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Comment: It is NOT hard to find quality apps. (Score 1) 229

by Petersko (#48145529) Attached to: The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

You just need to start with a need and a purpose, rather than blindly scanning the horizon for some reason to justify the cost of your phone.

I need an for X reason... I google "best app for X of 2014", pick a reasonable site, and usually I do just fine.

Seriously? You just browse categories at random?

Comment: Youth and Homeopathy (Score 4, Insightful) 408

I spent my youth on homeopathy w/o any major issues, and now that i'm sick, neither homeopathy nor commercial medicine are much help

For most people their youth is generally spent without major health issues. Attributing that to homeopathy is rather unnecessary.

Comment: D3 was fun, expansion probably will be too (Score 4, Interesting) 166

by Petersko (#46576533) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Expansion <em>Reaper of Souls</em> Launches

I bought Diablo 3 and I got about what I expected from it - 60-ish fun hours. I expect I'll get about the same from the expansion pack. At under a buck and hour it's cheap entertainment. That's how video games worked for most of my life.

What got me was seeing people putting in hundreds of hours, and then complaining on the forums about how some aspect of the game annoys them. "Blizzard better fix this or I'm done with Diablo!" I don't want to come off like an aging hater. You know, "Kids today with their..." But it sure feels like the stereotyped sense of entitlement we ascribe to millenials.

Comment: No Netflix, but Mede8er is good. (Score 1) 420

by Petersko (#45966821) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

I'm using a Mede8er MED600X3D. I love it. It's XBMC based with a large community of modders. I stream uncompressed blu ray mkvs with lossless audio from my NAS without any problems at all. Supports HDMI 1.4a, 3D, and pretty much everything I throw at it. The only glitch I've had is that it's not licensed for DiVX on AVI, so I had to change the FourCC to XVid, and that solved it. AVI is dead to me anyway.

It doesn't fulfill the netflix requirement, but after many years of playing "find the magic codec" with my WD devices this one was simply an awesome breath of fresh air.

Comment: Decision to Treat at All (Score 1) 231

by Petersko (#45897477) Attached to: The Other Exam Room: When Doctors 'Google' Their Patients

i think doctors should be permitted to use the search to decide whether they want to treat a patient at all, based on certain criteria. For instance, if you find the patient ranting about three other doctors and claiming to be in litigation with hospitals over various perceived slights... maybe they want to steer clear. Maybe the person really has a terrible track record of bad doctors and hospitals, but I fear the loss of physicians because of false accusations and public airings of disagreements.

However, I think using it for additional diagnostic data seems dodgy. There are too many ways that can go south. What's physically present, medically recorded, and obtained directly from interview should constitute much of the initial sphere of information.

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