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Comment Re:Why not just use Splenda? (Score 1) 307

How about artificial sweeteners (stevia isn't artificial to my knowledge, it comes from some plant in South America I think)? Saccharin, aspartame, sucralose?

I think I might have that gene too; cilantro seems to taste a little soapy, and I really have stevia. I like broccoli though, but only steamed like in Chinese food.

Comment Re:Define "fit for business" (Score 1) 114

Ok, that makes sense, but I'm not proposing that MS push these shenanigans any time too soon. What if they wait until everyone's finally moved to Win10 Enterprise, perhaps in 3-5 years, and *then* they start tightening the screws on their corporate customers, mis-feature by mis-feature? Remember the old tale about the frog in boiling water.

Comment Re:or how about less sugar anyways? (Score 1) 307

I don't see how that would prevent what Germany does. If a State wanted to withhold tithes from people's paychecks in that State, the 1A doesn't prevent it, as long as the government doesn't favor any one religion. As long as any religion could apply for this service, it should be legal. The problem is that it'd probably be an administrative nightmare. As I understand it, over in Germany, most Christians still fall into a handful of denominations, which are all probably organized at the national level (i.e., the Catholics have organizations at the diocesan levels, and probably one country-wide level above those, which reports to the Vatican; the Lutherans have one organization, the Anglicans too, etc.). Over here in the US, things aren't that simple. While the Catholics are of course well-organized, the other mainstream Protestant denomations are less so: there's mainstream groups for the Epsicopals, Lutherans, etc., but all these also have renegade divisions where some chuches at some point rebelled against the heirarchy and split off into their own sect. The Lutherans, for instance, have the Wisconin and Missouri Synods which are ultra-conservative, unlike the regular sect. The Presbyterians have PC-USA which most churches are part of, but a bunch are either independent or part of some other ultra-conservative group (lately in response to the Presbyterians' acceptance of homosexuals and of homosexual preachers even). There's a zillion different Baptist groups out there dating from the 1800s. And these days half the Protestants are Evangelicals, and frequently part of some Prosperity Gospel megachurch, which is totally independent. All in all, there's probably tens if not hundreds of thousands of "organizations" around the nation, just for Christianity, though most of these are independent churches both large and small (some of them in peoples' basements even). So keeping track of all these entities and giving them access to the government-tithe-withholding system would end up costing an absolute fortune. In Germany, they probably don't have this problem because 1) I'm pretty sure they don't have remotely as many independent churches and 2) they don't have our 1A, so they can probably safely ignore smaller religious organizations and just do this for large, established ones.

Honestly, I'm not sure why Germany still does this at all. Much of their population isn't religious any more, and if people want to give money to a church, they can do it themselves without the government's help. It's probably some silly holdover from previous generations when churches were a stronger part of civic life, but for an advanced and secular western nation, it's really an embarrassment IMO.

Comment Re:He's right. (and has been for hundreds of years (Score 1) 194

"that word doesn't mean what you think it does" regarding "decimate"

I'm pretty sure Stephen Hawking knows what "decimate" means, and his use is absolutely correct.

Either definition is true. Automation has already reduced a large percentage of the jobs in manufacturing (def. 1) and has at least replaced one in ten workers in traditional manufacturing (def. 2).

That Stephen Hawking. He think's he's so smart, amirite?

Comment Re:let's be honest here (Score 1) 144

This is actually a sad case, but even though there are those cases and they are not as rare as one would think, they are not the main route for heroin. People addicted to painkillers are usually reaching for solutions that are closer to legal prescription drugs.

Heroin, at least to my knowledge, is an exit drug, used by people who have pretty much reached the end.

Comment Re:Better up the Military Budget (Score 2) 207

Just in case their crazy-sounding warning happens to come true.

It's all those Marxist SJWs in the US Military pushing their climate change agenda based on a Chinese hoax just so they can get money from George Soros.

Give me a second, and I'll work in a reference to #pizzagate, pedophilia, third-wave feminism and corrupt games journalists.

Comment Re: I peruse iffy websites all the time (Score 1) 366

Doing so wouldn't really have told them anything considering I don't have a Facebook account (at least not one that is by any means tied to my name), don't use Twitter or other social media and generally don't really have a very visible online profile.

Hey, maybe that made me suspicious. Time to create a meaningless, happy-go-lucky Facebook page. Which gets me back to the idea I had a while ago, creating a service where you can pimp your Facebook profile so recruiters, law enforcement and in-laws think you're the perfect guy. Kinda like SEO for social media...

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 366

A girl licking a boot sure isn't getting me hard either but allegedly that's considered porn by some people. Hell, there's people getting off to the weirdest shit you could imagine. I remember a story about a guy who gets off by sticking his dick into hamburger meat, does that mean every time I have a burger I'm essentially participating in hard vore?

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 366

That is not the same thing as consuming child sex abuse material, which is based on harm to other people.

No, it's not.

Cartoons and stick figures do not cause harm to actual children, yet these are just as illegal as full-fledged photographic CP in many jurisdictions. That's the problem with these stupid laws. Someone who likes to look at kiddie anime has issues, I'll agree, but they don't need to be locked up, as they haven't harmed any children or anyone at all. If you take that route, then we need to start locking people up for all kinds of moral "crimes" such as adultery, fornication, looking at (adult) porn, criticizing the Dear Leader, etc. under the theory that they're somehow harming society.

And alcoholics and drug addicts, it can be argued, are hurting their families and society too, probably more than someone looking at some pics at home. Drug/alcohol addiction causes a real loss of productivity at work, impaired driving-related accidents, etc.

Just like alcohol and drugs, it's basically impossible to eliminate the demand for CP; there's simply something miswired in the heads of people who like that. The answer is therapy, not criminal prohibition of everything that resembles it and locking them up. (Note that I'm *not* arguing for legalization of actual CP that involves real humans.)

And to extend this to the future: we can already create nearly photo-realistic movies entirely digitally, with no humans at all. There was a Final Fantasy movie over 10 years ago that was pretty impressive for the time, and it's only gotten better since then. Now amateurs are making very impressive short videos on their home computers. Before too long, it won't be hard to make movie scenes that look entirely real, depicting humans who don't actually exist, and someone's going to use that technology to make CP. Should that be illegal, when it can be *proven* that no humans were involved in the production? Something to think about. Because if that's illegal, under the theory that people interested in this stuff will inevitably want the "real thing" at some point, then basically you've invented a "thought crime" and created a witch hunt.

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