top Meat Makes Our Planet Thirsty
It's a frequent "let's play absurd" argument from meat eaters that plants have a central nervous system, too, and suffer and that they are being nice to plants by not eating meat.
I have NEVER heard this said outside of joking. If someone has actually tried to seriously argue a plant CNS with you, kick them in a soft spot - for me.
However, plants != meat. You come close to realizing this but quickly step away from the edge. Meat is "inefficient" because it is a degree removed from the original energy source. That is, the sun jaunts on down and gets captured by a plant to be used as energy to convert local material into being more plants. We can now eat that plant OR we can feed that plant to an animal which will then use the energy and materials to make more animal. The extra step is subject is lossiness, just as you would expect.
But we don't do this lossy conversion just because we're arbitrary jackasses. We do it because plants != meat. You can try to slam down as much quinoa and avocado as you want, but it's not the same nutrients, not even the same protein nor fat. A slab of fatty cold water fish and some chopped liver once a week cannot be replaced by plants. Only with modern globalization has this plant/meat replacement become even a remotely possible thing (unless you can point to a single location where all of these fatty and proteiny plants grow in one place), even then it does not come highly recommended.
top The Ultimate Hopes For the New Cosmos Series
It hasn't begun airing yet. The premiere is on March 9th.
top HTML5 App For Panasonic TVs Rejected - JQuery Is a "Hack"
"I'd've" is a pretty interesting English hack.
top Valve Offers Free Subscription To Debian Developers: Paying It Forward
We will look at the consoles of 2013 approximately the way we look at the Dreamcast.
With a sudden, and overwhelming, desire to find a copy of Power Stone?
about a month and a half ago
top Code.org: Give Us More H-1B Visas Or the Kids Get Hurt
...a country based on capitalism...
Penny in the air...
top Mobile Banking Apps For iOS Woefully Insecure
There are some extra features such as depositing a check which involves plugging into the camera to take a picture of the front and back of said check.
top Smart Toothbrush Aims For Better Brushing Habits
Sounds goofy, but smalls things like this can certainly be a strong indicator of true cultural background. It's the little things that a person trying to fit in might not think to change.
top New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution
top North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet
All internet that they have control over. Don't be obtuse.
top Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing
Thank you for pointing that out.
I don't plan on becoming a felon any time soon, but I am not sure I like the whole de-citizenizing we do to felons.
top Texas Drivers Stopped At Roadblock, Asked For Saliva, Blood
You know, just the fear of it going to court at all can be enough to coerce many people. People lead busy lives and the prospect of trying to wedge a scary court case into it is enough to just say fuck it and agree to the search so you can go home.
Which, ya know, it's not so hot that we're so afraid of our legal system sucking away our lives, even if we are perfectly innocent.
top Ask Slashdot: Can You Trust Online Tax Software?
Taxes are DUE by April 15th, but the tax season starts at the turn of the calendar which, yes, is just around the corner.
top Canonical Developer Warns About Banking With Linux Mint
My experience may be outdated...
I see what you did there.
top Sen. Chuck Schumer Seeks To Extend Ban On 'Undetectable' 3D-Printed Guns
I believe by "undetectable" they mean something more like "indistinguishable from surrounding material using current techniques". But apparently even that seems questionable as a number of others in this thread have claimed that these things should still be showing up distinctly on x-ray.
top Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"
Nah, I'm too busy drinking the beer that makes me feel good.
top WRT trans fats, the FDA should ...
Huh, most people pine for the old beef tallow McDonald's fries and rather disliked the switch to vegetable oils. I guess this is why we say "most" and not "all".
top Google Chrome Is Getting Automatic Blocking of Malicious Downloads
God, that sounds like extortion.
"It'd be a shame if we told the user that your software might maybe sorta kinda be malware."
top Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket
What I think is tragic is that something like Google Glass has some awesome potential for driving. Perhaps a "Car Mode" that locks out internet and displays maps, road conditions, maybe even work out some sexy little indicator for cars in your blind spot. However, you can't enforce "Car Mode" in any non-big-brother way so people are just going to drive in "Facebook Mode".
That is, it appears to be a tool with the potential for great good as well as great disaster. However, history shows that people tend towards the great disaster choice (because what if that cute girl from class "likes" one of your posts? YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW!).
top Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket
Get a Ticket With Google Glass: Get a Slightly Larger Ticket (maybe)
top Google Fiber Partially Reverses Server Ban
Why don't they just give you a NAT'ed address and be done with it forever.
Which is what my ISP did. And they're damned proud of it, too. Even have a webpage dedicated to telling people how awesome and safe this whole NATing thing is. A big problem is that the tier 1 techs have no idea what that even means. I reckon they have to have some incentive to resolve issues themselves as opposed to escalating tickets because they fight tooth and nail to hold onto your issue, even if they're not authorized to resolve it ("Can I get a public IP?", "I need a new modem provisioned", etc.).
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