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by Paiev
Thu Mar 12, 2009 5:05 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: This thing happened. It's sad.
Replies: 41
Views: 4915

Re: This thing happened. It's sad.

pavel wrote:
Soft-n-Swift wrote:he grabbed my shirt trying to keep balanced


Oldest trick in the book.


Time to learn how to trip myself!

I stood in front of a door for about twenty seconds before I realized that it was not, in fact, automatic.
by Paiev
Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:59 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hard work vs. Smartishness
Replies: 247
Views: 35058

Re: Hard work vs. Smartishness

I'm currently a sophomore and one of those smartish people. I think I have a pretty good grasp of the material most of the time, but my grades are highly variable because I can't force myself to stop procrastinating and do the homework, so I will often only do like half the homework assignments. As ...
by Paiev
Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:46 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 64231

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

My Algebra 2 teacher this year. GRR! The class is little more than how to use a TI-83. Systems of equations? Just plug them into Polysmlt! Inequalities? Just use Inequalz! Matrices? Type them in and use the calculator functions! Luckily the calculator doesn't have much for logarithms, so that unit w...
by Paiev
Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0551: "Etch-a-Sketch"
Replies: 124
Views: 22889

Re: "Etch-a-Sketch" Discussion

Possibly the most depressing xkcd since Helping. I baww'd.
by Paiev
Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: The American Math Competition
Replies: 30
Views: 3016

Re: The American Math Competition

Matterwave1 wrote:How many questions were the total?


25.

I'm taking the 10B in fifteen days, looking for AIME qualification. I have fun with these competitions.
by Paiev
Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A little help with math problems
Replies: 17
Views: 1437

Re: A little help with math problems

Psst... you're not supposed to talk about the AMC until tomorrow. There are still people who have yet to take it. Disseminating problems today will earn you disqualification if the MAA finds out (unlikely, perhaps, but it's unethical anyway).
by Paiev
Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Anagram question
Replies: 16
Views: 5814

Re: Anagram question

If you use the scrabble dictionary, ates is in fact the word with the most anagrams. All of those besides taes are valid in scrabble. ATES: plural of ate, a noun meaning blind and reckless ambition EAST: cardinal direction EATS: consumes food ETAS: plural of eta, a greek letter SATE: to satiate SEAT...
by Paiev
Tue Nov 18, 2008 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Bag Beg Big Bog Bug
Replies: 45
Views: 12333

Re: Bag Beg Big Bog Bug

ma me mi mo mu my are all valid in tournament Scrabble.
ma = mother
me = pronoun
mi = note of diatonic scale
mo = moment
mu = greek letter
my = pronoun
by Paiev
Mon Nov 17, 2008 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0492: "Scrabble"
Replies: 172
Views: 44052

Re: "Scrabble" Discussion

1/100 * 1/99 * 2/98 * 4/97 * 6/96 * 5/95 * 6/94 = 1440/80678106432000 = .0000000017848% I believe.
by Paiev
Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0492: "Scrabble"
Replies: 172
Views: 44052

Re: "Scrabble" Discussion

Splooge169 wrote:
gormster wrote:


Oh my god, win. On multiple levels. (Why? Figure out the actual answer, and it says so much more.)


All I can see is the obvious, inappropriate answer. What is the real answer? I must know!


SUBTEXT, ironically enough.
by Paiev
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Guitar Hero
Replies: 578
Views: 45176

Re: Guitar Hero III Rant!

so... Rock Band has been purchased, (though not by me!) and I've had a few goes on medium, and it seems much easier than medium on Guitar Hero. (The drums a fucking impossible at the moment, but that's another story!) Has anyone else seen this? I haven't tried it on Hard yet, but i may tomorrow and...
by Paiev
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0480: "Spore"
Replies: 165
Views: 24090

Re: "Spore" Discussion

The alt text really made it for me because I happen to own a laptop with a GMA chip. There are games that work on the integrated graphics on my desktop from 04 that don't work on the GMA. Intel basically wrote some cruddy drivers for some models that support hardware t&l as well as hardware shad...
by Paiev
Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0467: "X Girls Y Cups"
Replies: 217
Views: 58056

Re: X Girls Y Cups Discussion

...I...I...was..curious...so..I...Google...and...*cries* This is why this comic rules. It's not that funny on it's own, but the amount of people it sent googling 2 girls one cup, and then having their innocent navity stripped without running by the horror before their eyes. This is what makes this ...
by Paiev
Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0457: "Frustration"
Replies: 195
Views: 33100

Re: "Frustration" Discussion

Quick, someone prove that that is or isn't a possible half-position. You can only see three sides, and there's a good colour distribution. I think it's probably a valid half-position. Actually it's not. According to the official Rubik's cube I happen to have in front of me, the center square hidden...
by Paiev
Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0457: "Frustration"
Replies: 195
Views: 33100

Re: "Frustration" Discussion

spdqbr wrote:This reminds me of Layan Lo's (and Tyson Mao's) appearance on Jay Leno:

http://www.datadelta.com/TonightShowLeyanTyson.wmv


Aye, reminded me of that as well.

I'm one of those people that actually can solve it blindfolded :) Finally, my skills pay off!
by Paiev
Fri May 30, 2008 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python Rubik's Cube Solving Program
Replies: 11
Views: 4663

Re: Python Rubik's Cube Solving Program

For easiest user interface that doesn't require already knowing how to solve or analyze a Rubik's Cube, I've decided that the layer method would be the best (and easiest, though most tedious to program). A method for human solving is probably the simplest to implement. If you feel like going an ext...
by Paiev
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: SAT Scores
Replies: 241
Views: 32690

Re: SAT Scores

SATs in 7th grade: CR: 690 Math: 680 (no calculator) Writing: 590 For the writing section, I had never been forced to write an essay that quickly and as a result mine was absolute trash. Oh well. PSATs as a freshman: CR: 76 Math: 75 ( :oops: , I made a stupid mistake on one problem) Writing: 73 Wher...
by Paiev
Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:25 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: MIT
Replies: 60
Views: 7486

Re: MIT

I'd love to get into MIT in a few years (read: I really, really, really want to go to MIT), but because of my inevitably mediocre grades I'm not sure what will happen. Does having a mediocre GPA immediately kill your chances? What if you have a great application in every other aspect? What if you ha...
by Paiev
Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: worst bugs ever (or your most hated)
Replies: 196
Views: 20027

Re: worst bugs ever (or your most hated)

I hate MSVC6 so much...I can't believe it's still around. It basically says "screw you" to the standard. MS deserves a lot of crap for standards compliance, but VC6 is a rare exception of when it probably gets more hate than it deserves. Sure, the standards compliance on it is crappy, but...
by Paiev
Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: worst bugs ever (or your most hated)
Replies: 196
Views: 20027

Re: worst bugs ever (or your most hated)

I hate MSVC6 so much...I can't believe it's still around. It basically says "screw you" to the standard. I have to take quizzes on it during school and it pisses me off to no end when for (int i = 0; ...) { ... { ... for (int i = 0; ...) { ... } doesn't work.
by Paiev
Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1958
Views: 497523

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

I ended up saying "screw this" to the aforementioned code and just obtained all the ranges, sorted them (O(n log n)), then iterated through each element, compared it to the previous one, and if they overlapped, combined them into the first one and removed the second one (O(n)). Much simple...
by Paiev
Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Programming Wars
Replies: 3
Views: 1147

Re: Programming Wars

I'm assuming this is a thread for general programming competitions?

For high school students, there is of course IOI. If you're from the USA, the qualifier is the USACO. If you're in college/university, there's the ACM-ICPC.
by Paiev
Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1958
Views: 497523

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

for (int i = 0; i < numRanges; ++i) { Range tempRange; input >> tempRange.lower >> tempRange.upper; bool intersectFound = false; std::list<Range>::iterator first; if (!ranges.empty()) { for (std::list<Range>::iterator it = ranges.begin(); it != ranges.end(); ++it) { if (!intersectFound) { if (Range...
by Paiev
Wed Apr 02, 2008 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0405: "Journal 3"
Replies: 237
Views: 34797

Re: "Journal 3" discussion

EPIC. WIN.

That was an amazing comic.

Also, regarding the repeated text, I think it was a mistake. If you compare the words, they're written in exactly the same way. It will probably mysteriously vanish shortly.
by Paiev
Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: April Fools (WE KNOW ABOUT THE QC THING KTHX)
Replies: 136
Views: 19343

Re: April Fools (WE KNOW ABOUT THE QC THING KTHX)

Regarding the Virgle quiz, here are the number of points for each option. Format is a/b/c/d 1) 10/5/3/0 2) 10/10/10/20 3) 10/5/0/5 4) 10/5/0/5 5) 0/5/10/5 6) 0/5/10/5 7) 0/10/5/5 8) 10/0/5 9) 10/5/5/0 10) 5/10/0 11) 0/5/5/10 12) 10/-5/5 13) 10/0 14) 5/0/5/10 Maybe I should go to bed now...:P A score...
by Paiev
Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: April Fools (WE KNOW ABOUT THE QC THING KTHX)
Replies: 136
Views: 19343

Re: April Fools (WE KNOW ABOUT THE QC THING KTHX)

Google's contribution: https://mail.google.com/mail/help/customtime/ I have to say, these made my day (although getting rick rolled by youtube wasn't cool). DAMNIT, NINJA'D! http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/04/announcing-project-virgle.html There's another one from google. http://www.google.com/v...
by Paiev
Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: worst bugs ever (or your most hated)
Replies: 196
Views: 20027

Re: worst bugs ever (or your most hated)

I've been working through some of the USACO training problems (usaco.org; it's the USA's qualifier for the IOI. I'm hoping to take a shot at it next year; I found out about it too late to do it this year) and I kept having the stupidest bugs in my programs. The difficult stuff would work fine, mind,...
by Paiev
Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0399: "Travelling Salesman Problem"
Replies: 115
Views: 26433

Re: "Travelling Salesman Problem" Discussion

Is that supposed to be 0*n! and 0*n 2 *2 n ? Wouldn't they both wind up being zero, like anything multiplied by zero would? Nope. It's Big-O notation, which in computer science is used to measure the runtime of an algorithm. See: Wikipedia. Edit: Ninja'd. As for the comic, can't believe I didn't th...
by Paiev
Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0399: "Travelling Salesman Problem"
Replies: 115
Views: 26433

0399: "Travelling Salesman Problem"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/travelling_salesman_problem.png Alt-text: What's the complexity class of the best linear programming cutting-plane techniques? I couldn't find it anywhere. Man, the Garfield guy doesn't have these problems ... Link: http://xkcd.com/399/ My first reaction to this comic wa...
by Paiev
Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Note-taking
Replies: 34
Views: 9255

Re: Note-taking

Oh, there's a point for any potential killer note-taking app: Supporting LaTeX, but also supporting many, many chords for stuff like basic tabulation, arrows, but also including figures, and linking to other files. A way to make graphs out of formulas in LaTeX would be great too. (Sounds like somet...
by Paiev
Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Worst (Best?) Hacks
Replies: 50
Views: 7305

Re: Worst (Best?) Hacks

I like this program, but the while loop is hackish (can you combine a while and a for loop?) and I don't like my primality test, which checks every odd number below the square root to see if it's a factor. The program (primetime.py) counts the number of times in a day using AM/PM notation that the ...
by Paiev
Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:17 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Help with Excel
Replies: 4
Views: 1010

Re: Help with Excel

That works in '03 of Excel as well. (referring to b.i.o's post) Another thing to look into is writing a macro to do this, if you have any programming experience. Excel (and the other office products) uses VBA (Visual Basic for Applications). I'd do it myself for you but I never got around to learnin...
by Paiev
Sat Mar 08, 2008 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 64231

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

My Electrical Engineering teacher is teaching us C++ this marking period. I, who have been programming in C++ for a few years, am still required to take the class (and have been doing rather well, of course). I also happen to disagree with half the stuff he says. Before you think that I'm being conc...
by Paiev
Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: worst bugs ever (or your most hated)
Replies: 196
Views: 20027

Re: worst bugs ever (or you most hated)

One that immediately springs to mind is a Windows program I was writing a while ago. For some reason, a few bitmaps weren't appearing properly. The debugger told me that the function calls that loaded the bitmaps were failing. I spent hours going over the code that loaded bitmaps before realizing, l...
by Paiev
Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0393: "Ultimate Game"
Replies: 165
Views: 40009

Re: Ultimate Game

To clarify:

Gary Gygax is a co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons. He passed away on Tuesday.

Edit: This was x-posted to the other thread and is thus redundant on this one. Feel free to ignore.
by Paiev
Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0393: "Ultimate Game"
Replies: 165
Views: 40009

Re: ultimate game

cheater! but since it has taken four minutes for someone to post. . .i'll allow it. who is gary? I wasn't going to post here (I mean, c'mon...), but it should be clarified that Gary is a co-creator of D&D that passed away Tuesday/Wednesday (don't remember which). The comic made me laugh, the al...
by Paiev
Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Swapping variables without a temp [Split]
Replies: 32
Views: 4816

Re: Getting pass that tech interview

One specific question I've come across is, "How would you swap two variables without using a temp?". :wink: a += b; b = b - a; a -= b; If they're two numbers. I'd think that you could do the same thing with their addresses, but I get a bunch of errors. I can't think of any other way of do...
by Paiev
Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 87865

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

Oranges need to be higher than apples! And bananas. With an apple, all you have to do is bite into it, or alternatively, use an apple slicer. A banana is as easier than an apple, once you peel it, so it nearly evens out. But an orange? You would need very sharp, metal finger nails to tear the peeli...
by Paiev
Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 87865

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

That was what I needed to cheer me up :) This comic was great. Alt-text made me laugh. Of course, I disagree with the positions of half of these on the taste scale, of course, but that'll vary from person to person. I do think that bananas are rather easy, though (although sometimes I end up manglin...
by Paiev
Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scroll-link
Replies: 6
Views: 2542

Re: Scroll-link

In phpBB, every post is given an ID. To determine a post's ID, hover your mouse over the quote button for a post and look at the p parameter in the URL (alternatively, you can click the link and look at the URL, or view the source of the page if you want. You can also hover over the report post butt...

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