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Comment: Re:Helps explain a few things ... (Score 1) 211

by Reziac (#47928699) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

Undoing some mod points to reply here, but anyway...

Aside from how dogs have been selected to "read man" (see the results of testing police dogs, where it was found most were alerting not on drugs, but on handler expectations), a dog's nose can pick up even the slightest difference in a person's metabolism -- half a dozen molecules are sufficient for some dogs' noses to distinguish. In crude terms, when there's something "wrong" with the human's chemistry, which includes brain chemistry, they smell different from other folks (probably due to the metabolic byproducts being different). If that smells "wrong" to the dog, they're going to react against it, often with fear or aggression.

This is also why some assistance dogs alert to their owner's health status -- I know a guy whose dog goes nuts if he's starting a diabetic episode, and he's learned (the hard way) the dog is right even tho he hasn't any symptoms yet. He starts smelling wrong to her, so she throws a fit, and she notices well before the blood test does. (He's done multiple tests in a row to check against her reaction.)

Incidentally I have a dog who 'alerts' on certain abnormal personalities -- he's naturally trusting and loves everyone else, but acts like he wants to kill a very few individuals: One was a paranoid schizophrenic (among other symptoms, she heard voices and saw things that weren't there), another had bipolar disorder with severe anger issues, and so on. And this dog, who has an exceptional nose, visibly does the "take a sniff, then react" thing. I've learned that when this dog doesn't like someone, I had better pay attention, because he's always right.

[I'm a pro dog trainer with over 40 years experience. I notice these things.]

Comment: Re:I'm not surprised (Score 1) 87

by Reziac (#47923505) Attached to: Canon Printer Hacked To Run <em>Doom</em> Video Game

I hadn't heard about the CoD incident, but ... [goes off, looks it up] holy shit, that's douchery of a high order. Tho I'm not sure the cops had much less douchery... I mean, 60 officers, WTF? I guess he can count himself fortunate they didn't overhear game gunfire and react by opening fire themselves.

If I had to wipe and reinstall Windows with any regularity, yeah, I'd be looking for a different OS. I don't spend all that time and effort getting it all just how I want it, only to have to replace it and start over. Reinstalling is against my religion. I use the damn machine, I don't just play with it. My OS setup is not disposable.

WinME was actually very good about drivers -- the install routine was smart enough to look for one that works even if it wasn't a WinME driver. I'd not seen that before and was suitably impressed. And while WinME sucked donkey balls out of the box, it could be made 100% stable -- turn off System Restore, apply 98Lite in default mode, and it goes from unable to even crash properly, to never crashes again. (Didn't help the sucky resource management, tho.)

But when we stoop to comparing FOSS to WinME... yeah, that shows just how ...unrealistic... their expectations and performance really are. The driver structure is insane. You do NOT build ephemeral software (ie. liable to be updated, possibly often) into the kernel, and not expect to have the whole house of cards fall down too often for comfort.

Comment: Re:I'm not surprised (Score 1) 87

by Reziac (#47919069) Attached to: Canon Printer Hacked To Run <em>Doom</em> Video Game

Or with the average laser printer, plug in printer, don't bother with the install disk, select whatever is the nearest version of the HPLJ that Windows happens to have handy. (This also works for older inkjets and some pin-impact printers.)

As to TFA, didn't you know that no device is complete until it can play DOOM? :D

But yeah, methinks if software started from the perspective of the douchebag, 90% of the hacks would go away and the rest wouldn't be worth the trouble.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 1) 444

by Reziac (#47897849) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

No, what I was pointing out is that as "deregulation" was done where I'm painfully familiar with how it worked out (namely, Montana and California), said "deregulation" was a crock, and did nothing but increase costs for the hapless consumers. And I speculate that absent this bogus "deregulation", alt-energy might have been a lot more cost-competitive -- without raising prices on conventional-fuel energy.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 2) 444

by Reziac (#47897669) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

In other words, they're doing exactly the inverse of the occasional U.S. states' so-called "deregulation", which in practice amounted to "sell off all our infrastructure to foreign investors, then buy back the product at an inflated price." Guess Germany figured out this doesn't work so well after all.

As I say above, that "green" energy might not be so expensive in a market that's not been "deregulated" in this fashion.

Comment: Re:Not just Reno (Score 1) 444

by Reziac (#47897637) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

And another, which I forgot to put in the previous post:

http://4thst8.wordpress.com/20...

Also, cost in the U.S. varies as much as it does in the rest of the world. In California, it's closer to 25c/KWH (nominally it's lower, but you get into a higher rate tier at a level that would power one light bulb, and it goes up from there).... one of the "greenest" states. But the real problem is the so-called deregulation, not the energy source. Absent deregulation (aka "sell all our power generation facilities to foreign investors, who then charge us through the nose") the "green" energy might not wind up being that much more costly to the consumer.

Comment: Re:IRS Planning the same (Score 1) 165

by Reziac (#47863631) Attached to: Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

I recall something I once read about the old Soviet Union:

Anyone was free to leave at any time -- provided they paid the exit tax, which was around a million dollars (which in the 1950s/60s was still a LOT of money).

A few years ago someone tried to get a similar measure on California's ballot as a voter initiative. Their proposal would have imposed a 50% exit tax, as well as a one-time tax on real property over a certain value of 50% of that value. They got as far as the last step before being approved for the ballot, which I guess goes to show the political climate in California.

Comment: Re:Why just Ebola? (Score 1) 55

by Reziac (#47846927) Attached to: Survivors' Blood Holds Promise, But Draws Critics, As Ebola Treatment

The best treatment for distemper in dogs uses something similar: healthy dog is injected with Newcastle vaccine (yes, the stuff for chickens). Serum is harvested and given to a dog with active distemper infection. As yet this treatment is rarely used, but the recovery rate is very high (and extremely rapid), vs a high mortality rate with ordinary supportive hospitalization. Why this works is not entirely understood.

http://www.edbond.com/antidist...

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