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Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers"

fuego451 Re:Progress (26 comments)

Doc was talking about a newer pacemaker/defibrillator device I believe (I should have specified such). At the time I, wasn't interested. I've been cardioverted once which lasted about a year. I'll definitely look into the PVI solution.

about 2 months ago
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Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers"

fuego451 Re:Progress (26 comments)

For now, I can tolerate my atrial fibrillation but being nearly age 70 that may not last for long and I really don't want a pacemaker. Hopefully, I can get some new SA node genes and you can get what you need some day soon.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Video Streaming For the Elderly?

fuego451 Re:Consider WD TV Play (165 comments)

Oh my goodness, you forgot this part: "Yeah, I really shouldn't paraphrase funny quotes from old movies." Well, I know you'll do better next time. Now run along.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Video Streaming For the Elderly?

fuego451 Re:Consider WD TV Play (165 comments)

Yeah, I really shouldn't paraphrase funny quotes from old movies. My real senior moment is forgetting there are mostly young folks here who haven't a clue.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Video Streaming For the Elderly?

fuego451 Consider WD TV Play (165 comments)

I'm a great-grandfather so I suppose I'd qualify as 'elderly', though I have no idea what that word means and I don't like it. I have several streaming devices but only one that I'd recommend for people of any age who are technically challenged and that's the WD (Western Digital) TV Play. Much like the Roku and Apple TV, the WD is small, easy to set up and less expensive than the Roku and Apple; a big plus for us 'elderly' on fixed incomes. I'm currently using it on an older HD TV and it has never given me any problems and doesn't do any weird shit on its own; like my streaming blu ray player does. Oh, and did I tell you it runs imbedded Linux? How could you possibly go wrong?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Friendly Video Streaming?

fuego451 The Easy Way (147 comments)

With Debian, android and Windows 7 machines, the cable cut and Tier II Internet (2 up, 20 down Mbps) in the house I simply use streaming devices for my TV's: Samsung wifi blu ray player for the big TV and a nice little WD Play TV device for my bedroom TV. Simple, inexpensive and fewer hassles.

about a year and a half ago
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Court: 4th Amendment Applies At Border, Password Protected Files Not Suspicious

fuego451 Nice (194 comments)

Another confirmation of our constitution by the courts that the TSA, the DOJ and any law enforcement officer can completely ignore.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Out Now; Raring Ringtail In the Works

fuego451 Re:Dang, all these updates (318 comments)

Actually the Debian update thing (compared to Ubuntu) was meant to be a joke, lame though it was. I've run Stable from the beginning as getting certain things to work was quite enough of a job without having to worrying about buggy applications.

about 2 years ago
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Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Out Now; Raring Ringtail In the Works

fuego451 Dang, all these updates (318 comments)

If you switch to Debian you hardly ever have to update. Well, I did have to update libexif this a.m. but, just saying.... ;) Honestly, I kind of miss the old days of having to edit and recompile the kernel just to get sound, printing and, if things were going really well, a network connection. After 15 years, Debian is still a happy part of my life and will be to the end.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: I Want To Read More. Should I Get an eBook Reader Or a Tablet?

fuego451 I read a lot and love my tablet (415 comments)

Had a Nook Simple Touch for a spell and enjoyed using it but when I saw the Samsung Tab II 7" I had to have it. It was $40 more than the Nook Tablet, at the time I bought it, but has so much more. I do still use Barnes & Noble for ebook purchases, though, as all the ebook sellers are mostly identical.

about 2 years ago
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Patch Makes Certain Skin Cancers Disappear

fuego451 I'll stick with out-patient surgery. (90 comments)

I've had six surgeries for basal cell carcinomas, three of which were on my face and fairly extensive. The longest healing time was about three weeks that left a scar from just below my left eye to my upper lip. I'm a battle scarred 'old fuck' (love ya Georgie) anyway so a few more don't matter to me. This new procedure is really great, though, for those beautiful people that care about such things.

more than 2 years ago
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The Hobbit's Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

fuego451 I wonder what would happen... (710 comments)

...if we exterminated all the greedy cocksuckers on the planet.

more than 2 years ago
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Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature

fuego451 What bullshit (578 comments)

I've already payed my provider for that content and I should be able to do whatever the fuck I want with it. Greedy cocksuckers.

more than 2 years ago
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Sci-fi Writer Elizabeth Moon Believes Everyone Should Be Chipped

fuego451 m-o-o-n... (409 comments)

...that spells moon.

more than 2 years ago
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Bad Astronomer Phil Plait Responds

fuego451 Thank you, Phil... (55 comments)

... for taking the time to do this. Great stuff and I appreciate it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask The Bad Astronomer

fuego451 My galaxy is bigger than yours? (412 comments)

Phil,

In January of '09, The BBC ran a story on research done by scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Using the VLBA they found what they felt was very good evidence that our galaxy is about the same size as Andromeda (150k ly). However, very few of their fellow astronomers, including you, are touting this new size. Why? Was the study flawed?

more than 2 years ago
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Study Compares IQ With Browser Choice

fuego451 And then... (380 comments)

Next up: Comparison of penis length and brand of toothpaste. Don't ya love 'science'?

more than 3 years ago
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The Future of Time: UTC and the Leap Second

fuego451 Re:They are preparing for asteroid 2004 MN4 (235 comments)

"like the old telephone time service." Ah, UL3-1212. Haven't thought about that in a long...um...time. For the 'new-time' perhaps we could use: U812 or Fi1U12.

more than 3 years ago
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Gadgets For the Ghosthunter

fuego451 Re:Only Thing needed (345 comments)

From the little I've seen of these TV ghost hunters, they could also use a manly pair and several changes of adult diapers.

more than 3 years ago

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Time moves on

fuego451 fuego451 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

[just some thoughts, I'll clean up later]
Well, it has been four years since my wife passed away. Still miss her so much. I am back on my feet financially after living paycheck to paycheck for a while. dying ain't cheap. Surprising how much effort it takes to keep a household, yard and family going and it often seem I have no time for myself.

I've been searching (not on-line) for a lady companion for several years but haven't found her yet. She'd be in her late 60's; single, divorced or widowed; college grad or really smart; retired and financially self sufficient, in good enough shape to kayak down a river or hike a 10 mile day trail; lover of science and learning and a geek. I've talked to lots of potential candidates...

 

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My Beautiful Wife

fuego451 fuego451 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

My beautiful wife passed away just two weeks before our 38th wedding anniversary.

She fought her illness with courage and great strength but, toward the end, she saved what she had left for her family which she loved so much. Cancer had won nothing from her and she died peacefully with those who loved her at her side.

I miss her so much and this is very difficult for me but I have to go on, keep our little family together until it's my time, as she would want me to

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Catastrophe!

fuego451 fuego451 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

All that my wife and I have been through over 39 years of being together, raising two children and watching our four grand children grow, we finally get to our retirement destination to have fun spending our remaining years together and doing all the things we've wanted to do, my wife becomes ill and we learn that she has inoperable cancer. This, in spite of good health practices and regular check-ups.

We are not without hope but the prospects don't look good. It appears that she has two cancers, lung for sure and she is showing high markers for breast and ovarian cancer which her doctors are still working on. Cancer has also moved to her bones from whatever the second cancer is. She begins radiation therapy this week and her doctors will develop an appropriate chemotherapy treatment when they determine the second cancer. All this has occurred in a matter of months.

I am absolutely devastated! Keep those that you love close and tell them that you love them every day.

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Back in the water

fuego451 fuego451 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Made my first surfing expedition in ten years down to Cherry Grove beach in SC. Conditions: Medium tide, strong north drag (current to others), a 20kt wind blowing out of the south, 3-4' swell.(to summarize: Victory At Sea) Equipment: 7'10" beach break board. Though I've kept myself in pretty good shape by running and walking, the paddle out was very difficult and I thought my arms were going to fall off. Of course, the conditions, short board and ten year break didn't help. Conclusions: I sucked! I've been surfing since 1953 but I looked like an absolute beginner out there. The first thing I'm going to do to remedy this is get a longer board better suited to my 63 year old body. Then I'll concentrate on having fun.

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In the house

fuego451 fuego451 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Moved in a few weeks ago and still in the process of getting our stuff straightened out. Our neighbors, a great bunch of folks, and our realtor have been very helpful in teaching us the intricacies of living in South Carolina. We live in Horry county (pronounced oo-ree, not whore-y) which was named after Lt.Col. Peter Horry of French Huguenot descent who fought in the American Revolution beside Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox". Lots of history here.

Been to the beach but haven't surfed yet as there hasn't been much in the Atlantic to generate a swell. Still not sure about surfing in Bull shark territory but, must surf! We've got alligators in the lakes and rivers as well.

After living in San Diego for 53 years I shouldn't have much problem with the millions of tourists that will invade Myrtle Beach shortly but still have to learn back roads, shortcuts and out of the way places for dining, shopping and entertainment.

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Found a home.

fuego451 fuego451 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Found a modest home in a new development in South Carolina. All the attributes of a small farm/business community with a beach twenty minutes away. Much like our old home in Broken Arrow, OK but with an ocean. If all goes well, we will be moving in later this month.

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In NC.

fuego451 fuego451 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Arrived in North Carolina without a hitch. Waiting for our stuff to arrive to be put into storage then off to the coast to look for a new home which will probably be our last as we find the whole moving thing to be very stressful. Deciding what to keep and what is junk is very difficult. We have friends older then us, we're in our 60's, that seem to move every few years and I don't know how they do it. Just wired differently, I suppose, or they have it down to a science from experience.

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Moving Day

fuego451 fuego451 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Well, after a ten year sidetrack in Oklahoma, my wife and I are moving to our original retirement destination on the east coast; somewhere in the greater Myrtle Beach SC/Wilmington NC area.

We are happy to be leaving Oklahoma but we leave behind many new friends, our daughter and three grand-children and the great neighborhood we lived in. I will miss our acre lot, the trees and garden I planted but not having to mow every four days in summer. I will finally be back to an ocean and the surfboard that has been hanging from the ceiling in my garage will be put to good use.

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Spam

fuego451 fuego451 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Another big surge in spam today and the second or third in the last week. Spam on my cox and gmail accounts has increased three or four fold and I'm wondering if it's just me or if others are experiencing the same.

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