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by markop2003
Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Why more Genetic Chemists should study Computer Science
Replies: 10
Views: 4377

Re: Why more Genetic Chemists should study Computer Science

"And consider the 64 sequence of the of these symbols" Why? 64 triplets means nothing in biology... A finite state machine wouldn't really be of much use for explaining Translation at the level I covered it it's kinda like shaking a box of jigsaw pieces and eventually they all fit together...
by markop2003
Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Virtual Machine vs. External Optical Drive on Netbook
Replies: 11
Views: 4001

Re: Virtual Machine vs. External Optical Drive on Netbook

Unless you have a bunch of CUDA enabled GPUs or Beowulf cluster you won't be able to crack a network built by a competent admin (ie JTR proof or atleast simple dictionary proof).
by markop2003
Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Ugh... fiendish CS proffs...
Replies: 26
Views: 4416

Re: Ugh... fiendish CS proffs...

Your program didn't do what was specced, that's hardly a "got 'ya". My Systems Design module was intentionally filled with "got 'ya"s with the spec being intentionally vague and full of holes meaning that you could be marked down for not doing something that wasn't part of the sp...
by markop2003
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Applying soon for an internship at some tech companies...
Replies: 8
Views: 5106

Re: Applying soon for an internship at some tech companies..

They may have logic/math puzzles and the like but the ones i've looked at like to put that in the online application or at an assessment centre so they filter more people out prior to the interview. If you want to do some revision just read over the CV you sent them and the recent tech news/company ...
by markop2003
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 59067

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

I think every major supermarket over here in the UK already does this.
by markop2003
Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Lecture-induced narcolepsy
Replies: 8
Views: 2098

Re: Lecture-induced narcolepsy

Make sure those supplements include iron, most student diets don;t contain enough. Also look at the slides online before the lecture if possible to work out whether you even need to be there, sure sometimes lecturers add in things taht aren't on the slides but most of the time they stick to them pre...
by markop2003
Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Applying soon for an internship at some tech companies...
Replies: 8
Views: 5106

Re: Applying soon for an internship at some tech companies..

There are questions available online and i think Wrox has a book of such questions, the vast majority are concerned with logic not any particular language. Also you seem to be forgetting that just because its a comp sci internship that dosn't mean they'll avoid the generic questions.
by markop2003
Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How can we make math less scary?
Replies: 44
Views: 8649

Re: How can we make math less scary?

Remove the abstract hard Math as early as possible. Kids should be able to take it as an option but after basic algebra there's no reason to force them to take a separate Math class. If they happen to need some Math which they haven't covered before outside of a Math class then teach it in the conte...
by markop2003
Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hard work vs. Smartishness
Replies: 247
Views: 34551

Re: Hard work vs. Smartishness

That's another thing I hate about the system. Catering to the average students and the bad student is all they seem to care about. Meanwhile there are kids with unbelievable potential to do great things that are being ignored. If they would focus on sharpening and refining the education of those ki...
by markop2003
Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hard work vs. Smartishness
Replies: 247
Views: 34551

Re: Hard work vs. Smartishness

That's pretty common, most grades I've come across measure how much you've revised much more than how clever you are especially now that so many classes teach to the test. The only exceptions i've found are programming and Math, sure practice helps but it's no guarantee and if you're smart in those ...
by markop2003
Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Start learning computer science??
Replies: 8
Views: 3980

Re: Start learning computer science??

C or Java would be a much better place to start, C++ is a useful language but it is just modified C and the way it's set out with header files and the like mean its better to start with C. Preferably Java as strings can be a pain in C and you'll probably want to manipulate them early on, also java's...
by markop2003
Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What If... (P?NP Related)
Replies: 12
Views: 3738

Re: What If... (P?NP Related)

That assumes you're in the position to exploit it. Also i don't see why a licensee couldn't betray you and get the award unless you've patented it which would mean releasing it.
by markop2003
Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?
Replies: 106
Views: 13160

Re: What if Abortion was Immediately Banned?

There would be a lot of abandoned babies, more unhappy couples and a lot of single mothers.
by markop2003
Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 32873

Re: Gifted Education

Solt wrote:Here's the thing, I actually agree it's possible to make sure all students proceed equally fast given the right environment.

The only way that's going to happen is boarding school where you can change the entire surroundings.
by markop2003
Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Public school vs Private school vs Home school
Replies: 94
Views: 16099

Re: Public school vs Private school vs Home school

Private schools have their benefits though except at places like Harrow or Eton there's nothing to say the teaching will be any better. Any complaints you have just have more impact because you're a direct customer. Unless you're going to a top of the line private school or a boarding school then i ...
by markop2003
Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My school fails at computer security...
Replies: 314
Views: 110188

Re: My school fails at computer security...

My HS didn't even try. The teachers gave out the admin account to bypass the web filter for 'research purposes' and as long as you didn't use windows explorer you could explore the entire storage network as much as you wished including access to the library login system which was synced with the act...
by markop2003
Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mental Patient Uprising
Replies: 16
Views: 2261

Re: Mental Patient Uprising

Remember they can always pull in the police and the physical building can be used against the patients. It's technically possible but it would have to be amazingly well timed to avoid a lock in, ideally you'ld gain control of the entire route to the exit instantaneously.
by markop2003
Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pornography only for people over 18?
Replies: 55
Views: 19380

Re: Is pornography only for people over 18?

No but the current system we've got works pretty well. As long as we don't go more down the road of calling kids pedophiles because they take nude pics of themselves then all is good as it is.
by markop2003
Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Open Source Legal System
Replies: 53
Views: 6447

Re: Open Source Legal System

It would work better if the voting method sent the propposed edits through to an elected body for discussion. Direct democracies are too prone to scare tactics, unrealistic idealism and abuse of the minority (i'm sure in your system you could easily get an act passed to sieze all the assets of the r...
by markop2003
Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Black Hat or Script Kiddie?
Replies: 12
Views: 3752

Re: Black Hat or Script Kiddie?

A script kiddie uses other people's scripts because they don't know how to make their own. They know that if they click button A that they get terminal access but they don't know how or why that happens and couldn't do it without that program. Black hats know about the underlying reasons why things ...
by markop2003
Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Logical equivalence
Replies: 8
Views: 2391

Re: Logical equivalence

Can't explain it using truth tables (the notation is different here). However look at it like this: "Al and Bill are absent" - When true both Al and Bill are present. When false either one or both of them are absent.You seem to have viewed the question as the negation of each elements inde...
by markop2003
Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books I've never read/finished and should
Replies: 27
Views: 4124

Re: I'm embarrassed that I've never read...

Beyond Good and Evil - Nietzsche 1984 War and Peace Bible Those are the only ones that i think i 'should' read. However there is a large number that i want to read but don't have the time to ATM, it's hard to justify reading a novel when there's several 1000 pages of listed text books sitting next t...
by markop2003
Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Laptop Overheating
Replies: 11
Views: 1511

Re: Laptop Overheating

Attack it with a can of compressed air also if you're working at a desk just lift it off the surface so the fan can intake properly, a book under the back should help.
by markop2003
Tue Sep 07, 2010 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: barriers to entry for manned space travel
Replies: 133
Views: 14008

Re: barriers to entry for manned space travel

This all comes down to the same reason Concorde was decommissioned. In this day in age you don't have to physically be there to receive information or interact with the environment. Also consider how far we've actually got to travel to get to anywhere new, we're a lot closer to making a robot that c...
by markop2003
Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone else argue with themselves in their head?
Replies: 23
Views: 2855

Re: Does anyone else argue with themselves in their head?

I wouldn't call it arguing just thinking things through. You make up a bunch of arguments for each side and then try to debunk them to arrive at a conclusion.
by markop2003
Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Desktop replacement laptop that doesn't suck?
Replies: 13
Views: 2210

Re: Desktop replacement laptop that doesn't suck?

Why does it need to be a laptop? For the majority of people gaming laptops don't make sense as they're just slightly more portable desktops which cost a lot more and can't be upgraded. You sacrifice the majority of your battery life and you'll never be able to truly game on the go as you can't game ...
by markop2003
Sat Aug 14, 2010 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Modern computing vs Biology
Replies: 9
Views: 1640

Re: Modern computing vs Biology

There was a TED speech on this a while back which said that the spec sheet of the human brain matches up pretty well with the spec sheet of the internet. We already have lots of specialized chips in PCs, not just GPUs but also memory controllers, disk controllers, RAID chips ect, you can even get th...
by markop2003
Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Attack Of the Virus
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Re: Attack Of the Virus

A live disk of Trinity Rescue Kit may help, it's a linux live CD with built in AV scanners. Also if you've got another system laying around you could move the HDD to that machine and scan it from there.
by markop2003
Tue Aug 10, 2010 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Female disinterest in STEM
Replies: 86
Views: 8083

Re: Female disinterest in STEM

I hate to play the "I'm a girl so you can't possibly understand!" but I think this qualifies a tiny bit. While it may be different where you are, every place I have been in a STEM field has been at least a little bit of a boys' club. If you don't notice it, it may be because it doesn't ex...
by markop2003
Tue Aug 10, 2010 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Loli Suspect Sentenced
Replies: 85
Views: 12209

Re: Loli Suspect Sentenced

This is freaking ridiculous. As long as they don't use the cartoons as precident, then nothing lost. He had three pictures of kids. One is one too many. However, I think the US got it right by deciding that cartoons do not deserve the same legal protection as flesh and blood beings. Creepy, sure. I...
by markop2003
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethical Ethics Class
Replies: 4
Views: 1293

Re: Ethical Ethics Class

Researching cirumventing/hacking ect is great and should be encouraged, otherwise you have no way of finding out where the holes are in your software and so can't patch them up until some criminal comes along and steals all your bank details. What i find weird here is that this was given in an ethic...
by markop2003
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Solutions to Online Piracy
Replies: 72
Views: 9427

Re: Solutions to Online Piracy

The only concern I have is, it has to be a monopoly really, because how many of these content-delivery mainframes would you want to have at the same time? As few as possible, surely. Ideally someone like google or amazon would run the system as they have absolutely no interest on limiting what's so...
by markop2003
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Consumption (or: Are diamond rings okay?)
Replies: 101
Views: 10783

Re: The Ethics of Consumption (or: Are diamond rings okay?)

The majority of the value of jewelery and diamonds is extrinsic. It's not the diamond that holds the value, it's the fact that it shows status and success. Though personally i find recognized awards hold this value much better, similar to jewelry that's a gift it's extrinsic value isn't just "y...
by markop2003
Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How many oragamis can be coded using DNA?
Replies: 52
Views: 5687

Re: How many orgasms can be coded using DNA?

The best info i can find would makes me guesstimate an upper limit of 4^23400000000 which is apparently 14088203798 decimal digits long... though at what point you classify something as a different species and how much of that is actually coding for something is a different matter. I think it may be...
by markop2003
Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Solutions to Online Piracy
Replies: 72
Views: 9427

Re: Solutions to Online Piracy

Steam is an amazing example of combatting piracy by making it easier just to buy the product than to pirate it. It's easier to locate the content on steam than it is to hunt out a valid pirate copy online, you are guaranteed of the quality, and you only need to click the button once. Not to mention...
by markop2003
Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Solutions to Online Piracy
Replies: 72
Views: 9427

Re: Solutions to Online Piracy

Simple, they have to make it more convenient not to pirate. Whether that be by making it cheaper for the user or faster download times or adding other additional services. For instance a last.fm type cloud music store setup with 3G allows you to take your entire music collection on a phone without t...
by markop2003
Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Once artificial wombs are made will abortion still be legal?
Replies: 61
Views: 10143

Re: Once artificial wombs are made will abortion still be le

I don't see why it would effect abortion. If the baby needs to be put in an artificial uterus then that's not true viability that's like calling someone who's brain dead but on a respirator and circulatory machine alive. Fact is this has no effect on who's going to take care of the kid, the level of...
by markop2003
Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Where did you learn to cook?
Replies: 72
Views: 42832

Re: Where did you learn to cook?

I've had home ec classes and cooked with my mum when young but really those didn't really impact how i choose to cook. Most of the time i chuck things in a pan and just hope it's not toxic, creating and following recipes was always more of my sister's kind of thing.
by markop2003
Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What does computer science involve?
Replies: 5
Views: 4639

Re: What does computer science involve?

Generally you've got a mix of math, programming, algorithms and theory. However they differ quite a lot between individual courses. One common thing i did find is that most unis like to give you a large project towards the end that makes up a lot of the marks so if software engineering ain't your th...
by markop2003
Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: good undergrad colleges for compsci and math
Replies: 10
Views: 1999

Re: good undergrad colleges for compsci and math

Caltech seems the obvious choice

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