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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

liquidsin Re:Oh Canada! (266 comments)

Much of Canada is already quite easily habitable, it's just that there's nothing there to draw people to it. For a simple example take a look at Alberta. Looking at 2011 numbers the population of the province is 3.6 million, with about two-thirds of that living in Calgary and Edmonton. There's a LOT of wide open land that could easily be filled up with people and their stuff. If you had ten million people and some start-up capital you could build a metropolis somewhere between Calgary and the Montana border with easy access to roads, rails, farmland, water, etc. For reference, New York City has an area about 15 sq. mi. smaller than Calgary and roughly eight times the population.

13 hours ago

Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

liquidsin Re:Nope they are clever (301 comments)

McDonald's has NFC enabled Interac handsets in their drive-thru. I wave my wallet at a machine for coffee a couple times a day. It's really more uncommon for me to find a vendor/retailer who *doesn't* have the NFC terminals these days. Back on topic, does this mean the new iPhones won't be able to use their NFC for anything besides payments? I quite like touching the backs of two NFC enabled android phones together to send links, contacts, photos, etc.


Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

liquidsin Re:No sovereign immunity (534 comments)

I've never been involved in a SWAT raid but my understanding from TV and movies is that they have to identify themselves when they enter. Are they identifying themselves as police or as private security? If it's the former, can they be charged with impersonating police officers? And if it's the latter can they be charged with break and enter? I feel like the castle doctrine/"stand your ground" law would absolve you of guilt if someone busted through your door yelling "PRIVATE SECURITY CORPORATION" and you shot them in the face...

about 3 months ago

Test: Quantum Or Not, Controversial Computer No Faster Than Normal

liquidsin Re:The real question in my mind (119 comments)

not sure how easily verified these would be, but this page gives a list of things they claim it's a better fit than conventional methods.

about 3 months ago

Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

liquidsin Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (517 comments)

The science is not, in fact, that easy, for a number of reasons. Off the top of my head:
  - "Energy Out" calculations can't be made in a vacuum; the amount of energy your body burns doing any exercise (even at rest) is largely determined by your current body composition, ie. more muscle mass takes more energy to maintain
  - All calories are not utilized the same; protein, for example, is used to build/repair structures and is not burned as "fuel". Counting protein calories is essentially useless, though tracking the amount consumed can be helpful (approximately one gram per pound of lean mass per day is considered a good baseline for an adult male of average activity level)
  - Certain foods trigger certain hormonal responses in the body that can effect metabolism. Insulin is a storage hormone. Anything that triggers a strong insulin response (sugars/grains) will predispose you to storing more of your "energy in". Likewise, staying too low on the "energy in" side of the equation will make your body think it's starving which will adversely effect metabolism. There are numerous studies showing that starvation diets don't work beyond short-term.

These are just the easy ones I can come up with without doing any real research. For a great example of how you can lose a lot of body fat (not just "weight") while not counting calories in/out, see "Four Hour Body" by Tim Ferriss.

about 6 months ago

White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

liquidsin Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

Fellow Canadian here. I'm fairly ignorant on all of the health care stuffs as I seem to have been blessed (so far) with decent health and no major accidents or injuries requiring expensive treatments. I'm a 35 y.o. male with no dependents or pre-existing conditions and a non-smoker. My health care costs show up as a $26 line item on my bi-weekly paychecks. What the fucking fuck America?

about 6 months ago

PETA Abandons $1 Million Prize For Artificial Chicken

liquidsin Re:Fun exercise (191 comments)

Have yourself a look at the diet of the Maasai; meat, milk, and blood - all raw. Some groups eat small quantities of fruits and veg, some do not.

about 6 months ago

Using Handheld Phone GPS While Driving Is Legal In California

liquidsin Re:Dumb ruling (142 comments)

On a recent trip I rented a Hyundai Elantra. The bluetooth-enabled stereo wouldn't let you sync a phone while the vehicle was in gear, which kind of frustrated my passenger who wanted to sync up his phone and listen to some tunes.

about 7 months ago

Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch

liquidsin Re:"To Stop Fracking"? (317 comments)

Can you point out to me where in the document you link for "Haliburton Loophole" it says that that's a myth? All I see is the Energy Policy Act of 2005; Section 322 of that document indicates that ‘‘(ii) the underground injection of fluids or propping agents (other than diesel fuels) pursuant to hydraulic fracturing operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities.’’ are exempted from the "Underground Injection" provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Additionally the Clean Water Act was amended to clarify that "water, gas, or other material which is injected into a well to facilitate production of oil or gas..." are NOT classified as pollutants. These two things together seem to indicate that they can in fact pump whatever they'd like into wells to facilitate oil production, even if it's not labeled specifically as "The Haliburton Loophole". Am I missing something?

about 7 months ago

FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

liquidsin Re:This was my submission... (235 comments)

I clicked your username to see if it shows on your page, and sure enough there's the submission, with your proper full name. I'm hoping Dick Butkus submits a story, just to see if it's changed to "Richard B". HEY DICK! YOU READING THIS?!

about 7 months ago

Online, You're Being Watched At All Times; Act Accordingly.

liquidsin Re:Early Posts Win With Beta (299 comments)

My problem with this reply from Soulskill is that he's talking about a feature that's very core to the /. experience as the community has come to expect it. To say that it's been on the to-do list for that long and remains unimplemented is silly. And since they're redirecting users that aren't logged in to the beta, any new visitors are either going to see a site missing features and leave, or get upset at the constant change as issues are resolved. It really is closer to an alpha. Maybe calling him a liar and a fool is uncalled for but calling the website a beta when you're that far away from feature parity with your current offering is disingenuous at best.

about 7 months ago

New Zealand Spy Agency Deleted Evidence About Its Illegal Spying On Kim Dotcom

liquidsin Re:SLASHBETA ADMINS (222 comments)

i used up the last of my mod points last night, but as soon as i get more i'll be back to modding everything 'fuck beta' as insightful, and everything else as 'off topic'. drown 'em in noise, boys!

about 7 months ago

Extinct Species of Early Human Survived On Grass Bulbs, Not Meat

liquidsin Re:A blow to vegetarians (318 comments)

Exactly what I came here to say. It doesn't have to be all-or-nothing; you don't have to "be paleo". You can follow "the rules" as best you can and still get most of the benefits. CAFO beef likely isn't as good for you as free-range/pastured, but it IS probably better for you than a plate full of pasta. Or if you just have to have the free-range, go for the less expensive cuts. Roasts are generally much less expensive than steaks. Get bones and make a good, nutrient-dense stock. Try out some organ meats, which are full of vitamins and also tend to be inexpensive. Make intelligent choices when you eat out. Doing something 50% right for your health is still better than not trying because 100% seems unattainable.

about 8 months ago

Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

liquidsin Re:Now a review without reading TFA? (691 comments)

how exactly does this "laughed out of his job" comment demonstrate that OP didn't know he was a writer? is that some idiom that I'm unaware of, or are you failing at reading comprehension?

about 9 months ago

Meet Slashdot 'Super Submitter' Esther Schindler (Video)

liquidsin I don't feel like watching a video... (53 comments)

so I'll just wait and read the story when timothy dupes it later this week

about 10 months ago

Clinton Grants $1 Million To Edible Insect Farmers

liquidsin Re:Hey! (277 comments)

not the poster you're replying to, but i felt the need to throw down my couple cents. i tried vegetarian/vegan for quite a while, but my body simply could not thrive. no matter how much "good" veg protein i got (and i'm a bit of a crazy about my diet...), no matter how much i wanted to save the animals, i just couldn't stay healthy. i can't speak for all humans, but from what i can tell from my own biology, i'm an omnivore - i have the teeth and digestive system of one. i require nutrients from both plant and animal sources. i cannot perform up to my full potential without animal products.

once i'd realized that, it came down to personal ethics. i refuse to buy meat (or most anything, really) from grocery stores. i'm lucky enough to live somewhere with lots of farms and markets; i speak with the farmers about the creatures they raise for slaughter, about how they're cared for, housed, and fed. there are proper ways to do these things, to raise livestock humanely and feed it a species-appropriate diet - so it can be healthy enough to live well and also be properly nourishing to those who consume it.

and to the poster you were replying to, you've got a noble goal there. i just recently took up hunting and would love to be able to bag enough wild game to greatly reduce or eliminate my dependence on farms altogether. until then, i'll choose the friendly local farmers.

about a year ago

Clinton Grants $1 Million To Edible Insect Farmers

liquidsin Re:God and Cockroaches (277 comments)

check out black soldier flies. they can be farmed in nifty little bins by pretty much anyone. the larvae will eat damn near anything (plant/animal based food waste and excrement) and leave behind nothing but fertilizer and fat larvae, which make nutritious feed for aquaponic setups or chickens. the adults live only a couple days; they exist only to mate, and do not bite or sting. they are not known to be a vector for any human pathogens, and they generally buzz off to die once they're done mating.

about a year ago


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