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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

dcollins117 Re:5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe (184 comments)

My definition of "cure "is when people stop dying of these diseases. My point was that medical doctors and psychiatrists in particular have but a tenuous grasp on the actual workings of the human body. Many doctors contend if you have a mental illness that it is not a medical problem. You have to go see a psychiatrist for that. As if the brain weren't part of the human body.

If you want to cherry-pick cases where where medical science reigns supreme, I'm all in favor of antibiotics. I will gladly join you in celebrating that success. However....

Remember Ted Kennedy? Great guy, guzzled Chivas and often pulled his pants down during parties on Martha's Vineyard? He's dead. Got glioblastoma, didn't last much more than a year despite having the best doctors in the world.

How about Randy Pausch? He was fully aware how well and truly fucked he was by pancreatic cancer, even made a video about it. He's now six feet under.

Let's not forget Richard Feynman, being blessed with two forms of cancer, liposarcoma and WaldenstrÃm's macroglobulinemia. Suffice to say it didn't end well.

Then there's Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcet, Gilda Radner, Peter Jennings, Sydney Pollack - I don't see much point in continuing this particular litany, having abundantly made my point already.

7 hours ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

dcollins117 Re:5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe (184 comments)

The problem with meds is that they aren't a treatment, they are at best a bandage.

For the majority of medical afflictions being treated today there is no cure, so the best doctors can do is offer palliative care.

There is no cure for cancer, heart disease, athsma, arthritis, or even the common cold. So little is known about the human brain that zero percent of psychological disorders are effectively treated. Whenever I hear a doctor brag about how much they know about the human body or worse a psychologist remark about how much is known about the brain I always remind them how much there is they don't know.

13 hours ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

dcollins117 Re:it's a great idea with one major flaw (174 comments)

Do you think a single one of those celebrities will move to such a system?

I really think they will if it's the easiest option. It's up to developers to make encrypted, decentralized storage the default and easy to use. Build it and they willl come (pun half-heartedly intended.)

about two weeks ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

dcollins117 Re:it's a great idea with one major flaw (174 comments)

Decentralized services are a great idea, but there is one big flaw. Not enough people care about it to get a critical mass of users.

There's a group of Hollywood celebrities that have just been made aware of the need for decentralized and more private internet services. I think people will care, albeit only after a problem has occured.

about two weeks ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

dcollins117 Re:Wow! That's a huge breakthrough! (217 comments)

Listen, we all know what the pro-pot movement is about. It's not medical. Medical usage is being used like a crowbar to pry open the gate on the path to legalization, but we all know the real reason people are behind it.

Yes, we all know what's going on. "Medical usage is being used like a crowbar" because that's the only thing that has worked so far. It also has the added benefit of being a factual and legitimate use that people can understand. No one who has experienced pain (everyone has at some point) will question why someone else does not want to be in pain.

I don't happen to have a problem with being a bit disingenuous if that's what it takes. I personally want to see recreational marijuana use legalized in every state.

about two weeks ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

dcollins117 Re:Neuropathic pain (217 comments)

So for a lot of cases it can actually replace opiates, and smoking is a faster way for it to get into your bloodstream than everything except IV injections.

Clearly we need to fast-track the development of IV marijuana. I'll volunteer for any clinical trials.

On a more serious note, I was treated for a while by a rheumatologist that had done a lot of research on pain-killers derived from marijuana. To my knowledge, there aren't any on the market currently, but the research is being done. Finally.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

dcollins117 Re:slashdot (635 comments)

That's not insanity. It's persistence.

I don't go for ancient wisdom
I don't believe just 'cause ideas are tenacious
It means that they're worthy

- Tim Minchin, "White Wine in the Sun"

about two weeks ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

dcollins117 Re:Haply so, but exec orders and agencies (180 comments)

The cops can go ask your neighbors about you. The neighbor can choose whether or not to talk to them.

Yet my email can't choose whether or not to be read by them. That's one reason why I encrypt everything whether it's needed or not.

The other reason I encrypt emails is the assinine spam filter a certain ISP uses that many times falsely detects my emails as spam and does not deliver them. I'm too much of a gentleman to mention the company by name, but it rhymes with Horizon and it starts with the letter V.

about three weeks ago
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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

dcollins117 Re:Rule of thumb (122 comments)

As the OP of the original post, I would like to point out that I listed 3 possibilities and the first was that the story was wrong, maybe even intentionally wrong.

This is Slashdot. We don't let facts get in the way of a good story.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks

dcollins117 Re:Which begs the question... (98 comments)

In the US it should read: "I am 280kg and have severely clogged arteries, which begs the question: why have I not bought a mobility scooter ?"

We haven't quite caught up with the rest of the world and switched to metric units. So instead of 280kg, it's 617 lbs.</pedant>

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

dcollins117 Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

IIRC, Texas has similar middle-fingers pointed at the feds.

Texas has drive through liquor stores/beer barns so you can literally replenish your alcohol inventory without ever leaving the vehicle. Which really comes in handy when you're just too drunk to walk.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

dcollins117 Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (355 comments)

So, the answer is, contact a lawyer for a possible class action law suit against Comcast for deceptive billing. I'd bet this is just about the OP's only option, since most people would assume network overhead isn't counted. If it is, litigation is likely the only recourse.

Hopefully his lawyer will say "Yes, by all means let's sue Comcast because AT&T is overbilling."

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

dcollins117 Re:haven't watched it... (391 comments)

have a more important question: Why should it be illegal that I do?

It isn't. It's news, i.e., an accurate depiction of reality that cannot and definitely should not be censored. Some authoritative law enforcement douchebags are making the claim that it could lead to prosecution, but that doesn't magically change the reality of what is actually legal or not.

I liken the situation to the American cops who arrested people that videotaped them beating black folks. They also made certain claims that have no basis in fact.

about three weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

dcollins117 Re:None (260 comments)

Yeah, I would have selected zero if it was an option. But alas.

about a month ago
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Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

dcollins117 Re:Well I for one (111 comments)

* As an aside, that mother's maiden name "security" question on the forms? Let's just say that the TSA provides more security than this does.

Mother's maiden name is a terrible security question anyway. It's often quite easy to find that data by checking geneology sites like Ancestry.com, or by the judicious use of Google. Marriage and funeral notices often include members of the entire family, and their relationships.

Not to mention the many "people finder" type sites that will sell you all the personal information you could hope for on a person for a nominal fee.

about a month ago
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Research Unveils Improved Method To Let Computers Know You Are Human

dcollins117 Re:My only question: does it work at Google-scale? (91 comments)

The problem with the current CAPTCHAs is that they are prone to a Mechanical Turk attack.

That's a problem with CAPCTHAs, not the only one. I've encountered several that I couldn't solve, even after trying several times, eventually leaving me no choice but to give up and go elsewhere.

It's a problem when your human detector fails to detect humans.

about a month ago
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Hackers Steal Data Of 4.5 Million US Hospital Patients

dcollins117 Re:Well I for one (111 comments)

I guess this needs to be reported, but, is it news anymore?

Yes. It is huge news for anyone who seeks medical care in the US. Your supposedly confidential records are not confidential. It's criminal and I hope to see everyone responsible for mismanaging medical records prosecuted.

about a month ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

dcollins117 Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

These people have experienced enough to doubt anything they've been told by the authorities, and rightfully so.

Not sure whether you are talking about Africa or America...

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

dcollins117 Re:All white meat (426 comments)

Wait ... what the fuck was in it before?

Only the finest, !00% natural, meat-bearing animals.

about a month ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

dcollins117 Re:She's selling a book (457 comments)

The scope of the problem isn't clear, the goal is ill-defined. What, exactly, are trolls winning?

I think the entire premise that trolling is a problem is wrong, and to find out that "researchers" are studying ways to combat it is highly amusing, if also a little disturbing.

Even to suggest that one side is "winning" implies that another side is losing. This is a false dichotomy, fabricated for no apparent reason, and it makes me wonder about the motives behind it.

about a month ago

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