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Comment Re:Thats fine by me (Score 1) 126

And yet in everyday life it doesn't make a difference. Power steering, power brakes, and soon self-driving cars and trucks. Many jobs don't require sheer muscle mass any more. Besides, most men seem to be incapable of generating enough muscle effort to even change the roll of toilet paper (a stereotype that's nevertheless based on plenty of observation).

Comment Re:What's normal? What's low when you are 60? 70? (Score 1) 126

The "scandal" with ERT (Estrogen Replacement Therapy) was bullshit of the first degree. The Women's Health Initiative study was seriously flawed, used horse estrogen and horse progestins with over 50 impurities exclusively that would not be approved under current FDA rules (not human-identical estrogens), had a strong selection bias towards women who were far from good candidates (far too many older, obese women than representative of the population, most had been post-menopausal for a LONG tim), and the mathematical analysis, when redone by the Brits, gave different numbers.

We now know that HRT for women protects bones as well as the cardiovascular system in general. The risk of stroke is mostly for those who are +10 years menopausal when they start HRT, take progestins as well, smoke, and are obese. For women who do not meet these criteria, it's now recommended again, except in North America, where retractions of erroneous studies never receive the bad publicity they deserve. Throw in lower risks of depression and demantia and HRT should be on every woman's preventative healthcare checklist before it's too late.

The "grandfathering" of equine (horse) hormones for the treatment of menopause in humans isn't going to change because of the $$$$ the company still makes off it, even though there's a known liver risk that isn't present with human estrogens.

BTW, menopause is not a "normal part of life." There are only humans and 2 species of whale (out of more than 80) that go through menopause. It should be treated as the genetic disorder that it is.

Comment Re:How about muscles and virility? (Score 5, Informative) 126

We talk about osteoporosis in women, where 34% of all women will at one point in their lives break a hip, but in men it''s far worse - 56%. And 1 out of 10 people who fractures their hip never goes home. If taking a pill can avoid spending the rest of your life in long-term care, it's probably worth the risks. Quality of life is paramount.

The easy way to find out is get a bone density scan on your spine and femur. (the ones that just do the forearm or heal are bs in comparison). It will alert you to osteopenia as well as osteoporosis.

More studies are needed because the effects of hormones can vary greatly depending on the individual, as well as at what point in their life they're at. Identifying those who would benefit while ruling out those at greatest risk (or better yet, treating them like adults and letting them make the decision after being given all the information - you know, "informed consent", rather than "no, we've decided it's too risky for you, take our word for it").

Comment Re:Cataracts and Suse (Score 1) 6

Here they start at $300. However, I don't know if I want them. They're still not completely there. One out of 200 have so many problems they have them removed. Leaves me wondering how many have problems but don't want to face another round of surgery ...

I've always been near-sighted, so it wouldn't be any big deal to get fixed-focus lenses that are optimal for near vision. Glasses would handle regular vision, same as they always have. Or I could get fixed-sight lenses for normal vision, and reading glasses for reading and stuff. Either way, avoid the halos around lights, etc. that come with variable-focus lenses.

I really don't know what the best solution is. I'll discuss it with my doctors and see what they think is best for my situation.

Mandrake 6 and 7 were ahead of the pack. Too bad they couldn't keep it up :-(

Comment Re:The whole "blue light thing" is pure BS. (Score 1) 117

1. Moonlight can be bright enough to read a book by. But it's not brightness that's the problem, or just closing your eyes would eliminate the "problem." It doesn't, because the problem is between the ears, not an actual real effect.

2. Turn on the room lights and the relative brightness of the monitor becomes a non-problem, People working in dark rooms are retarded.

3. Also, buy a better monitor and you'll be able to dim it. However, that's not the problem, as per 2. Again, turn on the room lights to a decent brightness.

House LED lighting is irrelevant to the issue of blue lights and computers in rooms with adequate daylight. More relevant to a good night's sleep would be getting away from the keyboard and taking the dog for a walk before going to bed, instead of taking your phone or tablet or laptop into bed. Nowadays bosses expect us to be "on" 24/7, and almost as bad, we see it as a badge of honor to be always on top of things. Stupid, self-defeating, self-destructive behaviour, but that's how low high tech has sunk.

The real issue is work/life balance. Get that right and "blue light" won't interfere with your life.

Comment The whole "blue light thing" is pure BS. (Score 2, Interesting) 117

Humans don't need complete dark to sleep. We evolved on the African plains, and there's this big thing called the Moon that regularly lights up the night sky - and that light is pretty rich in blue when the moon is high in the sky. Don't take my word for it - go out some night and look.

Or take a nice lazy nap in the middle of the day with the sun shining bright. You can get a nice sunburn doing that at poolside. The bright light didn't keep you from falling asleep or you would have noticed you've cooked yourself.

We evolved for this sort of situation. If blue light were a problem, we'd have an inner eyelid to filter it out, like Vulcans, or have an adaptation where it's not a problem (which, all SciFi aside, is what really happened). But people will believe all sorts of crap rather than see what's literally in front of their eyes, because people WANT to experience the frisson that comes from "knowing something new that someone else doesn't" - same as gossip and fake news.

Comment Re:In next weeks news get your nails done at Autoz (Score 1) 43

It's bullshit. What it boils down to is yet another business spying on you, rather than offering a new way to mitigate the problem. Same shit that *every* antivirus player offers. None of this will prevent a well-directed phishing attack - one of the things they claim it will help against - so it's just more "security theatre." Let's face it, unless you actually pre-screen mail for threats (and this doesn't) it won't do sweet f*ck all.

Comment What it's about? Simple. (Score 1) 7

It's about a gay guy yanking the chains of the people he hates the most to get people to buy his books. He claims lesbians don't exist, as just one example, and of course he hates on the target-du-jour - male-to-female transsexuals. He's just part of the gay white mafia that sees lesbians and m2f transsexuals (straight, bi, or lesbian) as trash.

Comment Re:Good luck (Score 1) 6

Thanks for the encouragement. One of my sisters is in the purchasing department for a neighboring government (population +13 million) and they're using two different Microsoft ERP products that handle rounding in different ways, so none of the reports balances. She's ordered them to fix it (yeah, she's that high up - good for her) but she's also pissed off that we keep re-inventing the wheel and breaking the same things over and over again (Microsoft has had rounding problems for decades, using several different methods that are just f*'ed up). And the "fixes" break previous calculations, so loading the same historical data suddenly gives a different result.

Same with everything else - newer devs haven't had to have it out with bosses over making applications that break privacy laws ("everyone's doing it so it must be okay" and "we can do this so we WILL do this") and showing them how to achieve their goals without being snoops.

Eventually we'll get to the point of "Peak Frameworks" where every single piece of software inspired the development of a new framework, and every iteration needs YAF (Yet Another Framework), often in YAL (Yet Another Language), just 'cuz. (or because whoever wrote the previous framework was smart enough to go somewhere else before the crap hit the fan).

Comment Re:Something I'm Quite Familiar With (Score 1) 6

Yes, Virtualbox. I don't bother with the clipboard, though I have the drive shared.

I'm "stuck" on Windows right now because if/when my eyes go again, I'm going to need a decent screen reader, and I tried NVDA - it works (free, but Windows-only).

The ophthalmologist who's been doing the laser photocoagulation that's stopped the bleeders on my retina did the last possible spaces a week ago. The idea behind pan-retinal laser photocoagulation is to reduce the permeability of the retina to oxygen, resulting in a lower level of oxygen in the eyeball, reducing the rate of growth of neovascularization (new fragile blood vessels) on the surface of the retina, where blood vessels don't belong. It will slow down, but not stop, future growth, bleeders, etc. Plus there's now blood vessels growing in the angle between the lens and the iris ... not like they can laser that.

Even after cataract surgery, the left retina will still be distorted (both are at this point). So, gotta be ready for the whole "legally blind" thing again down the road. Not that I'm that much worried - been there, done that, just never got the t-shirt.

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