What are some good medical professional forums that do no require proof of licensure for registration?

Question by William: What are some good medical professional forums that do no require proof of licensure for registration?
I earned an M.D. and residency certificate before studying for the doctorate I using in my current career and so never went through the final steps leading up the receiving a medical license. However, I have been regretting going into mathematical and theoretical physics over medical science and am now putting great consideration into biophysics research, and possibly even clinical practice, but do not have a community of professional to acquaint myself with in order to formulate a better idea of the form of my future plans.

So . . . . to make a long story short, I was wondering if members could provide me with some decent World Wide Web, Usenet, or any other type of internet protocol-ed forums for someone in my situation.

Thank you.
Are there any forums in the league of Sermo.com that do not require licensure?

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Answer by Alexandra
www.StudentDoctor.net is a great forum that is primarily led by medical students and people in similar fields. I just recently became acquainted with the site (I’m a 2nd-year med student), but it seems like an excellent, albeit casual, resource for someone in your shoes. I’ve been using it to flesh out my own plans for the near (and far) future. Good luck!

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Geekgirl, ‘girls need modems’ display in the Powerhouse Museum

Geekgirl, ‘girls need modems’ display in the Powerhouse Museum
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I can’t find anything more about it in the PHM collections online and wayback.archive.org/web/*/http://geekgirl.com.au doesn’t contain much, which is a shame cos I’d love to see and share more about this.

Weirdly, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geek_girl says "The widespread recognition of "geek girls" as a community occurred in summer 2010, when the annual San Diego Comic-Con International included a panel entitled "Geek Girls Exist"." – hmm, really? The Webgrrls etc date back to c1995 (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliza_Sherman#Cybergrrl_and_Webgrrls) and the Internet Archive crawl of geekgirl.com.au dates back to 1996, though sadly the content seems unreadable now.

I can’t find much with a cursory search for the old Webgrrls groups on Yahoo! groups, but @pkej suggested the usenet archive. Let me know if you have any leads or suggestions! It’d be great to get enough information together to properly document this history on Wikipedia – while women might not be fully represented in the tech world, they’ve always been present.

Passage de la trolle :>

Passage de la trolle :>
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nom masculin. [société] [chat] [Usenet]. Un troll est, dans un zone de dialogue (par exemple l’Usenet, un forum web, une liste de diffusion…), un sujet (thème de discussion) polémique inutile car mal circonscrit ou relevant de critères subjectifs (par exemple « Un Mac est-il mieux qu’un PC ? », donc une guerre de religion).

C’est également, par extension, un individu qui persiste à lancer et maintenir ce genre de sujet (synonyme: trolleur), donc passe son temps à se moquer des autres.

Pour comprendre ne négligez jamais le pouvoir de la provocation, le plaisir de l’ironie, et la joie du farceur devant sa victime fonçant tête baissée…

Pour le reste il est aisé d’exhiber le caractère trollesque d’une intervention, par exemple en y répondant par un simple hyperlien vers un document (FAQ…) pertinent et sans appel.

Certains affirment parfois qu’un contradicteur est un troll (ou un fanboy) faute de pouvoir lui répondre de façon convaincante. Ils qualifient de troll la critique ou l’accusation gênante, indépendamment de ce qui l’étaye, voire le seul emploi de termes déclarés non politiquement corrects (voir point Godwin).

Le terme provient de l’anglais to troll, technique de pêche consistant à jeter à l’eau puis à remorquer des lignes garnies d’hameçons et d’appâts.

Dans le folklore nordique, les Trolls sont des être affublés de toutes les formes et tailles possibles, l’invariant étant leur caractère effroyable, en faisant au mieux des semeurs de zizanie.

Dans l’ouvrage « Les gnomes » de Wil Huygen/Rien Poortvliet (Albin Michel, 1979), les Trolls sont définis ainsi: « Les régions qu’ils habitent sont la Norvège, la Suède, la Finlande, la Russie, la Sibérie. Ils sont bêtes, primitifs, à la fois crédules et méfiants, d’une laideur répugnante. Ils ont un nez en forme de concombre et une queue. Leur force est redoutable ainsi que leur rapidité. Ils empestent et gardent souvent dans leur maison des caisses pleines d’argent et de bijoux volés, qu’ils caressent des doigts pendant des heures. Taille: plus d’un mètre. Couleur: jaune-brun. Cheveux: noirs et d’une saleté répugnante ». Le sens du mot a glissé, mais, dans certains textes, les Trolls sont invisibles, n’apparaissant que de manière erratique, ce qui les rapprocherait assez des fameux bogues informatiques. Par extension, et en tant que lanceur de zizanie, on peut étendre le sens à « sujet qui fâche ». (D’après Olivier Sotiriades).

Un autre lecteur me signale qu’il faut utiliser de l’acide, du feu ou de la glace pour tuer un troll dans certains jeux de rôle. Je confirme que ces bébêtes sont effectivement coriaces.

Adjectif associé : trollesque.
Voir aussi : marcher dedans, nourrir un troll, loi de Godwin, patent troll, théorie du complot.

(Source : jargonf.org)


what’s the fuss about the IRC and USENET these days? does anyone still use this kind of technology?

Question by : what’s the fuss about the IRC and USENET these days? does anyone still use this kind of technology?
aint those 80s stuff? or at least early 90s? ever since the world wide web becomes standard, i doubt anybody is still retrieving information from the usenet, but I’d be surprised when I accidently logged in to my almost 20 yr old usenet acct. and guess what? A LOTTA ACTIVITIES are still going on there. jee. when the chat room just died, usenet is still thriving…

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Answer by Andi
a lot of illegal material and pron (esp v illegal) gets exchanged there…

A lot of the world is not on high speed broadband.. so it is still a useful network.

and for those who are not windows/http based…
It provides the original ease of access and interchange of information.

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How to Access any International Netflix Library on your iPad & iPhone

First off, you are going to want to sign up for a VPN service. If you are a member of Usenet, you may be entitled to one for free. Best to check with your Usenet provider and see if you are entitled to use one within your membership. A VPN stands for ‘Virtual Private Network’ and put simply for the sake of this tutorial, it will make your device appear to be connecting to the web from (in this case) America rather than your actual location. For the sake of this demonstration, we are going to assume you are trying to access the American library from the UK. All you need to do, is sign up for your VPN and select an American server to use. You will need a VPN toggle from the BigBoss repo in Cydia called SBSettings VPN toggle which is free. For step by step instructions, visit www.howtotech.co.uk Please rate, comment and subscribe!

AT&T Archives: Viewtron Introduction, from the Viewdata Corporation

See new films from the AT&T Archives every Mon, Wed, Fri, at techchannel.att.com The Viewdata Corporation, a company formed by joint arrangement between AT&T and Knight-Ridder, launched the Viewtron system commercially in 1983. Initially, in 1980 and 1981, it had only 200 users, a test market. By 1984? 2700 subscribers. Two and a half years later, the service had expanded to around 15 cities up and down the east coast, and 15000 users. They even had developed software that would allow IBM, Commodore and Apple computer users (who also had modems) to access the system. The Sceptre system that allowed for TV access had the same microprocessor as a contemporaneous personal computer. But it was not enough to keep the business afloat — after expending over 50 million on the system, the grand information networking experiment that was Viewtron ended. Since hindsight is always 20/20, this was no surprise: for example, one year into the project, one of the online shopping sites had only logged a paltry 11 direct orders — significant, when that was one of the main selling points of the Viewtron system (especially according to this video). This film is about Viewdata, and about the particulars of the Viewtron that led the company to believe, or hope, it would be a success. That said, Viewdata’s executives, even during the company’s existence, also were pragmatically aware of its shortcomings, especially monetarily. Though they wanted it to be “The McDonald’s of videotex”(quote from
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