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Comment: Re:We should lobby to break the cable companies (Score 2) 536

There are 6 properties on the access road between his house, and the main Street. It's kinda laid out like a |::# . # = street. :: = four houses along the access road. | his house capping the access road.

He's half a mile from the trunk along the primary street. Not from his neighbours.

Comment: Overpaid professions (Score 1) 78

by IcyWolfy (#49235991) Attached to: Why We Need Free Digital Hardware Designs

I think many people are severely overpaid.
There is no reason Software Engineers should be making for than 50k a year.
All professions should be starting out at minimum wage**, and go from there to a sensible, and non-greedy maximum for your location.

THere should be an overarching downward drive on employment-based income; and more functionally put towards lowering housing and food costs for everyone. That way, everyone will then be bale to hold a job that enjoy and want to do, rather than choose one based on earnings potential. If earnings potential were levelled out and made even for every industry, there'd be no reason to not chase your dreams. And yes, there are people who enjoy sanitation work, or figuring out optimised solutions to problems otherwise not given a second thought, because minimum wage is too low to live off of.

Minimum wage really should be up towards $20/hr.
And highly paid industries need to have their gross compensation chopped aggressively.

Comment: Re:FFS - Can't stereotype potheads. (Score 1) 398

In our school, we had very easy access to pot.
The biggest users, the top echelon of the students.
Football players, valedictorian, the upper 10 percentile of the school.
I must say, that it really is more a matter of the person using it and their mental discipline, rather than the substance.
Three of my friends went downhill fast, becoming complete stoners and basement dwellers using it as an escape.
Many more, including myslef, all graduted at or near the top of our respective classes.

caveat: Canadian Education. We actually learned about drugs and alcohol in our school district, and how to experiment with them.
More importantly, how to understand and/or deal with the effects you'll be experiencing (mindfullness, grounding self into reality, having music around to keep time flowing well, how to clear your mind and focus on this reality (for psychedelics), how to escape mental traps/holes)
I assume it was a much different an experience than places where kids are basically throwing a dart and then crawling around in the dark from there.

Comment: Re:Unconventional, but dramatic improvement. (Score 1) 289

Mushrooms in the last year has actually been shown to normalize the brains internal connections.

Functional MRI scans basically shown that the primary dominant connections were weakened, and many more weak or non-existant neural connections were strengthened. It basically levelled out the inherant biases and neurons we strengthened from our day-to-day existance, and shows what sort of mind-body-thought connection can be done if we were able to focus on being less drawn-to/averse-to various stimuli.

It's a good introduction to what the mind can accomplish naturally, and people can reach these same states after years of meditation, and mental training. Having been introduced to the experience, it makes it easier to understand many of the meditation techniques, as you now have a common point of reference as to what they were referring to. That said, this assumes you're taking mushrooms and actually internally retrospecting and consciously exploring the experience with full mindfulness, and not using it recreationally or just letting the experience happen to you without any analytical mind.

Comment: Unconventional, but dramatic improvement. (Score 1) 289

A behaviour therapist in the area has made simply stated, amazing progress with Austic children using less than conventional methods.
The main technique he used was in-house, all day LSD/Mushroom trips, depending on how trapped in their own mind the child was.
The net result, was during the trip, each child was basically in awe with the surrounding, intently focused outwards on the objects that were once familiar. And generally a ot more calm and quiet during. And as the day wore on, and ended. The child was talked to, kept calm, music playing.

This led to every one of the patients having an amazing transformation. (I'm sure that they intentionally omitted mentioning any children that didn'th ave an amazing transformation)
One kid actually started to put in a very, very concerted effort concentrating trying to speak words and to verbally communicate.
Others were much calmer and generally easier to integrate into day-to-day living.
Sure they were all still outside the band of "normal", but they all made unbelieveably progress towards it, that the parents are universally thinking it's a miracle.

All this said,
LSD was used for those who were semi-responsive to the outside world. (more common cases)
Mushrooms were used for those who were not in tune with their bodies (immobile, lots of flailing, etc;)
The sessions were done in the childs home, with parents around, calming classical music playing and just watching and idly interacting with the child. But otherwise letting the child calmly work thruogh the experience.
The first session had the psychiatrist around to guide the child, calmingly talk to the child, and to help the parents who haven't had experinecs with said substances, understand what was going on, and what to expect.
This definitely isn't a "drug up your kids and let them have a trip" lots of effort went into ensuring it was a good trip for teh child, and to allow the child to start to mentally focus on the external world.

Comment: Re:Algebra (Score 1) 201

by IcyWolfy (#48980687) Attached to: Testosterone Increasingly Being Used To Fight Aging In Men

14,000kg = 14,000,000g = 14,000,000,000 mg
HRT dose ranges from 100-200mg/wk for legitimate use. (500-1000mg/wk for recreational)
14,000kg / (100mg/wk * 52wk)
= 2,692,307 people at 100mg/wk for 1 year
= 1,346,153 people at 200mg/wk for 1 year
= 673,076 people at 400mg/wk for 1 year

First doctor was lazy in Rx writing and just wrote 1mL 2x/wk (which renders a Rx for 400mg/wk)
Even though verbal instructions were 1mL every 5 days (250mg/wk)

Comment: Re:change your diet and exercise instead (Score 1) 201

by IcyWolfy (#48980565) Attached to: Testosterone Increasingly Being Used To Fight Aging In Men

Testosterone injections, rather than Androgel is significantly cheaper. $25 for 10mL(200mg/mL) without insurance.
For me, that's $25 for a 3 month supply. (supposed to chuck the rest of the vial at that point, even though it's still not empty)
The largest expense is the lab work, but paying cash out of pocket comes out to $350 / year;

So, the cost for HRT with no insurance, is $450 annually.
That's less than $25/month.

And insurance will cover my visit to the Endocrinologist, but they won't cover the actual Rx or the Labs they see no value in.

But, with the shots, you have to
a) change your diet to actually get the 30g of soluable fibre a day (to control higher cholesterol)
b) perform a lot more cardio exercise (to maintain CV health)
c) preferably donate blood (to rid of excess red blood cells, keep blood pressure in check)

Not a free ride, but it does help significantly to the daily quality of living.

Comment: Re:what about spectrums rights? (Score 2, Insightful) 104

by IcyWolfy (#48811763) Attached to: Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own

According to the latest Dec 2014 Reports in Colorado, they brought in $44 million for the time period 2014-01 to 2014-11.
Which although less than the planned 65 million (Nov brought in $7m so Dec could bring the total to $52 assuming monthly upward trend continues), is still a lot of revenue to fund schools, improve infrastructure and enforcement.

Though one still has to wonder how many cartels own pot dispensaries now :D

Comment: Re:The future of Information and storage. (Score 1) 331

by IcyWolfy (#48789427) Attached to: Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

The negative attitude is what stops ideas from flourishing.

You have no complete files on your computer, just random bits and blocks. At some point, the compression techniques will improve to ensure that data can be reconstructed from these disparate pieces.

Bandwidth is transient, you use your bandwidth, and it's just a passive background task that's always going onwards, and as more units come online into this world, the less bandwidth each unit is required. The files and file systems are designed to handle losses, machines and boxes dying. The blocks are spread across multiple devices and are always kept redundant, so that the chances of data becoming lost approaches zero. If the primary source of your target block is gone, route to another storage loaction of that particular block.

It's is not about large companies supplying all the space (albeit, some will) it's about -every- device offering up space, cpu, hardward, and bandwidth to ensure that the flow of information can never be stopped, becuase it's ubiquitous.

Comment: Re:The future of Information and storage. (Score 1) 331

by IcyWolfy (#48789403) Attached to: Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

It's for the the full mobility of the data everywhere.
Beyond a single tier provider like drop-box, but spread across every infrastructure storage.
And as advances in storgage increase, those would be deployed and handled the increased load.

The vision is to ensure that day-to-day life goes on, but everyone still needs a hard-drive for local offline storage, boot-up, caching, and the like.
Storage media will not be disappearing so long as ubiquitious internet access world-wide does not exist.
Thus, there will be a market, companies will still have infrastructure.
It's about having every device in the world suppling redundance storage space for multiple copies of data.

Comment: Re:Fonts missing in action (Score 3, Informative) 165

by IcyWolfy (#48788719) Attached to: NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

Terminoligy needs to be fixed.

All Codepoints are 4 bypes
All characters (defined as a single conceptual, and graphical display unit) range from 1 to 6 code-points. (so, 4-24bytes)

Sinhala:
0dc1 0dca 200d 0dbb 0dd3
ZHA VIRAMA ZWJ RA VOWEL-SIGN-II

Combine to form a single displayable character. (Sri) (kinda a fancy item; but different from without the ZWJ which would display two graphemes. (S', and RII)

And Lituanian:
"However, not all abstract characters are encoded as a single Unicode character, and some abstract characters may be represented in Unicode by a sequence of two or more characters. For example, a Latin small letter "i" with an ogonek, a dot above, and an acute accent, which is required in Lithuanian, is represented by the character sequence U+012F, U+0307, U+0301."

And there are many other cases where there is no single code-point to represent a single grapheme.
So for string truncation and line-splitting, (and anything dealing with arabic or indic scripts), you need to never crop in the middle of a codepoint-sequence that defined a single grapheme; or else the visual display is incorrect, or bakamoji (jibbrish).

Comment: Re:utf-32/ucs-4 (Score 5, Informative) 165

by IcyWolfy (#48788685) Attached to: NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

Characters in Thai are rendered in display-oredr, and not logical order.
so, for example ( mina would be imna) and requires reordering for sorting.

Characters in many Indic languages are still all syllable based.
So, consonants and vowels are encoded separately, and fully interact as a logical graphical character.

Sinhala:
0dc1 0dca 200d 0dbb 0dd3
ZHA VIRAMA ZWJ RA VOWEL-SIGN-II

Combine to form a single displayable character. (Sri)

If you omit the Zero-Width-Joiner, then it displays as two characters, "Sa'" and "Ri."
So, the rendering and display are dependant on the entire grapheme, which is the normal unit of display and truncation.
Otherwise one will be cropping portions of a character on display; and rendering either jibbrish/bakamoji, or unrelated characters/syllables because.

Malay:
0d15 0d4d 0d38 0d3e
KA VIRAMA SA AA

One displayable character.
If you display code-point by code point, the grapheme displayed would changes 4 times.
KA
K'
KSA
KSAA

Comment: Re:utf-32/ucs-4 (Score 1) 165

by IcyWolfy (#48788617) Attached to: NetHack Development Team Polls Community For Advice On Unicode

"However, not all abstract characters are encoded as a single Unicode character, and some abstract characters may be represented in Unicode by a sequence of two or more characters. For example, a Latin small letter "i" with an ogonek, a dot above, and an acute accent, which is required in Lithuanian, is represented by the character sequence U+012F, U+0307, U+0301."

Comment: The future of Information and storage. (Score 1) 331

by IcyWolfy (#48788599) Attached to: Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

THe arguments above are missing the point of this development.
It's fear that's the root of all evils, and prevention of advancement.
And the fear, however irrational/illogical on your personal scale is the only obstacle of advancement for all.

This isn't just about putting others' files on your computer, in broken encrypted pieces.
It isn't about the legal ramifications of having random unreadable bits on your hard-drive shard.
What this is, is the future of truly unlimited storage for everyone.
By creating a P2P storage solution, it's creating an "Internet" of storage space that everyone in the world can use.
It can render the local hard-drive solution solely a "cache" of files, but all the files, all the items you access will live on across the network.

If it's done correctly, It will allow one to lose your hard-drive completely, and have all your files instantly available.
Available from any computer interface anywherer in the world at any time.
And, depending on your decryption keys, or more specficially, your custom data-access identifier, you can have multiple file-stores, that are independant, and not related in any way. Or even co-mingling.

This has the prospect of leading the future into a truly data-everywhere situation.
The only item that needs to be resolved, is how to make this information publically available after some time.
History is being lost by the Encryption, and the loss of private journals, of private note-writings, and such.
And over time, it is those items that need to be protected and spread across the world to give insight into who you were, and into your thoughts, dreams, and different views on the events of your lifetime.

But, that can be handled after.
By doing this, we can pretty much guarantee that information can never be lost again, (which is different from ever being exposed.)
Which is a good thing.

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