Bayoudegradeable writes: It seems that Photoshop skills that not-so-cleverly hide the bones of a rack of ribs are not enough to change meat into acceptable vegan dishes. The NYTimes reports that readers of VegNews are horrified to learn that images used to portray vegetarian images are none other than meat and dairy images manipulated to hide their animal origins. One commenter noted, 'vegan food must turn out so unappetizing that even the leading vegan magazine will not show legitimate photos of it.'
Bayoudegradeable writes: The NY Times is running a story about the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien getting the very short end of the stick, courtesy of New Line Cinema. From the article, "The estate of ''Lord of the Rings'' creator J.R.R. Tolkien is suing the film studio that released the trilogy based on his books, claiming the company hasn't paid it a penny from the estimated $6 billion the films have grossed worldwide." Maybe they've already squandered the $6 billion on trying to erase the public mind of Snakes on a Plane.
Bayoudegradeable writes: Do you find that the high end clothing you buy isn't cutting it anymore? Don't we all need clothing that, "releases marine amino acids, minerals and vitamins into the skin upon contact with moisture"? Turns out that Lululemon Athletica, with its "stress reducing" line of clothing, is missing the very seaweed it is purported to include. After the New York Times ordered up some lab tests, the fancy yoga clothes seem to look a lot like cotton only clothing. I for one need seaweed in my clothing in order to have balance in my life and I can't believe I am missing out on all the benefits of seaweed/skin contact now!
Bayoudegradeable writes: What are some of the costs of increased ethanol production? The Times Picayune in New Orleans is reporting on the massive, and growing Dead Zone that forms each summer in the Gulf of Mexico. Farm runoff, fertilizers and the such are the direct cause and the increased corn production to fuel the ethanol craze is making things worse. Sounds like more bad news for an area still struggling to rebound from Katrina.
Bayoudegradeable writes: "Recently my father and one of my best friends expressed serious doubts on global warming. I was even sent this "quiz" that claims hard science against the global warming argument. How could I best counter this so-called science? I figured Slashdot would be the perfect place to have some very informed people present their cases either for or against global warming. What say you?"
Bayoudegradeable writes: "The New York Times (registration required...heavens!) is running an article about the unencrytped information some new types of RFID credit cards carry. From the article, 'But in tests on 20 cards from Visa, MasterCard and American Express, the researchers here found that the cardholder's name and other data was being transmitted without encryption and in plain text. They could skim and store the information from a card with a device the size of a couple of paperback books.'
Will this spawn a whole new branch of wardriving?"
Bayoudegradeable writes: "The Washington Post is running a story about U.S. space policy with regards to national security. FTA, "President Bush has signed a new National Space Policy that rejects future arms-control agreements that might limit U.S. flexibility in space and asserts a right to deny access to space to anyone 'hostile to U.S. interests.'"
So how does the U.S. protect national security in space without... weapons? Is this the new arms race?"
Bayoudegradeable writes: "The Toronto Star is running an interesting piece that looks back to the good old days when near monocolor GameBoys beat the pants off of fancy color Sega GameGear. Will Sony become the new Sega? That is, will the PS3 lose out to a far less advanced system? Will the WiiMote crush prettier versions of Liberty City? 'While it's still too soon to tell which console will win the Wii vs. PS3 smack down, it wouldn't hurt Sony to take a lesson from Sega's rulebook: Start listening to your fans, stop dictating to them.'"