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Comment Re:Energy is the problem (Score 1) 104

Yes, but remember 'traffic'.

If you have the money for this, and don't like traffic, and don't give a damn about the energy, then you could buy one of these and possibly get around more quickly than in a car, spilling your morning coffee on the poor undeserving masses that are stuck in traffic below you. (Yes, I know they claim it is for 'over water', but the imagery is funny.)

At least, you could do that until enough people own these 'flying cars' to create new kinds of 'air traffic jams' and weird parking problems.

Comment Re:Of all the potential benefits... (Score 1) 27

Yeah, that seemed pretty infeasible to me, too. However, I finally found a reference about this Nestle research. (

Two things emerge:
1. The research was *not* actually on the ISS. It was on a research airplane. So, it's a little less difficult than I thought it was.
2. The article implies -- but does not explain exactly how -- Nestle was intending to benefit in the production of Earthbound foamy products, by studying them in microgravity.

In conclusion, it's not as weird as it seemed from reading TFA. Kinda weird, though. Sounds almost like Nestle food scientists managed to boondoggle a ride on the "vomit comet" airplane.

Comment Slack and SMS (Score 1) 174

The only two that I still use are Slack and SMS. Slack, because I work with a couple of volunteer organizations that use it. SMS, because it's on my phone.

I used to work at a place where everybody ran the Pidgin client ( That actually worked very well at unifying our predominant IM services at the time, which were Google Talk, AIM, IRC, and Yahoo.

Humorously (or sadly, depending on your perspective), the Pidgin site states that "Pidgin 2.12.0 removed protocols that were not being maintained: MSN, MySpace, Mxit, and Yahoo!."

Comment Combine those two causes (Score 1) 156

1. civil-society organizations and attention-seeking scholars
2. news organizations without sufficient resources to "dig deep"

Combine those two, and you get "attention-seeking news organizations".

"If it bleeds, it leads." The news organizations are always attention-seeking, and simplified, salacious news gets the most attention, even if it is incorrect.

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