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Comment Re:Stop breeding already (Score 1) 150

The current population of human beings on this planet is unsustainable.

If that were true, then wouldn't the population be decreasing instead of increasing? It's like saying you are in a plane and you slow down to below stall speed and say the lift generated by the wings cannot sustain the weight of the plane yet the plane continues to fly. Until populations decrease, all the evidence shows that the population is sustainable.

It's been a while since my college biology course, but if I recall correctly, it's not uncommon for a population experiencing exponential growth to shoot right past the carrying capacity for a while. Eventually, the population crashes until numbers fall under the carrying capacity, at which point several outcomes are possible.

The simple fact that population size is not decreasing is NOT evidence that the population size is sustainable. Rather, the fact that population size isn't slowing down might very well be evidence that it ISN'T sustainable...

Comment Re:Locks are for honest people :) (Score 1) 87

Not quite true, though at that point you'd have to pay a forensic locksmith to take apart the lock. The act of key bumping basically slams the key against the bottom pins to allow for kinetic energy to be transferred from the key to the top pins. Because they are immobile and absorb the kinetic energy, this causes considerable damage to the bottom pins in the form of large dents and scratches. Similarly, picking the lock tends to leave distinctive scratches on the interior pins...

Comment Re:Locks are for honest people :) (Score 5, Insightful) 87

Realistically, for most consumer applications of locks, if someone wanted to get in, the lock isn't keeping them out.

This is very true, but even then the lock accomplishes something else: it creates evidence of a break-in. You show your home insurance adjuster a kicked in door, they cut a check. You swear up and down that you locked the door and someone must have hacked it, have a fun few months/years in court...

Being able to hack the lock from a car parked on the street also has advantages: it cuts down on the amount of time and noise you have to make to break in. After all, there's a reason thieves are getting into electronic gizmos to unlock car doors...

Comment Re:'Carcinogenic compounds'. (Score 5, Informative) 312

there is nothing healthy about butter


Butter is rich in fat-soluble vitamins
Butter contains short and medium chain fats, which are the healthy fats
Butter is an excellent source of the 4-carbon fatty acid butyrate
Dutch researchers found that raw butter fat protects against calcification of the joints — degenerative arthritis — as well as hardening of the arteries, cataracts and calcification of the pineal gland

The list goes on. There's plenty healthy about butter, so long as it's in moderation...

Comment Re:Glad to see it's bipartisan (Score 2) 212

If it came to it, your little rifle means jack shit to a fighter plane and a tank. It might have mattered in the 1700s but you are SO outgunned and outclassed and outtrained that it is only a fancy way of suicide.

Which is why the recent conflict in Iraq was a quick little affair. The Iraq war totally didn't get extended another decade after defeating the Iraqi military because of some insurgent types with small arms and improvised bombs....

Comment Secure against Cylons (Score 1) 267

You'll see things here that look odd, even antiquated to modern eyes, like phones with cords, awkward manual valves, computers that, well, barely deserve the name. It was all designed to operate against an enemy who could infiltrate and disrupt even the most basic computer systems. Galactica is a reminder of a time when we were so frightened by our enemies that we literally looked backward for protection...

Comment Re: And better for the enviroment (Score 1) 274

According to the 2006 Hindu-CNN-IBN State of the Nation Survey, 31% of Indians are 'vegetarian', while another 9% also consume eggs (ovo-vegetarian).

Hardly "dominant" if 2/3 of the country eats meat...

Historians have shown that the people of ancient India, beginning with Brahmins, ate many kinds of meat, including that of cattle. Example: take a look at the Manu Smriti, Chapter V

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