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Comment: Re:Without them completely? No (Score 3, Insightful) 362

by AttillaTheNun (#49469791) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

I'll admit I have no idea of the link between fossil fuels and modern medicine. I was under the impression that most medicines are extractions of natural compounds.
I can cite many examples of scalable food production systems that don't depend on fossil fuels, however, and demonstrations that industrial agriculture that is reliant on fossil fuels for fertilizer are non-sustainable beyond the constraints of supply - they degrade and deplete soil fertility in the long run, leading to desertification.

Have a look at the works of Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, Alan Savory, Mark Shepard, Sepp Holzer, Willie Smits if you're interested.

Comment: Re:It boggles my mind (Score 1) 179

by AttillaTheNun (#49321861) Attached to: WHO Report Links Weed Killer Ingredient To Cancer Risk

By all means, allow me to elaborate and offer a clue or two.
Of course, almost anyone other than a pedant such as yourself would have realized I was referring to man made chemical agents specifically engineered to interfere with the natural cycles of organic lifeforms. Specifically broad-leaf plant-based organisms, in this case, but given the choice between drinking a glass of water with said chemical compound and one without, I'll choose the latter, thankyourverymuch.

Comment: Re:Not 100%... but hipsters (Score 1) 278

by AttillaTheNun (#48720693) Attached to: Vinyl's Revival Is Now a Phenomenon On Both Sides of the Atlantic

We're talking new vinyl sales, so let's put aside the obvious benefits of owning a turntable if you already have a significant vinyl collection.

I personally believe uncompressed digital formats, starting with Redbook CD, have a greater POTENTIAL in terms of functionality as well as fidelity than vinyl. Unfortunately, this potential has been unfulfilled as the vast majority of digital releases fail to live up to this potential by a fair margin due to poor mastering. The loudness wars has dumbed down the format to such an extent that one of its primary advantages over vinyl - dynamic range - has all but been nullified. The mastering engineers have decided that you and your playback devices are too stupid to set the volume to your liking so they've made the decision for you - typically 11 out of 10.

Ironically, most vinyl releases sound better than their digital counterparts simply because their volume hasn't been jacked to ridiculous levels at the mastering stage.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky