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Comment: Re:No new treatments? (Score 3, Informative) 23

by mindwhip (#49483077) Attached to: How Brain Pacemakers Treat Parkinson's Disease

Parkinsons is worse having had experience of both in close family members. For the most part Alzheimer's sufferers are in themselves fairly unaware or unconcerned with their disease. Parkinsons the individual is usually fully aware of the disease and what they can no longer do for themselves, what they can't recall and what they have lost causing additional stress to both the sufferer and their family, along with depression and related mental health issues. Also the commonly perceived symptoms (shakes and immobility) in Parkinsons are not the only symptoms and there can often be significant (bad) personality changes that can break entire families apart.

My dad was one of the first in the area to have the implant and it worked well initially and gave my Dad 3 years of reduced symptoms while it was effective. Turning the implant on and off was literally like a switch on his tremor. Unfortunately there were complications with the placement of the probe (which was still "experimental" when it was done and we all knew the risks) that resulted in "mild" brain damage, him requiring full time professional care after 5 years and ultimately accelerated the progression of symptoms.

As for the "new" treatment this is just a new way to administer more or less the same concoction of drugs my Dad was on five years ago but back then was an endless array of tablets that all had different schedules of administration which is not easy for someone with advanced Parkinsons to manage...

Comment: Re:Bennett Haselton on reality (Score 1) 24

I have to agree... one example that springs to mind is the PS2 EyeToy. It proved that motion tracking used as a controller could be done but it was basic, lacked refinement, reliability, and wasn't easily reused as most of the work was being done in (closed source) software.

It wasn't until the Kinect came out with the extra sensors and the ability to easily re-purpose the technology when windows drivers were released that more serious uses were found and still those applications are still mainly at the "proof of concept" end of the scale and it still isn't clear if such technologies will have long term use.

There are however other related technologies that have benefited as a result.

Comment: Re:And three weeks to think it over. (Score 1) 95

by mindwhip (#48216203) Attached to: German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

Google is a dominant player in Germany, controlling about 90 percent of the German search market. In Germany, dominant players have the obligation to handle each customer equally and are not allowed to discriminate

However to Google the indexed sites aren't customers. People using the search aren't customers. Advertisers are Google's only customers and everyone else is product.

Comment: Re:What's so hard about using the time-honored (Score 3, Interesting) 242

by mindwhip (#48015871) Attached to: At CIA Starbucks, Even the Baristas Are Covert

There is nothing more annoying than:
1) Fake friendliness (if you care so much about my name try and remember it for next time since I tell you it on almost a daily basis)
2) People who can't pronounce my name
3) People who can't spell my name
4) People who use alternate spellings of my name without confirming the correct one (my name has 3 alternate spellings)

After being annoyed at one or more of the above for the umpteenth time I started giving my name as Dave and don't care if they use Dave, Davie, David, Day or any other variant as it isn't actually my name.

PS: they could just have the loyalty/payment card show them my name and not have to ask but that would be too easy.

Comment: Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 506

by mindwhip (#47760551) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Yes but if they do it right the system will learn from the first few cars that enter one of these holes and fill them in fairly quickly and update all cars nearby almost immediately. This will mean that unless you often go to out of the way places or are a fan of visiting roadworks as a hobby the chances of hitting a hole are low.

The real trick will be if the system can reliably tell when something has changed (new roadworks) and the data it has is unusable and deal with sections of road that have dynamic lane/direction depending on time of day etc.

Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 1) 338

by mindwhip (#47738473) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Or why not pick one of these options...

1) buy a large drum machine - there are a wide variety of machine capacities out there.
2) put the second load in the dryer when you get home in the evening.
3) do a midweek wash instead of saving it all up for one day, also there are two days in a weekend if you prefer.

And on another note why not hang a washing to dry instead of relying on the expensive (both in terms of your electric bill and impact on the environment) dryer?

Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 364

by mindwhip (#47738283) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Truth being they don't really need to seek work even if Mythbusters was to be cancelled. Adam and Jamie, and as far as I'm aware the 'B team' still do their 'day job' of building movie and TV special effects when they aren't actively working on myths. Of course whether or not the B team still want to work for Adam and Jamie now is a different matter...

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