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Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1) 394

"That isn't ADD, it's being bored"

I think you miss the point. The point is that one task cannot take up his entire attention (the ability to focus).

I've never been DXd with ADD or ADHD -- but I am aspy. I similarly had the issue described above. However, I found my work-around was to have the TV playing in the background or listen to an audio book or music while I did homework. It needed to be something I was already familiar with so it wouldn't draw too much of my attention. That way, the part of me which WAS working on something that needed to get done wouldn't get bored or become easily distracted.

In class, I had a number of other "work arounds". I would "ignore" the teacher and work on another subject while they lectured (if it was material I could get from the book). Or I might find something mildly entertaining to think about (for me it was reciting Monty Python sketches in my head) if I needed to focus on the lecture. I found I could also focus better without distractions when taking notes if I used multi-colored pens and categorized sections by color.

My understanding is the ADD/ADHD crowd could NOT really adapt the way I could and as I've gotten older, I've been able to wrangle in the various "bubbles" of attention in to problem solving groups without needing to "trick" myself with outside diversions.

One of my earliest memories from elementary school (probably 2nd or 3rd grade) was when I was talking with a class mate and the teacher interrupted me and asked me to repeat what she had been saying. I went on to repeat everything she said for the last 5 mins. She was an awesome teacher -- She got me. She explained to me that while *I* could pay attention while doing other things others could not and I needed to find something else to do that wasn't distracting to THEM.

Comment Been there (Score 1) 190

You're clearly a technical guy that's used to having his hands in the guts of it, so to speak. You have to learn to be able to work with a degree of separation through other people. It's extremely difficult and takes an entirely new set of skills that you will need to continue to be successful. You have to learn to trust (but verify) other people.

Personally I don't find it nearly as fun as doing it myself, but it's much more lucrative and allows you to have a much broader impact in the organization. You can only do so much directly, by yourself.

Comment Re:I can tell from the comments (Score 1) 361

It might sound like I'm being flippant, but I'm not: that's what you get for living on a sandbar.

My serious point is this: NOBODY, ever, (except perhaps the Egyptians and their pyramids) built cities on the basis of "what's the safest place for us to build this to withstand millennia of the cycles of climate?" This is a relevant discussion no matter where you stand on AGW; it's *ultimately* an issue to everyone, the only thing that will matter depending on your climate-change stance is the urgency.

Cities are built in places of convenience, which almost always means water nearby, often large amounts (because boats are a shitload easier to move cargo than by hand in a horse-drawn wagon) like oceans. These locations in particular are subject to the vagaries of climate.
Further, the growth of human population and concomitant urban sprawl heedless of such concerns has caused major populated areas to end up in danger zones even if the original core city wasn't (New Orleans would be a prime example: the oldest parts weren't endangered by Katrina-flooding).

So now we have massive collections of human dwellings and urban areas on city sites that were likely selected by neolithic humans THOUSANDS of years ago because of a fortuitous mix of convenience, safety, and food sources...and now we're saying "oh, wait, these city sites are vulnerable"? Seriously? Of COURSE they are.

It's just staggeringly naive or disingenuous to be surprised about this. Nothing lasts forever. if climate was going the other direction, it would be like complaining that Edmonton's going to get wiped out by glaciers - yeah, if you build a city in the distant north, eventually, that's its fate. And yes, "eventually" comes someday.

Comment CONGRATULATIONS (Score 1) 82

Delighted to hear of their success. The more parties that are up there, the more that space activities will become a pedestrian sort of thing that we need to consider in public budgets, instead of still sort of seeming to be treated like some 'luxury' item that can be cut whenever fat needs to be trimmed.

Comment Re:What else would the FBI (Score 1) 83

Frankly, it would have been a WASTE of effort for the FBI to try to surveil phones.

Just after Katrina hit and for at least a month or more afterwards, pretty much you could NOT do voice calls if you had a 504 area code.

It was shortly after this hit that I actually discovered texting which I'd not done much of before.

I found that people I could not call....I could text and at least get info to them on how to call me at a land line where I was staying (out of state) till things got normal again.

But no, for a long time, you could not call anyone with a 504 area code cell phone.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 2) 399

This is what I believe is going to be the same response to the much-pushed "internet of things".
I don't want my refrigerator to talk to the fucking internet, *particularly* if it's just an effort for some marketeer to convince me that I desperately need this new service so he can monetize it.

I want:
- minimal cost to perform the functions I want
- no additional 'features' that admit additional points of failure in that basic function

Comment Re:Sensitive? (Score 1) 76

You're not going to push anywhere near 50N with your finger so not all those levels will be relevant.

nobody is going to come close to their 11lb maximum pressure level in real-world use

You're forgetting about drumsticks. 50N may not even be a sufficient limit for a satisfying drum pad experience...

And I would imagine people with smaller fingertips and strong hands could easily hit 50 newtons typing if they tried... although that'd really be banging on the keys.

Comment Re:Old televsion (Score 1) 76

Yes I remember, and the buttons required an incredible amount of force to register, you got very little, if any, tactile feedback that you had closed the switch, and the layout of the thing was completely unergonomic.

Astrosmash! I played that game until my hands hurt. And kept playing. I got to the point where the levels didn't get any harder, so it just became an endurance challenge. The intellivision lost. One day the screen froze on level eleventy, and the system never booted again.

Is your job running? You'd better go catch it!