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Comment: Re:I agree, 100% (Score 1) 478

by NitzJaaron (#47967387) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"
It's a personal choice, and in no way would I advocate it for everyone. But I, personally, don't want to go from being a productive member of society to a drain on the emotional and financial resources of the ones I love.

I didn't come from a wealthy family, and I had to watch two of my grandparents spend the last decade or so of their lives dying of various conditions. My grandfather had dementia, and got a pretty raging infection from diabetes he didn't know he had until he was in his 70's. My grandmother worked until she couldn't work any longer, and died from cancer six years later.

My family did their best to take care of them both, put them in as nice a place as they could afford, and we went to see them at least once a week. It was tough on everyone, for a plethora of reasons. It was hard for my grandparents, who wanted to continue participating in family events, and wanted to feel useful. And yet they couldn't, and it truly hurt them.
So, I don't want that for myself, or my family. It doesn't matter how rich you are - when the mind and the body are beyond the point at which you can maintain some level of happiness, I don't see the point in living.

As I tell the folks at the poker table, "You play your hand, I'll play mine." If you want to live to be feeble and have no bowel or bladder control, and be a drain to your family in some way, by all means you go for it. Me? I'd rather end it.

Comment: Evernote + Sketch (Score 5, Insightful) 143

by NitzJaaron (#47370183) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Replacing Paper With Tablets For Design Meetings?
As a UX / Product Designer, I've spent years and years taking down everything in notebooks, and doing collaborative design work on large-scale quadrile paper. Until about a year ago. I was getting tired of scanning in or completely re-drawing final product designs, and moved to use Evernote + Sketch to collaboratively develop & design software, websites, and products. What's nice about Evernote and Sketch is that they are 1) Integrated, 2) Work on Windows/Mac/iOS/Android, 3) Easy to use, and 4) Make sharing documents and graphics nearly instantaneous as long as everyone has network access. We've moved to doing all of our requirements and specs in Evernote, and using Sketch to get first drafts done digitally. We also scan in drawn pictures & other misc. materials to be stored in Evernote. It's a great combo & repository.

Comment: It's not about being a "nerd"... (Score 4, Insightful) 1198

by NitzJaaron (#47111583) Attached to: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds's about how you were raised, what ethics and morals were instilled in your most influential years, and your overall social development. Being a "nerd" or a "geek" has nothing to do with it, except that it's generally more normal for people who are classified as such to have been socially outcast or on the fringe at some point in their early (pre-adult) lives.

This guy was a complete a-hole, that's a given. He was also from a wealthy family and had a tremendous sense of entitlement. I'd venture that a good part of his misogyny has a basis in that upbringing and entitled lifestyle.

Let's leave the labels out of it and have a real discussion about mental health and social attitudes for a change.

Comment: Re:Almost signed up Friday morning, too... (Score 2) 112

by NitzJaaron (#43455333) Attached to: Linode Hacked, Credit Cards and Passwords Leaked
I've used them for shared hosting for years, and it's been a hell of a frustration. That said, however, their VPS service actually has a good record. For the discounted price they offered me (based on the absolutely horrific service for the last few months) I couldn't refuse. It was a really good deal.

+ - Wordpress sites under wide-scale brute force attack->

Submitted by NitzJaaron
NitzJaaron (733621) writes "Some of us have been experiencing these attacks for the last few days, but it's now beginning to be widely reported that there's a fairly large brute force attack happening on Wordpress users on multiple hosts, including HostGator and LiquidWeb. CloudFlare has announced that they're giving all users (free and paid) protection from said attacks with their services."
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Comment: JMS Star Trek Reboot (Pre-2009 movie rumor) (Score 1) 215

by NitzJaaron (#43405417) Attached to: Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will
There was a rumor going around before JJ Abrams was announced to be helming the reboot of the Star Trek franchise that you were in the running for that role. Whether that's true or not, if you have been chosen for that particular spot, what would you have done to reboot the Trek universe? Thanks!

Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. -- Edmund Burke