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Comment: Re:Talk versus Action (Score 1) 138

by drinkypoo (#49146355) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

That is harmful bullshit for many reasons. One being that committing suicide is not about courage or conviction!!! Honestly who talks about suicide that way other than an internet troll? Because that is how you push someone over the edge.

When I was younger, and angry in random directions, I was the sort who thought that suicidal people should just go ahead and commit suicide and get it the fuck over with for the benefit of the rest of us, so that we don't have to deal with their shit. I think it's a natural consequence of growing up in a world that doesn't give a fuck about you, and does its best to show it every time you come around a corner. I grew up poor and poorly socialized, and let me tell you, that's a severely depressing state. I had basically no sense of self-worth whatsoever until my twenties. Before that, I was just randomly mean, perhaps most of the time. I didn't really give a crap about anyone else, because why bother? What a waste of energy.

Now that I'm older and hopefully wiser, I recognize that this is the attitude that's destroying our society. What's missing, first and foremost, is caring about other people. That's why so few people for example feed the homeless, even though it would cost us so very little time and money, and it's also why towns actually arrest people for doing so. Because caring is hard, and they don't want to have to do it. You make them look bad, and you make them feel bad about themselves. They know that they aren't good human beings, and they don't want to be reminded.

Of course, I'm still mostly at the talk phase. Hopefully I'll get up to the doing phase. But at least I've advanced past the shitting on everything phase. Still a bit much negativity, working on that. Let's all try to grow the fuck up and be nicer. Yeah, irony, it's a bitch, and so have I been. But maybe I know what I'm talking about, from the inside.

Comment: Re:Talk versus Action (Score 1) 138

by drinkypoo (#49146315) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

Fortunately, it's hard to hide depression from a trained eye (or a trained algorithm). Writing styles change significantly with one's mood, often in consistent ways (on a per-person basis). If someone tends to write shorter posts and use stronger language when their depression worsens, it becomes a useful gauge for knowing how they're doing without asking.

Unfortunately, most of the people who give a shit are the (themselves hurt, wounded) instigators who are always happy to push other people towards suicide. Show weakness, and they appear to rip you to shreds.

...whiiiich is why I stopped using Facebook to begin with. I saw a memepic floating about recently that says G+ helps me like people I don't know and FB makes me hate people I used to like, something like that anyhow, and yeah it's so true.

Comment: Re:How about human dignity? (Score 1) 138

by drinkypoo (#49146253) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

jeezus victim much ?

Victim of corporatism, nee capitalism.

Check out the real unemployment rate in the USA sometime. The inverse of the workforce/labor participation rate. You will shit yourself. The whole fucking world really is going down the toilet by every measure we have available. Capitalism is in the process of failing spectacularly. Will we survive? Rainforest hamburgers say no.

Comment: Re:Trolling is overly broad (Score 1) 28

by drinkypoo (#49146219) Attached to: Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet

1) How? That's what the law says we're supposed to do now.

4) Juries should hear patent case appeals. But they should be qualified juries of peers, not J. Random Assholes.

5) You're calling for an end to capitalism. Me too! But realize that's what you're doing.

Most problems with patents could be solved by severely reducing their duration, especially software patents. The same is true of copyrights.

Comment: Re:file transfer (Score 1) 332

by drinkypoo (#49146127) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

I wouldn't trust the power adapter. I've had them blow up two drives before. Just use an old ATA power supply....

I just gone done throwing all of mine away (well, recycling them) because they don't have enough 12V to be useful for their size. The case did come loose from the power supply which came with my USB adaptor, but the power supply still works.

My PC also has an external molex female on the card reader/USB hub that I installed. So I can plug a male to male molex power cable there, and use it to power external devices which I can then connect to the front panel. That's the most convenient option, although obviously a seriously bad drive could take my system down.

Comment: Re:nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 557

by drinkypoo (#49146087) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

That's not entirely true. You can have a free ISP market, for example, where the last mile infrastructure is owned by a government-sanctioned monopoly which is required to lease to any ISP which applies.

That's not granted by government, that's operated by government. Why will no one do me the courtesy of reading and replying to what I actually wrote?

I have spoken in favor of such an approach many times, but that's actually the opposite of granting a monopoly.

Comment: Re:Books (Score 1) 679

I think you make a very good point. I wasn't close to my grandparents and I would very much like to have heard about their lives. My mom and I had a close relationship and I'm glad I don't have a bunch of videos for exactly the reason you say -- it would be too much ... too much something. Don't know how to say it.

There's an interesting This American Life about a person who's mother left a pile of letters to be opened once per year on the daughter's birthday, and one for her wedding. It started out very good, but ended not so great (see Act 1) ("... you shouldn't be dragged back into the grave with them every year ...):


So I started this post, listened again to that TAL episode, and coming back to this post, will sort of disagree with what I said at first. I still think periodic mailing is a bad idea, but maybe the poster could make the videos, but they would be given to the daughter immediately after the funeral, and in a whole pile all at once (backups kept somewhere in case of accidental or intentional destruction). Then in the future, if she chooses, she can watch what she wants -- all, some, or none. This leaves watching as a choice she may or may not exercise -- in contrast, the periodic shipment seems like it has a good chance of becoming a source of resentment and pain (i.e., why should a ghost appear on the wedding to potentially create great sadness or feelings of being a disappointment or whatever).

Comment: Re:A "fix" for a "problem" that doesn't exist (Score 1) 557

by drinkypoo (#49144501) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

My DL speeds have been around 15 mps for years and I don't notice any delays on any particular websites I visit.

My download speeds just got up to 6 Mbps, sometimes, when the sun is shining. Pacific Bell promised to have all of California covered by 2000. SBC made similar promises, so has AT&T. We paid for this coverage to happen, and it hasn't happened. It's nice for you that you've got good coverage, but I don't really give a good goddamn what you've got.

Comment: Re: nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 557

by drinkypoo (#49144485) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

Currently these places are getting internet piggybacked on utility infrastructure.

What? Who told you that? People in the sticks are either getting access from a WISP or from satellite, if they're not one of the "lucky" few who can just get DSL. Even in the boonies people can get DSL if they're near the CO.

Comment: Re:nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 557

by drinkypoo (#49144465) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

You think so? Isn't it the free market which lead to the situation that we have today with a few major companies having the power to control the network and shut out competitors?

You can't have a free market while your government is granting monopolies, which is exactly how we got where we are now.

"Well, if you can't believe what you read in a comic book, what *can* you believe?!" -- Bullwinkle J. Moose