Ed Bilodeau

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# Notice (Oct 19/05): So ends my stay here on Blogger. This morning Google implemented an anti-spam 'feature' that forces me to answer a challenge phrase when I want to post to my own blog. No notice of the change, nothing. Worse is that it doesn't even work! I type the phrase, submit, "An error occured", post deleted. Damn you, Google. Chances are I will revive my blog somewhere else, sometime soon. I'll post the new coordinates here as soon as they become available. (BTW, I'm unable to post anything to my RSS stream, so I'd appreciate it if readers could spread the word and ask people to take a look at this notice)

Update (Oct 19/05, ~noon): After a frustrating few hours (and not just trying out alternatives to Blogger), I've decided that this is a good time to take a break from all this. A day? A week? Who knows. But I need to step away from it before I pass a heavy magnet over the whole mess.

Update 2: According to this post, the reason I'm seeing the CAPTCHA (challenge phrase) is that Blogger has classified my blog as spam. Thanks. User for five years and now I'm spam. I searched the Blogger site, but there is no mention of how to get the spam flag turned off. There is also no way of contacting anyone at Blogger. Wow. Spam they say I am, so spam I must be. Maybe it is time to take a break.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

UVermont researcher caught falsifying data : Seb does a great job of summarizing the situation. What is troubling is that the case probably only came to light because there was someone in the process who had little to loose and new enough to the field to still do the right thing:
The whistle-blower was an undergraduate at University of Vermont who had been hired as a research assistant. ''I was in a unique position to act," [Walter] DeNino said. ''I did not rely on Dr. Poehlman for funding, a post doc [research position], or a salary."

I know more of this kind of stuff happens, maybe more then anyone would like to admit. I hope I'm wrong.