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+ - Biohackers are engineering yeast to make real vegan cheese. No cows needed!

Submitted by backslashdot
backslashdot (95548) writes "A collective of biohackers from the San Francisco Bay Area have joined forces to produce the world's first real vegan cheese in baker’s yeast. The aim of the project is to produce a renewable and sustainable, closed-loop food source that will provide the same nutritional value as non-vegan cheese and taste just as great! No cows, cruelty, or animal products needed. Additionally, the project will provide a real cheese for vegans, the lactose intolerant, and those that have food allergies to certain animal-derived milk proteins. A crowdfunding campaign launched on July 1st (today) has already raised nearly 25% towards the funding goal."

+ - More lack of accountability from Congress->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Who says they’re conservatives? The House Ethics committee, run by Republicans, has quietly eliminated the requirement that elected officials list any privately sponsored travel they receive in their annual financial-disclosure forms.

The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings. “This is such an obvious effort to avoid accountability,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “There’s no legitimate reason. There’s no good reason for it.”

Once again more evidence that we the voters must replace as many of these crooks, from both parties, as we can."
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Comment: Re:Not causing headaches, preventing companies fro (Score 1) 62

by thecatt (#46922089) Attached to: VHS-Era Privacy Law Still Causing Headaches For Streaming Video
Except that isn't what the issue is here. The issue is that Hulu sends the information to Facebook just by loading the like button on the page, regardless if the user ever clicks on it. The linked article gets it wrong, but the article that article links to explains it better.

Comment: Re:doesn't help people take games seriously either (Score 1) 737

by thecatt (#44032927) Attached to: Sexism Still a Problem At E3
And which one of those two reactions sounds less traumatic for everyone involved?

Perhaps if certain people would stop being so uptight, this whole issue would just go away. If you're not interested in the booth babes then just ignore them. And if someone grabs your ass without permission, just tell them off and walk away.

Comment: Re:Reminds me of Critical Thinking (Score 2) 141

by thecatt (#40948113) Attached to: How Pictures Skew Our Judgment

People who make statements need to provide evidence that they are true. Until they do, you must assume they are false.

Why should I assume they are false? To assume anything is foolish, particularly in the given example where it is more likely the statements are true. The correct answer to the question of whether any of those statements is true is "Probably". Claiming something is false because you don't have all the facts is just as bad as claiming it's true.

This "critical thinking" you espouse sounds more like simple contrariness.

Comment: Re:The 1% are insulated (Score 2) 1799

by thecatt (#37670872) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?
The guy who wrote that article is an idiot. As if voting for one of two identical, corporate-owned candidates or a handful of third-party wackos with no chance of being elected is going to make any difference. He chastises the young for not voting and claims "their influence on politics has vast, untapped potential" that could somehow be realized just by voting. He calls the 2010 election "one of the most critical elections in years that tipped the balance of power in Congress." Seriously, just how different do you think our situation would be right now if every election in 2010 had gone the other way? That's why the protesters are protesting instead of voting, because they know that voting accomplishes nothing when the system has already been gamed to make sure the corporations win no matter what happens in the voting booth. In the US, voting is nothing but the opiate of the politically-minded masses.

And yes, I did vote in 2010 for one of the third-party wackos, for all the good it does.

Comment: Re:All of the above? (Score 1) 436

by thecatt (#36143458) Attached to: What's Your Favorite Renewable Energy
You are both right, in a way. Much of the heat stored in the Earth was created by gravity originally through the kinetic energy it instilled in the proto-planetary bodies that formed it, but gravity does not create additional heat in stationary objects. The energy created by a force is measured by the distance over which that force is applied. So an object at rest, such as the Earth (at rest relative to itself), does not produce any energy from its own gravity. It did produce that energy at the time it formed, however, by applying the force of gravity over the distance that the falling proto-planetary bodies traveled to reach their final relative position. (It's true that the Earth's insides aren't exactly static, but there is very little net movement any more and so very little net change in internal energy due to Earth's gravity. Ask yourself how much the earth shrinks each year due to gravitational compression.)

Think of dropping an object. When you hold it up and drop it, gravity gives it energy in the form of kinentic energy. When it hits the ground, it releases that energy as heat and sound. Once it's just sitting there gravity continues to act on it, but it doesn't generate any more energy it in it.

The formula at work here is: Work = Force * distance. Work is a form of energy and winds up as heat eventually (as all energy does).

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.

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