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Comment: Re:The article is more extreme than the summary (Score 1) 290

by drinkypoo (#47965249) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

You are definitely part of the problem.

Here's a nothing, kid. Buy a dictionary. "conformity with fact or reality; verity", "actuality or actual existence", "accuracy, as of position or adjustment" ... Science is the pursuit of truth. What it is not is a declaration that a matter is forever settled. Everything is open to question. Some of the debates are considered settled for all practical purposes, and don't really need to be revisited unless other base assumptions are challenged by new findings, but that still doesn't mean that science is not a pursuit of truth. That everything is open to question is you know that it is. If the goal were to feel good, then we could declare all current matters closed.

Comment: Re:Now all they need to do... (Score 1) 106

by bmo (#47962167) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

Is figure out why so many who are on SSRI's or had recently stopped taking them, become suicidal or go on shooting rampages, or both.

It's people like you who encourage the stigma that we're in this mess where people go untreated for decades/lifetime, in spite of the fact that over 1/4 of everyone suffers from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year.

One in four adults - approximately 61.5 million Americans experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17 - about 13.6 million - live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.1


I ask you, where the fuck is the Ice Bucket Challenge for mental illness? That's something I asked last Wednesday at my DBSA meeting. I'm asking it here. Where the fuck is it? We've got the Susan G. Komen foundation for breast cancer, yet more women suffer from mental illness than have ever had breast cancer. But there is pink everywhere.

Unfortunately, NAMI is only there for caregiver support and even for that they are absolutely silent in the media. They do absolutely bupkis for people who actually suffer from mental illness. Support is nearly nonexistent. I don't know of any foundation that supports the treatment of mental illness, raises awareness or even works to end the stigma. And for people who suffer from mental illness, there is not anything in the way of patient support/guidance (like who you should see for what). It's all "fly by the seat of your pants" stuff, and when you are in the middle of a major depressive episode even asking for help from anyone is daunting or even impossible.

I came here to call you a jerk, but I figured I'd say something more informative.



"it has to be emphasized that if the pain were readily describable most of the countless sufferers from this ancient affliction would have been able to confidently depict for their friends and loved ones (even their physicians) some of the actual dimensions of their torment, and perhaps elicit a comprehension that has been generally lacking; such incomprehension has usually been due not to a failure of sympathy but to the basic inability of healthy people to imagine a form of torment so alien to everyday experience."
-- William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

Comment: Re:Corporations are belong to people = have rights (Score 1) 88

by drinkypoo (#47960971) Attached to: Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

Specifically if I invest money in a corporation with certain rights, I have the right to expect to see those rights not tampered with.

Nonsense. Laws are changed all the time. There's no constitutional guarantee to any of those rights, and many of them are based on deliberate misinterpretation of existing laws in any case.

Comment: Re:oh wow (Score 1) 119

by sexconker (#47959577) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

Yes, melting plastic in a closed environment. Brilliant. Instead of planning for their little hobby-jump in Low Earth Orbit, let's bring a cranky, tiny toy to make coat hangers... (in free-fall LOL). I just love the armchair engineers and programmers here going on about the 3D printer will be this tool to help colonize the universe..

It's baffling to me where this nonsense comes from. I'd expect that from eight year olds, not adults.

But then again, simple math and reality in the video game generation is too much to ask for, I guess.

We don't even have the Concorde anymore, and you loons are talking about going outside the Solar System as if it's even remotely possible. The only propositions you have are decades-old fantasies.

Reality isn't going away. You're not going anywhere. Not you, not me, not your kids, not their kids, and not whatever will replace us in a hundred thousand years... Evolution is still happening, you know.

As opposed to the idiot who's pretty sure that the actual engineers and scientists involved in building the device, planning its mission and experiments on the ISS, and then putting it in an actual rocket and launching it into space...didn't consider all of this?

The only consideration done is with respect to the budget. Usefulness or purpose? Nope, they just have to sell it.

Comment: Metadata (Score 4, Insightful) 47

by sexconker (#47959539) Attached to: Wired Profiles John Brooks, the Programmer Behind Ricochet

How exactly do you solve the problem of metadata on TCP/IP networks? Metadata is how these networks operate.

Every packet has an origin that will be traceable to the source ISP. If you're on your own connection, you're fucked.
If you're on your own connection and you VPN to some other connection it's just a matter of how much effort the powers that be want to waste tracking you down. Any schlub can run a Tor node, so you get nothing there. And of course, you have to initiate that connection from somewhere.

The only way to truly hide is to use someone else's connection (without their knowledge), with a different spoofed MAC every time. Everything else is just obfuscation. We already know every fucking packet touching a major telecom is logged in the US, and we have damned good reason to believe it's true world-wide.

Comment: Re:Dear Apple, (Score 1) 381

by sexconker (#47959483) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Hating things is your right. Whether or not someone is doing something wrong is a matter of opinion.
You call it common decency, yet you don't realize that it's merely an opinion.
Go ahead and pass out those pamphlets. I disagree, but I don't care if that's your opinion and you express it. I'm not going to cry foul and organize a hate campaign to stop you from having or expressing an opinion because I disagree with it - that's your SOP.

Comment: Re:Manufacturing (Score 2) 381

by drinkypoo (#47958357) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I think you have no idea what you are talking about. Drilling one hole with a laser isn't too hard. Drilling millions of holes with tight tolerances with near perfect repeatability IS as difficult as "rocket science". (as if that is some sort of valid comparison...) That's exactly what make manufacturing hard.

No, he's right. The benefit of laser cutting is that it is predictable and repeatable. It's far easier to laser-cut millions of holes with tight tolerances with near perfect repeatability with a laser cutter than it is to do it with a mill, provided that the surface being cut lends itself to laser cutting. The problem of positioning the laser is no more complex than the problem of positioning the part on a mill (arguably, it is less so) while milling the holes adds a significant number of additional complexities which are not present in a laser cutting system. That's why laser cutting has become so popular, to say nothing of its ability to handle materials which cannot practically be machined. Then again, laser cutting a fat billet isn't really practical either, so clearly both approaches have their benefits. I imagine that's why both approaches are used by Apple on the same hardware.

Comment: Re:This is why you outsource manufacturing. (Score 1) 381

by drinkypoo (#47958307) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Outsource to a big company like Foxconn or Solectron that has already invested in all the expensive equipment and processes (in both cases, some of it actually paid for by Apple), and have them do your manufacturing for you.

The problem with that notion is that you can and will be pushed aside if Apple wants to do a bunch of manufacturing right now. You are last in line for the big guys. You need to be matched with the appropriate manufacturer.

Comment: Re:Dont forget! (Score 1) 381

by drinkypoo (#47958295) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

I wonder if some kind of fair trade system could be developed for electronics, just like we have for food products?

The simplest fix is to charge a tariff to offset the benefits of cheap labor. Then you get money and eliminate the benefits of slavery, without actually outlawing trade. In order to prove that you're unfairly assessing these tariffs, they have to prove that they're not oppressing their people, so the process drives transparency.

It won't fix the low value of human life in China overnight, but it will apply pressure in the correct direction. Sadly, it's not even on the radar.

Comment: Re:It is doable. (Score 1) 381

by drinkypoo (#47958281) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Until you get really sick or run off to Argentina with Miffy, and then the remaining staff hasn't a clue about how to run or fix all the custom contraptions.

The complexity of equipment we're talking about here is nothing like software development. You do realize that even machine tools only have a handful of moving parts, right? Tools which hold animals (or cut, smash, or otherwise affect them) can be apprehended simply by dissasembling them. Then you measure some distances center to center, and maybe the bore and stroke of some cylinders, and do some simple math (as in, even I can do it, and I have issues with numbers) and et voila, you know how it works. Especially if they have more than one of them, and replacement parts can be copied from another machine. Farm equipment is regularly repaired by people who don't have a manual.

Comment: Re:"compared to consumer grade cameras" (Score 1) 50

Because in order for me to give a shit, I have to be able to afford it. Otherwise, I really don't care. I can, however, muster enthusiasm for open-source cameras with the quality of video provided by an expensive DSLR, but cheaper, and still able to use their lenses. If someone can point me to something like that, I'll be excited.

Comment: Re:It doesn't OWE the taxes (Score 1) 88

by drinkypoo (#47958255) Attached to: Is Google's Non-Tax Based Public School Funding Cause For Celebration?

However unless you forgo ALL the tax claw backs you are eligible for, it is questionable if you have a right to criticise Google.

Great. Let's answer that question. The answer is yes, yes you do. A person is not the same thing as a corporation. For one thing, a person is real, and a corporation is a legal fiction which was created by government and which does not exist without its protection. Government is meant to serve the citizenry (hahaha) and corporations thus must also serve the citizenry (HAHAHA) or they should not be permitted to exist. Indeed, one of the tests for granting of a corporate charter used to be public interest, but now it's simply shareholder interest.

Save the whales. Collect the whole set.