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Comment: Re:You've missed the point, this is huge for priva (Score 1) 530

Vendors don't WANT to deliver advertising without tracking. Or, perhaps some vendors do, but marketers most assuredly will not allow this to happen. Tracking gives marketers an incredible amount of information, but they use that information not merely to advertise more effectively to you personally (although that is done too). By studying what works on you and what works on everybody else, and what doesn't work, they are able to dial in the broader strokes of general advertising to make it more effective on everybody. Comparisons are not possible if unidentifiable subjects cannot be distinguished between those who are influenced to buy and those who aren't. The people who actively

Comment: Re:Ratios? (Score 1) 34

by s.t.a.l.k.e.r._loner (#49579099) Attached to: A Light-Powered Retina Implant For the Blind
I jumped at the summary because my uncorrected vision is actually 20/1200. Without my glasses, everything is blurry as shit but I can distinguish large shapes. Colors blur together at the edges. I can navigate a lit room just fine, but I wouldn't feel comfortable driving: all traffic signs appear as just a blob of color. It would be a huge improvement over blindness.

Comment: Re:No, wrong (Score 1) 109

RN here. There was old lady in a nursing home who had no memory of her husband having passed away several years before. Numerous times every day, she would ask when her husband would be in to see her... One inexperienced nurse explained to her that her husband was dead; she cried hysterically. A few hours later, she asked again when her husband would be in to see her. The standard answer is, "He'll be here a little later, honey".

Comment: Re:Implement locally? (Score 1) 145

by s.t.a.l.k.e.r._loner (#48927713) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year
My smartphone is configured to send all calls straight to voicemail if they come from restricted, unavailable, or unknown numbers. This wipes out the majority of them. I wouldn't necessarily be opposed to sending all numbers not in the contacts list straight to voicemail, but I haven't done so yet. In my experience, only people or companies who have a legitimate reason to speak with me will bother to leave a voicemail. Maybe a tiny minority of robocalls are configured to leave a recorded message, but all the rest automatically dump the call when they don't detect that a person has answered.

Comment: Re:Knowing could be Useful (Score 1) 86

See "Final Exit" method. As for knowing, though, you may be disappointed. Brain disorders are fascinating and terrifying. When reality doesn't make sense to your brain because of physical errors in processing, your brain simply confabulates whatever details it needs so that things do make sense internally. These confabulations are not amenable to outside reasoning or exposure to evidence that contradicts them. This is equally true with dementia disorders such as Alzheimers as it is with brain damage from trauma/stroke or psychotic disorders. What I'm getting at is that if you are afflicted, you may not retain the level of insight necessary to intervene on your own behalf: you might not be capable of understanding there's a problem.

Comment: try this (Score 1) 418

by s.t.a.l.k.e.r._loner (#43088155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Best To Set Up a Parent's PC?
A tried and true method for migrating parents from IE to a safer browser is to just install firefox or chrome, then change it's desktop icon and name to "Internet Explorer". They then go on to seemlessly use it, thinking it's just a slight interface change that happened in an upgrade... Too bad AOL's interface is probably a bit too different to pull that trick off. As for tying up permissions: unfortunately, WinXP guest account was never fully implemented. Last year, I tried setting up my parents to using the guest account for most activities and logging in as admin when they needed more permissions. They understood, but it caused a lot of problems with certain things not functioning between the accounts. The printer alone turned out to be an intractable pain in the ass. Win7 with "classic shell" is probably a better option.

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