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Comment: Re:Now all they need to do... (Score 1) 91

by Rich0 (#47962827) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

I have to agree with you in general.

Something else I've wondered about is why do we have so many people on antidepressants. If anything I suspect that depression might actually be underdiagnosed, but we really have no idea what it actually is.

When you have substantial percentages of the population requiring a medical treatment you have to start asking why. Have so many people always been depressed, or is this something new? If it is new, what is the cause?

Sometimes I wonder if the brain has a natural feedback loop that leads to depression. I tend to find myself feeling down when I should probably feel the most comfortable. If something bad happens or something good happens I tend to snap out of it. However, if everything is going just fine and I'm in some kind of routine, I start to feel less and less satisfied with it. Perhaps there is some survival instinct that just makes us feel continuously uncomfortable if we aren't improving our living conditions/etc.

Comment: Re:Better is to get rid of the "Advanced" tab too (Score 1) 173

by Grishnakh (#47962335) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

So if all the hackers switch to alternative WMs, and leave the main ones to the "conventional desktop users", who's going use these main ones?

All the conventional desktop users are using Windows and MacOS, not Linux.

Worse, if some non-hackers do start using Linux with Gnome, then ask their hacker friend for help, the hacker is just going to say "sorry, I don't use Gnome, I can't help you." If you want Linux on the desktop to take off, you have to court both the hackers and the regular users. The only way to do that is by having advanced features available for the hackers.

Comment: Re:Some criticism (Score 1) 173

by Grishnakh (#47962315) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

And "If everyone used Linux, there would no doubt be less demand for cleaning up PCs"...? No. People make that mistake all the time

Sorry, but yes. Your post makes the mistake of conflating professional IT Department staffers with Geek Squad. IT people maintaining corporate infrastructure are not the people who make a business out of going to peoples' homes and cleaning up all the adware and crapware that has infested their Windows PCs. The former is not terribly threatened by Linux (except that they might need to learn something new), but the latter certainly is. If home users all switched to Linux, they wouldn't need the constant maintenance that home Windows PCs require. Just take a look at someone running Windows on their personal laptop; it's likely filled with a dozen different "toolbars" that have somehow installed themselves into their browser (even Firefox), even though the user never asked for them, and the computer runs at a crawl. I've seen it over and over.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 91

by Rich0 (#47961605) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

But can you yourself be the judge -- pass the judgment, that "things seemed clearer"??

Obviously that is anecdotal. That is why double-blind clinical trials are how things like this are typically studied. It is of course especially difficult to test psychological conditions since even measuring the presence of the condition is so difficult.

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 362

People complain because it failed to meet any of it's goals

That is certainly false. One of its goals was to require coverage for pre-existing conditions. That goal was met.

Another goal was to provide an affordable insurance option to everybody, and I'd say that was met even if many didn't sign up. The reason for that was that the penalty for not signing up was lower than the cost of signing up, which is one of the reasons I think the law will have to be amended before nobody wants to participate in the exchanges any longer. You can't require coverage for pre-existing conditions without providing coverage to everybody - it just isn't sustainable. If they charged a penalty of $5k/yr for anybody without insurance then that problem would go away, since it is cheaper than that to just buy insurance. Of course, it would be far less regressive to just give everybody insurance for free, and then recover the costs in income taxes.

Comment: Re:Only $11 million per person! (Actually $20 mill (Score 1) 362

Yes, but the affordable care act affects far more than 12 million people, or it certainly is intended to do so. It really is just a stopgap measure - I never thought it would work in the long-term. However, I think people needed to be convinced that the current mess of the status quo just wasn't tenable before they'd be willing to move onto something more sane, like a single-payer system.

Comment: Re:better than a "legal notices " ad in the paper (Score 1) 172

by Rich0 (#47958863) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Those classified adds are in legal organs.
Facebook is not a legal organ.

Uh, what makes a newspaper a legal organ? It is just a commercial means of broadcast that is as old as dirt. People don't use them, so publishing in them isn't helpful. People do use Facebook, though I do not.

Nobody is suggesting that Facebook should be the preferred way of serving legal notices.

The simplest solution would be to have a standardized government identification system, to which an address could be attached. Then the court could just notify the parties when they're involved in a conflict. But, people seem to not like the idea of having a government-issued ID, so instead we have about 47 different competing identification systems which results in far less privacy and reliability. The need for anybody doing commerce to know who they're doing commerce with doesn't magically go away.

Comment: Re:This is supposed to be the *WAY* they do their (Score 1) 362

The forces that move the nation are far bigger than the president.

So, let's make them even bigger and more powerful so that they are even less responsive to the will of the people?

Uh, the will of the people is half the problem here. I was in no way intending to imply that the will of the people wasn't one of the forces that moves the nation.

Comment: Re:better than a "legal notices " ad in the paper (Score 1) 172

by Rich0 (#47958399) Attached to: NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

Sure, but compared to posting it in a classified ad, I think that any of those services are probably superior since there is a greater chance that the affected person will be reached.

The court doesn't need your blessing to take action against you. If you go out of your way to be hard to reach, then they will make a show of reaching out to you and then screw you over without any representation. What is the alternative - barring people from taking their grievances to the courts if their opponent acts evasively, thus leaving vigilante justice the only open avenue?

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