The NPR discussion was about the CDC having reduced capabilities to identify outbreaks of foodborne illness (since doctors have to send it sample data for analysis by experts). Then it occurred to me that maybe a sort of social mobile application might be able to help identify outbreaks.
The app would prompt the user for their symptoms, what they have eaten over the past several days (vegetables, meats, condiments, etc), and their relative location (locations services, postal code, or something) and the data is submitted anonymously.
The the database would have a public API for the data so developers could try to identify correlations and useful information (IIRC much like a game some developers made for identifying DNA mutations).
I don't really have the ambition to put in the research to see whether something like this is viable or not. There are obvious issues with this design since there's no way to identify molecular information until the iBloodTester is invented.
I'd be a little afraid of volunteer science in this case because I think you might attract a population of hypochondriacs. (At my food co-op it seems 50% of people think they are allergic to wheat and rather than eating rice or beans or skipping the carbs, they buy triple-priced gluten free "breads")
I think something like this would be prone to witch hunts like the guys on Reddit who were looking for boston bombing suspects.
I'm curious to know: How did you ramp up your marketing so fast to get employers and developers to the site on short notice?
(Other than posting to HN, of course!)
We partnered with @1776dc who started a Google spreadsheet to pull together the information. They had about 30 or so gigs and freelancers and we imported it to our site.
If Congress votes to reimburse federal employees, will they have to repay their unemployment benefits? Most likely, yes. States say they’ll attempt to recoup benefits paid to federal employees if the workers receive back pay once they’re back on the job. (Congress will decide that when it ends the shutdown.) States would notify workers that they owe the money back. Officials in several states said that if workers don’t voluntarily repay, the state would garnish wages, tax refunds and deny future unemployment benefits to recoup the money."
Also did some write up on the background if you're interested: http://www.blencorp.com/blog/2013/10/unfurlough-us-freelance...
the site is back up.. check it again.
"Furloughed" is actually older than 1820, if you go here (https://encrypted.google.com/search?hl=en&q=define%3Afurloug...) and click the drop-down box to see its history.
Also I can't confirm if this is true or not but more senior federal employees have told me that in the past they have received back pay but us contractors are at a loss.
At that point, it's probably Drupal's cache. Or perhaps your theme is overriding the favico that is linked or put in your root folder.
Drupal can be a b*tch with its cache sometimes.