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by eliana
Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 52729

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

How could a man with a goatee be wrong? Not possible. Clearly, physicists have some serious thinking to do; with such facial hair comes great wisdom.
by eliana
Wed Dec 02, 2009 4:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526617

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - #sharkweek on irc.foonetic.net

I'm sorry what I said came off the way it did. I don't disagree with women's spaces. I was referring to the attitude that I think is alive and well of the congratulatory and self-congratulatory nature of some people when faced with an intelligent woman. It should no longer be surprising, and a lot o...
by eliana
Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 571498

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

Thanks. I'll do that. They switched this class ovewr from C to python this year; I find Python much more frustrating because when something goes wrong it is much much harder to figure what, precisely, it is that is going wrong. There are certain sorts of errors that you are supposed to get, but mach...
by eliana
Tue Dec 01, 2009 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526617

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - #sharkweek on irc.foonetic.net

The major annoyance for me was the 'girls-in-IT-support-group' (OK, that's not really the name of the organisation) emails that were forever getting sent around - I don't need any special help for being female, I am not in the least bit oppressed, don't suggest I should be because you'll only make ...
by eliana
Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526617

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - #sharkweek on irc.foonetic.net

My kickass aunt has PhD in physics from Cornell. Back in her day (late '70s and early '80s) she was one of 2 girls in the whole program, until the other girl dropped out. She said that's where she acquired the habit of doing twice as well as everyone else, because it was the only way she could surv...
by eliana
Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 571498

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

I am coding in python for school, and we have to use this version of tk wrapped in a easy-to-use program the autor of our testbook wrote. (sigh) Now, I like to go above and beyond and play with this stuff, but whenever I push the wrapper, It either gives me a segmentation fault or just crashes fluxb...
by eliana
Mon Nov 30, 2009 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526617

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - #sharkweek on irc.foonetic.net

yeah, in my school I'll be sitting in a class of 40 + kids, taught by a man, and every single other person in the class is a boy. I feel like a different species. Also, everyone else is completely lost and I'm not. And then I'm in the cyber security club, where no. females. ever. tread. @ Osha: Yeah...
by eliana
Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How much do you enjoy using abstraction?
Replies: 10
Views: 1380

Re: How much do you enjoy using abstraction?

Sometimes I get carried away with it abstraction. I will abstract core bits of all the math that I learn to one thing (the Fibbonacci sequence.) Meanwhile, I will abstract all of my interpersonal relationships to one thing (desire of those who do not desire me, and being desired by those who I do no...
by eliana
Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0669: "Experiment"
Replies: 99
Views: 26411

Re: "Experiment" Discussion

I don't think they'd mind if we just treated them as an infinitesimal particle of infinite density, do you? Otherwise, the mathematics are far too rigorous. We have been modelling ice skaters as 170 cm tall, 20 cm in diameter cylinders, which is relatively humane.
by eliana
Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3526617

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - #sharkweek on irc.foonetic.net

CS is such a male-dominated field, and so I always feel competitive, like I have to pretend I already know everything to prove that I am not weak, I'm not one of *those* girls. I am in college, and it really seems like none of the other girls are into nerdiness or xkcd or extra-curricular pursuit of...
by eliana
Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Pre-calc help: solving inequalities.
Replies: 14
Views: 1566

Re: Pre-calc help: solving inequalities.

You probably don't want to complete the square. Note what the poster above me wrote. If that's not enough, remember you can factor x^2 - 12x into (x)(12 - x). This will be positive when both factors are positive or when both factors are negative, and negative when the factors dif...
by eliana
Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gender-Neutral Pronouns
Replies: 153
Views: 21065

Re: Gender-Neutral Pronouns

When I was in high school I went by the name Max, and most people thought I was biologically male and called me 'he.' As I matured (read: realized it would not be worth it to keep tying my boobs down) I came to realize that it was dumb to let the gender binary disctate my life, and decided to just l...
by eliana
Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:34 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Computer doesn't recognize network
Replies: 5
Views: 1401

Re: Computer doesn't recognize network

When I have that problem with my Linux box, which I do, all the time, just hitting ifconfig usually gets it for me. You could look for an equivalent, I suppose; I was rebooting my machine for a while, it was terrible.
by eliana
Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Coding Fonts
Replies: 117
Views: 31246

Re: Coding Fonts

Courier new is one of the few things that unite my retro poet friends and my more technical friends. I use it size eight in blue on a pseudo-transparent aterm tinted yellow over my steampunk-gears background. Dunno if that counts as a color :)
by eliana
Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Mouse vs Keyboard
Replies: 69
Views: 64596

Re: Mouse vs Keyboard

I prefer the keyboard. Everything one does with a mouse takes extra time, the time it takes for the mouse to accelerate, move, etc. Mice also vary more from system to system, crippling you with overshooting or undershooting the target on differently calibrated computers. I also happen to be rather m...

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