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Company Claims EEG Scans Can Help Identify ADHD

77Punker Re:get rid of shitty teachers (373 comments)

ADD isn't necessarily about school; it's about having the ability to pay attention and structure thoughts into actions. I was diagnosed with ADD at a young age and thought it was bullshit until I got to college because I was smart enough that I didn't need to pay attention to get good grades. When the ideas I needed to pick up were complex enough that I couldn't infer them on my own (data structures, anyone?), I noticed that I would listen intently to my professor in a class I enjoyed and come out with no idea what we just talked about.

Now in the "adult" world (it disappoints me that many adult are overgrown children), I know ADD is real because I'm certainly smart enough to write code that implements business rules, but I often lose track of important conversations. I constantly end up asking not for clarification of a topic, but just to hear things restated verbatim because the words went in one ear and out the other.

Your psychiatrist may be an irresponsible dirtbag that just throws stimulants at everything that comes through his door; incompetence is rampant in every profession. This does not mean that the body of established evidence for the existence and treatment of ADD is wrong.

more than 5 years ago
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The Great Ethanol Scam

77Punker Just give me an electric car (894 comments)

People in California were driving electric cars every day ten years ago. They were fast, quiet, clean, and reliable. They were also accessible to the everyman, unlike the Tesla roadster.

I don't give a fuck about corn or other combustibles. We could all be driving electric cars today if not for big oil colluding with government regulators.

Give me my electric car!

more than 5 years ago
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Phoenix BIOSOS?

77Punker Re:Did they publish the source? (394 comments)

Either way, they'd need to publish the source code since they'd be providing a binary.

more than 5 years ago
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External Airbag Designed to Protect Pedestrians

77Punker Car analogy (253 comments)

In the ongoing spirit of computer/car comparisons, I suggest we install an airbag on computers to deploy when inept users approach in the hope of repelling them.

Actually, maybe I'll just put one of these on the entrance to my cubicle to keep the salesmen away.

more than 5 years ago
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An Early Look At What's Coming In PHP V6

77Punker Re:Namespaces (307 comments)

Use {$Foo} instead. It's the proper way to put variables in a string.

more than 5 years ago
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An Early Look At What's Coming In PHP V6

77Punker Re:Time to pay the piper... (307 comments)

I think PHP developers with legacy code are going to be paying the price for several versions to come.

I prefer to call it "job security".

more than 5 years ago
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An Early Look At What's Coming In PHP V6

77Punker Re:So... (307 comments)

Gotta break some eggs to make an omelet.

Hopefully this will include cleaning up the argument lists of the string and array functions so that they hall take f($needle, $haystack) in a consistent order. Fixing the argument lists isn't in TFA, but it's a really obvious place to start.

At work, it may give me an excuse to rewrite a horrible old app that's been holding us back since the days of PHP4. I suspect I am not alone in wanting to see some old (buggy, slow, insecure, poorly designed) PHP apps get ruined so that they can be redeveloped now that PHP5 is actually a decent language.

more than 5 years ago
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Hospital Equipment Infected With Conficker

77Punker Re:Any lawyers here (289 comments)

Ever heard of embedded Windows? I've had a cheap GPS navigation system run Windows before.

more than 5 years ago
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WHO Raises Swine Flu Threat Level

77Punker Global news outlets (557 comments)

Fox News counts as global?

I thought only the redneck subset of America watched it.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft To Disable Autorun

77Punker Re:Almost, but not quite (429 comments)

What about someone who intentionally creates a malicious autorun and distributes a CD-R? How about a virus that adds its own autorun to every disc burned by its host system?

It's still a huge problem and the fact that they removed it from other media demonstrates that they don't understand all of the attack vectors.

One more thing: virus scanners are a joke.

more than 5 years ago
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BYU Prof. Says University Classrooms Will Be "Irrelevant" By 2020

77Punker Classroom interaction is valuable (469 comments)

I don't know what kind of classes he's teaching, but when I was in school asking questions and having some sort of discussion as part of the lecture was just as important as the textbook.

Hearing perspectives and having those perspectives challenged and evaluated by your professors and fellow students is an integral component of the college experience. I doubt listening to iPod lectures would be nearly as useful.

Giving out information for free is a great idea, but the electronic media can't replace human interaction.

more than 4 years ago
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Using Net Proxies Will Lead To Harsher Sentences

77Punker Great idea (366 comments)

Just what the country with the world's highest incarceration rates needs, longer sentences!

Let's get tough on crime!

more than 5 years ago
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Mozilla Mulls Dropping Firefox For Win2K, Early XP

77Punker Re:Sorry- but (455 comments)

If a server has software running with a web interface, the administrator shouldn't need to use a browser on the server itself to access it.

more than 5 years ago
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Mozilla Mulls Dropping Firefox For Win2K, Early XP

77Punker Re:Sorry- but (455 comments)

And if you have a server, you might not want to upgrade.

If you have a server, don't use it to surf the web!

more than 5 years ago
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Star Trek Premiere Gets Standing Ovation, Surprise Showing In Austin

77Punker Re:Superficial? (437 comments)

AFAIK, it's primarily ad supported. Also, I doubt another Trek film would exist if a marketing department hadn't decided there would be people out there who would pay to see it.

more than 5 years ago
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Star Trek Premiere Gets Standing Ovation, Surprise Showing In Austin

77Punker Re:Superficial? (437 comments)

Unfortunately, the marketing department has figured out that the easiest way to make the most money is to appeal to the dumbest(broadest) audience possible while narrowly missing the point of insulting the customer.

This is really how decisions are made in marketing.

more than 5 years ago
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Star Trek Premiere Gets Standing Ovation, Surprise Showing In Austin

77Punker Re:Superficial? (437 comments)

Because trekkies will see it no matter what. It's the swing voters they're after.

more than 5 years ago
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Star Trek Premiere Gets Standing Ovation, Surprise Showing In Austin

77Punker Re:Superficial? (437 comments)

This is how they get non-trekkies into a Trek film.

more than 5 years ago
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Time Warner Expanding Internet Transfer Caps To New Markets

77Punker Re:Here's my thoughts (394 comments)

I was making fun of a typo that happened when the article was originally posted. At the bottom of the post, it read:

"According to Ars Technica,"

This was corrected shortly after I posted my joke.

more than 5 years ago

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