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The Real Reason Journal Articles Should Be Free

boneglorious Re:The harsh reality (193 comments)

US scientists, by and large, would probably not get on board if the US was going to charge foreign scientists for access. For one thing, a major reason for open-access journals is so that researchers in less-developed countries that may not have access to expensive journals can still keep abreast of current research. Plus, at least in my industry, there basically aren't national borders to the research. Sure, I apply to US for my grant money and my colleagues in Austria apply to their government for their grant money, but we're collaborating, visiting each other, and conferencing like we're all in the same magical Country of Science.

about 2 years ago
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The Real Reason Journal Articles Should Be Free

boneglorious journal spam (193 comments)

But if someone from a journal or conference I never heard of asked me to peer review something I may simply say no. It's not just the prestige of the author that matters. The reviewer has to feel they are actually reviewing peers and not just random crazy people.

Yeah, it would quickly turn into the spam we all get from random publishers asking us to contribute to their journal we've never heard of... So how would a scheme like this pull itself up by its own bootstraps out of the morass of publication spam we all get already?

about 2 years ago
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French Police Unsure Which Twin To Charge In Sexual Assaults

boneglorious Re:!(Prisoner's Dilemma) (626 comments)

I definitely agree about plea bargains.

about 2 years ago
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Recession, Tech Kill Middle-Class Jobs

boneglorious Re:Forced overttime, not technology, is killing jo (586 comments)

You haven't been watching Adobe commercials lately, have you? You can make it go viral by slapping someone. That's also how you measure ROI on social media, btw.

about 2 years ago
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Recession, Tech Kill Middle-Class Jobs

boneglorious Re:Where do people find jobs? (586 comments)

Yeah, I'd looooove to see the Republicans, aka Wealth Creation Force (TM) go to town on that proposal: "*We* built this nation, we are entitled to a share (Nontaxable of course, it's investment income. Which shouldn't be taxed, or if it is it should be a much lower rate, obviously.). *You* on the other hand...should've bought a robot..."

about 2 years ago
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Recession, Tech Kill Middle-Class Jobs

boneglorious Re:In the old days (586 comments)

My sig sums up my feelings about this post...

about 2 years ago
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Recession, Tech Kill Middle-Class Jobs

boneglorious Re:premature (586 comments)

Yeah, I hear that assertion all the time. Um, are we talking about the same people who threaten to fire workers if the so-called (by them) "Welfare President" is reelected? They're probably already practicing the phrase: "Get a robot, slacker!"

about 2 years ago
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Recession, Tech Kill Middle-Class Jobs

boneglorious Re:Important but we can't change it (586 comments)

(Sorry, I just realized that how I quoted "gets all the way there" looks like I'm trying to claim you said that exact phrase. I was contrasting with your phrase "only gets part way".)

about 2 years ago
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Recession, Tech Kill Middle-Class Jobs

boneglorious Re:Important but we can't change it (586 comments)

I guess I'm not sure what you mean by "gets all the way there". It sounds like you mean, not only is all work doable by machines, but machines or their output are accessible to all in such a fashion that they can get all of their basic needs met. I'm not even sure what that would mean. Will most people have manufacturing machines to produce goods for barter? Will most people have machines that produce most of what they use? Will people own machines which will earn salaries for the owners? Will everything be free?

about 2 years ago
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Learning Rocket Science With Video Games

boneglorious Widget Workshop (64 comments)

Widget Workshop was a great mac game back in the 90s which gave you a lot of components to build things, ranging from electronic circuits to mechanical machines.

about 2 years ago
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7 Jailed In 'Kidney For iPad' Case In China

boneglorious Re:Always wondered... (100 comments)

You mean every rich one who needs an organ transplant getting an organ transplant. That's why the playing field is so uneven: it would be a direct transfer of health to the wealthy.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

boneglorious Re:encouragement (306 comments)

Oh --- just in case you're reading this, dad, I know that's not all you do! It's just the part I like describing the most!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

boneglorious encouragement (306 comments)

My dad was laid of after many years as a developer/technical writer/manager at the same company when he was in his early 60s. After roughly a 6-month job search, he found a great position as an "automation engineer" (he basically wanders around looking at people's processes and then automates the boring parts for them). So hang in there, it can be done. If you just start from the assumption that you have to prove to them you've gotten wiser and smarter with age rather than getting "set in your ways", that could probably help.

more than 2 years ago
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Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?

boneglorious Re:supremacy clause (878 comments)

Sure, this isn't 'the end of it, but these kinds of events are symbolic of the direction the country is moving. A few states trying it out here and there, pretty soon Iowa will be doing it and then it will be all over.

more than 2 years ago
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On Daylight Savings Time:

boneglorious Decimal time (475 comments)

I don't see why it matters if I get up at 6 or at 7. I know a lot of people who hate it so much they constantly talk about "real time" vs. "government time", but I see it as all "government time". They're just labels so we can manage to meet up with people. The thing I really care about is, why can't we switch to a decimal time system? That would be a lot more functional.

more than 2 years ago
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Buckyballs Throws In the Towel

boneglorious R. Buckminster Fuller approves! (383 comments)

The estate's claim that the use of the name infringes on their rights (which is a patently ridiculous claim, in my view) is apparently quite consistent with R. Buckminster Fuller's views --- supposedly he would claim credit to his student's work but saw himself as simply protecting his own intellectual property by so doing.

more than 2 years ago
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Actual Final Third Party Debate Tonight

boneglorious Re:Loon vs. fruitcake. (204 comments)

The fruitcakes want to turn right, the loons want to run left, but the "moderates" think we should go straight ahead.

I'm confused --- how did you know which party was represented by the loon and which by the fruitcake?

more than 2 years ago
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Are We Getting Smarter? Rising IQ Scores In the Twenty-First Century

boneglorious Re:IQ tests are getting dumbed down... (421 comments)

It's more a comment on society in 1951, since that's when the story on which it was based was published...

more than 2 years ago
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Are We Getting Smarter? Rising IQ Scores In the Twenty-First Century

boneglorious Re:IQ tests are getting dumbed down... (421 comments)

Well, seeing as how Idiocracy is fiction, I really don't see that as good evidence of anything. And even if IQ tests are really being dumbed down now --- which I doubt --- I doubt it was occurring already in 1951, when the short story on which Idiocracy was based was written.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Funding sought to create prototype date-rape-drug-detecting drinkware

boneglorious boneglorious writes  |  about 2 years ago

boneglorious (718907) writes "Funding is being sought by startup company DrinkSavvy to complete a prototype of drinkware (cups, straws, etc) that turn from clear to red-striped when they come into contact with drugs such as Rohypnol. The article makes the point that in order to be attractive to bars, it will need to not be too expensive. However, if this proves successful, I suspect some drinkers will be willing to bring their own cup to the bar."
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Spray-on batteries turn ordinary household objects into objects with batteries

boneglorious boneglorious writes  |  more than 2 years ago

boneglorious (718907) writes "As reported in Slate (http://tiny.cc/ne9ngw) a team from Rice University report in the most recent issue of Nature (http://tiny.cc/is9ngw) that they have formulated the components of rechargable batteries into a liquid with which they then coated objects in such a way as to duplicate the layered dipole structure of a battery.

This technique was applied to a number of substrates, including glazed ceramic tile and an ordinary beer mug. The battery was then connected to a charging source. I take some issue with the Slate headline because the beer mug did not actually "become a power source" in that the battery itself was then connected to a solar cell for charging. However, my main concern is that the graduate students have not yet begun selling the obvious product, rechargable reheating coffee mugs, on thinkgeek where I can purchase one yet. Unfortunately for my daily displeasure at discovering my caffeine source has grown cold, this is currently a rather expensive process due to the safety risks of the caustic chemicals involved, and to the sensitivity of the constituents to oxygen and moisture."

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Spray-on batteries turn ordinary household objects into objects with batteries

boneglorious boneglorious writes  |  more than 2 years ago

boneglorious (718907) writes "As reported in Slate (http://tiny.cc/ne9ngw) a team from Rice University report in the most recent issue of Nature (http://tiny.cc/ph9ngw) that they have formulated the components of rechargable batteries into a liquid with which they then coated objects in such a way as to duplicate the layered dipole structure of a battery.

This technique was applied to a number of substrates, including glazed ceramic tile and an ordinary beer mug. The battery was then connected to a charging source. I take some issue with the Slate article because the beer mug did not actually "become a power source" in that the battery itself was then connected to a solar cell for charging. In addition to the obvious application of making rechargable reheating coffee bugs, this could also be applied to actual power sources. However, due to the safety risks of the caustic chemicals required and the sensitivity of the constituents to oxygen and moisture, this is currently a rather expensive process."

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MIT media lab brings food to your RPG experience

boneglorious boneglorious writes  |  more than 4 years ago

boneglorious (718907) writes "Cynthia Breazeal's robotics group at MIT, long known for such things as the robotic flower garden, has switched their attention to non-traditional printing media. Using a sugar solution that is fused together during the printing process, they have created such goodies as Batwing Crunching (Everquest) and Crispy Bat Wings (World of Warcraft). For the moment, they all just taste like sugar, but Breazeal has plans for adding sound, smell, and an appealing swaying motion to improve user's experience of the product."
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Want pizza? Don't order online, print it out!

boneglorious boneglorious writes  |  more than 4 years ago

boneglorious (718907) writes "Thought it was cool when you started being able to order pizza from within Everquest? Wouldn't it be cooler if you could order Batwing Crunchies while playing Everquest, but Crispy Bat Wings while playing WOW, and print them out? A pair of M.I.T. grad students have taken us one step closer to this by releasing a "conceptual design" for a 3d printer that uses food to build up a 3d shape. Unfortunately, it's still only a design, dashing many geeks' dreams of never having to leave their computer, but there is already a candy printer that works by fusing sugar together into very interesting-looking 3d objects, so this may not be as far away as it seems."
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Want pizza? Don't order online, print it out!

boneglorious boneglorious writes  |  more than 4 years ago

boneglorious (718907) writes "Thought it was cool when you started being able to order pizza from within Everquest? Wouldn't it be cooler if you could order Murloc Fin Soup while playing WOW, and print it out? A pair of M.I.T. grad students have taken us one step closer to this by releasing a "conceptual design" for a 3d printer that uses food to build up a 3d shape. Unfortunately, it's still only a design, dashing many geeks' dreams of never having to leave their computer, but there is already a candy printer that works by fusing sugar together into very interesting-looking 3d objects, so this may not be as far away as it seems."
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Wanted: ebook reader for academic pdf junkie

boneglorious boneglorious writes  |  more than 5 years ago

boneglorious (718907) writes "As a graduate student, I have to read a lot of academic papers in pdf format, so I'd like to get an ebook reader just for this purpose. I wouldn't mind being able to read other things, but pdfs are definitely my main concern. I'd like recommendations for the best ebook reader for this situation.

Most ebook readers seem too small. The iRex Digital Reader 1000 looks good due to the larger screen size, but at $850, it's quite a bit pricier than, say, the Kindle. Any DR1000 readers care to comment on its good and/or bad points?

The Kindle doesn't have pdf support, but you can email pdfs to Amazon and they'll send them to your Kindle, reformatted. Does this work? If so, how do the pdfs look? Do they still have images? Are the pages just shrunk or ar they actually repaginated so the text is big enough to read?

Thanks for any comments/suggestions!"

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Mods posting as ACs? Really, Slashdot? Really?

boneglorious boneglorious writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I was reading a discussion on one of those somewhat hot-topic issues, and I was shocked to see several ACs claiming that they were modding in that same discussion. Two of them (or possible the same one) were trolling, so I certainly hope that somehow their karma goes down to the point where they never get mod points again. But one of them was posting a positive contribution, so I was very disappointed to get the end and discover that they were breaking rule which seem to me like a very sensible one.

People, there's a reason you aren't supposed to mod in threads you participate in. That reason doesn't change just because you post anonymously. It isn't like I've never been modding in a topic and then really really wished I could comment on something. So I totally understand the desire, but if you can't control your impulses, then how are you ever going to be able to avoid committing the dreaded -1 Disagree Impulse Mod? I don't care what you do most of the time, but you put on your mod hat, you're supposed to exercise some self-control.

And if you really must post, then take the sacrifice of having your mods revoked. So see, there's already a system in place for handling the situations where you have modded, but then you want to post. Don't go making up your own! If your system were a good one, you probably would have invented slashdot. So unless you're CmdrTaco, just say no to commenting anonymously in discussions you have modded in.

In conclusion, if I were slashdot, I would look up your IPs and, if it were possible to connect you to the named accounts, I would ban you. Yes I would. So there.

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April Fools Day

boneglorious boneglorious writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I noticed there's an achievement for either submitting, or having an april fools day story accepted (not sure which). I don't see any silly stories on the front page, but hopefully that will change when mine gets accepted! heheheheheh

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I wanna metamoderate....what am I doing wrong?

boneglorious boneglorious writes  |  more than 4 years ago Discovered "meta-moderation". Decided to try it. Checked FAQs. Okay, apparently I can moderate "anytime", and to do so, I should click on the "have you metamoderated recently?" link that appears only "occasionally". Hm, okay, no link, well...Okay, here we go, found an FAQ telling me why there's no link on my index.pl. Ah, I should check the "Willing to Moderate" checkbox. Already done. Argh, how do I meta-moderate? I search for M2, meta moderate, and metamoderate. In desperation I google. Oh, this might be helpful: the FAQs. Okay, apparently I can moderate "anytime", and to do so, I should...

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March 4, 2008

boneglorious boneglorious writes  |  more than 6 years ago Logged onto Slashdot to write my daily journal. Remembered I have no life and nothing to write about. Chewed my keyboard thoughtfully for a minute, then gave up and went to eat a Wheat-a-bix. More tomorrow.

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