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Pretty much mirrors the experience of one of my family members. She contracted mumps and pneumonia in a fairly short time period, then was left with ongoing fatigue. A year on, she's definitely improving, but doing too much leaves her fatigued for days and she sleeps for 18+ hours some days.

A cure (or even treatments to shorten the recovery time) would be wonderful.

I've had it happen to me as well. Bumped a USB drive to which I was copying files under OS X, and it disconnected. It left the drive in a really wierd state - I could see the files on the drive, but could not read or delete them. Using diskutil under OS X errored out when trying to format, and diskpart in Windows said the drive was read-only (but could not change that flag).

I ended up needing to use some low level tool from a USB drive manufacturer's website to get it working again.

I've been wondering the same about ANY VPN - it doesn't that unreasonable that a Government agency would be able to manage servers overseas.


Even if they had a universal back door into Windows, I'd expect them to research other attacks for a number of reasons:

- Backdoors can be discovered; I'd assume it is less likely to be detected if you use it less.

- Esoteric network configurations may make the 'normal' backdoor inaccessable

- Securing their own systems

- Deniability - if an attack in progress is discovered, it's better for the NSA et. al that it looks like a bug being exploited by an unknown third party than a deliberate backdoor (though I suspect any backdoors, should they exist, are designed to look accidental).

Edit: typo fixed and clarification


When a backdoor is too much used, it begins to be noticed and will be closed. NSA needs to have as many means of actions as possible.


Using a personal phone to contact the security services provides a direct link between that person and the security services to anyone who can access phone records. Using a payphone (probably) at the very least increasing the cost of establishing such a link (to identify the individual, you need listen to the call, which is more work and may be obscured by any OPSEC requirements that can be established over the phone, or have access to some other records [phone location records if the person is carrying a mobile phone at the same time, or CCTV footage from the area]).


Actually you just need to stay nearby - the phones are used to rarely that anybody who uses one is probably a spy.


They certainly shouldn't be prescribed lightly (and not as a first choice), but for some people they work without causing side effects in situations where alternatives don't. Keeping them as an option is still a good idea IMO.

I've been taking tamazepam for insomnia, off and on, for months now, and experienced no side effects or addiction (when I don't need it, I can stop taking it for a week plus without any adverse effects). I tried multiple alternatives, but none were suitable (diphenhyramine/Nytol - no effect, currently using it as a anti-histamine; zopiclone - severe side effects, including memory loss and visual changes; amitriptyline - effective, but left me extremely tired for ~24hrs after each dose).

It's worth pointing out my experience and the lack of addictive effects may not be typical - I was prescribed tramadol (an opiate) for about six months at the maximum dose, and was told by my neurologist to taper slowly and stopping them will be worse than stopping heroin. I stopped cold turkey and had no problems or side effects (other than the original symptoms coming back of cause).


Placebos may still work, even if you know it is a placebo - http://www.theguardian.com/science/2010/dec/22/placebo-effec...


Even as someone from Yorkshire, it's a little difficult to read, because you rarely see it written out. Hearing it definitely helps

My Grandfather is a softer version of this dialect, and I listen to him without a problem, but if he tries to write the same way he speaks, it can be difficult to follow.


A better reading of "Hey up, Young Pokey. Is tha barn darn t' pit?" would be "Hey up, Young Pokey. Are you going down the pit?".

    "Is tha" - "Are you" (from "thou")
    "barn darn" - Barn here mean "bound" or "going"; "darn" is just "down"
    " 'pit" - The pit (roughly the mine)
Similarly, "Aye, sither. Ah'm barn darn t' thutty-niners wi' t' fa'ther" would be read as "Aye, you see. I'm going down the pit with my father".

Slight aside: Anyone else from Yorkshire use/hear "seefing" to mean "seeing if" (as in "I was seefing/seeing if tickets were available"). I hear it relatively often, but I don't recall ever seeing it written, even in dialect.


About the same as what I've AXB'd in the past as well. Most tracks at ~256kbps AAC are the same to me as the uncompressed version (some doesn't compress that well so still arifact, but are rare). Around 128kbps is fine, but I can pick out which is which. Lower than ~100kbps is awful - the arfiacts are instantly obnoxious and I hate listening to it.

It doesn't really apply to streaming, but I keep my music as lossless files despite that. It removes any questions of "Could this sound better?" and I can transcode to a device-appropiate format without compounding the quality loss (desktop has lossless files, laptop has a 256kbps copy, mobile devices have a 128kbps copy)



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