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Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 407

by Duckman5 (#49583147) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
No problem. It sucks to see people suffer.
Anyway, I just thought I'd clarify that Major Depressive Disorder essentially is clinical depression. It's the heading that the DSM-V (psych bible) puts continued depression of greater than two weeks. You might have heard the term unipolar depression as well. That just means that there are no manic states associated with the patient. Unless you're a nervous person by nature (think you're going to get every side effect and complication) it's probably worth your time to read up on your condition a bit. Increased health literacy is associated with improved outcomes.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 407

by Duckman5 (#49574391) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead

I don't get it. I really don't.

People, in general, like two things: 1) Instant results

This I get. and this you will get instant results from these kinds of meds. When they first came out on the market, they pushed them for depression. Granted, they work great for that. We have, however, since then realized there are better ways to deal with the situation. So now we give people SSRI's because they're generally "safer" and less addictive (Don't let anyone tell you that the withdrawal doesn't suck, though. Back off them slowly...) The downside is that the SSRI's take a while (4-6 weeks) for full effectiveness if you're going to get any results from that particular agent at all.

2) The feeling that bad things are not their own fault in the least
So if someone has a stressful work life, rather than admit that they have a bad job and get out they try to get drugs to dull the stress. It's easier and offers cognitive disassociation.

This one needs to be smashed with a stick and nuked from orbit. No it's no all your fault (at least I hope it's not), but people need to learn personal responsibility in this world. I think that's the general sentiment around here, though, so no need to preach to the choir.

Which is not to say that everyone taking such medication is taking the easy way and don't actually need it. Personally, I'm on my fifth anti-depressant medication regimen (which is actually a combination of two meds I tried in the past individually), have briefly visited a psych ward in the past, and seen a handful of therapists/counselors. There is nothing majorly wrong in my life, I just hate myself indiscriminately without the medication (with the medication I only somewhat hate myself.)

I'm no psychiatrist and I've never met you, so I can't diagnose you. I am, however, glad that you're getting help from at least one. That sounds like it fits the bill for Major Depressive Disorder. The good news is that there are A LOT of options. The bad news is that sometimes it can take a while to find one that sticks. The interesting thing about a lot of those drugs is that in addition to taking the taking a bit of the edge off the depression is that they increase the plasticity of the brain. So, combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, they can help change the way you think about yourself. If you find that the medication alone just isn't cutting it and you're not already getting CBT, I would ask your doctor to recommend a therapist. Regardless, good luck with it and I hope you do find some kind of therapy (pharmaceutical or otherwise) that works.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 407

by Duckman5 (#49525657) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
Very well might be cheaper, but probably not that much, especially if you have an insurance plan that will cover it. The advantage of Adderall over street meth is increased duration of action. Adderall is formulated as a combination of several different amphetamine salts that release and become active at different times. That way you get smoother, more constant blood levels without big peaks or big drops. Those smaller changes make for less abuse liability to boot.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 5, Informative) 407

by Duckman5 (#49525641) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
It's worth mentioning that one reason amphetamine (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin) are such strong stimulants because they are what's called "impulse independent." They don't just make your neurons work better/fire faster; they actually REVERSE the flow of your reuptake transporter. Your neurotransmitters don't get recycled like normal. So, if you take too high of a dose for too long, you can use up the neurotransmitters faster than your body can replace them. That's why it can take so long to get back to normal.
These ARE powerful stimulants and they shouldn't be abused. There IS addiction potential. There ARE downsides to them. This whole trend of overuse/reliance on pharmaceuticals is just bonkers to me. I don't get it. I really don't.

Comment: Re:= paracetamol (Score 1) 187

by Duckman5 (#49508195) Attached to: Acetaminophen Reduces Both Pain and Pleasure, Study Finds
That's not even the worst of them. You get into the steroids and the estrogens and you're in for a real treat. They're all derived from cholesterol so they all have the same basic structure. Then there are several commonly accepted names for modified structures. So...some people will start with a simple base structure name and use the IUPAC rules to list all the substituents. Others will start with a more complicated (but named) base structure and just say 19-nor-whatever (to indicate that the substituent that SHOULD be attached to that carbon isn't) to refer to the same structure. It's confusing. I'm just glad I'm not a medicinal chemist and that the FDA gives us trade names so that one pharmacist knows what the other pharmacist is talking about.

Comment: Re:clarification (Score 2) 32

by Duckman5 (#49453343) Attached to: Stars Form Near Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole
It's also worth pointing out that gravity decreases with the square of the distance between the objects which is especially significant on a cosmic scale.
That being said, I still wonder about effects of gravitational time dilation and the odds of very rare things happening (such as life developing). Probably only the stuff of science fiction, but the first thing to pop into my head, nonetheless.

Comment: Re:Now if they will sell them without MS Windows (Score 1) 161

by Duckman5 (#49254879) Attached to: Ultralight Convertibles Approaching Desktop Performance
Thanks. I appreciate the offer. I'm making progress figuring things out. Finally got my stupid Canon printer working with it's lame proprietary drivers. Took some doing, but I'm better off for it. I know have a better understanding of how deb containers work. :) Anyway...next project is to figure out how to actually add a password at startup for the filesystem encryption. I'm pretty sure I clicked the box that said I would add a password later...but now I can't figure out how to add a password. LOL. Now I'm wondering if I did...that would be my luck.

Comment: Re:Just like knifes, Morphine, Bitcoin... (Score 1) 98

Tsk, tsk, tsk. Someone fell asleep in pharmacology. Heroin IS stronger than morphine because it has higher lipophilicity. That means it crosses the blood, brain barrier more readily. That means it gets into the tissues better, to the site of action better, and is a better painkiller. Kind of like codeine except you get better than 10% conversion to morphine so it doesn't suck when the times comes to actually do it's thing.

tldr; Heroin is morphine in a ninja suit. It sneaks past your body's barriers and totally owns your mu-receptors.

Comment: Re:Now if they will sell them without MS Windows (Score 1) 161

by Duckman5 (#49208989) Attached to: Ultralight Convertibles Approaching Desktop Performance
Umm..at this point I have no clue. I didn't even know it used SystemD until yesterday when I saw the configuration panel in KDE's System Settings. The documentation is kind of crap. I used Gentoo for years until I get fed up with a few broken ebuilds and used Ubuntu for a while.
We'll see how it works out in the end. I really liked upstart when I was using it and don't care for how all-encompassing SystemD has become, but if it works, it works.

Comment: Re:Now if they will sell them without MS Windows (Score 3, Informative) 161

by Duckman5 (#49208329) Attached to: Ultralight Convertibles Approaching Desktop Performance

Seriously?! Which part of that doesn't take a month to understand for someone that just wants to zip down to staples and grab a laptop with the expectation the install media will "just work" like it always has done for the last decade?

To use it, rename shim.efi to bootx64.efi and put it in /EFI/BOOT on your UEFI install media. Drop MokManager.efi in there as well. Finally, make sure your bootloader binary is called grubx64.efi and put it in the same directory.

Now generate a certificate and put the public half as a binary DER file somewhere on your install media. On boot, the end-user will be prompted with a 10-second countdown and a menu. Choose "Enroll key from disk" and then browse the filesystem to select the key and follow the enrolment prompts. Any bootloader signed with that key will then be trusted by shim, so you probably want to make sure that your grubx64.efi image is signed with it.

This part:

Secure Boot bootloader for distributions available now
Nov. 30th, 2012 07:51 pm

That link, as the text following the hyperlink says, is an announcement from 2 years ago. I referenced it to show how long this software has been available for use in other distributions.
Also, how many people who fit into your "just works" category are going to be making their own boot media? or managing their /boot partition manually? Zero. The hard part of those instructions are for the distribution maintainers. The second part is a one-time procedure of selecting "enroll-me.cer" from a list and then never doing it again. If you can select which partition you want to install your linux distro on, you can select which certificate to enroll.

Comment: Re:Now if they will sell them without MS Windows (Score 5, Informative) 161

by Duckman5 (#49207983) Attached to: Ultralight Convertibles Approaching Desktop Performance

You need to go into the BIOS and disable secure boot.

You don't even need to do that if you pick your linux version properly. I just finished installing Sabayon/Linux on my Lenovo U430p laptop after I decided I was going to reformat it anyway because of the recent Superfish fiasco. We've had a working secure boot shim for over 2 years now. No need to disable secure boot. Red Hat and Ubuntu both support it as well if you're looking for something a little more mainstream. At worst you may need to register a key with the BIOS (I did for Sabayon), but I'm not sure you even need to do that with Red Hat since their shim is actually signed by MS.

Comment: Firefox for Android FTW (Score 1) 188

by Duckman5 (#49133699) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5
Amen to that. I finally had to make the switch, too. The ads and Javascript everywhere were just too much to bear on my tiny screen. There's even a version of NoScript for mobile Firefox .
I tried AdBlock Plus but it broke updates for MedScape and a couple other apps that I need. The Firefox addon version works like a charm, though.

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