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European Health Levels Suddenly Collapsed After 2003 and Nobody Is Sure Why

MisterBuggie Re:Do some more studying (304 comments)

Wish I had some mod points for you. Why look for something that happened in 2003 when it could just be a ticking time bomb planted a long time ago that finally went off?

about 5 months ago
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Scribd Launches a Global 'Spotify For eBooks'

MisterBuggie Re:e-book reader? (53 comments)

So you only have the Android devices... And even then you have to void the guarantee. I have a Kobo Touch. The Kobo e-readers are most likely the most common here in France as the Fnac stores sell them, they're probably the only e-readers sold in physical stores in the country.

about 7 months ago
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Scribd Launches a Global 'Spotify For eBooks'

MisterBuggie e-book reader? (53 comments)

So, all the books I want, but I have to read them on a backlit LCDscreen. No chance of settling down for a proper read on any e-ink device? What use is an e-book subscription if you can't use it on an e-book reader?

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

MisterBuggie Re:The standards are published in English (330 comments)

octets, réseaux and disque dur are common terms in France, nobody bats an eyelid at them, I don't see what your problem is with them. Nobody uses the English terms, besides they're impossible to pronounce. The package contents in shops might have English on them, but only if there's also German, Dutch, Spanish, Greek
LED/DEL it deppnds, you find both.

I do however agree with you on the French programming languages

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

MisterBuggie Re:The standards are published in English (330 comments)

Yes, even when they can't speak more than 2 words in English, the French prefer to use English programming languages. Part of it is because of syntax problems, part is peer pressure. Only a noob needs a French programming language.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

MisterBuggie Re:Not always a good idea for developer tools (330 comments)

I agree with you. The translations are often difficult to understand, and on the more technical parts can end up completely contradicting the English original. Being able to access the English version is essential, but only if your English is good enough. Some coutries have a good enough general level in English that programmers don't have much trouble. But in a lot of countries, programmers, like most people would have trouble even ordering a drink. Including France, where programmers have had English lessons at school for at least 7 years.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

MisterBuggie Re:Definite yes. (330 comments)

Not in non-English speaking countries...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

MisterBuggie Re:The standards are published in English (330 comments)

As a French speaker, I can guarantee that most programmers here understand little more than the basic programming terms.

Most of the specs have been translated into French, so that's not a problem.

about a year ago
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UK Man Arrested For Offensive Joke Posted On Facebook

MisterBuggie Re:The joke in question (606 comments)

I would love to know what you think the Queen has to do with any of this...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For FOSS Remote Support Software?

MisterBuggie Re:Doesn't exist (247 comments)

Worst thing is, OP has been modded "insightful"...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For FOSS Remote Support Software?

MisterBuggie Re:Reverse VNC (247 comments)

Someone mod this up as clearly most of slashdot has never heard of the listen mode...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For FOSS Remote Support Software?

MisterBuggie Re:Doesn't exist (247 comments)

Hasn't ANYONE ever heard of listen mode? There's absolutely no need to get them to mess with their firewall/router.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For FOSS Remote Support Software?

MisterBuggie Re:teamviewer (247 comments)

That's what listen mode on your end is for...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Options For FOSS Remote Support Software?

MisterBuggie Re:teamviewer (247 comments)

Takes any of my computer illiterate aquaintances about 10 mins over the phone to install TightVNC. Then I start my client in listen mode, and get them to connect to me. Really not that complicated, no firewall to config, no whatismyip. The main step you need to remember to avoid most hassle with the most computer illiterate is to get them to use IE to download the installer by clicking on "Run", as Firefox doesn't allow you to do that. Then it's just a simple case of talking them through the installer, which is pretty basic...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Securely Store Private Information For Posterity?

MisterBuggie Re:post its (257 comments)

Easy, just write them on post-its and attach it to your monitor at work. It's the most secure location there is.

Oh I wish I could mod you up. I'm sitting at work looking at the long list of passwords taped under the screen (a single PC used by 5 about different people), so your comment made me laugh!

about 2 years ago
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Why Distributing Music As 24-bit/192kHz Downloads Is Pointless

MisterBuggie Re:The article writer is a deaf idiot (841 comments)

Oh if I had mod points I'd mod you up. Yours is probably the most helpful comment. I was going through the comments trying to make sense of all of this as I couldn't work out why there's a difference between my older mp3s at 96k and my more recent ones at 192k (or more) if there isn't supposed to be. I hadn't realised the article was about kHz and mp3s are generally rated in quality by kbps (and after checking they all seem to be 44kHz).

Suddenly the article makes a whole lot more sense. Thanks!

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

MisterBuggie Re:results depend on the health philosophy one ado (566 comments)

I'm curious, which part of "I'm confident a cure will be found within the next decade or two. " in my previous post did you understand as me saying it's uncurable.
There is currently no cure. No alternative to insuline pump ou injections. One of the most promising papers as of late was about introducing a gene into either kidney or liver cells (I forget which), which then start producing insuline. As they're not the same as the beta cells in the pancreas, they don't get attacked by the immune system.

However, if you actually keep up on the publications on a specific subject, you'll see a LOT of papers that show a cure. We're constantly being told that the cure is just about ready, just a couple more years to finish developing and testing it. I've seen dozens of either cures or revolutionary treatments published in scientific papers. And so far not a single one has mounted to anything.

So, until there is actually a publicly available cure, then there is no cure. Ongoing medical research doesn't count, as it's constantly promising but never delivering.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

MisterBuggie Re:results depend on the health philosophy one ado (566 comments)

So which is it? Fight or flight, or the change in diet? You say it's one thing, then immediately say it's another.

And nobody can claim to know what causes an autoimmune disease. Unless you of course think yourself better informed than every specialist of type 1 diabetes. Stress brings out the disease, it's true. Emotional trauma, even infections can bring out the symptoms. However that's just the final straw, the extra stress that the almost depleted pancreas can't handle. Type 1 diabetes can take years to destroy the cells to a point where the symptoms suddenly appear. The stress isn't what causes it, it's just the tipping point when the pancreas gives up its fight.
Of course, nobody can claim either that stress doesn't cause it, but all the cases of stress or trauma associated with the discovery of type 1 weren't the actual cause.

As for using a drug to induce type 1 diabetes, just because the same cells are destroyed doesn't mean that you can compare the two. Changing their diet so they resist the drug is no proof that the diet would avoid the autoimmune reaction flaring up.

I'm confident a cure will be found within the next decade or two. The hospital where I do my checkups is making very good progress on a targeted immunosuppressant.

However, improving my condition? I'm sorry, I didn't realise that I was in a bad condition. Aside from having to manually keep my blood sugar stable, I'm perfectly healthy. Properly treated diabetes has no symptoms, aside from the odd hypoglycaemia.I have no complications, and in all likelyhood never will.
Either I need the jabs, or I don't. Reduced insuline needs is actually a worse situation, because when you're producing insuline, the number of units required is no longer directly proportional to the amount of carbs ingested. It makes functional insuline therapy hell, or completely useless.

But right now, there is no cure. Neither for type 1 or type 2.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

MisterBuggie Re:results depend on the health philosophy one ado (566 comments)

Well, sorry to burst your bubble but there's a world outside of the USA.

Diabetes is something you're never cured from. No matter what such and such a diet might say, it may greatly improve things, but the diabetes is still there.

There is no pill to cure diabetes. But a good "acupuncturist" can balance the body's energy systems well enough to make it a complete non-issue (when combined with personal self-healing initiatives, like changes in diet and activity levels). And stopping the lipid-peroxidation chain reaction (which is caused by the great 20th-century switch in dietary fats from animal-sources to seed-oil) helps too.

Ooooh, acupuncture. I'm sure that will restore my beta cells which are all dead.

(sorry to all the other slashdotters for the sarcasm, but as a type 1 diabetic I'm sick of hearing I can be cured by wishful thinking and cow's piss)

more than 2 years ago
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Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

MisterBuggie Re:Diabetes? Bad example (566 comments)

I'm in Europe. Stem cells have been used for type 1, but only in certain cases where it was after surgical removal of part of the pancreas (for other reasons). Stem cells are completely useless in autoimmune type 1, until we can actually stop the autoimmune response. There has been research using stem cells alone, but it only reduced the amount of insuline needed, which for a type 1 diabetic (like me) doesn't really make that much of a difference.

As for type 2, it can also help reduce the amount of insuline needed, but doesn't solve the problem with insuline resistance, which is the main problem.

So no, except for a few very specific cases, neither form has been cured.

more than 2 years ago

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