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Comment: Re:Now all they need to do... (Score 1) 55

by BarbaraHudson (#47962073) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

People suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, and long-term depression are already at a high risk of suicide. Life often sucks. Depression kills.

And once you've experienced serious depression, you're more at risk to have repeat bouts.

People who seek help are often in crisis - that they have a higher risk of suicide when they first take a drug to try to get better isn't a surprise (and the increased risk is only for the first few weeks. If the drugs didn't have a positive effect, the risk of suicide would not go down with time).

There's so much stigma and stupidity around mood disorders. People will demand antibiotics for a cold (totally ineffective), but will then tell someone with depression to "just get over it." Biochemically impossible.


Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War 33

Posted by timothy
from the slumming-with-the-stars dept.
An anonymous reader writes Yelp has, for the past year or so, garnered a reputation for extorting businesses into paying for advertising on their site. Allegations include incessant calls for advertising contracts, automatic listing of a business, and suppressing good reviews should a business decide to opt out of paying Yelp for listing them. One small Italian trattoria, however, may have succeeded in flipping Yelp's legally sanctioned business practices in its favor. The owners of Botto Bistro in Redmond, CA, initially agreed to pay for advertising on Yelp one year ago apparently because they were tired of getting calls from Yelp's sales team. But even after buying advertising, the owners claim that they kept receiving calls. So they started a campaign to get as many one-star reviews as they could, even offering 25% discounts to customers. As of this writing they have 866, and a casual perusal of them reveals enthusiastic tongue-in-cheek support for the restaurant. One-star reviews, once Yelp's best scare tactic, is now this particular business's badge of quality. And they didn't even have to pay Yelp for it.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 64

by BarbaraHudson (#47961977) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot
I guess that's another vote for Kanukistan's single payer system. The flexible focusable lenses start at $300 an eye, up to about a grand, depending on the amount of correction. The actual surgery is, of course covered by our universal health care plan. However, I don't think that they can correct the extreme distortion.

+ - The Ruinous Results Of Our Botched Understanding Of 'Science'->

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An anonymous reader writes "Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes at The Week, "If you ask most people what science is, they will give you an answer that looks a lot like Aristotelian "science" — i.e., the exact opposite of what modern science actually is. Capital-S Science is the pursuit of capital-T Truth. And science is something that cannot possibly be understood by mere mortals. It delivers wonders. It has high priests. It has an ideology that must be obeyed. This leads us astray. ... Countless academic disciplines have been wrecked by professors' urges to look "more scientific" by, like a cargo cult, adopting the externals of Baconian science (math, impenetrable jargon, peer-reviewed journals) without the substance and hoping it will produce better knowledge. ... This is how you get people asserting that "science" commands this or that public policy decision, even though with very few exceptions, almost none of the policy options we as a polity have have been tested through experiment (or can be). People think that a study that uses statistical wizardry to show correlations between two things is "scientific" because it uses high school math and was done by someone in a university building, except that, correctly speaking, it is not. ... This is how you get the phenomenon ... thinking science has made God irrelevant, even though, by definition, religion concerns the ultimate causes of things and, again, by definition, science cannot tell you about them. ... It also means that for all our bleating about "science" we live in an astonishingly unscientific and anti-scientific society. We have plenty of anti-science people, but most of our "pro-science" people are really pro-magic (and therefore anti-science). ""
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Journal: Watch Slashdot Fix Their Code!

Journal by damn_registrars
There has been a character limit for article headlines on the front page for ... well, I presume it's been there as long as slashdot has been in existence. For some part of that time, slashdot had editors who ... actually knew how to edit text (we long ago replaced them with people who randomly mash buttons in exchange for stock in

Google News Sci Tech: Oculus Rift named as official platform of Unity 5 engine - Digital Spy->

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Oculus Rift named as official platform of Unity 5 engine
Digital Spy
Oculus Rift has been named as the official platform and build target for the Unity 5 graphics engine. The headset will be supported by both the Free and Pro versions of the engine, meaning that additional tools and resources should be granted to developers.
Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' prototype hands-on: A VR alien waved at me and I ... PCWorld

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Comment: Re:Slashdot finally let me add you to friends (Score 1) 35

by damn_registrars (#47961763) Attached to: I'm back.
If it was only a bug, it was a very peculiar one at that. I was able to pretty much declare relationships with any other ID during the time when I could not do so with you. I was wondering if perhaps they intentionally changed the code so as to make it impossible to pick a relationship with an account that is less than X days old?

A more interesting bug, IMHO, was seen here on the front page very recently. That article exceeded the character limit for an article title when it first hit the front page (and of course Timothy, in his infinite wisdom, did not notice it). The solution apparently was to change the code (perhaps only for that story? who knows...) to allow for a longer title for that story.

Notice that of course they did that for a story that aims to make the democratic party look bad. Had the story been aimed at the republicans ... well, it wouldn't have ever made it to the front page anyways.

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 351

And you can always explain away any attacks of conscience by claiming you simply want everyone to be personally responsible for themselves, even as your policies take away the means to do so from the majority of people.

I wish I'd written that.

It's sort of like claiming your view represents the majority while trying to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of legal voters.

Google News Sci Tech: Durability is a Big Bonus with Apple's New iPhones - The Utah People's Post->

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The Utah People's Post

Durability is a Big Bonus with Apple's New iPhones
The Utah People's Post
Apple's new and bigger iPhones are all the craze, not just because of their recent unveiling, but also because both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than previous models. They also clearly outmatch the leading Android contenders...
Apple's new iPhones score big in durabilityUSA TODAY
iPhone 6 Price With and Without Contract: Cost in USA, UKThe Epoch Times
Study: Apple's new iPhones score big in durabilityKVVU Las Vegas

all 24 news articles

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2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers 31

Posted by timothy
from the you-can-collude-but-don't-collide dept.
As reported by the BBC, NASA's Maven Mars orbiter has nearly reached the red planet, and will undergo a 33-minute rocket burn to slow its course. Monday's big manoeuvre on Maven's engines will place the satellite in a high, elliptical, 35-hour orbit around the planet. Confirmation of capture should be received on Earth shortly after 0220 GMT (2220 EDT Sunday; 0320 BST). "We should have a preliminary answer within just a few minutes after the end of the burn," said [principal investigator professor Bruce] Jakosky. In the coming weeks, engineers will then work to bring Maven into a regular 4.5-hour, operational orbit that takes the probe as close as 150km to Mars but also sends it out to 6,200km. India's first mission to Mars faces a critical test as it does a similar maneuver -- firing of a rocket to slow its travel as it approaches Mars orbit.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe