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Comment Re:The difference between abstraction and reality (Score 2) 213

where my faith doesn't place any demands on your lifestyle.

Yeah, right. Try telling that to Evangelicals. Go back hundreds of years and try telling that to the inquisitor. You are never going to win an argument with "My religion is good and benign. Yours is evil and superstitious." They're all nuts. As long as they keep to themselves, mutter strange words and wear funny hats, we'll let it slide.

Comment Re:Made up all the rules (Score 1) 109

why East coast people don't use the time difference as an excuse to start work later.

Particularly with a 4 AM last call time. But then ....

dealing with East coast business hours is frustrating,

In my experience, most highly successful people are morning people. And not bar flies. So 4 AM closing times and late night entertainment don't enter into their plans.

get some extra sleep.

Umm, nope. People need a certain amount of sleep. Some need more, some need less. Where they put that ideal amount on the clock is a different issue. Getting up later would mean going to bed later. Needing more sleep is a sign that a person isn't managing their bed time/wake up time properly. And that might lead to symptoms very similar to being a 'late riser'.

Comment Medical Device (Score 3, Interesting) 34

I wonder how much this sort of tracking app encroaches on the medical device domain. It could be that Nintendo just didn't want to get a cease and desist letter from the FDA.

Sleep studies appear to be one of the next big things in the medical business. Lots of sleep disorder labs are popping up and pushing their services through primary care physicians. My physician is pushing this stuff, even though I don't suffer from any symptoms that indicate sleep problems. There are big bucks to be made, paid physicians conferences in hot vacation spots and finders fees for referrals. So I'm certain that if some tech company comes up with an app and/or cheap hardware to screen for this, many people might feel threatened.

Comment Replay 9/11 (Score 1) 343

But assume we have Rubio's envisioned monitoring program in place. Could the attacks have been prevented? Doubtful, because everyone involved in country had a clean record and the chatter between 20 Middle Eastern guys would not have stood out as unusual.

After the fact, phone records could have helped to sort out what happened and identify accomplices still alive. But I don't think any of them would remain behind to collect the deposit on a rental van after they made that mistake once. So the same shit would go down. We'd just know who pwned us sooner.

Comment Clock time is relative (Score 1) 109

You don't roll out of bed at 10 am or noon. You do so at some time relative to external inputs such as light and temperature which affect your circadian rhythm. Temperature and to a certain degree light is under your control. Just like the time on your alarm clock. So set it. If you can't function until sunrise plus 5 hours, then get a light timer to turn on at 3 AM. Do whatever it takes to get up to speed for the 9 AM meeting. Even if that means going to bed at 7 or 8 PM.

Comment Re:One KEEPS working and solving new problems. Dic (Score 2) 126

Proprietary software can get Diced, and there's a good chance that'll eventually happen to the one you choose.

That isn't so! We just ported all our stuff to Windows 8 and re-trained all of our employees. It's a good system and will be around for the foreseeable future .... [Just a sec. Gotta deal with all these 'Upgrade Now!' popups].

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