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Comment: Re:The real puzzle (Score 1) 382

Who said they flew "aimlessly"? Once they severed communications, they could have turned and gone anywhere they wanted. A "friendly" abandoned airfield? A "friendy" airport somewhere else?

Keep in mind if this was a hijacking, they may have been after something (or someone) that was on the plane, or just to steal the plane itself. Leading theory is they wanted the 20 Freescale Semiconductor engineers that were on board...

Comment: Lighten Up... (Score 1) 293

by akpak (#46347915) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

If you want to include some "lighter" fare, or comedy relief, I highly recommend "Machine of Death" (

While it's not technology we have, it's a collection that looks at the wide-reaching implications of a single invention that warps basically everything.

Much of it is "funny," but some of the stories are also very serious and thought-provoking. Nearly all of them are object lessons in "unintended consequences," which is a valuable thing to consider when looking at advances in tech.

There's also a sequel called "This is How You Die"

Comment: Really? (Score 1) 232

by akpak (#46179179) Attached to: Target's Data Breach Started With an HVAC Account
Then why minimize (literally) the community's contribution? This box I'm typing in is given less than 1/4 of the page width here. The rest of that space is off-center column lines and unused space. Everyone's comment below mine will get even less space. If you value discussion and "contribution," then allow that content to shine and give it the visual weight it deserves. Also: Where are my line breaks? This is Usability 101 stuff here, guys...

Comment: Re:Variety ! (Score 1) 543

by akpak (#46048883) Attached to: 20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

The main way it's different than other meal replacements is that Soylent is formulated to be more "complete" nutrition. Existing replacements usually have far too much of some things (like sugar or chemical sugar substitutes), and not enough of others (fiber, etc). Stuff like Ensure and SlimFast were never meant to be used long term.

Another difference is that Soylent is "open source" to a degree. Since you know the basic formula, you can then go on to change it for your specific needs. It's also meant to be as "taste neutral" as possible, to allow you to choose your flavoring for it, which reduces getting sick of the same chocolate crap every day.

I'm looking forward to trying it. I think that a Soylent shake and a quick nap will recharge me for work in the afternoon better than spending my whole lunch break acquiring/preparing/eating lunch.

Comment: Re:Possibly good for you (Score 1) 543

by akpak (#46048669) Attached to: 20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

"Is Fibromyalgia caused by low Magnesium?"

No, it isn't. Magnesium supplements can sometimes help, because it's meant to help muscles.

They recently discovered that Fibromyalgia stems from problems with the body's ability to regulate its temperature: http://communities.washingtont...

Comment: Re:Just had a meal (Score 1) 543

by akpak (#46048557) Attached to: 20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent
That sounds great... For dinner, when you have the time to enjoy it. I doubt too many people have that kind of luxury of time for breakfast or lunch. I don't think anyone's seriously considering making Soylent their only "food." But as a meal replacement, it beats the hell out of things like SlimFast for taste and nutritional value.

If I set here and stare at nothing long enough, people might think I'm an engineer working on something. -- S.R. McElroy