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The Business of Attention Deficit Disorder

spikedvodka Re:What exactly is ADD? (246 comments)

It sounds like your story is very similar to mine. I'm 31, and have just recently been put on Straterra (Atomoxetine) I also was diagnosed with dyslexia while growing up, but after looking at my records again, I have been told that it falls more under dysgraphia rather than dyslexia (writing rather than reading)

I was diagnosed as a... side-effect... of going through the diagnosis process with my son. As some posters have mentioned, it did start with a checklist (or actually a book of checklists, and Likert scale questions) and then a trip to the psychologist (during which time I was also being seen for depression) Part of the analysis for both myself and my son was reviewing academic records, and comments from teachers. (Parents, those report cards from 1st grade can make a difference as kids grow up) and then working on getting the right dose of the right meds. We resisted medications for quite a while, and are still working on getting it "right" to avoid turning our son into a zombie, but to get the benefits of the meds (for the record, we are keeping the doses as low as possible).

Are there side-effects, yes, are they worth the benefits, I believe, when used correctly, yes.

My coworkers can tell when I miss a dose of my meds. it makes it very difficult for them to follow my thought process. I have been lucky to find both a primary, and a secondary job that fit the way I function. I find I can go from hyper-focus to full-on attention-bounce. The meds have given me the ability to better control this, and have brought me to a much better place.

I failed out of my first university, and was only moderately successful in Grade School.

I don't know what discussions (if any) were had about me and my condition as a child, but I'm glad that we have been working on this for my son

about a year ago

Automated Dorm Room Causes a School Inquiry

spikedvodka Re:School inquiry? (170 comments)

As the saying goes:
- There are Old Electricians
- There are Bold Electricians
- There are no Old Bold Electricians

more than 2 years ago

US Government: There's Child Porn On the Megaupload Servers Judge!

spikedvodka Re:Impound all servers... (375 comments)

H0 : There is no CP on the servers
HA: There is reasonable suspicion that there is CP on the servers

The burden of proof resides on the DoJ to "prove" that there is a reasonable suspicion that there does in fact exist CP on the servers, and that we must therefore reject the Null Hypothesis. until such time as the DoJ makes such a verifiable claim to this effect, we cannot reject the Null Hypothesis.

Short Version: "I Call"

more than 2 years ago

When Geeks Meet, Are They More Likely To Have Autistic Kids?

spikedvodka Re:Intelligence downside (327 comments)

Well, just remember that fertility is hereditary...
If your parents didn't have any kids, you probably won't either

more than 3 years ago

When Geeks Meet, Are They More Likely To Have Autistic Kids?

spikedvodka Re:When I was a kid we didn't have peanut allergie (327 comments)

One other thing to note about peanut allergies is that, from a diagnosis/prevention standpoint, they are all treated as "Severe"

My son has a contact allergy to peanuts that causes a rash. it is not an anaphylaxis reaction, so, very much non-life-threatening. This being said, the allergist, and his pediatrician still prescribed epi-pens, and had the school treat it, for the purposes of preventing contact, as if it were a life-threatening anaphylaxis reaction.
my understanding of the reasons for this is 2-fold:
1) Peanut allergies, as a whole, are more likely to be life-threatening than many other food allergies.
2) Peanut allergies tend to increase over time, thus increasing the likelihood that his reaction could evolve into an anaphylaxis reaction after further exposures.
Now, we told the school that his treatment plan is "Diphenhydramine HCL (AKA Benedryl) & Observe, contact us"
The schools tend to treat all peanut allergies as life-threatening so that they can have uniform rules while dealing with hundreds of "Little smiling faces" rather than having to know "Johnny gets X, Bobby gets Y, Jane get Z... ad. nausium.)

I have no sources for either of the above, but those are my understandings

more than 3 years ago

As a target for malware, my main computer is ...

spikedvodka More than completely immune (429 comments)

Non-Network ENIAC, I know everything running on this thing, damnit, I had to reconfigure the tubes and switches

more than 3 years ago

I do my best coding after...

spikedvodka Re:Mine's a Laphroaig 10 (222 comments)

I'm not so much on the taste of creosote... now a Glenlivet 15, straight (maybe 2 drops of water) I could go for any time.

more than 3 years ago

I would soonest put my trust in a ...

spikedvodka Re:Airspace FTW (312 comments)

Was talking with one of the LifeFlight of Maine EMTs the other day, with the IFR system that ME, MA and NH have in place, they have just gotten FAA approval for IFR highways.

Picture This, you're in Fort Kent, ME, and need to get to Mass. General *FAST*, they load you on the helicopter, the pilot lifts off, and takes his hands off the stick. Next thing (about 4 hours later) you are 50 feet above the helipad in Boston.

Supposedly this is a First In The Nation thing, but with the IFR post at all of the Maine hospitals, the LifeFlight helicopters can already do final approach to 50 feet above the pad unassisted.

I Trust robotic planes

more than 3 years ago

Law Enforcement Still Wants Mandatory ISP Log Retention

spikedvodka ...and in other news... (226 comments)

The Pope is catholic, Water is wet, and stock in Hard Drive manufacturers is climbing

Really, I'm surprised they're not going for 24 or even 48 months. Of course law enforcement wants logs. (much easier to request than active taps/trace/wiretaps) and they can go back in time effectively.

my concern isn't primarily with law enforcement having access to logs that far back, but with 2 things
1) selling them for profit (see recent Supreme court case about dr.'s prescribing habits)
2) use in civil cases.

more than 3 years ago

I Name My Servers After:

spikedvodka Re:Spacecraft (722 comments)

well yeah ya' smeg'ead, why isn't Red Dwarf first?

more than 3 years ago

ISP's War On BitTorrent Hits World of Warcraft

spikedvodka Re:This is my suprise face. (252 comments)

perfect example: on my current BT "session" I've uploaded over 60 Gig, every bit of which is completely legal.

I'm seeding Ubuntu and Knoppix ISOs. I seriously hope that they don't "kill" bittorrent, as it is one of the most efficient ways of moving large files around.

more than 3 years ago

Americans Favor Moratorium On New Nuclear Reactors

spikedvodka Re:So uh (964 comments)

My Bad, I misread the table... for airlines, the number is 0.072 fatalities per 100,000,000 miles flown
this changes the final result to roughly 16 times more likely to die when in a car over flying.

more than 3 years ago

Americans Favor Moratorium On New Nuclear Reactors

spikedvodka Re:So uh (964 comments)

Same thing with Automobile vs. Air-travel fatalities
in 2009 :
automotive fatalities per 100,000,000 miles traveled: 1.13 http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx
Airline Fatalities per 1,000,000 miles traveled: 0.0003 http://www3.ntsb.gov/aviation/table5.htm

if we adjust the airline numbers to reflect 100 million miles, we get 0.03 fatalities.

you are 190 times more likely to die when in a car, than if you were flying, but yet we are so worried about air accidents. They make better news because you will typically have higher fatalities *at once*, rather than a handful across the country every day.

people just don't understand statistics.

I'm with you on the nuclear thing.

more than 3 years ago

Limewire Being Sued For 75 Trillion

spikedvodka Re:PR Stunt (545 comments)

The average person is dumb and 50% of the people are even dumber

The median person is dumb and 50% of the people are even dumber

Both statements are correct. The latter is simply more accurate

(Median is one accepted form of "average")

Okay, now that that's off my chest, go ahead and mod me off-topic

more than 3 years ago

Employer Facebook Password Requests Suspended

spikedvodka Re:Flashlight under a rock (209 comments)

Apathy Party! Just remember, No Vote is a Vote for us!

more than 3 years ago

Magnetic Pole Shift Affects Tampa Airport

spikedvodka Re:Hollywood knows what to do (317 comments)

and don't forget the inability to pronounce the word "nuclear" correctly (Hint: It only has 2 syllables)

about 4 years ago

Best IT-infrastructure For a Small Company?

spikedvodka Send me contact information (600 comments)

Send me your contact information, and I'll work up a plan for you. I charge around $200.00 per hour, plus travel, meals, and housing if on-site work is required.

Your summary doesn't give us anywhere near enough information to plan.
Some additional information that would help
1) what is the estimated budget?
2) what sort of 'net connection do you have?
3) how much travel do your folks do?
4) what sort of tech-savvy do your folks have?
5) what is the building like?
6) any planned expansion?
7) what skillets do the it people have? ...

You're looking at a complete overhaul, expect to pay a lot to do it right.

If I were doing this, for a company of 20 people, i would expect to spend at least a week in place interviewing everybody to get a feel for what needs are before I even started to create a plan.

Seriously, send me your info, and all the info, I'll write up a proposal and price it out

more than 4 years ago

Smart Grid May Also Carry IPv6 Traffic

spikedvodka Where have I heard this before? (70 comments)

I swear I've heard this before...
    oh yeah, phone lines... I think it went something like this:
Exec 1: We already have lines run, why should we bother with a second set of lines for control signals say from pay phones?
Exec 2: I can't see of a reason, let's do it
Exec 1: we all get bonus for saving ourselves $BIGNUM bucks.
Exec 2: Sweet! ... Time Passes...
Captain Crunch: *2600Hz whistle* now can I get free long distance calls?

hence the development of SS7.

Now if we can get this, which network is going to be "phoning home" to report electrical usage? even if the traffic is sufficiently encypted, and authenticated, what happens when someone decides to start DOSing their electrical meter? that and, eventually, and i stress eventually, any encryption can be defeated. it's only a matter of time before someone figures out how to fake electrical readings from the new smart meters, or better yet, hacks and publishes the hack, for certain brands of meters.

more than 4 years ago



spikedvodka spikedvodka writes  |  more than 7 years ago

spikedvodka (188722) writes "NPR is reporting That President Bush overrode the objections of Justice Department officials when it re-authorized the domestic WireTapping.

Comey eventually went to the White House, accompanied by Solicitor General Ted Olsen. The two sides could not agree about the domestic-surveillance program. The rules required the attorney general to sign off on it at regular intervals, but Comey would not. So the next morning, the White House authorized the program without the Justice Department. Comey drafted a resignation letter.
"I couldn't stay if the administration was going to engage in conduct that the Department of Justice has said had no legal basis," Comey said."

spikedvodka spikedvodka writes  |  more than 8 years ago

spikedvodka (188722) writes "Believe it or not, Someone dressed up as Bin Laden, and got himself arrested on Halloween. Read the article here To make things better, he is a lawyer, and the one who tipped the press off to President Bush's Drunk Driving record in 2000. Of course, the best part was his statement "There was a First Amendment this morning when I woke up. I don't know how it evaporated with the dawn"

Now he did have a squirt gun, and some plastic grenades with him... but it will be interesting to watch where this leads. He is scheduled for a court appearance in December, and is out on $500 bail"


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