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by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is the perfect job?
Replies: 63
Views: 7313

Re: What is the perfect job?

I'm sure you know exactly what I think, so you can continue talking in my place. :wink:
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cow-powered laptops from OLPC
Replies: 13
Views: 3557

Re: Cow-powered laptops from OLPC

You can't just make a blanket statement like that. The world isn't split into us in our suburban homes and starving children in Africa. There are MILLIONS of children who have enough food, water etc to survive, even go to school, but whose families cannot afford to expand their education beyond the...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How to present CS as awesome to HS students?
Replies: 73
Views: 12417

Re: How to present CS as awesome to HS students?

Maybe these methods would appeal to people slightly interested in CS, but such people with that much of interest would probably pursue CS without such a stimulus. Most of the things stated are either too boring to interest anyone, or too advanced to peak the interest of someone without a clue about ...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is the perfect job?
Replies: 63
Views: 7313

Re: What is the perfect job?

I think the perfect job is not earning less than a dollar a day in a developing country where flexible hours is the least of worries. That's really more of a "not within the realm of worst-case-scenario" job. Perfect job would be ideal. From dictionary.com... Ideal. noun. 1. a conception ...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cow-powered laptops from OLPC
Replies: 13
Views: 3557

Re: Cow-powered laptops from OLPC

There's no infrastructure to utilize such human capital.
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cow-powered laptops from OLPC
Replies: 13
Views: 3557

Re: Cow-powered laptops from OLPC

I'm glad MIT is doing good in the world, giving starving children computers. To be fair, I don't think they give the laptops to the starving children. And before you be sarcastic, ask yourself what you do to help those less well off than you. Unless you're actively helping or can propose a better w...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:36 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: A blank slate can go into almost any career.
Replies: 54
Views: 8832

Re: A blank slate can go into almost any career.

If every 13 year old could decide on a career, and stick with it relatively well, we wouldn't have such high unemployment. Why? Sorry but that sounds like total bs. If everyone has a job, and had that job for life, starting when they were 13, there wouldn't be as much unemployment. Sure there would...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:43 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: A blank slate can go into almost any career.
Replies: 54
Views: 8832

Re: A blank slate can go into almost any career.

The only high school that does some research and really advanced stuff is Phillips, and it's a bigger institution than most colleges. Whoops, forgot the New York specialized schools and Andover. Asides from that, I think it's kind of repulsive that 13 year olds are already obsessed with career. When...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:20 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: A blank slate can go into almost any career.
Replies: 54
Views: 8832

Re: A blank slate can go into almost any career.

Deskchair Intellectual wrote:I'm 13 yers old, and going to high school next year.
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I've always been fond of researching.

Am I the only one who missed this? Future comedian or child prodigy?
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A good idea?
Replies: 16
Views: 2491

Re: A good idea?

CtS, many of the forumites have the MIT sticker to help them along, but for everyone else, such aspirations can be misleading and destructive. But regarding the intro classes thing, they're often really bad. My high school physics teacher was really awesome, but I failed every test until he handed m...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Time Series Analysis
Replies: 0
Views: 907

Time Series Analysis

I've started looking through Hamilton's, Priestley's, and Box's and Jenkins's books--all labeled Time Series or something of the like--and was wondering sort of fields or further study follow a thorough treatment of these authors' works. Incidentally, Hamilton is a professor at UCSD right now, so ch...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A easy problem
Replies: 14
Views: 3194

A easy problem

Two economics post graduates convicted for crimes against humanity are trapped in a prisoner's dilemma. What does each do in order to maximise their payouts, knowing their opponent is doing the same?
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cow-powered laptops from OLPC
Replies: 13
Views: 3557

Re: Cow-powered laptops from OLPC

I'm glad MIT is doing good in the world, giving starving children computers.
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 210646

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

I hated the Odyssey, but love Ulysses.
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fountain Pens, not Bullets!
Replies: 2
Views: 1105

Fountain Pens, not Bullets!

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/9458/20071027covimageus183ci4.jpg Western armies are good at destroying things. Can they be made better at building them? ANOTHER debate to do with Iraq and Afghanistan is building in America, one that could have important consequences for the West. This debate is...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is the perfect job?
Replies: 63
Views: 7313

Re: What is the perfect job?

I think the perfect job is not earning less than a dollar a day in a developing country where flexible hours is the least of worries.
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 29, 2007 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How do you end your proofs? QED, box, ...
Replies: 107
Views: 21557

Re: How do you end your proofs? QED, box, ...

I light the proof on fire when it's finished.

Or I use a clock-stamp for start and finish. Thank you very much LaTeX.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Get your Autumn on
Replies: 149
Views: 9081

Re: Get your Autumn on

My friend Autumn died in a car crash last fall, thanks for rubbing salt in old wounds. :cry:
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: "Your mom" jokes...for XKCDers...
Replies: 152
Views: 58373

Re: "Your mom" jokes...for XKCDers...

Your mother is so corpulent, people construct marginally humorous jokes about her.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9227872

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Before-sleep thought: that's an awful-sounding word.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How to present CS as awesome to HS students?
Replies: 73
Views: 12417

Re: How to present CS as awesome to HS students?

Tell them if they can't get into a top business/medical school, there's always CS.
Comments like this have no place here. Don't do it again.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay
Replies: 128
Views: 10055

Re: Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay

Hypocrisy isn't a logical fallacy.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stupid People Stories Thread
Replies: 266
Views: 28055

Re: Stupid People Stories Thread

Ah I've worked in many a retail position and the old adage 'the customer is always right' is NEVER the case. I got into quite a bit of trouble with managers when I'd correct customers of their knowledge of consumer law... customer : It's within my consumer rights that if I'm not happy with a produc...
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Humility
Replies: 61
Views: 5091

Re: Humility

I will make an experiment here. Say whether you see distinct difference between these two qualities. 1)Good - bad as in rich vs poor, beautiful vs ugly, healthy vs ill, bright vs dull, witty vs boring. 2)Good - bad as in honest vs liar, brave vs coward, straight vs cunning, generous vs greedy. Do y...
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion
Replies: 2000
Views: 185897

Re: Religion

A lot of people on this forum place a lot of faith on reason, logic, and science. It's hard to not believe in anything. I don't think anyone has the answer key to life hanging around, filled with perfect information.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How high to drop water balloon from for it to be deadly
Replies: 78
Views: 21266

Re: How high to drop water balloon from for it to be deadly

Alternately, one could throw a water balloon on someone in a colder region, and they could quickly die of some termerature-related malady.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Women's Rights Movement That Went Too Far
Replies: 324
Views: 34109

Re: Women's Rights Movement That Went Too Far

Can we PLEASE change the name of this thread? The idea that people think rights could go "too far" just fills me with mind numbing rage. I do realize that is not exactly what the title says, but you understand my feelings here, yes? See, I would be fine with discussion of privalages , or ...
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Humility
Replies: 61
Views: 5091

Re: Humility

It's like 4chan, but with grammar. Also science/math.
by Amicitia
Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Proficiency with LaTeX
Replies: 86
Views: 14168

Re: Proficiency with LaTeX

I would definitely pick up latex over any other equation typesetter if you want to type up math equations. Once you get to a certain level, everything is latex, and if you already know it you'll be much happier. Also, speaking as a grader, your grader will love you if you type everything up using l...
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stupid People Stories Thread
Replies: 266
Views: 28055

Re: Stupid People Stories Thread

Umlaut wrote:She should also be breast-feeding another baby in the picture.

Her husband should be a construction worker.
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 17, 2007 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay
Replies: 128
Views: 10055

Re: Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay

My serious take on this: youth grow up much more exposed to life, and sexuality, than in times past. Many find themselves at odds with the Christianity because they associate it with the human institution, of do's and do not's, one which seems rather estranged from such ideals as loving thy neighbor...
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stupid People Stories Thread
Replies: 266
Views: 28055

Re: Stupid People Stories Thread

Ora et labora?
by Amicitia
Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stupid People Stories Thread
Replies: 266
Views: 28055

Re: Stupid People Stories Thread

"Stupid" always seemed rather ridiculous, trite, and something xkcdians would call me.
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Al Gore/IPCC win Nobel Peace Prize
Replies: 21
Views: 2337

Re: Al Gore/IPCC win Nobel Peace Prize

Inside the U.S., no one cares about Al Gore as a politician.
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother seeks girl's hysterectomy
Replies: 69
Views: 6518

Re: Mother seeks girl's hysterectomy

Regardless, I'm still not sure if I support this or not... and I don't think I can pick a side. I hope you don't, actually. This isn't the sort of thing that people should make rules about. You can't write a flow-chart, like for Goddamn telemarketing, for human sterilization . "Let's see, she'...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Google Vs. Evil
Replies: 43
Views: 7860

Re: Google Vs. Evil

Your assertion that economics cannot address the resolution is ridiculous and, as of yet, unsupported. Your argument that Google will engage in unprofitable activities is supported by trivialities, if even that. And even if, by some stretch of imagination, one admitted the possibility of such activi...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Google Vs. Evil
Replies: 43
Views: 7860

Re: Google Vs. Evil

Sure, if we want to simplify it to that extent. Supply and demand are separate with mutually beneficial crossover. Are you going to believe that macroeconomics are [sic] responsible for Doctors Without Borders, the Catholic Church, and Chairman Mao simply because demand for them was high? Not sure ...
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Google Vs. Evil
Replies: 43
Views: 7860

Re: Google Vs. Evil

Wait, are you saying supply is not a function of demand?
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Students who can't/won't learn
Replies: 95
Views: 8329

Re: Students who can't/won't learn

It really annoyed me when they opened classes to everyone, my class sizes went from 14 to 30, and were filled with people who wanted to prep for the AP test.
by Amicitia
Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay
Replies: 128
Views: 10055

Re: Study: Youth see Christians as judgmental, anti-gay

Belial wrote:Too much stupid. No words.

Do you comment on YouTube as well?

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