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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

If you want to include some "lighter" fare, or comedy relief, I highly recommend "Machine of Death" (http://www.amazon.com/Machine-Death-Collection-Stories-People/dp/0982167121).

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

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:Classic Slashdot (Score 1) 463

Say what you will about reddit's content (debatable, since there are lots of quality sub-reddits you can subscribe to), but the site design (by default) is completely useable. It may look primitive, but by goodness it's great for reading walls of text-type comments.

Comment Re:Variety ! (Score 1) 543

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

"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

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.

All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time.

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