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by Solt
Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Droid X vs Droid Incredible
Replies: 33
Views: 3697

Re: Droid X vs Droid Incredible

Yea I made the same mistake with buying a Droid when the Droid Incredible came out not long later. If I had been 3 weeks more patient I would have heard about it. But I was despairing because it was looking like the Nexus one wouldn't be making it to Verizon as planned, and I had already waited mont...
by Solt
Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Droid X vs Droid Incredible
Replies: 33
Views: 3697

Re: Droid X vs Droid Incredible

I feel so wronged that you ignored my advice and then ended up following it anyway.
by Solt
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Why does my router hate me?
Replies: 13
Views: 2314

Re: Why does my router hate me?

First reasonable suggestion so far: Try changing your router channel. Problem could exist between the router and your laptop in the form of interference from your neighbors' routers.

Edit: this is assuming bypassing the router fixes all issues. If it's a modem problem then it's a modem problem.
by Solt
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Turtle's waddle in a healthy direction...
Replies: 22
Views: 6273

Re: The Turtle's waddle in a healthy direction...

A glass of orange juice has more calories than a can of soda. I would eat an orange or two instead.
by Solt
Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:17 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Why are you good at math?
Replies: 14
Views: 2746

Re: Why are you good at math?

I've read that being intuitive is quite important at the more advanced levels.

At the lower levels I don't see how anyone can be bad at it unless they just don't pay attention.
by Solt
Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo
Replies: 471
Views: 73728

Re: 8.8 Earthquake hits 250 miles from Tokyo

One of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history and only a few thousand people will die at the most. Amazing.

I hope to hell California building codes are as good as theirs. Also I'm never going to complain about bureaucratic red tape.
by Solt
Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: hardware recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 4329

Re: hardware recommendations

As mentioned, the mechanical part of this project is not trivial. In fact, with the right software (labview) the software side is less than trivial for a ME. Your project as described sounds like 75% mechanical engineering, 20% electrical engineering, and 5% computer engineering. Pretty much. 2) Woo...
by Solt
Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Droid X vs Droid Incredible
Replies: 33
Views: 3697

Re: Droid X vs Droid Incredible

It was before I got an Android phone but apparently they were dreadful getting 2.1 out and they don't seem to be doing a stellar job of getting 2.2 updates out either. I'm pretty sure Droid X is on 2.2 and has been for a while. The most annoying thing it does is flip the screen at the slightest til...
by Solt
Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What's with all these electronics questions?
Replies: 13
Views: 4002

Re: What's with all these electronics questions?

I thought hardware was nuts, bolts, washers, screws, pins, keys, rivets, etc etc etc. That would be pretty boring to talk about. The actual definition of hardware is pretty much anything physical, as opposed to software. So that's not to say your list is excluded. In fact I wish there would be fewe...
by Solt
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: TI-89 for Physics Major?
Replies: 14
Views: 2869

Re: TI-89 for Physics Major?

Graphing calculators have one purpose. To help you learn about functions. To be honest, by the time you are in college you should know what the graph of any general function looks like, how to find the roots by hand (quadratic formula!), and what the general behavior of a function is from looking at...
by Solt
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: How I'm fighting the battle
Replies: 4
Views: 1601

Re: How I'm fighting the battle

If you're losing muscle mass, which it sounds like you are if you're able to do fewer pushups while you are losing weight, then it's a good indication that your current eating and work out habits aren't sustainable and you are going to be gaining the weight back. Muscles are your best friends when ...
by Solt
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Beginner's bodyweight workout/stretches
Replies: 9
Views: 2412

Re: Beginner's bodyweight workout/stretches

I would suggest replacing body weight squats and lunges with sprints and jumping. More of a full body workout and there's potential for actual strength improvements unlike in body weight squats where you won't really get too much stronger after a point. Pushups - do more, in sets (ie, 10,10,10 then ...
by Solt
Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Effects of rest
Replies: 3
Views: 1610

Re: Effects of rest

So... is mostly complete rest really that significant over the amount of rest an average person who is in to fitness will get? I don't think it's nearly as important as diet. But you do notice that star athletes tend to get pretty much perfect rest. Training is their full time job, meaning that whe...
by Solt
Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If modern weapons didn't exist, what would combat look like?
Replies: 95
Views: 6918

Re: If modern weapons didn't exist, what would combat look l

Would naval warfare as practiced in the era of European Imperialism even have been possible? No cannons means you have to physically board or ram the enemy ships. If the enemy wanted, he could just sail in the same direction as you and since you are experiencing the same wind you would never cross p...
by Solt
Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Powered Orbits and Gravity
Replies: 13
Views: 3233

Re: Powered Orbits and Gravity

I'm wondering if it's possible to stay in orbit under such conditions. Wouldn't you would drift sideways out of the orbital path (as if the planet's gravity was never there)?
by Solt
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Accelerometer slip-up
Replies: 4
Views: 2063

Re: Accelerometer slip-up

We have about 3 weeks before launch, so I gotta get cracking regardless. Honestly? You are fucked. It's possible, but I wouldn't want to be you. I just do not know how to fit this into the budget, or really what program we should be running on this chip. Check out the "Example Code" file ...
by Solt
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Accelerometer slip-up
Replies: 4
Views: 2063

Re: Accelerometer slip-up

Well you definitely need one of these or you might as well give up now: http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9801 That will allow you to interface with a microcontroller. Also, seriously? Debian? On a weather balloon? What are you trying to do, run a web server from the sky? I'd be surprised if you coul...
by Solt
Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Advice about undergrad classes
Replies: 12
Views: 2509

Re: Advice about undergrad classes

I'd be surprised if his MechE undergrad didn't require at least an intro Linear Algebra class already. I believe it's a her and yes, they take the same intro to linear algebra class as everyone else in the hard sciences, and it's definitely insufficient. I don't know the math-y name for when they t...
by Solt
Sat Feb 26, 2011 8:52 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The future of Aerospace Engineering
Replies: 13
Views: 2522

Re: The future of Aerospace Engineering

The primary difference between a mechanical engineering education and one in aerospace engineering is more coursework in fluids on the aerospace side, Must be different in your part of the country then. Out here an "Aerospace Engineering" degree wouldn't be worth shit if it just focused o...
by Solt
Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:13 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The future of Aerospace Engineering
Replies: 13
Views: 2522

Re: The future of Aerospace Engineering

I got a job at a major aerospace company fresh out of college, and the way they treated their engineers was depressing. Would you mind performing a public service and naming the company? I doubt that there will ever be a lack of need for engineers that specialize in fluid mechanics. I like how you ...
by Solt
Sat Feb 26, 2011 12:56 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Advice about undergrad classes
Replies: 12
Views: 2509

Re: Advice about undergrad classes

So, would programming or more technical electives be better for succeeding in (and getting into!) grad school? Programming: nope. Won't help you in the least. Don't waste your time. Well the exception is if you need to program micro controllers or experiments for some sort of research. If you can't...
by Solt
Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Interesting Problem [Non-working ports]
Replies: 13
Views: 1651

Re: Interesting Problem

BIOS will be good. If you can't get into BIOS it's clearly a hardware problem (or a BIOS problem, but if that's the case you're screwed). If BIOS works for the keyboard, it's a windows driver problem. In the former case, you should poke around (not literally) in the case. Maybe the USB connecting ca...
by Solt
Tue Feb 15, 2011 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Yet again, another laptop thread has emerged
Replies: 24
Views: 3596

Re: Yet again, another laptop thread has emerged

Right now, all the netbooks seems to be atom-based ones(which even pentiums mop the floor with), and though I've been hearing of amd fusion powered ones(which I've heard are waay better) Do you have any basis for that? AMD is NOT magic, contrary to what many in the gaming community (used to) believ...
by Solt
Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:22 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Procrastination
Replies: 26
Views: 4924

Re: Procrastination

Seriously, my biggest problem is that so many of my assignments need computers and internet. Me too, thus the uncomfortable chair. And for me at least, I realized that with a new ink cartridge I could actually print out about half the assignments that I previously "needed" the computer fo...
by Solt
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:50 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Procrastination
Replies: 26
Views: 4924

Re: Procrastination

I removed my computer from my room.

Now if I manage to sit down at my desk and get my homework out, it's pretty hard to get distracted.

If I want to use my computer, I have to sit in an uncomfortable chair.

Not a perfect system (as is evident from me posting here) but its helped a lot.
by Solt
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:47 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What to do in college.
Replies: 16
Views: 3303

Re: What to do in college.

I'm definitely frightened of English. I meant more like in life. For example if I was afraid that everyone I know would die of cancer, I would major in biology to eventually become a cancer researcher. What exactly do you mean by inspires me? For me it was the space race, so I became a mechanical e...
by Solt
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:41 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "Degrees to fall back on"
Replies: 1
Views: 1151

Re: "Degrees to fall back on"

not to mention the field has changed since then and he hasn't been keeping track of all the innovations. hahaha! There aren't many fields where an undergrad is learning anything this cutting edge. Every once in a while I hear someone saying that it's good to have a degree to fall back onto (in case...
by Solt
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MJ's Fat-assery
Replies: 346
Views: 193822

Re: MJ's Fat-assery

I feel so much better, mentally and physically, when I have my multivitamin in the morning, one at night, and water instead of coffee during the day. I'm guessing it has more to do with the caffeine than anything else. That stuff messes you up. You stay sleepy but now you are unable to sleep. Your ...
by Solt
Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Transitioning from biking to running
Replies: 8
Views: 2251

Re: Transitioning from biking to running

TheNorm05 wrote: I rode the 5 miles of shallow hills from my school to my house with a 20 pound sack of rice in my backpack.


But how fast?
by Solt
Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why are cars and engines made by the same companies?
Replies: 27
Views: 3167

Re: Why are cars and engines made by the same companies?

Well engines aren't that modular. They seriously effect overall performance. They are a huge factor in controlling weight distribution, they contribute to vibrations that need to be damped out, they make noise, and in large part a car is defined by its engine. Torque and horsepower curves, 0-60 time...
by Solt
Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Civilian Avionics
Replies: 90
Views: 8685

Re: Civilian Avionics

Maybe I'm wrong but wouldn't a gyro small enough to fit three on a square inch precess (and become inaccurate) extremely quickly due to the plane's movement? I still say a MEMS box is definitely the way to go We're probably talking about the same thing. I've only used solid state gyros, so MEMS if ...
by Solt
Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Civilian Avionics
Replies: 90
Views: 8685

Re: Civilian Avionics

What is the usual method of determining attitude in, say, single engine civvie craft? I assumed everybody used gyros for that; is there another method that's more common? A gyro system will require motors or a vacuum system to get it spinning, and then more sensors to read their movement (usually i...
by Solt
Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: In which Sarah becomes less fat...
Replies: 33
Views: 5985

Re: In which Sarah becomes less fat...

Well, it's "power yoga," and it makes me pretty sore sometimes, so wouldn't that fall under strength training? It includes a lot of ab and shoulder exercises and such. Yea, but the fat loss part of strength training comes from the act of moving heavy weights against gravity multiple times...
by Solt
Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Civilian Avionics
Replies: 90
Views: 8685

Re: Civilian Avionics

Ok, in your requirements you forgot the definition of "aircraft". Because I could fire a bullet past mach 1 and meet all but your reliability requirement. Likewise, a vertical rocket with parachute would have no problem achieving all those requirements but is by no means an "aircraft&...
by Solt
Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: In which Sarah becomes less fat...
Replies: 33
Views: 5985

Re: In which Sarah becomes less fat...

PictureSarah wrote:I...didn't lose any weight. I did make it to yoga every single week, though!


I don't mean to be demotivational, but yoga won't help you lose weight.

Still, pretty good consistency. I'm envious.
by Solt
Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:15 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What to do in college.
Replies: 16
Views: 3303

Re: What to do in college.

How much time do you have left? I would suggest finding out more about what some of the future careers you are looking at entail. And based on what you said I would definitely suggest looking into engineering, particularly EECS. But don't limit yourself because you simply might not know what else is...
by Solt
Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: ams: getting fit
Replies: 72
Views: 18158

Re: ams: getting fit

Diet is trickier. I'm working to eliminate most junk food, but I still get cravings, especially after long Tuesdays at work. I also struggle with portion control, even on homemade meals. I live alone, but all of the recipes I have are for family-sized meals. That leaves me with a lot of leftovers, ...
by Solt
Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: All-in-One Printer-Scanner
Replies: 2
Views: 803

Re: All-in-One Printer-Scanner

Sounds like you want the Fujitsu Scansnap. As long as don't need TWAIN compatibility (the ability for a program to initiate the scanning for you), it is the best rated ADF out there. I *believe* it has one-touch scanning to PDF.
by Solt
Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: NOT Baking Eggs. (Incubator design-PWM question)
Replies: 9
Views: 4657

Re: NOT Baking Eggs. (Incubator design-PWM question)

I would suggest getting your own temperature sensors. They are tiny, dirt cheap, and you can play around with the mounting configurations. I would mount at least one on the surface of an egg (using thermally conductive adhesive...doesn't have to be a live one), and mount a couple as isolated from ph...
by Solt
Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: MJ's Fat-assery
Replies: 346
Views: 193822

Re: MJ's Fat-assery

I can get stronger without getting very sore, or get sore without getting much stronger. I'm usually sore as hell the first workout back after a break, but I don't get too sore when I'm training regularly and making steady progress. Pretty much. I'm just getting back into my routine after winter br...

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