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Comment Re:Not a lot out there (Score 1) 173

Thanks for sharing the experience. The recoup/rehab period is expected to be at least 2 years, so I'm sure we'll have time to look into different options and what they provide. As it turns out, another family member knows some people that work in counseling and peer-mentoring for amputees. There's a lot for everybody involved to learn, both patient and family/carers.

Comment Re:Asking the wrong crowd (Score 1) 173

I know its a long shot, but I asked for the same reason I read slashdot - It is predominantly populated by nerds who love solving esoteric problems with novel tech. There's already been a few comments that, if not a perfect solution, are enough to point some lines of inquiry.

Comment Re:I have an idea. (Score 5, Insightful) 173

When purchasing a computer, I could just ask the "fucking computer guy" at the shop. Alternatively, I could look around at all possibilities to see if some components or capabilities would suit me better than the standard options. Yes, that requires me to filter out a ton of nonsense from the responses, but I have the patience of a saint (which also helps with the trolls).

Comment Re:What medication? (Score 1) 173

I don't know the specific drugs, complications of an existing condition led to a perforated bowel, which led to removal of said portion of bowel, accompanied by renal failure and circulatory shock. I believe that the medications in question were used to prevent organ failure, but a side effect was vascular constriction, leading to reduced blood supply to the extremities.

Submission + - What do you look for in a prosthetic hand?

Arglebarf writes: A family member is recovering from a serious illness and, unfortunately, the medication that saved her life will probably cost her hands and feet. She is an artist by trade, so this is a pretty big deal. Replacement prostheses might restore a degree of independence, as well as enabling her to continue with her creative passions. Do any slashdotters have any experience with replacement hands? What features do you look for? Do any models allow you tweak the software for fine tuning? Beyond the day to day uses, she will want something that can hold small objects precisely (i.e. a paintbrush).

Comment seems pretty simple to me (Score 2, Insightful) 289

There's two clear reasons the RIAA hates the internet:
1. Digital forms of storage mean that they can't recharge for the same product on a different media every fifteen years - the revolving door business model of vinyl to tape to CD etc.

2. People can create without them. The labels have cooked up a good racket making themselves a necessary part of the distribution process. Online, anyone can get their work out to an unlimited number of people.

The only thing that will bring the RIAA into the late 20th century, much less the 21st is for the current crop of CEOs, weaned on 1950s business practices, to get old an die, allowing the younger generation to take over (but they might just be dickheads too).

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

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