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Comment Re: Well... (Score 1) 1063

What country are you in? I'm in the U.S. and Stevia is not disallowed. It just isn't the artificial sweetener most product manufacturers happen to use. Zevia brand soda uses it. (You can find it at Whole Foods, and most co-op type stores around me carry it as we'll, but if that isn't the case you can buy it by the case on Amazon. It's even available as a Subscribe and Save item).

I haven't run across many other products that have chosen to switch to it, but it isn't illegal or anything.

Comment Re:Old news? (Score 1) 155

Wait is that right? It's true that the barycenter of the earth-moon system is inside the earth, and that the moon is moving farther away.

But does increasing the distance cause the barycenter to move outside the earth? I would intuitively think the opposite, that as the distance increases it would induce less "wobble" in the earth, moving the barycenter closer to earth's center.

But I'm no physicist, and I'm not saying you're wrong. Just wondering if someone could explain to me how distance effects the barycenter in a 2-body system.

Comment Re:5000 soldiers (Score 2) 386

You didn't RTFA (standard practice) but you didn't RTFS either. The whole reason this is news is because the US will NOT be leaving 5000 troops behind. The administration was unable to reach an agreement granting immunity to US troops, and so will instead be leaving behind only about 150, to "assist with arms sales."

None of the articles I read mentioned contractors, though, so your number on that is probably not far off.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 515

then they found out that people who die of natural causes also raise as zombies.

I am a huge fan of the AMC series, but I've only read the first couple issues of the graphic novels, and I'm surprised to hear this.

In George Romero's films, everyone who dies comes back, but few other zombie stories hold to that, and in the television series there has already been ample evidence that this is not so. In this week's episode, for example, there are numerous dead bodies in cars stopped on the highway, which do not reanimate and which clearly have a completely in tact brain case. Darryl and T-Dawg even cover themselves with corpses to hide from the walkers.

It makes me curious as to whether the producers of the show have deliberately chosen to differ from the source material in this regard, or if they will later end up contradicting the evidence presented thus far.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 515

No he didn't. He was asked if they knew what caused it and he said it could be a virus, bacteria, some kind of parasite. . . that they didn't know.

I think you have a poor comprehension of zombiology and will likely be infected shortly after the incident begins.

Comment Re:Justice is served (Score 1) 334

I think you are misinformed. That conversation took place between Steve, and the Gizmodo writer who bought the phone. (And you're simplifying it quite a bit at that -- Gizmodo told Steve they would return the phone if Apple would publicly claim it as their property, which Apple was not willing to do).

This story is about the person who found the phone in a bar and sold it to Gizmodo to start with. I'm pretty sure that person never spoke to Steve Jobs.

Comment Re:Einstein replied "Check your measurements, son" (Score 1, Insightful) 1088

I agree that the most likely cause is that the detector is closer to the emitter than they think it is. Even if the distance between them is what they think it is, however, it wouldn't mean that the particles traveled faster than c, as some here are implying. It would only mean that our prior measurements of the value of c were slightly off, and we now have a better measurement.

Comment Re:Science vs Religion: Contradictions? (Score 1) 1014

I can only speak for myself, but I do not hate the concept of god. Nor do I hate the concept of Spider-man, nor the concept of mermaids.

In fact I rather like the concept of god. I generally enjoy the stories and films that feature god, even ones from the bible. God is one of my favorite fictional characters. Not as high on my list as Spider-man, but definitely on the list.

The difference is I don't confuse the concept with reality.

Comment Re:Fake? (Score 1) 258

Ugh. This thread is stale at this point and I know I should just walk away. As you said, we're having a purely semantic argument.

But the thing is, the semantics of words like "illegal" and "illegally" are extremely well established, and you've got them wrong. When you say that a person has done something illegally, you are saying that the doing of that thing constitutes a crime -- that performing that act explicitly violates some statute.

There are no laws against generating bitcoin or emailing your grandmother. Those acts themselves can never be done "illegally." If I break into your house, beat you senseless with a lead pipe, use your computer to email my grandmother, and then swipe your cash and run off with it, I will be charged with (and guilty of) several things when I am caught: breaking and entering, trespassing, aggravated assault, unauthorized use of a computer, and robbery. But not with emailing my grandmother. There is no law against emailing my grandmother.

Anyone with even the tiniest exposure to matters of law can understand the distinction here. And I'm not saying that you don't, by the way -- I know that you understand my contention just as I understand yours and we are in disagreement over semantics. And if you want to assign a meaning to the word "illegally" that differs from the accepted meaning that's your business.

But don't act like the rest of us are the ones being obtuse.

Comment Re:Fake? (Score 1) 258

So illegally using someones machine to generate bitcoins is not illegal generation of bitcoins?

That is right -- it is not. Illegally using someone's machine to generate bitcoins in not "illegal generation of bitcoins." It is "illegally using someone's machine." It isn't that fine a distinction. Using someone's machine without permission is illegal, regardless of what you do with that machine. Generating bitcoins is legal, regardless of whether you committed some other crime in your pursuit of that goal.

Let me ask you this -- is illegally using someone's computer to email your grandmother "illegally emailing your grandmother?"

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