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Comment: Re: ...."had not had to endure hospital-like care. (Score 2) 231

by Pav (#48408131) Attached to: The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia
I'm in another country (Australia), and I've recently experienced both private and public care due to a stage IV melanoma. I went private because I genuinely felt I would have better care, but got a post-op infection, and some of what I saw worried me. I checked myself into the public system for my second operation and did indeed recieve much better care - In particular wound management seemed much more professional. I've since spoken to people who have worked in both systems (nuclear physicist and a couple of nurses) and the consensus was that on average public system care is superior. I heard yesterday on Australias ABC that private hospitals are a few years behind in infection management, and I'm not surprised.

Comment: Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (Score 1) 2219

by Pav (#46183013) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
It would be a service even if it's during the week-long boycott and convinces Dice to be serious about backpedaling and engaging with the community. Not sure how you could fund something like that. It would be great if you could join the ##altslashdot IRC channel for some realtime discussion of collaboration possibilities.

Comment: Re:The best part about Slashdot... (Score 1) 180

by Pav (#46174687) Attached to: How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors
Actually... I've created a channel on IRC called #slashdot-refugees (on FreeNode... there's even a web client. Some in the community might want to commiserate, discuss plans of keeping the community together into the future etc.. and a realtime medium might be a good way. It's 2am in Australia though, so although I'm in channel I won't be around for a few hours.

Comment: Re:We ALL need to leave. (Score 3, Insightful) 180

by Pav (#46174265) Attached to: How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors
That's it really... where would we go? Slashdot isn't the site it's the community. There has been OSS work on federated search, and federated social networking, but a federated discussion site with a decent moderation system would be nice right about now. Is it even a solvable problem?

Comment: Re:The best part about Slashdot... (Score 2) 180

by Pav (#46173699) Attached to: How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors
The question : what can replace it if/when this is required? This episode is making me wish I'd been keeping up with the federated technologies people have been experimenting with - a federated nerd community that somehow included moderation wouldn't make me cry. It's strange but I've actually returned to IRC after 15 years - the dev communities I'm interested in have channels on FreeNode, and it's one of the only other truly nerd-friendly hangouts left.

Comment: Re:HI! (Score 1) 146

by Pav (#46161359) Attached to: John Carmack Left id Software Because He Couldn't Do VR Work There
I guess there are pluses and minuses to the technology they're using. They get no pixelated "screen door" effect, but can do less about the persistent image problem. I read something about tricks with narrowing of colour pulses, and some other things they could attempt. I'm not sure if they've even demoed the VR overlay yet, so perhaps they're still hashing it out.

Comment: Re:HI! (Score 1) 146

by Pav (#46158275) Attached to: John Carmack Left id Software Because He Couldn't Do VR Work There
OK. It's even semi-relevant. Jeri Ellsworth is about to release a 3D VR/AR project that I think is WAY more exciting than Oculus, and it's completely novel (or at least I haven't seen anything like it). The glasses project an image out onto the world so 3D objects are "in" the real world - the beginnings of a holodeck-like technology. It's called castAR... check it out on YouTube, but you can tell from peoples impressions it's a genuinely fresh experience, not just 3D done over with new tech.

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