 / 1) #20 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 07:23:16 PM EST
Note the "once" there. 

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More than once here by R343L (2.00 / 0) #21 Wed Mar 30, 2011 at 01:44:55 AM EST
I just wash my hands right away and rub my fingers on metal while doing so. Seems to work fine.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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Quick soak method by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 10:47:38 AM EST
Put in pot of boiling water, boil for 5 minutes, remove pot from heat, allow beans to soak for 1 hour.

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