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Comment: Re:Issue for me is pattern recognition. (Score 1) 204

by nbehary (#39228987) Attached to: Computer Programmers Only the 5th Most Sleep Deprived Profession

Maybe. I'm not an expert, but I've been on and off SSRIs at times. My actual experience is that they help get me to normal, and they reduce the need for them. This doesn't work for everyone, but there is the idea out there that changing your mood will naturally change your natural brain Chemistry. It needs the meds and therapy together work, and has for me to a degree. (that doesn't always work for sure, people do need them forever, and in my case I've gone back and forth between needing them and not twice in the last 10 years). So, I guess yes, you can be dependent on them if that doesn't work, but they are probably harmless. (probably, screwing with brain chem is scary to me, despite taking them)

There are lots of things people need to take a pill for everyday.

Comment: Re:Good riddance (Score 1) 585

by nbehary (#36175190) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?

You find different fun. And, really, having done both and grown older at the same time, both have an effect. I'm not married anymore, and I have custody of my kids. They are getting older, about to lose one to going off to college. If I had all the time in the world back to me, which I may in a few years, I don't see me doing what I did back in the day. Right now, once in a while (about 1/year) a game occupies me a lot for a while. I don't ever see going back to when it did all the time.

Comment: Re:70 years + is too damn much (Score 1) 337

by nbehary (#35275004) Attached to: Tolkien Estate Says No Historical Fiction For JRR

One can't copyright one's existence, and thereby prevent, say, a biography, a news report, or tabloid coverage.

But what if you write an autobiography? Are you not then a character in your own book, making other biographies a derivative work?

No. I suppose maybe, if the other biographies were completely based off the autobiography. Even then though, it doesn't work. If they copy word for word it's a copyright violation. Being a non-fiction work, there's really no way to argue derivativeness. In fiction, you can run into using problems using characters and setting. Not in a biography.

It's like saying the first person to write about anything owns any right to write about it.

Comment: Re:Why be language specific? (Score 1) 897

by nbehary (#34220770) Attached to: Which Language To Learn?

But, they don't always arise out of a new way of *thinking*. I'd say more often than not they don't. Java, Ruby, C++...most popular object-oriented languages, came well after that new way of thinking was around. (C++ may not be a great example. It was kinda new then).

But still, a language is just syntax (plus quirks), Yes, you need to understand the paradigm too, but after that, what language matters very little.

Crime

Justice Not As Blind As Previously Thought 256

Posted by samzenpus
from the too-pretty-for-jail dept.
NotSoHeavyD3 writes "I doubt this is much of a surprise but apparently Cornell University did a study that seems to show you're more likely to get convicted if you're ugly. From the article: 'According to a Cornell University study, unattractive defendants are 22 percent more likely to be convicted than good-looking ones. And the unattractive also get slapped with harsher sentences — an average of 22 months longer in prison.'"

Comment: Re:GPU switching (Score 1) 268

by nbehary (#32247312) Attached to: Linux 2.6.34 Released

Not that I'm 100% sure, but in X everything displaying on the screen is a child process to the server in some way. It's probably not that simple since, thinking about it, remote apps would be completely different, but from experience they don't like losing their display. Regardless, it's probably very built into how X Window works, and was designed to. I'm not sure it could be fixed without going to something completely different, and that has yet to work out.

Programmers do it bit by bit.

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