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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.

Comment: First of all (Score 1) 173

Anyone who uses the term "the cloud" to promote anything is a moron and can be safely disregarded because they speak by spilling out buzzwords.

Secondly, even though technology is much more common (particularly with the younger generations), technological sophistication is still fairly rare. The vast majority of people use the technology of their jobs in the most narrow ways possible, and further they expect technology to "just work". When it doesn't, they call on the IT guys, or they call on their uncommon coworkers like me who aren't in IT but are still the unofficial IT guys by virtue of having more than modest computer knowledge.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.