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Comment: Re:So does this qualify as 'organic'? (Score 1) 120 120

What do you mean by cyclical? Do you mean the livestock/fertilizer/crop/fodder cycle?

That's the one

Just curious, since I'm not aware of either cyclical production or crop rotation being a requirement for organic farming

Yeah, that's what happens when you don't trademark something. That was the original idea. It makes the name "organic" make more sense, several senses in fact:

characterized by the systematic arrangement of parts; organized; systematic:
of or relating to the basic constitution or structure of a thing; constitutional; structural:
developing in a manner analogous to the natural growth and evolution characteristic of living organisms; arising as a natural outgrowth.
viewing or explaining something as having a growth and development analogous to that of living organisms

Actually having a cyclical system is more "organic" by senses of the word which don't mean "on the USDA approved list" or "has a scary name"

Comment:'s the LAW! (Score 1) 357 357

All statements in the Constitution are dependent on the courts agreeing to their meaning. Remember there was a time when there was an assault-weapons ban, which limited magazines to a certain size, and there still is a ban on the sale of new full-automatic weapons to private citizens. The magazine size law expired through its own vocabulary setting a duration of effect, while the automatic weapons ban is still in-effect.

As long as the courts are willing to accept that there are such things as reasonable limits, there will be regulation of firearms.

Comment:'s the LAW! (Score 1) 357 357

They didn't around here either, until there were far too many cases of unregistered vehicles with otherwise unexpired plates running around. My guess is that the change was partially a response to the purchasing habits of undocumented immigrants, which could not get vehicle registrations on their own but could 'inherit' the old plates with up to two years remaining on them even if they were technically no longer valid, as it would require comparing registrations and MVD 'sold-notices' to catch the discrepancy. Just easier to pull the plate when selling so that the buyer has to obtain his own registration, and if he can't then he might find himself unable to get plates.

Comment: VC shouldn't run companies. (Score 1) 320 320

Knowing how to suck up to people who are throwing other people's money around hoping something sticks is a very different skill set from running a business. Ellen Pao was never qualified to run a taco stand, much less a high-traffic web site.

The best thing Reddit could do is can her incompetent ass TODAY, and hire someone qualified to lead them to profitability.


Comment: Dedicated, highly trained staff (Score 2) 36 36

This is fine when the application is high-end and the organization can justify employing expensive, highly-trained staff to maintain the equipment, but for the average business, even one with a fairly extensive datacenter, there is no practical way to do this. Too many staff do double-duty (ie, take care of software applications and occasionally do hardware maintenance) or are too reliant on software/systems vendors that are themselves locked in to hardware incompatible with such an environment for this to be practical. It's cool, but it's definitely a niche within a niche.

Comment: Re:Outside help (Score 1) 291 291

Socioeconomic times that allowed women to not generate income are the exception, not the norm. Before the Industrial Revolution both genders worked mostly out of the home or on the farm, and often their kids were also roped into work. Once the Industrial Revolution hit, many women continued to work from home while their husbands went to work in factories, if they themselves didn't also transition to factory life. Only the wealthy could afford for one spouse to not work. It is not reasonable to expect one unskilled or only moderately skilled worker to supply the economic resources for multiple people on average.

Comment: Re:Spending cuts one way or another (Score 1) 291 291

From your comments, it's obvious that you don't understand what money is.

Money is an IOU.

The backing of a currency is not a physical resource, it's a measure of trust in the provider of said currency.

This holds equally true for Bitcoin, which is why Bitcoin is going to be a quaint footnote in computing history in a few years. Nothing backs it. Math is discoverable and essentially worthless as a backing. It's like collecting tree leaves and calling them money. You can grab them from just about anywhere, and there's technically a finite number of them. But nobody's going to give you anything in trade for them. (Except maybe a damned good kicking, which you'll deserve.)

I don't think it necessarily follows that Bitcoin has no future as a currency. Instead trust coming from a government backing the value of the currency the trust comes from assurance in the number of Bitcoins in existence and the number of people using Bitcoins. That being said Greece is a perfect example of the problem with a Bitcoin backed economy as you can't devalue your Bitcoins if you run into debt trouble anymore than Greece can devalue the Euro.

Though even if it doesn't succeed as a currency it sounds like Bitcoin might stick around as a payment system.

Comment: Re:lettice under LED grow lights? (Score 1) 120 120

Etc. This product they're thinking about selling... I can't see anyone outside of some government goofball on expense account buying this thing.

I don't think that you're correct. Food production and the supply chain is the most important part of a society after access to potable water. Places where land is hideously expensive want to maximize the yield per acre, and if they can get the energy production cost along with the equipment cost down below what it costs to do it the old-fashioned way, and can also improve the consistency of the resulting crops, they may well be on to something. Think of places like Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and probably a whole slew of others where this would be economically viable even with the need to build structures from the ground up to do it in, where an interruption to the current food supply chain would have devastating results to the populace.

Don't forget that the sun provides more wavelengths than the plants use. Generating only the wavelengths that the plants use should mean energy efficiency.

Comment: Re:yes. tried one. (Score 1) 281 281

(i.e. circulatory problems, certain spinal issues, heart problems) for a different set of issues with standing desks (i.e. foot problems, different spinal issues, heart problems).
Those problems are very likely food and lifestyle issues and have nothing to do with sitting or standing while working on a keyboard.