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Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 367

Unless you mean that in the sense of 'research, heh, nudge-nudge-wink-wink, say no more', I'd be very surprised. Any ethics committee that approves such an experiment would be seriously derelict in their duty (anonymity and informed consent? What are they?).

I don't know if he's telling the truth or not, but at least one semi-well known guy is claiming that was what he was doing.

Comment Re:That's all that consumer-oriented businesses do (Score 1) 258

I'm unconvinced. You addressed partial instances while ignoring all the others. What's reliable food labeling? Are you sure what we have now is reliable, even with the government continuously changing it's food guidelines? You can say that it's based on science, but the science is always at odds with itself. There was an article on /. not too long ago about what a miserable failure food science has been.

What's ridiculous is comparing growing food to manufacturing automobiles, and you totally ignored the part about farmer's markets. Many people can & do grow their own food, others have community gardens, and farmer's markets are available in almost every town & city in the country. So are natural/organic stores.

And your seat belt argument isn't even close to correct. Seat belts were in place in automobiles well before seat belt laws were created. You may be thinking of laws making the wearing of seat belts compulsory, but the belts were in place by the manufacturers well before any laws came into effect.

Comment Re:That's all that consumer-oriented businesses do (Score 2) 258

1. I asked him if he liked food labeling, and he said yes, but that if people like labels then they could just demand them in the free market.
2. I said yes, but labeling isn't in the interests of any producer, so if none of them labeled, then would customers just choose to starve to death?

Done. I won. He even admitted it and I think he slightly softened his rhetoric after that.

Points to consider:
- Many businesses who produce gluten-free, vegetarian, non-gmo, Halal or Kosher foods, etc. voluntarily label their products as such because it IS in their interest.
- Other businesses might see labeling their food as a competitive advantage if everyone else stopped labeling theirs.
- People may buy some non-labeled foods in the short term, but in the long term would seek other alternatives, such as growing their own in a garden or buying from the local farmer's market.

You won your debate with your friend, but you did not win the debate. He gave up too easily.

Comment Re:Puritans are scum (Score 1) 705

What you said is demonstrably wrong and should be obvious to anyone with any education above third grade or so.

"I stubbed my toe! Curse those puritans, source of all pain and misery!" Life is so much easier when it's somebody else's fault, and when you don't have to take responsibility for your own actions.

Comment Re:Puritans are scum (Score 1) 705

100% of the worlds pain and misery come from these people who find glee in forcing their beliefs on others.

Ironic coming from the guy who says this:

College level should be 100% free to citizens in the USA, there is no reason at all to have to charge for classes up to associates, and it should be inexpensive to get to bachelors and beyond. (Original Source)

You have no problem with forcing everyone to pay for college for some people at gunpoint, but a huge problem with some people looking down their nose at others for intentionally looking to cheat on their spouses.

Comment Re:When you define anything as "cheating"... (Score 4, Funny) 705

(Posting as AC, even though I've never gone near the site, because I'm stuck with this country's puritanical environment and the consequences it imposes for even talking about ethical decisions that don't fit the standard mold. And, yeah, I guess I'm a bit of a coward.)

Replying as AC, to tell you that you forgot to mark the "Post Anonymously" checkbox, even though I've never posted AC before, because I'm stuck with this site's puritanical environment and the consequences it imposes for even talking about posting as AC and not using the preview button.

Comment The good news is I'm eligible (Score 3, Informative) 68

The bad news is the nearest local service provider (an Apple Store) is about 45 miles away. Maybe the fact that I'm eligible is also bad news, since I have had some blurry photos. There's a beautiful buck that's been wandering around in the farm field behind our house, and I've tried to get some photos of him, but they turn out blurry enough that you can't make out his antlers. :-/

Comment Re:Colleges are not for education (Score 5, Interesting) 274

What GP clearly means is that University education should be at no (or little) cost to the students. You're being willfully obtuse here.

It will be little or not cost for them to attend, but they will pay for it the rest of their lives in the form of taxes. So will those who *don't* go to college. Meanwhile, Biff and Skippy get a taxpayer-subsidized 4 year frat party. People tend to not value things that they don't think costs them anything. Free sounds like a nice idea, until you consider the consequences. And yeah, I'm still paying my student loans.

Comment Re:Could someone ELI5 how Macbooks retain value? (Score 1) 435

Don't see too many Macs from 2007 still in use. I got a new work iMac about two years back which was nice since the previous one (~2010) was almost too slow to use.

I have a 27" 2010 iMac at home, and it works fine. The only upgrade I did to it was to add 2 4GB DIMMs to bring it up to 12 GB total. My in-laws & cousin both have 2008 iMacs. The in-laws use a 20" at their business. My cousin uses his 24" iMac mostly for web surfing & e-mail.

Comment Re:Could someone ELI5 how Macbooks retain value? (Score 1) 435

There was a time I understood this during the PPC era of mac, but now that macs run on commodity, non specialized CISC based x86, I have no idea why they retain their value.

Well, for instance, I have a 17" 2011 MacBook Pro. It's still running strong on Yosemite, despite only having 8 GB RAM & 512 MB Video card. I don't do a whole lot of gaming, but I've been able to still play games like Civilization: Beyond Earth & Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut, etc. without issue. I mostly use it for writing apps with Xcode nowadays, but it works fine for all other tasks (email, web browsing, etc.) as well. It meets my needs and will probably continue to function well for a few more years. You typically don't get that kind of longevity/performance from a Windows PC.

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