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Comment Re:Is ANYONE editing this mess? (Score 1) 744

So if acronyms are always pronounced separately, do you mean I should say "enn aa ess aa" when referring to NASA? "arr aa emm" instead of RAM?

In the English language at least, acronyms are by definition pronounceable as words (if they weren't, they'd be initialisms), so why wouldn't you pronounce them that way?

BTW, out of curiosity, is there another query language in use called SEQUEL other than the one from the 70's that became SQL?

Comment Re:"I wanted to work this weekend" (Score 5, Insightful) 211

This. The standard worker smarter vs work harder dilemma.

I did the whole groove thing when I was in my twenties and just starting out. As I gained experience, it became obvious that the groove is far from ideal. I produce better code when I take frequent short breaks. Get up, stretch, take a quick walk, give your brain time to process everything you've been doing. Then you're in the right mindset to see what's what. So I don't work late, especially on Fridays. If I'm in the middle of a tricky bit and 5:00 hits, I'm gone. By the time Monday rolls around, I know how to proceed because the problem has been rolling around my subconscious for 2.5 days.

I see a few coworkers who work long hours in the groove, and they always seem to be rewriting four hours of work for the third time because they get into the groove, churn it out and a day later realize it isn't gonna work long-term. Meanwhile, if they'd just stopped an hour in and pinged one of their colleagues for a 5-minute sanity check they'd have realized it sooner and saved their evening.

Comment Re:Explain. (Score 1) 396

Prime Music is even worse. I added a song to my library. It says it is there, but it isn't. And I can't remove it and add it again because while I can pull up a track through searching and see that it is in my library, I can only remove it from my library from within my library. But it isn't there, so I can't remove it. Can't play it, can't remove it, can't re-add it. This has happened multiple times.

I'd been trying it out as a possible replacement for other streaming services mainly because I already pay for Prime so why not use it, but the quality just isn't there at this point.

Comment Re:screwed up enough to get a scan = can't be fixe (Score 1) 39

It isn't about "fixing" someone, any more than you "fix" an alcoholic or "fix" a schizophrenic. That latent trait will always persist. Treatment is about managing the condition, keeping it controlled to the point that it no longer presents a severely negative impact on your quality of life.

There are different treatment methods, but which one a person will respond to is largely a guess, even for an experienced therapist. The goal is avoid the process of spending months trying Method A to no effect, then months of Method B, then three years later finally finding a winner with Treatment G. The goal is to predict which treatment they are likely to respond positively to.

The scan ties to CBT in particular because right now that is the preferred treatment for SAD and is usually the first one tried.

Comment Re:Another Linux User's Perspective (Score 1) 321

Yeah, god forbid I waste one of my 10 USB ports on something. Better save it for, umm, what exactly?

Yes, I'm familiar with 3.5mm plugs, that's what my speakers are plugged into. They don't have a plug to chain a headset, so I use a USB headset instead of having to swap cables.

Comment Re:Another Linux User's Perspective (Score 2) 321

I've had a somewhat similar experience.

Linux was my full-time OS starting in 2002 (Gentoo for about 8 years, then bouncing between Fedora, Mint and Crunchbang). About four months ago I switched my main PC to Windows 7. I actually like it, enough to keep using it. When my laptop finally needed replacing, I went with an SP3 which has been quite nice (Windows 8's interface actually makes sense on a tablet whereas I hate it on desktops/laptops).

Linux-the-OS is still mostly nice. Linux-the-userland reached its zenith about four years ago and has been declining in quality ever since. I found myself spending more and more time dealing with issues stemming from buggy applications and shoddy drivers, enough that it felt like I was back in 2008 again. NetworkManager loses all my VPN passwords, my USB headset doesn't work properly, video driver quality is getting worse instead of better, Flash somehow manages to keep getting worse, even though you'd think that wouldn't be possible at this point, etc.

Windows 7, meanwhile, just works. The biggest gripe I've had so far is the continued lack of support in Explorer for long paths, which causes issues for my nodejs projects (given that their module dependency system has all the sophistication of a high school midterm project). I can work around that easily enough, though. I'm not a twenty-something with time to kill anymore, I can't spend three days tracking down why my USB headset stops outputting sound when the system volume drops below 20% (unless I launch Virtualbox, at which point it magically works again). I like tinkering when time permits, but nowadays I want my system to just work. Linux doesn't do that right now. I still love the OS, but it is no longer practical for me to use it.

Comment Re:I can't bring myself to care (Score 1) 296

I used to be rabidly anti-DRM, but my mindset has mellowed somewhat and is similar to your's now. When I'm buying a game for $5 in a steam sale, more often than not it is a game I'm not likely to ever replay. Same with digital purchases on XBL. The games I know I'll replay (Baldur's Gate, IWD, Mass Effect, etc) I have physical discs for or have purchased through GOG.

DRM is perfectly fine for something you only want to play once and can get at rental prices.

Comment Re:How real is the risk? (Score 2) 340

Long periods of sitting have been known to be dangerous for a while. However, long periods of standing aren't necessarily better. Yes, we didn't evolve to sit in chairs all day, but we also didn't evolve to spend all day standing rigidly upright either. Varicose veins, knee damage, etc are all real issues with people who stand around all day.

This is another one of those cases where we collectively go: "A is bad. Therefore, !A is good." Then a decade or two later we realize that the new extreme is just as bad as the old one and that the happy reality is in the middle (a mix of sitting, standing and moving, with regular transitions) where it always is.

Comment Re:Or Red Hat? (Score 1) 300

PulseAudio still can't handle USB headsets properly. I had a bitch of a time getting mine to work at all, and it still won't play volume below 20%. It also still crashes more than any other service on my machine.
NetworkManager has this ungodly habit of forgetting/losing access to all of my VPN passwords at seemingly random intervals. This has been happening for over a year with more than one distro.

They are both far more stable than they were many years ago, but in both cases they only just border on being usable.

Comment Re:Why nobody cares about Zune (Score 0) 300

Why carry two devices when one will do the job just fine?

Sometimes you don't want to carry a $400 phone around when the risk of damage is high (though given how often my friends crack their iPhone screens, standing still in a carpeted room is apparently dangerous). I wouldn't go for a bike ride or a hike with an expensive phone in my pocket given the risk of breaking it, but I don't give a damn if my $40 no-brand MP3 player breaks out on the trail.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.