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Comment: My Samsung Laptop (Score 4, Interesting) 289 289

I bought a Samsung laptop. i5, 6gb ram, Hybrid NVIDIA and Intel graphics, 750gb HDD, DVD burner. It is light, well powered and cost efficient back in 2011. Windows 7-64 bit. Problem is: Even the keyboard hotkeys such as screen brightness, WiFi, etc. work only through a "Control panel" that takes ages to load. Volume keys don't work within a game and sometimes the trackpad stops working after sleeping. And also I don't dare installing Linux on it because I read about severe cases of linux bricking the UEFI and rendering the laptop completerly useless.

Alas, after you start it up (either from off or sleeping) and wait the 10-15 minutes for the HDD to calm down (after stripping down the startup, defragmenting, ccleaner and the such) it runs really well.

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 4, Informative) 529 529

From TFA:

“I encourage scientists to go to where we are and measure the environment,” she replied. “Don’t try to pretend that you’re God and expose us to different frequencies in a lab. That’s like taking someone and breaking their legs and asking how much it hurts.”
“Conventional government-funded science isn’t a reliable indicator of health defects,” she told me. “There’s a vested interest in keeping the truth out of circulation. But the independent science isn’t sceptical about it at all.”
And "Eventually I established that I was reacting to a buried cellphone tower. US Cellular was the brand – I didn’t react to AT&T, Spring or Cellular One towers.” She reeled off the names as if it would be the most normal thing in the world to have a brand-specific allergy."

Many of them are not willing to take part on experiments. And if they do, they can always say science is flawed, the symptoms are frequency- or even brand-specific and if all else fails, you know: "It's a conspiration and I felt bad throughout the whole experiment because chemtrails."

Comment: It's dangerous to go alone (Score 1) 290 290

Most news sites use Facebook for posting comments. The country I live in is into a lot of political turmoil right now and not only is my name unique but muy workplace lists me very fondly, so anyone wishing to find me and break my face could do it.
We all know about the teams whose job is to swing political opinion by means of fake accounts with real sounding names. It would seem like nothing is being done against those. On the other hand, many of my friends have fiddled with their screen names and pictures to the point of becoming irecognizable by their contacts out of fear of being harrassed or tagged in a defamatory post.

Comment: Improvement (Score 1) 502 502

I have one desktop (ASUS P5K-e/WiFi) with integrated audio (ADI® AD1988B) throught a pair of logitech 2.1 speakers. I also have a PCMCIA Audigy 2 which I used with my laptop. Playing music through the ASUS integrated card was acceptable, but I remembered it clearer, so I bought a PCI to PCMCIA adapter and connected the Audigy 2. The difference was very pleasing. The music came out clearer. It may be just because of the codec, IDK, but there was a huge difference.

The laptop for which I had bought the Audigy was a HTPC and it was hooked up to an analogic Logitech 5.1 set. I made a new HTPC with an Asrock Z68M-ITX/HT (7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)) and there was no way it would sound like the laptop used to. Even though it included a demo for a THX enhancer from Creative. I found an cheap Audigy FX and again the change was huge. My wife, who does not care too much about it told me it was like when I showed her the difference between a cheap set of Sony headphones and my Koss PortaPro (which is a rather inexpensive switch).

I don't consider myself by no means an audiophile, but I enjoy music a lot.

Comment: As a neurologist. (Score 5, Informative) 86 86

The main symptom that brings people to the neurologist is forgetfulness. Most of the time it's subjective (ie. I know someone with Alzheimer's and I begin to notice and worry about the times I meet people and the names won't come to my head). We look for signs of cognitive impairment, with tests that include memory and other mind processes. Of course, YMMV depending on your previous performance, career, educational level, etc.
Once we get proof of MCI, we can make some tests because Alzheimer's isn't the only thing that can cause it. The usual stuff ranges from depression or unfelt strokes to syphillis. The CAT scan/MRI only tells us if the brain is intact, somewhat like trying to work out if a car works by just opening the hood.
Alzheimer's itself can only be diagnosed under the microscope right now. Not a thing we'd agree to to do a live brain.
Other than this blood test, there are radioactive tracer tests and CSF tests. In all of them the result is a chance or ratio telling the possibility of the MCI to be a sign of Alzheimer's against something else.
So, it's a disease for which there is no prevention nor a cure and the current tests just tell us "yes your worries about that time you left the keys on the toilet are related to a 75% propability of having Alzheimer's". We should get into positive and negative predictive values here.
As I tell my patients: "No: there is no sign of cognitive impairment right now. If I knew you were to develop a demence, I'd suggest you settle your pending issues right away, but I don't see a reason not to do that, anyway, You don't know what awaits you at the turn of the corner."

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke