Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Drug trials (Score 1) 232

I've been on Fentanyl for over 2 years for chronic pain that can not be surgically corrected. The first year, I didn't need any sort of extra for break-through pain; even the lowest dose was strong enough to keep me both pain free and mobile (if a little sleepy now and then). More recently, I've gotten morphine instant release added to the regimen, even after increasing the dose of the fentanyl a little (by accounting for metabolism and skin in how/where/when I wear a patch) it still doesn't provide the same amount of relief. Rather than double the dose of the main medication, which is unfortunately the next available step, I get an adjunct.

Not to disparage, but 4 or 5 months around a known accident is not chronic pain. Chronic pain would be if your hand continued to hurt (even a 5 out of 10 is considered "treat this") years later. Level of pain is only an issue in how much treatment a person needs, not the kind of treatment that's used. What sucks is that our options for treating low level chronic pain are tylenol (which causes liver failure in large doses), aspirin (causes gastric bleeds in some), and . . . that's about it. A step up you have tramadol and tordol, the first a synth-opioid that can't make you high but can raise serotonin levels so much that it can't be prescribed with most psychiatric medications (and if you have chronic pain and aren't depressed about it, you are rare) while the second is a very strong version of aspirin that causes even worse gastric bleeds if you are prone to them. Above that, opioids, just opioids. Well, there is burenorphine, a synth-not-quite-opioid that can be used for pain if you aren't too tolerant of the other drugs, but it's only got a small therapeutic index for pain (starting dose is 1/4th the max dose) and switching from the lowest fentanyl patch to butrans patches required the second strength level, so not a lot of room to go up.

Comment Re: Interesting - TTP = FAIL (Score 1) 179

Yeah, your view isn't universal. There are people out there trying to trace dissidents and political opponents electronically because those dissidents know they'll be in jail for a long time or killed if caught. That law enforcement "should" only get involved when dissent becomes violent is a nice thought, but in China the police become involved if you happen to mutter that the local cops are corrupt, or if someone mentions that you practice meditation and believe that materialism isn't the bees knees.

So yeah, ideally this is how internet communication would work. But if that was how it worked, why in hell would we have needed to start encrypting dissent and opposition in the first place?

Comment Play any instruments with Line Out? (Score 1) 135

Guitar distortion pedals can be a cheap and easy thing to build. The simplest form is just an amp (either op-amp or single transistor) followed by clipping diodes. One potentiometer to control the voltage out of the amp stage (higher voltage means the diodes clip more, means more distortion) and another controls the output volume by dropping the signal to ground. And if the kids are the ones playing the instruments, they might enjoy the different effects that can be gained by just using one diode, or mismatching them (silicon one way, germanium the other). Any instrument can be run through a homemade one, even a microphone if someone plays non-electric instruments.

Comment Re:psycho Acoustic imaging headphones (Score 1) 135

That last degree of freedom is the combination phase and volume. Louder on the right than the left? Must be to the right of the listener. The brain then processes the phase of the soundwave to determine the angle forward or backward, up and down.

Now, the brain can't use that information alone to determine if some sound came from 45 in front or 45 behind (vision helps that), but height above ground can be approximated by echo and interference. Truthfully, the subconcious 'sound map' of the place you are at also informs the brain where a sound came from. A large soft object behind you means a loud sound roughly 30 off axis with no echo or distortion probably came from in front of you. A hard object behind you would instead cause an echo of sounds from the front, but the brain just does that processing without you even taking note.

As for implementing it on the cheap? Only if research time is free; that's a very deep rabbit hole.

Comment Re:Faith Required (Score 1) 308

I disagree. Mental illnesses are visible if you have the empathy to look when someone tells you they have one. There are even physical ailments that can't be seen on an image or diagnosed by quantitative measures; chronic pain from nerve inflammation, fibromialga, chronic fatigue. It doesn't take faith to see that a person with depression can't get out of bed some days, that is plainly visible. It takes empathy to believe them when they tell you why they can't get out of bed. Empathy lets you believe a person gets anxious when there are too many people around them.

I don't know why empathy is something so lacking in people. I understand the generation that believed mental illness meant someone needed to be locked-up; they were misinformed. But this generation has access to all sorts of information to learn about mental illnesses and understand each other better, and simply doesn't. I used to assume that I was the odd one, since I had to teach myself to be empathetic towards other people as I had no natural inclination to be. I know other people feel empathy at a young age, I've seen plenty of kids get sad when their friends get hurt; something either erases that as they grow, or I'm not as odd as I thought and people really do need to be taught how to be empathetic towards each other.

Comment Re:Keepass (Score 1) 258

Me either, for the same reason. Well, I do know my password to start Keepass.

There are two password databases, one kept on relatively public cloud services. (Google Drive, Amazon, Dropbox, I won't say). It is linked to a password that can be typed on a phone and a keyfile that exists on my tablet and phone. This contains email passwords, social network and Steam passwords, etc. Stuff that I use on those devices. Then it gets deleted from the device, cause who needs to be carrying it all the time.

The important passwords are on my desktop, similarly encrypted with a different key file and only synced locally to my tablet (which is more a pen art tablet than a travel device with an i5 and a load of ram). Yes, it means when I travel my tablet could be intercepted with the keyfiles, so full drive encryption or no passwords while I travel.

But, honestly, I can only tell someone the password to get into KeePass and that wouldn't do them much good without the database and the windows account and the keyfiles that don't look like keyfiles. And luckily the 5th amendment so far protects a password that isn't written down, like the one that opens all of that.

Comment Re:what do you want for $50? (Score 1) 145

Pixels and brightness cost battery life, you just won't get a week's battery out of a 768x1024 OLED screen. The new AMOLED screen on the samsung g s6 uses more than 1/3W at 1nt.

But with a slight limit in refresh rate, like the non-action games that the GameBoy was great for, e-ink might be the more realistic option.

Comment Re:what's the problem? (Score 1) 145

Does the paperwhite have some problem with calibre? I did a cursory glance at the calibre forums, and it seemed that .mobi books would show up in "my docs" or you could format shift the books to azw3 and have them show up on the main screen. Is there some more recent development?

I ask because I'm trying to pawn off my kindle 3 to some family member or another to upgrade to the paperwhite or voyage. They just look so pretty, and my older model hasn't complained about a books source ever.

Comment Re:Not on List - DNA Sequencing (Score 1) 311

As someone who was tested recently for certain enzyme mutations that affect drug absorption and effects, it's gotta be pretty cheap for medicare/medicaid to cover it without a prior-authorization. A pain doctor I spoke to says they test for as much as they can get, even told me that one prior patient had been on 5 meds for high blood pressure and after the test showed those 5 were all a type they would not respond to was switched to a new drug and within 2 weeks was at normal levels with just 1 medication. I know that their test can't be too costly, because the lab they use eats the cost that any given insurance doesn't pay (I guess they make up for it by billing other insurances higher).

The biggest problem about total DNA sequencing is that we just don't know what does what. I had a discussion about a misfolding genome disorder that presents differently whether it is inherited from the mother or the father; they know where on the genes it is, they know what protein gets produced incorrectly, but the idea that a set of chemicals knows which parent it's from is a bit staggering when it isn't on the X/Y 46 chromosome. Epigenetics is going to be a huge field, and cheap DNA sequencing along with people willing to share some details about themselves are going to be the fastest way to find patterns and clusters in that mess of data.

Comment Re:New eupemism? (Score 2) 179

Wallet in one back pocket, phone in the other. They go in when I stand up, and move to a front pocket or the car door/dash/whatever when I sit. Or get tossed in my purse if I'm sitting down at a restaurant/movies/something-else. I don't know why that's a difficult concept, I grew up around men who always carried a wallet in their back pocket but with sciatica in the family hated sitting on them; the phone is no different.

Comment Re:"Pocket dialed"? (Score 1) 179

My phones have strangely only done this when attached to wireless headphones. Setting the screen to auto-lock and getting in the habit of hitting the power button when I'm done with it helps a ton. But tap the "activate" button on a ear piece or headphone twice, and it will call the last person back. Caused a bit of a panic when I called my parents to tell them I was sick with a flu and was laying down for a nap. I put on said headphones, turned on some trance, and fell asleep. Tilting my head over on the headphone caused it to call them back an hour later, where I talked in my sleep in some manner that they thought was me asking for help. It is truly scary to be woken up from a nap by emergency people banging on the door while the voice of your mother whispers in your ear when you thought you just laid down for a nap.

Comment Re:An actual question (Score 1) 727

because the proper, conversational response to being told "you are showing prejudices against a group of people" is not "no I'm not, shut up whore" but instead "what have I done to suggest that?" If someone points to your behavior and says "that behavior is prejudiced," again the correct response isn't to shout "no it isn't" but is to ask "how can I better express my view that X equals Y without being prejudice," or "my view is X, how is that prejudiced?"

Then learn from the experience.

Slashdot Top Deals

"For the man who has everything... Penicillin." -- F. Borquin