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Comment Re:When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 3, Interesting) 443

I dunno. Depression studies show that vigourous excercise several times a week is just as effective a treatment as the leading drugs at maintaining happiness and preventing suicide. Does that make Depression a real condition and disease, or just a result of our modern world allowing us to sit on our butts? If living a more simple lifestyle with more manual labor effectively cures your disease, is it even a real thing? We discussed this endlessly in biology. It's an interesting philisophical question.

Comment Re:In defense of GMO's (Score 2) 663

You're only correct to a point - ingesting GMO's, by and large, is safe by scientific consensus.

On the other hand, GMO's are horrible for the environment. The main "modification" given to plants is to make them more tolerant of highly toxic weed killers. This has sparked an arms race between your corn crop and weeds, to the point that superweeds are basically the farming equivalent of super bacteria. This is horrible for local flora and fauna who are out competed by the super weeds that grow faster and hardier than ever. And look at what it's doing to things like our bee populations. These neonectoid products are generally thought of as the reason we're seeing for the ongoing pollinator loss.

So just because you can eat GMO food doesn't mean it's good for us.

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 5, Informative) 663

It isn't as simple as eating fewer calories than you expend.

If I'm hungry and eat a handful of almonds - say 100 calories - the fiber and fat content makes me feel satiated for several hours and signals to my body that I'm full. Craves go down and blood sugar remains in a normal range.

Compare that with a handful of skittles. Also say 100 calories. I get a sugar rush, my blood sugar spikes, the skittles breakdown into energy that isn't used and is immediately stored as fat, and my body gets no signal that it's hunger has been satisfied - leaving to more cravings.

Not all calories are equal to one another. On the surface just eating less than you expend works out, but in practice it's a lot harder to do without changes to the actual diet that's supplying the calories.

Comment Re:Third Dimension (Score 4, Insightful) 1197

Quoted from a recent Planet Money episode on this very question: "It's a question that goes back to the Middle Ages, to a Latin phrase that translates to "he owns the soil owns up to the heavens." In England, this phrase was the law of the land for centuries, and it worked well when disputes involved simple things like overhanging tree branches and lopsided buildings.

But once hot air balloons and airplanes came into the picture, things got a lot more complicated. In 1926, Congress created what we now call the FAA, and declared that the air above 500 feet is the public domain. But what about the air below that?

Thomas Causby was a chicken farmer in North Carolina who lived near a tiny airport. During World War II, the Army took over the airport, and suddenly big military planes were flying over Causby's chicken coops all the time. The planes scared Causby's chickens. They flew into the walls of the coop and died.

Causby sued the government, and the case went all the way to the Supreme Court. In the end, the court sided with Causby, ruling that landowners own the sky above their homes up to at least 83 feet."

Comment Re:Trolling Douchebags (Score 1) 211

My town does this after hours too and I had no idea. After I big storm I dialed the local police non emergency number to tell them of a cracked and dangling branch hanging over a children's play area at a park where I walk my dog. Not urgent but it should probably be near the top of park and rec's things-to-fix when they show up on Monday. But being after hours (7pm on a weekend) it rolled over to county 911 and I felt pretty stupid as it clearly was a waste of the dispatchers time.

Comment Re:Music discovery (Score 1) 244

Same here. Just last night I was looking for the chords to "Wonderful tonight" and couldn't get the solo figured out from the tab. I went to Youtube to watch some covers and look for a tutorial. I ended up finding someone covering it, and then went on to see what other songs they covered since they did a good job, and stumbled across some music I'd never heard before. Far and away, this is how I discover music.

Comment Re: Trickle Down? (Score 2) 227

Well, that depends on what you call "able bodied". Let me give you an example. I know a guy who's 36. In the prime of his life. He's got Bi-Polar disorder. It's a real thing, and he has real symptoms. If he goes unmedicated, about twice a year he'll go all "Charlie Sheen" on us and get a little crazy, sometimes even suicidal.

So he needs meds. When he's on meds he's a completely normal dude who goes years without a bi-polar episode. He found himself out of work and applied for SSDI. After all, when he's off his meds he truly is disabled and can't live a normal life. Being on meds though, makes him a completely normal guy who is able bodied and more than able to hold down a job.

So SSDI approved him as disabled, so he could get his meds for free from the government - which he needs. So now he's on meds and completely normal. But if he gets a job, he loses his disability qualification and loses his meds. So instead, he gets a SSDI check every month, gets a govenrment provided phone, got free furniture from a non-profit, gets public housing, gets SNAP, and gets state cash assistance. He basically lives the life of a college kid playing xbox and drinking beer all day in his apartment on the taxpayers dime. He's in a catch 22, if he works he may or may not find a job that covers his expensive medication. If he doesn't have meds he's a crazy threat to himself. But if he stays "disabled" he gets free meds and free everything. It's not a life of luxury, but it's a lot like living the college life in perpetuity. And he's going to get this free ride the rest of his life. He retired from the workforce at age 32! Perfectly able bodied when on his meds, but the system isn't setup for this situation, so us taxpayers get to support him. It's pretty messed up.

Comment Re:the establishment really does not like competit (Score 1) 366

"Fact is any psycho can become an uber driver and use the service to cruise for victims and that's exactly what has happened and will happen until they start screening and licensing their drivers as per the tai regulations EVERYWHERE mandate."

Umm, Uber requires that you pass a Driving Background Check, a Sexual Predator background check, a Criminal background check, a SSN trace to verify your identity, and a car inspection by a city licensed mechanic (and in MN, its the same mechanics and same inspection form the cabbies use).

But good job just making things up.....

Comment Re:Aren't these already compromised cards? (Score 5, Interesting) 269

This is exactly what it is. Already compromised cards being added as payment token. Banks are supposed to follow a protocol called "Yellow path" to prevent this fraud, but since everyone wants their ApplePay to work right away without having to call a call center, a lot of banks are lenient on the security checks. This is not a problem with Apple's technology, or the secure element on the phone, or the fingerprint reader. This is a bank allowing a card to be added to an ewallet, presumably because the party adding the card has all the relevant info (stolen identity) to make it work.

Comment Re:But surely... (Score 1) 309

My friends had a "AutoPC" in-dash receiver circa 1999-2000. I think Clarion made it. It would activate on speaking "AutoPC" and it had a limited instruction set. Volume up. Volume down. Preset 1. etc. Very limited commands that were all processed on board. Ran Windows for Pocket PC or something like that.

Anyway, it would ding once for a command received and twice for a missed command. Just about everything set it off! AutoPC apparently sounds to windows like, "get in the seat", "lean back the seat", "turn on the heat", "hand me that cd". Totally comical. He finally had to disable the voice prompts.

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