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Comment: Re:Hackers Are Pampered (Score 1) 102 102

I contemplated working out the surface area of north korea, estimating amount of available plant matter.
Then maybe doing simulations on just how much a typical poverty stricken family might have access to assuming that there wasn't some thug there preventing access...

Then I realised that I really just didn't care enough.
So, fine, whatever, maybe you're right. You're operating pretty heavily on assertions though.
Rabbits have been a fine food source in places like France for a very long time though, and a good source of protein if indeed all you have is grass and twigs.

Comment: Re:Hackers Are Pampered (Score 1) 102 102

I was using straw in a general sense hoping people would abstract â

Ok. Let's say any high cellulose greenery of which the natural world is full.

Last I checked, North Korea is not, in fact nothing but bare rock.

Things rabbits can eat that humans will extract little to no nutrients from:
twigs/bark
grass
leaves
thistles/weeds

Here's the thing.
North Korea actually should be able to feed itself. It is profoundly disfunctional due to its political system and therefore, well, full of wild stuff.

Rabbits can eat that. So, unless the rabbits ate the country to the ground (unlikely with hungry people around), at least there'd be *some* source of food out there that doesn't require intensive agriculture.

But, yeah, even if North Korea wasn't any good for farming, there'd still be tons of stuff for a rabbit to eat.

Comment: Re:It DOES have permission (Score 3, Insightful) 234 234

Agreed. It's absurd how many apps require all these permissions to be installed.

If you want the app, you agree to that.
I still haven't upgraded Waze since their new "social" integration required a ton more privileges, mostly to phone private info. And this despite running XPrivacy - I just can't be bothered to go through the whitelisting for it, when current version works well enough. Ditto the updated Google Search app.

It'd be nice if apps had a base set of privs then expanded sets that could be allowed on install or later by request to the system/user. Also it'd be nice if the privileges were a lot more restricted, like "Use Ad Service to show you ads" instead of "Use Internet"

So, I installed a little Fisher Price Animals app for kid, and set XPrivacy to "ask" mode. On startup, XPrivacy popups popped up indicating the app wanted my Localisation, Phone Identity, Telephone (calling/numbers - probably just so the app could know when a call was coming in if a kid was playing, but still, the sort of broad category Android requires for something like that), Sensors, some Shell cpu thingy I couldn't be bothered to figure out, but that it seems to run just fine without, and, Shell lib calls for the animal sounds.
But, yeah, you allow broad categories, some inoccuous, some just 'cause they want to know how many users they have or something, and, surprise!

+ - The Outdated Thinking Behind Apple's New Headquarters-> 1 1

fiannaFailMan writes: Apple's futuristic new building is neither a new concept nor a progressive innovation. Like the Pentagon and GCHQ, both of which are also owned by secretive organizations, the building is designed to be viewed from the air with no consideration for how it is to be viewed from the street other than hiding it like an embarrassing relative behind a forest of trees, rendering it invisible to all but airline passengers. Its sprawling and insular design philosophy is a last gasp of a dying utopian architectural vision that is thankfully being abandoned as we return to more traditional and sustainable models of urban planning.
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Comment: Re:As it is designed to do (Score 1) 147 147

MSFT is really under the gun to show they can produce quality. This is why competition is great for us and why we should pat ourselves on the back for pushing MSFT towards anti-monopoly standards. Google's Android releases keep looking better and better. Apple has their own embarrassments. MSFT has to do the software process to get it right and they know they can't afford another Win8 / Vista / WinME. We can always use Linux which is getting better and better every day. They are giving away Win8 now for $65 WITH A TABLET. (that's how bad it is.)

Comment: Re:What they don't tell you (Score 1) 588 588

Eh. There's a hell of a lot of variety of beer nowdays. You're probably thinking of a doppelbock there.
There's a legend about monks brewing it to help get them through fasts.

But I'd certainly not recommend using that approach to pacifying babies to moms â

Usually if you keep a baby fed and changed and comfortable they are pretty calm. Teething can be rough..
Unless they have some other problem like thrush or something.

Looks like I might be wrong about the hops tho...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu...

Anyway, apparently alcohol in milk falls off at the same rate as in blood, so probably the easiest way to do it is enjoy the beer immediately after a feeding.

Comment: Re:What they don't tell you (Score 1) 588 588

Hey, I've been following this ever since I saw his comment, mostly due to my interest in the beer angle.
But, while you're right that fermenting is important for the digestibility of tofu, it has no impact on the phytoestrogens.

Ditto beer fermentation, the phytoestrogens in the hops make it through the process juuuust fine.

I think the large number of pseudoestrogens out there is due to the fact that estrogen is a pretty simple molecule and a hell of a lot of stuff in nature gets confused by the body as being it.

If you're pregnant, you're generally advised to avoid a bunch of these estrogen mimics.

By contrast, it can be handy in women who are breastfeeding. One of the ways to help with production is apparently drinking hoppy beer. (obviously not just before feeding the kid)

People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn't.

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