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Fata Morgana
2004-12-08 19:15
surveys and news
Oh, I've also finished version 0.1 of a simple online survey creation tool, after finding no viable alternative out there now. It's not complicated, but I'm pretty proud of it anyway. It'll be going up on my scripts page soon.

In the news, San Francisco may be going wireless (but faces possible legal action from private providers), HP is developing a camera jammer, there's a possible antidote to paralysis, and many people's English skills are deplorable. (The latter isn't really news, but given the growing use of textual correspondence, it's becoming more of a problem.)

EDIT: I'm trying to think of a good name for my survey tool. David suggested "Mercator," but I think that's already taken by quite a few different products. Any ideas?
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Beatrice M
2004-12-08 06:18 (UTC)
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Yeah, SF City gov has been talking to us about SFLan. I don't know if we're going to partner, but at least they're talking to the right people. ;-)
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Fata Morgana
2004-12-08 08:19 (UTC)
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I think it preempts the damage by preventing lysis rather than actually repairing ruptured cells, but I haven't been much of a bio geek since high school, so I'm not really sure. :~) I'd like to know why the cells are rupturing in the first place, so if you find out anything, let me know.

For the comments - no problem! Sometimes we all have to remind ourselves (or ask others) why it is we're doing all this.
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2004-12-11 02:39 (UTC)
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I wanted to read the English skills article given what little linguistics I've acquired, but it seems to be subscribers only.

I sometimes wonder how such jamming features work since it requires the camera manufacturer to build in a disability into their camera, and I can imagine paparazzi buying a jammer-proof camera, like how a region-free DVD players ignore protective encryption.

And the paralysis article is interesting, especially since it doesn't seem to require expensive surgery or culturing of tissue.
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