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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

evil_aaronm Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (507 comments)

Actually, I did upgrade - and then downgraded almost immediately. The Freedom sound was horrible. My audiologist, who's been doing this for nearly 20 years and set up my Spectra, and I went over the programming from top to bottom - cost me $700 out of pocket - and it sounded no better. I like the Freedom form factor - less cabling to catch on things and yank the coil off my head - but it's not worth the loss of sound quality.

2 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

evil_aaronm Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (507 comments)

Nope, right ear only. However, if it were both, I'd just take a Sharpie and write on one. :-)

4 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

evil_aaronm Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (507 comments)

My Cochlear works pretty darned well for music. With my computer's sound system and speakers, I can hear the synth notes on the opening of Tom Sawyer almost as I remember them before I lost my hearing back in '84. I've had my implant since '97, still using the original processor and implant. I'm only using the right side, though. The left didn't respond all that well in initial tests.

5 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

evil_aaronm Re:In a cochlear implant users own words: (507 comments)

I share some of Rush's symptoms, but not all. If I hear a song some time after the beginning, even if I know it, I don't always pick it up immediately. It may take me until I get to a common refrain before I'll say, "Oh, duh - it's such-and-such." In contrast, I've bought plenty of songs on iTunes that I've never heard before. I lost my hearing in '84, but A Perfect Circle is one of my new faves. Depending on the stereo and speakers, I can hear individual strings buzzing as intended by the artist. If it's a crap stereo and speakers, I won't get as much from it. However, the bottom line is that, much like his opinions, Rush's experience does not provide a universal benchmark.

5 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

evil_aaronm Re:Parallel (507 comments)

They probably could restore "perfect" hearing, but the kids have no idea what that is in the first place, so they can't help their audiologist by saying, "Tweak it this way, or that" to produce a better map. It's like asking a blind man to describe Mt. Everest. My program makes things sound almost just like they were before I lost my hearing, but I had a foundation of sound patterns to begin with, so I was able to tell my audiologist when it sounded better or worse.

5 days ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

evil_aaronm Re:Let it die (507 comments)

You didn't work for Cochlear, did you? I got one of the new "Freedom" modules, after using the Spectra 22 for almost 15 years, and the Freedom unit sucks. I still wear the Spectra, even though the cabling is a hassle and forever snagging on something, because the Freedom sound is so bad. If you worked at Cochlear, I'd like to get in touch so I can design something better. Maybe something along the lines of an RPi that I can use to make my own maps or at least program tweaks.

5 days ago
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Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

evil_aaronm Re:formidable task != $10k budget (248 comments)

It depends on the circumstances. As you said, without doing anything different, I could survive for about half a year or more on $10k. Think "slow burn." I don't have kids in the house, most of my assets are paid off, including my house, and it's in an economically depressed area, so most stuff, including taxes, is cheap. I can see where $10k wouldn't get you two months, and I've lived like that, but that's not everyone.

about three weeks ago
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Forests Around Chernobyl Aren't Decaying Properly

evil_aaronm Re:Fire = Good (167 comments)

How is building a nuclear reactor in the path of a tsunami also not "human stupidity"?

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

evil_aaronm Re:Cellular anyone (572 comments)

Yeah, that's how I did personal stuff at work. I had my own Sprint MIFI and laptop. I knew the corporate overlords were watching everything, so anything that wasn't directly related to work, I turned my chair to the left and did it on my laptop.

about a month ago
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Apple Closes OpenNI the Open Source Kinect Framework

evil_aaronm Re:Why the negative doomsday tone? (82 comments)

Leads to another question: What if you include this code in an app? Will it be rejected by iTunes?

about a month and a half ago
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California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction

evil_aaronm Re:Manufactured Crisis (362 comments)

An area is unsustainable for farming if you can't get enough water to irrigate the crops.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

evil_aaronm Re:Untested? (357 comments)

It was popular in high school wrestling to wear new-out-of-the-box things - shoes, head-gear - for the finals matches, if you made it that far. I never let my kid do that. When all eyes are on you and you need to perform your best, that's the worst time to find out how your stuff performs.

about 2 months ago
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Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error

evil_aaronm Re:I was on that list too... (239 comments)

Why not? It's about as smart as forcing people to dispose of "potentially dangerous" liquids in a barrel right before the TSA checks. If they're "potentially dangerous," shouldn't they be disposed of properly? Isn't anyone worried about the contents of the barrel reaching "critical mass"?

about 2 months ago
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Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error

evil_aaronm Re:This is outrageous (239 comments)

Was King George the Third a her?

about 2 months ago
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Government Secrecy Spurs $4 Million Lawsuit Over Simple 'No Fly' List Error

evil_aaronm Re:Maybe blame Bush too, at least a little? (239 comments)

They're onto something, there. This country would be so much safer if we kicked everybody out. Stands to reason, right?

about 2 months ago
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Rand Paul Files Suit Against Obama Over NSA's Collection of Metadata

evil_aaronm Re:I agree with the claimed motives... (380 comments)

It depends. I voted for Obama both times, but, really, the alternatives were McCain and Mittens. If there were a better alternative, I might have voted for that. And I don't consider a fringe candidate a better alternative. Until a third party can rival the GOP, a vote for a third party is as good as a vote for the GOP.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

evil_aaronm It depends (716 comments)

Granting the base premise, like a lot of other situations, it depends. Is this a syntax bug, or a semantic bug? A syntax bug should be caught in testing, unit or validation. A developer should be conscientious enough to avoid those. Semantic bugs are going to be more difficult. Did management or the customer change the spec after the code foundation was laid? If so, that can't be held against the developer.

about 2 months ago
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LLVM & GCC Compiler Developers To Begin Collaborating

evil_aaronm Re:RMS needs to get over the GPL (279 comments)

I don't make my living off of it, but gcc on my AVR stuff has worked pretty well. No complaints here.

about 2 months ago
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How the Web Makes a Real-Life Breaking Bad Possible

evil_aaronm Re:Its people with addictive personalities (194 comments)

Currently caffeine is a free-for all. Highly addictive.

Where do you get this? How do you define "highly addictive"? Are you reading stories of people sucking dick for caffeine?

about 3 months ago

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Holiday mbed Hack

evil_aaronm evil_aaronm writes  |  about a year ago

evil_aaronm (671521) writes "Since Times Square is about 400 miles away, I developed this little hack for New Years and while I'm sure it could be better — the drop cable guiding mechanism could definitely be improved — it worked well enough and we had a good time. I also learned quite a bit about XBees, mbed RTOS, motors and Apple Cocoa programming. Yes, the page HTML sucks."
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Low-Tech Way To Counter Drones

evil_aaronm evil_aaronm writes  |  more than 2 years ago

evil_aaronm (671521) writes "With the advent of government drones flying 24x7 over this "Land of the Free," what are some relatively low-tech counter-offensive methods for diminishing a drone's spying effectiveness, or taking it out altogether?

Hypothetically, of course: I'd never actually suggest that upstanding, law-abiding citizens impede the government in any manner, shape or form."
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Consequences of Non-Action

evil_aaronm evil_aaronm writes  |  more than 2 years ago

evil_aaronm (671521) writes "I work for a large international company producing systems for health care, specifically medical diagnostics. This is a product upon which lives depend: our systems can cause great joy when people learn that they do not have "dreaded disease", or death, if our results are incorrect and treatment is delayed. I greatly enjoy working on this product, but I can't stand my manager: our definitions of "quality" are vastly different. The code we produce could supply more than a year's worth of Daily WTF fodder. Every time I try to improve our code, I'm shot down because this manager can't handle abstract concepts, among other things. An example, with no embellishing, and one of many: instead of writing a loop to process, say, 10 files the exact same way, he wants to cut-and-paste 10 blocks with the name of the file changed in each block. My equivalent loop was rejected: too complex. Partly because of this, after two-plus years, I'm changing departments and will no longer have to work with him, for which I'm grateful. My question is: How do I — or do I at all — warn management or, more importantly to me, our customers, that this product is a festering pile of shit that's waiting for the smallest provocation to cause said shit to spew all over? I almost believe upper management doesn't want to know: Head in Sand syndrome. That doesn't mitigate my responsibility to make it known to -someone- that this product is a large defect waiting to happen. Changing groups also doesn't relieve my sense of concern that someone could very well die because I did nothing to fix this."
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What to do with old tech books?

evil_aaronm evil_aaronm writes  |  more than 2 years ago

evil_aaronm (671521) writes "Over the years, starting in the late 80's, I've collected a lot of technical books. Now, aside from one or two timeless classics, the vast majority of them are gathering dust. I'm sure I'm not the only one in this predicament, but how do I get rid of these gems? Giving them away, selling them, I don't care, really."

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