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Comment: Re:Helps explain a few things ... (Score 4, Interesting) 69

by BarbaraHudson (#47914725) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Dogs have had many more generations of breeding to tailor their responses to us than we have had to them - something like 10x as many generations, since they breed about 10x quicker than humans. So they can read us much better than we can read them - they've self-selected for that ability, since the ones that can read us best know best how to suck up to us and get us to feed and shelter them and pick up their poop. Todays dogs are specialists - and their specialty is humans.

Given this, dogs are probably better judges of people than we are.

Comment: Re:5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe (Score 1) 69

by BarbaraHudson (#47914645) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Part of the problem is that some schizos ARE dangerous - we just don't know ahead of time who they are. If this lets us tell the two apart, awesome. Of course, there's the problem of false positives, as well as the question of environment (does a tendency to be dangerous still need an environmental trigger to manifest itself)?

Unfortunately, all meds have side effects. It's up to the patient, in consultation with their doctors and therapists, to find the right balance, which can change over time. "I feel fine now, I guess I don't need this anymore" is almost always a lie, but a tempting one.

Comment: Helps explain a few things ... (Score 0) 69

by BarbaraHudson (#47914535) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Helps explain why my dog reacts differently to different people with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. Some he's very friendly with, others he makes it abundantly clear that he wants nothing to do with them - or with them being around me.

Dogs can sense a lot of things we miss - maybe they can pick up something about the dangerous ones that we can't. And yes, one of the ones he kept growling at eventually went looking for a gun. Told my neighbor (who has 3 registered hand guns) that he hated my guts and where could he buy a gun? Stopped a few weeks later after dusk walking around with a holster with what appeared, in the dark, to be a gun. Knees on the ground, hands in the air, the whole bit. Apparently he wasn't happy that I had reported him to Youth Protection for moving back to the neighborhood after he had assured the court he wouldn't be having any more contact with a kid living in the next building.

Comment: Re:1st of all: I am NOT a pedophile (Score 1) 236

Hi ho, hi ho, time to play whack-the-troll ...

Seriously, neither of those accounts has been active for more than 2 years - since I went pretty much blind. And I've never been one to mod myself up. No need to. Just like calling you a net-kook isn't libelous when at the time you were crap-flooding my posts because I had insulted your whole "hosts file is teh absolutely bestest thing evah", or did you forget that you're the one who started it all. I attacked the message. You, on the other hand, attacked the messenger. But "organized conspiracy?" Your paranoia is showing.

Now, since I've never written ANYWHERE that you are a pedophile, I have to wonder about your continued insistence on bringing that up. You see me behind every post that attacks your hosts file, your trolling, and you. I wonder how many people you accused of being me while I couldn't see to use a computer the last couple of years.

Now, with your continued derogatory comments wrt transsexuals, I have to revise my opinion. You're not stuck in the '90s, but the '80s - or maybe even the '70s. Attack me all you want for being a transsexual - but remember, IT attracts a disproportionate number of the LGBT, as well as people sympathetic to LGBT. Slashdot isn't Little Green Footballs (or whatever it was called).

So, why am I bothering to respond and "feed the troll?" Well, let's look at this from a "utility" point of view. APK has outed himself as a transphobe. His posts make it obvious he thinks that I should be ashamed to be what I am. I'm not, and others in my situation shouldn't be either. So there is some "utility", some good, that can come out of making it clear his behavior just reflects badly on him, whereas ignoring it completely would tend to make it look like such behavior actually has a chilling effect on the intended target.

Obsessed with me he is. I don't even have to post to get a response from him. As shown earlier, he assumes anyone posting anonymous negative comments against him is me. It's happened before. It will happen again. See my .sig. :-)

Comment: Re:Why not all apps at once? (Score 1) 128

by BarbaraHudson (#47914101) Attached to: Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required
Actually, the incorrect part was you writing "Incorrect. Many android apps have arm binaries." There's a difference between using native methods, and being an arm binary. Something that's an arm binary doesn't need dalvik to run (example - the linux os that dalvik runs atop of). Apps, even those using native methods, cannot run stand-alone on the arm cpu..

The very first part of the very first sentence you linked to:

The NDK is a toolset that allows you to implement parts of your app using native-code languages

There is simply, by definition, no such thing as an "arm binary android app." All apps require dalvik to start. They can't run on the bare metal or directly atop the host os.

+ - NZ government denies 'mass domestic spying'->

Submitted by Kittenman
Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC and several domestic NZ sources are covering the latest revelations raised by Kim Dotcom, who is funding a political party in NZ as it heads to a general election on the 20th. Dotcom flew in a US journalist, Glenn Greenwald, and arranged for satellite links to Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, in their respective hideouts, at a 'disclosure' presentation in Auckland.

The NZ Prime Minister (John Key) has denied all claims. No-one making the claims can actually come up with a plausible reason why the NZ government would want to spy on its citizens."

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+ - Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future->

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An anonymous reader writes "A few years ago, author Neal Stephenson argued that sci-fi had forgotten how to inspire people to do great things. Indeed, much of recent science fiction has been pessimistic and skeptical, focusing on all the ways our inventions could go wrong, and how hostile the universe is to humankind. Now, a group of scientists, engineers, and authors (including Stephenson himself) is trying to change that. Arizona State University recently launched Project Heiroglyph, a hub for ideas that will influence science fiction to be optimistic and accurate, and to focus on the great things humanity is capable of doing. For example, in the development of a short story, Stephenson wanted to know if it's possible to build a tower that's 20 kilometers tall. Keith Hjelmsad, an expert in structural stability and computational mechanics, wrote a detailed response about the challenge involved in building such a tower. Other authors are contributing questions as well, and researchers are chiming in with fascinating, science-based replies. Roboticist Srikanth Saripalli makes this interesting point: "If the government has to decide what to fund and what not to fund, they are going to get their ideas and decisions mostly from science fiction rather than what's being published in technical papers.""
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+ - Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease->

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An anonymous reader writes "New research from Washington University has found that the condition known as schizophrenia is not just a single disease, but instead a collection of eight different disorders. For years, researchers struggled to understand the genetic basis of schizophrenia, but this new method was able to isolate and separate all of the different conditions, each with its own symptoms, which are classified the same way (abstract, full text). "In some patients with hallucinations or delusions, for example, the researchers matched distinct genetic features to patients’ symptoms, demonstrating that specific genetic variations interacted to create a 95 percent certainty of schizophrenia. In another group, they found that disorganized speech and behavior were specifically associated with a set of DNA variations that carried a 100 percent risk of schizophrenia." According to one of the study's authors, "By identifying groups of genetic variations and matching them to symptoms in individual patients, it soon may be possible to target treatments to specific pathways that cause problems.""
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+ - MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered->

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An anonymous reader writes "It's easy to make a robot walk, but hard to keep it from falling over. We've seen a number of crazy robot prototypes, but they're usually tethered and stuck on a treadmill. Now, researchers from MIT have developed an algorithm that allows their giant robot cheetah to run around outdoors at up to 10mph. They expect the robot to eventually hit speeds of 30mph. "The key to the bounding algorithm is in programming each of the robot’s legs to exert a certain amount of force in the split second during which it hits the ground, in order to maintain a given speed: In general, the faster the desired speed, the more force must be applied to propel the robot forward. ... Kim says that by adapting a force-based approach, the cheetah-bot is able to handle rougher terrain, such as bounding across a grassy field." The MIT cheetah-bot also runs on a custom electric motor, which makes it significantly quieter than gas-powered robots. "Our robot can be silent and as efficient as animals. The only things you hear are the feet hitting the ground.""
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+ - The Growing Illusion of Single Player->

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An anonymous reader writes "Multiplayer modes used to be an extra part of most games — an optional addition that the developers could build (or not) as they saw fit. These days, it's different: many games are marketed under the illusion of being single-player, when their focus has shifted to an almost mandatory multiplayer mode. (Think always-online DRM, and games as services.) It's not that this is necessarily bad for gameplay — it's that design patterns are shifting, and if you don't like multiplayer, you're going to have a harder time finding games you do like. The article's author uses a couple recent major titles as backdrop for the discussion: "With both Diablo III and Destiny, I'm not sure where and how to attribute my enjoyment. Yes, the mechanics of both are sound, but given the resounding emptiness felt when played solo, perhaps the co-op element is compensating. I'd go so far as to argue games can be less mechanically compelling, so long as the multiplayer element is engaging. The thrill of barking orders at friends can, in a way, cover design flaws. I hem and haw on the quality of each game's mechanics because the co-op aspect literally distracted me from engaging with them to some degree.""
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+ - Golfer wins space trip after bagging hole-in-one-> 1

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "After a hole-in-one at the KLM Open in Amsterdam, golfer Andy Sullivan has won a prize that is truly out of this world.

The Englishman, who found the cup with his tee shot on the 15th hole, bagged himself a flight into space courtesy of a Dutch aerospace company.

XCOR Aerospace pledged a 62-minute space flight to any player who could card a hole-in-one at the 15th at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club."

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Comment: Re:Barb you stated you troll ME by ac (Score 1) 236

Neither one of those posts calling you a pedo is mine. I have no knowledge of that one way or another, and frankly, I don't care. That's between you and the cops.

But the editors have my permission to verify the IP addresses of the anon posts you claim are me, and to publish their conclusions, just as I offered the last time you falsely accused me of sock-puppetry.

Oh, and thanks for confirming your transphobia (transtesitcle? Come on ...). There's no secret that when I was outed on slashdot, I changed my account to reflect reality. Just like there's no secret that I was not able to use a computer for the last few years because I was going blind. So now that one eye is good enough to use a computer, and the other, thanks to retinal microsurgery, can see well enough to tell that a car is about to run me over, it was easier to just create a new account. (So much for being a cyclops. But even when I was almost blind in both eyes and things looked grim, it was just another of life's challenges, nothing to be ashamed of. And when I do ultimately go permanently blind, I'll cope. I always do.)

But if you read what you quoted carefully, I told others how to troll you back - using the same tactics you use.

Why? Because net-kooks like you are a reality of life, and if people don't know just how much of a nut-bar you've continuously been over the years, they might actually fall for your hosts file crapola. It, like you, are obsolete.

Comment: Re:You are mistaken (Score 1) 236

That works until people refuse to back down over what others think they should be embarrassed about. Just as open source has benefits, so does "open life," one benefit being that you simply can't be coerced by threats to do something or "they" will reveal some "terrible secret."

Case in point: Last fall a developer at a public meeting attended by over 100 of my neighbours outed me as a transsexual when I spoke out against their plans. Totally illegal, and backfired on them when I forced them to take out display ads in the two largest newspapers publicly apologizing to me for their comments. (I consider this one way of "paying it forward" for those who have gone before me and made my current life possible).

In times past, being gay or lesbian, being divorced, being poor, being non-white, being a single mom, not being a virgin (but only for women - men were praised by their peers for being whore-masters), having an abortion, coming from the wrong side of the tracks, being crippled, having to deal with a mental illness ... these were all levers to shame people with. Simply doesn't work any more, and the more people are open about their lives, the easier it is for the next person to stand up to blackmailing bullies.

"Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out." -- Montaigne