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(New Jersey 101.5)   Desperate doctoral student offers laptop thief $1,000 for return of thesis folder containing five years worth of research   ( nj1015.com) divider line
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9902 clicks; posted to Main » on 24 Apr 2013 at 7:38 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-04-24 06:02:20 PM  
8 votes:
always back up your research!!

Watched a guy try to fight his way into a burning building to try to save his research.
2013-04-24 07:42:07 PM  
4 votes:
You do sort of wonder if this is just a modern update of "The dog ate my homework"
2013-04-24 08:07:12 PM  
3 votes:

Banned on the Run: isn't the fact that she's still working on her doctorate 5 yrs in a sign that she's not the sharpest knife in the drawer

That used to be true. But not any more. That's more of a minimum in some fields now really. But as a Ph.D. I can tell you this: You don't have to be smart to succeed in Graduate School. The most important resource by far is ENDURANCE. People much smarter than I have failed to finish, just because they couldn't endure.
2013-04-24 06:05:00 PM  
3 votes:
Given how far storage has come down in thew last few years, I have zero sympathy for anyone who doesn't back up their $#!+ at  least once.
2013-04-24 06:03:10 PM  
3 votes:
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2013-04-24 08:21:32 PM  
2 votes:
Backup to dev/null, It's got all the space you need.
2013-04-24 07:24:18 PM  
2 votes:

nmrsnr: Well, now every future employer knows how well he plans for future contingencies.

That too.  I see "20-year lab tech" in this person's future.  Maybe even "person who pours the chemicals in the vat at the plant" if they fail that hard.
2013-04-24 06:26:44 PM  
2 votes:
As someone currently working on a dissertation, this gives me the shivers.  Just backed up my data twice.
2013-04-24 06:24:40 PM  
2 votes:
It's called Dropbox.  It's free.  Look into it.

/I lost twenty pages of my master's thesis in 1990.  Even THEN I felt stupid that it wasn't on multiple floppies.
2013-04-24 09:48:05 PM  
1 vote:
Since it's a Lenovo can't he just call the Chinese Army and get a copy of his data?

(Supposedly, The U S Government stopped buying Lenovo systems because of 'mystery hardware')
2013-04-24 08:54:51 PM  
1 vote:
Late to the thread, has anyone suggested she's stupid for not having a backup?  Anyone suggested one or more ways she could have been backing her shiat up?
2013-04-24 08:49:58 PM  
1 vote:
Certainly no excuse for not backing up simple documents. Those things are tiny, you could stash 100s of copies all over the place without using up any noticeable room at all.

The problem comes in when your research involves things other than documents. I've got a truly disturbing amount of raw FITS format astronomical image files stored on my advisor's server. Those things are into the several hundreds of GB already and we've barely started that particular part of this project; there's going to be a fair number of TB of them before we're done. You can still back that up, but it's starting to get into the realm of being inconvenient, especially if you want multiple backups. Thankfully it's not irreplaceable stuff - it's catalog data, and we could redownload it from the various surveys if we needed to, though it'd certainly be annoying. I don't envy people who have that much data that *is* irreplaceable, for sure!
2013-04-24 08:36:02 PM  
1 vote:
Jesus and Satan have a discussion as to who is the better programmer. This goes on for a few hours until they come to an agreement to hold a contest, with God as the judge.

They sit themselves at their computers and begin. They type furiously, lines of code streaming up the screen, for several hours straight. Seconds before the end of the competition, a bolt of lightning strikes, taking out the electricity. Moments later, the power is restored, and God announces that the contest is over.

He asks Satan to show what he has come up with. Satan is visibly upset, and cries, "I have nothing. I lost it all when the power went out."

"Very well, then," says God, "let us see if Jesus fared any better."

Jesus enters a command, and the screen comes to life in vivid display, the voices of an angelic choir pour forth from the speakers. Satan is astonished.

He stutters, "B-b-but how? I lost everything, yet Jesus' program is intact. How did he do it?"

God smiled all-knowingly, "Jesus saves."
2013-04-24 08:34:18 PM  
1 vote:

Banned on the Run: I submitted this with a better headline, but it had the [DUMBASS] tag.

/also, isn't the fact that she's still working on her doctorate 5 yrs in a sign that she's not the sharpest knife in the drawer

If its direct PhD, no masters, then finishing in five years isn't bad. Even five years for a PhD after MS isn't all that bad. Possible.different setup or brand new code, maybe new advisor, a million things can happen. But please tell us how doing all the experimental setup design for something like an optical engine, making all the drawings, getting it made, writing all the control code, setting up all the experiments, taking all the data, processing it and then writing a 300 page thesis is "simple" and that based on the one "five years ZOMG" piece of information you know.the person is an idiot. Now try pulling that shiat off while a shiat advisor uses you for nonthesis bullshiat and constantly tries to hold you back.

Man, did grad school fill me with hate. Here's how you get out, imo.

1. fark everyone else, fark em. If they aren't doing something for you, fark em.

2. Is what you're working on right now for your thesis? No? Then fark it. If it isn't earning a favor from someone important, fark it. If you were expressly ordered to do bullshiat, switch advisors, take a TA, fark that shiat.

3. Write as you go. Get whatever you can published, yeah, but at least write it up so you don't forget what the fark you did and so you can paste it in later. The writing process will also show things missing in your research or.thinking.

4. If your advisor is a piece of shiat, strongly consider switching. Just...don't stick around for that.
2013-04-24 08:29:11 PM  
1 vote:
Odds are it's an elaborate hoax for smoking weed for 5 years on a research stipend.
2013-04-24 08:22:26 PM  
1 vote:
What a moron. I keep my important data encoded into my DNA via a genetically engineered retrovirus. That way I ensure that even if I'm somehow separated into my component molecules by a freak supercollider accident, you can still recover my entire pr0n collection by getting a cheek swab from one of my kids.
2013-04-24 08:20:57 PM  
1 vote:

Lego_Addict: No reason why you can't have a backup these days. A 32GB drive the size of my thumbnail costs under $30 these days. In most cases, that's more than enough for documents.

Except for...well, every single grad student doing laser imaging, high speed video, etc. I could burn through 32GB in a farking day of taking high speed video. As someone upthread mentioned, it is extremely annoying backing up massive amounts of data like that. RAID array is nice, but I have never seen one in a laptop, and then its still physically together. One fire or flood and game over.

You have to keep at it consistently when dealing with that much shiat. Then again, even if you only backup once a week...you only lose a week! Derp. Not five farking years.
2013-04-24 08:19:34 PM  
1 vote:
I noticed no one mentioned tape drives...

About $30 per TB and you can lock it in a fire safe. Of course, the drives cost $2000. Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of backup tapes.
2013-04-24 07:57:01 PM  
1 vote:
A dullard who isn't smart enough to back up their hard drive.


You can't fix stupid
2013-04-24 07:49:46 PM  
1 vote:
You spend 5 years doing the shiat and not back it up? You're not worthy of a PhD in Social Science.
2013-04-24 07:48:04 PM  
1 vote:

you_idiot: Exactly. PhD in chemistry, preschool backup skills.

That's what happens when you grow up in the era of reliable hard drives. Unlike us old fogies who grew up listening to the grind of the motors of a 5.25" floppy (which we had 3 back ups of each).

Chunk chunk bbbbbrrrrraaaaaappppp chunk chunk brrrrrrraaaaaappppp.... the sound of backup #3 of thesis work on floppy drive. Oh well, switch to copy number 2, buy another $10 5.25" floppy and make that the new back up disk.

I miss that sound. I have no idea why.
2013-04-24 07:41:07 PM  
1 vote:
If you're not smart enough to back up your research, chances are you shouldn't be doing research.
2013-04-24 07:09:28 PM  
1 vote:
Well, now every future employer knows how well he plans for future contingencies.
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