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by Hexadecimator
Sun May 24, 2009 3:10 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Bad grades removed from SC standardized tests!
Replies: 20
Views: 2568

Re: Bad grades removed from SC standardized tests!

We have the WASL in washington. Or, at least, the public schools do. They finally made passing the reading and writing portions a requirement for graduation. The math and science portions were going to be required eventually, but that idea has been tossed out since so few people actually pass them, ...
by Hexadecimator
Wed May 06, 2009 3:57 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: AP tests
Replies: 74
Views: 5598

Re: AP tests

High Five for that easy Stat test, next up Calculus! Who's with me? I'm going to have to disagree, that was without a doubt the hardest AP I ever took in my life...It was so boring I could barely finish the test without falling asleep. If it wasn't for TITetris I would never have survived. Yeah, bl...
by Hexadecimator
Tue May 05, 2009 2:34 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: AP tests
Replies: 74
Views: 5598

Re: AP tests

"The FTOC may come up once." what is the FTOC? "MVT and IVT" Mean Value theorem is MVT, but what is IVT? Is it safe to say that there won't be optimization, or it will be relatively simple? When I first did some practice tests there was a lot of justifying in the FRQs but I have...
by Hexadecimator
Mon May 04, 2009 1:53 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: AP tests
Replies: 74
Views: 5598

Re: AP tests

Anyways, anyone here taking Computer Science A? I'm surprised, I thought the free-response for it would be harder. But I still hate gridWorld. Unfortunately, yes I am (AB though, not A. not sure what the difference is, only that my school does AB). The FR does appear to be blindingly easy, but the ...
by Hexadecimator
Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smokers cost society less money than Nonsmokers
Replies: 62
Views: 6623

Re: Smokers cost society less money than Nonsmokers

-The study doesn't appear to have accounted for the obvious loss of economic potential from a dead person. Okay, you cost the system less because you don't live as long. Surprise, you also generate less in the system because you don't live as long. While this wouldn't entirely counteract the effect...
by Hexadecimator
Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Computer Education in Schools
Replies: 34
Views: 4078

Re: Computer Education in Schools

I have been expected to type every writing assignment since 7th grade. Essays, lab reports, small writing assignments, etc. will not be accepted if they are hand-written. In mathematics and all science classes, we are encouraged to do heavy number crunching and data presentation on excel. Unfortunat...
by Hexadecimator
Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Never did I think Microsoft would reach its endgame so soon.
Replies: 58
Views: 7032

Re: Never did I think Microsoft would reach its endgame so soon.

The article gave me the impression that this would be a new service in addition to ms' other products (should it ever be implemented). It would not replace normal computers. Instead, it would allow people with very little spare cash on hand to essentially lease a computer, which, to me, seems like a...
by Hexadecimator
Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: His Dark Materials
Replies: 196
Views: 39635

Re: His Dark Materials

I read the series when I was twelve or so, but I just reread it over the last 3 days, so I thought I'd throw my two cents in: The mangling of science was tolerable. Most of it was far enough removed from reality to allow for suspension of disbelief. Hive-minded subatomic particles that create consci...
by Hexadecimator
Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Octave Illusion Experiment: Need Help
Replies: 24
Views: 2579

Re: Octave Illusion Experiment: Need Help

You're doing the experiment wrong. By telling the subjects the goal of the experiment, you have biased the results towards success (or not, if the subjects here are particularly malevolent). Sorry, stats class must be getting to me.

Are speakers okay? The right ear in my headphones is broken.
by Hexadecimator
Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Good Omens
Replies: 56
Views: 19004

Re: Good Omens

One of my favourite books ever. I do wonder how jokes about the M25 translate if you're American, but for us Brits it's absolutely dead on. They may not hit as close to home as they do for Brits, and some of the jokes probably flew over my head without me noticing. However, London doesn't have a mo...
by Hexadecimator
Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:27 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: REQUEST:Text replacement/translator program?
Replies: 13
Views: 1627

Re: REQUEST:Text replacement/translator program?

It would be nice that I could see everything as I type it. I'd like to click a button that translates everything? These two are incompatible requirements. Either it substitutes as you type - in which case you want a hotkey-type program like AutoHotKey - or it runs substitutions on a block of text a...
by Hexadecimator
Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:15 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: REQUEST:Text replacement/translator program?
Replies: 13
Views: 1627

Re: REQUEST:Text replacement/translator program?

It would be nice that I could see everything as I type it. I'd like to click a button that translates everything? These two are incompatible requirements. Either it substitutes as you type - in which case you want a hotkey-type program like AutoHotKey - or it runs substitutions on a block of text a...
by Hexadecimator
Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:31 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: REQUEST:Text replacement/translator program?
Replies: 13
Views: 1627

Re: REQUEST:Text replacement/translator program?

Do you want to do it *while* you're typing? If so, AutoHotKey can easily do hotstrings which accomplish exactly what you want. But I doubt it works recursively? No, it doesn't. But it can return the number of substitutions, so you can just run it in a while loop until it reports 0 substitutions. Ac...
by Hexadecimator
Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:31 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: mailto: links broken in Word (Solved)
Replies: 4
Views: 1177

Re: mailto: links broken in Word.

I had a similar problem a while ago - I think it was Outlook being unable to launch Firefox, with the exact same error message that you mentioned. The solution that worked for me was Start->Settings->Control Panel->Internet Options->Advanced->Reset... . Yes, that's using something in IE's settings ...
by Hexadecimator
Wed Oct 22, 2008 5:43 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: mailto: links broken in Word (Solved)
Replies: 4
Views: 1177

Re: mailto: links broken in Word.

Sorry, context would help. He has various word docs and excel spreadsheets (often from other people) which have occasional email addresses in them. An email address in word is automatically turned into a hyperlink. Trying to open one of these triggers a permissions error, rather than opening a new e...
by Hexadecimator
Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:36 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: mailto: links broken in Word (Solved)
Replies: 4
Views: 1177

mailto: links broken in Word (Solved)

I am trying to diagnose a problem with my grandfather's computer. He's using an admin account on XP; mailto: hyperlinks work perfectly fine with browsers and from the run box. However, typing an email address into MS Word and clicking on it brings up the "The operation has been canceled due to ...
by Hexadecimator
Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:58 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Beating the system... kinda
Replies: 19
Views: 2508

Re: Beating the system... kinda

Basically I just used a hex editor to corrupt my assignment and if it was one that I email to the teacher (99% of the teachers are technologically retarded), well, I'd just email it to her and a few days later I get the response, "Hi Rouse, yeah. When I try open your assignment it gives me som...
by Hexadecimator
Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:27 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 164769

Re: Your Schedule

AP Stats - i get the stupid formula already; can we pleeease move on? I completely agree here. It shouldn't be that hard to understand that P(A or B) = P(A) + P(B) - P(A&B) yet we still spend time doing 5+ problems for just that one equation! If people think we are moving too fast, they shouldn...
by Hexadecimator
Sun Oct 05, 2008 4:25 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 164769

Re: Your Schedule

English - slacker version: book, movie, book, movie, etc. learn about humanity through Blade Runner and Groundhog Day . Drawing - hardest class this year; I hate drawing. AP Chem - valence shells and hybrid orbitals ftw! Free Period - homework time! AP Stats - i get the stupid formula already; can w...
by Hexadecimator
Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do I forge an elite?
Replies: 78
Views: 11416

Re: How do I forge an elite?

I think Indon has the right idea here. Take a bit of that fortune and popularize a game. I'm thinking something along the lines of ShadowOps except with a physical component (if that's important to you; personally, I don't think it's useful). Also, make it less time consuming, this should be an extr...
by Hexadecimator
Sat Oct 04, 2008 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google - Rocking like it's 2k1~
Replies: 59
Views: 6264

Re: Google - Rocking like it's 2k1~

Guess what else didn't exist in 2001 . Awesome. My brain is struggling to comprehend. Did they... Did Google just win the game? What can you do with an iPhone? Send and receive e-mail Make phone calls Shop online Surf the Internet Read the news Check the weather Review sports statistics Access movi...
by Hexadecimator
Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:33 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Effective studying
Replies: 17
Views: 2681

Re: Effective studying

I am very much an auditory learner, so I sit and listen to a lecture, then summarize each concept after I understand it. I almost never need to look at my notes to remember those concepts, merely for details and lists that need memorization. In fact, if the teacher and subject are at least mildly in...
by Hexadecimator
Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:21 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: AP Tests are here
Replies: 111
Views: 9868

Re: AP Tests are here

Calc AB: 5 Physics B: 5 Latin Vergil: 4 To be honest, the last one was the only test that was even remotely difficult. Physics did require some effort and a bit of last-minute formula memorization (when I discovered that you don't get an equation sheet on MC), but calc was cake, perhaps the easiest ...
by Hexadecimator
Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...
Replies: 193
Views: 40299

Re: Looks like we got ourselves a reader...

Put another one in the 3 column. That is also the year the babysitter found me in the living room watching Jurrasic Park, which I apparently put in the VCR and started by myself.
by Hexadecimator
Wed Jul 09, 2008 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Head Mounted Displays - Why are they so difficult?
Replies: 19
Views: 2889

Re: Head Mounted Displays - Why are they so difficult?

Can't really do augmented reality with a LCD screen, because of the necessary optics to change the focal point. AFAICS the only viable technology is direct retinal projection with lasers and some type of glasses with perhaps prisms on the inside of the lens so you can project onto the retina withou...
by Hexadecimator
Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: No ink, can't scan
Replies: 17
Views: 11201

Re: No ink, can't scan

My HP has the brilliant feature of holding only 20 sheets of blank paper and sucking extra sheets in halfway through the page if it has less than 10. Printing 3 copies of a 12 page double-sided document (not a double-sided printer) was utter hell. It's like at some point the designer thought, "...
by Hexadecimator
Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0447: "Too Old For This Shit"
Replies: 95
Views: 20699

Re: "Too Old For This Shit" Discussion

There are curly letters on that whiteboard. Seems a little advanced for 13 year olds...
It might just be algebra if I could actually read it, but in general, the curvier the symbols get, the more complicated and difficult life becomes.
by Hexadecimator
Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: BNC Adapter Impedance Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1023

Re: BNC Adapter Impedance Question

The best I can get from manufacturers and distributors is marketing gibberish about 75ohm parts being "high performance." Should I locate a source for the same part in 75ohm form, or will a 50ohm connector be good enough for mere NTSC video? Hehe. The "well it's going to look like cr...
by Hexadecimator
Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:45 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: BNC Adapter Impedance Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1023

BNC Adapter Impedance Question

I know this is usually filled with software-related questions, but I thought someone around here might be able to help me out. I have need of a female-female BNC panel-mounted adapter with some unusual dimensions. I found the perfect one, except it's 50ohm impedance, and the rest of the system (sour...
by Hexadecimator
Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Head Mounted Displays - Why are they so difficult?
Replies: 19
Views: 2889

Re: Head Mounted Displays - Why are they so difficult?

The real problem is that you cannot focus on a screen that close for very long, much less focus on it while looking around. You cannot just use an LCD, you have to focus the picture at whatever distance the user is focused at. Try reading something written on a window an inch from your face. Now try...
by Hexadecimator
Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:47 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Wikipedia: the MOST reliable source?
Replies: 36
Views: 4333

Re: Wikipedia: the MOST reliable source?

The real problem is that if students are allowed to cite wikipedia, 99% of them will. If I were to grade 1,000 papers over the course of a year, and I could count on my fingers the number that didn't cite wikipedia, I'd sure as hell ban it too. Wikipedia might be accurate, but frankly, students are ...
by Hexadecimator
Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: PE by Correspondence
Replies: 5
Views: 1265

Re: PE by Correspondence

Nemiro wrote:Attach it to a rabbit? Or your dog?
actually, just lie about your weight & age (if possible) so that your target heart rate is about 80. Then go play a little Step up on the White Thing.
by Hexadecimator
Wed Jun 25, 2008 4:45 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Cursive
Replies: 115
Views: 13444

Re: Cursive

My handwriting is entirely in print, even though I was forced to learn cursive in 3rd and 4th grade. Indeed, for half of 5th grade I actually was forced to use it, but now I only know 1 person at school who still writes in cursive. However, I have 2 very different styles of print. 1. Someone else wi...
by Hexadecimator
Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:03 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "Ouch" moments in school
Replies: 514
Views: 55486

Re: "Ouch" moments in school

I got a 6/12 on the essay in the writing portion of the SAT. Got 100% on that section otherwise. The instructor in charge of the classroom I was taking it in gave no sort of 5 minute or 1 minute warning, just said "drop your pencils. now." and I had to finish mid-sentence. And I got a 5 o...
by Hexadecimator
Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tear-jerkers (merged: Fictional Tears)
Replies: 121
Views: 25997

Re: Tear-jerkers (merged: Fictional Tears)

BtVS: The Body BtVS: The Gift The Body came close, but The Gift finally pushed me over the edge. I have never before or since cried over a TV show. But I was watching Buffy the first time through at high speed, and in one night I covered from a couple epiosodes before The Body through the first few...
by Hexadecimator
Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Ctrl Alt Del
Replies: 98
Views: 32266

Re: Ctrl Alt Del

I still read it once a week or so, gave up reading the news a long time ago though. They're his characters; he can do what he wants with them. If he posts something funny I'll laugh. If he doesn't for too long, I'll eventually get around to deleting his RSS feed. Frankly, he lost me at the part wher...
by Hexadecimator
Wed May 21, 2008 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0426: "Geohashing"
Replies: 224
Views: 40084

Re: "Geohashing" discussion

huh, the one for the seattle area is directly on the northwest corner of someone's house. Please let that person read xkcd...
by Hexadecimator
Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The difference between a gate and a door
Replies: 27
Views: 10244

Re: The difference between a gate and a door

It's a gate iff it does not have a permanent frame attached to a roof. AFAIK that works just fine. But, to be honest, it doesn't really matter if your students say gate instead of door or vice versa. If you went with inside=door outside=gate, that would be good enough. On a side note, Latin doesn't...
by Hexadecimator
Fri Apr 04, 2008 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A modern day revolution.
Replies: 53
Views: 5535

Re: A modern day revolution.

As every scientist knows, nothing beats a good demonstration. Therefore, I will present my viewpoint in this most elegant form: xkcd forates (I'll focus on the US, but this applies to everyone), let us end blatant, wasteful government spending and continual injustices related to vote fixing, copyrig...
by Hexadecimator
Thu Apr 03, 2008 4:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Singles Map
Replies: 29
Views: 3518

Re: US Singles Map

Hm, I appear to live in a blue dot. That sucks. Though, to be fair, the map suggests 1.02 men/woman, not that significant. I too am confused by some dots. Especially the one in the middle of Puget Sound. According to that map, at least 10,000 of bainbridge island's 23,000 people are single males :sh...

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