It’s not often that I’ve felt guilty about getting something for free, but the Doritos Locos Taco I got at a Taco Bell promotion several weeks back is one of the greatest things I’ve ever eaten at any price, and I would love to get more of them someday (when I get a job!). It had been years since I’d bothered to actually get a taco at Taco Bell, as I usually get two of their quesadillas–one steak, one chicken–and a Frutista Freeze instead. I got those things anyway, but this time I had a little something extra to go along with them.
Ever since e-cigs came on the scene and blew up as a somewhat “safer” and less intrusive way of getting nicotine, they’ve existed in somewhat of a legal gray area, but that’s all about to change. Today, the FDA will hand down the first set of regulations of e-cigarettes and e-cig liquids, including rules about not selling them to minors, requiring health warnings on packaging and requiring that manufacturers disclose what’s in their products. This does not yet ban any kind of flavoring or introduce regulations on where e-cigs may be consumed, though many lawmakers would like to see additional rules in those directions as well.
Even as much as we know in the 21st century about the universe, the human body and the world around us, consciousness remains a tricky, tricky thing to pin down. Things that have consciousness can store information, retrieve it effectively and use that information on the fly as the situation demands it, but computers can do that, but computers are a long, long way from having any kind of consciousness. So what is consciousness? MIT’s Max Tegmark believes that consciousness may be a “state of matter” of sorts, one that fluctuates rapidly between all kinds of phase states based on certain mathematical criteria.
In an announcement sure to thrill absolutely no one, current Amazon subscribers will be able to start watching Exclusive HBO content may 21st on Amazon Video on Demand (aka Amazon Prime). What’s really notable about this, though, is that HBO has pretty much put up a giant middle finger to every GoT fan out there, insisting on holding onto content that’s less than three years old in order to “generate new subscribers.”
This screams to me like a band-aid solution to the hemorrhaging that’s occurring in the cable/satellite world as more and more people go online and are cutting the bills. Oh, HBO, will you never learn?