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Comment: Re:Now all they need to do... (Score 3, Insightful) 44

by Moridineas (#47961591) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

I, on a personal level, am skeptical about the usage--or at least the possible over-usage--of mood-altering medications primarily because we know so little about the way they work. See TFA as an example. I'm doubly skeptical on using SSRIs and other drugs on childrens, adolescents, and even young adults, as there are even more uncertainties about these drugs on still-developing brains!

Having said that, SSRIs are common medications today. The kind of people who are suicidal or have such a mood-disorder that going on a shooting rampage seems like a good idea are exactly the people for whom you would expect SSRIs to be prescribed! In other words, are SSRIs causing these issues (and earning your blame), or were the problems there to begin with?

I don't know, and I don't know of any studies or other medical evidence that points either way. IMH(and not not scientifically grounded)O, I would, like you, suspect some causal relationship.

Comment: Re:Some details about the 3D printer (Score 1) 100

by CrimsonAvenger (#47960431) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

That's why you carry spare parts with you. And why you "design for maintenance". And why you do extensive development and testing beforehand to figure out what parts are most likely to break. And design parts to be reliable. And reinforce the parts where you can. And...

And after you do all of those things, sometimes something breaks that you don't have a spare for. And when the nearest replacement part is nine months away, you're screwed.

Being able to make spare parts is a GOOD thing. And the fewer things you have to carry along to make spare parts with, the better.

Comment: Re:Some details about the 3D printer (Score 3, Insightful) 100

by CrimsonAvenger (#47959065) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

3D printing is one of those things that will be pretty much essential for successful manned missions farther away than the moon.

Being unable to fix broken things will be fatal if the nearest spare parts are nine months away, and a 3D printer or two can, conceivably, replace a great many individual spare parts....

Comment: Re:Only $11 million per person! (Actually $20 mill (Score 1) 344

What solution that provides universal coverage would you advocate?

1) Leave the private health insurance market completely alone.

2) Lower the age of eligibility of Medicare to zero. Do that gradually (five years per year, for instance) if politics require such a compromise. Raise Medicare taxes as required to cover the increased number of people.

Change Medicaid eligibility so that anyone under 18 is eligible, until such time as they're eligible for Medicare (see caveat previous para.).

Done. Net effect should dramatically lower the cost of private health insurance, since Medicare would cover most (if not all) common problems, leaving private health insurance for edge cases.

Adjust Medicare taxes as required to pay the bills.

Note that this isn't quite a National Healthcare System (see UK), but it could easily transition into one later if it works reasonably well.

Done. Simple law, expanding existing program, so unlikely to meet as much opposition from fanatics. No odd cases like "he makes $XX, so he gets 80% subsidy on his health insurance, she makes $XX-1, so she has to pay 100% cost of her health insurance.

Comment: Re:Don't buy/invest in mainland China (if you can) (Score 1) 188

by shutdown -p now (#47956759) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

Did you see the stats for the growth of their middle class over the past 15 years or so?

I'm not disputing that the country is ardently capitalist and has tightly guarded elite circles. But for most people in there, that's not where they are aiming for. What they want is basically just comfortable living, and their standard for it is getting pretty close to what the West enjoys. And with every new generation, there are millions more actually enjoying it - even though there's still hundreds of millions locked out. But for now, the trend is good.

Comment: Re:Aero Or Go Home (Score 1) 541

by ConceptJunkie (#47955847) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Windows 8 is almost literally like going back to the 1980s. And the default wallpapers are all vomit-inducingly ugly. I agree that every UI designer at Microsoft should be fired and go spend their time making hideous public sculptures in major metropolitan cities that I don't live in like all their po-mo art school friends.

Comment: Re:Aero Or Go Home (Score 1) 541

by ConceptJunkie (#47955835) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

I'm amazed that Windows 8 is so advanced it's incapable of the "classic" Windows 2000 look that every other Microsoft OS in the last 15 years could do. And from a usability point of view, I could write a book on why Flat UI sucks. As far as I'm concerned the last version of Windows that wasn't eye-gougingly ugly by default was 2000. Actually, Windows 7 wasn't all that bad, but I still strongly prefer the "classic" look. But of course, Microsoft is so hypnotized by this whole "Flat UI" nonsense that they won't let me have it any more. Or they are so incompetent their state-of-the-art software can't display a 15-year-old UI scheme. Either way, stupidity or malice, it's really pathetic.

Comment: Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (Score 1) 541

by ConceptJunkie (#47955817) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

And the only pro feature I wanted (the Unix prompt)

What are talking about, Powershell? You can install that on any version of Windows. If you are talking about an honest-to-goodness Unix prompt then install cygwin or something that gives you bash or some other Unix-style shell.

Or is there something else I'm not aware of?


Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5 232

Posted by timothy
from the enough-is-enough-for-anybody dept.
Lucas123 writes When the iPhone 5 was launched two years ago, the base $199 (with wireless plan) model came with 16GB of flash memory. Fast forward to this week when the iPhone 6 was launched with the same capacity. Now consider that the cost of 16GB of NAND flash has dropped by more than 13% over the past two years. So why would Apple increase capacity on its $299 model iPhone 6 to 64GB (eliminating the 32GB model), but but keep the 16GB in the $199 model? The answer may lie in the fact that the 16GB iPhone is, and has been, by far the best selling model. IHS analyst Fang Zhang believes Apple is using that to push users to its iCloud storage service. Others believe restricting storage capacity allows Apple to afford the new features, like NFC and biometrics.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.