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AMD Tells Girls How to Attract a Geeky Boyfriend

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AMD is taking time out to dish out advice to women eager to land themselves a geek to love.

Though one could argue that finding a geeky guy to date isn't all that difficult (hang out at GameStop or your local Games Workshop and you'll find yourself overrun with possibilities), actually hanging on to a geeky guy is another story. AMD believes geeky guys won't be entertained by someone who doesn't share an interest in his hobbies and wants to help women who are having trouble snagging themselves a man-nerd

In a posting published on the AMD company blog, Leslie Sobon, Corporate VP of Product Marketing, tells us how to get a geek boyfriend in five easy lessons.

The first is to learn to talk nerd. According to Sobon, if you don't know the difference between CPU, GPU, Flash memory, BIOS and LAN, you can forget about that Star Wars themed wedding you've been dreaming about.

The second point is similar to my advice, which is to hang out at nerd hotspots, though Sobon takes it a step further and suggests you go to the really nerdy places, like QuakeCon, overclocking events and LAN parties.

Third, you're going to want to find a few standard 'would you rather' type questions, such as 'AMD or Intel,' 'Nvidia or ATI' and 'Xbox or PS3.' Leslie suggests these:

  • What will win, X86 or ARM?
  • What’s more important in the PC – the CPU or GPU?
  • Is 3D just a niche?

If you can't find yourself getting excited over shiny new MP3 players, DSes, or the latest Android tablet (depressing, but these people do exist), you're going to have to start watching lots of movies, playing a lot of games or listening to more/different music. Leslie says she has yet to find a geek who hasn't loved at least one of those three things, so if you can't handle gadgets, you'll have to start watching sci fi and playing more than just Angry Birds.

Lastly, Leslie wants you to be prepared to date someone with a poor fashion sense. However, she warns that you should wait until you've locked him in before you start acting like his mammy and picking his clothes for him.

"Most geeks don’t wear pants. They wear jeans or shorts. Just get over it and wait for the ring to diversify his wardrobe," she writes. "But if flip flops are non-negotiable, I understand."

If Leslie's advice seems like a crock, or you feel like you're giving up too much only to be demoted to "sammich-maker" during late-night StarCraft II marathons, take it from a lady-geek in the know: there are geeks out there who don't mind dating people who have their own, separate hobbies and interests. Mechanics don't only date mechanics, and hair stylists aren't desperate to bag themselves a barber. We geeks are no different. Sure, falling in love with a girl gamer would be nice, but the only thing worse than a girl who hates gaming is a girl who says stuff like, "Oh yeah, I love to play Call of Warfare all day long. I started playing after I got sick of that John Raynor guy and his Red Alerts."

Then again, that's just my opinion as a woman. Tell me, do you have certain, geeky requirements for the men or women you date, or will you accept anything as long as they don't act like they have two brain cells huddling together for warmth?

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    mildiner86 , 24 September 2010 07:01
    And where are these girls lol, iv not seen many
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    N19h7M4r3 , 24 September 2010 09:33
    why are you telling us all those advices, if we the readers are already men :S give us advice on how to nerd up so chicks if you wanna be usefull lol...
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    Anonymous , 24 September 2010 13:13
    Today must be bizarro opposite day.

    My advice to girls trying to find a geek boy: Throw a rock in any direction. Preferably mine.
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    priyanphoenix , 24 September 2010 17:40
    If she's asking those 3 questions, then the deal-breaker is whether she can actually pronounce "niche". If she says "nitch" then it's not happening...
    (But I'm not from the US.)
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    LePhuronn , 24 September 2010 17:53
    I'm sorry, but as a geek I find this slightly insulting lol

    My previous geek girlfriends have been natural geeks and not "learning" anything to, effectively, change themselves to fit me. My previous non-geek girlfriends have been interesting and intelligent enough to have their own allure, and usually take the piss out of me for some of my true nerdy moments (that's love after all).


    If a geeky guy isn't interested in a girl because she doesn't know her ROM from her RAM, or isn't fluid in UNIX command line, then that's a NERD and they're just a bit too weird to be interested in girls anyway, and no amount of changing who you are is going to keep their interest.


    Alternatively if they're that eager for a geek, just connect the male plug to the female socket, ping their port and, after a bit of handshaking, upload a few packets and flood their gateway - but just hope she doesn't hit you with HTTP 411 because that just leads to a 417
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    swamprat , 24 September 2010 21:25
    Quote:
    Most geeks don’t wear pants

    I like it when Americans don't realise how funny they're being.
    That aside I'd disagree with a lot of the stereotypes (ok maybe just the trouser one)- Moss off of the IT Crowd would be more what I'd consider a geek than a US Star Wars fan.

    Also, shouldn't it be x86 against RISC (as the architecture type rather than a company that is a key promoter of it)?
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    tinnerdxp , 24 September 2010 23:10
    LePhuronn - You're a genius! I love that last part of your comment :) 
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    LePhuronn , 24 September 2010 23:21
    tinnerdxpLePhuronn - You're a genius! I love that last part of your comment


    Thank you, good sir.

    I did want to use 413, but I couldn't make it fit (that's what she said, appropriately).
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    Avro Arrow , 25 September 2010 01:08
    Your opinion as a woman shames womankind. I've never read such an arrogant, ignorant and gyno-centrically sexist article in my entire life. "Wait for the ring before picking diversifying his wardrobe"??? One thing you should know about computer geeks is that we're far too smart to want to get married and there's no way some female supremacist is going to make our decisions for us. If you don't like us to begin with, leave us the hell alone because you're just cruising for divorce papers. You seem to think that just because we're male that we must be stupid? You've been watching too much Melrose Place and 90210 methinks.
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    LePhuronn , 25 September 2010 01:51
    Avro ArrowYour opinion as a woman shames womankind. I've never read such an arrogant, ignorant and gyno-centrically sexist article in my entire life. "Wait for the ring before picking diversifying his wardrobe"??? One thing you should know about computer geeks is that we're far too smart to want to get married and there's no way some female supremacist is going to make our decisions for us. If you don't like us to begin with, leave us the hell alone because you're just cruising for divorce papers. You seem to think that just because we're male that we must be stupid? You've been watching too much Melrose Place and 90210 methinks.


    Dude seriously chill.

    If you're gonna pop at anybody, pop at AMD for giving the "how to bang a geek" tips in the first place. I have issue with any advice that advocates somebody changing their personality to match their mate, hence my semi-serious objection to Leslie's "advice", but this article is hardly unpicking women's rights so sorely fought over the past century.

    Personally speaking, if Jane wants to change my wardrobe she's more than welcome to, but I have a sneaking suspicion she'd enjoy the neon blue and UV reactive stuff just as much as me.

    Spikes optional.
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    Vampyrbyte , 25 September 2010 03:05
    So I can just hang round outside GAME or Gamestation. or goto Quakecon and find loads of girls who have got a soft spot for nerds..

    somehow i'm lacking faith.
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    chechak , 26 September 2010 03:16
    strange article ..AMD plz get a life !!!
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    silverblue , 28 September 2010 18:53
    "mammy"? :p 

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    Rab1d-BDGR , 2 October 2010 00:19
    Holy social stereotyping Batman!

    I guess that I'd probably qualify as a bit of a geek, I hadn't realised that there were hoards of women desperate to get me into the sack...

    I suppose some of my ex-es could be called geeks - one is now doing a PhD in astrophysics but it isn't like I'd judge a woman on whether she knew the difference between bclk and cas latency. My current girlfriend knows nothing whatsoever about computers - she has a mac!

    LePhuronnAlternatively if they're that eager for a geek, just connect the male plug to the female socket, ping their port and, after a bit of handshaking, upload a few packets and flood their gateway - but just hope she doesn't hit you with HTTP 411 because that just leads to a 417


    Pure win.