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by phider2
Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HP vs TI
Replies: 38
Views: 18181

Re: HP vs TI

borrowed an 89 for a while my junior year and it was pretty nice, too. It was less powerful overall What? No. Unless you really really want RPN. If nothing else the processor itself is a hell of a lot more powerful (motorola 68k vs. ARM). Though in normal use this doesn't matter a whole lot, since ...
by phider2
Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HP vs TI
Replies: 38
Views: 18181

Re: HP vs TI

Personally, I love my HP calculators. I got a 50g my sophomore year of high school, and later picked up a boxed 48GX at goodwill for $15. I always use RPN, it took a while to get used to (helped by me running an RPN program on my TI-86 before I made the switch) but it was worth it. RPN makes a lot o...
by phider2
Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:53 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My school fails at computer security...
Replies: 314
Views: 112845

Re: My school fails at computer security...

You're quite right in that my toolbox is somewhat limited when working on these computers, therefore I cannot execute (hahahahaha! geddit geddit geddit?! :P :P :P ) many of the suggestions here. On a related note I decided to poke around and have found this portable command prompt. Going to try it ...
by phider2
Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:42 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My school fails at computer security...
Replies: 314
Views: 112845

Re: My school fails at computer security...

Why is it that these sorts of threads bring out all the people who take pride in being an ass? That particular type of black-hat who preys on inexperienced computer users and takes advantage of their trust? Because that particular type of person also likes to brag about how much better they are tha...
by phider2
Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 155931

Re: Your Schedule

I just registered for my classes next semester (freshman in college): ENGL 1102 - English Composition II POLS 1101 - American Government PHYS 2211k - Principles of Physics II MATH 2215 - Multivariate Calculus CSC 2310 - Principles of Computer Programming MUS 1061 - Wind Orchestra MUA 1059 - Universi...
by phider2
Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:30 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Your Major?
Replies: 133
Views: 19528

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

Computer science. I had my first classes today and my first real* CS class is tomorrow. *Today I had CSC 1010, Computers and Applications. Basically how to use computers and (eventually) make web pages and such. Tomorrow I have CSC 2010, Intro to Computer Science, where I will actually do CS stuff.
by phider2
Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: iOS/Android/Smartphone games
Replies: 54
Views: 9655

Re: iPhone (and other phone) games

Best phone game I ever played was easily Doom RPG. I sunk more time into that game than some console RPGs. When I lost my phone after putting about 30-40 hours in, I was working through each level for 100% kills/100% secrets, and most of my stats were level 99 (max). Yet I never got bored of it. I w...
by phider2
Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Goodwill and other IRL stores
Replies: 15
Views: 2693

Re: Goodwill and other IRL stores

I got Half-life: GOTY edition for.. $2.72+tax? at Goodwill, then later picked up counter-strike and blue shift at a thrift store for $0.50 cents each. I've also gotten quite a few NES, SNES, etc games at goodwill (including a $5 bundle with 2 copies of SMW, Super Mario Kart, and Final Fantasy II (IV...
by phider2
Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:28 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: xkcd-ians Recommendations for Graphing Calcs...
Replies: 49
Views: 8509

Re: xkcd-ians Recommendations for Graphing Calcs...

You might look into the TI-92 or TI-200. They have some increased capability over the 89, but the main advantage is a full keyboard and a better user interface (it looks like a digital spellchecker/dictionary, so you will have to accept that you look rather funny and be instantly recognizable as an...
by phider2
Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: xkcd-ians Recommendations for Graphing Calcs...
Replies: 49
Views: 8509

Re: xkcd-ians Recommendations for Graphing Calcs...

tl;dr the earlier responses of this thread. But I use an HP 50g, and love it. It's much more powerful than almost anything else out there (it's pretty much on-par with a TI-89, feature-wise), but is also much more open than a TI calc (sort of like Windows and Linux, though not to that extreme). For ...
by phider2
Thu Jul 29, 2010 2:03 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 360544

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

So we take the square root of... Hehehe, square root, what a funny word That reminds me. My precalc/calc teacher was German. He had a really thick German accent, too, so everything came out like "And here we take the squeeroot of the cousin of x." You kind of get used to it after a few we...
by phider2
Thu Jul 29, 2010 1:57 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Responses
Replies: 8
Views: 2123

Re: Awesome Responses

My pre-calc/calc teacher used to have tests in which graphing problems still had A) and B) choices and a letter blank (the graph was always under A). At some point I started writing in A on the blank for every graph problem. By the end of the year in calc my teacher had noticed and started jokingly ...
by phider2
Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:01 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Post your 2010 AP/IB Scores!
Replies: 47
Views: 6691

Re: Post your 2010 AP/IB Scores!

ChoclatyGoodnes wrote:EDIT: Also, did anybody else think that the mech exam was RIDICULOUSLY hard?!

My entire class (me included) came out of it complaining about how hard it was/how terrible they did, but I ended up with a 5 and most of my friends got a 3 or a 4. Maybe they adjusted the curve or something.
by phider2
Wed Jul 21, 2010 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Office
Replies: 25
Views: 29235

Re: Office

I hated the ribbon when it was first introduced. I've kind of gotten used to it now, and it would be tolerable if it weren't for a few flaws. For example, it insists on switching back to the standard tab (whatever it's called) all the time, and it's really a pain to do a lot of things since they mov...
by phider2
Wed Jul 14, 2010 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Good AI/Bad AI
Replies: 39
Views: 6184

Re: Good AI/Bad AI

The AI in battlefield 1942 is... annoying. "Intelligence" makes them insanely accurate, but still absolutely retarded in every other respect. If you set it relatively high, one minute they'll be parking a tank in the middle of the runway while you're trying to take off, and the next the en...
by phider2
Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F/R/T)
Replies: 129
Views: 14268

Re: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F

However, I'm about to go to Georgia Tech in the fall, and from what I've both read and heard, they have godly internet. The upload isn't the best ever, but the download speed is supposed to average between 300-400 Mbps, and it can get up to 600 Mbps. If this is true, I don't think I will ever want ...
by phider2
Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F/R/T)
Replies: 129
Views: 14268

Re: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F

However, I'm about to go to Georgia Tech in the fall, and from what I've both read and heard, they have godly internet. The upload isn't the best ever, but the download speed is supposed to average between 300-400 Mbps, and it can get up to 600 Mbps. If this is true, I don't think I will ever want ...
by phider2
Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F/R/T)
Replies: 129
Views: 14268

Re: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F

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Paying for 20Mbps download, so I'm pretty happy. I've only hit 17-18Mbps when actually downloading a file though (torrent).
by phider2
Sat Jul 10, 2010 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll
Replies: 87
Views: 133033

Re: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll

To all the Y-invert people: How many of you have actually put any effort into trying the non-invert? I used to ALWAYS invert, but then I just tried it the other way, playing on easy mode until I got used to it. It only took about 10 minutes of playing to get used to it, and if I ever switch back to ...
by phider2
Sat Jul 10, 2010 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll
Replies: 87
Views: 133033

Re: Gamers: The inverted Y-axis poll

I used to invert on an analog stick, but not on a mouse, until one of those "you're WRONG" people told me not to invert. I tried it and got the hang of non-invert within 10 minutes or so, and now I can't go back. However, for flight sims (with a joystick) I still invert.
by phider2
Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Headphones vs. Earbuds
Replies: 66
Views: 19740

Re: Headphones vs. Earbuds

Also, anyone who calls themselves are audiophile is a pretentious douchebag (yeah, I'm sure your scratchy vinyl sounds better than my mathematically-proven-to-have-no-signal-degredation WAV file). Not necessarily. There's more than one type of audiophile. An audiophile, from Latin audio[1] "I ...
by phider2
Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Post your 2010 AP/IB Scores!
Replies: 47
Views: 6691

Re: Post your 2010 AP/IB Scores!

My AP Physics C teacher just emailed me and told me I got a 5. Apparently the school gets them before I do, but I'm hoping they come in the mail today. I'm still waiting for my AP Calc BC score. edit: Just got my AP Calc BC score. I got a 5 on that, too :D Respect dude! I've heard that Physics C is...
by phider2
Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Completely Custom Computer - Slim Form Portable Desktop
Replies: 14
Views: 3309

Re: Completely Custom Computer - Slim Form Portable Desktop

Flip your motherboard upside down. Very, Very carefully measure all your parts and very, very precisely draw up your chassis in CAD. Then have it machined for you out of aluminum. This way your entire lower chassis can be a heat sink for your CPU, North bridge, etc. Do this. The toughbook CF-25/27/...
by phider2
Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: course indecisions
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

Re: course indecisions

I'm going through pretty much the same thing right now. I've already applied, been accepted, filled out my intent to enroll, attended orientation and registered for classes, etc, and the whole time I've said I was majoring in CS, but I've also been seriously thinking about ECE. I think I'm going to ...
by phider2
Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Post your 2010 AP/IB Scores!
Replies: 47
Views: 6691

Re: Post your 2010 AP/IB Scores!

My AP Physics C teacher just emailed me and told me I got a 5. Apparently the school gets them before I do, but I'm hoping they come in the mail today. I'm still waiting for my AP Calc BC score.

edit: Just got my AP Calc BC score. I got a 5 on that, too :D
by phider2
Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: New OS's or old?
Replies: 71
Views: 14012

Re: New OS's or old?

I just had a great idea: an eyecandy card. It would be an auxiliary processor, like a graphics card, but handles compositing exclusively. It would have just enough RAM to store the overhead, and maybe even a small solid-state drive for the details. But any decent graphics card can handle immense qu...
by phider2
Sat Jul 03, 2010 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?
Replies: 544
Views: 212942

Re: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?

I used to be a big fan of firefox, but I really like chrome's interface. It's very minimal, and give you more space for actual web pages. Since I never used a ton of addons for firefox, they weren't really much of a loss switching to chrome. My only problem with chrome is that it's made by google, w...
by phider2
Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: headphones vs. speakers
Replies: 38
Views: 11912

Re: headphones vs. speakers

I don't game much, but when I do feel the need to fire up a (dated) FPS, speakers definitely win if I'm alone. For music, while not at work, the speakers win even if I'm not alone. Tough luck to my roommate if they don't like my music, I have to put up with hers all the time! While at work, headpho...
by phider2
Sat Jul 03, 2010 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Headphones vs. Earbuds
Replies: 66
Views: 19740

Re: Headphones vs. Earbuds

I prefer headphones over earbuds in general, but if they're really nice earbuds I can live with it. Currently the headphones I usually use are vintage Sennheiser HD 420's from the late 1970s. They still sound great. I got them at a yard sale along with a pair of (also vintage/late 1970s) New Advent ...
by phider2
Sat Jul 11, 2009 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0607: "2038"
Replies: 108
Views: 25297

Re: "2038" Discussion

Since people in general and most of the people here get themselves newer and better computers, I think that in 29 years this will not be a problem anymore. Or will the computers in 2038 be really of the same design as computers are now? Yeah, but then you have people like me who collect ancient com...
by phider2
Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games from your childhood
Replies: 232
Views: 30946

Re: Games from your childhood

My step-dad introduced me to some old DOS shareware games when I was about 8 (2000 or so), which probably best defines my childhood. In a rough order of how much I played them: Secret Agent Crystal Caves Paganitzu Some rougelike(like), don't remember the title. I just remember that it played WAY too...
by phider2
Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:52 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Class rank?
Replies: 113
Views: 10112

Re: Class rank?

I'm somewhere in the middle, because I never did my homework, etc, my first two years. Now I'm going to be a senior, and I'm struggling to bring my GPA up so I can get into a good school (it's something like a 3.3 or 3.4 right now).
by phider2
Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:45 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: SAT Scores
Replies: 241
Views: 33979

Re: SAT Scores

I guess I could post my 7th grade scores Total: 2000 Math: 740 (dad was totally expecting me to get a 800. 'cuz this other asian kid did the year before, and I was supposed to be just as smart as him. meh.) Critical Reading: 660 Writing: 600 (I wrote about...how important it is to get a happy job? ...
by phider2
Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: COPPA mistake - please unlock my account?
Replies: 9
Views: 3921

Re: COPPA mistake - please unlock my account?

Yeah, could you fix mine, too? It's "phider".
by phider2
Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics
Replies: 71
Views: 6140

Re: Odd (Yet Meaningful) Essay Topics

<Sydney> pseudonym: I once wrote an essay on "The Use of Rhetoric to Obscure a Lack of Meaningful Content". <pseudonym> Sydney: you're my new hero <Sydney> I used total bull to get away with using total bull on the topic of using total bull. <Sydney> I received full marks and a request no...
by phider2
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0598: "Porn"
Replies: 83
Views: 41201

Re: "Porn" Discussion

I always got 5 or 6 kBps (kilobyte) on 56k. Also, note that 14.4 is also in kbps (kilobit), which is less than 40 kbps (also kilobit). edit: ..disregard that if I'm wrong. I'm confused. Speedtest is in mega bits per second? edit again: No longer confused. zombiefeynman's speed is 0.04 Mbbs (megabits...
by phider2
Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 53712

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

No, if Kevin Bacon co-authored a paper with Erdos, he would have an Erdos number of 1, a Bacon number of 0, and an Erdos-Bacon number of 1 (add Erdos # + Bacon #). If Erdos co-starred in a movie with Bacon, his Erdos-Bacon number would also be 1, with pretty much the same logic.
by phider2
Fri Jun 19, 2009 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 53712

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

Wow.. Randall-get-out-of-my-head moment here. Out of boredom I just spent the last few hours reading about the zombie apocalypse. I didn't get this at first, but after reading JoshuaZ's post, it's pretty good. I wonder how many webcomics you'd have to read to always have one be addressing zombies? ...
by phider2
Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 53712

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

Wow.. Randall-get-out-of-my-head moment here. Out of boredom I just spent the last few hours reading about the zombie apocalypse.

I didn't get this at first, but after reading JoshuaZ's post, it's pretty good.
by phider2
Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0249: "Chess Photo"
Replies: 254
Views: 115719

Re: "Chess Photo" Discussion

I can't see that picture, 403 Forbidden. Try uploading it somewhere else, like imageshack.

edit: Or use the board's attachment feature.

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