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Comment: Re:Homeland Security? Everyone is a terrorist (Score 1) 126

by neurovish (#48875221) Attached to: Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

Heroin was the best medicine I ever had. It calmed me down, made me able to function without the constant "white noise" that makes me so anxious around people. The biggest problem with heroin was its illegality.

How much music has been produced on heroin? Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Keith Richards, Kurt Cobain, Chet Baker, Art Pepper, etc.

Charlie Parker had cirrhosis and died at 34, "The coroner who performed his autopsy mistakenly estimated Parker's 34-year-old body to be between 50 and 60 years of age."
John Coltrane died at 40
Miles Davis lived to be 65, so it doesn't seem like any drugs destroyed his life
Keith Richards is a skin-suit on a robotic exoskeleton
Kurt Cobain died at 27
Chet Baker died of accidental causes while high on cocaine and heroin at 58
Art Pepper died of a idea if drugs contributed at all, but he was also only 56

Comment: Re:Parents (Score 1) 782

by neurovish (#48829507) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

I don't know if letting kids this age walk home is the right thing, but I respect the right of the parents to make that decision. The world over child services staff are self-righteous twerps, who give all the signs of knowing very little about the range of problems parents face, and know even less about helping, rather than punishing parents trying to do the right thing.

My parents were generally overprotective, and I was allowed to walk home from school every day when I was 7. There were many kids younger than that whose parents would let them walk home, and it was a lot farther than a mile. The next school year, I could ride my bike to and from school.

Comment: Re:Biased Institutions FTW (Score 1) 782

by neurovish (#48829405) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

In Japan they have something called "first errand". Young school children, say 5 or 6, are given a simple task to do such as go to the local shop and buy a specific item, then bring it home. The school organizes this and gets the parents to come in and help by watching the children from a distance. Adults are not allowed to help the children unless they get into serious difficulty.

Haha, I've never heard of this, but that sounds very Japanese. Take something fairly ordinary and mundane, then turn it into a festival/ritual/rite of passage.

Comment: Re:Games versus reality (Score 1) 393

by neurovish (#48811289) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

I hear you, but my genetics are corrupt and most people would never believe that I have lived through what I have. I would not want to relate any of the details. It would be irresponsible for me to father a child. Realizing that I don't have the emotional tools to deal with people on a normal level, much less raise a child, is something that I have come to grips with over a long process. My level of detachment and ability to withstand what would be torturous for most people makes me a good candidate to be a sort of martyr for those in similarly hellish situations but without the ability to express their feelings. You are right, and a wise old guy on the street told me something very similar, but this is "the work I don't want to do."

If you are genuine and not fabricating this homeless persona ("running to a chowline for lentis and rice", who talks like that?), then reducing everything to your "genetics are corrupt" is rather fatalistic and sounds like you're ignoring the real cause of your situation. If you truly would rather live in homelessness, then own it and acknowledge that it is your choice. Don't blame it on your genetics. You can't deal with people on a normal level because you don't have the emotional tools? Fine, neither can a lot of people and they find ways to work around that. You have options and aren't on a set course that you can't deviate from, so don't pretend or lie to yourself that that is the case.

Comment: Re:doesn't meaning anything ... right? (Score 1) 393

by neurovish (#48810943) Attached to: Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

I enjoy going full murder hobo in several games. Postal and Postal II were my absolute favorites.

My favorite was prompting mass social unrest in Syndicate. Gather up a huge crowd of civillians with the persuadatron, then go around killing a lot of cops so your persuaded citizens pick up their weapons, then turn off the persuadatron and watch as the civillians just start randomly shooting each other.

Comment: Re:Document Retention Rules. (Score 1) 177

by neurovish (#48805673) Attached to: The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

Sorry, if it is on the company's servers, then it is the company's data and not yours. You are not as important to the company as you think you are. If you *actually* are, then they will put you in an exception list. If the policy is causing the company to lose a lot of money from all the "waste of valuable company time", then it will either change the policy or go out of business.

Comment: Re:Use TaxAct instead (Score 1) 450

I switched to them couple of years back when Intuit decided that it will not allow web browsers running linux to the online version of TurboTax. Beats me why they did it. It worked perfectly the previous years. Anyway, TaxAct is cheaper and does the job just as well.

They had something screwed up last year at the beginning of tax season, but fixed it towards the end. Their support page looked like it was refreshingly flooded with complaints from Linux users. I tried filing my taxes early and ran into the "browser not supported" error that I couldn't get past, then jumped through some support hoops before deciding I didn't need to file taxes just then anyways. By the time I tried again in April, it was fixed. Which is a moot point now, since I'm not going to pay twice as much for their software this year.

Comment: Re:Schedule D?! (Score 1) 450

No, but you tend to have more complex tax status... and to the GP's point, you really should be using a CPA. As worthless as my CPA is, I am happy to pay the $350 for him to dump my information into his program.

As for why the change... it is what the market will bear. It is a pain to do Schedule D and the accompanying forms now.

Why not save the the $300 and dump your information into a program yourself?

Comment: Re:Modem connection tones (Score 1) 790

by neurovish (#48793219) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

Yah, I worked at an ISP back then and it when customers would complain that they were getting a slow connection, I'd have them hold the phone up to the modem speaker and try to connect so I could hear it and determine the connection speed and protocol. The BONG! mentioned above pegs it as a 56k modem string :) v.90 i believe.

It is probably a little sad that my first thought when I saw the bongs was "that's 56k...n00b".

Comment: Re:How many times done anything helpful? (Score 1) 189

by neurovish (#48764485) Attached to: White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

The ACA gathers money from those like myself who never get sick.

Look, there are real problems with the ACA, but this is not one of them. This is how insurance works. The problem is that it's actually a system of graft from stem to stern. The health insurance companies must be eliminated if we are to have working health care in America. That's how you know the ACA is a lie. If it were meant to help us, the insurance companies would be gone, because we would no longer need them.

But anything getting rid of the private health insurance companies would never have passed because Big Gubment can't tell those small business owners what to do.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"