Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Jul 2012 21:26 UTC, submitted by M.Onty
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Andre Hedrick, a principal engineer and operating system architect at Cisco Systems and a Linux kernel contributor, has died. He leaves behind a wife, four young children and many friends. Andre made a significant contribution to personal computing history in a way few people fully realise." I indeed had no idea. It's subtle, but quite important indeed. Worth reading, and our thoughts and condolences with his family and friends.
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RE[5]: Ummmm...
by Hypnos on Tue 31st Jul 2012 00:08 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Ummmm..."
Hypnos
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I've had family members with mental illnesses of various kinds, though I've been fortunate to not have any myself. You're right, I don't know what it feels like, only what my relatives expressed to me.

I applaud your strength in getting treatment, but I don't think it's easy to expect someone with these illnesses to necessarily do the same. Someone with severe depression lacks motivation to do much of anything; a schizophrenic may lose touch with what's real and what isn't; a persona with bipolar may hate the side effects of the drugs, or greatly miss the highs that come with the illness.

Moreover, unlike treating a broken leg, treatment for a mental illness changes your very thought patterns, i.e. *you*. As such it's a deeply personal decision. Therefore, is it clearly wrong if someone arrives at a different conclusion than you did?

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