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In Topic: XIII - Remake

02 April 2020 - 05:27 AM

I was momentarily confused and thought this was the space sim.

In Topic: Mac issues with World of Warcraft patch 8.3

23 March 2020 - 08:29 PM

View PostTibur, on 23 March 2020 - 03:57 PM, said:

Blue post from March 21 states that Intel is working on a fix that is expected to land in a future MacOS build. I guess I'll have to upgrade to Catalina in order to play with particle effects enabled. Le sigh.


Blizz have pushed an update to the client which, boldly, removes the ability to disable particles and I have to say it's a lot better than it was, although I do still get the occasional 10-20s freeze while out and about. I haven't tried it in a raid environment yet.

In Topic: Folding@Home Coronavirus

16 March 2020 - 02:42 PM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 16 March 2020 - 01:12 PM, said:

.. and by night, you fight crime.

No, no; there's no need to deny it. We can read between the lines! Your secret is safe with us.

In between fighting crime at night I'm also trying to get WoW to run reasonably. Never a dull moment.

In Topic: Folding@Home Coronavirus

16 March 2020 - 09:08 AM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 15 March 2020 - 09:05 PM, said:

That thought had occurred!

Folding has a lengthy page of the peer-reviewed published papers that cite distributed work done: https://foldingathom...papers-results/
Now, it is possible to put out lightweight papers on the internet or in sketchy journals, but folding is pretty high profile and I think someone would have called them on it by now.

For BOINC I specifically chose the World Community Grid project because it is run by IBM. Big companies aren't perfect but they do like to protect their brand name so I figure there is likely some due diligence there.

Short answer: who knows. :-) It wouldn't shock me but I think it would be a smaller project trying to fly under the radar.

I can contribute a little here. So, by day, I'm a postdoctoral biochemist and senior research associate in academia. I haven't taken part in F@H, but scanning the journals being used for dissemination of the results is encouraging. Acc Chem Res and Cell Reports are excellent, serious journals, which are generally very difficult to get results published in.

A simple (although not foolproof) guide is the journal 'impact factor', which is a statistical inference based on the average number of citations a paper acquires, averaged over the journal for a year. Anything over 5 for a journal is good, and anything over 10 is outstanding. Usually your institution will encourage you to submit manuscripts to journals with IF > 5.0 (anything less may not be counted when it comes to promotion etc.). That said, it's not a perfect scheme, and there are many good journals with IF in the 2-3 range.

In Topic: Answer questions for the Feral newsletter!

11 March 2020 - 07:28 PM

View PostCougar, on 11 March 2020 - 01:29 PM, said:

Too many to list, but here are my favorites:
  • Dear Esther

I'd forgotten about that. Good call.