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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 a month ago
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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 a month and a half ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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 7 months ago
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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.

about 8 months ago
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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 8 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 9 months ago
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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 10 months ago
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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
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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
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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
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Linus Torvalds Admits He's Been Asked To Insert Backdoor Into Linux

danudwary Re:Would probably be found (576 comments)

>Define "you". Some "you"'s government folks want to harm by definition.

Plus, over the course of a lifetime, the "you"s change.

about a year ago
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World of Warcraft Loses 1.3 Million Players in First Quarter of 2013

danudwary Re:not where from, where to? (523 comments)

I don't want to defend WoW too much, as I just quit, but I have to disagree when people who haven't raided since TBC say that the raids are too easy. Raid mechanics in Cata and MoP are very complex. Vanilla and TBC was almost entirely a matter of gearing to be able to burn the boss. You can still do that to some degree in MoP, especially if you're just doing the super-dumbed-down LFR raids (meant for beginners, or gearing). But many bosses in the current tier of normal and hard-mode raid content are at least as complex and unforgiving in terms of movement and raid awareness as the Lich King fight was back in Wrath. Every other bit of content outside of hard-mode raids are very dumb and simple, but don't dismiss the current raids.

about a year ago
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Device Can Extract DNA With Full Genetic Data In Minutes

danudwary Re:I can't wait (95 comments)

With that tag, that is the single most hilarious list I think I've ever read.

about a year ago

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Teaching Bioinformatics on Raspberry Pi

danudwary danudwary writes  |  about 7 months ago

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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