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Dealing with moving into open-space offices?

treat quit (7 comments)

Quit. Your management is not giving you what you need in order to do your job.

If you can listen to headphones (big closed ones) and people leave you alone, you might find it possible to concentrate. But in most offices people won't respect your need for concentration, and the glare from the lights that can't be dimmed will make eye strain worse.

Choose music that has few words and few silent parts. Jazz, some classical, trance. Silent parts to the music allows you to briefly hear the noise in the office and be distracted. Prominent words are distracting.

more than 4 years ago
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California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power Restrictions

treat Re:Ban tumble dryers instead? (339 comments)

And now we have to do this to dry our clothes?

If I put them outside to dry, a bus would drive through them :-)

This would not make them cleaner.

I live in a city.

Visit almost any city anywhere in the world besides the US.

more than 5 years ago
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The Medical Benefits of Carbon Monoxide

treat Re:How is that a contradiction? (177 comments)

Actually, that makes it worse. Sweat is not pure water, it is water with a lot of salt and other chemicals that your body needs. If you replace the sweat that you lose with pure water, then you will become short on salt very quickly, which can kill you in a very short amount of time.

You think it's worse to drink nothing rather than pure water if you are exerting yourself to the point where you are dehydrated from sweating?

more than 5 years ago
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The Medical Benefits of Carbon Monoxide

treat Re:How is that a contradiction? (177 comments)

Take water and eat 10lbs of it. You could get hospitalized or worse.

Or this could be the amount you need to drink in a day to be healthy, if you're physically active in hot weather.

more than 5 years ago
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Texas Teen Arrested Under New Online Harassment Law

treat Re:About time (494 comments)

Well, nothing is worse than perhaps a felony conviction =)

This depends on the employer or how they do the background check. A felony charge and conviction all shows up in the documentation when they do the background check. It is worse to have a pending case (which is what a dropped felony charge looks like in certain databases) than to have a case that was resolved years ago.

In some cases, if you're lucky, you can have the charges dropped/resolved without conviction and then petition to have them sealed by the court maybe 6 months or a year later. That assumes this was your first offense. Then, the charges will NOT show up on a background check, and can only come back if you commit another crime of similar type where someone (the DA) petitions the court to re-open the records to show a pattern or something.

In the US, when doing an NCIC check, this is not always true. The charge still shows up. Even if the charges were sealed, this does not stop a brief summary of it from showing up on an NCIC records check done by an employer.

While there may be some way to have it removed, the fact is that if you go through the process of having things sealed, and every lawyer and court clerk etc involved says it is sealed and can't be seen by anyone, this in no way means that it will not show up on an NCIC search. If there is a way to have it removed from NCIC, this is not commonly known by lawyers and people who get this done are in the minority.

more than 5 years ago
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The Medical Benefits of Carbon Monoxide

treat Re:Cigarettes (177 comments)

Still, nicotine is not the sole psychoactive chemical in nicotine, readily apparent if you compare the effects of tobacco to vaporized pure nicotine.

Oops, Nicotine is not the sole psychoactive chemical in tobacco.

Oddly I'd consider this an obvious typo that doesn't need correction, but there's already too much confusion here about the difference between a molecule and a plant that produces that molecule.

more than 5 years ago
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The Medical Benefits of Carbon Monoxide

treat Re:Cigarettes (177 comments)

You can get the nicotine without the cigarette and the smoke etc. It's called an electric cigarette, use your Google-Fu, grasshopper.

Governments often make this difficult to distribute/obtain because the device can be considered a "drug delivery device", while nicotine incidentally contained in tobacco is not always legally considered a drug.

Still, nicotine is not the sole psychoactive chemical in nicotine, readily apparent if you compare the effects of tobacco to vaporized pure nicotine.

more than 5 years ago
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The Medical Benefits of Carbon Monoxide

treat Re:Cigarettes (177 comments)

Morphine is little more than low grade heroin, with lots of harmful impurities. Heroin is clean and safe.

Morphine is one molecule, heroin is another, similar molecule that is more efficient in the body.

Neither contains any impurities by definition. Things advertised as such may contain impurities. But both are specific molecules and nothing else.

Obviously the risk of a drug being contaminated with impurities can be greatly increased by the government's treatment of the regulation of that drug.

more than 5 years ago
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The Medical Benefits of Carbon Monoxide

treat Re:Cigarettes (177 comments)

Maybe not cigarettes, but tobacco sure. Heroin also has huge medical benefits, but we can't touch that, can we?

In much of the world, heroin is recognized as being a safe and effective pain killer. It is used regularly in hospitals in the UK.

The reason heroin is an effective recreational drug is due to its safety compared to other opiates.

The situation is similar (although much more extreme) with methamphetamine. Enough caffeine to keep you awake for a week would have a high chance of killing you outright.

Considering the low cost of making heroin from morphine, the use of morphine instead is essentially a deliberate waste in order to satisfy political considerations.

more than 5 years ago
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The Medical Benefits of Carbon Monoxide

treat Re:In a word no (177 comments)

Can cigarettes be good for you in small doses then?

Cigarettes also contain carcinogens and carcinogens have no real safe levels.

If carcinogens have no real safe levels, what possible definition are you using for "safe"?

You realize that the word "safe" does not mean 100% completely impossible of causing any harm, right?

more than 5 years ago
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The Medical Benefits of Carbon Monoxide

treat Re:Cigarettes (177 comments)

Can cigarettes be good for you in small doses then?

"cigarette" is not exactly drug. If you look at the component chemicals, there certainly are drugs in there that have differing effects in small doses. Nicotine has many effects, certainly some of which could have medical relevance.

It's rare that a drug is "good for you". The criteria is improving one condition without undue risk of causing/worsening others.

A person who smokes cigarettes for anxiety could easily be coming out on the positive end of things, if the anxiety was so severe as to risk the life of the patient. While there are usually drugs that are more effective, government restrictions on these drugs can be quite a significant influence on patients receiving care.

If cigarettes cure a person's anxiety, possibly a safer version can be created by extracting the nicotine. But this increases the risk of being arrested and contracting HIV due to repeated prison anal rape.

All medications are a balance of risk.

more than 5 years ago
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The Medical Benefits of Carbon Monoxide

treat Re:all medical treatments have this paradox (177 comments)

"is revealing a paradox: the gas often called a silent killer could also be a medical treatment."

Not much of a paradox. Every medical treatment suffers the exact same paradox. Morphine - great pain killer. Too much and it silently kills you. Anesthesias are the same. Cancer chemo treatments come very close to killing you, a small overdose may do it. Too much tylenol? Liver disease. Too much advil? Kidney problems.

Tylenol is in the same ballpark as the chemo drugs, as opposed to morphine. Double a normal (but high) dose of tylenol and you can destroy your liver. Tylenol is actually added to other drugs in the US in order to punish patients who choose to take a higher dosage of the medication actually needed.

One of the most evil things the US government does is adding a poison to medicines in order to destroy the liver of someone who takes "too much". The "too much" amount is likely to be a perfectly safe amount and could even be prescribed. And patients are not adequately warned what the dangers are of the medications they're given, or that certain components were added solely to have a fatal punitive effect.

more than 5 years ago
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California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power Restrictions

treat Re:Ban tumble dryers instead? (339 comments)

This would be true only in certain property associations. It's not a California thing, it's a neighborhood thing.

Too bad governments in many areas force new developments to create a neighborhood association. This paves the way for petty restrictions that violate basic human rights.

And yes, being able to wash and dry your clothes is a human right.

more than 5 years ago
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California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power Restrictions

treat Re:Ban tumble dryers instead? (339 comments)

When drying clothes, I used tojust use a 50 watt pedestal fan pointed at a clothes horse in my lounge (preferably with the windows open and the sun shining, blowing perpendicular to the shirts), not being one of those fancy pants people with gardens :-)

It gets clothes dry quickly and they get less damaged I think.

This is reminiscent of people growing weed indoors because the government regulates what plants you are allowed to grow. So it must be done secretly inside.

And now we have to do this to dry our clothes?

And no one sees a problem here?

more than 5 years ago
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California Moving Forward With Big-Screen TV Power Restrictions

treat Re:Seems like the wrong approach. (339 comments)

hey Einstein, how is the consumer going to know how much that shiny new fridge is going to consume

Consumer Reports? It's always worked for me.

Every time I try to use Consumer Reports to evaluate a highly technical purchase, it utterly fails. TVs are the perfect example of this. They don't do a thorough investigation at all.

more than 5 years ago
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Texas Teen Arrested Under New Online Harassment Law

treat Re:Minors? (494 comments)

Well, being that 16 still counts as a "minor" would the charges not reflect that, and/or the record be expunged/sealed when she becomes an adult?

Haha.

If you are 16, the courts decide whether to treat you as a minor on a case-by-case basis.

A "sealed" record only means that the word "sealed" is printed on it somewhere.

If you are 16 or under, get arrested for a felony, and it is handled under the juvenile system, your record will show a felony arrest (all the expungement and sealing in the world will not get rid of this). The expungement/sealing that takes place will prevent the record from showing that it was handled in this manner, and it will look like an open felony case. If an employer is generous, they will allow you to get the records - which being sealed, requires an in-person visit from the defendant. Either way, if you succeed you start off your employment in a bad light, and if you fail, you just quit your old job to take a new one that fired you in your first month due to background check issues.

more than 5 years ago
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Texas Teen Arrested Under New Online Harassment Law

treat Re:About time (494 comments)

And what really sucks is that CHARGES show up on background checks - even if they were dismissed or not yet processed in court.

It's bullshit.

Nothing looks worse on a background check than a charge that was dropped or otherwise resolved without a conviction.

If you are charged with a felony and plead guilty to a misdemeanor, you have a misdemeanor record. If you are charged with a felony and the charges are dropped, employers will often consider this to be a felony record.

more than 5 years ago
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Stargate Universe

treat Re:Troubleshooting skills. (829 comments)

And your anecdotal evidence is somehow better than his?

How about this? I know someone that knows Olivia Munn. That makes me a better human being than you.

Someone who actually used an application for their profession should have better "anecdotal evidence" about it than someone who has never used it at all.

How would being acquainted with an actress be relevant to this at all? It's really not related to post-production work. And why would that be related to being a "better human being"?

more than 5 years ago
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Sloppy Linux Admins Enable Slow Bruteforcers

treat nonstop for years (1 comments)

Although my linux firewall has always been subjected to random brute-force attacks, the pattern of the attacks is somewhat different than it used to be. More attempts of varying usernames, or slow attempts to log in as root.

Interestingly when I tried to modify sshd to not log passwords when attempts are made on bogus accounts, I found that the code was so obfuscated/abstracted that there was no clear place to modify the daemon to log passwords. I quickly decided it wasn't worth it, although I don't understand why an encrypted log of the password used on an invalid account is not a feature.

For analysis/understanding of the attacks it's clearly helpful that I know what passwords were tried. Imagine if you saw passwords that were close a correct one, or converging towards a correct one. Or if they had your root password for some reason, and they're trying this against a huge list of usernames because you're not allowing logins as root directly.

more than 5 years ago
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Do Retailers Often Screen User Reviews?

treat Re:Name and Shame (454 comments)

who was it and what was the NAS (so we dont make the same mistake)

This shouldn't matter, you should accept that all cheap NAS solutions suck, and mega-cheap ones mega-suck.

Just naming an example of one is useless.

Quality order, ignoring SAS vs SATA.
1) Netapp
2) Solaris software RAID using ZFS
3) Linux or Windows hardware RAID with HP SmartArray (cciss) cards
4) Linux software RAID or hardware RAID with 3Ware or LSI cards
5) high-end NAS solutions besides Netapp
6) Windows software RAID
7) Linux or Windows hardware RAID with cheap cards
8) cheap NAS solutions.

The thing to publicize to prevent others from making the same mistake is to warn everyone who can listen that your storage choices are high-end storage or SATA storage with software RAID on Solaris (ZFS), Linux, or Windows (in that order of quality

more than 5 years ago

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Is GIMP ready for prime-time after all these years

treat treat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

treat (84622) writes "Is GIMP ready for prime-time yet? There have always been two separate problems with GIMP. A poor user interface — not just one with a learning curve, but genuinely poor — and a variety of missing functionality compared to Photoshop. The missing functionality is something that I assume improves over the years. But the user interface has seen remarkably little change. I'm trying to decide whether GIMP is useful enough for editing digital pictures to see if I can get by without buying a machine to run Windows on. It is clear that GIMP has been under active development all these years — why has no attempt been made to improve the serious usability flaws and lapses in the documentation? Is this developer arrogance to include improvements or a genuine lack of interest? And an I do the simple things that Photoshop can do to manage digital pictures, or am I better off spending the few hundred dollars for a new machine and a few hundred more for Photoshop?"

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