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by benoitowns
Sun May 19, 2013 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107485
Views: 53382342

Re: 1190: "Time"

Okay, I haven't looked at this thread for the past few hundred replies, so where's the most recent GIF of the whole comic that I can see?
by benoitowns
Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Infinite Sets
Replies: 18
Views: 3528

Re: Infinite Sets

Is there some axiom that allows you to have some set consisting of all other sets?
by benoitowns
Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Correlation-based inferences with discrete random variables
Replies: 1
Views: 1021

Re: Correlation-based inferences with discrete random variab

I think to use a binary variable like this, you would need a logit/probit model, although I don't know too much about them. R squared doesn't have the same exact meaning, and my econometrics textbook tells me the three measures you would use are: Percent Correctly Predicted; Log-Likelihood Value; an...
by benoitowns
Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How did you calculate pi?
Replies: 29
Views: 8810

Re: How did you calculate pi?

I programmed a short script in R to find a confidence interval for it, and I usually get the mean value of my simulated data to be within .5% of the actual value.
The way it worked was to find the proportion of points that falls within a quarter circle, then I had it multiply by 4 to get pi.
by benoitowns
Fri Dec 14, 2012 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Homework: Discrete Dynamical System
Replies: 3
Views: 1086

Re: Homework: Discrete Dynamical System

Thanks, that actually seems really obvious now. I think that's all I needed to help me figure out how to do the rest of the assignment.
by benoitowns
Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Homework: Discrete Dynamical System
Replies: 3
Views: 1086

Homework: Discrete Dynamical System

Hi, I'm currently finishing up a linear algebra class, and I am working on the last homework. I cannot figure out how to solve a problem, so I hope someone here is willing to help me. I have the system x(t + 1) = Ax(t), where x(t) =[ c(t) r(t) ] transpose and A equals (sorry I don't know how to form...
by benoitowns
Wed May 02, 2012 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simplify
Replies: 15
Views: 4560

Re: Simplify

Afif_D wrote:
benoitowns wrote:I remember getting that same, exact, obnoxious equation on a math quiz once...


And so were you able to solve it?


If I remember correctly, I made some simple mistakes that led me to the wrong answer. :oops:
by benoitowns
Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Simplify
Replies: 15
Views: 4560

Re: Simplify

I remember getting that same, exact, obnoxious equation on a math quiz once...
by benoitowns
Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:33 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 404601

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

My chemistry teacher says a lot of ridiculous things. So much such that we gave him his own twitter page, which my class inherited from the year before us. http://twitter.com/VanDerWaalrus Some of my favorites: I like to think of a block of cheese. Imagine a cheese block that..actually this is a ter...
by benoitowns
Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: I hate math notation!
Replies: 57
Views: 22890

Re: I hate math notation!

One thing I would change if I had the power would be to do away with the symbol π, and use a single symbol to represent the ratio between a circle's circumference and its radius . (The number we call 2π.) For this post let me use ❖. That way when you are learning trigonometry in radians, a quarter ...
by benoitowns
Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My first election? Fuck it, man.
Replies: 227
Views: 25218

Re: My first election? Fuck it, man.

By not voting you have no voice. I really don't get this logic. There is absolutely nothing that you can mean by "voice" that would make this statement sensical. He obviously is not refrained for speaking. He obviously is capable of voicing his opinions. He obviously has some political in...
by benoitowns
Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My first election? Fuck it, man.
Replies: 227
Views: 25218

Re: My first election? Fuck it, man.

omgryebread wrote:I'm sure politicians care a lot about the opinions of the politically active non-voters. Just... are there any?

I would imagine some anarchists.
by benoitowns
Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My first election? Fuck it, man.
Replies: 227
Views: 25218

Re: My first election? Fuck it, man.

I'm sure that is indeed the case. But it is preferable to not voting at all. A lack of a vote will be counted as "I don't care", whereas a spoilt vote counts as "screw you guys, I refuse to support any of you bastards". And I think that's the sentiment the OP intends to express....
by benoitowns
Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:48 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 164823

Re: Your Schedule

Junior year Morning English 3H Spanish 5 Gym Principles of Engineering Afternoon AP Chemistry 1/2 Study hall 1/2 AP Chemistry AP Statistics Bioethics/Biochemistry (each are one semester) Night- at local community college, first semester/second semester (if things work out) University Physics I/II Mu...
by benoitowns
Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My first election? Fuck it, man.
Replies: 227
Views: 25218

Re: My first election? Fuck it, man.

I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to disagree with a large number of the people in this thread. I think it is the wrong thing to vote for the "least bad candidate". It's like you are telling me to choose the lesser of two evils, when instead I can say fuck all of the evil and not support an...
by benoitowns
Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Functions that some math students think are equal but aren't
Replies: 32
Views: 6569

Re: Functions that some math students think are equal but ar

I make those mistakes on half of these, geez I thought I was good with math....
by benoitowns
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 164823

Re: Your Schedule

I am still haunted by the idea that they will come after me somehow. I have seven years of documentation in a safe at home. I saved every email, every statement, every piece of correspondence I ever received. I have a ton of documentation that documents everything that I did and that they did, and ...
by benoitowns
Sun Aug 07, 2011 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 164823

Re: Your Schedule

I had things pretty well planned out in college, but then I left school for three years, and when I came back, they shifted some fall-only courses to spring-only, and I didn't have enough money to do an extra semester, so I ended up doing a double major (one of them being a dual program) minus thre...
by benoitowns
Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: AP Calc BC Online vs In School
Replies: 3
Views: 1881

Re: AP Calc BC Online vs In School

If the plan of taking Calc2 and 3 at your school this year implies that you have taken Calc 1. If you will be doing 2 and 3 I don't see the point of taking BC online, it should be the same material except it won't include calc 3. Could you explain what you mean if that is not the case?
by benoitowns
Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Looking to buy a new computer
Replies: 5
Views: 1788

Re: Looking to buy a new computer

Alright then, thanks for the advice, I guess I'll reconsider building it myself.
by benoitowns
Sat Jul 30, 2011 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Looking to buy a new computer
Replies: 5
Views: 1788

Looking to buy a new computer

As the title says I want to get a new computer. I will be doing some gaming on it and occasionally video editing. I want to keep at or below a $600 range. I don't need a monitor, speakers, etc, and I am not technical enough to want to build one myself, so do you guys have any recommendations?
by benoitowns
Sun May 22, 2011 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Standing for the flag + clubs
Replies: 46
Views: 7249

Re: Standing for the flag + clubs

You are pledging allegiance to two things Exactly. If you don't want to pledge allegiance to both, then you shouldn't say it. Not following along with everyone in saying the pledge does not mean you necessarily don't support both. It also is not that big of a deal. I don't support it, so I just don...
by benoitowns
Thu May 12, 2011 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: AP Physics on Monday!
Replies: 37
Views: 5911

Re: AP Physics on Monday!

KestrelLowing wrote:
This usually results in me having to derive everything


I would feel really bad for you if you ever encounter the derivative of natural log. That derivation takes soooo long
by benoitowns
Sat Apr 23, 2011 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I can't get Civilization 5 to work
Replies: 4
Views: 4687

Re: I can't get Civilization 5 to work

OK if no one here knows, is there anywhere else I can go to find an answer?
by benoitowns
Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I can't get Civilization 5 to work
Replies: 4
Views: 4687

I can't get Civilization 5 to work

I tried asking on their forums first. But going through 26 pages of answers to things that are only kind of what I am dealing with isn't helpful. Also those forums suck because they aren't letting me register and post a question. So: 10# Civilization V Failed to Launch If you have tried launching th...
by benoitowns
Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0137: "Dreams"
Replies: 53
Views: 34637

Re: 0137: "Dreams"

agent_sculder13 wrote:the other night I did weed That was my "jolt".

It's like it's all clear now.

Yay for XKCD!


XKCD

Drug Promoter

BOOM

(Now imagine those words coming one at a time being spoken by a guy in a low voice like in a movie trailer)
by benoitowns
Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Need Advice on PhD
Replies: 1
Views: 1137

Re: Need Advice on PhD

I would say you should probably keep the job. I mean, how foundational were the assumptions? Do you think you could try to rewrite it and submit later? I guess it would depend on your university's policy, but it would look really bad if you quit your job right after starting in order to go back to s...
by benoitowns
Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: No sound from my computer. Ideas?
Replies: 9
Views: 2136

Re: No sound from my computer. Ideas?

Ok, next time I start up the computer I'll check event viewer. And yes, it has gone through several blackouts/power being cutoff from the room...
by benoitowns
Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Grade Inflation in the US
Replies: 105
Views: 14201

Re: Grade Inflation in the US

A recent study at my college asked students "How many hours on average do you work for ALL of your courses outside of class?" This was asked of all majors and the answer they got was less than 3 hours of work per week. I hope that isn't representative of all liberal arts colleges, but all...
by benoitowns
Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: No sound from my computer. Ideas?
Replies: 9
Views: 2136

Re: No sound from my computer. Ideas?

Ok, I tried it with headphones and different speakers and both didn't work.
But the shutting down is becoming much more of a problem and I have no idea how to fix it or what to do.
by benoitowns
Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: No sound from my computer. Ideas?
Replies: 9
Views: 2136

No sound from my computer. Ideas?

My computer got a virus, and it turned out the only way I could figure out how to fix it was to just reinstall Windows Vista (64bit) I got everything up and running again, but I can't get any sound coming out from my speakers. I am pretty sure I updated all the drivers, and Windows says I have them ...
by benoitowns
Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 164823

Re: Your Schedule

Sophomore in highschool (both semesters) 1. Advanced Algebra Honors- basically algebra 2, super boring 2. Study Hall- I never actually do my homework, so this is helpful 3. Chemistry- i should have taken honors, it is soooooooo slow, but at least i am getting like a 97 in it 4. US History- mostly mo...
by benoitowns
Sun Feb 27, 2011 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What langauge do deaf people think in?
Replies: 21
Views: 7048

Re: What langauge do deaf people think in?

I think they probably just skip the internal speech and just go to the thought with understanding. Often I have songs playing in me head which I can never really get to stop unless I actually try, and I will just be reading something without saying it in my mind. That kind of thing also happens when...

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