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IBM Opens Up Its Watson Supercomputer To Researchers

p00kiethebear BUT... (28 comments)

...can it find my keys for me?

about a month ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

p00kiethebear Re:inb4 (200 comments)

It must be nice to jerk yourself off with a story like that. You're absolutely right. Millions of scientists and doctors and pharmacists are all fucking conspiring to sell your kids ritalin! Are the corporate overlords also making you get vaccinated? It must be nice where you live, being able to stick your head in the sand and make up stories about why things don't exist rather than looking deeply for reasons why they DO.

about a month and a half ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

p00kiethebear Re:Time released (294 comments)

^This

about 7 months ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

p00kiethebear Re:Vicodin++ ?? (294 comments)

Most people use the term interchangeably but thank you for your correction. Yes it is five times the highest dose hydrocodone pill.

about 7 months ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

p00kiethebear Re:Vicodin++ ?? (294 comments)

Yes. That is essentially it. Now pain patients will only have to take one pill instead of 5.

about 7 months ago
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Doctors Say New Pain Pill Is "Genuinely Frightening"

p00kiethebear Stupidest thing I've ever read. It's not 5 times.. (294 comments)

It's only five times the dose of other hydrocodone tablets available. Doctors are going to always over prescribe opioids. If this one wasn't available then it would be a different one. I will say though that hydrocodone has a much more euphoric high. It might make it more desirable over existing oxycodone options. It should be noted that doctors already prescribe hydrocodone in these doses. This just means that chronic pain patients will only need to take 1 pill instead of five.

Just because one new tablet becomes available doesn't mean there is going to be a sudden mass explosion in the number of pain pills available on the street. If people weren't ODing on this drug then they'd be ODing on one that's already available. But somehow we interpret people dying from overdose on a new pain killer as being 'added' deaths. When statistically the death would have happened on one pill or the other.

about 7 months ago
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Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

p00kiethebear Heaven and Hell (745 comments)

If this is a simulation, couldn't the programmer have created a set of conditions for objects that have reached a stage classified as 'conscious' to have that consciousness saved and relegated to a 'heaven' or 'hell' at the point of their 'death'. I wouldn't program a universe without creating conditions for 'life.' Maybe everyone goes to a heaven where all other consciousnesses are stored or maybe the programmer was a sadist and everyone goes to hell regardless of actions or maybe since it's all an experiment what he THOUGHT he was programing as a 'heaven' is actually hell for us.

about 7 months ago
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The Moderately Enthusiastic Programmer

p00kiethebear In the sushi world we have a word for passionate.. (533 comments)

In the sushi world we have a word for passionate chefs... It's 'shokunin' You'll find in Japanese dictionaries that it's defined as 'artisan' but the connotation implies so much more. A shokunin comes to work and does the same task every religiously. Relentlessly trying to improve his technique. He cares only for perfection. Where other people see 'work' he sees 'duty.' He wipes his knife clean after every cut. When he cooks rice he removes or adds half a tablespoon of water at a time to ensure the amount of water is correct. He sharpens his eyes over years and carefully learns to identify and pull parasites from fresh fish, making them safe to eat. He cooks perfect folded eggs in a square pan never allowing it to burn at any place and ensuring each layer is evenly folded and cooked. He takes no breaks until the last customers is served. He works because, more than money, more than fun or pleasure, he desires to be better. Not only does he practice the physical techniques, he sees socializing with the customers over the counter as a skill to be practiced. His conduct and comportment do not waiver inside or outside of the restaurant (his temple) At my restaurant I may hire an average sushi chef to make rolls or to prepare fish in the back. But the person I hire for working behind the bar, unless he's my personal apprentice that has learned to work the way I had to, I would only hire a shokunin. When he works there he represents my business and my restaurant and I know he will outside of work in his daily life as well. Passion is important. But I would never pretend to say that passion was required for the easier and less formal jobs, some people just need a paycheck and as long as their work is good, I can respect that. The person who's responsible for putting a face to the company must be a master.

about 7 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

p00kiethebear You know what? (426 comments)

I'm ok with this.

about 8 months ago
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How Can Nintendo Recover?

p00kiethebear "How can Nintendo Recover?" (559 comments)

"How can Nintendo Recover?" Build a better, more innovative, more powerful, open, cheaper and socially acceptable platform that will allow all humans to benefit. Not just gamers. CEOs, people in third world countries. They need to build the iPhone of game consoles.

about 8 months ago
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The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder

p00kiethebear Re:What is it then? (246 comments)

Lack of physical activity? Are you serious? I was training in gymnastics for sixteen hours a week when I was diagnosed. I was winning state and regional medals until I was fifteen.

The fact that you honestly think a kid who only exercises 16 hours a week is exerting himself shows how much life has changed.

When I was a child in the 1960s, every kid I knew exercised hard for at least 30 hours a week until they were old enough to drive cars. We didn't call it exercise, though; we called it "being a kid".

BECAUSE WE HAD NO COMPUTERS OR GAMEBOYS. In fact my parents had the only color TV in the neighborhood until the late 60s. Nobody's mom worked, and most mothers did not let kids watch TV in daylight hours; and every one I knew walked or biked at least a couple miles every day routinely.

My parents' generation also had to hand-wash clothes and dishes - but they still played outside more and harder than my generation, because they hadn't any TVs or air conditioning. My 90 year old mother still walks a mile a day and .

People under 55 don't realize how sedentary we have become. Most of them can't even comprehend how enormously strenuous life was only two or three generations ago, when homes were heated by shoveling coal or splitting wood, and parents did not ever let kids lay around underfoot indoors. Many of us have evolved for hard work in unconditioned environments - and the reason our kids have ADHD may well be because they aren't getting enough exercise for their brains to develop properly. Don't discount the idea just because you think you were a jock. My 90 year old mother can still pick strawberries for eight hours with one half-hour break at noon - will you be able to when you're 90? It's unlikely, I think.

I was a regular kid as well. I rode my bike everywhere. I climbed trees. I played soccer at recess and tag. The 16 hours on top of it is 4 solid hours, 4 days a week doing athletic conditioning, stretching, giant swings on the high-bar. Power tumbling. Vaulting. Running two miles straight. We're talking about an 8 year old child at a competing level in all around gymnastics. This isn't playing and chasing eachother and playing backyard soccer. This is conditioning the body and mind to be able to perform feats that would seem super human to others. I doubt you were doing double back flips off the high bar and doing back handsprings for 20 minutes straight. Nor did you have 8 pack abs at the age of 11. 16 hours of competitive gymnastics training is not the same as the twice a week gymnastics class you put your son into where they play games and practice hand stands. Lifestyle has become more sedentary but every night I worked at the gym I went home with aching muscles and was completely physically and mentally exhausted. You just assume that after 16 hours of training I went home and played video games. I had a childhood as well asshole. My martial arts training has kept me in shape as well, when I am 90 I will still be training god willing.

about 9 months ago
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The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder

p00kiethebear Re:What is it then? (246 comments)

Any more armchair psychiatry or will you also throw in a multiple personality disorder diagnosis too?

Fucking thank you.

about 9 months ago
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The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder

p00kiethebear Re:What is it then? (246 comments)

What you're describing is a lack of discipline. Yes, speed does help with that (short-term). But, as with any drug, there's a down-side, too.

Here we go again, More people who know exactly what the problem is. There was no lack of discipline. A full time gymnast can't win medals without the discipline it takes to focus on and visualize their routines. Furthermore my career in martial arts afterwards couldn't have been accomplished without discipline. You all think you're so clever and have all the answers. But you never saw the world from behind my eyes. It's always the same with you people, it's as if you believe every human being experiences the world around them exactly the same as yourself and because you can't share MY subjective experience you can only assume that it's an issue of 'a lack of discipline.'

Open your mind and try to imagine for half a second that the subjective experiences of every human being are not identical to yours.

Also, I know the article is about prescription drugs which I didn't talk about at all. I'm not sharing my opinion on that, only trying to explain. If I hadn't been treated with medication though, it would have been much worse. I don't think for a second though that it should be the first line solution to the 'problem.'

I find it even more ridiculous that both you and the anonymous reply below both seem to know exactly what my diagnosis is from reading only a couple of paragraphs. Though I don't remember either of you giving your credentials as doctors of behavioral psychology.

about 9 months ago
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The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder

p00kiethebear Re:What is it then? (246 comments)

Is it big pharma pushing doctors to prescribe more? Is it doctors too lazy/busy to do a proper diagnosis? Is it mothers, fathers and teachers who seek to explain bad behavior and poor discipline (which is largely their fault) on medical conditions? Is it our foods which have changed over to GMO based content over the same period of time?

The basic cause of this is simple: lack of physical activity causes kids to be fidgety. They can't concentrate. Kids that fidget in class are disruptive. They are marked as "trouble".

Let them burn off all that energy they get from the sugars and carbs and mass market garbage foods they have shoved down their gullets by the schools and parents who don't have time to cook because a 40 hour week never really means that, and their commutes usually are longer than the time they spend with their kids.

This ADHD problem is a byproduct of the fast paced world we've created to "stay competitive, stay on top, and keep up with the Joneses".

You sir are full of shit.

Lack of physical activity? Are you serious? I was training in gymnastics for sixteen hours a week when I was diagnosed. I was winning state and regional medals until I was fifteen.

It's always fucked up to me how all the people who have never had ADD are always first to know exactly everything about it. You've never had to struggle with academics and social skills because the only things you could focus on were the ones that were rewarding to you. It's not a cut and dry case of being 'fidgety' and rarely is it a case of discipline on part of the parents.

ADD made my elementary school days hell for me. It was almost impossible to get along in regular social situations with exception to times I was with other kids that had ADD. It was hard for me to pay attention to what I was reading when all I could focus on were INTRUSIONS into my focus from say, the sound of the kid behind me wheezing. The ticking of someone's watch. Hearing the hum of a fan turning on and off at regular intervals and noticing it always happens every 4 minutes. The way a cute girl across the room wore her hair differently today or maybe she got her ear pierced and I'm distracted by how red it's made her earlobe and how she's scratching it often. Maybe today I've noticed the teacher got a new watch and it's super shiny. He asks if there are any questions and I raise my hand and ask about the watch. Everyone laughs at me since the question had nothing to do with the lecture but I can't understand why no one else was so interested in the cool looking timepiece.

ADD is not an inability to focus. It is a deficit with the ability to filter out the intrusions into your senses that make focusing on what others seem to find important nearly impossible at times. Let's face it, it's hard to have perspective about how important it is to know about the revolutionary war when you're 10 years old.

Don't be so quick to have all the answers when your understanding of the issue is clearly incomplete.

ADD is STILL affecting my life. I struggle with it every day. This morning is a perfect example. I WAS trying to sleep. I woke up to pee and decided to read slashdot in bed while I let sleep take over again. But I read your retarded comment and it has made it impossible for me to go to sleep. Why? Because I can't seem to filter out your bullshit. Your asinine opinion on the matter has intruded into my focus on getting a healthy night's sleep. I tried to let it go and just lie down but I couldn't stop focusing on your stupidity and I won't be able to until I post this. Hell, even after I hit submit I'm still going to toss and turn for a half hour while I try to divert my attention to happy butterflies and fluffy sheep to count.

about 9 months ago
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Simulations Back Up Theory That Universe Is a Hologram

p00kiethebear Re:No idea what that means (433 comments)

Ok, so when Riker was mackin' on the smokin' hot biddy in the red dress, lets say the two started knocking boots and he climaxed inside her. What happens to his seed when the program ends? Does the Holodeck recycle it for foodstuffs later, or does it just fall to the floor?

It does fall to the floor. The holodeck Janitor cleans it up: http://www.somethingawful.com/news/blue-stripe-life-4/

about 10 months ago
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This Whole Bitcoin Thing Could Be Big, Says Bank of America

p00kiethebear In other news... (276 comments)

...Lead researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have also determined that water is occasionally wet.

about 10 months ago
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Dell's New Sputnik 3 Mates Touchscreen With Ubuntu

p00kiethebear If it's anything like the last xps 13 (166 comments)

If it's anything like the last xps 13 then it will be fucking awesome. I love everything about this laptop. It's incredibly thin and light. The screen is vivid. It runs everything I want it too and never hesitates on me. Plus with the solid state Hard drive it wakes up from sleep in about 2 - 3 seconds.

about 10 months ago
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Finnish Doctors Are Prescribing Video Games For ADHD

p00kiethebear Re:Video Games and ADHD Go Well Together (76 comments)

Thank you for posting this. It sucks that the general population doesn't understand what it's like to have this. I used to play warhammer 40K and I would stay up for hours into the night painting miniatures and meticulously crafting terrain to display them on. Many kids with ADD do well in individual sports too, I was a good enough gymnast to take state. I loved tumbling and doing giant swings on the high bar. These things were rewarding to me.

Put a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird in front of me at the age of 14 and ask me to read it and think about the underlying messages. Fuck that. I couldn't see any satisfaction in doing that and I had no motivation to WANT to do it so of course my attention is going to wander easily to something more interesting.

about a year ago
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Finnish Doctors Are Prescribing Video Games For ADHD

p00kiethebear This is hardly new, (76 comments)

This has been going on for almost 20 years now. I had ADD as a kid and when I was 11 my parents sent me to a biofeedback clinic where I would sit in a dentist chair and concentrate on a pac-man. If my brain waves were in the ideal range the pac man would move through the maze and I would gain points. The speed at which he moved accelerated so the longer I was able to 'focus' the faster he would go through the maze and I'd get a higher score.

I'm sure the technology must be much more precise these days and the games have probably gotten a lot more interesting to look at but they all essentially are based on the same principle.

The problem is that most kids that age don't care about wanting to learn how to focus better. They just have fun being who they are naturally. These kinds of programs work really well for adults and younger people with a great deal of motivation to change / practice their 'focusing' ability but as an 11 year old, I got really bored doing this and eventually I started falling asleep in the chair half way through every session. Program was a wasted on me but I applaud my parents for wanting to try to help me without medication.

about a year ago

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The world's first wearable Programmable T-shirt and it's software. tshirtOS

p00kiethebear p00kiethebear writes  |  about 5 months ago

p00kiethebear (569781) writes "I recently facebook'd an old friend and found out that he was part of a project called tshirtOS which bills itself as the worlds first programmable wearable t-shirt. According to the website "tshirtOS has a flexible, washable LED screen that can be programmed via a smartphone app to display any message, image or animation you want.""
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Ask Slashdot: What is the future of old copper pair technology?

p00kiethebear p00kiethebear writes  |  about a year ago

p00kiethebear (569781) writes "My father works for a large corporation that licenses ISDN lines (among a plethora of other services) including T1 and T3 technology. Surprisingly there are still large companies that use fifty year old T1 technology to handle their voice and data use. My father's 30 year career has been almost exclusively in helpdesk / troubleshooting T1 / ISDN technology and both him and myself are worried about the future. Cable modems and DSL have replaced ISDN in most cases and it's now an archaic solution reserved for voice actors, tech support-terminal workers, large companies that need voice and video conferencing as well as data and private users too far from the loop for DSL or Cable. My dad is still 15 years from retirement. Is twisted copper going the way of the dodo or is it here to stay for the foreseeable future?"
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Ask Slashdot: Explaining to my girlfriend that humans didn't ride dinosaurs

p00kiethebear p00kiethebear writes  |  about a year ago

p00kiethebear writes "Dear Slashdot. Remember when you learned that Santa Clause wasn't real? I have a wonderful and beautiful girlfriend. She treats me so right in every way. We've been together for almost a year now and everything seemed to be going perfectly until this morning. Over breakfast we were discussing dinosaurs and she told me a story about how her grandfather, fifty years ago, dated footprints of a dinosaurs and a man that were right next to each other to be within the same epoch of history. I laughed when she said this and then realized that she wasn't joking. She seriously believes this. She believes dinosaurs and humans walked at the same time together. Her grandfather told her this when she was little so regular logic and wiki isn't going to be able to contest her childhood dreams that she has been raised to believe. The odd thing is that she's not religious, it's just what her archeologist grandfather taught her. More important than just backing up evidence to the contrary, how do I explain this to her without crushing her childhood dreams? Is it even worth discussing it further with her? Have you ever had a loved one or family member that believed something that made you uncomfortable?"
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