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I'm keenly interested reducing package weight and waste. I'd love to see innovation in that value chain.

For instance, shipping medications in baggies (pouches), where the script label is printed directly on the baggie.

Boxes within boxes, plus all the packing material, drives me nuts.


Please tell me more about this free market. Can you point to an example?


This doesn't just go for SQL, but it will go for NoSQL systems that support advanced functionality.

My current project went nuts with the Redis + Lua scripts. Trace statements and manual inspection. Feels like I'm developing on the Apple ][. It started innocently enough. Now it's a hydra. Nutty.

I found a HOWTO for debugging embedded Lua. Basically run Redis from within an IDE. Definitely not turnkey. Might be worth the setup effort, next time I visit that code.


Superfluous quoting might even be an editorial policy.


Do you know the state of the art for ceramic engines?

IIRC, it wasn't feasible to make large parts with available sintering tech.

This rotary engine being smaller, perhaps its feasible to use ceramics.


Why is it important to divine which war crimes were more evil?


The USA stopped fighting, they weren't defeated. Just because the Vietcong won doesn't mean the USA lost.



You remind me of the horse that could count.


"The Clever Hans Effect has also been observed in drug sniffing dogs. A study at University of California Davis revealed that cues can be telegraphed by the handler to the dogs, resulting in false positives."


people like RMS who make everything seem so black and white

aka: Ultimatist.

Just like the EFF, ACLU, NRA, NARAL, etc.

The job of the ultimatist is to expand the Overton Window, challenge assumptions, highlight hypocrisy, ask uncomfortable questions.

Agree or disagree, our public discourse would be less healthy without ultimatists like RMS.


Right. And $1,000 spent on bullets has the same ROI as building schools.

"Those cattle occupy the same ecological niche as the bison did 150 years ago, with a similar environmental impact. Tearing up the native prairie to grow any sort of grain or vegetable crop would destroy the land."

No. Bison bite off the grass, leaving the roots. Unlike cattle. Some argue that bison were an important part of the ecosystem.



There's been modern experimentation with "intensive grazing" to emulate what the early bison herds did to grasslands. Densely packed cattle are moved using temporary electric fence over smaller areas of pasture for shorter amounts of time. The end result is quality feed for the cows, the manure gets trampled into fields, helping water retention and fertility, and the cows are moved along before they completely destroy the area.

Joel Salatin, of Polyface Farms here in Virginia, uses this practice to good success.

I don't know if such practices can sustain the volumes of cheap beef production we enjoy now, but if we properly managed large grazing areas this way, we could utilize land/water/feed much more efficiently than we do now.


The taste of ground bison isn't too bad. Not very gamey. Strips and steaks though are a different story.



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