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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

Ameryll Re:Well... (493 comments)

As awful as those incidents are, I don't hear anti-vaccine people citing either of those when they state why they don't trust vaccinations. They only cite debunked studies about autism.

about 4 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Ameryll Would the same backlash happen against a man? (1374 comments)

Given the way the internet reacts to women saying things they don't like about video games and coding I wonder if a man had invented this instead of a woman would someone still have decided to retaliate against him by posting his personal information on line for people to give them trouble? Independent of whether the idea is a good one or not.

about 4 months ago

Smart Cars: Too Distracting?

Ameryll Lack of Tactile (180 comments)

The worst is the lack of tactile inputs on the console because everyone wants to look 'futuristic!'. You can't just reach over and turn the radio off because you can't find the knob w/o looking. It's dangerous, and stupid. Put the physical dials back.

about 9 months ago

U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

Ameryll Re:Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

the democrats aren't listening to the people. The republicans are

Well, you're half right.

I don't know what country (or maybe I should say state) you live in. I haven't seen any sign of the republicans being the ones to listen to people

about a year ago

My favorite season:

Ameryll Road-Construction (346 comments)

Here in Boston, we have: winter and road-construction as our two seasons.

about a year ago

Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?

Ameryll Unlocking the Clubhouse (608 comments)

There have been several serious attempts to figure this out. Most notably at CMU. For more information read, "Unlocking the Clubhouse"

1 year,20 days

Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?

Ameryll Are you a girl? (608 comments)

Are you female? If you are not, then how do you know they aren't interested? If it's because they all say they do, have you asked them why? Do they even know why? Do you know why you do like to program?

I am a female programmer. I have been programming heavily for 14 years, starting with C during my senior year in high school (with some off and on summer camps and after school programs through grade school and middle school). I love programming. I love making a computer do what I want. I love making things.

I also love to sew for the same reason.

There are lots of reasons to love programming. Some of them are the same reasons why women like some of the other hobbies they currently enjoy. So what's different here?

As an aside, I avoided those programs for attracting women like the plague. I really hated them.

1 year,20 days

Ask Slashdot: Good Ideas For Creative Gaming With Girlfriend?

Ameryll Go Old School (337 comments)

My husband and I played a lot of turn-based strategy games.

Specifically, we played Heroes of Might and Magic II and III. (available on There isn't much storytelling here, but there's collaboration and exploration. I liked turn-based strategy games for long distance because there was no time pressure so we could be chatting about anything during the game - game related or not.

We also spent a lot of time playing Diablo II. If you want to go modern here, you could play Diablo III or Torchlight II. They're quicker, IMHO, than your average MMO.

1 year,20 days

Imitation In Dogs Matches Humans and Apes

Ameryll Horses too (181 comments)

I've seen my friend's horses try to unlock the stall doors after the human locks the stall door, with disturbing accuracy. This doesn't seem unusual to me.

about a year ago

My view of touchscreen laptops:

Ameryll Re:Thought... (359 comments)

touch screen laptops were called "tablets" otherwise, what's the point?

I read that to specifically refer to capacitive screens that support touching the screen, as opposed to resistive/wacom tablets (The original TabletPC) that supported hi-res drawing/pen interactions as well.

If I have a touch screen anyway (I have a surface pro for the sketching on the wacom), then it's fun to play games with my husband on it - like mahjong. But that's all it is - a bit of amusement. I would never buy a laptop that had a capacitive screen - that's not a good interactive model for a laptop unless you're playing a game where you only need one or two fingers. The mouse is much quicker and more accurate than any touch screen interface I've seen. I love my resistive screen, but that's because I like to be able to draw wherever/whenever.

about a year ago

Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"

Ameryll No upgrading. Period. (464 comments)

I mean, I guess with dual GPU's you might not really want to upgrade the video card, as it would get quite expensive and they probably perform great to begin with.

If you get this, you better hope you don't want to upgrade the graphics card - there are no PCI-e slots for independent graphics cards. What you see is what you get.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?

Ameryll If in one of the traditionally 'fun' fields (656 comments)

I work primarily in computer graphics. My close friends/family mostly work in video games and simulators. I find that I need to understand advanced math a fair amount - Linear Algebra, Discreet Math, Graph Theory. My friends in simulators or the graphics of core games end up working on some pretty snazzy math problems as well. My family member that works in casual games only uses Trigonometry.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Make a Computer Science Club Interesting?

Ameryll Mod video games or make some other fun product (265 comments)

StarCraft II has an editor and many of these moddable games have a scripting language for events.

Blender allows you to write mods to it in Python - you can make movies or other fun final products.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

Ameryll Re:NoScript (572 comments)

I love NoScript but I find it causes too much confusion for people using my computer. Some email services don't handle being loaded through NoScript well (which I would say is a sign of a badly written email page people shouldn't be using but I can't dictate what email services my friends use...)

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

Ameryll Re:Linux Boot (572 comments)

There are perfectly valid reasons to keep Windows around, such as playing video games. (Yes I know, you can play through Wine, but I prefer not to). Dual booting to Linux for guests, however, seems perfectly reasonable.

about a year and a half ago

If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

Ameryll Safety and Courtesy (417 comments)

I grew up in Concord, MA and would have loved to ban tourists in the fall. People out leaf-peeping in the fall near Old North Bridge... sometimes in the street with their cameras to get just the right angle.

As much as it would be fun to ban 'things I don't approve of' there are some real safety hazards. Texters on sidewalks often end up in crosswalks and expect cars to be looking because they can't be bothered (yes, pedestrians have the right of way... except when there's a walk light that they didn't check). Sometimes they're at the top of the escalator causing a pile up on said escalator.

There are also common courtesy items that go out the door more and more as people get more self absorbed in their devices. People stopping randomly to check their texts in the middle of a busy sidewalk, during rush hour, rather than taking just a moment to make sure they aren't going to cause a sudden pile up of people who thought said person was going to continue to... walk forward. It really doesn't take long to just do a quick check on the flow of traffic and make sure you're clear before doing something unpredictable.

about a year and a half ago

How Videogames Help Fund the Arms Industry

Ameryll Re:Do car games - Yes. (410 comments)

Yes. A relative of mine works for a company that wanted to do a racing sim and they eventually gave up because of the nightmare that was trying to get permission to use real cars like Porsche or Corvette.

about a year and a half ago

64GB MS Surface Pro Only Has 23GB of Free Space

Ameryll Laptops have the same problem (588 comments)

I would give this a resounding yes and that should be applicable to all electronics - especially laptops. I have a Samsung Series 9, which I generally love, but the hard drive space is abysmal. It advertises a 128 GB hard drive but the C partition only has 89GB of space to its name with 20 GB going to the recovery partition. Its been a while since I purchased it, but I believe it only had ~40 GB of the 128GB hard drive free when I first opened the box due to the space needed for Windows 7 and said recovery partition. After installing the software I wanted and uploading my mp3s, my hard drive is down to 11GB free.

about a year and a half ago

School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

Ameryll Sensationalism (1168 comments)

I agree that we're becoming less violent, but the news is becoming more sensationalist and therefore people think we're becoming more violent.

This comes up a lot around the fact that it's frowned upon to let your 10 year old child walk somewhere alone in many places, even though child kidnappings are way down from the 80's when 10 year olds walking around by themselves was perfectly normal.

about a year and a half ago

Hostess To Close; No More Twinkies

Ameryll After the Apocalypse (674 comments)

What are we going to eat after the nuclear fallout from world war III?

about a year ago


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