So... If vegetative patients are at a lowered state, and these psychoactive drugs can elevate mental state, has anyone done a study giving these drugs to someone in a vegetative state / coma to see if it can bring them out of it, even temporarily?
I'm certain there are all sorts of ethical concerns there (medical experiments on someone who's incapable of consent, etc.), but what if this could help some of those patients regain function?
You imagined wrong. Some people do that. Most do not. The reason is quite simple - the whole point of K-Cup is that it's easy and fast. If you just turn it into a mini drip coffee maker, you're not gaining anything - now you just have a smaller "brew basked" to clean after making coffee. I do think a lot of people have backtracked to single-cup drip coffee makers (that don't require "cups" or "pods"), but most people using K-Cups are doing it for the convenience. It's quite wasteful, but I admit to having one. On a normal day we brew a half pot with our Ninja coffee maker, but if I'm making one cup for myself, I'll just use the K-Cup. I do have the refillable, but they are practically pointless. The other upside is getting variety packs of K-Cups. Also, since we make most of our coffee with the Ninja, I have the luxury of walking through the coffee aisle and just getting what's on sale.
To continue on with the conversation, as it seems to relate to the "internet connected" portion of the article about the juicer, the most boneheaded thing Keurig did was to make the 2.0 makers that will not make a cup that doesn't have their blessed RFID chip in it. These juicers apparently double-check the barcode on the juice bag. Way to alienate your customers, idiots!
I don't know why "internet connected" is a selling point for something like this, but the "bags" are actually a very good idea to capture the same market that Keurig captured with K-Cups. A decent drip coffee maker can cost a fraction of a K-Cup machine, and even if you don't want to grind the beans yourself (the best option for the freshest coffee), pre-ground coffee by the bag/can costs WAY less than a comparable amount of K-Cups. Yet K-Cups were wildly successful - because there are too many things going on in life - people don't want to waste time grinding coffee of cleaning up the pot and brew basket when all they wanted was an easy cup of coffee that they could just push a button for while getting ready for work in the morning.
So sure, having just a "regular" juicer not only gives you a lot more options, but it's healthier and you get fresher fruits and vegetables in your juices (plus whatever little extras you want to throw in). But then you have to keep fresh fruits in your home - they often don't last the week at my home, people don't want to make multiple trips to the supermarket because they ran out of one of the fruits or vegetables they'd be blending in, then they have to wash (and often cut up) the produce, and then clean everything up. It's frankly pretty easy to see the appeal of something like this. It may not be for you, it may not be for me, but then there are probably a lot of products like that - like an Amazon Echo or Google Home device. I don't know why people like them, I don't care, but there's obviously a market for it.
Not the GP poster, but yes to your questions... My first was an Atari 400 with the membrane keyboard. I eventually got a third party keyboard with full travel keys. I bought the assembler cartridge and a 6502 programming book. I had NO idea WTF I was doing, I'd never learned any of that in school - my knowledge was limited to was BASIC I could glean off fellow students at the computers in our school library (4 Commodore PETS).
I eventually figured it all out, learning how to do "player/missile" graphics (sprites to everyone else) and figuring out how to optimize slow parts of my BASIC programs with stuff I wrote with the assembler. NOTHING could prepare you better for a career like this than working on things like that. NOTHING. I feel bad for people getting into programming later on and not really understanding how things are working underneath the surface. Sure, a lot of them figure it out, but a lot don't, and I think learning how it all fits together and THEN programming for it is better. By the end I'd gone through the 800XL and 130XE Ataris... ah, the good old days.
From a user's perspective, the only real benefit that open source brings to the table is easy and free procurement.
I don't think you really understand what open source software is about. The cost of procurement is not the main benefit of FOSS.
For us it's not, for 90% of the users it is, rightly or wrongly.
Everybody needs a little love sometime; stop hacking and fall in love!