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Comment Re:Stress is a huge factor.... (Score 1) 180

Sounds familiar, my sleep patterns went to shit after my divorce. The only thing I founds that helped is having a routine, in my case it's go to bed, read a book in dim lighting, when my eyes start to blur turn off the light.

If I don't actually go to bed I'll be up for hours watching TV or playing with a computer, once I fall into that it's hard to break out of.

If I don't read a book then my mind is still racing thinking about... well everything.

After ten years of this I can say I have an almost normal sleep pattern.... almost.

Comment Re:it's a species survival adaptation (Score 1) 180

I'm actually only about half-joking here. When you have a newborn, you get practically no sleep for months at a time, and yet people still have multiple kids. Why? Because nobody clearly remembers those early terrible sleepless months!

I was saying exactly this to my brother-in-law who just started parenting, the first five years is just one long blur. I'm not sure what's the bigger factor, PTSD or sleep depravation.

Comment Re:It would be fair... (Score 1) 475

There are perfectly legitimate reasons to unlock your cellphone. It is a matter that should be covered under contract law, not criminal law.

Absolutely, if you didn't like the terms of the contract you should not agree to it. Contrariwise, once you have accepted a locked phone at a discounted rate, don't go whining in public about how restrictive the contract you agreed to is.

Comment Re:Persecute the whistleblower (Score 2) 400

I'm going to play devil's advocate here...

I'm glad you added the preface. I'm not someone who thinks that massive copyright violations are a good idea, however there is a difference between copyright violations and theft. I really wish people would stop calling copyright violations theft.

Comment Re:You are fricking mad! (Score 2) 150

half witted rendering engine

I have one of those eeepc netbooks, and the first thing I discovered is that most of the desktop UI toolkits are completely witless rendering engines that would happily draw a dialog box larger than the screen with no way to scroll the rest of it into view.

So true. I had a tester complain that a dialog I added to an Eclipse UI plugin did not fit on the screen when running VMware at 640x480. While that may be a reasonable compromise for testing it never really occurred to me that anyone might try to use an IDE on a cheap netbook. I guess we'll see.

Comment Re:You are fricking mad! (Score 2) 150

Can you really think you can compare a jack of all trades master of none half witted rendering engine that is html 5, coupled with a dull language that isn't even type safe and costs a comparitive fortune to debug, vs well, a -modern- language. I agree plugins can be hokey but html5 sucks.

That was certainly the intent of Applets back in the day when the web was young and exciting, but it's certainly not the reality that I've seen in the industry in the past 15 years. What I have seen has been a trainwreck of end user frustration, incompatibiity and security holes you could drive a truck through. (Not quite as bad as ActiveX, but close.)

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