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by achan1058
Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Time Signatures
Replies: 120
Views: 21064

Re: Favorite Time Signatures

The key signature tells you what key the piece is in. If I read say 1 sharp in the key signature, then I will instinctively say that the piece is in G major or E minor, then I check for the accidentals and focus note to determine which key is it in. Very important for pieces which does have a key (...
by achan1058
Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fox tries to censor its own censorship. What?
Replies: 12
Views: 2030

Re: Fox tries to censor its own censorship. What?

My question is: Would Fox send a DMCA on this DMCA that is meant to take down the previous DMCA? If so, then how many iterations is this going to continue for?
by achan1058
Thu Mar 10, 2011 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Captcha requiring calculus
Replies: 32
Views: 5883

Re: Captcha requiring calculus

not to say lack of mathmatical skill renders one uneducated, just less educated than one would ideally be. I'm not sure I agree with your vision of an ideal education then. My ineptitude for calculus borders on discalculia , this sometimes makes me *sadface* /angell Well, you don't have to learn ca...
by achan1058
Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Captcha requiring calculus
Replies: 32
Views: 5883

Re: Captcha requiring calculus

Which leads me to suspect that it's intended more to weed out stupid/uneducated people rather than bots. I resent that :( I'm neither stupid, nor uneducated; but I couldn't solve their maths challenges if my life depended on it. /angell Then I guess it is time for you to learn a bit of calculus. Wi...
by achan1058
Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 928384

Re: Starcraft 2 : The Space-Themed Warcraft 3

Thermal lance being a less used upgrade? That's definitely news to me.
by achan1058
Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Captcha requiring calculus
Replies: 32
Views: 5883

Re: Captcha requiring calculus

You mean they should offer something like this instead?

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/FoxTrotSeries.html
by achan1058
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15148

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

But a game is an even more artificial environment than college... if long hours pay off in Starcraft, that tells you no more and no less than that the makers of Starcraft decided to include enough features that reward long hours. It says little about the value of effort or time in the various chall...
by achan1058
Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15148

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

If you just learn to macro properly, you will get to diamond in no time. There's no need for game sense, unit combination, etc. Granted, I suck at SC2, but I do not blame my lack of talent (or race imba for that matter), but to me hardly ever playing and not spending time to learn how to macro. (An...
by achan1058
Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15148

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

@Роберт: Off topic: While I agree with a lot of what you're saying, achan, I'd like to point out that SOME college classes grade on a strict bell curve. By definition, only the top X% will get As, and the same number will get Fs. So to an extent, everyone who is relatively normal should be a...
by achan1058
Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15148

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

It's a bit OT,but in what respect do you think Asian countries are so particularly succesful in employing talent? The thing that keeps surprising me is how similar the productivity measures are for a wide set of the most productive countries, and how strongly there has been convergence in that resp...
by achan1058
Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15148

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

The question is, are the students getting brilliant marks due mainly to innate ability? I took an algorithm course before, where I aced it hardly doing any studying. The reason? I have spent 10 hours/week preparing for an algorithm contest the terms before that makes the course look easy. The studen...
by achan1058
Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Captcha requiring calculus
Replies: 32
Views: 5883

Re: Captcha requiring calculus

They should have 1 of these in every voting booth in US. Just so that the link doesn't get deleted:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/09 ... d_captcha/
by achan1058
Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15148

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

...everybody has equal opportunity to get decent grades...grades, which can be achieved by everybody attending a college through hard work... Do you really believe everyone in college is capable of getting good grades and that it's only a case of hard work? Lots of very intelligent people get excel...
by achan1058
Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15148

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

Maths. In my three year maths degree, I wrote a single 7 page essay. The rest was all homework assignments and exams. Reading subject material was also fairly optional; the core material was covered in the lectures. Actually, I wonder. How many pages of HW do we submit in a proof based math course ...
by achan1058
Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15148

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

But on that paper thing. Teaching Freshman Comp as I do, even if it doesn't look like it, if you do the math, our comp class has them writing about 20 pages a semester. So, you may not get it all completely in an essay form, but you probably do a fair bit of writing. That, and, writing is actually ...
by achan1058
Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15148

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

But on that paper thing. Teaching Freshman Comp as I do, even if it doesn't look like it, if you do the math, our comp class has them writing about 20 pages a semester. So, you may not get it all completely in an essay form, but you probably do a fair bit of writing. That, and, writing is actually ...
by achan1058
Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15148

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

It's not like people are much brighter after College than before College. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_college_learning Though that focuses mainly on how many pages students write, which I believe is a horrible measure to figure out how much was learned, it was the best article I could find in a m...
by achan1058
Tue Mar 08, 2011 7:19 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Dissertation getting you down?
Replies: 6
Views: 1471

Re: Dissertation getting you down?

Good to know what I have to look forward to! I'm two weeks into my physics PhD - although I think we have it a lot easier in Australia - it's only 3-4 years and very little coursework. The course work won't be what that bites you. Before you know it, you will have "all but thesis" for at ...
by achan1058
Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to vote
Replies: 152
Views: 15148

Re: College students: "foolish" and shouldn't be allowed to

Isn't that against some constitution that the teabaggers are so proud of? Or are they just cherry picking what they want from there?

Anyways, if college students aren't allowed to vote, neither should church attenders.
by achan1058
Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:23 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 14094

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

But when that happens, they would start asking for students with more mastery of a subject, like deeper understanding and etc. This means, they can ask for a harder course, like an honour's course, which not everyone will get 4.0 on, Right. So universities would have an incentive to (heaven forbid)...
by achan1058
Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Scientist Unions?
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Re: Scientist Unions?

I hadn't heard of the existence of any unions for professors, so I doubt it's common. If you've gotten a half-decent academic posting, chances are you have a lot of individual negotiating power, and consequently no want or need(and probably no time, if you're at a research university) to participat...
by achan1058
Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Time Signatures
Replies: 120
Views: 21064

Re: Favorite Time Signatures

Ab, A#, C, C#, D#, F, G, Ab. Now, I know what you're going to say. You can't have two A notes in a scale and not have a B. But why not? Because some European guy with a white wig 300 years ago says so. In the Partch Scale there are 43 pitches per octave. I remember reading about an eastern style wi...
by achan1058
Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 928384

Re: DOUBLE STARCRAFT!! ACROSS THE ENTIRE INTERNET! O M G!

Speaking of AI, how come the Insane computer has such a MASSIVE macro advantage? Granted he has exact timing, but still... The insane computer cheats, and it is documented that they do. (you can even see it in the replay) It collects 7 minerals instead of 5 per turn. Well, it seems more flagrant th...
by achan1058
Fri Mar 04, 2011 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 14094

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

I'm saying that a 4.0 would mean nothing when applying for a job if every one got a 4.0. How so? If grading were based on mastery of the material, having a good grade would indicate that the candidate has mastery of some set of subject matter, which frees the HR person doing the hiring to compare a...
by achan1058
Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 928384

Re: DOUBLE STARCRAFT!! ACROSS THE ENTIRE INTERNET! O M G!

Menacing Spike wrote:Speaking of AI, how come the Insane computer has such a MASSIVE macro advantage? Granted he has exact timing, but still...
The insane computer cheats, and it is documented that they do. (you can even see it in the replay) It collects 7 minerals instead of 5 per turn.
by achan1058
Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Harding Censors Pro-Gay Pamphlet
Replies: 58
Views: 4393

Re: Harding Censors Pro-Gay Pamphlet

In part because wars are so much more devastating now, and a specialized economy doesn't recover as quickly from a war. Used to be, if you wiped out a village (or yours was wiped out), it could be rebuilt in a month. Now, factories take years, roads and bridges aren't built in weeks, rivers would h...
by achan1058
Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Yorba Linda Racists Protest Muslims Existence.
Replies: 63
Views: 5445

Re: Yorba Linda Racists Protest Muslims Existence.

http://www.dangerousminds.net/comments/video_of_disgusting_anti-muslim_teabagger_rally/ I really don't know what to say. It is both disgusting and idiotic - they protest and chant "USA! USA!" and "GO BACK HOME! GO BACK HOME!" at Muslims arriving at a charity fundraising event. I...
by achan1058
Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Harding Censors Pro-Gay Pamphlet
Replies: 58
Views: 4393

Re: Harding Censors Pro-Gay Pamphlet

So the argument that "homosexuality exists in nature therefore it's ok" can also be used for "murder, rape, infanticide exist in nature so they too much be ok". It is, except for the fact that it will make society rather unstable, so we are selected by culture/evolution to not d...
by achan1058
Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Harding Censors Pro-Gay Pamphlet
Replies: 58
Views: 4393

Re: Harding Censors Pro-Gay Pamphlet

So the argument that "homosexuality exists in nature therefore it's ok" can also be used for "murder, rape, infanticide exist in nature so they too much be ok". It is, except for the fact that it will make society rather unstable, so we are selected by culture/evolution to not d...
by achan1058
Fri Mar 04, 2011 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 928384

Re: DOUBLE STARCRAFT!! ACROSS THE ENTIRE INTERNET! O M G!

I didn't see anyone mention the new AI developed for SC1. Some people wrote a new script that can consistantly beat good players, and they say will be able to beat the BEST players after some more twerking. Apparently it reacts perfectly in a chess like fashion. (you zealots = me mutas) AND It micr...
by achan1058
Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Time Signatures
Replies: 120
Views: 21064

Re: Favorite Time Signatures

That piece feels like it's in 2/4 to me, but I guess that's the point you made shortly after that. So then rephrase my original statement- 12/8 is just 4/4, 6/8 is just 2/4, ect. Why do those exist? Just for "convenience"? It's not particularly difficult to do triplets. I personally find ...
by achan1058
Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Favorite Time Signatures
Replies: 120
Views: 21064

Re: Favorite Time Signatures

I'd be tapping my foot 6 times per measure in 6/8. And if every note in that bar of 6/8 was a quarter note, then I would probably would tap it three times. Tell me, if you're listening to a piece of music, can you honestly tell the difference between 3 quarter notes in 3/4 and 6/8? Here's a more cl...
by achan1058
Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anonymous vs. The Koch Bros
Replies: 87
Views: 8930

Re: Anonymous vs. The Koch Bros

If they are as up front as that with their sponsoring, as well as their agenda, I doubt they would receive nearly as much hate, though they would not receive maybe even one tenth of the support. But how are they secret? I don't live in the US and even I heard about them. That's hardly the way smoot...
by achan1058
Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Revelation From A Dream
Replies: 8
Views: 1537

Re: Revelation From A Dream

Time Cube?
by achan1058
Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News site must identify anonymous posters
Replies: 26
Views: 3192

Re: News site must identify anonymous posters

Now, what would they do if they found out that the e-mail is a dump address, the IP is proxied from Russia, while the user (if they ever found out) is on a public computer?
by achan1058
Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: West Boro Baptist Church wins Supreme Court Appeal
Replies: 63
Views: 13299

Re: West Boro Baptist Church wins Supreme Court Appeal

I agree that I don't believe that the emotional damage suffered in this case was significant enough to warrant liability. I also believe there should be no law prohibiting this kind of speech. However, if you say something that causes someone a great deal of emotional distress (for example, harassi...
by achan1058
Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anonymous vs. The Koch Bros
Replies: 87
Views: 8930

Re: Anonymous vs. The Koch Bros

Indeed, that's one of the things I find sort of odd about the hate pointed at them- yeah, they line up with conservatives on a lot of issues, and yeah, as people with a lot of money invested in the American economy, they have a lot to gain from returns to capital improving. But besides pollution / ...
by achan1058
Thu Mar 03, 2011 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anonymous vs. The Koch Bros
Replies: 87
Views: 8930

Re: Anonymous vs. The Koch Bros

You can't argue the fact that they are effective. I have never heard of the Koch brothers before this. I guess this also explains why certain people routinely vote against and oppose bills that are for their best interest. They set up a bunch a PR firms with misleading names like PFA and they then ...
by achan1058
Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:01 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Procrastination
Replies: 26
Views: 4930

Re: Procrastination

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:Seriously, my biggest problem is that so many of my assignments need computers and internet.
I installed the BlockSite addon for my work computer. xkcd is 1 of the sites blocked.
by achan1058
Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Staying awake (split from Rules)
Replies: 59
Views: 8176

Re: Staying awake (split from Rules)

Where I am, just opening the window widely in winter works pretty well. Just don't get hypothermia.

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