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Journal: Watch Slashdot Fix Their Code! 1

Journal by damn_registrars
There has been a character limit for article headlines on the front page for ... well, I presume it's been there as long as slashdot has been in existence. For some part of that time, slashdot had editors who ... actually knew how to edit text (we long ago replaced them with people who randomly mash buttons in exchange for stock in

Comment: Re:Slashdot finally let me add you to friends (Score 1) 35

by damn_registrars (#47961763) Attached to: I'm back.
If it was only a bug, it was a very peculiar one at that. I was able to pretty much declare relationships with any other ID during the time when I could not do so with you. I was wondering if perhaps they intentionally changed the code so as to make it impossible to pick a relationship with an account that is less than X days old?

A more interesting bug, IMHO, was seen here on the front page very recently. That article exceeded the character limit for an article title when it first hit the front page (and of course Timothy, in his infinite wisdom, did not notice it). The solution apparently was to change the code (perhaps only for that story? who knows...) to allow for a longer title for that story.

Notice that of course they did that for a story that aims to make the democratic party look bad. Had the story been aimed at the republicans ... well, it wouldn't have ever made it to the front page anyways.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 64

by damn_registrars (#47959919) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

The idea of grabbing a bunch of us researchers to help is a good one

I don't know if you saw the article here a week or so ago, but there was a front page story linking to an NPR story on scientists giving up on their careers because the funding situation is so miserable in this country. There are literally labs closing down in every top-tier research school (Ivy Leagues not excluded) as we speak due to funding. There hasn't been a raise in funding to even match inflation in many years, and meanwhile schools are hitting PIs for more money to keep the lights on. If you could gather up a .5-1M dollar budget (Canadian and US dollars are close enough to interchangeable on this matter) you could talk any of a number of excellent labs from excellent schools to come to your side of the border.

People who say wait times under Canada's health care system are out of control don't realize that the triage system works. If I had needed surgery that day, I would have gotten it.

I have many Canadian friends, colleagues, and relatives. They have provided great examples for me of how most of the FUD over the problems with the Canadian system are indeed just FUD. The waits are no worse than here in the states, with the added bonus of knowing that whatever they do to you, it won't be able to drive you to financial ruin.

As someone whose insurance on the American side of the border nearly drove him out of school and into the poor house (by none of my own fault), I can see real value in that.

On another note, the real task wasn't being "tough" - it was not becoming like anyone else who had been through all this would have become. Being tough is easy - staying open and vulnerable and HUMAN despite everything must be hard, because I see so many people just putting up barriers and walls and doing the "tough guy" act (or "mean bitch" act) to give the impression that they can't be hurt again. People might respect or fear someone who's tough or mean, but they won't go to them for help all that easily. And lets face it - nothing gives the warm fuzzies more than knowing you've helped someone (except maybe hugging my dog when things get tough, but that's almost too easy).

Perhaps tough was not the best word for that application. You seem to be describing what I was aiming for, though. I can't say I have any idea what I would do if I found myself down the same path.

On a completely different note, I remember some time back you had a series of JEs along the lines of "stupid landlord tricks". My wife and I recently moved out of a rental house and it seems that our now-ex-landlord is following a similar playbook to yours. Hopefully I don't have to take this fool to court.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 64

by damn_registrars (#47942133) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot
Sorry that I missed this message in the chatter in this discussion. Considering what you have been through you are probably one of the toughest people I've ever met online. I'm very impressed at your ability to bounce back from all that so quickly, I hope things start getting better for you.

I can also tell you that from some of the research I have been proximal to over the past decade or so, we could probably reach a point of an eye implant (something equivalent to what the Cochlear implant does for the ear) within the next couple years. Unfortunately that kind of work mostly only gets done when the US government wants to fund it, and NIH funding is atrocious right now. Maybe some of your friends from the retinal super-center (I'm trying hard not to think of Walmart when I see the phrase "super-center") can recruit some American researchers to go up there and they can tap into the scientific research money that various Canadian government agencies are willing and able to dole out.

Maybe that could be your campaign promise - "bringing the best American medical research to Canada so we can benefit first" - if you do decide to run. It wouldn't be the first scientific coup for Canada; IIRC back in 2008 Stephen Hawking accepted a post at Waterloo University.

Comment: Re:Look at it this way... (Score 1) 64

by damn_registrars (#47926255) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot

PS - I liked it better when we had ads for mail-order-brides on the front page. At least that was something that performs a useful service. The GOP can't claim that.

...with the GOP, you have an even better chance of getting screwed.

As I've said before, the democrats promise to improve things and - either through incompetence or evil - end up screwing me instead. The GOP campaigns on promising to screw me.

For now, I'll take the fantasy. I like to think that I could keep a job here in this country.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 64

by damn_registrars (#47923701) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot
The whole apk bit I find generally ... amusing. I almost never see a post from the actual apk user, pretty much they are always AC posts claiming to be him. Granted, accounts on slashdot aren't goo for establishing identity anyways but seeing an AC claim to be someone is something I find humorous.

That said the AC/apk posts directed at you are certainly meaner than the typical AC/apk posts here.

Comment: Re:Must be an american thing ??? (Score 1) 64

by damn_registrars (#47918761) Attached to: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot
It could well be an American thing. Frankly I would expect that if anyone from any other country (sans perhaps Afghanistan or Somalia) saw ads for American politicians and knew what they actually stand for, they would go running far, far, away from this site.

On a different note, slashdot won't let me add you to my friends list yet. I see you put me on yours but the option does not exist for me to reciprocate. It doesn't seem to be a case of having too many friends, as I can get to that for other users, so I presume it is because your new account is so new?
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Journal: More unsurprisingly conservative ads on slashdot 64

Journal by damn_registrars
I had a little bit of downtime yesterday afternoon with my phone in my hand and decided to see how awful slashdot is with the default browser on Android. It is - as one might expect - rather bad. More so, the front page actually had conservative advertisements on the page (beyond the usual collection of conservative stories). The first ad was touting Paul Ryan being scheduled to appear at a conference about medicare and medicaid. Being as I was not logged in to slashdot through my phone at a

Comment: Not familiar with NIH funding, then? (Score 4, Informative) 191

by damn_registrars (#47914651) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future
The National Institutes of Health are one of (or perhaps the, depending on whom you ask) largest funding sources for research from the federal government. I know many people who have reviewed grant applications there, and they would be rather astonished to see

Roboticist Srikanth Saripalli makes this interesting point: "If the government has to decide what to fund and what not to fund, they are going to get their ideas and decisions mostly from science fiction rather than what's being published in technical papers."

Because at NIH indeed you are placed on a grant review board because of your techical knowledge of the matter. On top of that, the applications are all supported by citations in technical (and peer-reviewed) papers.

As best I understand funding at DOE and NSF works much the same way; your odds of getting funded are astronomically better if you have good primary literature to support the experiment you propose. Now, if your funding plans revolve around convincing your favorite congress-critter to write in a line (or a full bill) to get you some money, that might work too but it generally isn't the most reliable way to establish a career path.

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." -- Albert Einstein