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Comment Re:Error 1 (Score 1) 847 847

Gasoline stations don't sell gasoline. The provide it as a service at near-zero margin as a way to lure you in for the high-margin food and sundries in their stores.

They'll find other ways to lure you in (like adding charging stations).

Hardly. The cheapest are still the ones without a store.

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 1) 132 132

Ever heard the phrase "Divided by a common language?"

In British English a member of "the government" is not a Bureaucrat with a public service-style salary, it's the Prime Minister and his Cabinet. Where they use "government" we'd use "Administration" (as in: the Obama Administration).

Actually it means the same in America. Americans are just reallhy of stupid and blame the government for everything even remotely public. You can see this very often for instance with Obama being blamed for the actions of republican Governors.

Comment Re: Blocked (Score 2) 132 132

For those bot getting the "joke", GEMA is pretty much the German equivallent of the RIAA in the US.

They are notorious for geoblocking in Germany videos from youtube which contains content under their licensing rights... Even youtube channels from the artists themselves.

Actually they are notorious for Google blocking youtube videos claiming GEMA demanded it, even if they didn't.

Comment Re:Not the right tool (Score 1) 143 143

I wonder if a spreadsheet is really the right tool for computations that take several dozens of seconds on modern hardware, even without GPU acceleration. I am inclined to think it is not.

No, it isn't but many accountants and business controllers are using spreadsheets, some of them also learn SQL, but that isn't really all that much better for financial calculations (though better as a database which they also use spreadsheets for).

Comment Re:Adderall?... Complicted. (Score 1) 155 155

they would be forbidding people from taking their prescribed medication

No. They'd be forbidding people from taking part in the competition.

Probably depends on the drug. Several types of asthma medication is considered doping unless you have astma. If I remember correctly some 50% of professional bicycle riders officially have asthma.

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 429 429

Unless they invent a bullshit "disciplinary" reason for the firing in which case you are out your job and the termination allowance you thought you were entitled to. Are you a white male? Good luck fighting that one out with a lawyer...

That is why you have unions.


Scientists Identify Sixth Taste: Fat 89 89

New submitter shuheng writes with news that a study out of Purdue claims to have identified the sixth distinct taste known to humans: fat. The scientists say it should be called oleogustus which means "fatty taste" in Latin (abstract). Professor Richard Mattes said, Most of the fat we eat is in the form of triglycerides, which are molecules comprised of three fatty acids. Triglycerides often impart appealing textures to foods like creaminess. However, triglycerides are not a taste stimulus. Fatty acids that are cleaved off the triglyceride in the food or during chewing in the mouth stimulate the sensation of fat. The taste component of fat is often described as bitter or sour because it is unpleasant, but new evidence reveals fatty acids evoke a unique sensation satisfying another element of the criteria for what constitutes a basic taste, just like sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami.

Comment Adderall?... Complicted. (Score 3, Informative) 155 155

I was thinking it would be some ritalin based medicin, and adderall is particularly abused, and maybe shouldn't even be used the way it is. But this is important: It still requires a prescription to get, so in the end by banning it, they would be forbidding people from taking their prescribed medication. Even if it is widely abused, there are a some that needs it.

Even in cycling they allow drugs that are otherwise banned, if a doctor prescribes it and documents the athlete needs it.

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