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So I've been very surprised for the past few days that http://www.nih.gov/news/health/aug2013/niaid-08.htm hasn't been getting major news coverage.  Given that 1-2% of the world's deaths are from malaria, this seems like pretty big news.

I happened to discover it via Facebook, via a post shared by one of the co-authors of the Science article (a friend of a friend, perhaps?).  When I saw it, I assumed I'd be seeing it elsewhere soon.  Coincidentally, this led me to a bunch of browsing of related wikipedia articles, which led me to tweet https://twitter.com/davidbaron/status/365743975828697088 which is probably my most retweeted tweet ever (retweeted by Nick Kristof, even).  (I wonder, perhaps, if I ought to be tweeting more about technology and what I work on, and less about news that I read.)  But that tweet was really in the context of the news about the malaria vaccine development, which I was expected to be widely reported within hours, but wasn't.  So it propagated far faster than its context, which didn't fit within the 140 characters.

It's not clear to me if there's some reason that this isn't as major a news story as it sounds, or if it's just been missed by the press.  Yes, I'd think it still needs plenty more testing, and it's not clear to me how big an obstacle the requirement of intravenous injection is.  But I'm also inclined to think it is pretty big news, given that the NIH seems to be treating it as big news, and the editors of Science appear to have put the article on a very fast track for publication.  (Or is the closeness of the dates in http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2013/08/07/science.1241800.abstract actually the norm for Science?)

Anybody know which it is, or what I'm missing?
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New blog entry (yesterday):  Ten years of the Mozilla Foundation:  http://dbaron.org/log/20130715-ten-years
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Daylight Saving Time / Summer Time changes approaching: http://groups.google.com/group/mozilla.dev.planning/msg/1b76659b053dd85f
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So, since this is my current mechanism for reporting bugs in Google+:

What's the chance that Google+ can stop treating Ctrl+PgUp and Ctrl+PgDn the same as PgUp and PgDn (and capturing them).  Because those hotkeys are somewhat useful elsewhere, for switching between browser tabs.  Please check the .ctrlKey modifier first.  (And also .altKey, .metaKey, and .shiftKey, while you're there.)

I tend to avoid loading Google+, because once I load it it's harder to switch tabs.

Yes, I know there's a tradeoff about whether browsers should let Web apps steal the browser's hotkeys.  I think the reality is that unless browsers all agree on an exact set of key combinations that can't be stolen, we're going to have to let Web apps steal all the others, since refusing to let an app use (and cancel the default behavior of) a key combination that other browsers let it use could break that app.
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And then there are sites that have hot keys but don't prevent their default action which means that they end up doing both actions...
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New blog post:  Why debug builds (and assertions) are important. http://dbaron.org/log/20130729-debug-builds
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So I got my invite to the Google Maps preview and accepted it -- and now I just get a 3-dots-loading animation when I load google maps, instead of actually getting maps.  Oops.
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Ugh, and now Google Plus has removed the "read more" links :(  So I can only see up through "..long when".
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On my Ubuntu laptop, the dialog just popped up saying that there was two hundred some megabytes free on my / partition.  But when it popped up I was clicking the mouse right around where the "don't show warnings for this filesystem anymore" checkbox was.  So I ended up hitting "Ignore" in that dialog with the checkbox checked.

That means I'll never again see a low diskspace warning for my primary partition.  That wasn't what I wanted.

How do I undo this?  (My attempts to search may not have been useful because I have no idea what system component pops up that dialog.)
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Indeed.  Perhaps removing /apps/gnome_settings_daemon/plugins/housekeeping/ignore_paths in gconf-editor will undo this.  Thanks.
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New blog post:  Why adding compositing and blending to CSS is harder than it looks.  http://dbaron.org/log/20130306-compositing-blending
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    Computer Science, 1998 - 2003
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L. David Baron, 李·大卫·巴伦, 李·大衛·巴倫, 𐑛𐑱𐑝𐑦𐑛 𐑚𐑨𐑮𐑩𐑯, 𐑤. 𐑛𐑱𐑝𐑦𐑛 𐑚𐑨𐑮𐑩𐑯, リー・デーヴィッド・バロン
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  • Mozilla Corporation
    2005 - present
  • Mozilla Foundation
    Technical Lead, 2003 - 2005
  • AOL (Netscape)
    Senior Software Engineer, 2003 - 2003
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Palo Alto, CA, USA - Mountain View, CA, USA - Cambridge, MA, USA - Berwyn, PA, USA - Philadelphia, PA, USA
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Good Italian food and very erratic service, found at the end of an alley (which has a sign to the restaurant at its entrance) off of Saint Martin's Lane.
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Nice clean restaurant, good for an inexpensive meal (mains ₤6-₤9). The main set of items on the menu is a choice of something (chicken, falafel salad, etc.) served on top of hummus, with pita bread.
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Offers a bunch of different types of Japanese food at reasonable prices. Good service (with a no-tipping policy).
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Probably the best pizza I've ever had. Quiet for lunch, often very busy at dinner. (I got the salad once, and it wasn't so great, though.)
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Easy to use laundromat for foreigners, and open 24 hours too. Nearly everything has English labels in addition to Chinese. Soap NT$10 (accepts bills or coins, gives change, be careful to pick the soap rather than the other items), washer NT$50/NT$70/NT$100 (function of washer size, takes NT$10 and NT$50 coins only), dryer NT$10/6min (takes NT$10 coins only, I think).
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