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What software will you trust when you get senile?

11 comments

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    vakieh Link
    Having watched several relatives go out slowly and badly, I have a sanity checker (too literal I suppose) I wrote myself, and a threshold I decided on a few years back that it tracks. Because the...

    Having watched several relatives go out slowly and badly, I have a sanity checker (too literal I suppose) I wrote myself, and a threshold I decided on a few years back that it tracks. Because the bottom line is, there could never be software written by someone else that I would trust like that. And the really sad thing is without government regulation of a power that just doesn't exist (political will is the scarcest commodity), the mainstream winner in that industry will be 'just crap enough to succeed with maximum profits'.

    So when the check hits a certain threshold of 'going but not quite gone yet', I'm walking out the door on my own steam. There are certain qualities of life that I'm just not willing to accept as life.

    12 votes
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      1. masochist Link Parent
        That's because the 90s was a much simpler time. Fewer sites that did fewer things with less reach into daily life. Your bank probably wasn't online, you probably didn't pay your taxes online, you...

        That's because the 90s was a much simpler time. Fewer sites that did fewer things with less reach into daily life. Your bank probably wasn't online, you probably didn't pay your taxes online, you didn't deal with your health insurance and pay your rent etc. online.

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      2. vakieh Link Parent
        That's because in the 90s there were only 2 passwords, hunter2 and p4ssword1

        That's because in the 90s there were only 2 passwords, hunter2 and p4ssword1

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      3. Gecko Link Parent
        If it it makes you feel better, I just checked my password manager and I feel safe to say that there would be no way to remember the 100+ entries in there. Looking at how many sites require an...

        If it it makes you feel better, I just checked my password manager and I feel safe to say that there would be no way to remember the 100+ entries in there.

        Looking at how many sites require an account for use, a password manager is no longer an aid but an essential tool.

        3 votes
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      MrGrey Link Parent
      I'm curious about the sort of sanity checks you devised. Having seen a good deal of injury/illness/age related mental decline, the idea of trying to devise something that would fit into any of...

      I'm curious about the sort of sanity checks you devised. Having seen a good deal of injury/illness/age related mental decline, the idea of trying to devise something that would fit into any of those instances/personalities and still provide durable assurance escapes me. It doesn't help that some of them had effectively undiagnosed or unhandled mental problems for years before any true senility diagnosis would apply, but I find people almost universally overrate their level of rational behavior especially when stressors are applied.

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      1. vakieh Link Parent
        By the time medical practitioners see it, there's generally been significant regression already. This isn't intended to tell someone deep in dementia anything, it's designed to flag trends in...

        By the time medical practitioners see it, there's generally been significant regression already. This isn't intended to tell someone deep in dementia anything, it's designed to flag trends in decline (i.e. 1 or 2 bad runs could be caused by a hangover or no sleep), which would trigger a visit to a doctor to work out what's going on (it would be silly to call it quits if you had something a simple pill could deal with). I doubt it would work for everyone though - I'm a particularly data driven person, I'm happy to go against my gut if observations say I should.

        I developed a basic set of questions with a psych colleague (I work at a university) to test recall and particularly logic, based on the research field I'm in. The specific questions would identify me pretty conclusively, so instead think questions like (randomised of course) "Given that A is true 50% of the time and B is true 20% of the time when A is true and 40% of the time when A is false, and C is true 10% of the time when either A and B are true, what % of a sample should be None, A, B, C, AB, AC, BC, ABC?" With the primary focus of the question being that you can't know the distribution of None vs C among the 30% of cases where A and B are false.

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    jlpoole Link
    Emacs -- because I won't be able to use it which is probably a good thing if I'm senile.

    Emacs -- because I won't be able to use it which is probably a good thing if I'm senile.

    6 votes
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      Ephemere Link Parent
      I disagree! You’ll have all the chords utterly internalized, but you won’t be able to understand how you are operating the software.

      I disagree! You’ll have all the chords utterly internalized, but you won’t be able to understand how you are operating the software.

      4 votes
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        jlpoole (edited ) Link Parent
        Ephemere - your response belies your true nature and background. VImmer! edit: Or should it be VImpire? It's hard to keep abreast of all the new words that barrage our lexicon.

        Ephemere - your response belies your true nature and background. VImmer!

        edit: Or should it be VImpire? It's hard to keep abreast of all the new words that barrage our lexicon.

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        1. Ephemere Link Parent
          Tragically, no! I'm a firm adherent of holy mother church, which assumes that emacs is Roman Catholicism in this incredibly strained metaphor. That would make vim... Greek or Russian orthodox?...

          Tragically, no! I'm a firm adherent of holy mother church, which assumes that emacs is Roman Catholicism in this incredibly strained metaphor. That would make vim... Greek or Russian orthodox? Protestantism doesn't seem to fit, as there aren't 5000 flavors of vim, unless I'm very much mistaken.

          It's just that sometimes I can't remember what a sequence of keystrokes actually is, if I say have to peck it out on a phone.

  3. mundane_and_naive Link
    For me, the thing that I'll need to keep in mind when the time comes, before deciding to trust any software or new technology in general, is to be able to keep an open mind about said technology....

    For me, the thing that I'll need to keep in mind when the time comes, before deciding to trust any software or new technology in general, is to be able to keep an open mind about said technology. The stereotype of old people vs. technology stems from the fact that it's hard for them to understand and thus hard for them to accept. If I can't guarantee that I will be able keep up with new technology, the least I can do is to try to accept it, both the wonder that it will bring and the danger that comes with it.

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