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Comment: Re:Solution (Score 3, Interesting) 552

by DroolTwist (#47075033) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

While the brain can remap, as someone mentioned earlier, it can take up to a year of effort on the patient (as well as the doctors) for the process to really begin. It is draining on the patient, severely draining. My wife lost the toes on her right foot recently, and she is beginning therapy soon to try and stop the phantom pain by using a mirror to re-wire her brain into thinking she has toes on that foot and to stop with the pain and 'oh crap toes missing' messages that are currently being sent.

She isn't expected to even begin to see results from this for 9-12 months while the brain re-wires itself.

Unless there is some possibility of quick recovery from this, I would have to go with some of the others and recommend the painful (painful for you; remember, funerals are for the living), but more humane, option of pulling the plug. This situation is exactly why my wife and I both have extremely detailed living wills.

Comment: Re:What are they being used for? (Score 1) 371

by DroolTwist (#45540397) Attached to: Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time

According to a recent article, SR 2.0 is online, with plans for SR 3.0 to be activated within 15 minutes of 2.0 being shut down (if it gets shut down). There are a lot of other places on the darknet where you can get the same products/services as SR, btw.

Also, pseudo-anonymous currency isn't always used by bad people for bad things. Sometimes, people just don't want to be tracked doing legal activities. Privacy, and all that.

Comment: Re:Should be legal, with caveat (Score 5, Insightful) 961

by DroolTwist (#45529777) Attached to: Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

With enough morphine, it feels really good.

I'm assuming you are trying to be funny. Guess what. You aren't (I realize I'm overly sensitive due to what we went through/witnessed; I am not trying to be a dick to you with that statement).

Last Christmas I watched my mother (and my aunt shortly after) go through this. I watched her basically starve/dehydrate to death. No amount of pain medicine, that doesn't knock you out anyway, is enough to overcome everything associated with dying of cancer/dehydration/starvation.

People who are against assisted suicide think that what she went through was 'humane?' Fuck them. We'll see if they have this same opinion once one of their close relatives goes through this.

Before I die, assuming I know it will be coming soon, I will be moving somewhere where it is legal.

Comment: Re:Passwords are property of the employer (Score 1) 599

by DroolTwist (#45335527) Attached to: Withhold Passwords From Your Employer, Go To Jail?

While funny, the issue is not with a personal password. These are passwords for infrastructure. It's kind of like working for a trucking company and taking the truck keys with you when you quit, except that it sounds like this was a pretty big ass truck (thinking in $$).

Could the company get a new set of passwords? Sure, same as the truck company could get a new set of keys made. But while they were waiting to access their property they lost money at a minimum. Since they were not _your_ trucks or devices you have no right to refuse to give them their keys back.

I agree with you that what he did was wrong. The person(s) that allowed this to happen are just as much at fault, IMHO. Maybe he was high enough up to where it was easier to get away with, but I just find it astonishing that there was no system in place requiring all passwords to be kept in a centralized area (sealed envelope in a safe, one on-site and one off-site for disaster recovery purposes) with upper management having access to it in the event he left/was fired. DR exercises would have ensured that the passwords matched what was stored.

No one person should ever have that much control over a mission critical system.

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