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Comment Re:Why does EU need GM? (Score 1) 324

Yes, that's a remnant of Europe's dark times, where it was composed of totalitarian nation states engaging in protectionism and warfare. It's time to end that nonsense.

Food security is maybe the most important thing a government can do besides upholding the law.

And the "general population" gets what it wants, right? Whether it's burning witches, burning Jews, or burning GMO crops.

I wish they would burn stupid people so I don't have to explain to them what democracy is about.

Comment Re:this is what the 2nd amendment is for (Score 1) 226

My concern is that if 'the powers that be' don't soon learn that keeping the lid on the pressure cooker by suppressing protest is a losing strategy, it will explode soon (if it's not already too late for that). I would rather see a measured response where cops end up in handcuffs than one where cops end up dead. Yje lesson in humility might also be helpful.

Also, that would be the sort of moral victory that could get people motivated to vote for unconventional candidates with some hope they might win.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 62

The scientific fact is that most "recreational" drugs attach to certain receptors, which are meant for internal communication only. The euphoria you get from drugs is due to them being in far higher dosage than what the receptors normally expect.

This abuse leads to desensitisation, making it difficult for drug users to feel good naturally.

Besides, the argument that the brains are hardwired is kind of stupid. Your stomach is hardwired to be filled with hydrochloric acid, but that doesn't mean you should drink it.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 2, Interesting) 62

So if our brains are hardwired with receptors for this stuff, maybe it's time to actually look at it and evaluate it for what is is instead of this bullshit moralistic prohibition which is there to keep a bunch of religious assholes happy?

Um, Puritanism is the State Religion in the USA. They offer platitudes about separation of Church and State, but all the evidence points in the other direction.

Puritanism is also considered Satanic by some serious theologists (assuming the premise).

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Submission Endocannabinoids Contribute to Runner's High->

MTorrice writes: After a nice long bout of aerobic exercise, some people experience what’s known as a “runner’s high”: a feeling of euphoria coupled with reduced anxiety and a lessened ability to feel pain. For decades, scientists have associated this phenomenon with an increased level in the blood of -endorphins, opioid peptides thought to elevate mood.

Now, German researchers have shown the brain’s endocannabinoid system—the same one affected by marijuana’s 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—may also play a role in producing runner’s high, at least in mice.

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Comment Re:This is not about science. It's about dependenc (Score 1) 324

You have it quite wrong. EU is not big on consumer crap like Facebook or Twitter or whatever you consider "high tech", but when it comes to industry software there are enough local companies that provide it. And European mechanical and chemical engineering is at the very least on par with anyone else, and often actually better. In fact, large scale machinery, chemicals, drugs, food processing and packaging is what Germany and the Netherlands export to the USA.

Comment Re:Win 10 (Score 1) 181

By default Vista did things very, very wrong initially. It couldn't even log into an MS domain without downloading and running a fix from the command line. That was very amusing at a time when MS fanboys were blasting linux for having a command line at all.
After a while and a lot of updates it settled down, using far less memory, doing file copies at full speed and so on. There's still a couple of Vista systems in my workplace used by some people that did an end run around IT to get them - they are sort of usable but make Win7 look like a work of wonder in comparison.

Comment Now here is why it may be relevant to you (Score 4, Informative) 181

Now here is why the above example may be relevant to you - several popular image editing programs do a lot of operations on the working data from your current image on disk instead of in memory no matter how much memory you have. Put it's cache on ramdisk and some operations speed up by an order of magnitude or more and let other operations happen.
I've seen a machine lock up for twenty minutes rotating a large TIF file despite having a lot of free memory because it was thrashing the disk flat out.

Nothing recedes like success. -- Walter Winchell