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In case anyone thought media companies didn't have a long history of screwing others for the sake of their own profits, here's something I just learned about!
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I think I just made clang lose its mind:

  %3 = call %"class.std::__1::basic_ostream"*@_ZNSt3__113basic_ostreamIcNS_11char_traitsIcEEElsEf(%"class.std::__1::basic_ostream"* @_ZNSt3__14coutE, float bitcast (i32 trunc (i64 bitcast (double bitcast (<2 x float> <float 6.000000e+00, float 6.000000e+00> to double) to i64) to i32) to float))

To be fair, that came from compiling this, where all calls except I/O are constexprs:

const auto v = vect_shuffle<1, 1, 2, 2>(vect<float, 4>{1, 2, 3, 4} * vect<float, 4>{4, 3, 2, 1});
cout << v[0] << ',' << v[1] << ',' << v[2] << ',' << v[3] << endl;
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Being a conniving asshat takes brain power. If you're sober enough to pull it off, you're sober enough to be held responsible for your actions.

I still think there's an interesting policy question here—how do we define "too drunk to consent"? But I don't think knowingly making yourself drunk is a pass for anything you do afterwards, and to suggest that men shouldn't be held responsible for rape because they were drinking too is insane.

The real shame is I think the justice system is between a rock and a hard place—as rare as false accusations might be, we can't build a justice system on accusation = proof. It's reasonable to demand the government proves its case before putting someone behind bars, and that means rapists (and murders, and a number of other criminals) will go free annoyingly often.

The change we need is cultural. I don't think it's something our legal system alone can fix. But accepting rape as just drunken fratboy behavior is a giant step in the wrong direction.
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I don't know about you, but my toilets are tools. :)
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Interesting—I've found all kinds of instructions online for making a Mavericks install disk, and none of them mention Install OS X Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia, which appears to do exactly that.

I've lost enough hard drives to (1) want backups of anything even vaguely important, and (2) want a way to install my chosen OSs from scratch. None of my hardware supports installation over the Internet, and even if it did I don't want to rely on the Internet connection working more than necessary. I love "the Cloud" for sharing things, but I refuse to trust it to give me anything critical on demand.

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This will be the last time I go along this area of discussion for a while because it's just going to get very old very quickly. But I wanted, in one place, a quick manifesto/rant about this positio...
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Alternative title: Not Steamrolling People 101. This advice makes sense even beyond sex: people "agree" to things when they don't think they have a choice.

I've made two personal decisions: (1) I will call others on it when they try this type of coersion on me or on anyone else when I witness it, no matter what they're after; and (2) I will check my own actions to make sure I'm not doing this to anyone, unless I'm forced to do so to enforce legal rights.

Here's hoping I'll live up to those decisions!
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Medicine's come a long way, but there's still a lot it can't tell us with any real certainty. Letting abusers get away with abuse is horrible, but so is sending innocent, grieving parents to jail.

There's a reason "beyond reasonable doubt" is our threshold for conviction—you can't build a reasonable justice system out of lynch mobs, even if the mob sometimes seems like the more efficient answer.
The dispute over the common child abuse diagnosis is a bitter civil war. And now, the pediatric neurosurgeon who is credited with first observing the syndrome is speaking out for the first time about his concerns over how it is used in child abuse cases.
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Today I learned methamphetamine is a schedule II substance with recognized medical uses, in spite of its well-known toxic effects and extreme addictiveness.

Yet I can't buy pseudoephedrine without showing ID and signing a log, to make sure I take it for my cold and don't turn it into prescription medication.

Wat.
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"Common side effects of citalopram include drowsiness, insomnia, nausea, weight changes, vivid dreaming, frequent urination, decreased sex drive, anorgasmia, dry mouth, increased sweating, trembling, diarrhea, excessive yawning, and fatigue. Less common side effects include bruxism, vomiting, cardiac arrhythmia, blood pressure changes, dilated pupils, anxiety, mood swings, headache and dizziness. Rare side effects include convulsions, hallucinations, severe allergic reactions and photosensitivity."

"Withdrawal symptoms can occur when this medicine is suddenly stopped. These include paraesthesiae, sleeping problems such as difficulty sleeping and intense dreams, feeling dizzy, agitated or anxious, nausea, vomiting, tremors, confusion, sweating, headache, diarrhoea, palpitations, changes in emotions, irritability, and eye or eyesight problems."

And this shit's legal!

Edit: And don't even get me started on Ambien, which I'm not crazy enough to let a doctor prescribe me.
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I don't think anyone should live their lives high, but my opinion is meaningless—I'm happy to live my life and let everyone else live theirs, so long as they don't actually trample on my rights.

Even if I did want to tell other people what to ingest, it's clear this current strategy is useless. I can't see why anyone thinks criminalizing drug use in the absense of any other offense is a good idea.

Besides, alcohol remains a perfectly legal and popular way to ruin your own life… or not, since not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic. We're not exactly saving addicts by tossing them into prison either—we're just condemning them to live in an underclass of people with a criminal record, all for the heinous crime of smoking a joint.

That's what I call bullshit.
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SSRIs take longer than 4 days to have the desired effect—it's more like 4 to 6 weeks, and is complicated by serotonin auto-receptors up-regulating first. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSRI#Mechanism_of_action:

"SSRIs inhibit the reuptake of serotonin. As a result, the serotonin stays in the synaptic gap longer than it normally would, and may repeatedly stimulate the receptors of the recipient cell. In the short run this leads to an increase in signalling across synapses in which serotonin serves as the primary neurotransmitter. On chronic dosing, the increased occupancy of pre-synaptic serotonin receptors signals the pre-synaptic neuron to synthesize and release less serotonin. Serotonin levels within the synapse drop, then rise again, ultimately leading to down-regulation of post-synaptic serotonin receptors."

Of course, they add: "Owing to the lack of a widely accepted comprehensive theory of the biology of mood disorders, there is no widely accepted theory of how these changes lead to the mood-elevating and anti-anxiety effects of SSRIs."

My own experience was definitely a wild ride, but I've been on a steady dose for many months, for some unknown value of many—I lost track. Life could still be better, but it used to be much worse. The drug wasn't the whole solution at all, but I found it to be a useful booster, giving me the motivation to take other necessary steps.

Not sure about cocaine personally though—between caffeine and nicotine (via e-cig these days), I get plenty of addictive stimulants!
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I don't get this "death to local storage" meme.

You can have your cake and eat it too. Throw anything into the cloud you want. Sign up for whatever streaming services you want. That doesn't mean you can't also own local copies of things.

I want the cloud to enhance my life. I don't want everything I do to become completely dependent on it. Does anyone really want that?

Signed,

The Weirdo Who Makes Physical OS X Installation Media Because Screw Cloud Dependence
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For what it's worth, I know my way around a computer, but my primary workstation is a Mac. Why? Because that way I spend more time doing whatever it is I'm trying to do and less time screwing around with the computer trying to make it work properly.

It's not that computer users have 1/10th of a brain—really, they just want to get things done (or entertain themselves). They don't want to figure out your crazy software contraption. They have something they want to accomplish, and the faster and easier you make that for them, the better your software is.

The best software empowers people. The worst software intimidates them.
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