Re: In Response to Editor's Note (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Link between video games and violence might be user frustration on 2014-04-09 16:32 (#119)

Ooof ... s/experience/experienced. I'd've perhaps caught that if I'd previewed, but for some reason I am unable to preview in Firefox. I get a "record not found - table [comment] id [0]".

In Response to Editor's Note (Score: 2)

by in Link between video games and violence might be user frustration on 2014-04-09 16:28 (#118)

Ed. note: so, if your word processor frustrates you , does that lead to violence too?

Not so much "does", perhaps, as "could". From my understanding of the article, it's entirely possible. In the article Richard Ryan, co-author of the study, is said to state, "That experience is not unique to gaming", leaving wide open the possibility suggested above. In short, one could simply say frustration leads to aggression. Hardly surprising, really, to anyone who's experience frustration and hardly unique to video games.

Re: LEGO Blocks (Score: 5, Insightful)

by in Science Toys For Girls on 2014-04-08 17:35 (#10R)

The only thing that makes LEGO a boy toy instead of a girl toy is because we tell ourselves it is because it isn't Barbie. While LEGO specifically has a series of sets directly targeting girls [...] Why define strict gender roles at home when they're going to be bombarded by it for the rest of their lives?

This. I recall my bafflement when LEGO first announced their "for girls" sets (minifigs with bumps and curves!). To quote one astute father's comment on the subject: "They already have LEGO for girls. They're called LEGO." They had science toys for girls way back when I was a girl and they were called science toys. I had a chemistry set, erector set, real (not toy) microscope, LEGO. There's nothing (or there should be nothing) gendered about these things.

That said, I laud the efforts of any company that attempts to counteract the "girls don't do x" and "boys don't do y" stereotyping that appears to be so overly prevalent in the children's toy industry. While for the moment, at least, it looks like those efforts may need to involve targeting toys in a different-from-the-usual way to shift the status quo, I welcome an end to gender-targeted toys and look forward to a time when children and adults can simply find their own personhood, whatever that might be, and not feel compelled to fit a particular socially-defined role.

Re: Great interview (Score: 4, Interesting)

by in Can a Requirement for Credentials Be Overcome in Science Today? on 2014-04-02 04:55 (#XY)

You can still get this knowledge on your own self-study schedule, but the University has it all wrapped up in a neat little package for you.
I've known people without degrees (of any kind, some of them) who are very bright, knowledgeable, accomplished and well-read, but they have the drive and self-discipline to seek out information, study and learn independently. I suspect they are the exception, rather than the rule. Personally, I benefited from the structure a formal education provided and would likely not be as skilled or functional in my chosen area had I elected to forgo pursuing a degree.

Re: Check, check ... check (Score: 1)

by in Pet peevs of website design on 2014-04-01 17:18 (#XJ)

I see today that everything I checked has been used against me. Oh, that I had stayed my hand!

Check, check ... check (Score: 5, Funny)

by in Pet peevs of website design on 2014-03-31 16:20 (#WH)

I was most of the way down the list before I realized I was essentially ticking all of the boxes.

Mats Valk (Score: 3, Informative)

by in Robot solves Rubik's cube in 3 seconds on 2014-03-27 18:53 (#V2)

For those of you who've not seen Mats Valk's 5.55 second solve , it's impressive to watch (to a slow-cuber like me, at least), even in slow motion. I especially like where he pauses mid-way to examine the cube and plan his next sequence. I wish I could think and move that quickly.

The Cubestormer is, of course, an impressive feat of engineering and design. I'm especially in awe of the software end of things ... the machine vision and algorithm generation. Plus, combining Lego and Rubik's cubing? Neat!

Re: I voted (Score: 3, Insightful)

by in Spring is here! But this winter was... on 2014-03-24 15:52 (#SB)

We don't generally get more than about 10-20cm of snow in the valley where I live, and it doesn't tend to stay around long, but this year we didn't even get snow on the mountain. In fact, we got more snow in the valley than at higher elevations. The local ski/snowboard facility remained closed for the entire season, and even the facilities further afield received only about a half-meter of snow. All my shiny, new snowboarding gear remains untested.

Selfish reasons for my winter disappointment aside, we are also looking at a serious drought situation, now, and I wouldn't be surprised if this fire season is right up there with some of the worst on record. Not looking forward to the summer.

I have a cunning plan... (Score: 1)

by in Ten Years of Google's Summer of Code on 2014-03-18 18:14 (#NN)

Why not make this year's Summer of Code all about fixing the recent spate of botched ACA health exchange sites?

Re: Anonymous posting (Score: 1)

by in Which features are the most important? on 2014-03-18 17:50 (#NM)

I was just wondering about this, too. The approach to moderation here is interesting, I think, and I'm eager to see how it pans out, but there are certain aspects of it that have me wondering "is this a feature, or a bug?" I agree that posters shouldn't be able to mod their own posts. Further, it appears I can mod a given post as often as I like, and I think I would prefer that I be able to mod a post only once (though possibly an "undo moderation" option should be available, since I'm clumsy and might click the wrong moderation option).

Re: keep it up (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Which features are the most important? on 2014-03-18 17:39 (#NK)

And fourthed.

I keep forgetting this site is here, but when I do remember to check in on it I'm always impressed with the progress in development. Great job, bryan. I'm hopeful more people will find this site and contribute comments. Other than remembering to visit and, to the best of my meager ability, contribute meaningful comments, is there anything else I could/should be doing to help the site grow?

Ouya (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Best HTPC setup? on 2014-03-02 20:15 (#8Q)

We backed the Ouya "just because", never expecting to actually do anything with it beyond set it on a shelf as a souvenir, but we've found great use for it as a media player using XBMC.