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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Joey Vegetables Re:Mental and physical "disabilities" are differen (509 comments)

My condition does come with a mild upside that some people might find valuable (although I see the downside as far worse). I don't really see much upside to being blind or deaf. But some deaf people, apparently, do. I may not understand, but, so long as no one's rights are being violated, they are free to believe or think or act as they please.

about a week ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Joey Vegetables Re:get rid of salary pay / make it have a high lev (477 comments)

Perhaps the sporadically striking fast food workers who were previously thought to be powerless can set an example for us.

They are powerless. No amount of bullying or legislation can force someone to pay $15 per hour to someone who adds less than $15 per hour to the profitability of the business. Any employer forced to do so will employ fewer people, raise prices, or go out of business.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Joey Vegetables Re:Let it die (509 comments)

My wife is from the Balkans. I understand that language is a focus around which cultures tend to be built. However, for that very reason, I think it useful to learn multiple languages. The Macedonian who can speak both Macedonian and Albanian, or the American who can speak both English and Spanish, will be able to communicate with, and benefit and benefit from, both cultures.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Joey Vegetables Re:Mental and physical "disabilities" are differen (509 comments)

Because I am mildly autistic (fka Asperger's) I can do a handful of things brilliantly, such as software development. Yet, it is still a handicap, and if there were some way I could become "normal" in this area, I'd do it in a heartbeat. I would very gladly give up the benefits of being good at a few things, in exchange for being able to learn how to be a friend, or to read people's emotions, or to know how to rejoice with someone who is happy or comfort someone who is sad. Or even to be able to talk to someone without inadvertently upsetting, disappointing, and hurting him or her on a regular basis. While my handicap may be mild compared to others', and while it may even be a part of God's plan for my life, I'm not going to pretend that it isn't a handicap, or that it doesn't hurt, or that it is better to be a rude, socially insensitive jerk than not to.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Joey Vegetables Re:Let it die (509 comments)

It mirrors ghetto (NOT Black) culture. Not all Black people subscribe to the idea that victimhood is superior to empowerment, although, unfortunately, many of their self-appointed "leaders" do. And you will find plenty of the same attitude among underachieving members of the white and other minority communities as well.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Mobile HTML5

Joey Vegetables Device-specific functionality (37 comments)

Many mobile apps use functionality not easily available in HTML5. Is there some reason one could not write a native app to serve as a front end to this functionality, and then communicate with it within HTML5 via WebSocket or some similar mechanism?

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Joey Vegetables Re:Microsoft still provide support for Windows XP (650 comments)

Sorry, but I was doing software development 10 years ago, at which point XP was already several years old, and there were DEFINITELY alternatives to the Microsoft technology stack for rich client development (including but not limited to Qt, Wx, GTK, Python, PostgreSQL, Java, and, very shortly afterward, Mono) and a lot of what we really needed to be future-proof was already being deployed as a Web application on Java servers. All of those alternatives are better, more mature and more mainstream now, but they certainly did exist in 2004.

Now, I knew that XP would not be around forever, because Vista hadn't been, 2000 hadn't been, ME hadn't been, 98 hadn't been, 95 hadn't been, 3.1 hadn't been, and so on and so forth. Win 7/8/8.1 won't be either. I was constrained by my employer's insistence . . . contrary to my own recommendations . . . to develop rich-client software using the Microsoft tool stack almost exclusively. So I did. But I also did what I could, as a conscientious employee, to minimize and isolate dependencies on specific OS and software versions, and to protect the source code (even though our SCC deployments were in their infancy at that time), so there would always be a clear and relatively inexpensive upgrade path.

There certainly were people back then still making IE6-only "Web apps" infested with ActiveX crud. There were still people using VB6 even though it was already known it would not be supported indefinitely and .NET was already in production. There were people who did not make future-proof decisions. And many of them built software that was marginally cheaper to build, or got deployed marginally sooner. But none of that rot lasted. It all died slow, painful, and expensive deaths. The stuff that was built to last, whether by me, or anyone else, generally did. So I'm not buying the excuse of "no better option existed 10 years ago." Many better options did.

about two weeks ago
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8.2 Earthquake Off the Coast of Chile, Tsunami Triggered

Joey Vegetables Re:earthquakes here at home (86 comments)

Chile actually has, overall, one of the better economies in Latin America and the Southern Hemisphere, although much of the development and wealth are concentrated in the central part of the country (Santiago and Valparaiso). I would assume that like almost every other part of the world, Android is much more dominant than iOS devices, which sell well only in the U.S. and a handful of other countries.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

Joey Vegetables Re:Amazon just wants to see how much they can sque (276 comments)

The principle I think you are trying to describe here is called comparative advantage and is fundamental to any understanding of economics. That people do not understand it, is why the powerful (politicians and those who own them) are able to manipulate the public into doing what serves the interests of the powerful rather than their own.

about a month ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Joey Vegetables Re:And .. (335 comments)

Amazon's Import/Export service (which works with Glacier, their low-cost data archival solution) lets you send them portable drives for a very minimal fee. They can transfer data from those drives to their network at the speed of the drive interface, or transfer it to those drives and send them back to you. I think they accept most kinds of removable media (flash drives, maybe SD cards, not quite sure). Anything that can be mounted on Linux. I would be surprised and disappointed if Google Drive did not offer a comparable feature.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

Joey Vegetables Re:Career advice from Yoda (451 comments)

I work as a developer, primarily with MS products. Some of its products (Visual Studio, C#) are great. But overall I have to agree with the parent. Microsoft products usually work well in isolation, but tend to interoperate poorly with products from other vendors, and even more poorly with much older or newer versions of their own. Microsoft and Apple also are historically quite hostile to free and open-source code, although MS has gotten better in this area. Both companies encourage the use of proprietary "black boxes" that come without source and thus the ability to debug, whereas most of the rest of the industry has embraced the value of at least partially open code, specs, and protocols. Finally, the price of being on the MS treadmill is to have to upgrade constantly, test every upgrade, fix breakage that occurs along the way (hopefully minor, but not always), see existing technologies deprecated in favor of new ones, which tend to have a short shelf life. MS products really and truly do not lend themselves to robust, maintainable software, because of the constant requirement for upgrade and churn, a problem much less prevalent in the FOSS world. They are great for prototyping, but if you want to build truly high quality software, you really don't want to deploy it as a rich-client Windows application; it should be Web-based, and/or written using a portable GUI framework like wxWidget or SWT or Unity or something along those lines, and, in either case, there are much better options for every level of the software stack than Microsoft's.

about a month and a half ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

Joey Vegetables Re: It's just a tool I guess (294 comments)

I agree with you for the most part, but just an important factual error here: one most certainly WILL die from a sufficient excess of acetaminophen/paracetemol, possibly days or weeks later, and it is not a fun or pretty death.

If the goal is to exploit the synergistic effects of NSAIDs plus opiates, there are substances such as acetylcysteine which can be added to acetaminophen/paracetemol which make it vastly less toxic, by stimulating production of glutathione, which conjugates the most toxic of its metabolites (NAPQI) into relatively harmless byproducts and thus prevent death by liver failure.

If the goal is to reduce the abuse potential, I'd think that adding low doses of a cumulative but relatively mild poison, maybe an emetic, would do the trick . . something that would cause discomfort but no permanent damage. I'm not quite sure what would work in that capacity, but, given how toxic acetominophen becomes once glutathione stores are depleted, I'd think practically anything would work better for that purpose than that.

(Disclaimer: IANAD or other medical professional.)

about 2 months ago
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Interview: Ask Richard Stallman What You Will

Joey Vegetables Re: Is Linux becoming Windowized? (480 comments)

Actually, even better, ask the people at KDE, Gnome, Ubuntu, Red Hat, freedesktop.org, etc., from whence most of what is running atop Linux on a typical desktop system actually originates. The kernel itself still is, or at least can be made, fairly lean and robust. And you do not *have* to use all the other stuff. It makes life easier for end-users accustomed to Windows, but if you want to rip out pulseaudio and udev and dbus and all that stuff because you genuinely do not want or need it, you certainly can.

about 2 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Joey Vegetables Re:Translation: (606 comments)

That is kind of my point. Cities are, by definition, the focus of civilization. In the U.S., they have been allowed to decay into places that more people wish to avoid than not. There all kinds of interlocking and self-reinforcing pathologies that both feed on and worsen this problem: corruption, violence, poverty, poor education, pollution, organized crime, and many more. I don't pretend that these are easy problems to address, but I agree 1000% that they need to be.

about 2 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Joey Vegetables Translation: (606 comments)

Whiny mid-level mafia manager bemoans that his big city mafia has chased away business. Maybe if cities focused on becoming good places to do business again, business might move back. Just a thought.

about 2 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

Joey Vegetables Re:Cinema speakers can be damaged too (526 comments)

I've long wondered why they don't wind a few rotations of heat-sensitive wire, measure the coil's temperature and the first few derivatives thereof, and send a signal back to the amp saying "whoa Nelly, cut that back a little/lot/as needed." When I first thought of the idea it would have required fairly complicated electronics, but today I imagine it could be done pretty cheaply.

about 2 months ago
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National Lab Working To Mix Metals and Polymers For 3D Printing

Joey Vegetables Re:From TFS (65 comments)

Your age is showing. :) (Mine too, of course.)

about 3 months ago
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Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

Joey Vegetables Re:Routing around bad neighborhoods? Want! (162 comments)

You may not think of yourself as being sheltered, but if you live someplace where random violence is not a serious concern, then, compared to many of us, you are. Drive-bys, jackings, and other attacks against drivers are so common in Cleveland and even some of the inner suburbs as to be un-noteworthy unless someone dies, and rarely reported to police. (Sometimes they are commited BY police.) No one walks if they can help it, and while a lot of people do take buses if they have to, this is what befell a young man just a few days ago, across the street from my old grade school and one block away from Lake Erie, for the "crime" of trying to take a bus to his job at the Cleveland Clinic at 5am.

about 3 months ago
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New Home Automation?

Joey Vegetables Re:conduit in anticipation (336 comments)

Cleveland area. (Most years, among the top U.S. cities for poverty and violent crime.). But to clarify I did not say I don't know anyone who *doesn't* have cameras . . only I don't know anyone who lives in areas where they are not needed (referring to the GP). Because I don't know of any such areas. Not in the U.S. anyway.

about 3 months ago
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New Home Automation?

Joey Vegetables Re:Backup Power! (336 comments)

Those pumps . . . like water pumps . . .may depend on grid power. If it is gone, there is no guarantee that natural gas or water will be available either, unless you've stored some or the equivalent (propane?) yourself.

about 3 months ago

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Joey Vegetables Joey Vegetables writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Te sakam Iskra!

(that means I love you Iskra, in Macedonian, her language, which I hope someday I'll be smart enough to learn.)

Iskra is my sweetheart, friend, and future wife.

There are no words in any language to express the love I have for her, much less the love she truly deserves.

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July 4; Government=God? :(

Joey Vegetables Joey Vegetables writes  |  more than 10 years ago

It's the 4th of July. I'm supposed to be "patriotic." Blah.

I love God, my family and friends, and all people of good will.

I want to love my country too. I really do. And I once did - look at my Usenet postings if you don't believe me.

But true patriotism requires me to say that while I love what my country once stood for, and even much of what it claims to stand for today - I do not love our "government" and I will never understand why people support or encourage or even tolerate it.

July 4 was once sacred to us precisely because we threw off a foreign occupying "government" that was oppressive and tyrannical by the standards of its day.

But I would welcome King George back with open arms if his tyranny were the worst I ever had to see.

Why, oh why, do people believe every @&!@$# think that the !*@$@$ so-called "government" tells them?

Government: "It's illegal to copy MP3s." So people think it's illegal.

Government: "It's illegal to ingest chemicals we don't like / don't control / profit from artificially restricting supply of / whatever." So people think it's illegal.

Government: "It's illegal to own guns for self-defense, or for defense against a tyranical government (which, of course, we will NEVER become)." So people think it's illegal, and let strangers rob, enslave, rape, and murder their supposedly "loved" ones.

Government: "It's OK to butcher your unborn baby." So people think it's OK. It isn't (hint: read the 5th and 14th Amendments. better hint: THOU SHALT NOT KILL.)

Government: "It's OK to butcher millions of Iraqis/Serbs/Afghanis/Iranians/whatever (through depleted uranium, 'sanctions', cluster bombs, low-yield nukes, whatever)." See above.

The CONSTITUTION is the highest law of the land, folks. So-called "laws" contrary to it are null and void.

My theory: people need something or someone to worship. Hardly anyone around here believes in God, so they worship some level of government instead. How is this worship? Well, they obey it. They pay tithes to it. They consider its word law (whether it truly is or not). They defend it, even to the death. They allow it to do things that they know are unspeakably evil, all in the name of a "greater good."

I'm sick of it. God must be too. He wasn't too crazy about the politicians or religious leaders of Jesus' day.

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