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Comment: Re:SSRI effect times... (Score 1) 100

by uvajed_ekil (#47961857) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

This is no secret to anyone who has popped one of his GF's Lexapro pills to last longer in the sack with said GF a few hours later.

SSRIs are well known to cause sexual dysfunction in males (some SSRIs and some males more than others), but this is the first I've heard about escitalopram increasing sexual stamina. As such, I wouldn't rule out a placebo effect, especially since so many factors can affect libido.

Comment: Re:Study subject not depressive (Score 4, Insightful) 100

by uvajed_ekil (#47961835) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function
Because our understanding of how SSRIs operate on the most basic level is still very poor, and the research in question has found some clues about how to proceed. It makes sense to eliminate the variable of serious mood disorders, since the mechanisms behind them are poorly understand and differential diagnoses are a huge problem. Before fixing your car that runs rough you have to have some idea of how it works and what your tools do, and that's what this study was about. Hopefully some day soon we'll have a more thorough understanding of depression and similar ailments, as well as why some drugs help some people, but we are a long way off.

Comment: Re:Now all they need to do... (Score 1) 100

by uvajed_ekil (#47961797) 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.

Some possible explanations that are better than "SSRIs make people go on shooting rampages":

They were misdiagnosed, and mistreated.
They were depressed (duh) and became more depressed when the SSRI did nothing to help. (Suicidal ideation is a major reason for starting SSRI treatment in the first place.)
Some people do that for inexplicable reasons, whether on SSRIs, withdrawing from SSRIs, or having never taken SSRIs.
Not that many people on SSRIs do anything violent and your perception is based on misunderstanding and poor media reporting that you have no real statistical basis for.

Clearly more research needs to be done, but to me this sort of anti-SSRI argument seems like the anti-seat belt arguments you used to hear. In a few very, very rare cases people may have been injured, and even killed, by seat belts crushing internal organs, causing strangulation, prohibiting exit from burning vehicles, and what have you. People who cite cases like this are willfully oblivious to the fact that seat belts are much, much, MUCH more likely to prevent serious injury or death than they are to cause injury. Given that so many people take SSRIs and do not become murderers, and so many of them credit SSRIs with keeping them alive or improving their lives, my estimation is that they offer a huge net benefit.

Comment: Re:Ion strengthened? (Score 1) 207

by uvajed_ekil (#47905477) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

The processes described produces high compression strength. What about tensile strength? Portland cement concrete can be made to have tremendous compression strength but it's strength in tension is poor.

That's why a huge proportion of iphones I see have cracked screens - no one has figured out a cheap way to make really tough, thin glass with a high tensile strength. The weak corners and edges on iphones and the careless owners don't help. I wonder if we'll ever see a polymer-based material that has good enough scratch resistance and optical properties to be used for phone/tablet screens. That would be killer, though I'll take Gorilla Glass over portland cement for a screen any day.

Comment: Re:Tough problem (Score 1) 444

by uvajed_ekil (#47892329) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?
They will be connected to the grid anyway, since they will (at least initially) probably be generating a surplus of electricity. So it is more efficient to sell the excess to a utility company than to store it in batteries produced with current or near-term technology. This is not a case of Tesla trying to dupe anyone, as the net effect is highly desirable.

Comment: Re:Isn't this Apple's entire shtick ? (Score 1) 291

by uvajed_ekil (#47505457) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be
No, Apple products just suck so equally for everyone that people get locked into the brand and don't know or care about the alternatives available to them. iPhone sucks for you? Deal with it until you can buy the new one. iPhone breaks? Get a new one, or keep using it with a shattered screen, like everyone else seems to do. iPod dies a young death? Buy a new one.

Apple makes decent stuff that looks nice in the same way a Honda Accord looks nice - it isn't offensive, or special in any way. But if you care to do a little research you can do much better in most cases and get more for your money. I'm quite satisfied with my LG phone (no need for an ipod), ASUS tablet, and Toshiba laptop - they all do everything a competing Apple product can do, they all do things MY way, they are durable, and I saved enough cash to take a vacation.

Comment: Re:You are the beta tester (Score 1) 291

by uvajed_ekil (#47505421) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be
At least with Android phones you have a chance of getting something you'll like and will suite you, even if you don't do any research before buying. With Apple, everyone is in the same boat with the same crappy handsets that are locked-down the same way and crack equally easily, which comparison shopping can not fix. A cracked iphone screen seems to be the norm rather than the exception, as does complaining constantly about how bad your battery sucks, how small the screen, how bulky your Otter Box is, is or how poorly the latest OS upgrade works.

Comment: Re:Errrm, No!?? (Score 1) 291

by uvajed_ekil (#47505405) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be
My Samsung Exhibit II 4G (T679?) was pretty decent in its day for a cheap android phone. Everything worked fine, the battery lasted me all day, and it fit great in a pocket. Plus it was easy to unlock and there was enough developer support that there were some pretty good ROMs for it. That said, I've found that high end phones suite me better and keep me from wanting to upgrade as frequently.

Comment: Re:Don't buy cheap android (Score 1) 291

by uvajed_ekil (#47505363) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be
They sure are nice looking. I'm still quite happy enough with my Optimus G - enough to skip the G2 and maybe even the G3. How often has anyone had a smartphone (or any cell phone) they weren't dying to upgrade 18+ months after it was released? I was a budget/"free" phone user until android. Now I've learned that I will be much happier if I just shell out the dough and get a high end device (although I buy used a few months after initial release), rather than getting a crappy one and wanting to get rid of it in a few months.

Comment: Re:Don't buy cheap android (Score 1) 291

by uvajed_ekil (#47505323) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be
Even high end android sucks? I wouldn't say sucks, but could be better. As soon as I got my LG Optimus G I began flashing aftermarket ROMs, though the stock UI wasn't that unbelievably horrible. Of course that is not to mention LG's absolutely embarrassing track record of not supporting their own phones (even flagships) and not providing timely updates (Optimus G - is 4.4 even available yet? G2x - never even got 4.0, despite perfectly capable hardware. L9 - no updates, bootloader can't be unlocked.), but their hardware is generally very nice.

For me, trying aftermarket/third party firmware is easy and even a bit fun. If you hate bloatware enough, you'll figure out how to do it; if you don't care so much, you probably don't hate the stock versions as much. I will never again buy an Android phone until I know it can be rooted and unlocked - got bit with that once. If you don't think you can live with the carrier's crap on top of the manufacturer's crap, the most important step is simple: don't by a bottom-of-the-barrel phone, or it will likely have little to no aftermarket or community support. I'm currently using Cyanogen 11 nightlies on both my Optimus G and Nexus 7, and mostly loving it. is fairly comprehensive and can help any technically-minded person free their phone. Oddly enough, everyone I know with a Samsung S3/4/5 is happy with it as is.

If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.