Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2012 02:49 UTC
Apple After a proper teardown, iFixit concludes that the new MacBook Pro has no user-serviceable parts at all, which some think is a really bad thing. I honestly don't know - I mean, my ZenBook isn't particularly user-serviceable either, and my smartphones, tablets, and whatnot are pretty much entirely soldered together as well. What do you guys make of this?
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RE[8]: Sounds like a challenge.
by spiderman on Fri 15th Jun 2012 07:08 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Sounds like a challenge."
spiderman
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2008-10-23

I take issue with this part: making your own food. Today we have GMO that are designed to be sterile so farmers have to buy seeds every year and to infect nearby plants. What good is this? This is not only bad, this is fatal. I am not growing food myself but being able to choose who I buy food from is vital. In the long run, food stock will be depleted and a famine will kill billions of people if we don't act about that now.

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RE[9]: Sounds like a challenge.
by zima on Fri 15th Jun 2012 07:29 in reply to "RE[8]: Sounds like a challenge."
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2005-07-06

Depends on the place and its approach to designed crops; yes, something to be fixed in some, I imagine. But OTOH you have the long triticale breeding research, efforts to make it fertile.

BTW, the problem is really much broader - namely, that our agriculture runs on fossil fuels, and how insanely dependant we are on them overall (that's where "surplus" hectares on this graph http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Human_welfare_and_ecological_foot... are coming, from the past; and also from spoling the future ones). You mention global famine - I think it could be even more "funny"* if we end up with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medea_hypothesis (...we already cause what will be one of the most rapid extinction events in geological history)

Note I don't unquestionably endorse all aspects of progress, just pointing it out earlier (and I quite possibly eat more locally-produced or even self-harvested foods than most people in the thread)


* I tend to talk about it from the point of view of a dispassionate outside observer - here, noticing the stupidity of a species possibly on the way to its destruction, and certainly not doing much to mitigate the risk - really, getting what they deserve.
Maybe it's easier to cope with it, when talking like that.

Maybe that's the explanation of Fermi paradox... )or major part at least)

Edited 2012-06-15 07:40 UTC

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