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AutoCAD brought Lisp mainstream for mechanical engineers, architects, and so many other 'rocket scientists' that I believe Emacs pales in comparison. I was programming AutoLisp (automatic correction of trace and drill patterns for PCBs) on the machine which wasn't even able to build a decent Emacs in reasonable amount of time (PC AT/286 12Mhz with 2MB memory :-)). I was able to build myself an Emacs only after I got upgraded to 386SX 16Mhz with the whopping 4MB of RAM.

Oh, I thought I'd never encounter this on HN. But since I did, here's the story:

Somewhere in late 80s my mother started to have pain in the abdomen. She went here, then there, then she finally did something like CAT scan or whatever, I don't remember, I just remember is was difficult to get this scan because there was just so few such devices in my home country (friendly advice for those who dream about state-provided health service: you don't take into account that you literally can die while sitting in line for months)

Well, it appears that she got gallstones and quite sizeable ones. Traditional conservative medicine (pills) didn't help much and she was recommended to take the surgical route. She declined because someone told her about urinotherapy. And she did that shit (well, piss) for the next 10+ years. The pains never completely went away, so she used some over the counter painkillers and was getting by so-so. Then one day she felt acute pain again, she was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and died in agony in 6 months. She was always dreamed about having grandchildren and my wife gave birth to our daughter the same day my mother went to (totally useless and just an act of despair) surgery to remove the metastasis. Which failed (well, stage 4 and pancreatic - it sounds worse than death penalty conviction). She lived just enough to see my daughter once when she was 3 months old or something. The hospital literally threw her away to die at home (remember, my friends, you want state-controlled health service. The hospital was free. Free comes at a price) and I drove my wife and child to her. She died a few weeks later. In pain and agony.

(did I tell you about the state-controlled health service? I don't remember, but just in case if I didn't - strong painkillers are controlled like weapon grade plutonium. So the doctor decides how many pills you deserve and even if the doctor is good person, the state mandates the limit. And it's a serious felony for a doctor to break this mandate. Painkillers are not technically free, but cost peanuts. You can buy them on the black market though and get 8 years if caught)

An autopsy showed that her gallbladder was full with stones. Doctors said that with a VERY high probability this is a sole cause of cancer. If she haven't listened to the idiot who advised her to take urine instead of the knife or ultrasonic she probably have survived until now (her birthday was 10 days ago and she would have been 75) and was able to see her granddaugther grow in front of her. She died at 61.

You can probably figure out from this rant what do I think about you and your religion. Drink this stuff alone.

I'd probably be downvoted to hell for this, but fuck it.

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To quote you - "You can probably figure out from this rant what do I think about you and your religion. Drink this stuff alone."

I have only one thing to say. Comrade - you are ignorant and come across as a racist. Not that i give a shit.

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I have no idea what the original post said, because it appears to have been too godawful to even stay in the thread, but I saw nothing in kika's that sounded like racism. Just seems like the commenter is opposed to whatever groups are pushing the treatment he says killed his mom -- hard to fault somebody for that.

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May I ask which country?

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Soviet Union. The country which basically invented and implemented state-owned free healthcare on a very large scale (the USSR population was on par with the USA population).

And, frankly, I believe USSR succeeded in this implementation. I mean you can't make it substantially better than it was (taking technology advancements into account). It was great at preventing epidemic outbreaks, vaccinations, general population health, etc.

My sister picked up typhosus in a very remote part of the country, disease not known to primary care physicians for decades (well, they study it in medical schools but just like a historical artifact). But the system worked perfectly, she was diagnosed, sent to a special facility, got necessary treatment (and became a subject of research with daily visits of medical students from all across the city) and got out perfectly well (besides losing all her hair, but that part recovered quickly).

It's just everything has its pros and cons. And when you preach socialized state-owned healthcare, don't think you'll always be at the 'pros' side. Some people end up at the 'cons'. I'm not saying that my mother fell victim to this system, she fell victim to the idiocy. But the system made her suffer beyond what is acceptable in the civilized world.

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Cancer is basically a problem of the immune system. We have a lot of cancer cells in our bodies and our bodies manage to kill them quite efficiently. Something went wrong in your body and a cell or two survived. I'm in no way a doctor (I have experience with cancer, but as a, hm, 'user', or better, observer) but IMHO the thrill of working in the startup and doing stuff that you really like can substantially help your immune system to fight the hostile lifeform in your body. "Positive" hormones stimulate the immune system. On the other side, having not enough sleep, eating shit, having a lot of excess weight (having a little is considered good) would actually harm your immune system. That said, if I were you, I'd take the startup job, but would take extra care of myself, not working 6x16+1x10 hours, eating right (not necessarily fancy or organic, just basically good food), exercising enough and having enough fresh air and rest. One doctor once said to me that I can cure any illness by just sleeping 10+ hours a day. He was joking, but every good joke is just partially a joke.

Yeah, and buy COBRA. Just in case. Most likely you will just waste a couple grand on it, but this is your life on the line. Small companies use complete idiots as insurance brokers (large ones do too, but they learned how to hide this) these idiots may screw up you forms/submissions/cards/accounts/whatever even multiple times in a row. You'd better be covered while you sort this out.

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They're also planning to get to Mars before US or anyone else does.

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Plans are like ideas, they're worth next to nothing, execution is king.

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The article calls for crackdown on drivers and may be rightfully so, but. I came to the US from the country where road laws are based on the concept of "operator of the dangerous machine". Such an operator is at fault by default and have to prove their innocence. End even if they do, they still have to compensate medical expenses. Such compensations are not as ridiculously high as they are in the US but still may be quite expensive for the person who _wasn't guilty_ at the first place. And if they were guilty the future of the unfortunate car driver is much more grim. Courts routinely convict such drivers for 1-2 years behind bars (there even special "prisons" for such "criminals" which do not even look like prisons, more like military camps behind barbed wire). If the driver was drunk that could easily become 4-5 years or more.

And you know what? Wikipedia says there're 13 deaths per 100k vehicles in the US and 55 in the country I came from (Russia).

Go figure.

What I'm trying to convey is that the article says "don't do , stop other party from doing the wrong thing". Okay. Stop investing money into Falcon landing, just make fricking rocket booster land straight onto the platform at sea. Stop making cars safe, just make them not to crash into each other. Etc. Sure! Where do I sign up? The author fails to deliver the answer "how". "Invest in the infrastructure" is not enough.

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as a native of the coutry ywhich is generally considered cyclist heaven (netherlands) bike lanes are quite nice. i did not have any problem cycling to work today. its safe and i get my exercise. infrastructure works. and yes cars are dangerous machines. people should be careful with them. its a lot of responsibility. but criminalisation is just stupid. that doesn't happen in countries which prioritize road safety.

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I've seen Russian dash cams. I figured it out ;)

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Why do you write this as if driving drunk is okay?

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Hm, why do you have such impression? Killing someone while driving drunk is quite a felony in my book. But breaking someone's arm just because you were not able to figure out where the lane markings are is not okay too, but doesn't sound like a felony punishable by the jail time.

Also, the standards of sobriety are very different in different countries. In Russia you're technically drunk if you had a bottle of yogurt for breakfast. And they _will_ use that against you in court, it's not just a "fun fact".

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If your thought was to object to the statement you're replying to then probably it went wrong.

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It was better for us, they didn't have engineers skilled enough to understand what we were saying and asked for a second meeting with their top notch tech people. But I've smelled something fishy and just forcefed them with top grade tech-looking bullshit under very heavy pressure. Top notch tech folks were confused, corp dev guys were pissed off, but they didn't have a nerve to ask "just repeat what did you say in the last meeting".

Then they've asked for the code and I gave them the code! We had brilliant C macro library for memory management, hash tables, list traversal, etc developed by my cofounder. Very nice piece of code, elegant, efficient and reliable. They've got all of it :-) When they came back confused I told them that I thought they want to check the clarity and quality of the code and this piece of code is quite representative. They had to specifically ask for the trade secret (and I would have refused) but again didn't have the nerve.

It was a big name in the industry, $5B yearly revenue back then.

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Yeah, you got lucky

But the part about them not understanding what you did doesn't surprise me in the least

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Happened to me. I didn't sell the company in the end (mtg meltdown, tech acquisition department got dismissed altogether, etc) and the company never recovered from me taking the "rest". Wasted 3 years of my life and $250K of angel money. Guilty as fuck.

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Boeing or LM? I worked for Tupolev - Tu-214D, auxiliary fuel system control module, which actually did D in the name (which means Dalnii, Long Range in Russian).

My famous takeaway from these times was --- ARINC Report 431: No Fault Found – A Case Study provides the final report of AMC Task Group 116 formed to discover the causes of “No Fault Found” in avionics equipment during test. This standard identifies sources and provides recommendations for improvement. ---

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Neither ... it's a subcontractor. Also your mention of ARINC brings to mind another thing - the business environment is way different than most of tech. Patent lawsuits are basically unheard of. Many of the companies within the field are not only competitors, but typically also partners in one or more ventures. The reason ARINC jogged that memory loose is that Rockwell Collins bought ARINC a while back, and then spun off the standards making division so as not to damage their credibility as the standards-creator for aviation. When I think of, say, mobile ... I just don't see those companies behaving that way.

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Exactly, I felt the same. I believe it (cooperation, attention to detail, much less hype and lawsuits, etc) is because of the responsibility. If I sue competing startup and they will get distracted and miss their scaling problem and begin to return 502 errors - herd will call me a "fighter", some call me "this jerk, who's smarter in the courtroom than at the keyboard", etc, VCs will like me, anyway, I win. If I sue someone making a competing ARINC interface, they get distracted, miss a race condition and then 502 people die... I also get distracted, and another 404 people die. Well, it's a little bit worse than 502 error. And there's so many training and so many manuals, books, anecdotes around how many people may die if we don't "put enough assert()s in our code" that you just stop thinking about hype and lawsuits and gold miners.

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I worked once on the design of the auxiliary fuel control system for a long range version of jet commercial aircraft. This single job taught me more about "Proper System Design"(tm) than my whole previous experience.

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