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Comment: Re:Plasma Media Center (Score 2) 64

by ProzacPatient (#49485757) Attached to: KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta Brings Lot of Improvements

I feel your pain; I hate this shift toward flat soulless UIs.

Personally I think KDE 4's Oxygen was beautiful but it isn't flat enough by today's standards apparently. As for Windows I feel Windows Vista was the pinnacle of Window's appearance because personally I found it very pleasing to look at and very easy on the eyes unlike Modern UI with its flat clash of colors.

Comment: Re:Zoloft is a 1000 times worse (Score 4, Insightful) 187

by ProzacPatient (#49466995) Attached to: Acetaminophen Reduces Both Pain and Pleasure, Study Finds

I had depression in college. They put me on Zoloft. It makes your head feel like its in a cave. While I'm sure the intent is to make sure your lows are less, it also makes your highs less. How was I supposed to get undepressed if I can experience as much happiness as before? I guess its for people who experience lows way more often than they experience highs.

How long were you on Zoloft? Sometimes the first few weeks can have very strange side effects that will diminish over time but on the other hand everyone's chemistry is different and perhaps Sertraline just isn't as compatible with your body as much as other people's bodies. Sometimes Prozac will work for a person who didn't get much benefit from Zoloft or perhaps Zoloft will work for someone who didn't get much benefit from Effexor. For me, personally, Zoloft has been a life saver; it elevates my moods and helps me control my anxiety.

I also have this theory formulated from both my own personal experiences and my observations of other people is that people who have depression, or other mental disorders, are so used to such extreme emotions that taking a drug that brings them down to an emotionally nominal level feels like being turned into a zombie to them because they're only used to feeling everything to such an extreme.

Comment: Re:NIMBY strikes again (Score 1) 228

by ProzacPatient (#49432059) Attached to: Amid Controversy, Construction of Telescope In Hawaii Halted

Native Hawaiians are mostly anti-technology, anti-progress, anti-growth, anti-business, and anti-modern-world. They generally oppose anything that changes anything.

Coming from Arizona where a quarter of the state the feds have given to Indian reservations I can tell you that it is pretty much this way anywhere there are native cultures, though to be fair not all of the tribes are like that.

Comment: Re:Easier to Destroy than Create (Score 2) 146

by ProzacPatient (#49417147) Attached to: The New Struggles Facing Open Source

(Personally I'd like to see an XML sub-language to control the browser's interface and menus, and I can copy that XML to any desktop or device to have the browser interface be MY WAY all the time. I don't want an org dictating my browser interface. An "interface builder" utility would probably have to be provided for non-coders. Rough draft of such an idea: http://www.c2.com/cgi/wiki?Use... )

You mean something like XUL?

Comment: Re:Virgin airspace (Score 1) 213

Probably not. Hitting anything, let alone a moving target, from 500 ft with a shotgun is doubtful unless you're using rifled slugs with actual sights but even then I'd be surprised.

While we're on the subject anyone shooting above the horizon with anything other than birdshot is an idiot.

Comment: Re:I record all my calls (Score 2) 237

by ProzacPatient (#49107409) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan

Be careful with this. In some states it is illegal to record a conversation unless a certain number of parties or all parties agree to being recorded.

In my state in particular only the consent of one party is required and that party can be yourself if you're a participant of the conversation.

Comment: Re:Needs fairly strong justification (Score 1) 700

by ProzacPatient (#48981289) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

1) Mum and dad don't have to be teachers. 1-on-1 instruction is so much superior to classroom education that there is really no comparison.

I think home schooled students can really benefit from a parent's creative curriculum that they probably would never get in a public school. One example I can think of is that when I was around 2nd or 3rd grade my mom bought one of those huge fact books and made it part of my daily curriculum to read something in the book and at the end of the day report to her some fact I learned. Before long I went through the whole book and was digging into encyclopedias for interesting facts, usually obscure historical information and after awhile I developed a reputation among my (public schooled) friends in the neighborhood as being a human encyclopedia. I really feel home schooling's flexibility cultivated in me a thirst for knowledge that may have went undeveloped in the crowded and rowdy public school system.

Also speaking of home schooling's flexibility when I was growing up my dad would get his paycheck every other week early in the morning so my mom would take us with her down to the factory to pick up his check. Since we were out and about on a early Friday morning my mom would look for opportunities for an educational adventure. One experience I remember in particular is at a park near where my dad worked there was a police officer on duty; she talked to the officer and explained we were home schooled so he showed my brother and I the inside of his police car and explained how everything inside worked and what it was like being a police officer. Having my mom as a teacher was like living inside a Discovery channel show.

Something else that no doubt helped was that my state in particular offered a great deal of support to home schoolers. In my first year my mom even talked on the phone with somebody at the governor's mansion for help on getting started. I feel the state really wanted to see home schooling succeed.

Comment: Re:A different set of pros and cons (Score 1) 700

by ProzacPatient (#48981049) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

I was homeschooled K-12 and am now in medical school (as a nontraditional student, after having worked as a programmer for 10 years).

Are you me from the future? I was entirely home schooled and for 4 years now I've been working as a programmer but ever since I was little to this day I've wanted to be a physician so bad.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 4, Informative) 307

by ProzacPatient (#48949349) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

Just look at the old testament - there is no adversary

Have you actually ever bothered to read the bible?

The Hebrew scriptures ("Old Testament") deals mostly with God's dealings with ancient Israel (See Genesis 17:7, 8 and Exodus 19:3-6) and of the lineage that would lead to the promised seed first mentioned at Genesis 3:15 (See also Genesis 22:15-18; Galatians 3:16 and Matthew 1:1-17), however several times throughout the Hebrew scriptures the entity known as Satanas throughout the Greek scriptures ("New Testament") is certain present in the Hebrew scriptures (The word Satan itself is Hebrew). One particular example that comes to mind is Job 1:6-9 which mentions Satan several times. Given that all scripture is inspired (2nd Timothy 3:16) it is noteworthy that Revelation 12:9; in the Greek scriptures, points back to Genesis 3:1; in the Hebrew scriptures, identifying the original serpent in the Garden of Eden as Satan.

I could go on with more examples but I'm just making the case that God's chief adversary, Satan the Devil, is indeed present in the Hebrew scriptures.

Comment: Re:Market Saturation? (Score 1) 328

by ProzacPatient (#48697247) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

From my personal experience, everywhere I go, I see people with tablets that are a year or two old because they are "good enough", lack compelling reasons to upgrade and also are typically appear significantly more expensive than their cell phone counterparts as they are typically sold unsubsidized.

I used an original Galaxy Tab until just under a year ago when I finally decided to upgrade to a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. The only real reason I actually decided to get a new tablet is that the original Galaxy Tab is owned by my employer and I wanted my own tablet in case they ever want it back or change their policies about how I can use it, otherwise I may not have upgraded because the original Galaxy Tab is exactly that; "good enough."

I don't really see any compelling reason to regularly upgrade tablets unless they become technologically inferior in some way that interferes with your daily usage.

Comment: Re:You want a family friendly internet? (Score 1) 294

by ProzacPatient (#48662537) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

Well, how about religiously motivated hate speech? If I go around and tell people that they should die 'cause my imaginary friend doesn't like how and who they fuck, think I will stay free for long?

It depends, and this is strictly my amateur legal opinion that shall not be construed as legal advice; if they are simply saying you're subject to judgement by their imaginary friend or some universal balance such as karma then their speech is probably protected under the first amendment, however if they are directly calling for violence against you or anyone else then the government has something potentially substantial to act on rather than just ideas but even in this case there may be nothing a liberty minded government can do until somebody actually acts on it; a good example might be "inciting a riot" where a person can basically say whatever he pleases but if his actions lead to a riot that threatens public safety then he can be potentially charged with a crime and convicted if the state can prove that person did so with malicious intent.

It is worth noting that hate speech laws are themselves a slippery slope that threaten liberty because in some countries that takes things to an extreme just merely saying you don't like, not necessarily outright hate, something somebody does or a certain culture can be considered hate speech.

Liberty comes at the cost of security but fear not for we have the 2nd Amendment.

Comment: Re:You want a family friendly internet? (Score 1) 294

by ProzacPatient (#48661913) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

When one person says he's heeding the laws of his imaginary friend, you send him to the mental asylum.

I can't speak for the UK as I'm not familiar with British law but at least here in the US, where I live, the Supreme Court has ruled, in O'Connor v. Donaldson that you need to be proven to be a danger to yourself or others before you can be institutionalized by the state or anyone else and that being committed to a mental asylum is the same thing as imprisonment and that patients are entitled to legal representation as guaranteed under the sixth amendment, so really you can have as many imaginary friends as you want and not face unlawful imprisonment as long as those imaginary friends don't tell you to go break the law.

You may not like the idea of people have an "imaginary friend" but the moment the government starts imprisoning people for doing so, because some people don't like that idea, we're on a slippery slope where the government can imprison and persecute people for any ideas they don't like (See Soviet Union, People's Republic of China). This is why religion is protected, and the moment you start working against the right of people to have religion you'll be fighting against your own rights.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 3, Insightful) 170

... and property taxes.

Pretty much this for *alas* you unfortunately never really own your property but basically lease it from the government so people who come into a lot of money always go and get the biggest house they can afford but forget that they have to pay property taxes on that multi-million dollar mansion.

I do have to say though, in my opinion, that if you're going to invest your money somewhere the best place to put your money into is property, not multi-million dollar homes but acres upon acres, for land rarely ever loses value but usually appreciates value because of the limited supply whereas a swimming pool of cash just inflates and loses value.

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