×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

Google Announces Smart Contact Lens Project For Diabetics

Kryis Re:Google Glass 2.0 (90 comments)

You could probably have an LED pressed against the white of your eye (which is likely to actually be quite thin) which you will be able to see when it flashes; you'll get tints of colour at the edge of your field of vision.

about a year ago
top

Google Announces Smart Contact Lens Project For Diabetics

Kryis Re:Great (90 comments)

Diabetic here too. My experiences with lows are similar to yours. I've spoken to other diabetics that have said that they have been found having an argument with a wall about whether they should have orange juice or not. Your brain can do weird things when starved of glucose.

about a year ago
top

Nvidia's Fermi Architecture Debuts; Nouveau Driver Already Working

Kryis Re:Nouveau (70 comments)

It doesn't *officially* get support from Nvidia. That isn't the same as not getting support at all.

more than 2 years ago
top

2000x GPU Performance Needed To Reach Anatomical Graphics Limits For Gaming?

Kryis Re:Yes, and 16k is enough for anyone too (331 comments)

The problem with basing figures for raytracing on current hardware is that none of it is designed for rays. GPUs are designed to be good at rasterization, and ray tracing has different hardware requirements. CPUs aren't particularly good at it either. The 7-hour scene might render many times quicker if it uses hardware designed for the job it is doing, rather than shoehorning it in to an inefficient architecture.

more than 2 years ago
top

Sony Reveals the Next Generation Portable Console

Kryis Re:Neo Geo Pocket (244 comments)

You mean like the Gamecube was called "dolphin" before it was released? Or the Kinect was called "Project Natal"?

more than 3 years ago
top

Which service is the last you would let lapse in a cash crunch?

Kryis Re:Health insurance (637 comments)

My calculations for GBP -> USD were a bit off, it seems that £25 is closer to $40, but that is still $120/month just on test strips.

more than 4 years ago
top

Which service is the last you would let lapse in a cash crunch?

Kryis Re:Health insurance (637 comments)

The guy in question paid $450 for 3 months health insurance, or $150 a month (less than the $197.15 you suggested).

WRT the $70/mo, the supplies listed are inadequate for a months supply for a type 1 diabetic.

  1. 3 glucose test strips a day is insufficient. Maintaining decent control usually requires testing at least 5 times a day - on waking, before each meal and before bed
  2. Each glucose test should be done with a sterile lancet - so 150 of those a month
  3. Most type 1 diabetics are on between 3 and 5 injections a day, which requires between 3 and 5 new needles or syringes a day, or 120 a month

Buying diabetes supplies is expensive. They may not cost much to produce, but 50 test strips costs about £25 in the UK over-the-counter (or $1 per strip). At 5 tests a day, thats $150/month just for test strips. I've not had to buy any other diabetes supplies myself, so I am unsure of just how much they cost.

more than 4 years ago
top

The worst I've ever been in trouble w/ the law ...

Kryis Re:Incredible (957 comments)

I'm not sure having 3 possible preset speeds, where you able to select one of them arbitrarily and engage the cruise control to have your vehicle automatically accelerate or decelerate to that speed is sensible. For example, driving on the motorway and engaging the "I'm outside school" mode (or the opposite) would cause serious accidents.
A better system may be allowing the cruise control at any speed, and if you are within 3 mph of one of the "target" speeds it automatically adjusts to that speed (along with a "no, don't autocorrect" switch).

more than 4 years ago
top

The worst I've ever been in trouble w/ the law ...

Kryis Re:Incredible (957 comments)

You seem very sure in the appropriateness of speed limits everywhere. It is also rather naive and judgmental to refer to anyone driving over the limit as an idiot.

The limit may not be appropriate, but I would be very surprised if more than about 10% of drivers could accurately assess the appropriate maximum and minimum speeds for any stretch of road, and the vast majority of drivers would reckon that they would be within those 10%.

I wouldn't trust most people to set their own limits, as they don't have a clue what their (or their vehicles) capabilities are.

more than 4 years ago
top

The worst I've ever been in trouble w/ the law ...

Kryis Re:Incredible (957 comments)

There should also be a display as to what the cruise control is set to.

Surely thats the same speedo you use to tell what speed you are doing when cruise control isn't enabled?

more than 4 years ago
top

YouTube Gets a Vuvuzela Button (Seriously)

Kryis Re:So... (305 comments)

trillion

more than 4 years ago
top

Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

Kryis Re:Wow.... things have *really* gone downhill (210 comments)

There are different boards for different regions of the world, to allow for decent timezone coverage; Americas, EMEA and Austrilasia.

I believe that the people who make up the membership boards are appointed by the Ubuntu Community Council.

The members of the Ubuntu CC are appointed by Mark Shuttleworth, and "confirmed" by a vote by people that currently hold "Ubuntu Member" status.

more than 4 years ago
top

US FTC Sues Intel For Anti-Competitive Practices

Kryis Re:I especially like.. (230 comments)

"Intel® Professional Edition Compilers include advanced optimization features, multithreading capabilities, and support for Intel® processors and compatible processors. They also provide highly optimized performance libraries for creating multithreaded applications."

Taken directly from http://software.intel.com/en-us/intel-compilers/.

The difference is MS would be saying "We don't support OS X", and actively enforcing it. Intel are saying that their compiler does work for AMD processors, without any mention of the fact that they put time and money into actively making it worse for AMD processors (instead of just not doing anything to improve performance specifically for them)

about 5 years ago
top

US FTC Sues Intel For Anti-Competitive Practices

Kryis Re:I especially like.. (230 comments)

There is a difference between not optimising for a competitors processor and deliberately making performance worse for a competitors processor.

about 5 years ago
top

How Does the New Google DNS Perform? (and Why?)

Kryis Re:Pointless hype (275 comments)

You found it down "for a few minutes at least twice", over how many years? Just because financial systems would suffer insane losses if they had that kind of downtime it doesn't mean that it can't happen - within the last couple of weeks the London Stock Exchange was suspended for several hours due to technical problems. Even if you find Google down for a few minutes once a month, it is still doing better than the LSE this year.

about 5 years ago
top

The Languages of "The Office"

Kryis Re:American version Office, or the real one? (147 comments)

The "old, dirty and cheap" effect is actually a fairly accurate representation of what it looks / feels like to live and work in Slough, where the UK version of the office is based.

more than 5 years ago
top

The Languages of "The Office"

Kryis Re:American version Office, or the real one? (147 comments)

It only "lasted" 2 seasons because the writers felt they would just be redoing the same thing over again if they did any more, instead of milking it for another 20 seasons until everyone got fed up with it. Instead of running the series in to the ground, they stopped while the idea was still funny.

more than 5 years ago
top

In the UK, a Few Tweets Restore Freedom of Speech

Kryis Re:Worrying precedent (216 comments)

There is a bit of a difference between the scenario you describe and what happened here. The issue here was that a question was published in a public document, detailing a question asked by an MP which was due to be answered later this week by someone else in Parliament. The Guardian obviously wanted to report on this question, and the company involved didn't want the bad press and so tried to get a court order against the newspaper highlighting the question on the grounds that it would be libellous. The information is (by law) freely available to the public, and noone was prevented from looking at the question, the newspaper just wasn't allowed to draw attention to it. There is no expectation of privacy in Parliament - what goes on is *expected* to be public, which is different from court cases involving children, where they often can't (and don't) name the children involved.

more than 5 years ago
top

Fully Functional Bioengineered Tooth Grown In a Mouse

Kryis Re:Human Pancreas? (264 comments)

I really would recommend joining a site like Diabetes Daily. I have been there since about a week after I was diagnosed, and the opportunity to discuss problems I was having with other diabetics has proved invaluable. As I said before, you have to apply some common sense to some of the advice given there, but being able to have a conversation with somone who actually understands what going high/low actually feels like and may have experienced similar problems to you is very beneficial.

more than 5 years ago
top

Fully Functional Bioengineered Tooth Grown In a Mouse

Kryis Re:Human Pancreas? (264 comments)

Checking those numbers, I end up at 34 to 51 units of insulin per day. I'm not sure what the definition of "basal" is. Is that the type of insulin that clocks in between fast and slow acting? That many people take in the morning, in addition to fast acting for each meal? I have never been recommended that, or even been told about it. The so-called specialists over here are horribly out-of-date it would seem. =/

Basal insulin is designed to balance against the sugar output of the liver that takes place between meals. Typically, newly diagnosed diabetics are prescribed Lantus or Levemir for this purpose.

As for calculating.. Yes, I just "look at the plate and guess". I know the difference between eating potato, pasta and bread as opposed to eating broccoli, brusselsprouts and meat. I usually hit the mark fairly well but now and then I have a fruit or eat something I'd usually not, and overall the effect is a too high HbA1c.

**I don't recommend changing your doses without a doctors advice**

Have you ever tried calculating the amount of carbohydrate in each meal? The carbohydrate content of most food is listed on the packaging, and when it isn't, sites like http://www.calorieking.com/ are useful. http://www.diabetesdaily.com/forum/articles/4579-counting-carbohydrates-how-why - This is a good article on counting carbohydrate ( http://www.diabetesdaily.com/ is a very useful site. Some stuff is very informative, some is just plain wrong; sadly, you have to work out which is which yourself. Again, I don't recommend changing things without a doctors advice). Once you know how to count the amount of carbohydrate in your food, you should be able to get an idea of how much insulin you need to take to cover a given amount of carbohydrate. The easiest way I found of doing this was to work out the carbs in a meal, guess the dose needed and write down the results. From a few days readings, you should be able to see what sort of insulin:carbohydrate ratios work for you.

On the upside though.. I just had a full battery of bloodworks done and my good cholesterol is higher and my bad is lower than an average healthy person my age. My kidney function is 100% and there is no sign of damage to my retinas.

Congratulations, it is always good to hear that someone is getting by without complications.

Still though, I consider having T2 a luxury problem. They do have insulin production, meaning their bodies do actually take care of the fine-tuning and most of them can get by fine by either working out and eating healthy, taking pills to lower resistance or worst-case, taking basal insulin.

Have you ever spoken to a T2 diabetic who is seriously trying to control their diabetes? Most don't have the ability to give a dose of insulin if their blood sugar is high to bring it back down, and their anti-resistance medication can only do so much. To get non-diabetic numbers, a lot of T2 diabetics seem to need to eat less than 100g carbs a day and in some cases, less than 50g carbs a day. T2s don't have to worry about DKA, T1s have more freedom with their diet; Both a pretty crap things to have to put up with, and I wouldn't choose one over the other.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

Kryis hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

Kryis has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?