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Comment Re:hey look (Score 1) 425 425

Just curious: What's wrong with medium.com?
I look at it once in a while, but don't know much about it other than what I've found to be a fairly attractive layout.
Aside from that, it's just a blog platform, right? Anyone can write an article and if it gets any traffic, Medium's editors or algorithms promote it, if I understand correctly
Am I missing something?

Comment Who said it's "Art"? (Score 1) 59 59

To me, this looks more like a form of accounting.
Each mark represents something owed or something paid: In effect, it's a "chit".
(Was unsure of the exact meaning of chit, so I googled it:
Chit: A short official note, memorandum, or voucher, typically recording a sum owed.)

Capuchin monkeys can be taught the concept of money. They understand debt:
http://scholar.google.com/scho...

I haven't seen any studies where they spontaneously create art, though, which leads me to believe that accounting could appear earlier.
"Deliberate Markings", yes, which is significant and amazing, but undoubtedly some fool is going to claim that it is "unmistakeable proof that the ancients worshiped the ocean waves" or that it was carved by a shaman as a form of divination.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 144 144

As to faxes, handwritten business communications are not at all unusual among older companies, due to the fact that typing kanji was not as straightforward process 20 years ago as it is today.

I've sent telegrams in Japan, but only to couples who were getting married and whose wedding I couldn't attend. I've never seen them used for other things, but a wedding is likely to have a few telegrams read at the reception.

Comment Re:Keep it COTS! (Score 1) 194 194

Stop grasping at straws, you dullard.

While you're bickering over semantics, I'm demonstrating to the original poster how I have put together a working, reliable system that actually helps people deal with the tragedy that is Alzheimer's. Think about that for a minute, will you?

You're a zealot and a bore.
This is why people don't like you.

Comment Re:Keep it COTS! (Score 1) 194 194

Explain to me how *any* of what you suggest would actually add any value whatsoever over the current setup.

We have a reliable, working system in place, after all. It has proven itself over and over, allowing us to communicate easily with her, with ambulance crews and with doctors. It has brought some peace of mind to both her and the family.

You offer nothing.
Your opinions are worthless.

Zealots like you give the open source movement a bad name.

Comment Re:Keep it COTS! (Score 1) 194 194

Yeah. That's so much easier

I can see trying to explain to some minimum wage nursing home assistant how to open a terminal and open a new tunnel. Right now, all I have to do is ask them to restart the laptop and everything works.

You seem to want to wage a war of Open Source vs all things Microsoft, but I won't play along. I'm telling you that this is a system that has been working well for a couple of years. If it breaks, I'll probably replace it with Linux, Skype, Chrome and TeamViewer. After all, while I happen to be well-equipped to use Linux and SSH, the other people involved are not.

Now will you please give it the fuck up?

Comment Re:Keep it COTS! (Score 1) 194 194

Nice troll.

That said, I am speaking from experience. Old laptop, with Windows in this case, plus Skype, plus TeamViewer, has worked for my family for several years, doing just what the OP is looking for.

But let's look at your assertion that you don't need TeamViewer in Linux. This would be possible, if I were the IT guy at the home, but as it is, I'm not. They have a wireless network for residents and visitors and the staff had to ask around just to find the PostIt note that had the WiFi password. Do you really think that I'll have much luck getting a local IP address reserved for this laptop and then getting the necessary ports opened and NAT rules put in place to be able to tunnel in?

As it is, we use TeamViewer and I can tell other family members, of varying technical skill levels, to start up a movie on Netflix for mom when they are finished Skyping

If all else fails, lower your standards.

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