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Comment Re:Neat (Score 1) 107

For sure, technological advancement SHOULD lead to a natural decrease in many prices over time. That isn't the case though because the money is losing value more quickly than the advancements are happening. The fact that even superior (let's say 5x) bread is now more than 30 cents per pound shows that pretty clearly.

And you made me curious too! The loaf of bread on my shelf says 1lb on the label and it was a little over $2 IIRC.

Comment Re:Neat (Score 4, Insightful) 107

"But 1 L(1914) would buy you far more than 1 L(2005), so in that sense it is worth more."

Think about that for a minute.

1 in 1914 = 76 loaves of bread (just a number for example)
1 in 2005 = 1 loaf of bread

In absolutely no sense is it worth more now. It is very simple. If it were truly worth more now, in any way shape or form, you would be getting more than 76 loaves of bread for it.

Comment Re:Why not just 3 fingers, indeed? (Score 1) 73

Reading on the subject (hand issue with a close family member) tells me that using toe joints to regain some finger functionality is not unknown in Western medicine currently. And I would speculate that a large part of the issue with five v. three is the cosmetic effect. This really can't be underestimated. It's the reason why many who currently can use a traditional clasping-hook prosthesis choose not to.

BTW and kinda-on-topic - IMO the current state-of-the-art in hand prosthetics is from Touch Bionics. Great, great stuff. Here's hoping that over the next decade or so we see some real progress in this area, for children as well as adults. Hat's off to Nemours and their use of 3D-printing.

Comment Re:Red giants, the scourge of not our time. (Score 4, Insightful) 97

If I have it right, humans have been around in anatomical form for about ~200,000 years. And in about one billion years, the sun will begin expansion. Let's also say that in only 500,000,000 years it will already be unlivable on Earth for the reasons you mentioned.

We would still have ~2500 'lifetimes-of-humanity-thusfar' to figure it out.

Not. Worried.

Comment Re:Whats the difference... (Score 1) 486

Instances of me getting cut off and tailgated dropped to nearly zero when I started driving an '85 CJ7 with a 4" lift and steel bumpers. Happens nearly every time I drive my other car (an old Mercedes diesel) so I noticed the effect almost immediately. And the Jeep is not significantly faster than the diesel except off the line, nor do I drive it faster (the opposite if anything).

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