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FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss

s0nicfreak Re:Fatties, just eat less (167 comments)

Potatoes, apples, beans, and tofu actually are cheaper,

For one person maybe. Buying in bulk to afford to feed a FAMILY, no. The beans are cheaper, but enough fruits and vegetables to make a well balanced diet is not. And good luck getting kids to eat beans all day.

Even if your arguments made any sense, they would amount to saying that because low income workers can only spend 5 minutes on food preparation and afford only foods that make them fat, we should then spend thousands of dollars per year in medical treatments to alleviate the problems resulting from their obesity. Your premises are wrong, but even if they were right, your conclusion would still be ludicrous.

If a device that fixes the problem is cheaper than the problems, it is worth it.

2 days ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

s0nicfreak Re:Anyone else concerned? (164 comments)

If doctors think those 10 surgeries MAY be needed, I'd rather get the surgeries and not need them than need them and not get them. I'll pay for mine. The line is drawn when I'm healthy/able to see/etc.

2 days ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

s0nicfreak Re:Anyone else concerned? (164 comments)

Of course everyone can't be the top 0.3% - but the bottom 99.7% could be less shitty. To achieve this, the first step would be to cut the cost of medical school - stop making it for the rich who expect to eventually be paid enough to continue being rich (after paying off the school cost).

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

s0nicfreak Re: Anyone else concerned? (164 comments)

It's the decades of experience that clouds their vision (no pun intended). Many become set in their ways and refuse to listen to new knowledge.

about two weeks ago
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Man Saves Wife's Sight By 3D Printing Her Tumor

s0nicfreak Re:Anyone else concerned? (164 comments)

Except when it turns out to NOT be unnecessary :\

about two weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

s0nicfreak Re:Its a cost decision (840 comments)

It was faster and cheaper THIS time but not in the long run; if you had ordered the screwdriver bits you'd have them for next time.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

s0nicfreak Re:Dupe (840 comments)

You didn't have to BIN it - you just couldn't use the new/updated software. They were still perfectly usable for doing something else.

My kids are on severely outdated desktops, thrown out by my husband's company when they were too outdated to do what the company wanted/needed to do; but they work just fine for browsing the web and playing old games.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

s0nicfreak Re:Dupe (840 comments)

I know many people over 50 who PRIDE themselves in not being able to fix things, because fixing things is for poor people (in their minds).

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

s0nicfreak Re: Dupe (840 comments)

In most areas the stores are close together, or there's Walmart where you just buy everything. I don't drive to the store JUST to buy oil; I drive to the store to buy groceries and yarn and pick up oil while I'm there. But if I pay someone else to change my oil, I have to drive to the oil change place JUST to get my oil changed and I can't get much else done while I'm there.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Patient Zero Identified, Probably Infected By Bats

s0nicfreak Re: What's odd is that (112 comments)

Well, I'm a little less worried about getting old, then.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Patient Zero Identified, Probably Infected By Bats

s0nicfreak Re:What's odd is that (112 comments)

sex is typically a lifelong interest, and males remain fertile indefinitely

Uh, you do know that before viagra, human males' penises stopped working when they got old, right?

about three weeks ago
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2015 Could Be the Year of the Hospital Hack

s0nicfreak Re:Cash Doctors (130 comments)

So it's highly likely that if that situation is true that the doctors he is dealing with could be breaking the requirements of their medical license.

Probably more likely that they re-write the same information down in their own folder after he leaves.

about a month ago
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2015 Could Be the Year of the Hospital Hack

s0nicfreak Re:Cash Doctors (130 comments)

So what happens when you get into a car accident on the way to/from the doctor and that folder goes flying out, the contents thrown off a bridge or scattered across the highway?

about a month ago
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Pirate Bay Domain Back Online

s0nicfreak Re:Promising??? (41 comments)

Some people like to support the people that entertain them.

about a month ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

s0nicfreak Re:Drop test (375 comments)

I don't see how this is relevant unless your hobby is regularly throwing everything in your pockets down long flights of stairs.
I have never dropped a phone far/hard enough to break it, and I don't use cases. I buy a smartphone and then use it for years until it no longer does what I want (due new/updated software, not due to the phone breaking).

Besides, all the information on my phone is backed up. Most of the stuff in my wallet does not allow me to have a backup. For some of it, there are laws against having a backup!
My wallet may not break but it can be stolen or dropped down a sewer, and then it's going to be damn hard to replace everything that's in there (and the cash of course is just gone forever). If my phone is lost, stolen or broken I just type an email address and password into a new one and everything is there.

about 2 months ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

s0nicfreak Re:Cash (375 comments)

I lived without a bank account for years. I worked for cash or my salary was given via a check (with taxes already taken out), which I cashed at Walmart. I paid rent with cash and lived in places where utilities were included with rent.

Getting anything - a library card, my ID updated, etc. - was damn near impossible though. And years later I still have issues. ID can't be updated without a utility bill... utility can't be put in my name without a bank account... bank account can't be opened without an updated ID. My husband has to sign up for things (Bank account, PO Box, insurance, etc. etc. etc.) and then add me on.

about 2 months ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

s0nicfreak Re:Lost!? (375 comments)

If I want to buy an air compressor off the trading post, I'm going to rock up with cash because the guy selling it wont have an EFTPOS machine.

I don't know about trading posts, but I know at craft fairs and conventions it's becoming common for sellers to have a small credit card reader that connects to their phone. I use a Square Reader to sell at craft fairs and conventions. Sure, I have to pay a fee for each transaction, but it's worth it to sell to people that have already spent all their cash, or who didn't bring cash because they were dragged along by friends/family and didn't expect to see anything they'd actually want to buy, or that didn't expect to make such a large transaction. Basically I have a choice between paying the fee or not making a sale to these people; so I'm fine with taking the fee. It's not sustainable to have a profit margin so small that merchant fees are going to kill me, so I don't do that.

And really despite the fee, I prefer to take credit cards. I can't pay any of my bills with cash (and even before I could pay them with credit cards, that was the case). So I have to drive to the bank (costing gas money), during hours it is open, and deposit the cash. Being a one-car family, and with the bank being open pretty much only when my husband is at work, and my bank being very out-of-the-way, it's a total pain. Credit card transactions, on the other hand, go directly into my bank account.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

s0nicfreak Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

The marketing manager of Proctor and Gamble can afford a nanny I'm sure. But the secretary that sits at the front of the building marking people off as they arrive for appointments - can she afford a nanny? The cashier at Dunkin Donuts, where many people like to stop for a coffee on their way to work? Sure, I'm the troll here @@

about 2 months ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

s0nicfreak Re:Be the Change You Wish to See in the World (438 comments)

No, school is a place to pass tests. And a place designed to churn out better factory workers while keeping the young people (what we now call children) - who were willing to work for less - out of jobs. Passing tests is not learning; it's memorizing the answers to the test (or, well, cheating to obtain the answers to the test).

about 2 months ago

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Just broke the streak!

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I grew tired of digg a couple of years ago and now I have grown tired of reddit. Should I come back here or just give up completely?

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Keepin my "not commented since 2003" streak alive!

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

But considering sending the RSS feed to my Kindle...

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It's been a long time since I rock n rolled

s0nicfreak s0nicfreak writes  |  more than 7 years ago Wow. I haven't made a comment since 2003.
I use to come here daily. Now I don't really care because the news is on digg before it gets here.

I feel bad that I don't care.

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