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Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

danudwary Re:Comic book? (148 comments)

Not sure if you want a real response, or just want to be smug... but that's just willful ignorance.

Up until CG got good, superhero comic books were pretty much the only feasible way to enjoy action/adventure/scifi visual storytelling with an unlimited budget. Even now, comic stories are consistently more experimental and creative than they can be when millions (or even billions) of movie and TV dollars are at stake.

I don't think anybody is pretending that superhero stories are high art, or anything much more than a fun time. But nowadays, with web publishing really leveling the playing field, if you can't find a comic story of nearly any genre that you consider "good" or "high art" you're just not trying and/or have some prejudice against combining pictures and words.

about two weeks ago

Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

danudwary Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (291 comments)

Indeed. I don't love Comcast - they are robbers who have tried to screw me so many gd times during a recent move across country, and if any other broadband in our area was any better we'd have dumped them. But, that said, this is an awfully nice perk of being their customer. Currently I'm working on Boston while my family lives in CA. We have xfinity at the house in CA (I bought my own modem for $60 and had a really good router. Renting a modem is just dumb), and I get Wifi in Boston off of my neighbors. It's a bit wonky in that for some reason my desktop can't log in, but if I USB-tether my phone or tablet to the desktop it works. (Any ideas on why that would be?). I can walk through any residential neighborhood in the city and I've got wifi.

You can get all worked up about vague security issues or extremely minor power usage, but really, this is a pretty nice and useful feature if you're their customer.

about 2 months ago

The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

danudwary Re:Function Keys (304 comments)

Have a look at the Corsair mechanical keyboards. They have a bank of programmable keys down the left side. Great for game or programming macros.

about 4 months ago

Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

danudwary Just get a case (544 comments)

Lots of cases. And after using SwiftKey for a while, I'll never go back to typing on a phone if I can help it.

about 6 months ago

Sexual Harassment Is Common In Scientific Fieldwork

danudwary Re:Some people are jerks (362 comments)

Flirting with people you have employment power over IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT. It's kind of the definition.

about 6 months ago

Facebook's Emotion Experiment: Too Far, Or Social Network Norm?

danudwary Re:I think it's fine (219 comments)

More PUBLISHED experiments, though, please. Let's know what they're doing, and what the outcomes are.

about 7 months ago

Grand Theft Auto V For Modern Platforms Confirmed

danudwary Re:Meanwhile, promised DLC for existing customers. (133 comments)

I'm sure the DLC team are the same people as the port team. One of the biggest-selling games of all time surely couldn't work on two wildly different aspects of the game at a time.

about 8 months ago

How Blogs Are Changing the Scientific Discourse

danudwary Re:Not good for one's career (136 comments)

While I don't blog, anything that gets an academic writing and shaping their thoughts can be a good thing. And in the modern grant-writing process, it's absolutely better to get your ideas out there - it helps you to plant your flag, and it gets people thinking about your ideas. If your blog has followers, you get immediate feedback and critical analysis. And suddenly, you're recognized as the expert in that area.

Like it or not, at least in the US system, your grant application is not reviewed solely on its merits. The surest way to get a grant rejected is to have a really good idea that is completely unproven, and which a reviewer (who's probably reading 30 other applications that afternoon) will immediately be overly skeptical about. An application from a "recognized" expert will be far better received than someone who is just getting started. While most academics aren't going to know what a blog or twitter is, all it takes is for one reviewer in the room who does know to speak up and say "You know, this young guy with very few pubs has actually been deep into this for a while..."

But, yeah, there's a balance. If you should be in the lab, it's best to be in the lab, and you should absolutely not be live-blogging experimental results, no matter what.

about a year ago

Can Wolfram Alpha Tell Which Team Will Win the Super Bowl?

danudwary Re:No (126 comments)

Hasn't been that way in a long time. Until recently, my wife had an Arizona cell phone number, and we haven't lived there in a decade. I have three phone numbers, none of which has the same area code. 15 years ago I had a choice of the last four digits of my phone number from a short list (I chose 0666. The operator was like "Are you SURE?"), so that's not temporal either. Between vanity numbers, reuse of numbers, and internet VOIP numbers, etc, it's all muddy. Maybe this system worked for your parents or grandparents who haven't moved in 40 years, but not at all predictive for the majority of the population anymore.

about a year ago

Is a Super-Sized iPad the Future of Education?

danudwary Re:iDesk (234 comments)

Actually, the rich are effectively getting a LOT more of your tax money now than the poor are.

1 year,23 days

NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

danudwary Is this why we have UEFI all of a sudden? (698 comments)

I don't know the history of this, and the linked article is vague on timelines, but it always did seem like UEFI came out of nowhere...

about a year ago

Game Preview: Hearthstone

danudwary Re:Slashvertisements at their best... (131 comments)

As someone who's been in the beta for two months now, Hearthstone is most definitely not pay-to-win, at least by CCG standards.

You get a core set of very good cards for playing though the tutorial and leveling up classes, easily done in Practice mode. You can earn more in game currency by playing - for winning, for reaching milestones, or as rewards in Arena, which is Hearthstone's version of draft. Rare, Epic and Legendary cards are NOT required to win. While the rares and epics are desirable, they're pretty easy to come by (you can disenchant unwanted cards to craft the cards you want). Legendaries are interesting, with extra animations and sounds, but are almost all VERY circumstantial, usually with distinct disadvantages. Top tier players very rarely use more than one or two in a deck. You can easily play with common cards and a few choice crafted rares and do very well.

Of course, a few expansions from now, and who knows. For now, playing for free works out fine.

about a year ago

Is a Postdoc Worth it?

danudwary Re:Horse already left the barn (233 comments)

And now, because there are so many aspiring faculty, I suspect more schools are refusing to give tenure to Assistant Professors, predicated on the basis that they aren't bringing in enough grants (in a grant funding climate that's never in living memory been worse). On top of establishing their research program by submitting dozens of grant applications as well as publishing any meager scraps of results they can drum up, they have to teach classes, mentor graduates, undergrads and postdocs, and often do significant "service" to the University (extensive time-sucking nonsense on various committees). When an Assistant Prof can't hack the minimally 80h work week, there are plenty more people ready to come in and try. Source: I recently left my position well before a tenure decision for a well-paying awesome industry job, and don't regret it a bit.

about a year ago

A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

danudwary Re:Why subsidize? (1030 comments)

Which is why the war in Iraq was not just stupid and wasteful, but PROFOUNDLY, UNIMAGINABLY stupid and wasteful.

about a year ago

Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

danudwary $100 for two years of life? (222 comments)

Q. How long does a Coin last? Do I recharge it? What happens when my Coin’s battery dies?
A. Coins are designed to last for 2 years under normal usage and do not need to be recharged. Once the battery dies you will need to replace your Coin.

For $100? I don't think so.

about a year ago

Science Magazine "Sting Operation" Catches Predatory Journals In the Act

danudwary Re:Democratization (194 comments)

However, there is a clear difference between a fraudulent paper, and a shoddy paper in which the experimental results are clearly an error.

Catching fraud can be very tough for a reviewer, since they pretty much have to rely on the author's word that the primary evidence exists. They don't get to go look at the students' lab notebooks, or whatever. If someone wants to fabricate a graph, or photoshop a gel, that's going to be hard to figure out. It's only going to be caught when someone with the interest, knowledge and proper resources attempts to replicate the experiment.

In this case, the fake paper's conclusions are clearly a mistake. They state a dose dependency, and then show a graph with a flat line. Kindergarten mistakes. Even an undergraduate with a basic understanding of what a biological assay is should be able to spot the wrong conclusions right away. You'd literally have to not read the paper to not miss it. If that gets past a reviewer, that's a much bigger problem.

about a year ago

Science Magazine "Sting Operation" Catches Predatory Journals In the Act

danudwary Re:Democratization (194 comments)

Close. The reviewers are actually the anonymous party, and they see the author list. So there's much more potential for abuse.

A quality editor can usually see through bias in a reviewer, and I've seen them override a reviewers decision if they think there's a problem. There have certainly been unfair, biased reviews from people with an agenda (arguably it's more common in grant reviews, in my experience), but this is not usually perceived as an endemic problem. In many journals, a submitter can recommend reviewers, and can recommend against reviewers whom they don't want to see the paper. With some exceptions, scientists are generally a pretty ethical lot since we all have to live with the peer review system, and thus everyone knows that rampant abuse would just hurt everybody.

about a year ago

UK MPs: Google Blocks Child Abuse Images, It Should Block Piracy Too

danudwary Re:Child abuse is machine recognizable; piracy is (348 comments)

Or, even more likely there is a law enforcement database of known child porn images, and you look for what you know is out there. In my soul, I have to believe that the generation rate of new kiddie porn images is low enough that law enforcement keeps up with it, and investigates when new images start showing up at the dark crevices of the internet that distribute them.

about a year ago



Teaching Bioinformatics on Raspberry Pi

danudwary danudwary writes  |  1 year,15 days

danudwary (201586) writes "From the article: "Teaching bioinformatics at universities is complicated by typical computer classroom settings. As well as running software locally and online, students should gain experience of systems administration. For a future career in biology or bioinformatics, the installation of software is a useful skill. We propose that this may be taught by running the course on GNU/Linux running on inexpensive Raspberry Pi computer hardware, for which students may be granted full administrator access. We release 4273, an operating system image for Raspberry Pi based on Raspbian Linux. This includes minor customisations for classroom use and includes our Open Access bioinformatics course, 4273 Bioinformatics for Biologists." While I taught my classes in the past with virtualization, this might be a better option, particularly in the value of making programming or methodological inefficiencies more obvious."
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