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Comment Re:Why (Score 1, Interesting) 965

France is one of the top 5 arms exporters in the world (, they have a history of racial tension against immigrants ( You treat those beneath you like shit, and occasionally, people fight back. Those would be two motives, I'm sure there are more.

Comment Re:Destroying our world (Score 1, Informative) 80

Also, bitcoin transactions require barely any electricity at all, it's bitcoin mining that wastes valuable resources that could be more productively used on nearly anything else.

Except bitcoin mining is inherently tied with transactions: bitcoin mining is how the transaction system works, verifying each transaction. The system blows through cheap energy to make fake cash. The whole system results in a massive waste of energy for an inefficient currency.

Comment Re:Destroying our world (Score 3, Interesting) 80

I would think his comment goes to the idea of bitcoin mining, which to my knowledge, serves no other purpose than to prop up bitcoin itself. It's a massive waste of energy on something completely intangible. I'd like to see a more in-depth study, but some estimate that a single bitcoin transaction could power a house for a day and a half ( What a fucking waste. At least folding@home used energy for scholarly purposes.

Comment Re:But texts are limited (Score 1) 204

I have a friend who has a cabin in the San Juans, just across the water from Canada. He spent a summer out there one year, and worked with his wireless provider to ensure that he would not get billed for data coming in from a Canadian tower during that time. Problem is, they never turned off his roaming data. By the end of the summer (streaming music the entire time), he had a $30,000+ bill. Thankfully, he had a paper trail.

Comment Re:Is it the taste that matters? (Score 1) 317

Fish is fine. My complaint is that while many items have simulated the same flavor, the texture is off. Consuming food engages every sense. You can hope to match the flavor, but if the feel is off, the experience is off. For instance, we have excellent vegan sausages out here, flavor wise, but the vegan items will never be as moist or have wonderful flow of juices when breaking through that "skin." It's those moments that define the food. Without them, it's not as memorable.

My issues aren't moral in the sense of animal rights, but environmental. Meat is a resource hog, so I consume less to, well, consume less. Unless there's a breakthrough, I would imagine that I'll continue to focus on making the ingredients stand on their own, as opposed to matching something they are not.

Comment Is it the taste that matters? (Score 1) 317

Or is it the texture? I'm an omnivore who tends towards vegetarian most days, but when I find that I have a craving for meat, it's not the taste that matters, it's the texture. I have yet to find any non-meat meal that has the same sort of tearing/chewing goodness that a good meat dish has. I can satisfy umami cravings with other dishes, but there's something about that feeling that's hard to satisfy without the going for animal protein.

Comment Re:Forgetting something (Score 1) 89

As someone who works in the design industry doing daylighting studies, this isn't hard to account for... But even without that, if you're a smaller building being dwarfed by a larger one, you're probably not large enough to use this strategy. if you're a big enough building, then you might be bigger than those around you. problem solved without any math being done.

Comment Re:Strange limitations (Score 2) 105

Having seen this technology presented at DIVA Day last year, the difference is that this technology combines the well known annual insolation data with lidar data, so that you know "exactly" how much solar radiation is falling on a specific roof surface. It's a simple trick, but a clever one that no one has done so far. Google's data should help expand this database pretty quickly.

Comment Re:Lettuce should not be pink (Score 3, Informative) 39

I imagine you're joking, but for those who don't know - the lettuce in the picture is a shade of pink due to specific wavelengths of lighting that provides the plants with the ideal amount of "solar" energy, while avoiding providing any stressful wavelengths that require the plant to shed heat. In actuality, the plants often look almost black under that light, because they absorb most of it. Under regular sunlight, plants look green because that wavelength is reflected back, unused.

It may look unnatural, but it's surprisingly efficient.

Comment Re: It'll never happen (Score 1) 280

Haha, I wish. Last year I was on food stamps. Doing better this year but for the past three years I was living in an expensive city on 20k a year. I would kill for a proper car share to reduce the cost of taxis, to better recognize cyclists, and to keep texters from drifting between lanes

Comment Re:It'll never happen (Score 1) 280

I love that your response is that something wont work because of the idea that something pretty terrible is going to happen just about every time you're in it. Cabs have this stuff happen, and have had it happen from the beginning. There's nothing stopping you from pressing a button and having the automated cab return home for cleaning. In fact, it works even better, because to hail the cab, you'll likely need an account, and if you're known as someone who destroys the interior, you'd get charged and/or banned. False reports to ruin the system? Same thing. Something people don't seem to notice about each other is that, in general, we're not actually that bad to one another. Some assholes will fuck things up, but if we were as bad as you worry, we'd never be able to have cities.

Comment Re:Sure, I favor doing more of it (Score 1) 195

Just because something is unsafe, doesn't mean I want to stop doing it. Sometimes it's worth doing so long as it can be done more safely.

The problem is, it isn't being done safely. The industry routinely has spills which do lasting damage to the environment, and the industry has a death rate that is 7 times higher than all other industries ( This is beyond the day to day pollution caused by the oil being pumped out. I'm not saying we can avoid this, but it's a shame we continue to look the other way.

Comment Re:It's all about the routes, dummy (Score 1) 654

Routes are definitely one issue. I still find the bus routes to be completely incomprehensible unless you regularly ride one. Going someplace new is annoying

However, as for time tables, if you're lucky, your city might have a system in place that makes the bus far more bearable. When I moved to Seattle, I was introduced to OneBusAway ( it has real time info on the buses, and allows you to know when your next bus will arrive. It's really nice to know when you have to bolt out the door to make a bus, or when you can spend a few extra moments while waiting for the next one to arrive. It will take time for this to become the norm, but this made riding the bus in Seattle to be far more palatable. The city's Rapid Ride lines also do wonders for the transit, making it a relatively quick alternative to driving, since the traffic here sucks.

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