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by Kirby
Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: synonyms for "solve for x" or "isolate x"
Replies: 9
Views: 3590

Re: synonyms for "solve for x" or "isolate x"

dudiobugtron wrote:We often call this "making x the subject". I'm interested to hear some other names for it too though!


I'm in the U.S. (Texas) and have not heard that one before. Usually it's just "solve for x."
by Kirby
Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1617569

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Goplat wrote:It had to be done:
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Don't tell me you didn't think the same thing when you saw the big section starting in late 2010.


Well played. I don't know how I missed that...
by Kirby
Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Distance on a sphere
Replies: 14
Views: 4153

Re: Distance on a sphere

The above is correct. I'd like to add that in order to calculate the dot product you must first convert from spherical coordinates to rectangular coordinates. (At least, to my knowledge, there is no way to calculate the dot product directly - feel free to chime in if I'm wrong). As for your example,...
by Kirby
Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:39 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How much are you paying for books this semester?
Replies: 59
Views: 28589

Re: How much are you paying for books this semester?

$365 for 6 courses (18 credit hours) worth of books. Borrowing one book from a friend who took the same course last semester.

EDIT: I should add I'm not paying this out of pocket. But the books I'm using cost that much.
by Kirby
Sat Dec 31, 2011 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: [Lock]CPU Core temp spikes after installing new hard drives
Replies: 3
Views: 2064

Re: [Lock]CPU Core temp spikes after installing new hard dri

If temps are stable around what they were before the heatsink came loose, would that be worth messing with? Are there any unforeseen consequences to just letting it alone?
by Kirby
Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: [Lock]CPU Core temp spikes after installing new hard drives
Replies: 3
Views: 2064

[Lock]CPU Core temp spikes after installing new hard drives

So I just installed a new HDD/SSD (and a clean copy of w7 64-bit), and now I'm hearing a loud, continuous beeping sound from my computer. The beeping is intermittent, sometimes going on for several minutes, other times a couple seconds. I can't finger any particular activity that sets it off/on. I'm...
by Kirby
Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1617569

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

It didn't bug me until just now, but shouldn't that milk be refrigerated?
by Kirby
Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1515856

Re: Today I Learned

Wait... There are full movies on YouTube? They don't get removed? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw38lZTOBdE&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toipOBs5oos&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kl6AXj3l9k&feature=related http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/525/mymindi...
by Kirby
Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What textbooks would you recommend in the following courses?
Replies: 42
Views: 6604

Re: What textbooks would you recommend in the following cour

doogly wrote:Introductory College Physics
Tipler is not awful. Most everything is.


I second Tipler.
by Kirby
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1515856

Re: Today I Learned

TIL: dish soap is like dishwasher detergent, except bubbles.
by Kirby
Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Desperately need statistics help
Replies: 5
Views: 1481

Re: Desperately need statistics help

I agree that the question isn't particularly well-formed. Can the post office be placed along the row of houses, provided there's ample space for the post office to fit? How big is the post office? Can the post office be placed off of the road? How far to the side? etc. Lacking more information, I t...
by Kirby
Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 541107

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

Like xeio says, this doesn't seem to be the case because steam's telling me I'll be able to decrypt it at midnight Thursday/Friday UK time. That's odd. Here's a tweet from the VP of PR and marketing at Bethesda that reads: @DCDeacon Just a quick Q. You said Skyrim unlocks on steam at 12:01 ET in US...
by Kirby
Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 541107

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

http://store.steampowered.com/app/72850/ Approx 1 day and 10 hours (at time of writing). Apparently the steam site checks local timezone, because it says 1 day 14 hours for me. :O EDIT: Hey, stupid ninja alarm, you're supposed to go "booooeeeep boooooeeeep, you're about to make a redundant pos...
by Kirby
Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 541107

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

Heads up: Skyrim can now be pre-loaded from Steam.

I wonder: if we all (as in everyone who's pre-ordered Skyrim off of Steam) coordinate and set about breaking the encryption, how long would it take (on average) to come up with a key? Anyone know how strong the encryption is?
by Kirby
Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 156252

Re: Your Schedule

Just about finalized my schedule for Spring 2012: Discrete Math for Computing II Probability and Statistics in Computer Science and Software Engineering Algorithms and Data Structures C/C++ Programming in a UNIX Environment Rhetoric Constitutional Foundations and Political Behavior in the U.S. and T...
by Kirby
Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: 145 BPM music
Replies: 5
Views: 5048

Re: 145 BPM music

iTunes does display the BPM of a song in your library if that information is lurking in the metadata of the song file. Only about 50 of my 2000 songs have that information, so I wouldn't expect much. I only have 1 song that lists itself in the neighborhood of 145PM and that is Level, by the Raconteu...
by Kirby
Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Student Quotes
Replies: 867
Views: 181756

Re: Awesome Student Quotes

Prof doing demo lesson on "observing the unseen" objects in a brown bag: "In what professional fields do people need to make observations on what cannot be seen?"
Student: "Theology"
by Kirby
Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Help me with this physics prob.
Replies: 2
Views: 1241

Re: Help me with this physics prob.

Is this homework?

What have you already done on this problem? Where are you stuck?
by Kirby
Thu Oct 20, 2011 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 323465

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I know two people with the surnames Waghorn and Woodcock, they seem to get along just fine. Hm, do they maybe get along a little too well? :wink: On this subject: my dad told me he knew someone with the surname Glasscock. His nickname was "crystal balls". My old middle school principal ha...
by Kirby
Fri Oct 14, 2011 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Who have you hated escorting the most?
Replies: 68
Views: 10187

Re: Who have you hated escorting the most?

The scientists in Half-Life, by far. All they do is open doors (well, and die - usually by my hand :roll: ), and more often than not they bug out. So instead of running to the door like a scientist that knows what's good for him, or even walking to the door, I have to push them to the door. All the ...
by Kirby
Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 54974

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

delro92 wrote:Is anyone kind enough (and skillful too) as to make a Windows 7 spinning thingy version? I'd greatly apreciate it.
Source:
Image


Here's what I've managed to come up with:
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by Kirby
Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1617569

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Here's what I managed to throw together in GIMP for that one:

Spoiler:
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by Kirby
Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Monitor no signal
Replies: 5
Views: 5990

Re: Monitor no signal

Is this a new computer? New monitor?

If it's used, when did it stop working?

Do you have a known-good monitor you can use to test if your computer is giving video output?

Can you test the monitor on a computer that is known to give video output?
by Kirby
Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 661
Views: 240473

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Trying to come up with the name of a novel. It revolves around a man from a fundamentalist religious cult that was sent off to society. The cult commences mass suicide, and the man is compelled to suicide, but works with a social worked for some time and doesn't. He goes on to make speeches (and se...
by Kirby
Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 661
Views: 240473

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

Trying to come up with the name of a novel. It revolves around a man from a fundamentalist religious cult that was sent off to society. The cult commences mass suicide, and the man is compelled to suicide, but works with a social worked for some time and doesn't. He goes on to make speeches (and sel...
by Kirby
Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 54974

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

I wonder how long Randall's had this one ready to publish.

In other news, this comic has successfully completely thrown off my sense of what day of the week it is.
by Kirby
Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder
Replies: 833
Views: 163287

Re: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder

Well, here it is. It'll auto-download the DLC on steam. I find the single player challenges to be...lacking. It's just a timer, a portal counter, and a display of everyone else's score. Which is nice, but I'd rather have, you know, actual challenges , set by Valve, for the levels. All of my co-op bu...
by Kirby
Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 29321

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:
Kirby wrote:Is it bad that the third panel made me think of Kant's categorical imperative?

Why would that be bad? Non-BHG's argument in that panel is only a stone's throw away from the Formula of Universal Law.


Oh. It's just that I had a quiz on Kant earlier this week. Now he's everywhere.
by Kirby
Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 29321

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

Is it bad that the third panel made me think of Kant's categorical imperative?
by Kirby
Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Ohio Computer Science Undergraduate Research Conferences
Replies: 2
Views: 1801

Re: Ohio Computer Science Undergraduate Research Conferences

I submitted a paper to the 23rd IEEE International Conference on Tools with Artificial Intelligence (it's too late for this one in particular) - I'd try looking in to IEEE.
by Kirby
Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Big-O Complexity in Loops
Replies: 16
Views: 8171

Re: Big-O Complexity in Loops

It's a just an unnecessarily loose upper bound. While we're giving unnecessarily loose upper bounds, I do declare that every algorithm posted in this thread is O(n^(n^(n^n))). On that note, it might be helpful to recall the technical definition of big-O: Say we have some function f(x), which gives ...
by Kirby
Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 337
Views: 131178

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

I'm actually Scottish so I should be able to speak English, but this is nagging me. "The first is whether the choice of Balliol was the right one- legally and pragmatically." Does this make sense? I'm trying to state that there's a debate over Balliol's inauguration as king of Scotland- b...
by Kirby
Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 337
Views: 131178

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

Hello! I am a native English speaker who is starting college soon. It was recently brought to my attention how much my writing skills have degraded since high school. :oops: The essay I wrote for my college's placement test was atrocious. I notice myself struggling with grammar and sentence structu...
by Kirby
Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Stanford: Introduction To Artificial Intelligence: Fall 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 6656

Re: Stanford: Introduction To Artificial Intelligence: Fall

I'm conflicted. I'm interested in AI. I'm also taking 18 hours this semester and I'm already a CS major, and will be able to take a very similar course in a couple of semesters. Taking it via Stanford would give me some background knowledge (okay, it'd be almost exactly the same, more than likely. T...
by Kirby
Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9401
Views: 1365520

Re: Minecraft

You could try the trick using water to go bizarrely fast up a corner. I think it still works, but haven't tested.

I've seen minecarts bug on multiplayer, even when they're used as intended. I wouldn't expect something like that setup to be very stable.
by Kirby
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:09 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How much are you paying for books this semester?
Replies: 59
Views: 28589

Re: How much are you paying for books this semester?

I'm a freshman (well, tackling some more advanced classes - APs covered the necessary prereqs) CS major, and so far I've had to pay $300 for 3 books (computer architecture, discrete math, java). I have a few others classes that haven't posted any books (hopefully they haven't posted any because ther...
by Kirby
Fri Aug 12, 2011 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many sets of five integers add up to 26?
Replies: 18
Views: 3303

Re: How many sets of five integers add up to 26?

I assume you mean natural (or whole) numbers, rather than integers? Otherwise we could have things like {26, 0, 0, 0, 0}, {27, 0, 0, 0, -1}, {28, 0, 0, 0, -2}, etc., and there would be infinitely many such solutions. I need to find out how many sets of five integers (0-9) can add up to 26. /facepal...
by Kirby
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many sets of five integers add up to 26?
Replies: 18
Views: 3303

Re: How many sets of five integers add up to 26?

I assume you mean natural (or whole) numbers, rather than integers?

Otherwise we could have things like {26, 0, 0, 0, 0}, {27, 0, 0, 0, -1}, {28, 0, 0, 0, -2}, etc., and there would be infinitely many such solutions.
by Kirby
Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Progression?
Replies: 43
Views: 5300

Re: Progression?

Submissions to academic journals, the number of articles printed in academic journals, number of Ph.D.s awarded (as I understand it, getting a Ph.D. is a rather rigorous process that is handed out only to someone that has advanced the body of knowledge in a given field) I'd love to use any of these...
by Kirby
Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Progression?
Replies: 43
Views: 5300

Re: Progression?

I'd also like to know if you consider patent applications per capita (by country of origin) a good measure of progression. I would recommend that we not use patent applications per capita as a measure of progression. Things like (taking bits and pieces from this article. It's a good article, but no...

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