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Comment Re:Fur sucks (Score 1) 347

Fur is warm, soft, and cozy. Spending an entire lifetime in a cage and being killed for your skin is unpleasant, but if there are painless ways of growing beef, there must be painless ways of growing fur.

There are a lot of things nobody 'needs', but it's hardly a command economy, is it? If there are things anybody wants and can be acquired without undue pain to an animal, I don't see why not.

Fur has simply become a taboo, and like all taboos, it's more a matter of a knee-jerk reaction than any considered view of the situation (you know, the type that is supposed to be modded 'insightful'). A society that freely consumes leather, milk, eggs, fish and meat can hardly afford to act holy about fur.


Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex Screenshot-sm 272

When an UK man was asked to be the best man at a friend's wedding he agreed that he would not pull any pranks before or during the ceremony. Now the groom wishes he had extended the agreement to after the blessed occasion as well. The best man snuck into the newlyweds' house while they were away on their honeymoon and placed a pressure-sensitive device under their mattress. The device now automatically tweets when the couple have sex. The updates include the length of activity and how vigorous the act was on a scale of 1-10.

PhD Candidate Talks About the Physics of Space Battles Screenshot-sm 361

darthvader100 writes "Gizmodo has run an article with some predictions on what future space battles will be like. The author brings up several theories on propulsion (and orbits), weapons (explosives, kinetic and laser), and design. Sounds like the ideal shape for spaceships will be spherical, like the one in the Hitchhiker's Guide movie."

94 New Species Described By CA Academy of Sciences 52

An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the California Academy of Sciences traversed four continents and two oceans to uncover 94 new species in 2009, proving that while sometimes in this digital age the world can feel like a small place, much of it has yet to be explored. Among the 94 discoveries were 65 arthropods, 14 plants, 8 fishes, 5 sea slugs, one coral, and one fossil mammal. Why does it matter? As Dr. David Mindell, Dean of Science and Research Collections at the Academy, explained, 'Humans rely on healthy ecosystems, made up of organisms and their environments. Creating a comprehensive inventory of life on our planet is critical for understanding and managing resources. Yet a great many life-forms remain to be discovered and described.'"

Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac 398

plasmacutter writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for Mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0. As the most versatile and user-friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the Mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."

Comment Re:Obligatory Q quote (Score 1) 929

First off, thank you for the Q quote. Made my day.

They're only partly fighting about resources, but a great deal of it is pride. With enough money you can buy desalination, irrigation and even some land from Saudi Arabia to give the Palestinians extra land, but when two (three, if you count Christians) religions believe they have the God-given exclusive right to a very specific, very small area of land, how do you convince them otherwise? Even if we had all the resources we wanted from asteroids mined by our Asimovian robots running on cold fusion from here to Andromeda, Jerusalem would still be a scarce resource.

Comment Re:Stupid bitch (Score 1) 929

You have to be pretty goddamn stupid to fly into a fanatical military state like Israel from a Muslim country with a laptop covered in Arabic stickers. What's the next leg of her journey? From Israel to Iran wearing a star of David and demanding a kosher meal?

It might be worth it in book sales and late-night TV interviews alone.

Comment Re:Conveniently forgetting the details (Score 1) 929

Oh, wait. I'm thinking of what happens to dissidents in Arab countries. [...] Your objectivity is remarkable!

So is yours. Comparing the behaviour of the Israeli guards to the policy in Arab countries is hardly an objective benchmark. Just because someone else 'does worse' is a playground argument, not a moral one for a modern state to base its policies on.

I don't think this reflects badly on Israel as a whole. Border guards are individuals with some latitude in enforcing the law without always clearing it with a lawyer. It's one action, not a national policy. However, that does not mean that it is acceptable for Israel to condone the destruction of harmless private property 'since it's not as bad' as being imprisoned, any more than it is acceptable for America to torture in Guantanamo Bay 'since it's not as bad' as being beheaded.

Comment Re:Shooting bombs? No bombs trigger when shot? (Score 1) 929

put bombs cowardly hidden in laptops

Instead of bravely bombing from on high. I don't support one side or the other in the Israel-Palestine conflict, but we must accept that war is no longer men on horses charging at each other with lances. It's hardly cowardly to use what resources (and resourcefulness) you have. Israel has aircraft, Palestine has improvised explosives. Neither's choice of weapon (and 'choice' is partly forced by necessity and resources, or lack thereof) is noble or cowardly per se, and the same applies to tactics.


Dad Delivers Baby Using Wiki Screenshot-sm 249

sonamchauhan writes "A Londoner helped his wife deliver their baby by Googling 'how to deliver a baby' on his mobile phone. From the article: 'Today proud Mr Smith said: "The midwife had checked Emma earlier in the day but contractions started up again at about 8pm so we called the midwife to come back. But then everything happened so quickly I realized Emma was going to give birth. I wasn't sure what I was going to do so I just looked up the instructions on the internet using my BlackBerry."'"

The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza Screenshot-sm 282

iamapizza writes "New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article; 'The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-center, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-center cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighboring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?' This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of 'sharing' a pizza."

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