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Comment Not so high tech (Score 4, Insightful) 66

TFA goes on about putting magnets and RFID tags inside people as the state of the art. I'm sorry, something we do to our pets doesn't really get a 'hacking' imprimatur, much less 'high tech'.

Wake me up when somebody open sources the way to access human memory with a digital chip ('Microsofts in William Gibson's parlance'). Or making some drug or device that actually enhances the human condition. And no, splitting a tongue in half so you can move both muscles at the same time is not an 'enhancement'.

Comment Re:Count your teeth. 30 calories vs 150 (Score 3, Informative) 151

Pasteurizing milk literally kills it. Whole, raw milk is shelf-stable, and perfectly safe to consume. Left too long it simply turns into cheese. Once processed however, after a mere few days it grows highly toxic mold and fungus at a rate in direct proportion to the amount of processing (whole vs 2% vs skim). Interesting, no?

Pasteurizing milk wasn't done to piss goofball foodies off. It was done as a public health measure. Look up Listeria and see if it's 'perfectly safe'.

TL;DR - read the quote from the Wikipedia article:

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says improperly handled raw milk is responsible for nearly three times more hospitalizations than any other food-borne disease outbreak, making it one of the world's most dangerous food products.[15][16] Diseases prevented by pasteurization can include tuberculosis, brucellosis, diphtheria, scarlet fever, and Q-fever; it also kills the harmful bacteria Salmonella, Listeria, Yersinia, Campylobacter, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli O157:H7,[17][18] among others.

Comment Re:Coronation my ass - Hillary!'s public execution (Score 3, Informative) 225

If any serving member of the armed forces had done what she did they would be living in the Fort Leavenworth bed and breakfast for years.

A certain General Patreaus might disagree with you. Now, if you were talking about just peons, then you have a point. But the double standard is enchantingly broad.

Comment Re:And once again (Score 1) 167

/. proves with these comments how backwards and luddite the thinking has become. Gone are the days of science and the hope of something more. Here are the times of cowardice and fear. This whole website has become a bastion of cowards who are too frightened of the unknown. I am sure most of the /. crowd would be perfectly fine cowering away with their vacuum tubes and the threat of V2 rockets to be of any use. This whole site is a sick joke. How can news for nerds be something that mocks space travel? The majority seems to have forgotten that nerds want to progress, not regress, and are just too scared and pussy to move beyond the familiar.

No, it shows that people are finally growing up. Making rational attempts at complex problems. Attempting to balance multiple priorities.

Oh, and we're broke. There's always that.

Comment Re:"..or what intermediate steps have to be taken. (Score 0) 167

If anything, humans are an evolutionary step backward: humans are ill adapted to Mars and our time and effort on the surface of Mars will be spent catering to our own survival rather than doing anything useful.

Right. So what you're saying is you want a whole bunch of autonomous robots, capable of doing pretty much anythings humans can do. Unsupervised on another planet. Full of resources and energy. With a lower gravity well.

I for one, would welcome our new Martian overlords.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.