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Comment Re:Never had a globe? (Score 5, Insightful) 321

All flat maps will be distorted. The PC dweebs don't teach that 'maps are distorted' they replace the maps with new ones distorted to overemphasise other parts.

This is a non-issue raised by an idiot who is very bad at geography.

1. Poll people on the street. Only a tiny minority even among the educated will know about map distortion.

2. All maps will be distorted, so you need to pick the projection that works best for your needs. The Mercator projection is a good choice when you need to sail across the Atlantic. It is however among the worst choices you could make for teaching people about our earth in a geographical or political sense, for which it has been used. Choosing a better suited projection is the most logical thing one can do.

Comment Re:Don't ask for whom the nose blows (Score 3, Informative) 57

When I get a flu, almost always it's my right nostril that gets clogged. Left nostril rarely clogs. What could be the cause? I tend to sleep on my right side.
Oh well, I can live with that. As long as my nose doesn't start whistling.

I had what seems the same condition, also associated with chronic sinusitis due to resulting reduced ventilation of nose and sinuses. Most likely you have a deviated septum and/or an enlarged turbinate (nasal concha) on the clogged side.
The enlarged turbinate usually goes hand in hand with the deviated septum because the turbinate tends to grow into the room provided by the deviation, resulting in poor air passage on this side.

People with this condition tend to sleep ion the side with the enlarged turbinate because this tends to alleviate the breathing problems.

You should see an ENT doctor and discuss an operation for septum deviation and measures to fix the turbinate. This may be combined with FESS (Functional endoscopic sinus surgery) to fix associated problems in the sinuses at the same time. I just had the surgery done 2 weeks ago:
1. Septum deviation fixed
2. Lateralisation of both turbinates (see further down)
3. Somnoplasty of the right turbinate (see further down)
4. Infundibulotomy of the ethmoidal infundibulum, i.e., a size increase of the the opening between nasal cavity and sinus maxillaris, to help with ejection of mucus from the sinus. (In humans, the opening is suboptimally placed on the top of the sinus maxillaris due to upright walk. It also tends to grow closed as a result of chronic sinusitis).

I am super happy with the results. Until a few years ago this surgery (and the subsequently required tamponade for hemostasis) could be quite bad, but with modern endoscopic surgery and modern hemostatic techniques (e.g., Doyle splint or Doyle combo splint) it is not a biggie at all.

Note that turbinate reduction (conchotomy) was overdone in the past, leading to severe issues like Empty Nose Syndrome
DO NOT let anyone do a complete removal (turbinectomy) - no good ENT would do this nowadays, if someone wants to, they are quacks.
The same goes for turbinate sectioning (i.e., cutting off smaller parts of the turbinate). This also is a bloody hack job which does not lead to sustained improvement as the turbinate will regrow over a few years.

Good options are:
1. Lateralization of the inferior (lower) turbinates. The turbinate is separated from the underlying bone, moved laterally, and reattached. This increases the air passage without inflicting any wounds on the turbinate (apart from the minor surgery wounds which heal quickly)
2. If lateralisation is not sufficient because the turbinate is already too large, additional somnoplasty (bipolar radiofrequency ablation) is an option. Lower layers of the turbinate are destroyed by heat, and the subsequent contracting of the scar leads to size decrease.

Comment Re:It's always bugged me. (Score 1) 26

Why does every German word seem to have double the number of letters that it really needs? It has to be terribly inefficient, this from a society that is extremely efficient in most things.

That would be because you have no idea about German. Yes, German sentences tend to be a bit longer than English ones, but you can't measure efficiency this way. Also Federal Criminal Police Office in TFS is longer than Bundeskriminalamt

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 225

He was really asking: How can I get people to work for me, for free.

I am not sure if this was his intention or if it was just a clumsy way to ask, but yeah, this is how it came across to me and why I was annoyed by it. In the end it would have been the /. editor's job to help him.

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 225

Are we speaking the same language? I'm not sure "petition" means what you think it means.

But sweet Jesus are nerds here sensitive.

English is not my first language, but I have never seen petition used in the sense of "just asking". "A petition is a request to do something" says Wikipedia.

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 225

No, see TFS:

dryriver writes:
Somebody I know has been searching ...

. dryriver was the one who posted to /..
FWIW, I agree that the "asshole" response was inappropriate, but IMHO the /. editor should not have posted it the was it was phrased. You won't get a good answer to a bad question

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 225

Maybe "in effect" if you discard the tone and the total lack of any effort by the submitter. If what he really intended to ask, as you suggest, 'is there an "ideas bank" for software somewhere on the net where people who have a specific suggestion can place it, and programmers who are looking for ideas can go to get suggestions from other people', he did not even invest the effort to come up with a question as good as that; which is the minimum he should have done if he values other people's time at least as much as his own.

He also could have added what precisely he had researched so far and why the results were not satisfactory, why he does not simply hire a freelance coder (for which the web search terms are obvious), and what he would offer to an open source project taking up his idea (e.g., money or contributions to specification or testing).

Comment Re: Build your own software, asshole (Score 1) 225

Not the "dryriver writes" and the quote around his words. "This is a good place ..." was added by the Slashdot editor, it had not been part of dryriver's submission. dryriver was talking about "petitioning" other people as if he had a claim to their time and work, at least that's how it sounded to me.

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