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by ntietz
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Version control recommendations
Replies: 3
Views: 791

Version control recommendations

Hello, all. I was using Ubuntu One until recently to sync my files, but it created large amounts of conflict files when I would be doing normal editing of LaTeX files (using Texmaker), so I disabled synchronization of my documents folder and I'm back to transferring files with a USB drive until I fi...
by ntietz
Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 122246

Re: Tea Snobbery

I just got a bunch of tea from Adagio: some hibiscus, an oolong sampler, a white sampler, a chai sampler, a rooibos sampler, and a Pu Ehr Dante sample! My mom also picked me up three Ten Ren oolongs when she was in San Francisco (Ti Kuan Yin, King's Grade 913, and Pearl Jasmine). Mmm, I have some de...
by ntietz
Sat May 15, 2010 5:48 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: SOLVED: Macbook can't boot (HDD or DVD)
Replies: 0
Views: 779

SOLVED: Macbook can't boot (HDD or DVD)

I have a problem with my friend's Macbook... Backstory: I was trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 on her Macbook, and it took a lot of work to get it to even boot into the Live CD -- 1/5 times it would boot into the Live CD, but it wouldn't boot into it a lot of the time, for whatever reason. So, I went ...
by ntietz
Mon May 10, 2010 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I can't donate blood
Replies: 64
Views: 6464

Re: I can't donate blood

I technically can donate blood, but the third (and last) time I tried donating, I was deferred for a few days, because they couldn't find a vein. I have a bad history with donations, so I'm waiting for a while before I try again, so I don't waste their time. My first donation attempt went best: in 2...
by ntietz
Sun May 09, 2010 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu 10.04 - early adopter thoughts?
Replies: 26
Views: 3187

Re: Ubuntu 10.04 - early adopter thoughts?

I did a fresh install on my laptop and my desktop, and both worked without any problem. An unscientific observation would say that it seems like in-place upgrades tend to have problems, but fresh installations tend to work pretty seamlessly -- at least, that's my experience, and that's how it has be...
by ntietz
Wed May 05, 2010 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: German CLEP test
Replies: 1
Views: 609

German CLEP test

So, I have a bit of an "interesting" situation (to me, at least). I am registered to take Elementary German 1 and 2 this summer, but only two other people have registered to take German 1, so I believe the class will be canceled - the department won't give me an answer at this point. So, a...
by ntietz
Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Programmable watches? Timex Data Link USB, etc...
Replies: 23
Views: 12484

Re: Programmable watches? Timex Data Link USB, etc...

Like you, I've had this desire before... One option out there right now is the TI eZ430-Chronos . It looks and operates like a normal watch, but it has wireless capabilities, also. They are clearly intended for monitoring heart rate and such things while running, but that can still be taken advantag...
by ntietz
Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Your Major?
Replies: 133
Views: 19368

Re: What's Your Major!?!?!

Computer Science with a minor in math and possibly a minor in biology. I'll finish almost all the undergraduate CS my university offers before I'm a senior, at which point I get to do an honors thesis and take graduate classes. Yay!
by ntietz
Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Exams you've actually enjoyed sitting.
Replies: 17
Views: 2438

Re: Exams you've actually enjoyed sitting.

I enjoyed my Linear Algebra exams last semester. They were 6-7 exams with 2-3 proofs (along with other computational problems), and I happen to enjoy those. For the same reason, I enjoyed my Mathematical Optimization exam this semester. It ended up being five pages of writing, but I really, really e...
by ntietz
Thu Mar 25, 2010 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 155635

Re: Your Schedule

Summer 2010: Seven Ideas That Shook the Universe (easy "physics" class) Elementary German I Elementary German II Fall 2010 (Semester 3): Computer Architecture Structures of Programming Languages Algorithm Design and Analysis Introduction to Database Design (Honors) Social and Ethical Issu...
by ntietz
Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: GSOC, anyone?
Replies: 8
Views: 1033

Re: GSOC, anyone?

I want to apply, but I'm taking 11 credit hours this summer in addition to working about ten hours a week fixing computers, so I probably wouldn't have the time to commit.
by ntietz
Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: methods of holding pencils
Replies: 12
Views: 1595

Re: methods of holding pencils

Personally, I'd say not to change the way you hold your pen unless it's causing problems with either a slow writing speed or with wrist problems, etc. I have a very odd hand position when I write (I wrap my hand up around the top of the paper, so my hand is never on top of what I'm writing) since I ...
by ntietz
Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Debian vs Ubuntu
Replies: 34
Views: 14168

Re: Debian vs Ubuntu

The thing that makes Ubuntu more popular is quite simple, it works. It works out of the box. It practically installs itself and everything you need and then it holds your hand and hugs you. New converts are easily intimidated by command line and at times a lack of x, so naturally Ubuntu is coming o...
by ntietz
Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It's pay day!
Replies: 67
Views: 4325

Re: It's pay day!

I work as a lab monitor / lab assistant / computer technician for a large state school. 1. Where are you from? Ohio. 2. What sort of work do you do? Fix computers, with a lot of idle time "monitoring the labs." 3. How often do you get paid? Every two weeks. 4. Do you get a cheque, cash, a ...
by ntietz
Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Famous Math Quotes!
Replies: 32
Views: 6928

Re: Famous Math Quotes!

"A mathematician is a machine for turning coffee into theorems." Commonly attributed to P. Erdos.
by ntietz
Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: RAID Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 862

Re: RAID Questions

*snip* You know the latest OpenOffice does xml documents, right? It does, and it does display the comments. However, when it displays comments, it groups them as one giant comment instead of individual comments for each thing which was noted. Also, tracking changes doesn't work well between MS Offi...
by ntietz
Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: RAID Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 862

Re: RAID Questions

Have you thought about virtualization? Games don't run so well in a virtualized machine, but if you run a host Windows machine and a guest linux machine, things can work tolerably. The really solid solutions are still expensive, but Sun's free VirtualBox has come a long way and might suffice, and t...
by ntietz
Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: RAID Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 862

Re: RAID Questions

Oh no, there's nothing wrong with software or fake RAID. I've been using striped RAIDs for years, just back up your data on the off chance that either you fuck it up or a drive dies. Well, I do have another hard drive (the one I replaced with the RAID) setup and I am planning on using it for backup...
by ntietz
Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: RAID Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 862

Re: RAID Questions

Thanks for the responses! Sounds like I'm going to have this setup just because I can, with negligible benefits, but that's ok. I'm going to rethink my setup now and I'll probably go with either a more reliable RAID or just use the disks separately. The latter seems like a less headache-ridden solut...
by ntietz
Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: RAID Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 862

RAID Questions

So, I recently acquired three 250 GB hard drives with the intention of using RAID 0 on them, for a slight performance increase. The RAID is handled by the motherboard, so I guess it's not "hardware RAID" in the typical sense, but something in between? Anyway, my questions: ⋅ When...
by ntietz
Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 85248
Views: 5947853

Re: Count to a Million

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by ntietz
Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 122246

Re: Tea Snobbery

So, I recently started drinking some darjeeling tea. It is quite wonderful stuff. I ruined the first cup of it I made by steeping too long, but when I got the steeping time correct, it was great.
by ntietz
Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Mathy/Logic problems
Replies: 3
Views: 707

Re: Mathy/Logic problems

Be very careful with your units. When you cube 20 cm, it will become 8000 cm^3, and then you have to convert to m^3, which consists of dividing by 100 three times, since it's 8000 / cm / cm / cm. I suspect that you were simply cubing 20 and converting that number to meters, but you have to convert i...
by ntietz
Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: headphones vs. speakers
Replies: 38
Views: 11872

Re: headphones vs. speakers

For me, this depends on the situation. While I'm at university, I prefer headphones so that I do not disturb my roommate (or other rooms) with the sound from my computer. I really like the sound quality from my Sennheiser headphones, so this is not a problem for me. However, when I am at home, I def...
by ntietz
Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Spontaneous Hardware Failure
Replies: 4
Views: 559

Re: Spontaneous Hardware Failure

My roommate had this happen to him in the last week, too. Here is the process he went through, for what it's worth. He replaced the PSU, and reset the CMOS, and it booted up, but only once. He found that, for whatever reason, he now has to reseat his RAM every time he restarts. (He's keeping his com...
by ntietz
Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Favorite Engineering branch?
Replies: 68
Views: 8666

Re: Favorite Engineering branch?

Software engineering. It is based in logic, is a flexible field, has interesting problems to solve, has good job prospects, and doesn't pay too badly.
by ntietz
Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Firefox 3 v.s. Google Chrome?
Replies: 105
Views: 92890

Re: Firefox 3 v.s. Google Chrome?

I have to go with Firefox, because... I can't use chrome until they have a vimperator extension. After using it with firefox, I'm hooked, and not having it leaves me lost and confused. Thank you for mentioning this! After reading this, I went and installed the addon, and I'm hooked now, as well. Fir...
by ntietz
Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Hiding yourself from screen monitors
Replies: 10
Views: 1068

Re: Hiding yourself from screen monitors

Wouldn't this violate your school's policies? I don't know about your school, but the one I used to go to would ban our computer usage if we violated the terms of use. (I almost got banned for an innocent program I made during programming class.)
by ntietz
Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:39 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Subjects you wish you were good at?
Replies: 87
Views: 10442

Re: Subjects you wish you were good at?

Art.

And Russian. But that's not even fair, since I haven't ever tried to learn Russian.
by ntietz
Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Running programs on multiple Linux distros?
Replies: 15
Views: 2439

Re: Running programs on multiple Linux distros?

[...]And so, what about packaging? Isn't it just a fancy way to distribute source and get it to compile right without having to do it yourself? [...] it's wishful thinking to believe companies like Adobe will willingly distribute their source just so they can attract the Linux demographic [...] Pac...
by ntietz
Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Have you written a game?
Replies: 58
Views: 5413

Re: Have you written a game?

For me, I became interested in CS and programming because of mathematics; I took a programming class in high school with the mentality that programming is helpful for math, and it turned out that it was a more natural fit for me than mathematics (so now I'm doing both). Gaming wasn't ever really hig...
by ntietz
Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Apples vs Oranges
Replies: 94
Views: 61852

Re: Apples vs Oranges

Orange juice > apple juice (I despise apple juice for some reason) and oranges generally taste better than apples, but I picked apples for a few reasons: ⋅ Convenience: apples do not require any peeling and are more common around here (Ohio). Ok, I picked it for that one reason. Convenienc...
by ntietz
Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: FIRST 2010: Breakaway
Replies: 6
Views: 917

Re: FIRST 2010: Breakaway

A few of the members from team 2603 read the forums but, as far as I'm aware, none of them read/post to the forums. I'm a mentor for 2603, after being a member for two years. This game makes me wish my second-grade teacher had succeeded in holding me back one grade...
by ntietz
Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Famous professors thread
Replies: 10
Views: 1975

Re: Famous professors thread

I saw this linked to in another thread, and I felt obliged to share the excitement I had felt last semester. Per Enflo : He was a child prodigy in piano and math, taught in Sweden, in Paris, at Berkeley, and at Stanford, before coming to Kent State. I don't know why he's here, but his class was awes...
by ntietz
Mon Dec 28, 2009 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 85248
Views: 5947853

Re: Count to a Million

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by ntietz
Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Transistor Adding Machine
Replies: 51
Views: 25763

Re: Transistors

(snip) make a simple binary adding machine. How would I go about beginning such a project? I'd assume that NPN transistors are preferable, and I'll probably need a lot of them. I think it would be easier to display the result of the calculation in binary as well using LEDs to indicate 1 or 0. Here ...
by ntietz
Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Godel, Escher Bach: Foreign Language Puzzle
Replies: 15
Views: 15225

Godel, Escher Bach: Foreign Language Puzzle

I was flipping through Godel, Escher, Bach, as I acquired it recently and I'm working through a lot of reading material at the moment, so I haven't started reading it very much. However, I noticed something very interesting: there is a little snippet of text in a foreign alphabet, right on the last ...
by ntietz
Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Macbook VS Dell (Windows 7) - Which one?
Replies: 12
Views: 1689

Re: Macbook VS Dell (Windows 7) - Which one?

I've heard versions of the Mac vs Windows argument from other CS students that suggest I would be spending significant amounts of money for software if I bought a windows box that would be unnecessary if I merely bought a Mac. For example, being able to use gcc, g++ and other tools right on the com...
by ntietz
Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:09 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 155635

Re: Your Schedule

My spring schedule: Honors 10297: Honors Colloquium II. Required for all honors students, even if we have credit for both AP Englishes. Ugh. At least it's fun. CS 23021: Computer Science I. Math 31011: Discrete Math. Math 42011: Mathematical Optimization. Math 47011: Theory of Numbers. I like my cou...
by ntietz
Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 122246

Re: Tea Snobbery

I particularly enjoy my Earl Grey, but I'm also partial to English Breakfast tea (both loose-leaf, Twinings). I don't think anything can really beat Hibiscus, though - what got me hooked on tea was going to Chinatown on a tour, and they gave us a sample of Hibiscus spice tea, so I bought some, and h...

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