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New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

kimvette Re:cellular level too (131 comments)

> I think SSRI's (& others pharmaceuticals like it) are extremely dangerous. I would rather them be prescribed Indica or Sativa depending on the need...

That is unfortunately not an option for everyone, since employers are still discriminating against cannabis use thanks to decades of lies from Uncle Sam.

yesterday
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New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function

kimvette Re:mostly clarity (131 comments)

> Now, you seem to be hinting that the SSRI made you smarter (i.e. gave you clarity). But that's unlikely for a variety of reasons. Instead, it most likely made you feel smarter, more confident, etc. And maybe that's what you meant - that you had a unrealistically pessimistic view of the world and the SSRI caused you to have a less pessimistic view of the world.

Maybe he is confusing SSRIs with shrooms and/or LSD? ;)

yesterday
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

kimvette Re:Then I guess you could say... (222 comments)

> that schizophrenia itself has a bit of a split personality.

Wrong.

Schizophrenia is when you hear "god" telling you to kill that actress.

DID is when at times you really believe you are god, then a moment later you believe you're a receptionist at a law firm, then you believe you're a construction worker - and your personalities may or may not know one another and be friends. It's a really messed up condition - I had a friend with DID once and it was unnerving because I'd wonder who I would be talking to next time I'd see her. More recently I've encountered someone I've been chatting online with who at times insists she is Hathor, the ancient Egyptian goddess, and other times insists she is a different "god" and other times she is just her. Now, she could just be trolling people online but I really do think she genuinely has DID. It's a very strange condition.

about a week ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

kimvette Copying Samsung again (207 comments)

There goes Apple, innovating, er, I mean copying Samsung again. Two or three years ago Samsung reportedly had run similar tests with sapphire screens and found large sapphire panels to be too brittle.

Incidentally, I purchased the iPhone 6 last year, when it was known as the Samsung Galaxy S4. ;)

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

kimvette Meanwhile. . . (533 comments)

Meanwhile, other providers are testing 10_G_bps FTTD (fibre to the desktop) for deployment, because they see the future isn't in cable TV but in providing TCP/IP (Internet, basically) connectivity. That is 10x the bandwidth any one PC you can buy off the shelf can handle without adding in a 10GbE server network card. Yes, ten GIGABITS PER SECOND over epon/dpon.

AT&T and Comcrap are just whining and clawing because they know the future is here (streaming video on demand from providers that are NOT THEM) and they don't want it. They should do what my employer is doing and embrace the ISP side of the business as their meat and potatoes and treat cable video as gravy. Cable TV is not only a zero-growth industry, but a dying industry.

about two weeks ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

kimvette Re: What the heck? (354 comments)

". If somebody is using GPL code and refuses to issue source, it's cut and dried, guilty."

Wrong.

If you implement a web server, an e-commerce service, or anything involving = GPLv2-based projects but you do not distribute the binaries then you are under NO obligation to release the source code. That requirement only arises if you DISTRIBUTE binaries derived from the = GPLv2-licensed source code.

GPLv3 changes things a bit but that doesn't seem to be the issue here.

about two weeks ago
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Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

kimvette Re:The way firefox manages this... (67 comments)

Firefox is becoming a real pain in the ass when it comes to certs. I can see displaying a "ZOMG!!! WARNING!!!" when trying to load a low-bit cert, but it fails completely, which makes it unusable for managing more and more enterprise appliances, some of them being brand new. One could go to each and every appliance and LOM module and generate a new high-bit cert but if you've got enough of them in your data center it's a royal pain in the ass to do so.

The solution? Use any browser other than firefox.

about two weeks ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

kimvette Re:Progress (316 comments)

Cloud backup is great for a one-man show when all you back up is a handful of files.

If you have more than a few employees and have to back up terabytes of data and have custom applications which require a day or two minimum to install and configure and data in multiple places, and downtime costs you hundreds, thousands, or more per hour, cloud backup services quickly become an epic fail - plus you need to worry about bandwidth caps with crappy ISPs.

Other backup solutions become more important - for low-budget IT a handful of large external hard drives swapped out daily and taken off-site is a workable (if not ideal) solution, but the best solution is still a tape drive - and replace the tapes after a few rotations. Remember when downtime costs you significant money, having full backups with a rapid restore times becomes critical.

about a month ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

kimvette Wait a second! (316 comments)

Wait a minute. Let's follow legal reasoning.

Corporations are people, right? When a person lives and works overseas, even though the money is earned overseas, they're still supposed to file a return and pay taxes on those earnings, right? How can Microsoft claim legal personhood, and then neglect to pay taxes on their offshore earnings?

about a month ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

kimvette Re:This is ridiculous. (146 comments)

> The reason 9/11 worked out was because people were used to other kinds of plane hijackings. Hijackers that steal a plane, fly it somewhere, then demand something to be fulfilled before returning plane and passengers.

Exactly. It has always been an opportunity to visit places Americans are prohibited from traveling to, such as Cuba. 9/11 was a game-changer which results in passengers subduing would-be hijackers. Hell, I'd love to see passengers permanently maim and disfigure one of those fuckers and maybe force feed them pork as the ultimate insult.

about a month ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

kimvette Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

Purple is my favorite color, you insensitive clod!

about a month and a half ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

kimvette Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

So far I don't - I am the only one in my family who does not need glasses. To put off reading glasses as long as possible I exercise my eyes; I get close to a window with a screen, and keep shifting focus between the screen and a distant object. I can still focus clearly on objects about 6 inches away. Closer is difficult but sometimes doable with practice. I can clearly discern the pixels on my smartphone (4.99" 1080p display) and huge pixels on my desktop monitors (1080p) drive me nuts. I'm hoping Asus gets their 1440p 120Hz (3D capable!) monitors out soon. :-)

One thing I have noticed is the last couple of years when I get over-tired I cannot focus clearly on anything so there is that.

about a month and a half ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

kimvette Re:I am not colorblind (267 comments)

Secondly, the colorblindness test they do as part of a normal eye exam is rather poor for detecting mild colorblindness. You see a faint and indistinct "5" in the dots, and you're lumped together with everyone who sees a clear and unambiguous "5".

A person with tetrachromatic vision will see a faint, indistinct but discernable 5 in those tests because their eyes are better at discerning slight hue differences.

about a month and a half ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

kimvette Re:Different colors (267 comments)

Do you pass or fail color blindness tests? You might be tetrachromatic in one eye. Another thing that can cause it is if one light is receiving more light than the other (your eyes will rarely both receive the same amount of light) so one retina will be bleached a little more in the color spectrum of the bright object you are looking at. There are also other reasons each eye might respond differently to color (such as one eye has more or less of a type of cone cell than the other).

If you are tetrachromatic though, it can be advantageous, such as acing online hue sorting tests such as http://www.xrite.com/online-co...

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

kimvette Re: So... (110 comments)

> You have fined European banks billions and let your own banks off the hook for pennies.

Correction: our government has fined European banks and handed many domestic banks billions. o.O

about 2 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

kimvette hybridized start menu = half-assed fix (346 comments)

On a system that isn't a tablet, I DO NOT WANT A TOUCH INTERFACE, or even a hint of it unless I get a touch sensitive monitor and explicitly turn it on (a prompt asking me if I want to would be fine, too). For desktops and laptops, Windows 7's start menu is absolute perfection.

Don't try to improve perfection. I don't want to see any trace of the formerly-known-as-metro style interfaces anywhere on a desktop OS. Don't try to sell me a Windows tablet and think that shoving a touch interface in my face on the desktop is going to get me to buy. Android is where it's at for tablets. Trying to force that crappy UI on me will make me not even consider Windows tablets even IF you make it far superior to Android.

All you've done is alienate customers with Windows 8, and you're still trying to shove that loathed (loathed isn't even the word for it) abortion of a UI in people's faces. I'm going to be buying a bunch of Windows 7 licenses while it's still available because Windows 9's isn't shaping to be much better than Windows 8. If I have to run 9, I'll be installing classic shell on it, like I do on Windows Server when I have to work on Windows servers (who the FUCK thought it was a good idea to put a tablet UI on a server OS anyhow?!)

Oh, and while you're at it bring back glass. Knock it off with that Windows '80s flat look.

about 2 months ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

kimvette Re:There need to be costs (349 comments)

> Let's start at $10000 per infraction.

That is just the cost of doing business to someone like Qualcomm. Let's start at 10% of the annual gross revenue, based on the average gross revenue of the previous three years, PLUS 10% of the revenue of the current year to date. Keep in mind we are talking per infraction, so in this case (>100 githubs) this fraud would cost Qualcomm over ten years' worth of gross revenue.

about 3 months ago
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Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

kimvette Re:Plastic is not _only_ plastic (304 comments)

> plus the added chemicals, such as the aromatics (which is largely benzene group) that were formed when that beef was put over the fire

I eat steak rare (just walk it by the fire please!), you insensitive clod! Putting fire to it more than a few seconds ruins it. >_

about 3 months ago

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Assange out on bail; maintains innocence

kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 3 years ago

kimvette (919543) writes "Assange out on bail and is continuing to maintain his innocents on the charges. However, I am trying to figure out how the hell he could possibly be guilty of rape when the women willingly had sex with him. If they "preferred he use a condom" but agreed to let him have his way with them anyhow, how can they possibly get away with crying "rape" after the fact? I still think that it's just a convenient way that the US is trying to get other countries to keep Assange quiet."
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MS offers technet free; then retracts it

kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kimvette (919543) writes "Yesterday Microsoft was offering download-only Technet subscriptions for free (https://om2.one.microsoft.com/offer/technet_na.aspx) to be used "for testing purposes only" not production. However apparently they under-estimated how quickly the news would spread and just how many people would take advantage of the offer. After years of paying for MSDN subscriptions and quitting after the price just got too obscene I decided to drop my two subscriptions, waiting for a special to come along. This appeared too good to be true but it was a legitimate offer. I took advantage of it however today I started reading reports of the accounts being shut down. I checked mine early this afternoon and the account was still valid and I still had access to my downloads and my keys. Just now I checked and sure enough, I can see the list of downloads but cannot actually download anything nor can I view my keys.

Now here is the question: Is it not reasonable to expect Microsoft to honor a contract where they offered a product for an advertised price, where I accepted that offer and took advantage of it, and they in turn validated that offer by not only accepting THEIR ADVERTISED PRICE in their online ordering system, but proceeding to send me not only a confirmation email, but activation keys, which I in turn used upon receipt to redeem for my legally-purchased software?

Can they legally rescind this offer after my acceptance of their contract offer without any notification? With the oh-so-clearly-worded "for testing purposes only" licensing, which is more restricted than MSDN, is it not reasonable to expect that this offer from Microsoft is anything other than legitimate? I'm fully aware of software licensing costs, I've subscribed to MSDN ultimate three times, the newer equivalent once, and the equivalent of MSDN Professional twice. So, I am fully aware of the "perceived value" of their software. However I am also aware of the duplication and distribution costs, as well as the licensing restrictions, so "free" for "testing purposes only" does not strike me as something that would be unreasonable for one to expect Microsoft to honor the contract on.

What do you all think? Should Microsoft be expected to honor the offer that they have rescinded without notice?"
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ASSP Wiki Host Takes Ball, Goes Home

kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 4 years ago

kimvette writes "The site administrator for the ASSP SMTP gateway has taken the ball and gone home. On top of that he has removed the site from the Internet Wayback Machine and has forbidden anyone from reposting the content, citing that he authored it all and no one else contributed.

However, he clearly benefited from the ASSP developers' efforts at some point, and I presume like you and I he did not pay the developers for the code. How can he justify removing the official documentation for an open source project and forbid anyone else from using it? Granted, the documentation was not open source, but his actions strikes me as hypocritical (In the thread I used a more choice term)."
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Comcast rolls out "wideband" after crying

kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kimvette writes "Comcast introduces a 50Mbps/5Mbps tier almost immediately announcing a 250GB bandwidth cap, confirming what many of us suspected: they were crying wolf and fearing competitors' content offerings. To seemingly make up for the perecived shortfall in content delivery, they are offering an internet service even faster than FIOS, nearly approaching the capabilities of the DOCSIS equipment they rolled out almost a decade ago.

Why after crying "bandwidth shortage" are they rolling out this service? Don't they see that customers already see through their rhetoric and realize it's all about anticompetitive practices? Don't they know that this is confirming fraud when they advertised "unlimited internet" for so long and all the while enforced unpublished limits? Weren't they just saying their networks can't handle heavy P2P users at 5Mbps? Are they trying to hand customers over to FIOS where there are no bandwidth caps?"
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Autopatcher shut down by Microsoft?

kimvette kimvette writes  |  about 7 years ago

kimvette writes "Apparently Microsoft wants users to choose alternatives to Windows, since they are now shutting down third-party tools which help make deployments and maintenance of Windows easier. From autopatcher:

Sad day Posted by Antonis Kaladis on August 29th, 2007 | Today we received an e-mail from Microsoft, requesting the immediate take-down of the download page, which of course means that AutoPatcher is probably history. As much as we disagree, we can do very little, and although the download page is merely a collection of mirrors, we took the download page down. We would like to thank you for your support. For the past 4 years, it has been a blast. Unfortunately, it seems like it's the end of AutoPatcher as we know it. Antonis Kaladis


If you're on dialup in rural areas and want to update Windows, or are in a commercial setting where you have a Cable connection with an unpublished cap, you're pretty much screwed when it comes to Windows updates.

Thanks, Microsoft. It's great to know that you have your paying customers in mind, as usual. Making the Windows experience worse, that is."

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kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kimvette writes "Word has it that Kevin Medina an offer of $1.15mil for RegisterFly.

Some background, for those who haven't heard yet:

RegisterFly has all but abandoned its customers, has taken many customers' domains and effectively stolen them, parking them and using them to generate pay-per-click revenue. Meanwhile, thousands upon thousands of complaints have been flooding into ICANN every week because RegisterFly has been accepting payment from customers (average of $2,000 to $5,000 per day, see http://www.registerflies.com/information/can-you-s ay-5000-a-day-for-nothing.html ) but not renewing their domains. Their service has been so bad that ICANN has pulled their accreditation.

RegisterFly's name is ruined. Their customers are trying in vain to leave RegisterFly for other domains, but are hitting roadblocks. Many online businesses and organizations have closed because RegisterFly

How did RegisterFly gain their accreditation? Interestingly, RegisterFlies
several weeks ago learned that RegisterFly did not go through the ICANN accreditation process, but by acquiring another Registrar, basically buying their way into the system.


What is the incentive to buy RegisterFly? They have a great interface, to be sure, however their back end is severely broken. Their customer list will not be part of the sale because ICANN will be forcing a transfer to a new registrar (my guess is GoDaddy). RegisterFly's hosting business has all but died because RegisterFly has not paid their hosting fees and their hosting clients have lost access to web sites hosted with RegisterFly. What does RegisterFly have which is worth $1.15mil?

See the full story on the $1.15mil offer for RegisterFly at:
http://www.registerflies.com/registerfly-news/kevi n-medina-selling-registerfly-and-customer-data-whi le-under-court-o.html"
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kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kimvette (919543) writes "from http://story.malaysiasun.com/index.php/ct/9/cid/d8 05653303cbbba8/id/230159/cs/1/

The two principal shareholders John Naruszewicz and Kevin Medina at the weeks-end were still trading verbal blows, while ICANN stepped in to the fray after nearly three years of complaints. Whilst most focus has been on the failure of the company's support systems, allegations of fraud and corruption were flowing freely Friday, not only from the principals involved, but from ICANN.

Meantime the control of RegisterFly.com, seized by Naruszewicz on Tuesday, was back in the hands of Medina late Friday. Both parties are accusing the other of hijacking the company's Web site and administration, which has been effectively dysfunctional for weeks. Medina has also replicated the current site at www.registerfly-inc.com so if he loses control again, or the original site is brought down, he can continue to trade on.


What does this mean for the 90,000 domain holders? Many of us have domains in redemption or pendingDelete status because of this internal RegisterFly battle. We finally got ahold of Kevin Medina by getting him to come to RegisterFlies, and all he did was attack the partners who ousted him; he had nothing to say about rescuing customers' domains nor did he seem to care in the slightest. He seems intent only on maintaining control of the company, the database, and of course his investment, and forget about customer service issues.

Whereas John Naruszewicz and Glenn Stansbury raise customers' losses as their first concern, and saving their investment second. On the surface they appear sincere in their claim that they want to make things right.

Rumors are flying about Kevin, about back-room deals with other registrars, reasons why domains have disappeared from customer accounts, why domains have been allowed to remain in redemption status until they move to pendingDelete and are lost.

The coming week will be very telling. If the authorities step in Monday and arrest Mr. Medina, we will know that Mr. Naruszewicz and Mr. Stansbury are likely legitimate in their claims.

But, what happens for small businesses who have lost their domain names due to Mr. Medina's alleged misconduct? Who will ensure that we get our domains back?"
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kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kimvette writes "Moments ago RegisterFly issued an official statement regarding the domain registrar's dire situation. All blame is placed on Kevin Medina's alleged misconduct. This statement is posted at the RegisterFly customer advocate site, RegisterFlies.

Here is the introductory paragraph from the statement:

We at Registerfly.Com would like to offer our sincere apologies to all that have been affected by the actions of our former CEO / President, Kevin Medina. We cannot change the past but will make every effort to change the future of RegisterFly.com. As a result of Mr. Medina's actions many of you have lost your domains, experienced problems with your Hosting, Renewals and Registrations. For this reason Mr. Medina's our "Board of Directors" had no recourse but to take action against Mr. Medina and fire him.


Clearly the remaining principles are placing 100% of the blame on Mr. Medina's shoulders, however this only leads to further questions: If Mr. Medina was locked out of the servers as of Monday, why is RegisterFly still having problems regaining control of their network? Why did they not fire Mr. Medina and address customer support issues sooner? Why did it take a threat from ICANN to motivate them to respond? When do they expect to give customers control over their domains once again? What will they do to regain customer domains they have already lost?"
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kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kimvette writes "A letter from ICANN to Registerfly has been published at http://www.icann.org/correspondence/ for public review. Apparently the issues with RegisterFly are even worse than revealed a couple of days ago and they have 15 working days to address outstanding issues and come into compliance with ICANN's guidelines.

A snippet from the Conclusion section of the letter:

As noted above, section 5.3.4 of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement agreed in October 2004 between Registerfly and ICANN provides that notice of termination of Registerfly's accreditation may be given if these breaches are not cured within 15 working days.


Computer Business Review Online ran a story on this issue the other day and a new article is about to be published by them. Minute-by-minute developments of these issues can be learned at Registerflies.com, a "support" and customer advocate site set up in response to RegisterFly's ongoing poor customer service and fraudulent billing practices. Millions of customer domains remain under the jurisdiction of RegisterFly and customers' maintaining ownership and control of these domains is now in question.

Some are speculating the RegisterFly will be folding in the coming days, so if you have domains registered through them transfer them out NOW."
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kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kimvette (919543) writes "Hans Reiser was was arrested today on suspicion of the murder of his wife following her disappearance. While the disappearance (and possible murder) of his wife is tragic, this will make Linux users wondering where this will leave Reiser 4. If Reiser is found guilty, will Novell or IBM pick up the pieces and finish up Reiser 4 for inclusion in the kernel or is this the end of the Reiser filesystem project? Will there be any future for the Reiser filesystem, and if Hans is found guilty and the project is continued, will the project be renamed to avoid notoriety?"

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In the event that you lose your SR-71 Blackbird Manual

kimvette kimvette writes  |  more than 4 years ago

In the event that the previous owner of your SR-71 Blackbird didn't provide an owner's manual and you need to review the ignition procedure, or wonder why the engines cut out when you idle the engine, Lockheed and the US Government have thoughtfully provided the folks at sr-71.org a copy which is posted online in entirety. Once in flight, if you are entertaining thoughts of pushing your SR-71 past Vne you should refer to pages 5-8 and 5-9.

It's an interesting read, and it still amazes me that this aircraft was designed between 1957 and 1962 and its performance envelope has seldom been matched.

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