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Comment: Re:We have already figured most of this out. (Score 1) 362

by butchersong (#49470963) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?
I'm about 80% carnivore these days so I wouldn't want to but... I'm confident that I could feed myself for a year on 1/4 an acre. I'm usually giving away massive amounts of food that I could be canning or fermenting to last me through the winter and I only use a 6x20 bit of ground.

Comment: Maybe someone can explain why this law is bad (Score 1) 653

by butchersong (#49414929) Attached to: Carly Fiorina Calls Apple's Tim Cook a 'Hypocrite' On Gay Rights
I'm probably burning all my karma points with this but here goes... There are a lot of people out there that have views I find distasteful but I don't believe that I should be able to deny them the ability to earn a living because of that (beyond voting with my pocketbook) so here is my question: Why is it ok for the government to force a business to cater a gay pride event or be destroyed but not ok to force an African American businessman to cater a white pride event? Maybe I have misunderstood the majorities position on this but I don't think I should be allowed to use the government as a tool to destroy a business owned by a black family because they don't wish to be stuck in the back kitchen serving a group of whites.

Comment: Re:What the fuck sort of unit.. (Score 1) 143

Maybe. I'm not sure what current soil depths are vs historic numbers. I would guess that "recovery" is probably a strong word for where we currently stand but I'd 100% agree that current ranching methods didn't contribute substantially to any move in a positive direction. Very few ranchers until recently practiced mob/rotational grazing. Most around here tend to end up destroying their pasture rather than use the cattle as a tool to build soil.

Comment: Re: What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477

That may be true in inner cities but then again that is already the case in large cities with people opting for public transport. In what I consider the real world where the food and materials that people in cities consume comes from I just can't see it happening. I don't see folks trading their pickup trucks in any time soon.

Comment: Re:Breakthrough? (Score 3, Interesting) 445

Windows is doing a lot of stuff right recently. I have a secondary phone ($40 dollar nokia 635) that is Windows 10 and it is a slick little OS. When it comes to very inexpensive smart phones Windows is more pervasive than you would think. Combine Windows 10 with HoloLens and other cool projects that are actually pretty close to being commercial products and I think it would be foolish to count them out.

Comment: Obvioius results but Italy probably more so (Score 1) 251

by butchersong (#49182793) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too
Italy is dealing with pretty big immigration problems from Africa. It is kind of a big deal. I'm sure the results would have been similar elsewhere amongst any racial type but.. there is bound to be some deep seated resentment amongst a lot of Italians at the moment towards that other specific skin color.

Comment: Understandable from European perspective (Score 1) 106

This is understandable in a way given the almost 100% market share for search that google enjoys in Europe vs the US 68% or so and the European (especially German) fondness for regulation... no matter how alien it seems to me. Even if it is a bad idea / good idea or whatever lets be honest, if Germany wants to regulate their google.de TLD do any of us outside of Germany really care?

Comment: Can't blame them (Score 1) 320

by butchersong (#49123249) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine
New York is suing UPS for 180 million dollars for not preventing their customers from using them to ship cigarettes and avoiding cities huge revenue stream of a tobacco tax. You think they would hesitate to do the same for machining equipment that has been marketed as able to "manufacture" a gun? http://nypost.com/2015/02/18/n...

Comment: Positive step I suppose but only for wealthy (Score 1) 125

by butchersong (#49019829) Attached to: Netflix Now Available In Cuba
Almost no one in cuba has full internet access. Mostly what they call "internet" is access to some government servers. There is an underground mesh network movement that is really cool but I think it is its own little network not anything you could connect to then stream netflix from. At the moment you're talking about a single digit percentage of the population able to take advantage of this. Probably mostly those in power and their children... yay?

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