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Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 146

by dcollins117 (#47953927) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Conceptually, an email client is simple affair but the KMail devs have managed to take this seemingly straight-forward task and create a huge pile of shit. I switched to Thunderbird after the fourth time I had to manually recover my emails after a KMail crash or "upgrade" and from what I gather I'm not alone in abandoning that time wasting, file corrupting POS.

Comment: Re:5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe (Score 1) 221

by dcollins117 (#47916337) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

My definition of "cure "is when people stop dying of these diseases. My point was that medical doctors and psychiatrists in particular have but a tenuous grasp on the actual workings of the human body. Many doctors contend if you have a mental illness that it is not a medical problem. You have to go see a psychiatrist for that. As if the brain weren't part of the human body.

If you want to cherry-pick cases where where medical science reigns supreme, I'm all in favor of antibiotics. I will gladly join you in celebrating that success. However....

Remember Ted Kennedy? Great guy, guzzled Chivas and often pulled his pants down during parties on Martha's Vineyard? He's dead. Got glioblastoma, didn't last much more than a year despite having the best doctors in the world.

How about Randy Pausch? He was fully aware how well and truly fucked he was by pancreatic cancer, even made a video about it. He's now six feet under.

Let's not forget Richard Feynman, being blessed with two forms of cancer, liposarcoma and WaldenstrÃm's macroglobulinemia. Suffice to say it didn't end well.

Then there's Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcet, Gilda Radner, Peter Jennings, Sydney Pollack - I don't see much point in continuing this particular litany, having abundantly made my point already.

Comment: Re:5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe (Score 4, Insightful) 221

by dcollins117 (#47915421) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

The problem with meds is that they aren't a treatment, they are at best a bandage.

For the majority of medical afflictions being treated today there is no cure, so the best doctors can do is offer palliative care.

There is no cure for cancer, heart disease, athsma, arthritis, or even the common cold. So little is known about the human brain that zero percent of psychological disorders are effectively treated. Whenever I hear a doctor brag about how much they know about the human body or worse a psychologist remark about how much is known about the brain I always remind them how much there is they don't know.

Comment: Re:it's a great idea with one major flaw (Score 1) 174

by dcollins117 (#47803785) Attached to: Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

Do you think a single one of those celebrities will move to such a system?

I really think they will if it's the easiest option. It's up to developers to make encrypted, decentralized storage the default and easy to use. Build it and they willl come (pun half-heartedly intended.)

Comment: Re:it's a great idea with one major flaw (Score 4, Insightful) 174

by dcollins117 (#47803167) Attached to: Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

Decentralized services are a great idea, but there is one big flaw. Not enough people care about it to get a critical mass of users.

There's a group of Hollywood celebrities that have just been made aware of the need for decentralized and more private internet services. I think people will care, albeit only after a problem has occured.

Comment: Re:Wow! That's a huge breakthrough! (Score 1) 217

by dcollins117 (#47793663) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Listen, we all know what the pro-pot movement is about. It's not medical. Medical usage is being used like a crowbar to pry open the gate on the path to legalization, but we all know the real reason people are behind it.

Yes, we all know what's going on. "Medical usage is being used like a crowbar" because that's the only thing that has worked so far. It also has the added benefit of being a factual and legitimate use that people can understand. No one who has experienced pain (everyone has at some point) will question why someone else does not want to be in pain.

I don't happen to have a problem with being a bit disingenuous if that's what it takes. I personally want to see recreational marijuana use legalized in every state.

Comment: Re:Neuropathic pain (Score 1) 217

by dcollins117 (#47793563) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

So for a lot of cases it can actually replace opiates, and smoking is a faster way for it to get into your bloodstream than everything except IV injections.

Clearly we need to fast-track the development of IV marijuana. I'll volunteer for any clinical trials.

On a more serious note, I was treated for a while by a rheumatologist that had done a lot of research on pain-killers derived from marijuana. To my knowledge, there aren't any on the market currently, but the research is being done. Finally.

Comment: Re:Haply so, but exec orders and agencies (Score 1) 180

by dcollins117 (#47781371) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

The cops can go ask your neighbors about you. The neighbor can choose whether or not to talk to them.

Yet my email can't choose whether or not to be read by them. That's one reason why I encrypt everything whether it's needed or not.

The other reason I encrypt emails is the assinine spam filter a certain ISP uses that many times falsely detects my emails as spam and does not deliver them. I'm too much of a gentleman to mention the company by name, but it rhymes with Horizon and it starts with the letter V.

Comment: Re:Which begs the question... (Score 1) 98

In the US it should read: "I am 280kg and have severely clogged arteries, which begs the question: why have I not bought a mobility scooter ?"

We haven't quite caught up with the rest of the world and switched to metric units. So instead of 280kg, it's 617 lbs.</pedant>

Comment: Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (Score 1) 355

by dcollins117 (#47770151) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

So, the answer is, contact a lawyer for a possible class action law suit against Comcast for deceptive billing. I'd bet this is just about the OP's only option, since most people would assume network overhead isn't counted. If it is, litigation is likely the only recourse.

Hopefully his lawyer will say "Yes, by all means let's sue Comcast because AT&T is overbilling."

Don't steal; thou'lt never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat. -- Ambrose Bierce