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Comment Re:Maybe this corn can be used for food again? (Score 1) 314

Smart ass. Hemp fiber can replace cotton everywhere that cotton is used. It's a longer, stronger fiber, but just as flexible (i.e. "soft and comfy".)

Look up "hempcrete" for construction.

Then there are the benefits of hemp seed in one's diet, and it's suitability for producing bio-diesel fuels that can run in diesel engines without modifying the engines.

Last but not least is producing paper at 4 times the rate per acre than pulpwood, and without the harsh chemicals required by the wood pulp paper industry.

But that's why hemp was made illegal -- it threatened too many "new industries" of the time.

Comment Re:Whoopty do (Score 1) 147

More to the point, you'll still need to periodically log in to the original default DE to use the system configuration utilities, because the alternate DEs you add on from the repository later usually aren't complete installs of all the tools that can be used to configure the system.

Of course, if you're a long-time Unix/Linux hack, you don't use those fancy GUI tools in the first place, so it won't matter to you. And from what I've seen, people who are experienced enough to apt-get an alternate DE (or a few of them) on a system are the only ones who are also experienced enough to not need the GUI tools. Mom and Pop Joe User need to have everything installed for them all at once from the original installation to get anything done.

Like it or not, to most of the "general" user community, Unity is Ubuntu, much though it sucketh donkey testicles.

Comment Re:supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults (Score 2) 554

$150 a month has to cover stuff like deodorant, razor blades, shaving cream, toothpaste, mouth wash, and food. That's $5/day, not $4/meal as one of the posters higher up had commented about McTesticles. And realistically, the food budget works out to about $120 after those "incidentals", leaving $4/day.

Comment Re:supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults (Score 1) 554

I cook the vast majority of my own food, but there is no getting around the fact that produce is expensive compared to things like home-made burritos, rice and beans, burgers (home made seasoned patties), chilli, and so on.

Aside from that, you need a variety of produce, and a lot of it, to get the range of vitamins that are in a bottle. Tomatoes and lettuce with some onions doesn't cut it.

What ever gave you the idea that I can afford to eat out or eat frozen foods if I'm on such a tight budget?

I make my own frozen foods, at the beginning of every month. They keep -- produce doesn't.

Comment Re:supplementing the diet of well-nourished adults (Score 5, Interesting) 554

Exactly. A $12 bottle of multivitamins every two months is a heck of a lot cheaper than fresh produce. And when you're on a disability budget, there is no where near enough money for a "healthy" diet.

Hell, I ate better in university than I do nowadays.

Comment Re:Wasn't it kind of tied to our recently dirty fu (Score 1) 314

Really, does anything compete in terms of miles per dollar against a shitbox car with a 1.xL gas engine? They all seem to get well over 40 MPG, but who wants to drive one? They've got the comfort and appeal of a cardboard box.

I'm not sure I'd want to own a Volt myself (or any hybrid, really), but I find the Volt most appealing of all the hybrid and electric cars because it is so flexible, even though the gas-only mileage is only 35 MPG (which is still pretty good). I'd bet with the right diesel engine it would be even better.

I think if you don't get lazy and plug it in every night you might not even use the gas engine very often. Even though I drive a lot for work, there are a lot of days where I don't drive more than 35 miles round-trip and I could simply use it as a pure electric vehicle, especially on weekends.

There's no doubt that the Tesla is the coolest of all of them, but the fact that you NEED to plug it in seems like an issue, and it doesn't charge effectively at 120v.

Comment Wasn't it kind of tied to our recently dirty fuel? (Score 1) 314

I think in the last few years they mandated that all diesel fuel (at least for on-road vehicles) be of the low sulfur variety. Prior to that we had high sulfur diesel which wasn't much good for the newfangled diesel engines that you see now becoming available in Audis and BMWs, but existed in Europe.

I'd like to see a Chevy Volt with a diesel instead of the gas engine.

Comment Re:Unnecessary trade-off, IMO .... (Score 1) 277

I wonder what the minimum size requirement is for Redbox.

You would think they could get those things down to pretty bare-minimum maintenance. I don't think they take cash, so the only thing really left to maintain would be the movies themselves.

You would think they could almost boil that down to some kind of maintenance mode where the disks to be removed could just be bulk ejected and then the new disks just fed in. They could almost hire someone locally to do this once a week and just have them Express Mail a box back and forth with returns and new disks.

It's not like the disks themselves are any kind of significant investment.

Any real maintenance (broken mechanism, etc) could just be done when it was actually needed.

Comment Always late (Score 4, Interesting) 210

Datawind is always late to the party. They make big annoucements about incredibly inexpensive items years in the future to generate interest. Then by the time they're actually selling something, everyone else has passed them by. Even now, you can pickup a tablet with similar specs from walmart for $50. By the time we see any DW tablets on the shelves, several companies will be selling $40 tablets, or better.

Comment Its the same mindset as a connected Fridge (Score 2) 139

No normal person needs its because normal people - even nerds - like to keep simple things simple. No milk in fridge? Buy some. House too cold? Turn up heating. Easy.

But, we don't think like the frankly slightly weird Oooh Shiny!! just left university , not yet quite up on how real life works and how real people think , head in the clouds (or cloud?) techo designers that Google employs. They're the sort of people who think that because something CAN be solved by technology , it MUST be solved by technology because in their minds anything digital is the best solution simply by dint of it being digital.

Comment Re:BIOS Attacks (Score 2) 698

I guess it depends on what your goals are.

Arguably, organized crime could make money by just killing shopkeepers and taking the till. But at some point they realized they could make MORE money by threatening them with death or violence and getting regular payments for "protection". It's recurring money versus one-time money and has a lot less blowback than dead bodies.

Botnets and remote control of PCs are of more value for crime and intelligence gathering than bricking, so if your goal is long-term value is money or intelligence, then remote-control viruses that let you harvest information are more valuable.

PC viruses seemed to have evolved in the same way -- a lot of the early ones were stupid and malicious, deleting files, corrupting the OS and rendering it unusable. The more contemporary ones mostly strive for stealth and keeping the computer running so that information of value can be continuously harvested.

But it's certainly not hard to imagine a scenario where the group responsible has a different goal and bricking PCs is the desired outcome. And maybe it was meant to be a sleeper virus that was only activated under specific circumstances.

I'm not defending the NSA, either, the story seems implausible because it seems to me that if mass-bricking BIOSes was achievable, someone would have done it by now, either state-sponsored (Israel, Iran, etc) or on a rogue basis. I think there have been some BIOS bricking viruses, but they haven't gotten very far for whatever the reason.

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