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Comment: Re:The only good thing (Score 1) 447

by Matheus (#47550823) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

What do you mean "now" ... rich white people have had drug problems for a very *very long time. Ever heard of this decade called the 80's? It was practically trendy back then. This article (and many of the comments) are so buried in naivete I'm not sure where to even begin...

The only thing that's "new" about all of this is maybe the "tech" focus (Check out Wolf Of Wall Street for "prior art") but really how readily doctors prescribe drugs like Percocet and Adderall because 'why not?!' It's a rationalization thing... "I'm not a druggie I don't use "hard" drugs... I just take these pills the doctor gave me!" A little harsh education would be nice...

Hey you taking Adderall/Dexadrine/etc every day... Guess what you're a meth head.

Hey you taking Vicodin/Percocet/Oxy every day... Guess what you're a junkie.

It's not gateway... it's the same fscking thing wrapped in a pretty package and delivered with a prescription.

Comment: Re:Bigger phone batteries would be nice. (Score 1) 114

by Matheus (#47550533) Attached to: Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

I don't recharge every night. I get a good night's sleep maybe twice a week my phone should be able to do at least as well.

Seeing as several phones I have owned have lasted on a full charge for days if not weeks that is not an unreasonable expectation for the average smart phone to live up to.

Comment: Re:More Range Needed (Score 2) 114

by Matheus (#47550111) Attached to: Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

I'd love to have an 800+ mile range but no car I've ever owned has ever even teased that (best tank ever 436miles). That being said there has been a certain standard set by the automotive industry that I *do expect electric cars to conform to or I have no problem complaining: 1 "fill" ~ 300 Miles. Your average gas tank is sized for that measure and that's a fairly reasonable amount of distance before demanding a break. I'll be a little more demanding and say I want my charge time to be roughly equivalent to my gas fill up time which is closer to 15-20 minutes. SO give me a ~300 mile range car that can charge in 20 minutes and I'll consider an electric car a viable option for the kind of long distance driving I do.

I always found it fairly disturbing that Doc Brown wasn't able to wire Mr. Fusion into an electric motor back in 1900 (or even when he installed it in 2015!). He had the know how and the means but that would've just effed up the plot now wouldn't it have!

Comment: Re:What?!? (Score 1) 875

FYI... small missed point... this is NOT an "air waitress" or whatever you want to call her. This is a gate attendant "over glorified ticket taker" who over-reached her authority in the first place by violating long-standing airline policy of letting family board with their privileged patron (or better yet the explicit "families with children" who are allowed to board first anyway). She then made matters worse by threatening unjust legal persecution (which she in her position has the ability to thoroughly abuse) because she didn't like what was said about her.

The airline can choose to serve or not serve whomever they choose but honestly this gate attendant should be fired.

Comment: Re:Uncertainty/fear? (Score 4, Interesting) 535

by Matheus (#47524945) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Not sure where you went but my procedure involved nothing of the sort... ?

Full disclosure: I had PRK not LASIK. PRK is the older tech that I was forced to have because of a severe case of GPC. The difference at least in simple terms is as follows: With LASIK they use a laser or a blade to slice a flap off of your eye. They do the correction then the flap is repositioned. This results in extremely quick healing because it resembles a paper cut. With PRK they remove the front covering of your eye. Do (seemed like) the exact same correction procedure but then let the surface of your eye grow back from 'scratch'. Healing is significantly longer in duration and discomfort BUT they can use this method where LASIK isn't good (in my case severe risk of hemorrhage) AND they are able to do a better job at repair as well with less of the side effects (my night vision was completely unhindered).

I was fully conscious and had full eyesight for the entire procedure. It's actually kind of surreal as the whole thing is going on then (with PRK) they place a "band-aid" contact on the eyes while they do their initial healing. 5 days later those come off and you enter the "OCD with 5 different kinds of eyedrops" phase for about a month. After the 5 days tho I was fully functional just my comfort and vision improved as the days passed. Completely normal by about 3 months. Immediately after the procedure I tested 20/10 but settled out to about 20/15 as the healing progressed.

Honestly it's the best money I've ever spent. Yes there is the probability that my vision will slip over time but 6 years in with no complications or slide yet and I'm happy with the investment. Eventually as I get older this doesn't stop the tendency towards presbyopia either but I'll take readers over my old vision any day!

Comment: Re:Who is stopping him? (Score 4, Insightful) 368

by Matheus (#47518047) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

Sounds more like a cranky dev who graduated looking forward to creating Interesting Things(tm) and found themselves in the wealth of jobs out there creating What People Will Pay You To Do(tm) and is trying to find something grander than his lack of interesting job opportunities to fault it on.

As stated: If you want to create something fun with simple tools THEN FREAKING DO IT! There is nothing in this world holding you back unless all you are willing to work on is what someone is paying you to do.

Comment: Re:They never answered the question... (Score 1) 137

by Matheus (#47274473) Attached to: Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones

The whole correlation != causation deal... What else transpired in the period their number represent? For example Android has made huge strides in market share so maybe the 19 % decrease on the i-side and 40% increase on the Android side is just representative of the number of phones available for theft?

Piss poor analysis!

Comment: Re:Facial Recog has a high failure rate (Score 1) 143

by Matheus (#47203405) Attached to: Chicago Robber Caught By Facial Recognition Sentenced To 22 Years

Blanket statement that just isn't true.. nice try tho. With a high quality gallery (which the mugshot gallery is) you can obtain failure rates significantly less than 1%. The big question here is the quality of the sample taken from the CTA's cameras. Angle and Resolution are the biggest issues with CCTV footage but quantity of cameras and availability of low cost/high-rez equipment are rapidly eliminating both.

Having spent years deploying these systems I'm sorry but your claim is just plain false. The most important part of the situation which was clearly spelled out in TFA: The Facial Recognition Match pointed the PO in the right direction. If it was a high quality match (high enough match score) then that result would hold weight in court BUT that's not what convicted him! Most of the time the hardest job for an investigator is *finding the perp. Once they had him from his Facial Match they were able to get corroborating witness testimony and even, it sounds like, confession. Those are what sealed the deal the match just put him in the cross-hairs.

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