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by nyeguy
Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Formula for Square/Cube roots.
Replies: 13
Views: 1608

Re: Formula for Square/Cube roots.

As in how one computes square roots? There is no formula, but there are many ways to approximate them. Wikipedia has a list of some of them.
by nyeguy
Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shun God We Must
Replies: 112
Views: 11912

Re: Shun God We Must

Except that we are a secular nation, Separation of Church and State and all that. So having "In God We Trust" is a bit hypocritical, regardless of the fact that it never specifies which god. There is no seperation of God and state, its Church and state. If it specified a particular brand ...
by nyeguy
Fri Feb 05, 2010 1:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Palin spends $63,000 on her own book.
Replies: 20
Views: 1838

Re: Palin spends $63,000 on her own book.

[quote="mmmcannibalism"In fairness, if I gave 10 dollars to a campaign and they used that 10 dollars to earn 100 dollars(as is the give a book for donation over 100) then I would consider it a reasonable use of my money.[/quote] Will it really gain them $100 dollars? How many people would ...
by nyeguy
Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Pencils!
Replies: 74
Views: 10829

Re: Pencils!

I cannot stand wooden pencils. This was the worst part of standardized tests. They go dull so fast, and you hardly get any good writing out of them. With a mechanical, you pretty much always have just the right tip thickness. I personally use cheap .7mm Bic ones, since they dispense well, and I lose...
by nyeguy
Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Math Songs
Replies: 10
Views: 2276

Re: Math Songs


Damn, I was going to post this!

Also great is Calculus the Musical. They put together an hour long musical where they essentially teach all the important concepts of Calculus.
by nyeguy
Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9558
Views: 1087001

Re: What are you listening to?

Taylor Swift - You Belong With Me

Its a guilty pleasure.
by nyeguy
Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians
Replies: 111
Views: 10868

Re: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians

The standard margin of error for a sample size of 1000 is 3%. That means that no more than 3% of publicly schooled students graduate at 15, with 95% confidence. Take the hypothesis that home schoolers have the same or less rate of graduating early, i.e. 3%. Then if I sample a population twice, assu...
by nyeguy
Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians
Replies: 111
Views: 10868

Re: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians

MrGee wrote:(n = 2)
...
I don't know if that's statistically significant but it's damn close.

What?
by nyeguy
Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 65562

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

This isn't as much being unable to teach as it is teaching in a way I dislike. My teacher always dismisses my comments by saying, "Yes, that's right, but we aren't covering anything anywhere near that deep." Yesterday when he asked the class during a quantum physics lecture why a ball glo...
by nyeguy
Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians
Replies: 111
Views: 10868

Re: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians

In the last few years I've gone from "meh, homeschooling" to "no way in hell am I ever letting my hypothetical future kids near the American public education system." I'm a happy graduate of said public education system and escaped without too much scarring, but I was lucky in j...
by nyeguy
Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple launches iPad tablet
Replies: 323
Views: 22027

Re: Apple launches iPad tablet

[n any case, what's wrong with people just wanting a large format smartphone? I carry a bag everywhere anyway, why not add one of these, along with some choice music apps, and be mixing and composing everywhere I go? Try that on a Kindle. Because you could accomplish the same things and more with a...
by nyeguy
Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple launches iPad tablet
Replies: 323
Views: 22027

Re: Apple launches iPad tablet

I am completely underwhelmed. I was hoping they WOULDN'T release a tablet anyway. The problem with tablets in general, and certainly the iPad, is they have no good niche. They aren't portable enough to put in your pocket and carry around. Sacrifices like keyboards and others are things I am only wil...
by nyeguy
Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What **should** you be doing right now?
Replies: 1272
Views: 96483

Re: What **should** you be doing right now?

Finishing reading Heart of Darkness for my Lit class, but I'm really not in the mood to sit down and dedicate the energy to reading it closely... I should also probably start writing essays for the Presidential Scholar Program... I just feel so intimidated by the program; there is no way I can compe...
by nyeguy
Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Upcoming OS Wars: Ubuntu 9.10 vs Windows 7
Replies: 94
Views: 740608

Re: Upcoming OS Wars: Ubuntu 9.10 vs Windows 7

You don't have to remove Windows to install Ubuntu, Ubuntu can install itself on a different partition, in most cases right off the cd without any additional trouble. You don't even need to worry about partitioning now. Ubuntu can install itself on the SAME partition as windows, without burning a l...
by nyeguy
Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9558
Views: 1087001

Re: What are you listening to?

I tend to listen to music in album form. So, I'll listen to an album for about a week or so and then move onto something else, usually from a different artist. These four albums are what I've been listening to for the past few weeks. I definitely do this too. Recently its been the soundtrack to Roc...
by nyeguy
Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Dot Product Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 2824

Re: Dot Product Questions

1) ( a • b ) • c (labeled meaningless) -I think this is because the dot product is a scalar, and performing a dot product of a scalar with a vector has no meaning? 2) a•b + c (meaningless) -Again, think its because its a scalar, and you can't add a scalar to a vector. Correct. 3) | a |•( b + c ) (m...
by nyeguy
Wed Jan 13, 2010 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Right vs Left
Replies: 33
Views: 7545

Re: Right vs Left

This I've always wondered about.. I hate having to steer left handed.. (not that I drive a stick shift, but still.. if I did) Steering isn't quite the intricate task that shifting gears is. Pull too much towards you, and you just shifted from 5th to 2nd instead of to 4th, possibly dropping your tra...
by nyeguy
Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Subjects you wish you were good at?
Replies: 87
Views: 10423

Re: Subjects you wish you were good at?

*I spent four hours completing my test review on trig derivatives. While trying to sleep that night, I was hallucinating like crazy. There's only 2 derivatives you need to remember, that should not take 4 hours. The rest of them can be derived on the spot. It was more than just memorizing trig deri...
by nyeguy
Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 461165

Re: Favorite math jokes

Yesterday we had a pep rally. Our school colors are white and blue, so during it we cheered "white" and "blue". I decided I was special, so I cheered "x000000" and "x0000FF". My friend cracked up. This reminds me... On new year's eve, me and my friend counted...
by nyeguy
Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Passenger refuses to stow bag - F15s launched in response
Replies: 39
Views: 3206

Re: Passenger refuses to stow bag - F15s launched in response

10 seconds of which would be perfectly ordinary actions... It's only the final 5 seconds it takes to light that cause a panic. Taking out a stowed object during flight is ordinary? Not to mention it includes the time for the person to notice (to make it clear). 5 seconds to notice + react as oppose...
by nyeguy
Sat Dec 26, 2009 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9558
Views: 1087001

Re: What are you listening to?

Reel Big Fish - Drunk Again

Probably one of their more obscure songs, but also (IMO) their best.
by nyeguy
Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 117083

Re: Editors

For most scripting, and shorter compiled programs, I use VIM (specifically the GUI app MacVIM, which basically just gives VIM its own window and standard file open/save). Emacs works too, but I've always felt more comfortable with how VIM is set up. For web development stuff, I use my dad's license ...
by nyeguy
Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?
Replies: 97
Views: 8979

Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Definitely bright green, like emerald green. And I too, for a reason I cannot explain, associate electrons with being blue. What? Electrons are yellow, man. Protons are bluish-violet. Neutrons are red. I would bet large piles of money that there is an illustration like this in a science book I read...
by nyeguy
Tue Dec 22, 2009 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sex bias probe in colleges' selections
Replies: 78
Views: 6069

Re: Sex bias probe in colleges' selections

Subjective doesnt mean not based on ability. In your example, we might decide to give each student 1 point for every % that their grade exceeds 80% in each subject. Then we might add them, or take the higher of the two, or the lower of the two, or the average, whatever. Then to break ties, maybe we...
by nyeguy
Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9558
Views: 1087001

Re: What are you listening to?

mickyj300x wrote:Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

I love parts of this song, but then it also feels too long for me sometimes. It feels like some of the music gets to repetitive, or more of a passing line than actually substance.

Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees
by nyeguy
Tue Dec 22, 2009 6:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What made you feel incredibly stupid?
Replies: 551
Views: 55994

Re: What made you feel incredibly stupid?

rath358 wrote:
Alpha Omicron wrote:
Kurushimi wrote:While reading this thread, I felt stupid after reading about someone feeling stupid about not realize that ABC's has the same tune as Twinkle Twinkle little star.
Also "Bah, Bah, Black Sheep", in case it hasn't been mentioned.
and "mary had a little lamb"

Umm...
by nyeguy
Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Secret places on the internet where you hang out
Replies: 54
Views: 9986

Re: Secret places on the internet where you hang out

kriel wrote:twocansandstring.com

Oh no, new time killer.
by nyeguy
Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: UI Programming
Replies: 55
Views: 5931

Re: UI Programming

I find HTML+CSS UI programming to be incredibly fun. It's really the highlight of my day when I get to break down a design PDF into code. Its fun creating the layout, but its a pain in the ass if you do anything remotely complex. If all browsers had the same implementation, than it wouldn't be too ...
by nyeguy
Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Radians vs degrees (in java)
Replies: 7
Views: 5622

Re: Radians vs degrees (in java)

Do everything in radians, Java does. If you must convert between the two, use Math.toDegrees and Math.toRadians. The way I often write graphics code like this is declare my static constants like this: private static final double someAngle=Math.toRadians(someDegrees); And that's the only time I ever...
by nyeguy
Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Raptor on Crack!
Replies: 18
Views: 2066

Re: Raptor on Crack!

Also, are raptors on crack more or less of a threat then raptors sans crack? A raptor on crack would, presumably, be able to attack faster than normal. This doesn't increase their threat except in situations where their attack speed is limiting their ability to kill fleeing individuals in a given t...
by nyeguy
Sun Dec 13, 2009 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Radians vs degrees (in java)
Replies: 7
Views: 5622

Re: Radians vs degrees (in java)

My first thought is why don't you store both variables as either degrees or radians. Then specify two methods; one to convert degrees to radians, and one to convert radians to degrees. If you choose to store in degrees, for example, than when you need to do trig, just call something like: sin(degree...
by nyeguy
Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Play Facebook! Okay, not really
Replies: 35
Views: 3508

Re: Let's Play Facebook! Okay, not really

I'm getting increasingly sick of the site's creepiness. I mean, I joined my school network and then a month later, when checking my settings, noticed that it defaults to a public profile for everyone in that network. What the fuck, why do all 20000 people on campus need to see all my pictures? And ...
by nyeguy
Fri Dec 11, 2009 4:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?
Replies: 235
Views: 17591

Re: Um... Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?

I wouldn't tout Darfur. Darfur, like Rwanda, is an instance of the UN refusing to classify genocide as "genocide" because that would actually require rich white countries to get off their asses to save the lives of poor black people in Africa. If you had follow his links, you would see he...
by nyeguy
Tue Dec 08, 2009 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Any idea why this bit of Objective-C isn't working?
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Re: Any idea why this bit of Objective-C isn't working?

Something that bites me regularly with Objective-C: are you sure that notifications is not nil? If it's been set to nil, the addObject: message gets quietly ignored at runtime. Could you provide a bit more detail about where notifications is declared and allocated? Oops! I forgot to allocate it, an...
by nyeguy
Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Any idea why this bit of Objective-C isn't working?
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Any idea why this bit of Objective-C isn't working?

-(void) updateNotificionsWithString: (NSString*) notifyText { [notifications addObject:notifyText]; NSLog(@"udateNotificationsWithString: %@", notifyText); } notifications is an NSMutableArray* in my class, and when this method gets called I get a printout with "updateNotificationsWi...
by nyeguy
Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Perfect Moments In Music
Replies: 396
Views: 179732

Re: Perfect Moments In Music

Buddy Holly, by Weezer (Blue Album) around 2:03 - 2:11, with the drums and the solo building up, with the vocals in the background are just great. Then it all goes silent and the guitar wails, it makes the hair on my neck stand up. Epic. That is definitely my favorite guitar fill ever. Though on th...
by nyeguy
Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple sneaks into White House dinner
Replies: 28
Views: 2465

Re: Couple sneaks into White House dinner

Indon wrote:It's generally illegal to 'gate-crash' federal property (such as military bases) without some kind of authorization to be there, and the White House is federal property.

But if they were let into the party, instead of, say, sneaking in through a window, wouldn't that be authorization?
by nyeguy
Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Pet Peeves
Replies: 234
Views: 38908

Re: Pet Peeves

SlyReaper wrote:Anti-skub people. I hate those bastards.

Are you fucking sick? I can't see how anyone could stand for that vile substance that is skub.
by nyeguy
Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Awesome Acheivements
Replies: 116
Views: 11806

Re: Awesome Acheivements

Please tell me if this is way too much code to put in one post (~38k, worked fine in preview), but 3D Tetris (in Java) is the most impressive thing I've ever written. snip... The result of gradual additions and tinkering over more than a year, the source code may induce a seizure, but the end resul...
by nyeguy
Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7480
Views: 622043

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

not sure what you talking about, so no, it's going to take more than 15 seconds to fully understand your question. An affable two legged human creature that is not a member of your immediate family. Often referred to as "friends". No friends, only family and my slave. Something that vibra...

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