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    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2012
    huh. i grew up rabbit hunting with my cousin and we always took the long way around of dressing them. i'll have to send that to him & see if he's in an experimental mood :)
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    I'm actually interested to hear, gutted some rabbits myself last autumn and that method looks... Umm. Like you'd get up after that maneuver looking pissed off, because you'd have rabbit guts and shit all over your back and hanging over your shoulders...
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2012 edited
    Jamie Oliver finds Joy Division and New Order master tapes in restaurant basement
    The new restaurant, which is being built in a former branch of Midland bank, was being excavated when the tapes were found, alongside guns, gold and jewellery. The total value of the haul is £1.1 million, reports Holy Moly. Oliver has since given everything found in the basement to the treasury.
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2012
    @Vorn - don't know if you've seen this...

    Nazi sci-fi film Iron Sky becomes Berlin talking point
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2012
    balls, it's on the other thread. harumph.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th 2012
    Not entirely sure if this belongs here or on the Around the Net thread but here will do.

    Digital handheld milling device lets you sculpt anything without screwing it up

    I think devices like this may make it into widespread use well before 3D printers.

    Of course, you really want to use a material where the offcuts can be recycled.
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    Suicide attack on U.S. Capitol foiled

    U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI on Friday arrested a Moroccan man who was planning a suicide attack on the Capitol, police and a federal law-enforcement official said.
    The man received what he thought was a vest with explosives, but the materials in the vest had been rendered inoperable by law enforcement, Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said.

    The official said the person is not connected to a terrorist organization and was acting alone.

    Now I don't want to go off on a rant here (but I will anyway), but what exactly did this solve?

    This isn't the first time this has happened (almost exactly) this way. Some grumpy guy gets pissed off at the government, and a criminal informant is used to hook him up with an undercover agent who actually provides the (non-functioning) explosives. When the suspect shows up at the intended target, cops swoop in and arrest the guy, parading him around like they just saved the day.

    When in all actuality, the guy was harmless, and completely ineffectual. Without a CI or an undercover supplier, would the suspect have actually done anything at all? If anything, we could use our top-notch surveillance on these guys to lead us to actual black market suppliers of weapons or explosives, or possibly even real terrorist cells. Instead, we just get a grumpy nutjob and more security theatre, and make everyone "feel" safer.

    Bush's administration did this several times, and now so is the current one. I wasn't impressed by it ten years ago, and I'm not impressed now.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2012
    Well, how about undercover cops posing as students in a high school, seducing other students to trick them into selling pot ?

    Last year in three high schools in Florida, several undercover police officers posed as students. The undercover cops went to classes, became Facebook friends and flirted with the other students. One 18-year-old honor student named Justin fell in love with an attractive 25-year-old undercover cop after spending weeks sharing stories about their lives, texting and flirting with each other.

    One day she asked Justin if he smoked pot. Even though he didn't smoke marijuana, the love-struck teen promised to help find some for her. Every couple of days she would text him asking if he had the marijuana. Finally, Justin was able to get it to her. She tried to give him $25 for the marijuana and he said he didn't want the money -- he got it for her as a present.

    A short while later, the police did a big sweep and arrest 31 students -- including Justin. Almost all were charged with selling a small amount of marijuana to the undercover cops. Now Justin has a felony hanging over his head.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2012
    @governmentspy: There was a similar case out here in Portland: Young, alienated hothead gets targeted for his online rants and guided by agents into purchasing fake explosives for an attack on a tree-lighting downtown.

    A better outcome would be to let members of his family and community know what he was getting into, so he could have his ass kicked and ears chewed off*.

    * Meaning, yelled at. I don't know how common that euphemism is.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th 2012

    Guy like that couldn't find the black market. He'd be the type to google "black market where to buy bombs".
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    So, here's one of these uncomfortable things where reality flies on the face of "common sense" and the feeling of what is appropriate: ?"The findings support the theory that potential sexual offenders use child pornography as a substitute for sex crimes against children. While the authors do not approve of the use of real children in the production or distribution of child pornography, they say that artificially produced materials might serve a purpose."

    Legalizing child pornography is linked to lower rates of child sex abuse
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
    Swedish man survives two months in snowbound car
    Doctors at the Umea University Hospital said they would normally expect a person to survive without food for around four weeks, said the Vasterbotten Courier.

    One doctor told the newspaper that the man might have survived so long by going into a kind of hibernation.
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012 edited
    Inside Facebook’s Outsourced Anti-Porn and Gore Brigade, Where ‘Camel Toes’ are More Offensive Than ‘Crushed Heads’

    So, crushed heads and bodies are okay in Facebook, but the following are not:

    - Blatant (obvious) depiction of camel toes and moose knuckles.
    - Mothers breastfeeding without clothes on.
    - Depicting sexual fetishes in any form.

    I laughed out loud at the last one. So, let's censor photos of disabled people, statues, people on stage, trees, the elderly, noses... :D
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012 edited
    Another old chestnut returns...

    Lab-grown meat is first step to artificial hamburger
    Dutch scientists have used stem cells to create strips of muscle tissue with the aim of producing the first lab-grown hamburger later this year.
    The aim of the research is to develop a more efficient way of producing meat than rearing animals.
    At a major science meeting in Canada, Prof Mark Post said synthetic meat could reduce the environmental footprint of meat by up to 60%.

    Mmm, doesn't that look succulent and tasty. And it'll be a bargain at an initial price of around 200000UKS/318000USD by the time they've made it into said burger.

    But, overlooking the environmental and (long-term) cost benefits, it prompts the question(s): are there any (other) veggies lurking on WC and would you eat non-animal sourced meaty bits? I'm not sure because a) I don't know if my system could handle it after a 26 year absence, and b) even though I gave-up the flesh-eating for non-"aww, poor ickle moo-cow" reasons, it's still meat, yet these kinds of articles invariably catch my eye. Anyway, as always, answers on a postcard, please.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012
    Uncle Warren (remember Uncle Warren ?) once made a blog post about this very question and pushed the question further : if you can make artificial beef, pork, or mutton, you can make artificial human meat as well. At least, you could know how the longpig tastes like without having to kill someone for it...

    My idea is to open a restaurant serving meat grown out of cells from celebrity. Wouldn't you like to know how Justin Bieber tastes like ? Or Kirsten Dunst ?
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012
    I imagine they would taste much the same as other humans. It really depends on the chef more than the meat.

    Personally, I'd be willing to give vat-grown human flesh a try. I doubt, however, that that idea is going to gain much in the way of support, especially given the current political stances and personal reactions to cloning and stem cell research.
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    I wouldn't eat meat/fish again. No attraction to either, and as such I'd be unlikely to even try lab grown. I don't eat analogues anyway.

    Although I have eaten placenta...
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012
    Human bacon?
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012
    I will be happy to eat meat of any form. Growing shit in a lab dish is funadementally no different from growing it naturally. If I'm willing to eat cheese and drink beer from bacterial processes that have been domesticated, I see no reason not to eat meat.