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Comment: Re:They are a real thing that do kinda work (Score 1) 561

by stanleypane (#32917422) Attached to: Sound As the New Illegal Narcotic?
Well, color me stupid -- I had no idea someone was trying to sell these. Big surprise, I didn't RTFA -- for shame! I'd heard about these binaural beats years ago so I didn't really delve to deep into this hysteria to form my opinion.

Regardless, I've never bought into the gateway theory at any level and just because some entrepreneurial person(s) is trying to exploit this phenomenon as an alternative to drugs doesn't change that. I could start selling dandelions online and market them as an alternative high and it wouldn't change the reality of the situation a bit -- only the perspective.

I stand firmly behind my statement that life itself is the only real gateway to drugs. Maybe these fucktards should get on that bandwagon and start banning pregnancies and we can do away with all these idiots once and for all :)

Comment: Re:They are a real thing that do kinda work (Score 1) 561

by stanleypane (#32916902) Attached to: Sound As the New Illegal Narcotic?
Since when are these being marketed? Is someone selling these sounds and giving them these drug names?

It would seem to me that these binaural audio bits are being created and freely distributed by curious individuals. These same individuals are probably trying their best to describe the sensations to others in a way that they can relate. Obviously, an underground segment of users finds it easiest to relate these feelings by comparing them to drug experiences they've already had.

As with most things, someone found this fringe group of people using these binaural beats in a manner related to drug use and immediately blew it out of proportion.

The only gateway I see here is a gateway to hysteria.

Comment: Re:They are a real thing that do kinda work (Score 1) 561

by stanleypane (#32916346) Attached to: Sound As the New Illegal Narcotic?
When I was a small child, my friends and I would spin around in circles until we were so dizzy we could barely walk and we'd fall over on the lawn. We'd call this feeling Dizzy-land and it was something we'd do regularly. Someone would shout, let's all go to Dizzy-land and everyone knew exactly what to do.

Even at the naive age of 5 or 6 we were well on our way to altering our consciousness without the use of any other substance other than our own brain. It is human nature to want to alter your consciousness. Life itself is the only real gateway to any drug.

Comment: Re:Better ads (Score 1) 415

by stanleypane (#30736592) Attached to: Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Forget Privacy
I was waiting on someone to mention this. It was my primary motivation behind joining Facebook in the first place.

I came home one night and my wife was telling me about XYZ photos of me from a party the night before. It's like being pushed into a pool -- it happens whether you like it or not and everyone is laughing all the way.

Now, I just avoid cameras like the plague if I'm at a party or bar. I mean, it was bad enough back in the day when you made a drunken fool of yourself, now you have to relive it on Facebook the very next day... Ugh.

Comment: Re:Bring on the hate (Score 4, Insightful) 207

You're sort of arguing my point for me and trying to disagree at the same time.

I think the *person* that lets that kind of stuff happen is to blame -- not the tool. It sounds like an awful lot of people here are bashing Filemaker because it isn't being used for it's intended purpose. I'm merely making the point that it's the idiot trying to use a hammer to bust up pavement when a jackhammer is more suited to the job.

If you're letting your superiors get away with driving the choice behind inferior tools for a given job, well... can you really blame the tool? Maybe the person in charge of development isn't making their case properly or management is way out of line. But I don't think the tool is to blame in those scenarios.

Comment: Re:Bring on the hate (Score 1) 207

If you're the type of person that does "development projects" than yeah, Filemaker is a severely misguided choice of database software. You aren't the intended market for that product.

It's meant to make ad-hoc databases on-the-fly (minutes or hours, not days). The right tool for the right project and all that. It's strength is in letting someone with little technical know how juggle data in ways that a spreadsheet can't.

Bash Filemaker all you want, but it does what it's intended to. It's almost like the equivalent to a one-off scripting language with a GUI and database backend. I find it invaluable in throwing together quick databases with customer data for various print routines. I've yet to find a tool that can do it as well, even with the horrible printer support Filemaker has.

Comment: Re:Process Explorer (Score 2, Interesting) 835

by stanleypane (#26567661) Attached to: How To Diagnose a Suddenly Slow Windows Computer?
Process Explorer is definitely a good tool to use for troubleshooting purposes. I find it invaluable when trying to view DLL and/or file usage for a given process. The process target is pretty slick too: drag a target onto a window and the controlling process is highlighted.

There are a slew of other sysinternals tools as well, many of them would probably be perfect for troubleshooting system bottlenecks.

Comment: Is anyone surprised by this? (Score 1) 392

by stanleypane (#23862327) Attached to: 1 In 3 Sysadmins Snoop On Colleagues
This is just FUD meant to scare people.

Depending on your position in an organization, there is a good possibility you've been tasked with snooping on someone as part of your job. At the very least, many of you have probably been asked to help a member of management snoop on someone.

How many people monitor internet traffic at their company? How many people are in charge of sensitive DB's? Call monitoring?

Snooping on employees has become the norm in organizations since any technology that enables it has been developed. As much as I hate to admit it, there really is no expectation of privacy when you are using resources that are owned by someone else.

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