Re: questions for people who read novels

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@12Sex scenes are already in mainstream literature.  Even The Dresden Files goes so far as to have one.  Pick up any urban fantasy novel in the last 10 years.  It'll become more pronounced, but it's already done.The one romance/relationship author I like is T.J. Klune.  He does everything from genuinely dark paranormal with basically no sex to over the top fantasy lowbrow comedy to contemporary.  Kind of a catch-all author, who gets shelved with romance because they don't fit anywhere else and he always builds the novel around a relationship.  He's also gay, and it shows.  Frankly I recommend Wolfsong even to straight non-romance readers because it was good enough to ruin werewolves in anything else forever and also manages to handle mental disabilities and a lot of other stuff well, kind of a blend of all the genres vaguely adjacent to urban fantasy.But the thing that he became known for was his first series, Bear, Otter, and the Kid, which I can honestly say was a formative experience.  Because the thing is, gay problems aren't like me and my husband fought.  That's there, sure.  We certainly have normal relationships and normal relationship problems.  But there's a whole other set of stuff that comes with being gay that's just not really a thing for straight people.  His characters in that series have to worry about child custody issues and whether mom is going to come back and make their lives hell because she couldn't deal with it, and having to out themselves to people, and a whole bunch of stuff like that.  You'll read it, and you'll be like wow these problems are over the top.  It's not the best thing he's written, or the best thing out there.  Especially early on, he leans on specific plot devices kind of hard.  And, I think to some straight readers it probably comes across as not realistic.  But I have multiple friends with stories like it to one degree or another, including one friend who sort of became a safe house in Florida back in the 2008 housing crisis for a bunch of people who couldn't go home to their families because of it.  Ended up with like 15 people living with him at some point, because their options were him, homelessness, or going back to their families who couldn't deal with it--the sort of people who'd try to beat the gay out if they were kids, which you could legally do until a couple years ago via conversion therapy.  I got lucky.  I didn't work it out until I was an adult, and I'm not so bad off that I couldn't go home, but I don't talk much with two family members because of it.  And somehow I avoided internalizing the "gay people are sinners against god" attitude you get in places like Florida and from people like my mother.  Most of my gay friends had much, much worse issues.But, look at the ones by straight authors.  They're the stereotypes like you're talking about, but swap out the woman for a man.  At least for me, that kills suspension of disbelief. You get two muscled bikers who are somehow completely comfortable in their sexuality, one of them is the "woman" during sex with feminine personality characteristics who wants to be the bottom, all their friends are supportive and knew they were gay all along and someone will say "about time you told us", and maybe there's one token character who has a problem with it but they'll usually come around by the end because all that matters is love and happiness.  It's just completely different.  I'm sure there's someone gay out there who loves them.  I'm sure there's someone writing them without the experience of having been gay who gets it right.  They're not even particularly poorly written with respect to prose or any of that.  But it just completely misses the point.  The books that meet the stereotypes you're talking about are really far from actual straight relationships.  But when you take that sort of book and make the characters gay, it's twice as far from gay relationships as it would have been from the straight equivalent.  Gay sex was illegal in parts of the U.S. as late as 2003, people are still fighting hard with a chance of winning to deny gay couples the right to adopt, and gay people pretty universally had to worry about hate crimes as late as the 90s and still do in some parts of the U.S.  Go to the right countries and gay relationships are still a capital crime.  Chosen families as opposed to biological families are still super common, and 15 years or so ago that was the norm.  Older people are still traumatized by having all their friends die from HIV.If it's not clear, this bothers me.  It's fine that people write such things and that people read such things, but I don't like that no one actually gets the difference between what M/M romance is--namely by and for straight people--and what the experience of actual gay people is.  I promise you, most gay people have much worse stories than the worst blindness anecdotes you can lay your hands on.

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Re: Problem regarding laptop battery

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Re: Problem regarding laptop battery

@5That's the calibration thing I'm talking about, however it isn't always possible and the procedure is manufacturer specific.Nowadays we take readings directly, but older systems sort of inferred it in some fashion I don't know all the details of, but think more along the lines of a battery timer, not a sensor.  Sometimes it gets confused.  Sometimes, when it does so, you can fix it.  But I hesitate to give directions because the Mac procedure is "drain the thing entirely and then charge it up", which will actually damage some older batteries, so you need to do some reading and maybe talk to tech support.If your machine was made in the last 2 or 3 years this doesn't apply, though, and something else is probably wrong.  In general batteries have improved by leaps and bounds in the last 5, and a lot of older "wisdom" just doesn't apply anymore.

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Re: Problem regarding laptop battery

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Re: Problem regarding laptop battery

You might check with your manufacturer's tech support.  Sometimes what happens is that the circuit that reads the power needs calibrations.  In particular, older Macs required this from time to time.But you're probably screwed and need to get the battery replaced.  Sorry.

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Re: questions for people who read novels

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Re: questions for people who read novels

@9Thing is that when you say romance novels, unless you specify otherwise, everyone is going to hear "book with plot that leads to steamy sex scene".  Sure, the other stuff exists.  But you'll notice that many of these books do still go out of their way to describe the sex scene, because while you might be buying them for the heartwarming romance, the sex scenes are equally important to many of the readers of that genre.  If you continue reading romance, I promise you will shortly pick up a good-looking book that has sex every 10 pages.  Ironically such books can also have really good plot and character development, because at the end of the day wanting and having sex is part of the human condition, and authors of this sort of stuff get the short end of the public opinion stick.  But so did sci-fi and fantasy, honestly, and the way the world is going that'll probably change over the next 10 years in the same way it did for the aforementioned.  Suffice it to say the 50 shades novels and movies wouldn't have happened 10 years ago, at least not how they did.  50 shades is a complete travesty that taught large chunks of the world that BDSM is rapey and about violating consent (which it isn't), but it at least started a lot of valuable discussions by showing the world that your next door neighbor also reads this stuff.I don't read romance often; I have to be in the right mood.  But I read it for both reasons.  Unfortunately I'm gay so there's not that many authors that aren't women writing for other women, in such a fashion as to make all the men muscle-bound platonic straight ideals that happen to fall in love, which is...not at all how being gay is, to be honest.  The actual gay man market is too small to really be viable for publishers and, as a result, there's only one author I even really like.It sounds like you haven't developed a sex drive yet, but that'll most likely happen eventually.  At some point you'll likely want a relationship, casual sex, whatever--and then romance becomes wish fulfillment, to some degree.  Which is also perfectly fine.  it's also perfectly fine to read porn, at least in my book; but I'm sort of ahead of the social curve on that, so you might need to wait another 5 or 10 years before the rest of the world finishes agreeing with me.If you're looking for non-romance book recommendations, there's few people on here who are more well-read than I am in the science fiction and fantasy arenas.  If you want very speculative speculative fiction, I'm probably the person to give you some.

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Re: pissed off about accessibility guides

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Re: pissed off about accessibility guides

@141FWIW the GPU-based GUI frameworks have lots of other problems.  It's the popular thing to do now, but in the process they'll reinvent everything the OS has to offer and still end up with a subpar experience even for the sighted, since hey, now you need a GPU.  Forget themes, for one thing, or any other integration with platform services.  Then a lot of controls will work slightly differently--for example textboxes and sometimes window resizing--and the framework has to go out of the way to implement the platform specific behavior they opted out of.There's a trend of pixel-perfect perfection, not in the "do my controls overlap" sense but in the anal-retentive "We chose ocean blue at sunrise and buttons must be 5 pixels apart. These buttons are 6 pixels apart and this looks more like ocean blue at sunset, you're on probation" sense.  At the end of the day the APIs all look the same as a user, unless you're dealing with something more interesting like React (which is working on Windows accessibility--I can't wait).  But it's easy to throw out literally everything, write a GUI framework that sort of kind of mostly works how you'd expect on all the platforms but with just enough frustrations that you can even find sighted users complaining about this trend with OpenGL, and have your pixel perfect fun at the cost of everything else in a weekend.  But since learning all the OSes is a rare skillset and playing with OpenGL isn't, well, here we are.But I get where you're coming from, I used to kind of think the same, surely these frameworks are all amazing and make writing a GUI not painful.  Haha no.  The only thing I've found that really succeeds at that is React native, and they're working on Windows accessibility and I can't wait.  But in general this is just one of those places where the world is sort of slowly getting worse because of coordination problems.  No one actually wins with this strategy.

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Re: I'm thinking of getting an apple watch, is it worth it?

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Re: I'm thinking of getting an apple watch, is it worth it?

Losing weight is more about net calories, and it's not going to track your food unless there's some sort of amazing app for that.  The watch will say you burned x calories, but not that you ate y calories.  Eat 3000 calories and burn 500 exercising, bad.  Eat 2000 calories and burn 500 exercising, good.  I wouldn't pay a couple hundred dollars for a calorie tracker when all it can say is how much I spent exercising, if I can get the same effect for free by doing whatever exercising I'd do anyway, working out how many calories I'm eating, and pulling that back by a few hundred.  Especially since I have to do all that tracking myself anyway whether I'm pulling it back or not.

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Re: questions for people who read novels

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Re: questions for people who read novels

Those sorts of things aren't true.  What's actually true is that lots and lots and lots of people read this stuff and don't admit to it because admitting to reading "romance"/porn is considered taboo and weird and something you should be ashamed about because everyone says that, then reporters go and find some adulterer or something somewhere and go wow they read romance novels, let's point that out because it'll give someone more things to talk about on my sensational article.But let's assume it's true, that for some reason romance novel readers *are* actually all the things you claim.  Novels do not change the reader.   If it's actually the case that those things are true and that's why those people read romance novels, they're going to be the same sort of person if romance novels didn't exist.  You won't change for having read them, that's not how reading works unless that's what you're trying for.  These sorts of opinions are harmful in the first place, but all you'll do by sharing them is alienate all your friends for no reason.Also, in the 2000s and early 2010s it was videogames produce murders, in the 1990s it was dungeons and dragons summons satanic forces, I'd go back further but further is before I was born.  I'm sure tomorrow it'll be something equally stupid.As someone who went through this phase as well,listen to critical thinking skills, not random sensational articles from the internet.  I remember what it was like to read my first romance novels, to in general find all the sorts of sexual stuff, and because I'm from a very typical Florida background I was raised to believe that there was something wrong with it all and also something wrong with me for enjoying it to some extent.  If you can just skip to the end of that process and avoid all the parts in the middle where you feel weird, I encourage you to do so.

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Re: pissed off about accessibility guides

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@134I disagree.  Capitalism is kind of involved, but $5 for a year is massively below the going rate for programmers.  When you can do a thing plus get stuff for it or you can do a thing and not get stuff for it, most people will opt to do the thing and get stuff for it, especially when getting the stuff means 2x or 3x what you'd otherwise be getting.  Still kind of problematic, but doing accessibility even if you want to is kind of like pulling teeth.@136Frankly, most creative types make pocket change for their work and are lucky to be able to pay for an apartment with the income from their book/song/whatever, so yes, you probably would, if only because the people who are doing it now are usually doing it for non-monetary reasons.people don't usually realize that until they look into this stuff more closely.  I did, and ironically one of the best ways to make money as a novelist is to do those "romances" that are actually porn with a stereotypical plot.  That'll keep a roof over your head.  People like Rowling or Tolkien who do good work and get famous for it and make tons of money are rare.  Very, very rare.  And behind every one of those are 100 people doing stuff just as good or better than you'll never ever hear of.  As soon as you try to do art for the art, pretty universally you start fulfilling that starving artist stereotype.  Or you do it around your dayjob.@137MSAA was done in the 90s before anyone knew what they were doing.  IA2 was done because Mozilla needed nonstandard extensions on MSAA to work with browsers without literally having to do process injection to let a screen reader grab and reparse raw HTML source code.  UIA is the most recent and actively developed effort from Microsoft.Ignore the others.  Use UIA.  At this point it's pretty mature.  The reason there's not a simplifying SDK is that you can't actually simplify it further, for example if you're thinking why can't I just acc_makeButton("my button") or whatever, it's because whatever you decide to do in the simplifying library is either going to be different on all the platforms anyway, not do everything UI framework X needs exactly how X needs it to be done, or both.  Plus then you have the entire headache that is something like a web browser where you can't load all the accessibility nodes into memory at once without taking down the machine, and on some platforms (i.e. Android) this actually has to be done by subclassing interfaces in Java and, if it's a C framework, using JNI.With your level of C++ knowledge, if you picked up some Windows API stuff you could be working with UIA relatively quickly.  I've considered trying to use it to make an alternative to accessible_output2 as well as a thing for virtual menus that reads off properly and works with all the screen reader commands that'd work by overriding the SDL window callback, and I estimated doing that at about a weekend.  The issue is that you've also got NSAccessibility and UIAccessibility from Apple, etc etc etc, have to test against all of them entirely by hand, and will have to modify the pre-existing framework that was written without accessibility in mind to be able to offer what the accessibility APIs need.

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Re: pissed off about accessibility guides

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Re: pissed off about accessibility guides

@131Someone needs to start something.  You can't donate for accessibility directly without devs willing to work on it.I'm also not saying no one donates to stuff.  I'm saying that blind people as a whole don't donate to stuff.  It's good that you donate, but you're a drop in a very large bucket, and we can only get anywhere if the bucket is full.  The money that the big blindness orgs have doesn't come from blind people.You'd need someone to spearhead an organization to figure this out, but that'd have to first come with people believing that the money existed.  I don't, and no one serious I've talked to over the years has either.

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Re: pissed off about accessibility guides

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Re: pissed off about accessibility guides

@123It's annoying that even open source has accessibility problems, but if it ever came down to the wire and we needed something to be accessible or we all lose our jobs, we can at least do something about it.  As someone who has looked into making open source projects accessible, they're more than happy to let you, it's just that no one knows how and it takes way more effort than people who aren't programmers think.  This is especially true of desktop apps, because the desktop accessibility APIs are horrifically complicated for what they need to do and in some cases aren't properly documented.Blind people as a whole could get together and figure out a way to fund open source development of accessibility, but they haven't, and the problem is that people such as myself who can do it get to pick between a highly paid job or doing a bunch of work that's as difficult as that job for free.  I estimate that it would take about $5 and a developer-year per GUI framework, which would make every app that uses said GUI framework accessible.  In theory blind people could come together and make that happen.  If you could find 5000 people with $100 a year, you could fund 10 GUI frameworks at once, possibly as many as 12 or 13 because the devs can help each other when one of them has a week of downtime for a code review or something, and you'd be playing with more money than NVDA gets through donations by far.  Also, in year two, it'd speed up because you'd have a team of experts who know all the undocumented ins and outs and the behavior of all 6 or so screen readers, etc etc etc, and frankly at that point you'd probably start running out of popular GUI frameworks anyway.But this will never happen, and I don't understand why.  5000 people and $10 gets you one GUI framework, and even blind people on SSI can come up with $10/year, but for some reason when it comes to blind people buying things or donating to causes, it just can't happen.Regardless, at least put the blame in the right place.  Even sighted OSS stuff has trouble getting funding.

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Re: depressed from blindness again

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Re: depressed from blindness again

@18To be honest, I could think of at least 5 treatable mental disorders that might be going on here, because though you're saying it's about accepting your blindness, you're not describing "I can't accept my blindness" symptoms, you're describing really stereotypical stuff that you learn about in the introductory psychology course in college.If this was about not being able to accept your blindness, you could just decide to go do something about not accepting your blindness, and it wouldn't be easy, but you'd probably have been through it by now, you'd only have had to do it once, and you wouldn't be talking about demons in a half-literal fashion and being afraid that therapists are going to do some sort of dark ages judgement thing that somehow involves the police.  You'd be exploring hobbies or asking us about living independently or however to do whatever it is you want to do.  I'm sure blindness was a trigger, mind you, don't get me wrong.  But demons and thoughts about harming others and things like that, that's more.You can find therapists outside the school setting.  The cutbacks haven't realistically gone so far that that's not possible in any first world country.  Psychiatrists are harder, usually with waiting lists of a couple months, but again doable.  In the U.S. health insurance will cover much of it.  I would avoid trying to do this via school or whatever for a different reason, namely that people in those settings don't usually even have medical degrees.  There is a vast, vast difference between someone trained in this stuff, and someone your school happened to hire to talk to troubled students.A diagnosis isn't a judgement, it's a plan.  There's 20 or 30 different kinds of talk therapy, there's 20 or 30 different kinds of medication that work for some people whose worst side effect is "I don't have a sex drive".  The modern disciplines of psychology and psychiatry are science-backed disciplines that have spent the last 40 or 50 years figuring out how to handle this stuff.  It's not lobotomies and a bed with straps because you said you don't like broccoli anymore, not even close.  Usually, it's a pill with zero side effects or some cognitive behavioral therapy, pick either or both, some lifestyle changes, and determination on the part of the patient.  And when I say usually, I mean even for people who say things like "I feel so tired and unhappy that I can't bring myself to put food in my mouth" (true story, I know someone who is that bad off, but not going to bring the details into the public internet).You've also alluded to having possibly not so great relationships with your parents;  if nothing else, finding a therapist--a proper one, not someone from your school or something--will give you a safe place to talk about the things you mightn't want to talk about with them if that's actually the case.  Even for minors, it doesn't leave the office unless you cross really clearly defined lines.  I don't know what those are for minors, but your therapist can and will give you a clear and unambiguous answer to that question.

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Re: depressed from blindness again

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Re: depressed from blindness again

@16You don't have anything to worry about.  Thoughts aren't illegal.  Going to a therapist and saying "I have these thoughts, and I'm not going to act on them, but I'd like to work on whatever's wrong" isn't going to do anything much.  The absolute worst case is you spend a few days in the mental hospital, but frankly that's not going to be what happens.  I've told psychiatrists about my suicidal thoughts and the worst that happened is I got diagnosed with Bipolar II and put on Lamictal with zero side effects but a massive improvement in quality of life.  I know people who have mental health problems as bad or worse than what you're describing, and none of them have been involuntarily committed either.  Also, to put you at ease (because me saying what I've said isn't going to stop you worrying about this stuff) being committed *isn't* a legal record, and your employer, etc, probably can't find out that it happened.And, there's nothing at all wrong with not revealing everything in the first session.  Hell, there's nothing wrong with telling them that you don't feel comfortable talking about everything yet, you're just acknowledging something they already know, if you say that.But look at it this way.  It's not going to lead to a criminal record and your fears about mental hospitals are probably overblown and realistically the worst that happens is you have some uncomfortable conversations.  You've said you've gone through this before.  Do you want to keep ending up back here?  Because I can promise you that trying to get help through the internet isn't going to do it, especially if it's on a site like this one.

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Re: pissed off about accessibility guides

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Re: pissed off about accessibility guides

@23If there is an inherent danger in curing blindness from birth, tell me what it is, and why society should go "We have a cure for blindness, let's not use it and run all these social services instead".  You need a very high standard of evidence if you're going to tell anyone who has a clue that we should let parents get away with not curing blind children.  You will find, even here on the thread we just had, that a majority of the people who are hesitant about a cure think it's because the vision won't be usable.  If that's the case, it *has* to be done when someone's a child, or you forever deny that child the choice.  And when it's not the case, a vast majority of the remaining people don't understand what vision is and clearly don't know enough to make the choice, or are hiding behind the "it's identity" line because otherwise we'd have to face objective reality.  You can't turn this into blind people have culture and it's society's fault without being an insensitive asshole because that's simply, objectively not the case, so for the sake of literally everyone stop it.  To put this another way, are you advocating for PTsd culture?  Should we let parents beat their children so that we can continue the PTSD identity?  Do you even realize how these two things are the same?  I doubt it.  But I also bet you that if we put effort in, we could find people with PTSD who wouldn't take a cure as well, and you know, as long as they're adults, fine.  But not curing a child's blindness literally does as much with respect to poor life outcomes as beating them every day, and before you continue participating in such discussions you should think really hard on why saying that in exactly those words isn't an unreasonable position to take, and realize that that's the position you're arguing against.What I see here is that you haven't dealt with your disability, and when someone else gives you an inch w.r.t. disabilities maybe not being so bad for them, you grab onto that side of the argument and take a mile because you need a justification to be pissed at the world to avoid coming to terms with it.

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Re: pissed off about accessibility guides

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Re: pissed off about accessibility guides

Look, what you're maybe finally getting is that disabilities are actually really complicated, and if you would take the final step of "sometimes technology can't solve the problem" and started realizing that you can't just giant tech project and game design practices your way out of this, you'd be much happier, as well as on the same page of half this site, namely the half who had enough vision to play sighted games at some point.You can't adapt most sighted games to be playable by the blind without making them easier, and frequently you can't do it without changing the gameplay of parts of the game.  This is a fundamental truth of game design.  A good example of someone who did it well was Sequence Storm, but the thing is that if you want to not have the ability to skip things or to simplify them to some sort of menu or something, you're frequently asking for two games simultaneously, and somehow they have to interact so that a blind player and a sighted player can play together, which can also be basically impossible.  And also, it has to be fun for everyone or it's pointless.  Alternatively, you're asking game developers to sacrifice fun for the fully able player for the sake of accessibility.  But by the same token, adapting for someone who is merely visually impaired is often doable.And in the same way, trigger warnings are useful; they're an adaptation for someone who has lesser forms of what you have.  Lots of people know what will trigger them.  You can adapt for those.  You can't adapt for you, in the same way you can't adapt for a blind person.I don't have any interest in reading that site in its entirety, but the pages you're linking aren't problematic.  Accessible games aren't wheelchair ramps or something where everyone wins just by pouring a bit of concrete.  Often you can't do it without sacrificing something else.  Yeah, a game like Pokemon can be fixed, but one like Fallout can't, for example.You run around assuming you understand other disabilities all the time.  You've recently all but said that we might not need to cure blindness and deafness because we should fix society instead.  Someone hasn't even gone as far as doing that to you here, and you're mad.  This is hypocritical as hell.  I hope it helps you realize that what you do is dismissive of others.

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Re: depressed from blindness again

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Re: depressed from blindness again

Therapists are much less likely to judge you than you think.  You might have to try a few times to find a good one, but you're highly, highly unlikely to be judged.  I try to keep the not-PG13 parts of my life out of these discussions, but last time I did this I was involved in a 5-person gay polyamorous relationship with D/S elements in Florida and my therapist was just like "Huh, I've never heard of that before, tell me more, that sounds like an interesting life experience".  But the flip side is that if you think there is something they might judge, there might actually be reasons to work on whatever it is.  And if there are, the idea is that you'll work out whether or not that's the case together.  Obviously there's bad therapists.  But this is the sort of stuff a good one will do.  They're people too, of course, but their job is to worry about the things you should be worried about from a mental health perspective, not to put all their personal feelings on their clients.You don't need to live alone now or anything like that, but the paradox of depression is that you'll be unable to do anything because the depression is sitting there telling you you can't, but doing something is what will help the depression go away.  Clearly Covid makes doing something harder, possibly hard enough that you can't.  I get that.But also, the thing is, if you're just dwelling on how you're not sighted all the time, and you can't get past it, and you think there's something a therapist might judge, and you've got self-control problems, and these demons are literal, you're describing a whole host of mental illnesses, most of which are easily treatable.  In that case, putting off going to a psychologist or psychiatrist is probably a huge mistake.

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Re: depressed from blindness again

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Re: depressed from blindness again

If you can get enough money that you can practically consider grocery delivery, living independently isn't *that* hard, and it's not actually as expensive as you'd think it is, at least in the U.S..  You'll still want to get sighted assistance from time to time if you can manage, but I'm speaking from bitter Covid-related personal experience when I say that you can easily get to a point of being able to go months without having someone sighted around at all, if you can get the groceries handled.But in the modern economy people live with their parents into their 20s, so it's not that big a deal.  And even if I were sighted, I'd not have been talking about independent living without a job.  But also, if you're an adult and you have the money and will to live independently, your parents shouldn't be getting a say.

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Re: depressed from blindness again

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Re: depressed from blindness again

I live in Seattle on my own because I wanted to and didn't like Florida, and when I moved I had a grand total of 2 casual acquaintances over here.  Getting there took a long time and the move took 6 months of planning instead of 6 weeks, but it was doable and it went off without a hitch.Do you want to do the same thing, maybe, that's up to you.  But maybe knowing that I did it is helpful.Also if you're in school still, it gets better after.  Adults are much better at being able to socialize with people who are different from themselves.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@1049I dunno.  I'd say we've actually shifted left.  It looks bleak right now but universal healthcare and even UBI are now in the overton window.  Obama shouldn't have just let torture keep happening, but it wasn't that long ago that we set that up, and not at all long before that was the cold war, tons more problems with racism, tons more problems with women's rights, tons more problems with healthcare, the list goes on.it's easy to look at now and say actually we've been shifting right for a while, but really what we have is a political system that's broken in a couple ways that lets really vocal minorities block everything, and a backlash to moving left.  Someone like sanders wouldn't have had a chance in hell 10 years ago, and the right has lost the majority vote twice in the last 20 or so and only made it because of the electoral college.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

Thing about Biden is that Biden makes a good deal of sense if your goal is to get rid of Trump.  Sanders is a scary candidate that would probably have alienated the suburban white voter as well as many independents.  You have to play that card only when the world is ready for change, but right now the world is ready for normality.I'm not super fond of the democrats right now either, but as I put it to my dad at one point (because he's 50 and just didn't get it) one side of this would rather me just go away as a person, and that arguably means my death.  I'm gay and disabled, so they've got me no matter what I do.  Republicans are in the process of trying to repeal healthcare without a plan and would love to roll back gay rights, and for anyone who doesn't know, gay sex was illegal in the U.S. as recently as 2003.  Disability rights were also on the chopping block, though having to protest against that was a long time ago given the current huge list of controversies, something like 2017, so I think many have forgotten.  But for all of us here, healthcare is a big deal because those pre-existing condition protections are a huge deal for us.So, my point being, there kind of isn't a choice.  If you let the chips fall where they may, we can end up in much worse places than ineffective democratic presidents that don't get anything done.  Right now the status quo is someone such as myself can't retire because even though the ACA exists, healthcare isn't actually affordable to anyone with truly complicated stuff.  But the status quo could very easily be no gay rights, no healthcare, no disability rights, no discrimination protections for any minorities, and being extra tough on protesting.  I try very hard to believe Republicans don't stand for these things.  But they've tried to do most of these things over and over for the last 4 years, so...well, actions speak much louder than words and I've mostly given up on "both sides have good points".  And if I find out I have friends voting for Trump this year, they probably won't stay my friends because it's really hard to stay friends with someone who votes against your direct interests and even in some sense your right to personhood.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@1039And as I said, I'm addressing the general point.  Because this whole right to care in a triage situation is really irritating.  It's a triage situation.  By definition, someone's losing the right to treatment.In so much as I have a problem with the article, it's this: it reads very much like it's by someone with an agenda, it's from a news source I've never heard of, it's in a state that I know is already having these sorts of issues, and if I wanted to make political points or something then this is exactly the story I'd write.  It may very well be true to the letter and if it is then it's bad and people deserve to get in a lot of trouble for it, but it's also hitting every single prior for exaggerated and/or fake news, and I don't have the time to do the legwork to find that out because that's effectively becoming a part-time reporter for something this small scale.But I wouldn't have commented at all except that it's trying to play the triage against the disabled is discrimination and there is no gray area point, and I'm just sick of that so much.@1041I think that 1033 was unfortunately blunt phrasing of difficult truths.  I'm in a similar position, though not geographically: a doctor given my entire medical history would probably triage against me.  I hate that, and if I weren't in Seattle I'd be very worried to say the least, but I also can't say that they were wrong to do it, because the things that would make them wrong to do it require me to be conscious and for them to be aware of a lot more than my medical history, and I'm not nor would there be the time.  Mind you, my issues sadly go beyond just blindness.But to be honest I'm not sure what it says about me, that I just got bored one afternoon, reasoned through "if I were a doctor triaging me, what would I do and is that ethically wrong", arrived at something that is roughly this stance and the conclusion that I'm screwed, and then went on about my day.  The actual stance, for those wondering, is that I consider trying to culturally shift the weights placed on the bayesian priors available to doctors in an emergency triage situation to be a net harm at the current time, which isn't what I said first because that sentence unpacks into an entire essay if you try to explain it to anyone to whom it doesn't already make sense and is thus mostly useless in discussions.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

2020-08-06 Thread AudioGames . net ForumOff-topic room : camlorn via Audiogames-reflector


  


Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@1032I know I'm not supposed to say obviously screw the blind guy.  And as a blind guy I don't want that to be the case.  But the truth of the matter is that for a large number of people with disabilities, quality of life actually isn't that great.  And that does include blind people.  So, if someone has to make a subjective judgement call in the heat of the moment and the blind guy in your examples gets shafted, I understand.  Disability isn't like skin color.  If you have to ask yourself about the quality of life of two complete strangers, then "is disabled" is a good prior that it's less.  Triage isn't horrible only because someone's in the position of making this decision; it's also horrible because even the people doing it know that they're going to make wrong ones because they didn't have time to find anything out.  The name of the game here is haste, wait 5 minutes and they both die in some cases.Sometimes the world is just sad.  I don't think people are equipped to deal with that anymore.  The world hasn't been sad in a long time.  And so it manifests as things like "disabled people have a right to care, how dare you triage against them", because nowadays we can only deal with a sad world by finding someone to blame. Triage decisions aren't about the value of people, and doctors hate making them, too.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@1027Again, in the particular instance of that article, I don't know for sure what happened.  But in general, congratulations for adding yourself to the long list of people who don't get this.They can't try.  There aren't enough doctors to try.  There are no beds to put the patients in.  There are no ventilators to put the patients on.  We've been doing things like risky procedures that try to split a ventilator between two patients already.  Even if you assume infinite equipment there's not enough doctor to go around.  If each patient takes 30 minutes a day, and they take much more than that, that means one doctor can only treat 50 people a day.  Assuming they don't sleep or eat, which is of course impractical, so cut it to maybe 20.  That assumes the doctor doesn't get covid.by the time you need specialized medical equipment right now you're screwed.  That applies to anything, not just covid.  Hope you don't have a stroke or something.  There just isn't enough.  There could have been; we could have slowed the virus, or Trump could have used the executive orders he loves to write to actually produce things like ventilators or etc etc etc.  But it was mismanaged.  In general, don't blame the doctors.  The doctors *are* trying.  But if there's no resources there's no resources.  You can't wish intensive care units into being, they cost hundreds of thousands of dollars each and we don't have the manufacturing pipeline to produce them quickly.  It takes multiple years to train a doctor.  It's a lose-lose situation.  The only way to win was for people in government to take it seriously 4 months ago.

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Re: What is Your Favourite Online Backup or Cloud Storage Service?

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Re: What is Your Favourite Online Backup or Cloud Storage Service?

@6For servers I'd suggest getting onto a provider that can do scheduled snapshots and calling it a day, if you can.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@1023 @1024That's bad, but if this continues we're going to see much more of it.  That article makes it sound like that particular hospital wasn't overwhelmed, so shame on them, but it's also Texas, which is having overwhelmed hospital problems to at least some degree, and that article reads as biased to me for some reason, so idk without more time than I have to do research of my own to find out what actually happened.At some point people will be making triage decisions and in some places already have been, and much as I hate to say it "is disabled" is far from the worst methodology for such things.  So I also find myself cringing at the whole "let's make sure disabled people get care no matter what" movement.  People in the U.S. have lost the ability to deal with the world sometimes just sucks problems.  Disabled people aren't less valuable, but if I have intensive care unit bed 5 with patient a the 20-year-old athlete and patient b the blind guy and I'm a doctor who has to make a decision by 5 minutes ago, well, someone's got to get it and I don't have time to go gather a full life history, if I don't make a decision based off the superficial evidence in front of me they both die.  Neither side of that decision doesn't suck--even if you flip a coin it's a no-win situation.  either you let a disabled person die and half the world hates you for it, you let a fully able-bodied person with a higher chance of surviving die and half the world hates you for it, or you admit that you flipped a coin and half the world hates you for it.One of the reasons I get worked up about this stuff is just how few people I know don't get that that's an actual thing we actually have to do because the government fucked up, and the entire U.S. is just fundamentally incapable of understanding that this is the consequence or that lots of other countries have to make these decisions even in normal times.  I will say I've never been tolerant of Trump supporters, but we literally have a president who is almost single-handedly responsible for teaching the U.S. what medical triage means, and still we get "everyone has good points".If Seattle were worse than it is, I'd be paranoid at the moment because I am blind and this would mean maybe not getting treatment, but, well, that's life, not much I can do about it, and if there were I'm not sure I should.

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Re: What is Your Favourite Online Backup or Cloud Storage Service?

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Re: What is Your Favourite Online Backup or Cloud Storage Service?

I've had luck with backblaze.  I've never had to do a full restore from it though.  If you don't have upload speed Dropbox is probably your best bet; the incremental solutions eat bandwidth like candy.

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

@21It's only bad when you combine them, IMO.  Even for programmers making absurd salaries, look at what we make vs. the company making millions of dollars a year off the work of 2 or 3 people.  Unions in the U.S. have actually effectively been gutted over the last while.  But you just can't beat those combinatorial effects, sometimes.@22I would like to be proven wrong but I think @20 isn't saying no one talks about when this happens to white people.  I think they're starting down the usual "but white people are a persecuted minority too" track.

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

@17I have the dubious privilege of literally living upstairs from it, as has been established, so I don't have a single source since I've been following the ongoing thing for months.U.S. unions aren't as powerful as they really need to be to do their jobs, but they're powerful enough to control who can get fired and why, and have a lot of ability to stir up huge legal shitstorms.U.S. cops are employees.  Unions are something employees can do.  Q.E.D. cops can unionize and, in addition to getting the I'm-a-cop protections, can also get the I'm-an-employee protections of a union, i.e. collective bargaining, making contracts with their employers, the whole 9 yards.  So yeah, impossible to fire or to sue because cop.  Protected by union because employee.And apparently in Seattle part of that is that there's some agreement in place that the last to get hired has to be the first to get laid off, among other things. SO now it's turned into a boo-hoo if you actually defund us we'll be laying off all the young minorities who we just hired, take that you evil anti-police people.  And far as I can tell this is actually something they legally have to do.  Could they opt not to do it and let the city have the city's way and be accountable or whatever?  Yeah, sure.  But they're not going to.  I'm just glad it's relatively benign here, as to what the protections are letting them do at the moment.  But that's how it actually works, yes.

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

I do actually believe that this could happen to a white person, is the thing.  I haven't researched if it has.  But what people don't get is that the U.S. police as a whole are fundamentally terrible and have a license to do just about anything, and you can't really fight them on it.  So this whole thing becomes about racism instead.  Yeah, racism is important and exists, but I think that if a police officer did this to a white man it would just quietly go away and be under reported.It's definitely true that racial minorities have more negative encounters with police and it's definitely true that this is more likely to happen to a black man, but somehow everyone stops at this being the problem.  It's not the problem.  The problem is we have police departments with tanks, qualified immunity shielding them, police unions fighting on their behalf.  A big part of why Seattle can't reform the police is that turns out that the Seattle police have a strong union, who are even able to fight the government.  No one seems to get how absurd that is, that the people who are supposed to be served by the police have zero control over the police, and the people who are supposed to be in control of the police apparently don't have that much control, either.  we aren't a police state yet, but doesn't a bunch of people with guns who are legally shielded from anything you might do to them and who can basically tell the local government haha no you can't control us because of our unions sound like a good first step down that road?

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

I do actually believe that this could happen to a white person, is the thing.  I haven't researched if it has.  But what people don't get is that the U.S. police as a whole are fundamentally terrible and have a license to do just about anything, and you can't really fight them on it.  So this whole thing becomes about racism instead.  Yeah, racism is important and exists, but I think that if a police officer did this to a white man it would just quietly go away and be under reported.It's definitely true that racial minorities have more negative encounters with police and it's definitely true that this is more likely to happen to a black man, but somehow everyone stops at this being the problem.  It's not the problem.  The problem is we have police departments with tanks, qualified immunity shielding them, police unions fighting on their behalf.  A big part of why Seattle can't reform the police is that turns out that the Seattle police have a strong union, who are even able to fight the government.  No one seems to get how absurd that is, that the people who are supposed to be served by the police have zero control over the police, and the people who are supposed to be in control of the police apparently don't have that much control, either.  we aren't a police state yet, but doesn't a bunch of people with guns who are legally shielded from anything you might do to them and who can basically tell the local government haha no you can't control us because of your unions sound like a good first step down that road?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@142I'm only talking about the fire alarm.  I think every incident in college was someone cooking, except the one where someone pulled it on purpose because they were drunk and we all had to stay outside for 2 hours at midnight while they pulled the video.I don't actually have trouble telling the difference between burning and smoke, but then I don't burn stuff often.

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

Also, not to double post, but to make my authenticity clear: my front door is 10 feet from Cal Anderson and the East Precinct is the opposite coroner of my block.  My apartment was on the protestor side of the barricades.  I was looking up "Can tear gas get to the 6th floor" at one point, and my dad was showing my building to people because it was in some of the pictures and videos from the news.

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

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Re: Some possible extra info about the George Floyd incident?

The protests weren't about George Floyd anyway.  George Floyd was just the last straw.  It was coming no matter what.  It just needed a trigger.  People have been protesting for a long, long time and have basically been ignored, and our responses to such things is to turn neighborhoods into warzones rather than address it (source: my floor literally shaking from the flashbangs).  That's what it's really about.  But people need a symbol, you don't go protest those sorts of things directly, it takes something along the lines of a martyr to transition from "I care about this" to "I care about this enough to do something".So yeah, the situation is more complicated.  But because lawmakers acknowledging that means acknowledging that they screwed up, obviously George Floyd himself was more complicated and if that's the case then the protestors were protesting for nothing.  Far as I can tell the democrats are doing this too, though on the right it's more obvious.  And as part of that, places like my neighborhood get turned into evil protestor postapocalypse hell to justify the police response, and anyone 10 miles away from here thinks that my life is in danger and doesn't realize that the most dangerous thing going on for most of it was poetry readings.  And then when cities like Seattle try to address it, paint them as left-leaning radicals doing dangerous experiments without the support of the majority.I'd be more sympathetic to these arguments if I didn't live at ground zero of Seattle.  I'd be more sympathetic to these arguments if the reason I wasn't going outside was wondering if the police were going to start something, and if the reason it had got shut down was the shootings.  To that last point, it was very telling that it was shut down within a day of protestors showing up at the mayor's home.  Mind you the whole mayor's home thing was another sort of stupid, that she thinks that being a mayor is compatible with wanting to keep your home address secret, but a local sort of stupid that's not in line with this discussion except that I'm sure the news turned it into Seattle the protestor hellscape of doom, again.But new evidence now doesn't matter, if "the situation was really complicated" evidence existed and was actually convincing then it would have been released months ago.  And if the police wanted a discussion they could have started one.  Instead you get tear gas at the drop of a hat and trump sending troops to Portland and sparking off a whole thing there for no reason.  I think that's really, really telling, as is me having to explain to my friends who don't live here that even the most liberal media decided to blow it out of proportion and I'm perfectly safe if the police would just stay inside and stop escalating everything.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@140I know where it is.  It's not possible to remember the precisely exact position. But I at least know where the ladder goes.Also, your story is a typical college story, you realize that right?  We had that once a month or so in my dorm for the entire duration of college, including the one memorable night where someone did it just 4 hours after the fire drill.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

I know roughly where the smoke detector is, but by nature of it being a small object on what is something like a 16 foot ceiling, I can only get it to within a few feet and have to struggle for the rest.Fire alarm, meh.  My dad set off the fire alarm in a mall once because he's kind of dumb sometimes and decided that we absolutely had to take the emergency stairs with the weird beeping lock thing that had a giant sign explaining how you needed to use it while I'm standing there pointing out that if you're supposed to hold the bar for 10 seconds and it's making an ear piercing screech the whole time this means it's not a normal exit, so it's not like being sighted helps.  And I also almost set off the fire alarm in college, except that it turned out that that emergency door was actually broken and should have set off the alarms, which I only found out after using it several times (and in hindsight I should probably have told someone).

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

Haha stories.There's the two times I got burned pretty badly, the worst one in college when I was trying to pour boiling water to make tea.  I actually cook a *lot* and hot water doesn't frighten me in the slightest, so it was bound to happen, but was a valuable lesson in what kinds of pitchers not to buy, namely anything remotely narrow where your other hand needs to be involved.  I think he second-worse cooking mishap, fortunately only almost a mishap, was that day my grandmother decided to move a pan of oil I was heating up to fry some french fries to the other side of the stove.  If it'd been another 3 or 4 minutes or another inch, I'd have been making cannibal chicken fingers.  Obviously there was a lecture after that one.There's the time one of my classes got handed over to another professor for a few lectures and when I walked into the room with my guide dog (I had one back then) the first thing he says is "I thought this would happen one day, either you leave or I do, I'm deathly allergic to dogs and you can't have it even on the other side of the room".Just 6 months ago, I literally ended up running 30 gates at the Detroit airport with two helpful strangers from the plane who happened to have time because I needed to make a connection, the plane on the way in was a little late, and Delta dropped the ball on getting me help.  Literal running.  On the moving walkways.  At midnight.  And I wish I could see the faces of any bystanders to that.There was that job interview, where I almost got the job.  I didn't fail to get it because of blindness, but because I said I valued stability and it was a small tech startup.  But on the way out, the interviewer goes "They probably told you, but watch this narrow door" and a little mini-conversation later it turned out that they were the financial tech startup that managed to get space in a building that used to be an old bank which put conference rooms inside all the old bank vaults and I'd been interviewed inside one.I've got at least one aggressive full-contact prayer story, which is exactly what it sounds like and is also why I won't ever tell someone they can pray for me again.I've never had a bad cane story, but I've almost had a few.  Learned the hard way not to use those carbon fiber telescoping ones, and after that day in high school when some idiot literally decided to jump it like a jump rope and failed, I always just decided that I'd carry an extra cane on me if I'm going to be traveling somewhere far from home (I've got 3 on hand at the moment, you can never have too many canes).The smoke detector thing will probably happen to me at one point, and I wouldn't be surprised if that's a common one.  Most of the other ones I've got offhand are common enough.  Oops sharp knife on the counter, oops hot pan where you didn't mean to put it, etc.  If I weren't very meticulous in certain ways some of those would have gotten me at some point or another, especially with how much I do in the kitchen.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@994If guns are illegal, then the only privileged people who can have them are law enforcement.  Given that law enforcement in the U.S. literally has tanks in some cases just because there was some extra money laying around, it's not like them having guns and you not having guns makes more than the slightest difference.The thing about arguing for guns in any way is that as soon as you look around at all the countries who are doing better than us and even the police don't routinely carry guns, well, it makes these arguments look really silly.  Especially since you can 3D print guns now, you don't even need to go to the store.

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Re: Consider this an official I don't give a damn

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Re: Consider this an official I don't give a damn

Here we go again.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@132The most likely cure for vision, far as I can tell, is neural implants directly into the visual cortex.  It's been done, sort of.  not ready for widespread use yet, but the people behind the Argus II are doing one called the Orion, Darpa is funding some of it, Elon Musk has a company doing that sort of thing as well.  I've watched the field and what's going on right now is that everyone is trying to solve all of the same problems for a bunch of different types of neural implants, most notably rejection and how to manufacture electrode arrays that small and a bunch of other stuff along those lines.  But we've done some cool stuff: paralyzed people controlling limbs for example.  It only works for 6 months or so and you need an entire laboratory of equipment to run it, but the first miracles are always the most expensive, and there's a lot of stuff beyond curing various illnesses in it: military, entertainment, etc.I'm pretty sure that how this is going to go is that in ~10 years we'll have solved the general problems of the field, in 12-15 years someone is going to report actually good results and try to get into human trials, after that everyone pivots away from trying to cure individual conditions, and in 20-30 we have something through whatever the 2050 equivalent of the FDA is.  Then we pop your head open like the hood of a car, plop it in there, and close it up.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

Guns only protect people from people with guns, and also you will find that if you wanted to be a well-funded militia you should be allowed an ICBM in your back yard.I agree that it's not so simple as just getting rid of all the guns but we could stop entertaining people who get angry at things like "maybe you should have a background check first" which are more than reasonable.  I don't think that the U.S. should allow guns.  I just concede that it's too late for us to wave the magic wand of the law and vanish them away.But I would like to think that the founding fathers would be horrified by what we've done with this, in terms of twisting it way out of proportion to what it should have been and what it was for.  Obviously they had weird ethics by our standards and did a lot of stuff we'd rightly disagree with.  But if I was founding a country and I was giving everyone the right to have guns and a time traveler came back in time and told me what exactly that meant and explained to me that allowing guns didn't mean muskets but instead these things that can spew hundreds of bullets like nothing, I'd like to think that I'd stop, and I'd like to think that they would have too.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@130Yeah, well, as I said I don't know for sure that there is a rule.  There is surprisingly little research on this stuff at all either way.  I've looked and unless I've looked in the wrong places the most we've got is "FMRI shows activity in visual cortex" and "Blind people don't understand perspective".  The former says basically nothing useful being as we don't know what if anything it's doing, and anyone could figure out the latter with 5 minutes of thought.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@123Nope.  I've got at least one other blind friend who does this, and at least one other blind friend who has strong visual memories from time to time.  And then there's Charles Bonnet syndrome where you just have strong visual hallucinations all the time just because.I don't see things I'm not "supposed" to be able to see, that is if it's out of my line of sight I can't see it, but I had just enough vision to develop models for such things.  And it's helpful because it's accurate.  Like, my short-termn spatial memory went and decided to live in my eyes.  Sort of anyway, there's also a synesthetic component which makes me sound like I'm on drugs when I try to explain it.As far as I can tell the best way to go blind, if you're going to go blind, is to not have full vision in childhood, but to have enough that you get all the critical periods.  There's not really enough research because in all honesty blindness in childhood is really a lot rarer than you'd realize, and so I doubt you could even start splitting up the cohorts.  But in my personal experience there's a sweet spot where you get the sighted critical periods but you don't have enough vision to do large print, so you end up developing all the blindness skills, braille, cane, screen readers, etc. while you're young and learning is easy.  Go too far one way and you don't get spatial reasoning etc. and also don't really ever become fully aware of things like expressions and body language.  People who were born without any vision, for example, seem to have a lot of trouble learning to read a map or work with a compass.  Go too far the other way and you have to learn braille and the cane in your 30s.  I would love to see someone take this seriously at some point.  It feels like the kind of thing where there's a lot of scientific knowledge if someone did the studies.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@kjsiscoNo one is picking apart the ways the sighted have advantages over the blind.  There's no picking apart to be done.  It's blatantly obvious once you're living independently and holding down a job and doing all those things you're supposed to do as an adult.being able to sweep the advantages of the sighted under the rug isn't about identity.  If you can do that you're either young, living in proximity to sighted people who help you out, or somehow you have more privilege than me and my 6 figure programmer salary.I've had multiple job-related blindness stories, I've had multiple airport-related blindness stories, I've had multiple home-related blindness stories, I've had multiple college-related blindness stories.  I could probably think up a few more categories.  All of them caused problems, all of those problems wouldn't have been problems if I were sighted.  If you haven't yet built up a list of stories like this, if you haven't yet come to understand your limitations, then you should think long and hard why so many of us do have stories like this and what it might mean.  I promise that those of us who are talking about the advantages of the sighted, we're not being hypothetical.  I used to think like you do.  Then I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to actually go out into the world, to live alone without a support network, and push myself far enough to find the limitations.  That sucks in a way, though I actually prefer living alone without a support network over going back to Florida where I have one, but I also feel kind of sorry for you if you're an adult and have had a boring enough life that you haven't found the edge of what blind people can reasonably do.  I will warn you now: if this is the case, you're not prepared for the day that that happens to you.You keep trying to turn this into some sort of blindness philosophy in order to ignore the purely practical points we're making.  Obviously we're not going to force you to take a cure if it existed.  But you're arguing against purely practical things with fortune cookie-style philosophy.  Your "blindness is identity" arguments don't help me or anyone else get to the grocery store.  They don't help us reroute around construction.  If you're living alone, they don't let you magically know just how bad that burn is.  They don't teleport us to work, or find the pill you just dropped before the dog eats it, or make employers consider us equal.  It doesn't turn getting stuck in some airport somewhere into anything less than a nightmare, or let you find your new doctor's office without Aira or somehow getting another human being involved.  It doesn't let you sense the electromagnetic emissions of your appliances to read their touchscreens, tel if there's mold on the ceiling, notice that the couch is stained and everyone has just been too polite to mention it.  It doesn't make the clouds move out of the way of the GPS signal, or the uber driver notice that maybe that blind guy is waiting on him.  I could go on.All it does is provides you some justification to put your head in the sand, because obviously monstrously long and impactful lists of just what we can't do and what's harder that aren't things like fighter pilot that we nonetheless have to deal with every day is just picking apart the advantages of the sighted.  I've got news.  It's not picking apart anything, and it's not about the advantages of the sighted.  It's about the disadvantages of the blind.  You will have these disadvantages until there's a cure and you choose to take it.  The only control you have over that is whether you face them or avoid acknowledging that they exist, you're avoiding, and ironically avoiding actually just makes it worse because only when you face them can you find ways around or through them.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@114Someone also worked out how to get some General Electric appliances talking by hooking into the maintenance port with an arduino, but I don't have the reference handy.W.r.t. blindness and autism, I don't think that blindness itself causes autism in the sense that the underlying mechanisms are the same, but somehow half the blind people I've known over the years have also had some of the stuff that's hard to attribute to blindness like highly focused interests.  But I'm a programmer, most of my friends are programmers, and whether that's actually causal or not it's also a high correlation for such traits, so perhaps that's not surprising.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

So, w.r.t. hearing, sight and communication, it took me a long time to realize that blindness is in effect high-functioning autism.  Obviously the neural stuff is different (though there is at least some evidence that blindness and autism are linked) but the effect isn't.  Sighted people use hearing for information transfer via language, but there's an entire second channel for emotion and emphasis that we don't get that's really important for interpersonal relationships.  Also, unless someone went out of their way to teach you to do really basic social things like face people when they're talking to you, you're going to hit sighted people's uncanny valley really really hard.  And all of this, well.  Either someone taught you to simulate sighted social signals, which are honestly much more fundamentally wired than just your particular culture, and you got good at figuring out emotions from way more context than any sighted person ever needs.  Or you come across as weird.  Not just a little bit weird, either.And with respect to jobs, I don't think that's getting better.  It's not getting worse, but we have traded one kind of inaccessibility for another kind of inaccessibility with technology.  Accessibility is really good for anyone consuming content with their phone or computer, but it's a continuous battle to get anyone to care about those of us who have to be efficient enough to be employed (Apple, Google, I'm looking at you), it's significant effort to make inaccessible apps accessible, there's no money in it, and the kind of laws that could fix this would be draconian by any measure.  Say what you want about the past, but "Can I use this telephone system" is a modern problem.Also, the things you can do independently outside work are in some ways on the decline too.  For instance, my apartment has an electronic package locker system that's basically inaccessible.  After we fought with them for 2 months they fixed the physical keypad, but that's not actually enough because it's got non-talking menus and the keys don't reliably press.  Fortunately my property manager was on my side here, but still.  My washer is only usable because it happens to have lights that Seeing AI can pick up, but the knobs and buttons can't be marked because they're the new style that doesn't have an endpoint and just increments a digital counter.  Whenever I want to get something nice for cooking--i.e. my food processor--it turns into a research project called "Can I use the buttons" with a side of "Does it even have buttons".  Modern thermostats are pretty much universally inaccessible unless they're a smart thermostat and you've linked it up to a voice assistant, and that only works as long as you have internet plus you just had to get an expensive thermostat.Say what you want about the past, and maybe jobs are somewhat better, but 20-30 years ago you didn't have to wonder if you'd be able to use the appliances you just bought.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

Yeah, so, w.r.t. filling things in, I will never forget the day I realized I was having accurate hallucinatory vision, and wasn't actually seeing things anymore, only to mention this to another trusted blind friend and have them go "Yeah, me too".  Apparently if you have enough vision and lose it in your 20s, you can kind of end up crosswired so that the knowledge of your local environment links up to what you "should" be seeing.  Obviously it's not accurate if the environment changes--at least, not until the changes are accounted for and incorporated into the model--but I still operate off it all the time, and it kind of can't be turned off even though I've noticed it.And despite this being a common enough experience that I've known a few people who've done it, no one ever talks about it.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@948I wouldn't oversimplify socialism.  Everything I've seen suggests that it doesn't scale up like you'd think.  It can be done at scale, but it doesn't seem to work out as $x per citizen no matter how many citizens you have.Also cost of housing is complicated too, being as what happens with that is that it's about how many people want to live somewhere more than anything.You're an oil and natural gas producer.  This makes fuel cheap, but at the cost of what is likely to be some rather big problems over the next 30 to 40 years.  There are other countries--I believe Norway is one--that are able to pull socialism-like policies off because of oil, and it will be interesting as in interesting times over the next while, being as oil is now at a place where it is going to become fundamentally devalued.I think the U.S. could use some socialistic policies, but just, it's not so simple as waving a magic wand and saying hey U.S. get your shit together and decide you want it.  Deciding we wanted it as a country would go a good way toward it, but not as far as it needs to.

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Re: How to make music with out midi keyboard?

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Re: How to make music with out midi keyboard?

@17Csound with a midi keyboard is fun.  I don't know how productive it is, as my interest is DSP stuff along the lines of synthizer, not getting music out.  Read the manual.  If you don't feel lost, it's for you.  Experimenting will tell you a lot more than I can here, though I will say that half these languages are the kind of thing you need a specialized background or the right kind of experiences to get much out of.

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Re: ways to earn some money?

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Re: ways to earn some money?

If you are in the right place and the laws are friendly, you can get your hands on a stand mixer and do upwards of 20 batches of cookies a day with a standard home oven. Make the dough in the morning, then it's just shifting trays in and out all day long.  But being able to sell them depends on way too many local circumstances and if you already have a social network.Making candy of various sorts is also doable, though you need advanced cooking skills to be comfortable with molten sugar.  But the cost for doing it is very little, 99% of the ingredient list is literally giant bags of white sugar.  But some of it can ship across the country very well.I've never personally executed on either of these plans, so I have no idea how to market.For an odder one, there is a market for interesting bongs.  Some friends and I played with the idea of doing them in bamboo and beeswax, and as far as I know it's a good idea: at the time, equivalent versions were selling for around $100, and it's like $20 of materials each.  The downside is that you have to be able to source quality bamboo, which turns out to be harder than it sounds.Edit: selling for $100, not $10. Damn the missing zero.

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Re: ways to earn some money?

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Re: ways to earn some money?

If you are in the right place and the laws are friendly, you can get your hands on a stand mixer and do upwards of 20 batches of cookies a day with a standard home oven. Make the dough in the morning, then it's just shifting trays in and out all day long.  But being able to sell them depends on way too many local circumstances and if you already have a social network.Making candy of various sorts is also doable, though you need advanced cooking skills to be comfortable with molten sugar.  But the cost for doing it is very little, 99% of the ingredient list is literally giant bags of white sugar.  But some of it can ship across the country very well.I've never personally executed on either of these plans, so I have no idea how to market.For an odder one, there is a market for interesting bongs.  Some friends and I played with the idea of doing them in bamboo and beeswax, and as far as I know it's a good idea: at the time, equivalent versions were selling for around $10, and it's like $20 of materials each.  The downside is that you have to be able to source quality bamboo, which turns out to be harder than it sounds.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@943For what it's worth, we know for 100% certainty that immunity lasts at least 5 months, and every day that goes by without definitely documented second infections is one more day on that number.  Everything so far w.r.t. reinfection has been attributed to errors in testing and such a small case number that it's safe to disregard it as not real.  It's almost certainly going to last much longer than that anyhow, when scientists say "we don't know", they don't mean "We don't know and it's bad", they literally just mean we don't know.  Everything reputable I've seen suggests that it will be long lasting immunity once the vaccine exists, but they can't say that because the cost of being wrong if that turns out not to be the case is stupendously bad.@945The media has been downplaying it consistently.  Every time the media says "Experts say it can't get this bad" it goes ahead and gets that bad.  Being as most of the media coverage until very recently has been continuously "It can't get worse, we promise" followed by it getting worse, I'm not sure how that's pumping fear into anything.Of course the worst part is, the media has been repeating experts.  And those experts were right, and if this had been literally any other developed country we'd not be where we are now.  But Trump fucked it up repeatedly, and even now that he's following the script somewhat he can't actually just follow the script for more than a few days at a time.  SO, welcome to 2020, your real life reality tv show as government.  Worked out so well for all of us.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

Things I can't do in programming: anything games related, anything that requires custom hardware, anything graphical.  Anything that relies on observing tons and tons of metrics.  Machine learning beyond a basic level, due to visual tools.  Very advanced performance analysis, which relies on being able to examine visual data in ways that screen readers can't manage and can't be made to manage.  The entire subfield of frontend is off the table.  The entire subfield of hardware design is off the table.  Embedded systems is mostly off the table.  Being on call many places is off the table.  Game programming is off the table.  Working on any project that's on a platform without a screen reader, or which would need screen reader accessibility for testing, likewise off the table, which is why I didn't pursue the couple opportunities I had to help work on custom web browser engines.  Going into a new job I always start with "what tools do you use" so I can find out if there's anything inaccessible.  When slack breaks accessibility for a few days now and then I'm screwed until they fix it, same for a vast majority of other tools, most of which put way less effort into it than Slack does (at least when Slack breaks, they treat my feedback as holy shit fix this now. GitHub doesn't even listen).Things I can't do efficiently in programming: Lisp (emacspeak technically allows it but would take years), iOS development (Apple dropped the ball), Android anything (Google dropped the ball with Talkback), C# (Microsoft is still picking up the ball they dropped, with respect to VS).  Yes these things can be done.  Yes I could learn to do them.  But a sighted colleague can be as efficient as I'd be in a month in 4 or 5 hours with any of them.These are just the lists off the top of my head.  Programming is one of the most accessible fields you can go into and is one of the very few ways that a blind person can make more money than a vast majority of sighted people.  But if I thought about this more I could expand those lists.  I could also list lots of jobs blind people can't have, like fighter pilot or surgeon or firefighter, but chose the above in the interest of making people realize that this isn't hypothetical.  I've done very well for myself, well enough that I'm probably going to be retired before 50, but I'm still limited.  There's a lot of things I flat out can't do unless I have vision to do them with, and I don't have to reach for the stereotypical list of driving/video games/etc that I and others always rely on first.  This is just stuff in my field, I haven't even talked about the accessibility of higher education.Kjsisco, I feel sorry for you, that you were apparently raised in an environment that's so fucked up that you have managed to turn not thinking of yourself as that blind person into not wanting vision, and somehow seem to think that the rest of us wanting vision means we're unhappy.  Happiness is harder if you're blind, just because getting basic things does take more work, but you'll find lots and lots of happy, well-adjusted blind people want vision, and it has nothing to do with identity or seeing themselves as that blind guy or however you want to put it.  I think the real problem here is that you don't understand the value of vision, and you don't understand how we could value vision without making our identity into "Hi, I'm visually impaired".  Say that you don't identify as that blind person all you want, but whoever taught you not to do that also seems to have taught you that as soon as you acknowledge limitations that you can't get past you'll be unhappy, which isn't true.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

2020-07-31 Thread AudioGames . net ForumOff-topic room : camlorn via Audiogames-reflector


  


Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@940I'm not saying it's great. But compared to SSI it's amazing, and if I understand things properly they count way less of your assets, i.e. the value of your possessions isn't held against you, and it's just generally closer to "here is some money".

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

2020-07-31 Thread AudioGames . net ForumOff-topic room : camlorn via Audiogames-reflector


  


Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@82Yeah, this sentiment is actually super common and I predicted this entire thread in post 2 or 3.  As I've said several times, it's one of the few things I think is flat out stupid.  You will see people calling it differently gifted in many cases, and either it becomes "but xyz disability is part of my identity" or "Being xyz means that I can do something better than if I weren't".  I'm not just talking about blindness.  It's universal.  You see it in the whole "maybe people should be deaf because deaf culture" stuff most clearly.  It's considered controversial by a very large and very vocal minority that disabled you is less capable than not-disabled you, gets twisted into a pretzel of logic that ends at "If I am cured then I will be losing something", and once someone's there you can't argue with them.  Google ableism sometime.I don't think that we should force a blindness cure on anyone, but I will call this out wherever I see it, and I do think that if the parents of a minor don't cure their children then we should consider that child abuse, because man, is it taking way more off the table than beating them or putting them down for every waking moment of their childhood.I wouldn't be surprised if, among blind people, it is indeed more common in people who are born blind.  I had enough vision to know what vision is like and that has given me a lot of insight over the years as to just how big the gulf is when talking to someone who never had any, but even on this site you can see when people don't--see also all the proposals to make all the sighted games accessible because surely they're not more complicated than audiogames for example.  But fundamentally, I think this is a coping mechanism.  If you get something else for it then the world is fair, if the cure somehow changes your personality then what does it matter if there is one, obviously the cure will have side effects, obviously we can't solve the neuroplasticity problems and you had to have vision when you were young if it was going to do you any good, etc.  These rationalizations are a shield, they stop you from having to face that you're blind and you can't do things because of it.The obvious rational answer to "Would you take a cure for blindness" is "yes".  But whenever this is asked, in any context, you instead get a ton of rationalizations as to why you shouldn't, or all these "but the cure will have side effects", or whatever.  But the question is never "Would you take a cure for blindness if it was going to kill you faster" or "Would you take a cure for blindness if you wouldn't be able to use your vision because you're 40".  Those aren't called cures.  And frankly all the stuff that people talk about with respect to problems with it, that's all on the way to being solved.  Will it be solved in my lifetime?  Maybe.  Will it be solved by 2100? Absolutely.  This isn't that far in the future even for people who never had usable vision and are entirely missing both eyes, the rest of us will get something sooner.Anyway, end rant.

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Re: How to make music with out midi keyboard?

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Re: How to make music with out midi keyboard?

@15Supercollider and ChucK are almost exclusively for audio experimentation with almost no scoring capability.  They're aimed more at the algorithmic music crowd.  ChucK itself is only half documented, and I've never played with it much.In general the languages you're looking at are used by researchers and experimenters more than anyone else, and unless you're interested in how instruments themselves work, they're not worth your time.The limitation of most of them is incredibly poor support for feedback, which is incredibly important for most instruments.  What I mean is feeding the output of the synthesis back into the input.  For example, to simulate a flute, you might use two parallel delay lines connected with a filter at both ends and some math to model how air works at the ends.  That's a real example, it's called a 1-dimensional waveguide and is how a lot of plugins work.If you have a Midi keyboard, in other words, they can be fun.  But they won't help you if you don't.  In most of these you can't do that unless it already provides the flute model, and if it offers feedback it'll be in big blocks with a large minimum delay and thus useless for that sort of thing.You get to pick between relatively good support for note arrangement, etc, usually with midi output, or a bunch of tools to design your own instruments and effects with terrible scoring capabilities.  I'd suggest just reading the manuals fore any of the ones you're interested in; you can tell which category it falls in very very quickly.

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Re: Cudo miner, an accessible bitcoin miner!

2020-07-30 Thread AudioGames . net ForumOff-topic room : camlorn via Audiogames-reflector


  


Re: Cudo miner, an accessible bitcoin miner!

@24So, fun fact, Bitcoin mining now uses more power than most small countries and is quickly becoming a climate change problem.  To combat that new cryptos use proof of stake, which is sort of like a standard savings account with a minimum balance.  The networks will set prices to run an authority note/other network specific term for the same thing, then you pay that price and get rewarded for uptime and signing transactions.  There's other variations on this scheme, of course, and the cryptography underlying it is beyond me, but that's the idea.The logic is that you're not going to throw $2 to $10+ per authority node in to try to scam the network because that's a lot of money, so we can cut out the middle man of owning a datacenter, and since the prices are in the crypto in question buying in gets more expensive as the network grows, so there's incentive for participants to get in early and help grow it.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

2020-07-30 Thread AudioGames . net ForumOff-topic room : camlorn via Audiogames-reflector


  


Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

Supposedly Florida as well.

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Re: what's the best way to run a virtual machine?

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Re: what's the best way to run a virtual machine?

@12Hyper-v is VMWare by Microsoft, but unable to do audio.  WSL is run Ubuntu in standard Windows command prompt with access to your Windows files but unable to do audio.  Docker is a "I need to manage 20 vms all at the same time" programmer tool.Easiest to install is WSL and that'll get you enough for almost anything Linux CLI, and WSL2 is in the near future to give us the rest, but obviously the running theme here is no audio, and except for hyper-v the running theme is also Linux.

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Re: what's the best way to run a virtual machine?

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Re: what's the best way to run a virtual machine?

I mean, if you don't specifically need audio you can just use Hyper-v directly, or docker for windows, or wsl, etc.

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Re: Cudo miner, an accessible bitcoin miner!

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Re: Cudo miner, an accessible bitcoin miner!

@20Yes, sure, but either by harvesting all your data for at most $5 a month or by mining with your browser which uses just as much electricity as if you'd used a real miner.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@932I've been monitoring the real estate market.  It hasn't gone down.  It probably will, soon, in my opinion.  But it has so far been all right.  The $600 unemployment stuff has kept things afloat, but that probably won't go on forever.

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Re: what's the best way to run a virtual machine?

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Re: what's the best way to run a virtual machine?

@7Some processors don't support virtualization, though I don't think Virtualbox gets around that either.  There can also be issues with some of these if you're running under a hypervisor already, which can happen if you had to enable Hyper-v for some reason, though I think VMWare doesn't care about that case.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@928yeah, but it has weird restrictions around when/how you can get money out and you had to be blind or disabled before you turned 26 if I recall.  Plus you probably need an accountant to help you figure out the withdrawals.  It's better than nothing and definitely very good compared to what it used to be, but it doesn't really affect my point and they should have just raised the asset limit rather than try to monitor how you're spending your money.  Plus "We are the government and you can only have money for this specific subset of things and we are watching you" is also one of the things that pushes people into angry minority groups, and with good reason.I wouldn't support infinite money to the blind or something.  Due to practical reasons, not moral ones--in general I would support infinite money to everyone, UBI, etc.  But it's the perfect example of what i mean about privilege.  If you did work you get put in a special bucket called SSDI that's actually really good.  If you didn't you get put in a bucket called SSI that sucks, told that you should get a job, and by the way if you do we're going to cut your benefits almost immediately and leave you out to dry because something something something freeloaders.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@921I have an answer to this, actually.  I don't think socialism is bad either.  You can't say that in the U.S. really, because in the U.S. socialism means China or Russia, not any of the other places that are currently doing it without a problem, for example Canada, and no one here looks beyond the first two.  But I'll bite, since my answer to this isn't "socialism all the way".  we need the following, however we can get them:People in power who don't pick outgroups.  Trump called Mexicans rapists.  Republicans think that gay people should just go away and would rather this whole racism thing just vanish as well.  Healthcare is considered a privilege for the working.  A roof is considered a privilege for the working.  If you're blind and need benefits you can't save money because wondering where your meal comes from tomorrow is also a privilege for the working.  We do this all over.  Maybe fixing some of it is socialism, but when everyone in power says "group x doesn't matter" or "Group y sins against god" or "Group z would be able to deal with their problems, but they're not trying hard enough", that's a good way to make people really angry and anti-establishment.  If you're anything but a white christian male, there's loud and outspoken voices working hard to dismiss you all the time.Fair elections.  Register people to vote automatically.  Make elections national holidays.  Better vote-by-mail.  Get rid of the electoral college.  Stop people in power from fiddling with the maps to make sure that people will vote for them by getting rid of our system where your vote matters more or less depending on where you live.  Tellingly, Trump and the entire Republican party are against all of this, or at least they are by enough that even noncontroversial things like national holidays for election day which could be pushed through and universally praised don't get the time of day.  Until some or all of this happens there's no consequence for being unpopular as long as you're not unpopular in 6 or 7 states and you can just ignore most of the country.Judge term limits.  The U.S. is supposed to be 3 equal branches of government, but in practice it's almost a dictatorship.  Whoever gets all the judicial seats wins well beyond their turn in congress, by something like 50 years.  This should be reformed.  Rather than deciding on how things will be for the next 5-10 years, every election that involves the supreme court decides how it will be for the next 30-40 years at least, if not longer.  And everyone forgets about all the other lifetime judges that never come up that just quietly get nominated.  The judicial branch has more power than anyone else now, because that's where the buck stops.  That puts a hell of a lot of consequence in something that shouldn't have that much consequence in it, if we're all going to say "You voted for the opposite party, but we can still be friends", votes need to not count for literally the rest of your life if they're made in the wrong election.  At the moment some elections count on the order of electing a king, and there's no way to go oops we made a mistake as a country and go back on it later unless we can decide to flat out amend the constitution.Finally, figure out how to do projects that take longer than 4 years.  When congress flips, everything gets thrown out.  Fixing health caer for example is probably a 10 year initiative.  But you only get 4 years to do it in, 8 if you're super super lucky, then the next group comes in and tears it all down.  Other things, for example investing in infrastructure, are 20 to 30 year projects and you see no benefit until they're done.  Police reform without throwing things out and starting over is also probably longer than 4 years.  Until we start fixing this one, we'll keep having protests and direct action and such, only to take a couple steps forward and then stop because the political will isn't there to finish it.  I don't know how to fix this one.  I suspect it's more procedural than anything, for instance making bills only be about one topic, so that you can pass all the things everyone agrees on.But I don't think it's reasonable to start from "there is no answer".  There's a lot of answers.  If everyone in power all said "It's time to fix politics, never mind my personal power", it could be done really, really quickly.  The problem with these answers, though, is that we're stuck in a place where the only thing that gets you voters is big and flashy social signalling.  Facts don't even matter anymore.  Hell, look at this thread.  You get to just pick whatever supposed facts you like.  We don't teach critical thinking anymore really.  People, now, don't seem to understand that the world is a material place, and it's debatable whether there are even absolute truths.  So I doubt any of this will happen, at least, not until it's too late and the U.S. is a giant dumpster fire.  It's a 

Re: what's the best way to run a virtual machine?

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Re: what's the best way to run a virtual machine?

I've never gotten Virtualbox to work either, save for with Docker for Windows which does the management for you.  it's a fine enough app, but almost completely inaccessible.  VMWare is your best bet if you want to run Orca/etc, but if you just want bash and CLI tools you can get away with installing Ubuntu under WSL from the Microsoft store and typing bash at any command prompt thereafter.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@906Criticizing people in office is how they end up not getting re-elected.  If we didn't they'd always just get all the votes.Also he lost the popular vote by millions and only got in because of the electoral college, so any legitimacy you might give him is really only based on technicalities.  Which to be honest is even more embarrassing for him given that if the fake voters he likes to claim exists actually existed they could have made sure Clinton won the electoral college hands down just by shifting a fraction of the millions of fraudulent votes to the right states and not bothering with the rest.  So, sigh.  Here we are.  Thank you to our forefathers for not understanding the internet and thinking that lifetime appointments can't be a problem because everyone dies at 50.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@65To add to that though, we're getting closer to being able to clone organs every day.  Whether that'd come before or after fully functional eye transplantation I don't know and in part it depends how zealous we are about stem cells and other things as a society.  But there are multiple companies who have gotten as far as cloned chicken nuggets being eaten by actual people.  That is, there was no chicken involved.  I believe one of them did it from feathers actually.  Now admittedly it's not growing in the shape of a nugget and it's fiddly and it's too expensive for your local restaurant, but given that the idea was entirely laughable that you'd have actual meat without the animal even 5 years or so ago and now we can put it on your plate...Welcome to the beginnings of our science fiction future.  The first miracles are always the most expensive.  But we went from the computing equivalent of that in 1960 or so to where we are now in around 50 years.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@62I was going to write a long reply, then I realized that a cure for blindness counts as technology that lets blind people not be dismissed and puts them on par with sighted people, so now you get this shorter but still a bit lengthy one instead.  And that's not even splitting hairs, that's literally what it is.  As with many of the arguments/"questions" that like to get raised here, you have to somehow logic your way around the elephant in the room.if blind people were going to develop a society of some sort we already would have.  Considering that hypothetical is also pointless.  You'd have to go out of the way to make society of the blind happen, or it would have already.And with the likelihood that the cure for blindness for most of us is a neural implant of some sort going up every day, you may very well be able to turn it off as well.  Plus the only way to have a visual cortex that's more shut off than closing your eyes is to have been entirely blind since the day of your birth, and given that it seems to come with all sorts of spatial reasoning issues in addition to needing to spend double digit numbers of years learning to make up for not having vision, "I have migraines, therefore blindness doesn't seem so bad" is kind of...well.  As someone who has done this and who has succeeded beyond what most sighted people manage with their lives, I promise you that they'd have to be incredibly debilitating, continuous, daily migraines for that to even be a remotely fair comparison.  And it's not about the games or the social stuff, it's about "man it would be nice to walk to place x without having to get someone to show me how first" sorts of things that you're not going to solve short of developing artificial general intelligence, and if we had AGI we'd all be busy living in our science fiction eutopia or something and this wouldn't matter.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@60And yet, irregardless of what you think, you are objectively and provably less capable than an equivalent version of you that also had sight.  That's not an opinion.  You plus sight could do tons more things.  Maybe you don't want to do those things, but since those things include "drive to the store on your own" and a whole variety of similar daily tasks, good luck convincing me or most anyone else here of that.Ironically enough, I'm a programmer, and a pretty good one, certainly better than a majority of sighted programmers.  But there are tons of things I can't ever do in the field of programming because I am blind and they require various inaccessible things--and for a lot of it, for instance some of the steps involved in using FPGAs--you can't just make it accessible somehow because it's fundamentally visual, and trying to shove it into something auditory or tactile is like trying to watch Netflix over dialup from the 90s.I'm not using capable as in worth.  It's not about whether you're a person.  But having vision expands your possibilities drastically, and you can't actually dispute that.  The best you can do is decide that you don't care about them.  But it's almost certainly literally worth money, if you want a practical way to put it.  Instacart, living near public transportation, etc. are all expensive things, and by being less efficient at your job you are making less money than you could otherwise be for the same amount of work.  Yes, you can work at the level of a sighted person, and I do too.  But that doesn't mean I'm not aware that sighted me could be faster/better than blind me.And again, that's before you even get to our inability to participate in modern culture, to travel, to just go out and experience the world on a whim because we want to.  Hell, look at Covid.  There's very little you can share with sighted friends without being in the same room, at least unless you're already well past the point where you're getting to know each other.  Online games, sharing pictures of dinner, "look at my cute dog"--none of that is stuff we get.  Modern communication itself is starting to change, even, to a picture-centric model where you'll send messages with a picture and a couple words about it.  It's literally to the point where I could see us being pushed out of online discourse in 10 years, just because young people grow up in this world where you don't even need to use English anymore to get your point across.  Not that it matters, though, because broadly speaking blind people can't spell anyway.Thing about these points is you can't actually debate them.  You can just stick your head in the sand and say "Well but I personally feel that" and seriously, stop.  You don't have to be miserable that you're blind.  In fact being blind doesn't even mean being less happy than someone sighted.  But "It's part of my identity and I'm already as good as a sighted person": no.  If it's part of your identity, getting vision isn't going to actually change your identity because it's already done what it's going to.  And you might be as capable as some sighted people, but you're not as capable as the only sighted person that should matter, namely yourself with vision.If someone said here's a free $1000, no strings attached I'd take it.  If someone said here's some free vision, no strings attached, I'd also take it, for the same reasons.  And for the same reasons, I consider anyone trying the "but it's identity, I don't need it" rhetoric to be very flawed.  Maybe you don't need the $1000, but the $1000 didn't take the $1000 from someone else and you're $1000 richer.  And if you ever decided that you really didn't want the $1000 you could give it to charity, in the same way that if you ever really decided you wanted to be blind again you could arrange for that.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

@55I hate this kind of thinking.  If you get your vision back you're whoever you are now with whatever capabilities you currently have, the same likes, dislikes, personality, etc.  Vision doesn't change that.  But it does let you do tons more.  Me plus vision is still me, except now I can drive a car, read math textbooks, travel the world, do who knows what else.  Never have to worry about if an app is accessible again.  Play any sighted videogame.I don't wake up every morning and go "man I still don't have vision today".  Few of us do.  But it'd be really nice.  I'm not differently gifted.  Neither are you.  We're versions of ourselves that are currently without vision.  That doesn't make us less capable.  But if we did have vision, we'd all instantly become incredibly more capable.  It wouldn't solve our problems.  But it goes a long way.It surprises me how few people get this, and I have a great deal of trouble seeing "vision is part of your identity" as anything but "I can't come to terms with being less capable than someone else, so I'll relabel it identity instead of disability".Maybe the cure will be expensive.  Maybe the cure will have side effects.  Maybe the cure will be "you get vision but you die in 1 year".  But all of those hypotheticals aren't likely, and without them there's literally no rational reason to sit here and go "I'll pass on that cure, thanks".

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Re: How to make music with out midi keyboard?

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Re: How to make music with out midi keyboard?

@9The problem with the music languages is that music itself is fundamentally 2D, but text is fundamentally 1D.  For example, if you have a measure where there's 2 half notes forming a baseline and 4 quarter notes in the melody, you have to write them out as separate unrelated strings whereas a sighted person would be able to just see them stacked right next to each other and someone on a keyboard can just play it.  So to that end I've found the music programming languages cumbersome.  But if you want something good for midi, the best I know of is zel.  It still has all these problems, but it's at least a reasonable attempt.Csound is an interesting language and, the next time I need to experiment with DSP without using C/C++, I'll probably reach for it.  Its scoring language reads like this:i 1 2 3 2 3 2 4With one note per line, and no I don't remember the order of the parameters.  You don't even get symbolic note names by default and by default you also have to use absolute times as well.  But the instrument design portions are amazing and can literally do anything, so if you want a playground for learning DSP and how to design instruments Csound connected to a keyboard is a pretty good thing to try.  The only thing that beats it to my knowledge is Faust which is way worse at realtime experimentation, and I'm coding 3D audio library 3 so my knowledge is pretty extensive.  Specifically where everything but csound and faust fall down are recursive effects like reverb, waveguide synthesis, a bunch of other stuff where the end feeds back into the beginning, because for that you have to basically have a little compiler instead of just a bunch of blokcs you stick together.Mind you there's o built-in instruments, so that "the instrument design part is amazing" comes with the clarification that you'll be designing them whether you want to or not, or finding other people's to bring into your project.  But as Synthizer gets more advanced, I'll probably end up using csound to experiment before trying to code the C++ versions of various effects.

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Re: I need help with my computers ram.

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Re: I need help with my computers ram.

@13Unless I'm very much mistaken Firefox has background services as well.Number of processes doesn't matter.  Everyone thinks that it does.  But it doesn't.  Modern operating systems can handle 10 times the number of processes that your home computer starts up.  We just cling to that because it's an easy to understand number, and everyone likes easy to understand numbers.

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Re: Audio-only livestreaming platforms

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Re: Audio-only livestreaming platforms

@9It didn't used to be, and until maybe 3 or 4 years ago audio/video elements either weren't universally available, had accessibility issues, or both.  But now that Flash is dead, it's literally the only way that a browser can play either, and even the stuff that offers custom player controls is forced into customizing them (typically by hiding the browser-provided controls, sizing it, and providing your own).  I think there's ways to feed them from _javascript_ and I know they can also be fed from WebRTC, but the browser vendors just generally replaced the custom audio/video control market because they got tired of flash.

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Re: Audio-only livestreaming platforms

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Re: Audio-only livestreaming platforms

@7I *think* you can just point an audio element at icecast.  Nowadays your integration is just built into HTML as long as the far side isn't using custom protocols or somesuch and can just hand you an MP3 stream over HTTP, though I've never personally done it.

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Re: I need help with my computers ram.

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Re: I need help with my computers ram.

@10Firefox is now multiprocess as well, I believe.  Also those processes don't necessarily matter as much as you'd think.  I'd have to look into it specifically, but it's often possible to read the wrong set of numbers there and come away counting tons of shared regions of memory.What I can say is that unless Firefox has done a ton of stuff I don't know about, V8 wins as a JS implementation for memory usage, so much so that it's even able to use 32-bit pointers on 64-bit systems now through horrible black magic.  Lots of processes isn't actually a problem in itself.

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Re: I need help with my computers ram.

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Re: I need help with my computers ram.

Firefox isn't really that much better, if at all.

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Re: I need help with my computers ram.

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Re: I need help with my computers ram.

That's correct, and you don't have any choice but to upgrade.  Windows itself uses around 1 GB, browser tabs will use anywhere from 20MB to 100MB, NVDA grabs a good chunk, if you've got Dropbox going that'll grab another 30 or 40 MB from time to time, etc.  There's a reason so many of us consider 8 GB the minimum nowadays.

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Re: How to make music with out midi keyboard?

2020-07-28 Thread AudioGames . net ForumOff-topic room : camlorn via Audiogames-reflector


  


Re: How to make music with out midi keyboard?

You probably don't.  Making music without a midi keyboard is something I and many others have tried, and the thing is that it's terribly inefficient even if you're sighted.  I'll be curious to see if there's an actually good answer, but 've looked many times over the years and never found one.

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Re: For those who care; I'm back.

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Re: For those who care; I'm back.

I'd be for keeping edit.  The main point is not being able to hide that you deleted something.  Most platforms allow edit these days, and I don't see negative consequences in it personally.

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

@38Someone got curious about how/whether we could have sex, decided to ask, and also to use it as a trolling opportunity, so instead of being polite but something you probably shouldn't ask they used the most vulgar formulation they could come up with.

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Re: For those who care; I'm back.

2020-07-27 Thread AudioGames . net ForumOff-topic room : camlorn via Audiogames-reflector


  


Re: For those who care; I'm back.

@59I don't think that particular instance was malice.  It's just easy to lose an argument and then delete your half of the argument, and in that instance it was someone getting mad for some reason I don't remember because I didn't make libaudioverse sound nice with screen readers by capitalizing the A and the V, which is a good way to set yourself up to lose an argument very, very badly.The delete button is the "I didn't think" button and instead of learning that you should think, you learn that there's a "I didn't think" button, which is entirely the wrong lesson.

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Re: For those who care; I'm back.

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Re: For those who care; I'm back.

We shouldn't be allowed to delete posts or threads, because there should be a consequence for the past.  One of the problems with this community is that there aren't meaningful consequences for anything.  The least we can do is not give people what is effectively time travel.I'm not sure how I feel about how the decision was made, but I agree with the decision and I would go so far as to say that we should block deleting of posts.  If you want to delete a post, edit it and say you deleted it, but this thing where you can just say whatever and then silently make it disappear without indication is bothersome and problematic, when people are responding to you.For instance, not that I have the link anymore, there was that time in 2014 or 2015 when someone got really made at me for not capitalizing libaudioverse the way they wanted, I called them out for coming into my thread and getting mad about it, we went back and forth a few times, then they deleted their half of the discussion--so now there's just some angry rants by me with no context.  I could have deleted mine too, but I try hard not to sink as low as editing my past.

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Re: Accessible free online college websites for the blind

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Re: Accessible free online college websites for the blind

If your goal is to learn Google should be able to help you out.  If your goal is to have something worth putting on the resume or that will otherwise make it likely that you'll get a job out the far side, you need to do things that aren't ever going to be free unless you can get scholarships.For programming you have two choices. Go to college, or do something big enough that you can get into somewhere without it.  College degrees assert that you learned what you need to learn to be effective.  If you don't have one, you need something impressive enough to prove to people that you know what you're doing without it.  This usually means a large project, and if you don't already know a good bit of programming and you don't want to go through the college setting, then that's years of full-time learning away at minimum.no one cares what you know.  They care what you've done that proves you know what you claim to know.  I'd suggest finding a way to pay for college.  If you're set on being a programmer and you've not done enough programming to be able to learn a language without asking us for resources, that's your  best bet.  I try not to discourage people, but frankly you may be better off finding something that's not programming unless you have years to spare.  There are ways to get around the college problem, but they do take that long, and frankly a lot of them also rely on natural talent of one sort or another.

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

@28It helps that I'm gay, perhaps, but if you get on any of the sex-focused apps, get serious about it, and have good social/independent living skills, you won't be a virgin for long.  Only challenging part is finding an accessible one and getting your profile set up.Sex, at least as provided by the internet, sort of sorts itself into the people who have and care about having amazing gymnast supermodel bodies, and everyone else.  Thing about being in the everyone else group is people in it either don't care or are self-conscious.  If they don't care you're good, If they're self-conscious you can't see it.I think finding a long-term relationship is probably harder just because the way those work is that you need to interact with enough people in a meaningful way and being blind slows that down, and obviously if you're the type who doesn't want sex outside ne you'll be a virgin for a while, but the modern landscape for this stuff is super targeted and you can totally do it if you want.Also if you have your own house/apartment and can host, I promise you'll be super popular with all the people who don't or can't.

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

Here's the thing.  Sighted people will more often than not fail to ask the question, even if they do think this way.  If you're capable enough and you spend a lot of time around random sighted people, it shows.  They don't mean anything particular by it, but I do think it's the majority, and what matters to me is if they keep thinking that way once they spend 5 minutes in a room with me or not, not if they originally thought that way.There is a thing I call the god factor.  There's probably a better name for it.  I'm reasonably talented at math, and in so far as blind people go I'm better than 90%.  I'm also reasonably independent, enough so that I lived alone in college.  We call these things normal.  But because I broke the stereotype, I spent most of college and a good bit of high school with people being more or less amazed and thinking I was some sort of math genius or something because how else could I do it, and what do you mean you like to cook? too?  Wow!  Mind you most people didn't come out and say it.  But it showed.  If you break the stereotype by enough you become the blind guy who breaks the stereotype, and people stop judging you for yourself and don't know what to make of you anymore.  They also, some of them, stop seeing the work you put in as well.  That's why I call it the god factor.  It was never "he tried hard", it was always this innate thing that must be special about me that no one anywhere could duplicate, and obviously I had to be 10 times smarter to deal with overcoming the blindness because even walking to class must be some sort of huge, scary daily challenge.But that's not the worst thing.  The worst thing seems to have been a Florida problem, given that it stopped once I moved to Seattle.  The worst thing was the random person once a month or so who would come over and tell me that they don't know how I do it, if they went blind they'd probably just kill themselves.  In those words.  It happened enough that my reaction kind of just became "come on, not another one", and as far as I know my parents got a similar reaction when I was a kid, also with an additional helping of "You're such a good mom/dad, taking care of two blind kids".  Florida isn't very good with disabilities, let's put it that way."Blind people can't have sex" trolls are very far down my list of things sighted people say, well below a bunch of genuine stuff that's worse.

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

@15No you shouldn't.  Don't feed the trolls.  Feeding the trolls isn't helpful, and regardless of what ever might have come after, the original poster is a troll.The actual mechanics of sex are *not* a problem in any way whatsoever, though I'm not willing to go into specifics on this site or with anyone who might be a minor.  But as with many things, if sighted people thought for even a minute they'd remember that lots of sex happens with the lights off.

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

The thing is that vision is 100 times the bandwidth of hearing, smell, taste, and touch put together, as a minimum.  I understand why sighted people think this way.  Take away another sense and it's way less of an information loss.  In reality, we're doing the equivalent of looking through a pinhole at the world or something.  And as weird as that sentence is, it also helps make my point--there's no other way to say it really but to use vision-centric language.I've known many people who have been sighted all their lives, then lost vision in their 30s or somesuch, and it takes an incredibly long time to get back up to speed with basic things like leaving the house, if they ever do.  So I try to give people a pass until it becomes clear that they're not going to get it.  Obviously this Reddit user doesn't get that pass, but my point is that understanding why people don't understand doesn't come naturally to a blind person who's never been sighted, because it's actually hard for many of us to understand vision, too.  I probably wouldn't, if I hadn't had some usable vision to ground my understanding of what it means to have vision in.

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

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Re: Is this really what sighted people think of us?

yes, people think like this. Yes, they're probably a troll.  But they're also saying things that people do actually think, they're just things that people don't say.This is a bad way to be first exposed to that kind of thinking, but, well, sighted people think we can't cook, clean, etc etc etc, so it shouldn't be surprising that sighted people think we have trouble with sex either.  I have received questions like this often enough from well-meaning people on dating apps, some of whom I have hooked up with even (the deciding factor being whether they're trying to understand, or if they think I'm incapable).

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Re: Are Lenovo Laptops Safe?

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Re: Are Lenovo Laptops Safe?

@ironcross32You can do the basics with 4GB.  If you don't do anything more than that it's fine.  Also if it's an all-in-one I bet it's 32 bit windows as well, which "helps" for some definition of helps.

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Re: For those who care; I'm back.

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Re: For those who care; I'm back.

My first thought seeing this is that maybe the mods should ban people for "I am permanently leaving because I hate this site" threads.  This whole thing has been ridiculous, pointless, and probably a grab for attention, and whoever does this next will probably do the same thing, so overall maybe people who want to leave so badly they start a rant and say they're leaving forever should be helped out the door.  Perhaps not a permanent ban, but something.

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

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Re: Your choice? Would you restore your vision?

Before this discussion gets inevitably idiotic, I would like to take this moment to head off the "but what if seeing is worse?" and the "But we are differently able" crowds by pointing out that you can just close your eyes if that's the case.  Yeah there's neuroplasticity issues, but the worst case is now your eyes work but you can't interpret it, not you're somehow worse off, and to be honest there's so little research on that either way that I'm not really sure why everyone frets about it.If I had to choose between seeing and something else, and that something else was like "You will never have another friend" or "You die in a year": no, I wouldn't take it.  But I have one of the rarest forms of Lebers, less than 1 people on the North American continent if I remember the numbers right, and I expect to be able to see with no major side effects around 2050 through brain implants.  I expect that blindness will be a solved problem for any children born after that point not too long after, and just generally not a thing anymore by 2100 at the latest save for cases where blindness is really not the worst problem you have by a mile.There's a difference between a bunch of well-meaning but clueless sighted people who think we spend every waking moment pining after vision and that not actually being the case, and opting not to have vision restored or for the first time.  You can only realistically construct scenarios where you wouldn't want it by positing side effects or by going down the not disabled but differently able path.  The first isn't likely to be the case, and the latter is one of the few things on the list of things I will loudly and vocally call out wherever I see it because the only way it's true is if there's some sort of game master god overseeing everything with his big dungeons and dragons manual summing up your advantage and handicap points.

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Re: Are Lenovo Laptops Safe?

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Re: Are Lenovo Laptops Safe?

Almost every company that does laptops does something as bad as Lenovo, it's just that Lenovo got caught and distilled to something nonprogrammers could understand.  If you're concerned, do a fresh Windows install to a non-OEM Windows and call it a day; they don't play with the bios and kind of can't for a whole host of reasons.

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

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Re: Corona Virus: is it the beginning of the end?

@775There is precedence in the U.S. for those sorts of laws.  I'm not super informed on it--it was, fortunately, a little bit before my time--but we did all that sort of thing with HIV, and have only recently started taking it off the books.@773Scientific data doesn't show that masks don't work, and in fact there's early indications that initial viral load matters, so even if it doesn't block everything it can still be helpful.  But it's not about you, it's about protecting others by keeping the droplets produced when you talk and sneeze from infecting others, should you have it and not know.You started from the position that this would blow over and whatnot, and that there's no way we'd even hit 6 cases, if I recall.  But the thing is, every time you pull back against what the mainstream stuff is saying, it turns out you were wrong a month or so later and things were definitely as bad as was claimed.  I'm not sure why this isn't telling you something, but it honestly should be.Irregardless you can get a mask for $10 and it's mildly inconvenient, certainly much less inconvenient than a full lockdown or literally anything else going on, so: why not?  Yes, some people have medical conditions, but it's ridiculously easy to do and doesn't cost you anything.

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Re: Pidgin Accessibility

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Re: Pidgin Accessibility

Libpurple is the instant messaging library underlying Pidgin.

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Re: Pidgin Accessibility

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Re: Pidgin Accessibility

I haven't tried it specifically but my guess is it's written in GTK, which is inaccessible on Windows and will be until someone puts in a lot of significant effort to support tools and platforms that the people behind GTK don't like.  But perhaps I'm wrong.

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Re: A lack of English audio description for Netflix-based anime

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Re: A lack of English audio description for Netflix-based anime

As far as I'm aware, the part about Netflix getting descriptive tracks from the studios is true, unless Netflix is responsible for producing the show.

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Re: A little information about Backblaze

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Re: A little information about Backblaze

@8The best I've found, taking accessibility into account, is Windows Backup (Windows 7).  Go into backup settings, there's a button to get to the Windows 7 one, then you can set it up.Most of the other programs are buggy, inaccessible, or both.  As far as I know it's all of them, but there might be a suitable one somewhere.

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Re: A little information about Backblaze

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Re: A little information about Backblaze

Given the size of backblaze, I'm pretty sure he was just unlucky.  Someone always will be, with backup software of that level of complexity.  Maybe not, but if they lost data all the time they'd not be in business.Incremental backups are always going to have issues.  The only thing that won't is copying to a local external hard drive, for some definition of won't that comes with a giant list of caveats anyway.Overall I'm not sure what to think of the post.  I'd need a lot more evidence before I freaked out, and also Backblaze isn't the only thing in my backup strategy.It's worth noting one important detail, though.  If you don't have incredibly good upload speed, something like Backblaze won't work for you.  I'd not be surprised if part of the issue is that he couldn't re-upload his really big files.  Most home internet doesn't give you enough upspeed for effective use of backblaze on audio and video files, being as it'll reupload the entire thing on every edit etc.

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Re: latency problem in reaper

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Re: latency problem in reaper

You can get a good enough audio interface off Amazon for $10.  I think mine is audio-technica.  Also, never buy Alienware anything.There's a settings dialog in Reaper for audio settings with buffer sizes and such in it; you want to find that and play with the numbers. I can't give you specifics, because it's different for everyone's hardware and VSTs. You just have to fiddle with the numbers.  Obviously you want to try to make them all lower.

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Re: weird issues with NVDA when starting up computer.

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Re: weird issues with NVDA when starting up computer.

@10In the advanced settings, you can enable UIA for word.  It's very definitely beta but I've known people who have found it much more performant.

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Re: Application to host vst

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Re: Application to host vst

With respect to the accessibility of VSTs in general, they can expose parameters via an interface that lets them be automated through midi (i.e. can connect to a physical knob), via a UI, or both.  it's up to the author, but it's quite possible that things only end up connected through an inaccessible UI, then you're out of luck.  Only way to find out is to try it or know someone else who has.

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