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Comment Re:Note if we can stop.. (Score 2) 428

The reason most store bought produce lacks in taste has little to do with genetic modification and everything to do with when it was picked. Tomatoes, for example, are not typically picked when they are fully ripe. The natural ripening process is what generates all the flavor and most of the nutritional goodness. You can simulate this yourself with a tomato plant at home. Just pick a tomato way before it ripens. Set it in a bowl with ripened tomatoes and once it turns red, taste it. Then compare it to tomatoes that ripened on the vine from the same plant.

Comment Re:A story, and, for some, an opportunity (Score 1) 66

Allegedly, their revenue stream from licensing is going down while interest and revenue from software makers in assisting in porting their Windows apps to Linux using their platform is increasing.

I mean it stands to reason that people are not going to regularly upgrade Crossover if it's already running whatever app they want well. And so it stands to reason that they would target their development efforts to companies looking to port. Sooner or later, essentially all the important calls will be implemented such that only bug fixes and/or config tweaks will be necessary to get apps to run as they would on a stock copy of Windows.

Comment Re: Nonsense (Score 1) 466

And as far as this soylent stuff is concerned wasn't it proven that supplements aren't very good and you need actual food to be healthy?

While I do think this guy is a nutcase in general, there's nothing inherently wrong with the concept of soylent. I've been living off the European "Joylent" for nearly a year now and have never felt in better health.

As long as the body is getting everything it needs in a form that it can correctly process, it will be healthy. The biggest concerns are "is there anything missing that the body needs that wasn't accounted for?" and "are the ratios/quantities really correct?". Of course, these are also valid concerns from any normal food intake if you don't vary your food a lot, which is - in the modern day and age - an increasingly common situation.

It's important to remember that it's not a "supplement", but a "food replacement". Supplements are - as the word suggests - something to supplement an existing intake giving you the things you might be missing. A food replacement on the other hand is designed to give you everything you need. Whether or not it meets that goal is a matter of debate, but there are actual food scientists researching that actively at all the major suppliers of these 'soylent' products.

(to note: the common wording amongst consumers of these products and in this reply here uses "Soylent" (upper case S) to refer to the specific brand, and "soylent" (lower case s) to refer to the type of food in general. Soylent is a soylent; Joylent is a soylent; Joylent is not Soylent)

Comment Re:The cognitive dissonance ... (Score 4, Insightful) 131

As a European socialist, let me be the first to say that the government can keep their goddamn noses out of my private affairs.

Socialism is about making some individual sacrifices for the good of society as a whole (because in the bigger picture, that also benefits each individual); not mindlessly letting the government have complete control over my life.

Comment Re: UK needs to be run by corporations like Americ (Score 1) 266

True, the EU isn't a country. It's a union of European states... just as the USA is a union of American states.

There is a difference of course, in that the USA has a much stronger and more influential central government, with much less power afforded to its member states than in the EU; but in essence, the concept is entirely the same.

Comment Re:Batteries with Solar Systems = No Net-metering (Score 1) 317

Depends on where you live and who your providers are. Laws and utility policies vary widely as there are no national governance rules on it (yet). In TVA territory, you currently are allowed to sell power back to the grid as a green power provider at a 2 cent premium over retail rate. This is for solar power and not strictly using a battery to store at off-peak hours and sell back during peak hours. I'm not sure how this battery will fit into their paradigm.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486

Maybe a better way would be to say the last 2% or 3% of driving cases not already covered. Even the Leaf covers probably 70% of driving cases (random percent guess). But it's easy to think of very common use cases that it would not reasonably cover that are not in that last few percent. The current Tesla models do.

Driving cross country in a Tesla is doable *now* depending on your requirements (i.e. minimum stops and can't be stopped more than 10 minutes). I guess those use cases are things like you have to drive to a wedding 10 hours away and overslept. You can make it, but ....

Comment Re:Gamechanger (Score 1) 514

Where in the world do you live that has 5 cents per kWh?

If you live in TVA territory (just one area, I know), it's currently 10 cents. Word has it that residential is getting moved to peak demand pricing soon, so a solar + battery combination could easily pay for itself in the 10 year window of the warranty on the battery and even longer warranty on solar panels.

Comment Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 486

Extreme edge cases, not common edge cases. Examples:

1. Towing excessive weight
2. Driving long distances and needing to make extremely infrequent and short refueling stops (like 10 minutes max)
3. Driving all day in an area where there are no charging options or don't have time to stop and refuel at one.

I can count on one finger the number of times in a year something like that might apply to me. For those rare occasions, renting a vehicle is practical.

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