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by traviscj
Mon Sep 27, 2010 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0798: "Adjectives"
Replies: 97
Views: 26972

Re: "Adjectives" Discussion (#798)

snowyowl wrote:Also, this thread now contains so many swear words that it's banned in Australia.


fucking censored as shit.
by traviscj
Thu May 20, 2010 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Starting out learning programming
Replies: 12
Views: 3006

Re: Starting out learning programming

Well... I posit that this depends on whether she wants to learn syntax and intricacies of a particular language to get a good solid grade in the class(certainly a noble goal!) or get into the mindset of thinking like a computer scientist. If she desires the mindset goal, I propose going through some...
by traviscj
Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:02 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I need web hosting!
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Re: I need web hosting!

I moved to Linode a while back. They're fan-freaking-tastic. Their entry-level plan is $20/month. It's a virtual-dedicated server. I have root access, and even 'out-of-band' root access in case I screw up IPTables or something. My plan has 360 MB of RAM, 16 GB of hard drive space, and 200GB of trans...
by traviscj
Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Pseudorandom Number Generator
Replies: 10
Views: 2360

Re: Pseudorandom Number Generator

There's also the key question of what you seed your initial values to. Presumably, you'd end up using another pRNG to get these.. which defeats the purpose of making another pRNG, since probably the quality of your pRNG would depend on the pRNG you started with. Why don't you just use /dev/random? ...
by traviscj
Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:38 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: configure apache http header
Replies: 1
Views: 569

Re: configure apache http header

This seems pretty complicated for something pretty basic. What's the tradeoff between just having whatever program interprets your x-sha1: line instead just pull down filename and filename.sha1 and compare the sha1 of the file and the sha1 provided? This is a bit more standard. The Linux kernel has ...
by traviscj
Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:32 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Software to draw tree diagrams
Replies: 2
Views: 2093

Re: Software to draw tree diagrams

Maybe LaTeX + gastex?? TeX can be defined as one of least sucky programs around, so we can probably extend the favor to LaTeX, just this once.

http://www.lsv.ens-cachan.fr/~gastin/gastex/gastex.html
by traviscj
Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: SICP Instructor's Manual
Replies: 3
Views: 2545

Re: SICP Instructor's Manual

Neuroscience is a GREAT field--I've been dabbling in it for the last year or so, and getting into it is one of the better decisions I've made. Never underestimate the power of your local campus... make a couple flyers to post up in the CS department or have an advisor send an email out to currently ...
by traviscj
Sat Aug 22, 2009 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Pseudorandom Number Generator
Replies: 10
Views: 2360

Re: Pseudorandom Number Generator

There's also the key question of what you seed your initial values to. Presumably, you'd end up using another pRNG to get these.. which defeats the purpose of making another pRNG, since probably the quality of your pRNG would depend on the pRNG you started with. Why don't you just use the system ti...
by traviscj
Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Pseudorandom Number Generator
Replies: 10
Views: 2360

Re: Pseudorandom Number Generator

There are tons of chaotic systems out there! They certainly have applications(Strogatz talks at some length on a system for 'chaotically-coded communications' in his Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos book, for example), but I'm not convinced that pRNGS are a great application. I'd also think about a circ...
by traviscj
Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: SICP Instructor's Manual
Replies: 3
Views: 2545

Re: SICP Instructor's Manual

Instead of getting answers for all the problems, I'd suggest trying to start a group reading of the book. Here in Seattle some of my friends did this a couple years back, with the following rough format: - Meet every couple of weeks, either at a university with whiteboards/etc or a pub with good bee...
by traviscj
Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Your favourite calculator
Replies: 43
Views: 5734

Re: Your favourite calculator

I use TI-89 and hate the fact that it can't raise to complex exponents... Wait, what? My TI-84 can do (5+3i)^{(3+i)} perfectly fine. Or am I missing something? Or did they really remove that feature in the 89? I recently came across some issue like this. I think it's fixable by pres...
by traviscj
Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Integration tips and tricks
Replies: 25
Views: 12212

Re: Integration tips and tricks

Hi there, As for general integration techniques, I've found that my MATH 125's excellent notes can dig me out of nearly anything: http://www.math.washington.edu/~aloveles/Math125Spring2006/Math125.html In particular, http://www.math.washington.edu/~aloveles/Math125Spring2006/IntegrationTechniques2.p...
by traviscj
Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Some regular-expressions-foo
Replies: 3
Views: 1269

Re: Some regular-expressions-foo

s/.*\r//g I *knew* it was gonna be something simple like that. Thanks! That works perfectly. I think I was trying to make it too complicated. Ahh well. Lesson learned. And thanks, Karrion, now I know how to not write broken code in my own software, someday. Most of the reason I wanted to avoid the ...
by traviscj
Sat Mar 01, 2008 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Some regular-expressions-foo
Replies: 3
Views: 1269

Some regular-expressions-foo

Hi guys, So, I hope this is an appropriate forum for this. Here goes: I have this program that prints out a status bar to (presumably) a terminal. Thus, it prints the following: [.................] 0%\r[#####.......] 50%\r[#########] 100%\n It looks pretty decent on a terminal, but the problem is th...
by traviscj
Wed Feb 06, 2008 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0380: "Emoticon"
Replies: 164
Views: 49701

Re: "Emoticon" discussion

CommonNewb: Hi! Can someone boost me through nightmare? ImAnOldGuy: hi CommonNewb! a/s/l? CommonNewb: Well, I'm a 16 year old guy from Germany ImAnOldGuy: nvm d00d More like: CommonNewb: Hi! Can someone boost me through nightmare? ImAnOldGuy: hi CommonNewb! a/s/l? CommonNewb: Well, I'm a 16 year ol...
by traviscj
Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: quick question
Replies: 41
Views: 17304

As an example, U(W) had 3 different introductary CS courses... W = Washington I assume? Possibly. For the curious: CSE 100 - Basic exposure to HTML, computers, internet, etc. Some Javascript, which I found odd. Not required for CS at all, and technically I think it's INFO100. Whatever. CSE 142 - Be...
by traviscj
Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Programming Book Suggestions? [Moved from General]
Replies: 33
Views: 16776

Since it has only been mentioned once in this thread, I will repeat Davean's suggestion: The Art Of Computer Programming. My suggestion would be:Do yourself a favor and learn to program before learning more high level computer languages. My guess is, after a few pages of TaOCP you will be humbled, ...
by traviscj
Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Best language for Science
Replies: 22
Views: 8346

one more vote for matlab. I'm an Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences major, and it's pretty much my life. But at least it's got cool visuals.
by traviscj
Fri Mar 16, 2007 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: quick question
Replies: 41
Views: 17304

As an example, U(W) had 3 different introductary CS courses... W = Washington I assume? Possibly. For the curious: CSE 100 - Basic exposure to HTML, computers, internet, etc. Some Javascript, which I found odd. Not required for CS at all, and technically I think it's INFO100. Whatever. CSE 142 - Be...
by traviscj
Fri Mar 16, 2007 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Programmers: Math nerds or Artists?
Replies: 68
Views: 19340

Basically all I need is a comfortable chair, silence, and varying degrees of internet access. I say varying degrees because if I have internet access then I'll end up wasting a bunch of time at random sites (example: this one) but if I don't have internet access then I won't be able to look anythin...
by traviscj
Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0232: "Chess Enlightenment"
Replies: 77
Views: 28504

I blame my lack of chessing-skills on my father, who gave up playing chess with me when I was fairly young (<10 or so) because I almost beat him.

He wouldn't even play me again when he beat me at a game of Electronic Battle Ship when we both picked the same map.

Ahhh well.
by traviscj
Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 697624

Hi. I'm Travis Johnson, a 20 year old guy from Washington State University, studying Applied and Computational Mathematics, perhaps with a second degree in CS, if they start to like me more.

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