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Comment: Re:The Million Dollar Question (Score 3, Informative) 172

by Vegan Cyclist (#47604207) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap
Not sure now, but a few years ago the Sony reader had less restrictions than most (if that's what you're implying) - since it was able to read multiple formats, and no DRM requirements, i made it my choice, and we have 3 of them (different generations) in the house now. Will miss future iterations!

Comment: More common than you'd think! (Score 1) 64

by Vegan Cyclist (#47395331) Attached to: Study: Whales Are Ecosystem "Engineers"
Here's a really incredible video on wolves, and their positive influence on Yellowstone National Park - doubtless we'll find that species have a much larger influence and impact that we assume, which makes sense that these systems all took millions of years to's not a haphazard configuration, most species depend on a number of others. Even in our bodies, look at the bacteria that inhabit us, and the influences we're finding they have on us....

Comment: Re:No Such Thing (Score 1) 454

by Vegan Cyclist (#47333427) Attached to: CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking
Sure there is - for example, you can prevent death from being in an airplane crash by never boarding a plane. That risk is eliminated, not "delayed or accelerated". Smoking-related diseases can be prevented by not smoking, and avoiding exposure to smoke. In the same manner alcohol-related deaths can be prevented by not consuming alcohol.

Comment: Re:Some further detail (Score 1) 132

by Vegan Cyclist (#47192969) Attached to: Mad Cow Disease Blamed For Patient's Death In Texas
That's a pretty rude and awful joke..

Exposure to TSE/CJD is really a very big threat for medical facilities - it's hard to clean off surgical items, and so contamination can happen very quickly if it's not suspected..combine that with the fact they're not 100% certain how TSE/CJD spreads, and if it can spread from more than brain and spinal fluids..

In the name of sensitivity and good taste, why not try looking this sort of thing up before saying something both ignorant, and potentially hurtful?

Comment: Re:I can relate: exercise prevents moodiness (Score 1) 122

by Vegan Cyclist (#47068553) Attached to: Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels
Interesting thought...but am i an addict, or is this a state i should be experiencing regularly? (IE: being active?)

In my youth, i was prone to mood swings, and more extreme emotional states..people now often comment on how level-headed i am...maybe it's because i wasn't burning the calories and being as active as i should have been.

Comment: I can relate: exercise prevents moodiness (Score 3, Interesting) 122

by Vegan Cyclist (#47056437) Attached to: Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels
In a way i can totally relate to this - i'm a fairly high-level bike racer, and if i don't ride for 2-3 days, i find i start to get moody and restless, and it's *always* cured by getting out and getting my heart going a bit. Even a walk will make the difference. I wasn't active as a kid, only really started in my 20's, but ever since i started, i need to keep active to keep in a good headspace...and i know of several other riders who say the same thing. Their partners actually tell them to get out and ride because they get in a state when they're inactive. Maybe in a way other species are responding to some kind of natural need to keep active....?

Comment: Re:enforce existing laws? (Score 1) 490

As a driver, would you be happier sitting behind the 30 cyclists lined up at a busy stop sign, waiting for each one to alternate with the traffic the other way? Or would you rather the 30 move through the stop sign as 'one vehicle' as they normally do (for efficiency)? Don't forget, a car and a cyclist should each take a turn to pass the stop sign; technically a car AND cyclist travelling/crossing the same direction is illegal as well and should be one-at-a-time, and should be single-file when arriving at the stop sign.

Comment: Re:Way Way off. (Score 1) 291

Um..ships *are* traveling along it - hate to link to Wikipedia, but:

You're correct that it isn't being used much, but it's because it's not really all that efficient and ice is the least of their concerns:

I wish there was a mod point for 'Didn't Google Own Claims Before Posting'. I'm trying to believe this isn't flamebait, but it's sad to me that so many claims are made here that come from zero research and easily disproved with a simple search... Oh, and the ice isn't contained solely around the 'North Pole'...ugh..

It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. -- Woody Allen