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Comment drink it through a straw (Score 1) 162

The meat is, presumably, muscle tissue. Tissue that lays in a petri dish or bobbles along a conveyor belt in a big factory. Unless this muscle is used, made to do work against a substantial resistance, it seems likely that it will never form the fibers, the texture that we associate with animal meat. I imagine a texture like liver or perhaps a viscous fluid or an oatmeal consistency.

OTOH, I also imagine that it might have a very exotic flavor. Human teeth will be replaced by a round sucking mouth (like on a carp or tube worm) as evolution favors eaters of manufactured foods.

Comment it takes a village ... (Score 2) 112

According to the headline: "West African Village Weighs Using Genetically Modified Mosquitoes..."

According to Wikipedia: "In 2014 its population was estimated at just over 17.3 million." That's a mighty big village! Actually Burkina Faso is a country. Very few villages could afford such a program and it would be pointless when it was surrounded by other villages who prefer regular mosquitos. Don't know why the headlines here so often mislead the readers and continue to add caps to every word- just like in good old 1856 when headlines sold papers.

Comment Re:A cure for which there is no disease (Score 1) 249

" There is no discernible reason ... "

It seems you haven't looked very hard. Where I live, we get a billing statement with a graph showing our usage for each day of the month, and highlighting the peak usage period(s). The recent month is compared to the same month last year. This, and related information, can be useful for the consumer and the utility.

More importantly, the meters are necessary for the near future when Uber pricing is imposed (you pay more during peak demand periods). I'm sure there are other benefits to someone; statisticians, perhaps.

In the US, utilities are often provided by private, for-profit, companies and regulated by government appointees who are very friendly with the companies and Wall Street investors. Ratepayers end up covering any unusual costs (even when company management is at fault) while investors benefit from the substantial profits.

Comment Re:This is normal. (Score 1) 299

regarding: " [] "

If you read about halfway through this article you will find that it's all about the US military presence. Only Turkey will tolerate a US base in that region, and since Bush, American leaders have felt the need to impose our 'authority' there.

Both countries win- We get a military base, and Turkey gets an aura of respectability, plus some possible Euro advantages. (And they still don't have to admit to Armenian genocide.)

Even idiot Republicans know that Turkey is a repressive dictatorship, but then they always seem to favor that kind.

Comment out with the old (Score 1) 306

Where does this leave Elon Musk/Panasonic's Megafactory? He's churning out gazillions of old smelly batteries that nobody will want. His cars are full of dangerous old tech batteries that don't last long enough and take too long to charge. Can he buy this new tech and convert his factory? Stay tuned...

You can bet that Musk and Wall Street and many others invested in battery and energy storage tech are watching closely.

Comment qualifying can be good (Score 3, Insightful) 185

It's nice that people have to qualify for some things. Doctors, for instance, and police. Drivers tests help, but maybe should be more strict. More controversial is that parents should be tested before having children (are some parents unprepared physically, emotionally, financially?).

Qualifying before comments sounds interesting. Unfortunately many sites require commenters to register with an outside data gatherers before you can comment.

Comment voice stress analyzer (Score 1) 167

It must be decades ago that people were using a voice stress analyzer to detect lies, etc. They weren't perfect, might never be, but should be fairly reliable now. When a policeperson says "Hands up!", such a miniaturized detector would trigger the camera without requiring deliberate action. OTOH when the policeperson gives a happy sigh of comfort and joy while savoring a jelly doughnut or receiving a much needed massage from her partner, the camera would shut off, saving the department some embarrassment.

Comment Re:How much video is consumed? (Score 1) 164

The volume and the content consumed changes with time.

Most of us can recall a time when we were couch potatoes, flipping channels and drinking beer. Looking for something interesting on TV, but not too complicated. I imagine that many of us now are more discriminating about content, repulsed by commercials, and often looking for something that will challenge our mind.

The volume of consumption is probably higher than ever but that's not bad. The video screen has displaced newspapers, magazines, broadcast radio and TV and the junk mail. Those were all random access media served up by well-meaning publishers but complete time wasters. Now you can select your interests and jump right to the latest developments without paging through oceans of irrelevance.

Real news, local and international is at our fingertips 24/7 and that makes it interesting enough that it displaces some of the silly entertainments we used to watch. When we do seek entertainment we have vastly more options than ever and it's possible we are gravitating toward more quality stuff than before.

So yes, huge consumption on our video screens. I gave up my TV many years ago but spend more time than ever in front of my screens. Quality time.

Comment Re:Dr. Atkins' fad diet (Score 2) 242

" 49.9 million people didn't stick with it" What? Millions are doing it right now. Millions more don't need to- they have accomplished what they want.

I was one of those. I did Atkins almost 40 years ago, lost 40 pounds, and quit. Quit counting, that is, quit fussing over it; but I never resumed eating carbs as I'd done before. Now, after all those years I have to lose weight again (20 lbs) so I have to pay closer attention to my diet. This time I've noticed that too much protein can be a problem and I've had to make new adjustments. Many people don't notice that part of Atkins' recommendations.

BTW, thank you everyone for not bringing up the usual 'Dr. Atkins died a horrible death so his diet must be a failure.' Atkins had an illness unrelated to the diet that plagued him in his last years. People on the Diet will normally find that all their vital signs improve.

Comment Re:Crew Service Module?? (Score 1) 195

Mr. Musk certainly has some Howard Hughes qualities, but he's far more like _The Man Who Fell to Earth_
starring David Bowie as an advanced being who... well, he accomplishes amazing things while on Earth. Intriguing storyline and acting as only Bowie could manage. Could Musk be a remnant of the Roswell incident?

Comment Dr. Atkins' fad diet (Score 2) 242

Well it's been around half a century of that diet now. Around 50 million people have tried it and we aren't hearing any complaints from them. But it's still possible that Atkins was wrong about the evils of the overwhelming excess of carbohydrates in our diet.

Feel free to argue against those 50 million. Rant and rave! Your opinion is surely equal to theirs.

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