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Comment Re:No matter it's Soylent or Soylent Green ... (Score 1) 543

This guy is selling his Soylent brand ***FOOD*** to 20,000 people to the tune of $ 2 Million, isn't it time FDA takes some samples and have them tested for safety ?

It is produced in an FDA-approved processing facility using FDA-approved ingredients and processes. The product itself does not need to be tested any more than any other random food product needs to be. If you read his web site you would know this.

FDA is more concerned with perishable foods such as raw meat, vegetables, and processes. Since the facility and its machines are already approved, Soylent gets a basic glance over its ingredients and processes and the final product is not tested. You would actually be surprised how much food is not tested. For example, General Mills has its ingredients and facilities inspected and approved, but the FDA is not in the business of eating random cereals to make sure they are safe.

Comment Re:Midwest (Score 4, Funny) 115

The best thing that could happen to Midwest geography would be growing a mountain range... An east-west one, so that it'd be tolerable in winter, as long as you're south of it, and tolerable in summer, as long as you're north.

You and Lex Luthor think alike.

Comment Re:On the other hand (Score 3, Informative) 115

From the article ... "But some scientists don't find the team's results convincing."

There were 4 earthquakes along the New Madrid Fault in the 1811-1812 timeframe which ere commented to have rung church bells in Washington DC, as well as modified the course of the Mississippi River. Harder bedrock (unlike all this nice, soft sandstone in the west coast) mean the shock is felt much stronger and further. I think I'd cut them some slack. An 8.0 along the fault would make Loma Prieta (1989) and Northridge (1994) look like picnics.

They should be considered sleeping or dormant, not inactive.

Comment Re:"First?" (Score 1) 104

I remember seeing ads in Guitar Magazine and the like decades ago for guitars with LEDs in the fretboard that teach you how to play. I remember seeing an infomercial-type thing where they had Mark Knopfler play with one.

I find it fairly interesting how a lot of things labelled as the "first" to do something are really not.

Wherever you find people who are too lazy to put in the time to develop a skill, lose weight by exercise, make money the old fashioned way, etc, there will be people offering the "easy" way of doing things.

I suppose you could play this, but you couldn't exactly play like Mark Knopfler.

Comment Re:Most visitors... (Score 1) 231

One of the things I kind of miss from going to the library is having a curated collection of books to peruse. When I try and find a good book to read on Amazon there is such an enormous collection of stuff that finding a new book is a serious challenge. When I was a kid I would just go to the relatively small section of the library and look through that. I could take a book off the shelf and read a few pages to see if it appealed at all. With online book stores I'm mostly left to buying books by authors I already know, exploring new authors is an fiscal gamble. So thus far I've bought very few ebooks, instead I've stuck to the public domain works.

I'm a notorious buyer of hardcover books. I see something I might like and buy it, take it home and put it in the "stack." It may take months or years, but I finally pick up the book and start reading. If it seems I have to force myself to read then I'll put it down and read something else. Most books tell me something of interest and I read them all the way through, sometimes I'll read a book more than once. One particular novel I've read at least a dozen times, as I quite enjoyed the epic journey and mythology woven into the tale.

It would proabbly be much cheaper for me to just go to the local branch library, but though I read quite a lot I'm sometimes not able to read more than a few pages at a time, frequently, so renewing the check-out would have to happen a bit. The most amazing thing is finding books which lead me to books which lead me to other books, as happened with "Between Silk and Cyanide", "The White Rabbit: Wing Commander F.F.E.Yeo-Thomas", "London Calling North Pole". The first found at a book clearance and the other two books having to be sought out, one through a specialty book seller. I wish our libraries could carry these, but they are tiny and increasingly the books are no longer the focus of patrons.

Comment Most visitors... (Score 1, Insightful) 231

Currently most visitors, who spend quite a bit of time actually, are taking advantage of the WiFi.

Seems the future of libraries is a clear, well lit place of of moderate comfort, where people can wirelessly browse anything electronically available, within or outside the library.

For those who insist upon seeing physical matter, there can be a climate controlled cellar where such things are stored.

Libraries as big edifices are becoming an anachronism.

Comment Re:Illegal eh? (Score 2) 138

If you're going to start pointing fingers at an administration, at least cite your source/provide evidence. What groundwork was laid during the Reagan administration?

It's been mentioned many times, but I guess you didn't see it. Executive Order 12333, signed by Ronnie in 1981. 9/11 simply gave Bush Jr. enough national fear of enemies who may walk among us to broaden it. Despite a stated goal of preserving civil rights and right to privacy, Section 1.4 (a), (b), (g) & (i) are sufficiently vague to cover what has been going on.

Comment Re:Illegal eh? (Score 2) 138

This.

What is the point of saying it is illegal at all?

So to be perfectly honest, and in all practicality, it might as well just be perfectly legal, since they are just going to do it anyways... and telling them it's illegal won't make them stop.

The phrase: fait accompli comes to mind.

The worst of it is, it has been coming for over 20 years, beginning in the Reagan administration, when the groundwork was laid - the technology has evolved to the point it is considered a bummer of sufficient magnitude for people to raise a fuss over.

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