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Comment Re:Who?!?? (Score 1) 27

Such a sad comment on both statistics and music history awareness.

I am a person, and in the US, and this story means quite a lot to me.

If Dieter Moebus' only accomplishment was to have influenced Eno, he still earned a place in modern music history. He did much more.

I would encourage those who cannot appreciate this loss to use it as a cause to stop and explore what they have missed. First step would be following those links, but queue up some #DieterMoebius for ambience while you read.

Comment Re:why start after the fact? (Score 3, Insightful) 219

I don't think the point of drawing the weapon is early enough either.

When I hear the testimony in many of the questionable cases, I get the impression that the officers have charged in and escalated the situation to the point that is becomes violent and dangerous. That is behavior that we should capture and use to uncover the needed improvements in public safety.

There are disciplines, such as psychiatric care, that deal with agitated and violent people routinely, where lethal force is simply not an option. People in those positions usually have training in verbal deescalation and non-lethal containment techniques that reduce the chance of injury to both sides. There are a lot of things that can be resolved simply by dropping the "I'm a bad ass and you must obey" attitude. It isn't about abandoning the authority of the position, it is about exploiting normal human behavior to your advantage. And, it isn't a matter of years of professional training, either. Nurse's aids with GEDs are trained in the basics in a couple of hours.

If you are trained to resolve a situation with an unarmed individual by using lethal force, there is a problem with the training. Until we fix that, people will continue to die needlessly, on and off camera.

Comment Re:No... (Score 2) 61

Of course it doesn't teach you electronics. An entire TV set as a bag of parts and a soldering iron won't teach you either. However, both can be beneficial resources to have while you learn electronics.

The arduino boards don't do much of anything useful until you start connecting them to other things. Those other things are electronic components. I'm not convinced the duinokit is an improvement over a solderless breadboard and some loose components, but the whole arduino ecosystem is a very positive development.

The age of discrete electronics is gone. Electronics has become little digital chips with magic inside, with only the bare minimum of connections to discrete parts outside to make it all work. Hmmmm, sounds a lot like an arduino, except you can control the magic inside the chip.

The arduino kits are the best thinker's toy I've found in a Radio Shack in more than a decade.

Comment Re:Advice from SLP (Score 1) 552

It is good to see a professional response. My basic advice is that this is not a DIY task. There are professionals for this. Use their services. Listen to this guy.

More immediately, patience is required. Even without considering the cerebral trauma, she has been through two major surgeries in a short time. That alone is exhausting. At this point the focus should be on rest and physical healing. Rehabilitation takes the back seat to healing the traumas.

The hospital should have a care plan that includes connecting you to specialists, such as an SLP, when it is appropriate and will not interfere with more immediate concerns. If the hospital cannot provide this assistance, you should explore options for transfer to a facility that can. They also should be a good source of information about planning for long term care. No matter how well intentioned the family is, this can be a huge burden and takes its toll. Yes, professional help for the family in this area is a good idea. Remember that to take care of her, you will have to take care of yourselves. This isn't a race you can power your way through; it may well be a life long process. Patience is the first skill you need to develop.

I wish you and yours the best, and hope the coming weeks bring you better news.

Comment Re: Dont do anyone any favors (Score 5, Insightful) 644

I think the base issue is that Kansas doesn't consider the lesbian relationship as legitimate and binding. If this same situation had played out with a female mother and an male, but infertile, father, there would have been no question that both bore financial responsibility for the child regardless of the method of conception. Because the relationship is not recognized, mother mother and mother father are not jointly responsible, and a third party is brought into the support equation.

I don't care about the morals, traditions and threats of divine retribution; the state is doing a disservice to all citizens by not recognizing the non-traditional "marriages" under common law. In this case they seek to recoup $6000 from a third party, and will no doubt pick up far more than $6000 in legal expenses as this nonsense winds through the courts. Make the non-traditionals bear the same social responsibility as the more conventional family units. I am less concerned about any moral implications of such relationships than I am about the lack of responsibility that is afforded to participants in the non-traditional relationship because the state fails to recognize them. The state's perverted thinking on this matter brings real costs to the people whose moral values they are allegedly protecting.

Marry them, tax them, and let them bear the cost of their choices like the rest of us. Share the pain.

Comment Here is a way to fix this (Score 5, Insightful) 293

Find a company which "owns" a gene that controls some specific disease, like a cancer. Now, everyone with that disease files a lawsuit against the patent holder. They own it, they should be liable for the damages it is causing by being released into the general population. By claiming a patent, this implies invention, therefore we can infer liability!

After a few multi-million dollar lawsuit awards, no one would want to "own" a gene. Problem solved.

Comment Re:How can you trust google not to delete it (Score 1) 221

There are obviously very polar opinions on this topic. The important thing to realize is that both of the poles are right, but only for the holders of the opinion.

If you don't mind constantly swimming in Google's petri dish, dive in and enjoy. At the end of the experiment, there will likely be more petri dishes to explore. If on the other hand, you prefer your basic use technology to just work and remain invisible, you'll probably want to be a bit skeptical of some of their offerings.

I find that Google's decision making, both on what to release and what to kill, borders on immature, especially given their resources and market position. Others seem to be happy with it, and I wish them all the best. If there was a universal best way, it probably would have been found already, and we wouldn't have much to discuss.

Comment Re:How can you trust google not to delete it (Score 1) 221

Strange world where Keep qualifies as "innovation" or "pushing the envelope." I suspect you can find lots of Evernote users who disagree with both of those assertions. Pretty, maybe useful to some, but Keep doesn't sound very ground breaking.

When they innovate, I pay attention. If they are playing catch up, I'd prefer to wait until the dust settles a bit. They do innovate, a few examples:

Wave - very neat, should have been aimed at corporations not general public, it would have been very useful for non-geographically determined teams.

Android - awesome. When I see a six year old playing with a Nabi tablet I realize how brilliantly their loosely controlled creation fosters innovation in the market in ways Apple's iMonopoly never will.

Web Speech API - potentially very useful, especially if it was supported in their mobile Chrome version. Until then, just a cute toy. Being put forward as an open standard gives one hope that other implementations will appear so it won't just disappear if it is judged not cost effective.

There are many others, but Keep just doesn't make the same list. There are lots of existing models to have studied before jumping into the market, so maybe this commodity item has a hope of lasting though a few springs. We'll see.

Comment Re:How can you trust google not to delete it (Score 5, Informative) 221

I keep hearing phrases like, "Don't worry. They will give you a way to get your data." For some reason, that is supposed to be a determining factor. So what?

Google says "Here is a fantastic new app to use. Please make part of your daily workflow." Some arbitrary amount of time later, Google says "Nevermind." If I have indeed made it a part of my workflow, I am required to change my workflow on their schedule on their notice. Maybe you are lucky enough to have never had life fall apart. Maybe you've never been so busy taking care of life changing issues, you could miss everything short of bombs exploding in your path. At such times, the last thing you need is for stupid little things, like a note taking app, to require attention.

As Google has a proven record of discarding their "Wow, Cool, check this out!" technologies in a fairly short time, the risk of putting the newest into a position where it will exclusively control an important workflow is too high from my perspective. Sure, I can get my data. Then what do I do with it? I have this great XML dump that nothing else can make sense of. I need something to rely on, free or not.

The fact that they announced this right on the heels of their spring cleaning product killing spree shows that as a company, they don't care. I, as an individual have the same sentiment about their new product. This has to be one of the worst marketing strategies ever attempted.

Comment Re:If this is true... (Score 2) 536

Reading the article shows there were two politically motivated individuals, both attempting to alter the result of the election using the war as the control. A recording shows that one of those parties openly discusses his view of the situation as fact, and those around him who depend on his approval for their power agree with him. Since both of the parties were known to be more than a bit paranoid and megalomaniacal, I don't see how this is "proof" of anything other than, perhaps, that both parties were scum. In the context of US presidential politics, that is hardly a revelation.

Comment Re:There Seems to Be a Disconnect Here (Score 1) 383

In the case of the translate API, I fully understand their reasons and can fully support their need, even responsibility to pull the plug on a cash drain. What I find disturbing is the shortsightedness in pushing such things into the wild without any plan for how to make it last. Loosing reader doesn't represent me loosing a substantial investment. Pulling the plug on the wildly popular translate wasted vast, uncounted investments. It broke things that then needed to be fixed. Because they waited until it was popular before they asked "How are we going to make money off of this," they cost others lots of time. Lots of time, which translates to lots of money. They shut it down not with the 3 year notice they had established in their own agreement, but invoked an emergency clause to accelerate it. One small meeting before releasing it would have cost them a few man hours, and prevented the whole situation. Instead, they suffered "substantial economic burden." They also thrust a substantial economic burden on the community by wasting huge numbers of man hours in development time. While, as previously stated, I understand the need, I maintain that the irresponsibility they displayed in this case is nothing short of evil. For the record, I don't block ads. I do stop visiting sites when the ads become too intrusive. I disable Flash as a rule, but not javascript. I don't mind ads too much, and once in a while, I actually follow up on one. I don't expect entitlement, but I do expect corporate responsibility. I pay for services all the time. Do the math, set a fair price up front, you might find me a valued customer. Act like Google did in this case, and I'll defend people's right to be pissed for a long time to come.

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