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Study: Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

BurningTyger Planescape Torment (94 comments)

What can change the nature of a rat ?

Now we know scientifically it's regret (and not "Many-as-One")

about 3 months ago

What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

BurningTyger Re:I have tried insects before (655 comments)

I found a great way to turn insects into a delicacy.

Step 1: Grow lots of insects
Step 2: Feed these insects to frog or fish
Step 3: Eat the frog or fish

Insectovres like ant-eater, shrew, or mole also works :D

about a year ago

What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

BurningTyger Re:I have tried insects before (655 comments)

Of the one I've tried (fried grasshopper, roasted silkworm, ant in chocolate, and various other i can't remember), none of them taste like shrimp or lobster.

about a year ago

What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

BurningTyger Re:I have tried insects before (655 comments)

Japanese eat raw shrimp (amaebi). There is also lobster sashimi. I love them all. I also love raw oyster. I am pretty adventurous in terms of food. That is the reason I went to that event to try insects.

I get what you are saying. My point was that what people normally eat require only simple preparation (just cook it). That is why they are popular. With insects, they are like offal. They requires a lot more preparation or add lots of spices to make it tasty (liver pate, insect chtney). And some people still wouldn't eat offal.

Unfortunately, none of the insects I tried at insectarium in Montreal many years ago was good. But that doesn't mean there aren't preparation method out there that would one day turn insects into delicacy. But until then, if someone like me who is pretty daring with food don't find them tasty, it is much harder to promote insects to the general public.

about a year ago

What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

BurningTyger I have tried insects before (655 comments)

I ate insects during a special event at Insectarium in Montreal. I have to say, people do not eat insect because it simply does not taste good.

There are three problem with insects. First is the exoskeleton. With shrimp and lobster. The shells can be easily removed. Not so with grasshopper. The stir fried grasshopper with heavy sauce can mask its insecty taste, but it still feel like eating little shrimps with shells on.

The second problem is the texture. Of the insects I had, none has the chewy texture people associate with "meat". Beef/pork/chicken, or shrimp/lobster/octopus, or fish, has chewy texture. With insects, it does not. For example, I tried silk worm. No exoskeleton. But when you bite into it, its body burst gooey stuff in your mouth.

Third is the taste. People naturally like cooked meat. Without any seasoning, most cooked meat and seafood taste great on their own. With insects, there's something about their taste that is off-putting to human and require proper seasoning to mask it.

about a year ago

Samsung Researching How To Let You Control Your Phone With Your Brain

BurningTyger It's been done by Emotiv (80 comments)

It's been done by Emotiv back in 2007, and various other companies. What is new here?
Feels like another attempt by Samsung to do viral marketing just by associating itself to something hip.

about a year ago

Turning Memories On/Off With the Flip of a Switch

BurningTyger Three Wishes Story (86 comments)

Reminds me of the three wishes story from "Planescape Torment".

An elderly man was sitting alone on a dark path. He wasn't certain of which direction to go, and he'd forgotten both where he was traveling to and who he was. He'd sat down for a moment to rest his weary legs, and suddenly looked up to see an elderly woman before him. She grinned toothlessly and with a cackle, spoke: "Now your *third* wish. What will it be?"

"Third wish?" The man was baffled. "How can it be a third wish if I haven't had a first and second wish?"

"You've had two wishes already," the hag said, "but your second wish was for me to return everything to the way it was before you had made your first wish. That's why you remember nothing; because everything is the way it was before you made any wishes." She cackled at the poor man. "So it is that you have one wish left."

"All right," he said, "I don't believe this, but there's no harm in wishing. I wish to know who I am."

"Funny," said the old woman as she granted his wish and disappeared forever. "That was your first wish."

more than 3 years ago

Idle: Four Injured In iPad Fight At Beijing Apple Store

BurningTyger People just don't line up in China, period! (194 comments)

People just don't line up in China, period! This Apple store incident does not come as a surprise to me.

I visited Shanghai two years ago and was waiting at the subway stop. I was the first waiting in line to get into the subway car. When the subway arrived, people behind me just rushed in, instead of waiting for the passengers in the car to exit. Needless to say, I was the first in line, and ended up not getting into the subway car. And Shanghai is suppose to be the most civilized city in China!

By contrast, when I was in Taiwan the same month, I also took the subway in Taipei. Everyone lined up according to the direction. They waited politely for passengers to get off, and entered the car one by one. People also yield their seats to elders or pregnant moms.

Having people camp out at Apple Store may be a good idea in other countries, but not in China. In China, people just would not patiently wait in line. They would try to cut the line whenever they could. They would elbow you or shove you out just to advance their queue.

more than 3 years ago

US Objects To the Kilogram

BurningTyger Re:BASE16 (538 comments)

Sure. Please do the following calculation in your head (you can use your fingers too)

Let's say a bag of wood weighs 8 pound 9 ounces, and you want to buy 3 bags. What is the total weight in pound and ounces?
Versus, you have 8.9kg of wood, and you want to buy 3 bags, what is the total weight in kg?

I am sure you'd be able to multiply in BASE16 if you are trained for it, and memorize the BASE16 multiplication table when you were a kid. But for the rest of us, BASE10 is what we learned and used to.

more than 3 years ago

Follow Up On Solar Neutrinos and Radioactive Decay

BurningTyger Wait till the religion fanatics hear this. (183 comments)

Wait till the religious fanatics hear this. I have already heard claim from them years ago that radioactive decay is not constant, and that's why carbon dating can not be trusted. The fossils are not a few million years old. The Earth is only a few thousand years old.

I bet these religious fanatics will now site this article as their proof!

about 4 years ago

Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis"

BurningTyger People google because family doctor are useless (368 comments)

Family doctors are pretty much useless. Why do I need to book for an appointment, wait like 30-40mins at the clinic even though I have an appointment, and only able to talk to the doctor for 5mins?

I went to do my annual check-up with the family doctor a year ago, and I complained to him about my day-time sleepiness. The doctor simply dismissed it as "bored at work". I basically had to google the symptom myself afterward to discover that I might have sleep-apnea, and then book another appointment to tell the family doctor to just give me a referral to see a sleep specialist to do more comprehensive test. Lord and behold, my self-diagnose was confirmed by the sleep lab, and I even knew that the treatment would be CPAP before the sleep doctor suggested it.

The point of the story is, yes, there will be paranoid people who suspect they are dying of rare diseases because of their headache and whine to their doctor all day. For most people, they are better off googling their own symptom first, get a general understanding of what could be the cause of it, so that you can better talk to your family doctor on what test to do and which specialist to see.

Hey, you don't go to see a car salesman before doing your homework, why go see your doctor without getting a better idea of your own health?

more than 3 years ago

Taiwanese Researchers Plug RFIDs As Disaster Recovery Aids

BurningTyger No one said the RFID device has to be an ID (108 comments)

No one said the RFID device has to be an ID or carry any unique information. Cellphone is a bad idea because it is unique and can be traced/linked directly to you.

Couldn't RFID device be just a simple transponder on you so that the firefighters & rescue workers can quickly pinpoint how many people are still trapped in the building during fire or after an earthquake?

There is no invasion of privacy. It could just be a device that signals "hey, someone is still inside"

more than 4 years ago

Android Copy of Young Woman Unveiled In Japan

BurningTyger What about things "installed" or "uploaded" ? (264 comments)

More importantly, what does the EULA says?
Will anything that's "installed" or "uploaded" inside the robot automatically become the properly of the Robotic Company like what Facebook does to its users?

more than 4 years ago

Looking For a Link Between Sci-Fi UFOs and UFO Reports

BurningTyger Re:FAQ (202 comments)

Q: With so many high-quality digital cameras out there in every cell phone, why do we only ever get crappy videos and fuzzy images of UFO's?
A: Take your cell phone right now and photograph the nearest airplane in the sky. Then come back and ask that question.

I know at least a dozen female friends who carries their Canon/Sony/Samsumg digital camera in their purses at all time. Whenever I go camping, there are at least 2 people in the group who'd bring their digital camera along. And your point is ?

Q: Okay, but what about professional astronomers? Why don't they ever see UFO's?
A: Who says they haven't?

Wow, you must love Monty Python's "Argument Clinic" sketch.

Q: If alien life is out there, why don't they just talk to us?
A: Go to your local factory farm and try opening lines of communication with the livestock. Then come back and ask that question.

So you've just proved that we do initiate face-to-face contact with other animals even if we can't communicate with them. And your point on why Alien doesn't just show up is?

Q: Why would the government want to keep alien life a secret from us?
A: Go tell your bank manager during your next loan application that you are under the complete domination of a freaky bully who does with you and your family whatever it pleases and that you are utterly powerless to stop it, and that it insists you orchestrate the mass-murder of everybody in the bank and that you fully intend to go along with this plan. Then come back and ask that question.

This makes absolutely no sense that I don't even know what to say

Q: But Occam's Razor says that the simplest solution is usually the right one.
A: Occam didn't take into account that people are conceited to the point where they believe that any idea which hasn't yet occurred to them is less likely to hold validity than those ideas which they have thought of. Example: When Alexander Graham Bell first announced to the world the existence of the Telephone, very smart critics refused to believe it, even going so far as to publish treatises and diagrams in the leading journals of the day, declaring that the physics of sound simply made it impossible that voice could travel any distance through metal tubes (wires) of the diameter described in Bell's experiment; Was it more likely, they asked, that Bell had discovered some New Magical Force or that he was simply lying? --If we only believe in things we already know and understand, then we would never learn anything new.

And Alexander Bell produced a functioning phone and became a millionaire. Where's your detail photo of UFO? If I have unlimited time, I'd go investigate every claim ever made. But unfortunately I don't. This is why Occam's Razor exist. It doesn't tell you what's real and what's not. Occam's Razor helps you to eliminate outrageous claims and concentrate your limited time and effort on the plausible ones.

Q: Okay, but people are very good at seeing patterns where none exist. People have been fooled before!
A: Right, and by the same logic, since, "All cows are Animals, all Animals must therefore be Cows."

Q: Show me proof! All you are doing is offering non-falsifiable arguments! Proof, damn it!
A: There's tons of it out there. You're simply refusing to look at it. Crop circles are a great place to start because they don't fly away; watch the film, "Crop Circles, Quest for Truth". Also, read Richard Dolan's, "UFO's and the National Security State." After you do some basic research, you won't feel compelled to wave that question around.

This concludes the FAQ.


I wasn't sure if you were being sarcastic or being serious in this post. But your second post about "Skeptic/Sceptic" showed that you are actually serious in what you said.

about 5 years ago

Comic Artist Detained For Script Containing 9/11 Type Scenarios

BurningTyger Economist Steven Levitt almost got arrested too (441 comments)

Economist Steven Levitt also had an interesting story of how he almost got arrested because he bought a last min one-way flight, and that he carried research paper on terrorist activities:

I almost got sent to Guantanamo
By Steven D. Levitt

more than 5 years ago

Proposed Canadian Law Would Allow Warrantless Searches

BurningTyger Re:Be reasonable... (195 comments)

Here are 2 words for you: "Citation Needed". Give me a reputable newsource that reported what you said above. I live in Canada, and have a few friends living in Calgary. I've never heard such things.

more than 5 years ago

March 14th Officially Becomes National Pi Day

BurningTyger Re:A modest proposal (321 comments)

Oops, this year's St Patrick's day is on Mar 17, not 15. It was last year that's on Mar 15. My bad.

more than 5 years ago

March 14th Officially Becomes National Pi Day

BurningTyger Re:A modest proposal (321 comments)

I thought "a modest proposal" involves eating Irish children. Coincidentally, this year's St Patrick's Day is on Mar 15.
So how about we make kids into pie to celebrate Pi Day, and then eating the pie to celebrate St Patrick's Day?
(Those who don't get it, please google Jonathan Swift's essay "A Modest Proposal")

more than 5 years ago

Rare Venomous Mammal Filmed

BurningTyger Re:more like in-laws (233 comments)

A mammal that injects venom into their prey through specialized teeth?
Sounds more like the his mother-in-law

more than 5 years ago


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