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posted by martyb on Friday May 30 2014, @09:14AM   Printer-friendly
from the needs-a-spoonful-of-sugar? dept.

Some soylentils have an interest in the Soylent food product, which claims to be complete, scientifically-based nutrition. Now Farhad Manjoo at the New York Times has spent a week and a half living off of it, and found it disappointing:

I just spent more than a week experiencing Soylent, the most joyless new technology to hit the world since we first laid eyes on MS-DOS.

Read the rest at the NYT: The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Friday May 30 2014, @01:43PM

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Friday May 30 2014, @01:43PM (#49142) Homepage Journal

    Agreed. The "most joyless new technology to hit the world since we first laid eyes on MS-DOS" in his very first sentence really gave him away. DOS joyless? Compared to making spreadsheets by hand on paper, or typing with a typewriter? The man is either an idiot or... I don't know, maybe he just thinks his readers are morons, but that was sa really stupid sentence for him to write.

    This would be excellent for taking along on a camping or hiking trip in case of emergency.

    I do, however, take issue with its cost. Making breakfast costs me far less than $3. Hell, I used to get biscuit and gravy and a burrito at McDonalds every morning on my way to work, the cost was $2.16. A dozen frozen burgers or chicken breasts is less than $10 at WalMart.

    Unless you're comparing the price to a Whopper, large fries and coke, or to dining in a nice sit-down restaurant, that's a hell of a lot more money than I now spend on real food.

    It might sound like a bargain in New York City, where I understand everything is stupidly expensive.

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  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Friday May 30 2014, @03:51PM

    by Gaaark (41) on Friday May 30 2014, @03:51PM (#49189) Journal

    That's what i like about the linux command line... it's a better DOS than DOS (although DR-DOS was a better DOS than MS-DOS).

    And rice cakes with peanut butter and honey is even cheaper for breakfast... mmmm... styrofoam.... (Homer drool)

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  • (Score: 2) by EvilJim on Friday May 30 2014, @10:10PM

    by EvilJim (2501) on Friday May 30 2014, @10:10PM (#49330) Journal

    ha, ms-dos joyless? maybe now, but back then, shit I was enthralled, never really got the hang of cp/m (or the version they used on Amstrads) and manually flicking switches or wiring up a programmed board, now that was joyless as it was unlikely to ever work right first time ;) my breakfast is far cheaper than that too, currently I'm doing a discount energy drink or two, 20-40c a day when bought in a pack of 24.

    • (Score: 1) by jmc23 on Saturday May 31 2014, @01:44AM

      by jmc23 (4142) on Saturday May 31 2014, @01:44AM (#49388)

      um, yeah, energy drink sounds real nutrional.

      2 eggs and potatoes, 50c.

      • (Score: 2) by EvilJim on Saturday May 31 2014, @07:27AM

        by EvilJim (2501) on Saturday May 31 2014, @07:27AM (#49484) Journal

        don't forget gas or electric cost :) I'm still trying to decide if it's more nutritional than the nothing I was having previously.