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(io9)   Having solved AIDS, cancer, and world famine; we can get to what matters.. Do elephants purr?   (io9.com ) divider line
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909 clicks; posted to Geek » on 02 Aug 2012 at 3:52 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2012-08-02 03:57:41 PM  
Thanks, subby, I'll use that headline to go Google something not at a Gawker crap site.
 
2012-08-02 04:00:39 PM  
Only when they curl up in your lap
 
2012-08-02 04:03:14 PM  
Good lord.. why does everyone biatch about Gawker sites so much. I've never had a problem viewing any of their sites on ANY computer, ever.
 
2012-08-02 04:04:22 PM  
It's hell when they knead you with their claws though.
 
2012-08-02 04:05:24 PM  
Somehow I doubt the people investigating the elephants are virologists, oncologists, or food..ologists..whatever
 
2012-08-02 04:08:26 PM  

Pawn takes the King: Good lord.. why does everyone biatch about Gawker sites so much. I've never had a problem viewing any of their sites on ANY computer, ever.


The site design is annoying, but they've become more and more pass-through click-whores with a shiatty site than just a shiatty site. Usually I don't bother to notice these things, so if even I get annoyed, they're pretty damn annoying.
 
2012-08-02 04:16:02 PM  
Christie Brinkley knows about trying to purr to elephants.
 
2012-08-02 05:06:15 PM  
Pawn takes the King: Good lord.. why does everyone biatch about Gawker sites so much. I've never had a problem viewing any of their sites on ANY computer, ever.

I liked gawker sites, three versions ago.

Some people complain a lot about the content, but I'm not one of those people (I read them through an RSS feed, so I only visit the articles I'm interested in and avoid the junk articles).

However, their user interface has gotten progressively worse with each subsequent redesign, and they've also started to introduce some anti-user features (in the guise of boosting security). As a result, my use of gawker sites has plumented (I was a regular commenter there, even more than here on fark, hell, I submitted a lot of stuff to fark and got greenlights, but now, I just read the sites but don't participate in any of the discussions).

My current 2 biggest gripes with gawkermedia sites are.

1) The current commenting system is even worse than the last one. It's retardedly difficult to follow a thread now. As best as I can tell, they show only the initial comment, and then you have to click on the icons to view individual replies to that initial comment.

lordargent.com

Clicking on the double greater than icon ">>", will load all of the replies. But it's loaded in a tiny ass frame.

SOOOO, what happens if someone posts an image with their comment? (Or did they just get rid of the ability to post images)?

Well I couldn't tell you because ...

2) Gawker, as a result of some security issues, no longer handles their own logins.

They want you to login using your username/password from 3rd party sites (IE, you have to use your twitter, google or facebook login credentials to post comments on their site, or create a throwaway account at burner).

Yes, they basically said "fark it, we suck at security, let facebook handle it.".

// there are other gripes, but they're minor compared to the two above.
 
2012-08-02 05:08:42 PM  
"Clicking on the double greater than icon ">>", will load all of the replies. But it's loaded in a tiny ass frame."

lordargent.com

//oops, posted before image was finished uploading
 
2012-08-02 06:20:55 PM  
I want a dog-sized elephant as a pet. Get on that, science!
 
2012-08-02 06:29:39 PM  

Tax Boy: I want a dog-sized elephant as a pet. Get on that, science!


Breed it with a pot-bellied pig!
 
2012-08-02 06:55:33 PM  
I thought everyone knew the answer to this. Pff, if you don't know I'm not going to tell you.
 
2012-08-02 07:00:39 PM  

Pawn takes the King: Good lord.. why does everyone biatch about Gawker sites so much. I've never had a problem viewing any of their sites on ANY computer, ever.


Lots of people complain about "scripts", multiple servers or something, crappy layout and other stuff I never even notice.

For me the problem is they're just shiatty sites. They're the middlemen of the internet. Like, if someone wants to submit a story about elephants purring, why not submit a link to the actual content? But no, first you go to the Gawker site, then on to the content. I would say I don't understand it but I think I do. The answer is $
 
2012-08-02 07:45:11 PM  

roughridersfan: Christie Brinkley knows about trying to purr to elephants.


Come on, somebody must know this.

Anybody? Anybody? Beuller?
 
2012-08-02 07:54:55 PM  

Tax Boy: I want a dog-sized elephant as a pet. Get on that, science!


Yes. That and one of those miniature giraffes from the Russian commercials! The fights would be epic!
 
2012-08-02 08:52:13 PM  
I've come to terms with Gawker trying to ruin their sites.

But can we get over the idea manifested in the headline? There are all sorts of places that do all sorts of different research, and you never know what sort of research will advance our body of knowledge (and possibly even result in some new piece of technology).
 
2012-08-02 09:46:11 PM  

UNC_Samurai: I've come to terms with Gawker trying to ruin their sites.

But can we get over the idea manifested in the headline? There are all sorts of places that do all sorts of different research, and you never know what sort of research will advance our body of knowledge (and possibly even result in some new piece of technology).


I was totally going to say this myself. Research money goes all over the place (I know I go to a Carnegie Research 1 college). There's always different research going on, we're not all brain surgeons, disease researchers, or oncologists.
 
2012-08-02 11:09:18 PM  
I've fed peanuts to an elephant and it did this gurgling thing that could pass for purring. Mind you, at the same zoo there was this koala that did this satanic roar when refused jello. Animals are odd. They also resist all attempts to teach them the trombone.
 
2012-08-03 05:34:58 AM  
...The world famine thing is an issue of economics, not science...
 
2012-08-03 10:07:48 AM  
People in first world countries take drugs and death from AIDS complications seems rare enough that the main worry is complacancy and more high risk behavior. Several types of cancer have actual cures identified, if not approved, plus we know how to prevent a lot of it even if we don't take the advice (exercise and a lot of fruits/vegetables). Science has also given us enough calories to solve world hunger; again the problem is in follow-through.

Besides, look at it this way. Cat purrs stimulate bone regeneration in cats because of the frequency of the vocalizations. If elephants purr it might have a similar effect. Osteoperosis is one of the big problems facing our elderly and feline purring helps combat bone density loss. So I consider any research into purring to be applicable to human health so Aunt Rita doesn't break her hip walking across a smooth surface at age 80.
 
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