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Comment Only a problem if it's not anonymous (Score 2, Insightful) 187

If the DNA information is just collected and stored anonymously, with no record of WHOSE DNA it is, I don't think it's a problem. It's useful for compiling statistics and doing studies. However, if law enforcement is interested in this data, it sounds like they are actually keeping track of who the DNA sample came from. Just make it anonymous.

Comment Looking forward to this headache (Score 1) 471

I'm really upset about this. I have a 2014 VW Golf TDI which has been the best car I've ever owned. Diesel fuel is cheaper (here) than the cheapest gasoline, and my fuel efficiency is only marginally less than my previous car (a 2010 Honda Insight). It drives a long time on a tank, and the best part is that it's really sporty. I love the quick acceleration. I also was happy I got the 2014 Mk6 Golf rather than the 2015 Mk7 Golf because the 2015 Golf requires a urea tank whereas the 2014 does not... and to make room for the urea tank on the 2015 model, the Golf lost it's independent rear suspension in favor of beam suspension (TDI model only). But now I'm worried how the performance will feel after I take my vehicle in to get updated so that it's not cheating emissions standards. It will maybe be a bit less fun to drive. Hopefully it means I'll get better fuel economy though? Either way I feel misled by VW. Part of my decision when I bought my car was because of how it felt during my test drive, but that was a lie. I guess I should at least stop criticizing Mazda for being unable to bring their diesel Mazda 6 to the USA because of performance issues. I guess if you're not cheating, it's not so easily done.

Comment Re:Unexpected? (Score 1) 152

Yeah the summary/submission feels like it was written by someone who maybe hasn't worked for a large company before. I know I'd need to get permission before doing something like this. It could be argued that Nintendo could have been lenient here so that they appear to have some compassion. But I am not surprised at all by this response.

Comment Re:Nerd Blackface (Score 1) 442

Well put.

A lot of people I know love this show, and I have a hard time articulating what exactly it is about the show that I find so frustrating or annoying.

In this case it's not even that people think they understand geeks/nerds from watching this show... it's that they think they ARE geeks/nerds because they watch this show. "I love BBT! I'm such a nerd!"

We are spoiled now with great shows on TV... we aren't desperate. I don't understand why BBT exists. There's no need.

Comment Re:Diesel? (Score 1) 377

So far I love it. I got my Insight in July 2009. So coming from 5 years and 85,000 miles of driving a Hybrid almost anything is going to feel pretty powerful. But the TDI has a turbocharger and I feel it kick in all the time (may also be due to how I drive). I don't have experience driving really sporty cars, but I can say it's definitely more powerful and handles better than any of the cars I owned before the Insight hybrid (namely: Jeep Cherokee, Pontiac Grand Am V6, Honda Civic).

Comment Diesel? (Score 1) 377

I switched from Hybrid to Diesel.

(2010 Honda Insight to 2014 VW Golf TDI).

They're popular in Europe, and I guess finally starting to get a little more popular in the US now. This year Mazda is introducing a Diesel in the US for the first time (I think) with the Mazda 6 SkyActiv-D.

Comment Everyone creates arbitrary lines (Score 5, Insightful) 628

Vegetarianism is about the minimization of cruelty and suffering.

Plant life does not factor into it because they can not suffer. They can’t suffer because they have no nervous system with which to think. They also have no physical mechanisms with which to feel pain. And even if they did, they have no thoughts, so the pain would mean nothing. They have no fear, panic, or sadness. They live, but they live without consciousness. So you can not torture a plant or make it suffer.

On the animal spectrum, not all animals are the same since some animals have small brains and simple thoughts and other animals have complex brains and complex thoughts. At the top of the animal spectrum you have humans with the most complex brains and abstract thoughts and intense sensations of fear. Humans have a high capacity to suffer. On the other end of the spectrum you have animals like spiders with comparatively simple nervous systems and simple thoughts. They have a much smaller capacity to suffer. That’s why it would feel more painful to watch someone rip the legs off a spider than watch someone rip the legs off a cat or horse or chimpanzee. So there’s a spectrum of animals ordered by how self-aware they are and how complex their thinking is: spiders, fish, chickens, ravens, octopus, cats, dogs, pigs, cows, horses, dolphins, gorillas, chimpanzees, humans... roughly something like that. Everyone draws a line on the spectrum, whether consciously or unconsciously, what they are comfortable with. Some people are fine eating fish and chicken, but not pigs and cows. Other people are fine eating pigs and cows, but not chimpanzees, who are almost human. Some people are even fine eating chimpanzees and feel no empathy when they shout and panic. Almost everyone at least agrees that it’s not ok to eat humans. But some people even do that. A vegetarian draws the line at it being not ok to eat any animal.

Some people argue that oysters, despite being animals, are vegetarian. They aren’t, by definition of the word vegetarian, but it is true that the argument for plants applies to oysters. Oysters do not have a central nervous system, no consciousness, and no thoughts. So they can not suffer.

Not all vegetarians are vegetarian for the same reasons. Some people have a spiritual belief that all life is sacred and equal, but that’s not my belief and not something that’s supported by any facts I’ve seen. What I outlined above, though, is simple fact and simple reasoning.

Comment Re:It's a shame homophobephobes won't see it (Score 1) 732

Oleophobic phone screens also object to these false "phobias"... it's not like they have a fear of oil.

Speaking of oil... oil molecules object to being called "hydrophobic"... it's not like they're actually scared of water.

Or maybe you don't understand language very well. I suppose you could go to Merriam-Webster's website and search for "-phobia" and read the fascinating ways this suffix is used in the English language, but that's probably too much trouble.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.