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Comment Re: Why? (Score 1) 269

They talk about it being more environmentally friendly, however how many of these ingredients that you growing, then cutting, and processing the hell out of them are you using. You "egg" is made from an acre of Soybeans, don't you feel good about yourself, with a good portion of it going to waste. While my Egg is from a chicken that has eaten 1 acre of feed and produced hundreds of eggs during its lifetime. And the chicken works as a rather efficient little factory of making eggs.

If you're going to argue that using pea protein instead of eggs is less environmentally friendly, you'll have to do better than just making up some numbers. The chicken seems rather inefficient since if all you want is the egg, doing things like growing, moving around, maintaining life, etc. all are inefficiencies in the plant to egg process.

On first glance, it would seem that it's more efficient to use the plant-based version. Hellman's Mayo is 8% eggs while Hampton Creek's mayo is under 2% pea protein. Even if the chicken was ultra-efficient and converted 1g of feed to 1g of eggs, you'd still have to show the that process from pea to pea protein was at least four times less efficient.

Given that one of their main points / goals is to be less expensive than using eggs, it seems unlikely that the plant-based version would be less efficient.

Comment Re:So what are these fake eggs actually made of? (Score 1) 269


INGREDIENTS: Non-GMO Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Filtered Water, Lemon Juice, White Vinegar, 2% or less of the following: Organic Sugar, Salt, Apple Cider Vinegar, Pea Protein, Spices, Garlic, Modified Food Starch, Beta-Carotene.

Relatively benign if you ask me. The key for the emulsification seems to be the pea protein.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 4, Insightful) 269

We're talking about vegans here, though, and if they enjoy their breakfasts so much, why do they need fake eggs? What's wrong with their normal vegan breakfast that they have to eat fake animal protein?

They aren't making egg replacements to cater to vegans. Think of all of the processed food like mayo, cookies, etc. which contains eggs. If they can create a cheaper, effective replacement for eggs then it would reduce the demand for factory farm produced eggs (which is how a majority of all eggs are produced).


Revolutionary Wants Technology To Transform Libya 117

pbahra writes in with the story of Khaled el Mufti, the network-security engineer who was in charge of providing telecommunications for the Libyan revolution. "It isn't often you get the chance to meet a real revolutionary. It is a term cheapened by misuse, but Khaled el Mufti is a revolutionary. It is no exaggeration to say that the role he played in the Libyan uprising last year was crucial; had he and his telecoms team failed, it isn't hard to think that Col. Muammar Gadhafi might still be in power. Today, Mr. Mufti is a telecoms adviser to the interim government and heads the e-Libya initiative, a bold plan to use the transformative powers of technology to modernize the Libyan state, overturning 40 years of corruption and misrule under Gadhafi. Mr. Mufti is an unlikely revolutionary, a softly spoken network-security engineer with a degree from Imperial College in London. Almost by chance he was in his native Libya when the revolution took place, working on a project with BT in the capital, Tripoli."

OpenOffice Is Dying (And IBM Won't Help) 298

jfruhlinger writes ", now separate both from corporate sponsor Oracle and the Document Foundation's LibreOffice, is in trouble, with its team putting out a dramatic press release detailing the organization's trouble. One missing player in all this is IBM, who has backed in the past. One possible reason for Big Blue's silence is that it might be a prelude to the killing of Lotus Symphony, its OpenOffice-based suite." The Apache Software Foundation, on the other hand, insists is not at risk.

Comment Math and the Rubik's Cube (Score 2, Informative) 386

David Joyner has a book which explores some of the math behind the Rubik's cube:

If you are interested in playing around with the symmetry group associated to the Rubik's cube, Sage ( has good support for it; the documentation can be found at . Sage also includes a number of efficient solvers for the Rubik's cube.

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