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Comment Re:Why not self-driving trains first? (Score 1) 143

I still don't understand, why we don't have self-driving trains already — the task is so much simpler with one-dimensional roads, no size/weight restrictions on the necessary equipment, and full control of the signs and signals — without having to teach the computer to understand, what's meant for humans...

We do have self-driving trains, and have had them for ages. The most immediate example that springs to mind is the Paris Metro, which has an entire line that is fully automated.

It has carried well in excess of 100 million passengers with only a handful of minor incidents.

Comment Re:Cure for symptoms (Score 5, Informative) 151

Pain is a warning that something is wrong and is harming you. You don't want the warning to go away... you want the problem that's causing the warning to be solved.

That's not really what chronic pain is, though. Yes, pain is a warning, and an important one for most situations. When the system designed to regulate and deliver pain is broken, though, you get chronic pain. You feel pain regardless of whether or not there's actual harm being done. It's like trying to live in a house where the fire alarm is always going off.

My wife has PMPS. When her surgery was performed, a number of nerve endings deep in her chest cavity were damaged; they can't grow back, and they're constantly firing alarms at every slightest thing. For her, riding in a car hurts when the car goes over a small bump in the road. Coughing or sneezing hurts like hell. Getting hugged to hard or run into too quickly by our 6-year-old daughter hurts. Don't even think of trying to pick that kid up, either, because that'll hurt, too. My wife's low-impact elliptical workouts are an exercise in constant nerve pain, but she does them anyway to keep up her health. Pulling on a locked door handle expecting it to be open hurts. Trying to grab a pan off the top shelf hurts. Lying on her back hurts. Rolling over in bed hurts. She's lucky to get four hours of sleep on a typical day, thanks to a vicious combination of anti-cancer meds and pain. Countless little, insignificant, pedestrian things that most people wouldn't even bat an eyelid at are constant and grinding sources of pain for her.

She knows what the problem is; she's got busted nerves in her chest. You can't really fix busted nerves. Yes, there are risks to not feeling pain, but holy hell we'd take them in a heartbeat just to be able to shut this goddamned internal fire alarm off, even for a day.

There are millions of people dealing with the same kind of thing: constant, chronic pain. This would very literally change their lives.

Comment This Is The Authoring Tool, Not The Plugin (Score 5, Informative) 125

They're renaming the authoring tool, which is currently known as Flash Professional CC. It appears that the Flash Player will remain just that.

This makes perfect sense, as Flash Professional CC is increasingly being used to generate media that targets HTML5, not Flash, as output. Renaming Flash Professional CC to Animate CC eliminates the whole need to do the song and dance of "we're talking about Flash the authoring environment, not Flash the plugin" to non-technical audiences.

Comment Not OK. (Score 1) 66

I like Apple. I think that Apple does a lot of things right, and that a lot of criticism of Apple is motivated by historical grudges (on the part of techies) and petulance (on the part of business types.)

That said, this is a stupid, bad mistake. Happily, it's a hiccough, and not likely to have long-term technical ramifications. Unhappily, it's a really, really stupid oversight that should be basically automated--if not by a script, then by a business process.

I believe that walled gardens are an important part of a computing ecosystem where the vast majority of the population consists of casual users. That said, you can not afford to make stupid, easily avoidable mistakes in maintaining it.

I've made my peace with the fact that devs are expected to make an extra slog to get our stuff into the walled garden, and I understand why that is. We do that so that our users can live in a space that they don't need to cultivate themselves any more than they want to. But if we're willing to put up with that extra slog ourselves, It's not okay for our users to have to deal with this sort of thing, too.

Comment Re:Honest suggestions from new'ish parent (Score 1) 170

...and yet here we are, my wife, daughter, and I, the three of us happy, loving, and well-adjusted. Thanks in no small part to her early and routine exposure to lots of other kids her age, our daughter has a natural comfort interacting with her peers that my wife and I lacked at her age. Her math and reading skills are several years ahead of her age group, thanks in no small part to the well-designed curriculum of her day care center. She's inquisitive, adventurous, kind, thoughtful, and boundlessly energetic; we love each other more than we could possibly have imagined; and we couldn't be more proud of her.

You seem not to really understand what day care is. You also seem to think that our decision to place our daughter in day care predicts a hostile end our loving, devoted, fifteen-year marriage. That doesn't really make any sense to me.

Comment Re:Honest suggestions from new'ish parent (Score 1) 170

For it to be "right" for your kid, s/he must have liked day care more than being home with mom and dad. You might want to ask him it if was "right" for him, or if he would have preferred to be home with you and your spouse. My guess, your idea of "right" and theirs is not the same.

Goodness yes, my wife's and my idea of "right" is decidedly different than that of a preschool child! I mean, even today my daughter would vastly prefer to not go to first grade in favor spending her days riding bikes with dad, baking with mom, painting, playing with friends, and visiting grandma and grandpa--but abandoning her schooling to satisfy these desires would be a pretty dumb thing for her parents to do, yeah?

Woe to the parent who uses their two-year-old's wants as a compass for determining what's good for them.

Again, go back and actually read what I actually wrote; that you called my daughter "he" suggests you haven't really done so. I'm not saying that stay-at-home parenting is the wrong decision. I'm simply saying that it isn't the only possible right decision, and that daycare was the right decision for our family.

Comment Re:Honest suggestions from new'ish parent (Score 1) 170

Here is another thought.

Stop pursuing money for gain while you have kids under 60 Months of age. Whatever you spent on daycare it wasn't worth it. Your kids would rather have you, than the things the second job affords.

For us, that would have meant either:

  • My wife abandoning her Biochemical, Molecular and Cellular Biology PhD about18 months before completing it, or
  • Me abandoning my career and us selling our modest house to move into a studio apartment, as PhD stipends don't make good sole incomes for a family of three.

We put our kid in my wife's school's day care center, which effectively cost us as much as my wife earned at her PhD program. Our kid thrived there: she got some outstanding early education, grew socially, blew past developmental markers, and still had two loving parents to come home to at the end of the day. Today, Doctor Mom is doing valuable schizophrenia and bipolar disorder research, Dad has earned a few promotions, and kiddo is in effervescent, inquisitive, caring first-grader. We moved into a nicer home, we have more financial security, more free time, and we both feel like we're great role models for our child.

We have no regrets about putting our kid in day care. It was absolutely right for our family--mom, dad, and kid alike. I continue to be bemused by people who believe that the One True Way To Rear Children requires a constant, dedicated parental presence. For us, doing that would have led to a worse life for all three of us.

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