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Comment: very unimpressed (Score 2) 131 131

by Khashishi (#49982951) Attached to: 3D Printed Supercar Chassis Unveiled

All the engineering in a car isn't just to make something that is light and moves fast. Slap a rocket on a small frame and you can go fast. It is a tradeoff between performance, safety, reliability, cost, features, efficiency, legality, and design. This thing looks like something that some mech-E students threw together as a senior project, not an actual thing that people could use. They make a big deal out of using 3D printed parts, but then they come up with a design that doesn't take advantage of any of the features of 3D printing, like the ability to make complex internal honeycombed shapes.

Comment: Re: Liberty (Score 1) 609 609

I wouldn't say that the civil rights acts are about increasing freedom, but rather increasing equality and justice. Sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice some freedom to increase equality and justice. This is a good thing, but let's not contort the term freedom too much.

Comment: Re:Why not? It's free (Score 1) 283 283

While I'm all in favor for getting people to work to support themselves, Republicans have been working hard to make it not worth it to work, by killing minimum wage increases, encouraging outsourcing, and generally constructing a rent economy where people make (far!) more money by owning things than by doing actual work.

Comment: Re:I do not consent (Score 1) 851 851

by Khashishi (#49925235) Attached to: FDA Bans Trans Fat

The difference between partially hydrogenated oil and your other examples (with the possible exception of fast food) is that it is basically masquerading as food, which is supposed to be good for you. Everybody knows that cigarettes are bad for you (thanks to govt. efforts), so you can blame it on a smoker's poor decision making to smoke. Putting partially hydrogenated oil in food and marketing it as food is more akin to poisoning people, since the final product looks like food and is passed off as food. The consumer still bears some blame, since such products are usually labeled, but even then some products are not fully labeled (a piece of bread from a bakery, etc) and some labels are outright disingenuous (0g trans fat).

If you wanna go all out free market liassez faire shut down the FDA, are you prepared to deal with straight up poisoned food in the market. Because that's what we are talking about here. Trans fat = poison, literally. Let's just put some hexane in this oil since it's cheaper to extract. Also, let's get rid of required labeling. Caveat emptor.

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