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Comment Should Be Asked Nicely Until Symptomatic... (Score 2) 349

SUSPECTED Ebola carriers should be asked nicely to stay away from large groups, subways, etc. Those symptomatic of Ebola should be quarantined to some degree, perhaps monitored hourly by a CDC employee or hospital worker. I'm not sure that they should be locked up, though. That seems a bit extreme. Ebola is not that easy to spread, but on the off-chance that it finds a vector, it may, possibly, potentially mutate and become more communicable. I just think health officials need to be watchful, and those infected need to be courteous enough not to put others at risk. Of course, some of the public will cry for leper-colony-style separations from society...

Comment Re:True North? (Score 1) 260

I think the idea is to give factory workers a map with a north-south, east-west grid rather than one that is slightly 'misaligned.' This could instantly make using grid coordinates inside the massive factory simpler and more accessible to a lot of lay-persons, though I understand your point; that sentence makes no sense. My OCD self can also appreciate the desire to align things perfectly with true north. Just don't try giving the factory workers a compass...

Comment Starcraft (The Original) (Score 1) 382

I'll go ahead and hope that this is already posted on here somewhere, but you've got to include one of the greatest monoliths of strategy gaming (any game that becomes a country's national past-time, had continuous support for more than ten years, and put eSports on the map for a lot of people deserves a mention). Starcraft (the original, with Brood War if you'd like) is one of the most well-balanced and well-respected strategy games out there, so if you like RTS at all, this should be included. Also, it runs perfectly on ancient machines, so if you can find a few friends with a PC of any kind, it's easy to get a LAN party going. Plus, no always-online requirements, and you only have to own one copy of the game to play it legally with friends! Many fond memories... Also, Munchkin is a blast.

Comment Corporate User = Windows (Score 4, Interesting) 413

As an aeronautical engineer, I've pretty much consigned myself to just being a Windows user. All of the software I use at work is Windows-only stuff. At home it's simpler to operate in the same environment. I do like Linux, though; openSUSE has a special place in my heart after having installed it on an old run-down MacBook and I loved it as a backup. Call me lazy, but these days it's just easier to be a one-OS guy as far as computers go. I have more fun rooting Android or iOS devices and using them as controllers/streamers/emulators around the house.

Comment Content and Capabilities (Score 5, Insightful) 305

So? This thing was never meant to be a PS4. The OUYA has my attention for several reasons: 1.) It's a kickstarter project and I hope it's successful for the sake of those that bet so much on it. 2.) It's cheap - consoles are never this inexpensive. The Wii was cheap, but the controllers were ungodly expensive (granted, the OUYA controllers aren't that cheap either). 3.) It's open. This is perhaps most important. I had more fun hacking a Wii and turning into an emulator box and a media streamer than I've ever had with my old, dusty Xbox 360. If I can do that with the blessing of the company who's box I just purchased, hell yes I'll buy one.

Comment AutoCAD and CATIA are great (Score 1) 218

The unfortunate fact of the matter is, most 3D design software is quite similar, in that learning the software can require a bit of a learning curve. At first, it is a rather unusual way to design things but once learned can become incredibly powerful and intuitive, especially when jumping from software to software if that is ever required (particularly if you have to write machine code for a CNC mill). My best advice to you is to pick one and simply jump right in and learn it. I know that's probably not helpful, but that's the reality that I faced when choosing design software myself. Solidworks and AutoCAD are both great, but I personally prefer CATIA (I'm biased, though, as an aerospace engineer, so take this as you will). It is more powerful than Solidworks, and CNC milling can be quite simple if it is used properly. Richard Cozzens' book ( is a great beginners resource that walks you through simple projects and it's not too expensive. There's an advanced workbook and an even more basic introduction book that're also not too expensive. There are also plenty of youtube videos that reference CATIA (though this is true for most design software). The Guerilla Guide is great, too (referenced previously) if you want to do some CNC machining. I like CATIA, but it is expensive and has some odd quirks, and most other software will work just as well. My advice is again to just pick one and learn the basics thoroughly, with budget and range of capabilities being the best guides. Then you can move into more advanced work with the same software.

Comment Home PC (Score 1) 201

I keep Java enabled (browser plugins and all) on my home PC - makes mostly nag-free when surfing the net. Maybe I'm naive, but I don't think I have anything particularly critical on my home PC. I do all of my work on workstations at my job, and those have all instances of Java disabled whenever possible.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955