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Comment: I would LOVE to see it ran against me! (Score 2, Interesting) 74 74

I have a condition called hypogammaglobulinemia. My body doesn't produce immuneglobin. I do weekly infusions of immuneglobin and have done so for six years now. The med is made from the donations of 10,000 people.

What virus have I NOT had under this test?

Comment: Re:This isn't even a problem unique to chess. (Score 3, Funny) 109 109

I used to help direct tournaments, including the US Chess Championship. The number of draws is pretty amazing, and part of it is the level of competition. They get material reduced to a certain point and position, realize that neither player is likely to make a catastrophic mistake, and offer a draw. I watched Josh Waitzkin and Boris Gulko battle it out to a closed position where they had lots of movement available, but neither could get a decisive advantage without a blunder, and that just wasn't going to happen. They drew, then went back to the break room to replay the game and see if there was a way around it.

And then there's a certain player who would offer a quick draw then go to the nearest casino to play poker, which he was quite good at and normally won more than the tournament would have produced. And still get his appearance fee for the tournament.

Comment: Wrong. (Score 1) 451 451

I have a friend who is epileptic who would really benefit from this, there are times that she simply can't drive. Her roommate has fibromyalgia, and there are times she's almost immobilized by pain. Me, I'd want one as the two out of state places that I go to the most are 500 and 620 miles away, I'd LOVE the ability to pilot the car to the interstate then sit back with a book.

The problem is idiot American drivers. I've been accident-free for over 20 years now, but having worked for a police department and helped develop a database for tracking car accidents, I definitely appreciate the infinite diversity of the idiots out there on the road.

Comment: Nearly Free Speech .net (Score 1) 295 295

I've been with them for years after my original registrar/host went belly-up. I was with GoDaddy briefly until they started the crap that they were doing (don't know if they still do, don't care). Anyway, NFS.net is inexpensive, they offer per-byte hosting, and they have an anonymity service available which I avail myself of. I definitely recommend them, they've been trouble-free for me.

Comment: Re:I hate gender bias in studies (Score 1) 208 208

I know some studies are biased in the other direction, but cardio health is an important area with differences between genders. Talking about breast cancer, there is an army or marine base that has a tremendous breast cancer cluster -- among men. And guys in their 20s are contracting it and dying of it. And that's the opposite side of the sauna study -- men get breast cancer and should be studied, women have cardiovascular disease and should be studied. Too many people will see one-sided studies like this and apply the same findings to everyone, and that's frequently too broad a generalization.

Comment: My wife would be out of work (Score 1) 421 421

All she's done is operate a 3.5 meter telescope, shoot a laser at the moon, and paint houses.

Besides, if we do this, we'll all end up xenophobic and composing songs that would make Paul McCartney weep. The first ET that landed on the planet would trigger a universe-wide genocide, all in the name of that which is not Krikkit.

Comment: Interesting concept (Score 3, Informative) 286 286

I met my wife online some 12 years ago, our 10th anniversary is in June. Prior to her I had mixed results with online dating, I followed the 'to thine own self be true' model and had a very honest profile. I think that my takeaway from my experience was that it takes time and doesn't give instant results. My wife found me: I lived 500 miles away from her at the time and wasn't searching that broad a radius, she was running in to little but ignorant rednecks and broadened her search radius, finding me. It looks to me like you can keep your profile honest by following the FA's advice, you're just optimizing a bit to try to improve results. If I were looking, I'd definitely give it some serious consideration.

I'm definitely forwarding this to a friend who lost his wife a bit over a year ago and hasn't been having much luck with online dating.

Comment: Re:What most people's filters really are (Score 2) 286 286

When I met my wife online some 12 years ago my profile photo was me in my renaissance festival garb, complete with a Cyrano mask, so she couldn't see what I looked like. We'll be celebrating our 10th anniversary in a couple of months.

Looks change over time. If you are that fixated on appearance, I would doubt that you're going to have a happy marriage as you get older.

Comment: Re:What is DB2 like? (Score 1) 192 192

IMO, DB2 is pretty sweet. It's much closer to the ISO SQL standard like Microsoft's T-SQL rather than Oracle's PL/SQL. I bought a developer edition a while back and the management console was very familiar to any DBA with Microsoft SQL Server experience. There were a lot of additional stuff that was a little familiar to me from my exposure to mainframes, but I was able to get in and create a database and tables right away without digging in to the documentation, the way Real DBAs do. ;-)

I never worked with trying to get an app written to talk to it, so I don't know anything about their drivers outside of ODBC. I just wish our AS/400 had had the full developer loadout rather than just the runtime tools, it would have made sucking it dry before we retired it so much easier. That 400 was ancient, over 15 years old, but an absolute beast when it came to reliability. It was definitely the most solid box in our server room.

BLISS is ignorance.