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Comment: No, you have ti completely wrong. (Score 0) 252

by digsbo (#49537803) Attached to: Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis
Steve Jobs was faced with an emotionally and physically traumatizing ordeal. This lady's a liar. There's no comparison, and you're picking on a cancer victim for being scared. That's less morally offensive than convincing them not to get good treatment, but it's still a crappy thing to do.

Comment: Re:Lack of geniuses is a problem. (Score 1) 332

by digsbo (#49520925) Attached to: Update: No Personhood for Chimps Yet

In that case, we can't trust people to take the medication in the first place, even with a prescription.

No, we can't, not fully. Drug addicts and ignorant folk who don't finish their antibiotic course because they "feel better" on day 6 of 10 are part (yes, part, not all) of the reason we have resistant bacteria.

But since we do, we can at least establish that they're generally more prepared than the non-consenting animals, right?

Not really, no. My friend's college buddy died because he ignored the "only do one trial at a time" mandate and the drugs interacted, fatally. As it turns out, people who get paid to take experimental drugs are more risk-tolerant, to the point of danger, than most people. They're not more prepared, rather more desperate for money.

Comment: Probably a bad thing. (Score 2) 96

by digsbo (#49397825) Attached to: The Democratization of Medical Diagnosis and Discovery
With the number of self-misdiagnosed "gluten sensitives" we have walking around, who aren't sick at all, I really don't think giving the average untrained person (or the bizarre hipsters who think food sensitivity is cool) interpreting data. People with access to information they don't understand, or want to use for an agenda, don't end up making good decisions with that information.

Comment: Re:Now I understand her record at HP (Score 1) 353

by digsbo (#49367937) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid
Are you saying the people who joined in the 1970s are still working there and singing the song? I can't imagine more than 3% of the workforce at HP started during the 70s. That doesn't disprove your contention that "the people who actually made HP what it was" wouldn't act this way, but it does kind of suggest that you aren't remotely in touch with the current makeup of the workforce there. Care to elaborate?

Comment: Re:"Drama of mental illness" (Score 1) 353

This is absolutely right. It is definitely a fad, identifiable quite simply, because in the past, self-injurious behavior was most often a clear indicator of sexual abuse. Today, it's often being done in the absence of sexual abuse. This is a new phenomenon, but it's so new people in the mental health field are only able to determine this anecdotally, as it simply hasn't been happening long enough for there to be studies published.

Comment: Re:Unfortunately, it's still on piano (Score 2) 59

Oh my ears are plenty good. As a player of wind instruments and piano I'm well acquainted with the natural tendency for solo wind players to revert to pure "just tuning", which is the natural tuning that comes from octave displacement of the ratios between notes in the harmonic overtone series, as well as the other tunings.

You can tune a piano or clavier or harpsichord to whatever tuning you want, just by changing string tension. Of course older instruments in some cases lacked full chromatic keys, or even had multiple keys for the same note tuned for different scales in older tunings. But the quality of sound modern instruments produce, and the obvious dynamic range of a piano, are superior.

Whether a C# is the twelfth root of two higher than a C is irrelevant to instrument quality.

Comment: Re:What about websites and paper magazines (Score 4, Informative) 216

by digsbo (#49285687) Attached to: France Will Block Web Sites That Promote Terrorism
Learn your 20th century history. Secular socialist/communist states were responsible for the murder of their own citizens in the high tens of millions, possibly topping over 100 million. If you include deaths through gross mismanagement of resources and criminal negligence, it goes higher, and easily eclipses the sum total of all those dead in religious wars through all of human history.

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