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Comment Re:Why do teens *need* all these drugs??? (Score 5, Interesting) 133

As a Psychiatrist and long-time Slashdot reader I feel really disappointed reading the reactions of people whose oppinion in technical matters I respect a lot. But after > 20 years of "in-the-trench" psychiatry (public and private settings) I've seen (BY FAR) more good than harm as consequence of our practice. I can say I helped a number of people, lots of them using SSRI. We are aware of the industry and its tactics, and the wax-and-wane of science. But most of my colleagues act in good faith following procedures tested in our gold-standard double blind placebo-controlled trials. Medicine CAN do harm sometimes, that's not new. But when you add all up, there's a net benefit. Just my 0.02

Submission + - New release of the Trinity Desktop Environment

mescobal writes: A new relase of the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE) is out. TDE is "a computer desktop environment for Unix-like operating systems with a primary goal of retaining the function and form of traditional desktop computers" which translates into a fully functional KDE 3 style Desktop. Something is missing in the new generation of DEs since some people (perhaps more than "some") feel at home with Gnome 2 or KDE i3.
They have repositories for Debian and Ubuntu-based distros. The submitter is now using it on Ubuntu 15.04, amazed about how well thought things were in the previous generation of DE. We may have gained some things with Gnome 3 and Plasma 5, but also lots of good things are gone. TDE brings them back

Comment Re:News!!! Make something and be bashed!!!! (Score 1) 158

I know my English is bad, but your lack of understanding exceeds it.

Do I need "excuses" and am I "lazy" because I don't want to write a script myself and choose to play a game ???????????

Back to the original question: "what's wrong with you guys?"

Answer: I don't know, but I feel something is very wrong from the community perspective. Everybody seems turning to the "dark side".

Comment Re:News!!! Make something and be bashed!!!! (Score 1) 158

If you are > 40, you should now Time is relative. I have kids. Playing is something I share with them, tinkering (sadly) not. I didn't want to buy them a game console. I like to share with them other values.

Steam doesn't "waste" my time. I decide to waste my time with Steam.

That's the kind of reasoning that harms our community. I'll rephrase it to you (in my very primitive English):

For lost of reasons I decide to waste my time playing instead of tinkering so I wellcome those who make this possible.

If Debian community can't conceive this scenario, then perhaps it's time to move to another distro (or another OS).

Comment News!!! Make something and be bashed!!!! (Score 1) 158

What happen to you guys? I'm no engineer, but i'm no newbie. I'm a doctor, I don't have time to tinker with everything in my PC. So when I installed steam on one of my Debian machines (I had Ubuntu but for ethical reasons returned to Debian) and it didn't work out I felt disappointed. I DON'T HAVE TIME to make the changes myself. So, when someone does it an shares it I'd say good for us all. And the one that said "...Ubuntu is an African word that means "I can't configure Debian"...": that's old, boring, false, trollish, etc. I CAN configure lots of things in all of my Debian machines. Debian could be the acronym of "I can't stand Unity" or "I don't sell myself to corporations". But, seriously, guys... that attitude is NOT what makes out OS a great one. So: F'You (quoting Linux). And thanks to the guy doing the real work.

Submission + - International observers could face criminal charges in Texas (

mescobal writes: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott warned international election observers not to come closer than 100 feet from a pollng place; otherwise, they could be subject to criminal prosecution.
The warning was addressed to a group of international observers who intend to monitor polls.
The OCSE ( an UN affiliated organization of observers was concerned about voter ID issues among other things.

Submission + - Blackhole's 'point of no return' found ( 1

dsinc writes: Using a continent-spanning telescope, an international team of astronomers has peered to the edge of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy. For the first time, they have measured the black hole’s “point of no return” — the closest distance that matter can approach before being irretrievably pulled into the black hole.

According to Einstein’s theory of general relativity, a black hole’s mass and spin determine how close material can orbit before becoming unstable and falling in toward the event horizon. The team was able to measure this innermost stable orbit and found that it’s only 5.5 times the size of the black hole’s event horizon. This size suggests that the accretion disk is spinning in the same direction as the black hole.
The observations were made by linking together radio telescopes in Hawaii, Arizona, and California to create a virtual telescope called the Event Horizon Telescope, or EHT. The EHT is capable of seeing details 2,000 times finer than the Hubble Space Telescope.


Submission + - NASA Upgrades Mars Curiosity Software ... From 350M Miles Away (

CWmike writes: "Picture doing a remote software upgrade. Now picture doing it when the machine you're upgrading is a robotic rover sitting 350 million miles away, on the surface of Mars. That's what a team of programmers and engineers at NASA are dealing with as they get ready to download a new version of the flight software on the Mars rover Curiosity, which landed safely on the Red Planet earlier this week. 'We need to take a whole series of steps to make that software active. You have to imagine that if something goes wrong with this, it could be the last time you hear from the rover,' said Steve Scandore, a senior flight software engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 'It has to work,' he told Computerworld. 'You don't' want to be known as the guy doing the last activity on the rover before you lose contact.'"

Submission + - The Apple vs. Samsung Trial is Already Over

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Jared Newman writes that it seems that the purpose of Apple's trial against Samsung escapes most people — it isn’t about getting compensation for products that were released in 2007, it’s about protecting the products that Apple will release in 2013 and 2015 and beyond — and Apple has already won that fight. Earlier this year, Ron Amadeo of Android Police analyzed the design of Samsung’s Galaxy S III and called it “the first smartphone designed entirely by lawyers,” because it avoids nearly all of Apple’s trade dress claims against earlier products. "Unlike Samsung’s previous Galaxy S phones, the S III doesn’t have a perfectly rectangular shape with uniformly rounded corners, and size of the bezels on each side of the screen are not equal," writes Newman. "Samsung also abandoned the colorful square app icons found in earlier versions of its software and removed the stationary app tray from the phone’s app list." Win or lose, Samsung’s reputation is getting dinged in this trial. That’s why you see Conan O’Brien poking fun at Samsung, and not Apple, in a comedy skit. As Jim Dalrymple notes, $2.5 billion is chump change for Apple and in the big scheme of things, it’s not even that much for Samsung, which made $5.9 billion in profits last quarter alone. The bigger issue in this case is whether Samsung can continue to make its products look like Apple’s. "If Samsung has any pride, it’ll keep producing designs that don’t invite accusations of copying," writes Newman. "Recent products suggest that Samsung has already moved beyond that. The legal pressure has already been applied. In the future, may the best product win.""

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