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Name: Steve
Gender: Male
Hometown: Florida
Home country: US
Current location: US
Member since: Sat Oct 16, 2004, 01:04 PM
Number of posts: 25,480

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All-time low for Pago Pago, American Samoa: 59 F

14 degrees south latitude, amazes me it got that cold there.

Elevation 30 ft (9 m), so that's not the reason.


My personal philosophy about DU

I don't know, maybe writing this will be good for me or another person out there. At the least, it won't harm anyone. Here goes....

I'm not here to hurt anyone, in any way.

I'm not here to WIN at all costs, to beat my "DU opponent" into the ground with my intellect, logic, data, etc.

Have I made mistakes and said a few inadvisable things on DU ? Of course. I do my best, as we all do.

I'm here to learn. Maybe have a "DU friend". I'm a loner, so, yea, "DU company" is nice at times.

I'm sure everyone disagrees with me on at least one topic, and the reverse is true for me. I think we can be respectful and civil about it. When the respect and civility goes away, there is no way I'm changing my mind, and I'm sure the same is true of others on DU.

At any rate....that's me. Sometimes I feel like I should lurk only, but.... I like to talk.

Happy holidays, group members !

When was the last time a stranger did something kind for you ?

I'm still waking up, but what REALLY sticks out in my memory was the time a complete stranger bought me a can of FixAFlat, for use with my flat tire. She had obviously overheard me lamenting my plight to AAA on the phone, went into the store, bought it, handed it to me with a smile.

Impressed the hell out of me! I'm sure there's something more recent.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

No more tropical cyclones for 180 days!

Stay warm.

-22.9 F @ West Yellowstone, MT


SSRI Discontinuation or Withdrawal Syndrome


After some people stop taking a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), they experience a variety of symptoms. According to Dr. Ross J. Baldessarini, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and director of the psychopharmacology program at McLean Hospital, these symptoms may include “a flu-like reaction, as well as a variety of physical symptoms, that may include headache, gastrointestinal distress, faintness and strange sensations of vision or touch.”

This common phenomenon is known as SSRI discontinuation syndrome. (It may also be known as SSRI withdrawal syndrome.)

Discontinuation symptoms typically arise within days after stopping the medication, particularly if it was stopped abruptly. Stopping a high dose of a relatively short-acting drug also can bring on symptoms. In addition to the previously-mentioned symptoms, “anxiety and depressed or irritable mood are common features that may make it hard to differentiate SSRI discontinuation syndrome from early return of symptoms of depression,” Baldessarini said.

About 20 percent of people experience discontinuation symptoms, according to Dr. Michael D. Banov, medical director of Northwest Behavioral Medicine and Research Center in Atlanta, and author of Taking Antidepressants: Your Comprehensive Guide To Starting, Staying On and Safely Quitting. About 15 percent experience mild to moderately bothersome symptoms while fewer than five percent experience more severe symptoms, he said.

more at link

more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antidepressant_discontinuation_syndrome

How has the internet changed your life ?

For some reason, this question popped up in my mind today. I'm not talking about DU, but it is part of the net.

I've had the internet since 1996, the good old days of screeching 14.4 kbps modems and AOL (ugh). When I first figured out how to surf, I would just input random url's to see what the hell they were, e.g. greenland.com (silly, I know). It was like the entire world was at my fingertips. The world's largest library for me to read, all day long, practically for FREE.

I've learned so much. I've "met" people from all over the world and learned new foreign words. One time I talked to a guy in Antarctica on ICQ, I guess he was bored. I've changed my mind on so many different subjects. My horizons have expanded greatly.

It's like a country boy moves to Greenwich Village. That kind of change. Yes, a tad overdramatic, but thanks to the Democratic Party and Al Gore and DARPA and (I'm guessing) some Republicans, we have the internet. I hope it stays free of censorship and government overreach forever, although it seems to be constantly in danger of that (i.e, great Chinese firewall, governments shutting down the net during civil disturbances, etc).

Thanks for reading! Your thoughts, please.

Steve (by the way, come visit us in Computer Help and Support if you have a glitch)

grammar conundrum

Yes! or Yes ! (notice the missing space in first example)

I was always taught to insert some space between the word and an exclamation point. Maybe that's not the standard way any more ?

I will lose sleep until this is resolved for me !

ETA: Now that I've wracked my middle-aged brain, I may have been taught the correct way 47 or 48 years ago, but decided on my own that a space looked better. That probably makes more sense now that the unanimous verdict is no space. Even in law school, no one ever corrected me. Meh, such is life. One more mystery of the universe solved, 9 googol more to go!

Process Explorer: a very good way of seeing undesired programs


As you can see at the link, Process Explorer is a more comprehensive version of the Task Manager. I don't know of any other program that runs "closer to the metal" than PE. Now, if you're running a rootkit, my understanding is that those don't show up on programs like PE or Task Manager. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me.

Look at the screenshot I took of me running Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 9879. Luckily for me, there is absolutely nothing I don't know about. If you see a program that looks unfamiliar, you simply right click the entry and choose "Search Online". Your default browser will open up with search suggestions on what it is. I highly recommend doing that if you are not 100% sure of every entry in PE. Of course, you can also ask in this group what something is.

Just another tip to stay malware and virus-free.

Stepping down as host, need new one I think

I'm not the most knowledgeable IT person, by far, in this group. I do what I can to help, but I am very limited by my lack of formal training and real life experience in the industry.

I won't step down right away, but yes, I think we need another host who is much more knowledgeable than I.

Have a great weekend.


With all due respect, I think you're misreading the OP

Mr. Michael Brown, while legally an adult, was only 18 years old. My son is the same age.

18 years old is a teenager, physically and hormonally and mentally. By the time Mr. Brown had reached age 28 (Officer Wilson's age I think), he would have definitely become a young man, barring extreme and unusual circumstances like brain injury.

Almost all teenagers (exceptions to every rule) have not developed anything near mature adult coping skills. Therefore, you have to take that into account when dealing with them. Obviously, Officer Wilson did not care. Mr. Brown is now dead.

I don't see any assumptions about teenage black guys here. I see reality about teenage men in general. I'm not going to argue this point, because my mind is made up. I think the OP is right on target and not racist or incorrect in the least.
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