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by BlackRiven
Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The value of music
Replies: 67
Views: 8424

The value of music

I just watched a presentation from Techdirt (the presentation can be found here ) that described how Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails made a profit from his latest CD The Slip despite making it available for download for free. The presentation details what things he did to "Connect With Fans&quo...
by BlackRiven
Fri Jan 16, 2009 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

And now, I'm curious about this beta: The site says to only install on a dedicated machine. Would it be reasonable to assume that a dedicated partition on a dual-booting system is close enough for safety purposes? I don't really have the means to back up my whole system. By the way as a follow up t...
by BlackRiven
Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

If you want to write software for the world as you think it should be rather than the world as it is, go ahead, but don't be surprised when people don't react to it the way you expect. It's not that I want to ignore reality, it's just that there are too many people who downright stop evolving at a ...
by BlackRiven
Thu Jan 15, 2009 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

Easy. Log files, like every other OS. The advanced user know about them, so can use them for troubleshooting. Typically, they are automatically rotated so the the Novice user doesn't have to worry about them. There is no good reason to disrupt the work of either class of users. OK, I'll agree with ...
by BlackRiven
Thu Jan 15, 2009 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

That's exactly my point. Since the vast majority of messages don't require my attention , I don't pay attention to them. If message #2 was replaced with "I will now reformat your hard drive", I'd probably click "OK" out of habit, because it's part of the batch of irrelevant mess...
by BlackRiven
Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0530: "I'm An Idiot"
Replies: 123
Views: 33935

Re: "I'm An Idiot" Discussion

Oh yeah... Reminds me a moment of my own when I had sound problems some 8 years ago. Things I did to solve the lack of audio: Checked the connections. Raised the speaker volume to max. Raised the volume in volume mixer to max. Played around with the device manager. Downloaded new drivers. Things the...
by BlackRiven
Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

1) "Windows has recovered from a serious error" 2) "Windows has recovered from a serious error" 3) "You have unused icons on your desktop" 4) "Antivirus updated" 5) "Enhance your browsing experience with Silverlight" That's four irrelevant notificat...
by BlackRiven
Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

(let's ignore the fact that they'll probably call you for the really important stuff) Let's not. If my bank were to call me as often as it sends me mail, I'd ignore the calls as "more WaMu junk". The key to having someone pay attention to a message is to 1) make the message rare, and 2) m...
by BlackRiven
Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

The point I was trying to make is that people shouldn't have gotten into the habit of not reading pop up messages to begin with. People never just dismiss notifications when it comes to anything else in life, yet when it comes to computers they break this rule. People do dismiss notifications in re...
by BlackRiven
Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

For anyone interested in a short distraction from the above discussion, begin reading at the line. Otherwise, ignore the text between the lines. =========================================== It took me all weekend, but I created a Linux program to mimic the functionality of Windows 7 in the comic. I ...
by BlackRiven
Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

Yeah but who's fault is it? Not Microsoft's. Actually it is. If they hadn't had their OS throw unnecessary pop-ups at people for years because Windows was so buggy, people wouldn't have gotten into the habit. The point I was trying to make is that people shouldn't have gotten into the habit of not ...
by BlackRiven
Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

The fact that in Vista you only press a button doesn't make it less secure. When users have been trained by previous versions of Windows to click okay on any pop-up that appears, I would say it is less secure. If UAC had appeared without this previously learned habit, I'd say its actually a pretty ...
by BlackRiven
Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

It could also be a case of how effective UAC is. Under Linux, I have to type in my root password. Under Vista, I simply have to click yet another pop-up. The fact that in Vista you only press a button doesn't make it less secure. It's not about how easy it is for the user to override, it's about ho...
by BlackRiven
Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

What's confusing for me about the UAC is that Linux and Mac OS both has a similar mechanism, and yet people who hate UAC often praise one or both of them. What's the deal? Don't the same arguments apply? "I'm the only one who uses this computer, why do I have to type a user name and password (...
by BlackRiven
Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

What's confusing for me about the UAC is that Linux and Mac OS both has a similar mechanism, and yet people who hate UAC often praise one or both of them. What's the deal? Don't the same arguments apply? "I'm the only one who uses this computer, why do I have to type a user name and password (b...
by BlackRiven
Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

I actually agree with the last panel, 'cause Vista's incedably slow. Continental Drift slow. Anyway, I actually changed the appearance to Windows Classic to remember the Good Old Days. We still have a functioning '98 in the basement. As I've said, it's not slow by its own nature; it can be slow if ...
by BlackRiven
Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

Define elementary. You can't expect the average user to format his/her hard drive every few weeks. Well for one, not misusing your computer so badly that it requires a format every few weeks. Elementary means stuff like knowing how to install a simple program, knowing how to search for stuff on the...
by BlackRiven
Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

I don't really get the people who say that people who get problems with windows are incompetent, as if it means something. I believe it's still the developer's responsibility to develop a product that can be used by the average user without breaking it, at least if they have the ambition to have it...
by BlackRiven
Fri Jan 09, 2009 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0528: "Windows 7"
Replies: 222
Views: 56729

Re: "Windows 7" discussion

Loved the comic, but I just had to pitch in and say that Vista gave me a much better experience than XP. The problem with Vista is that most of its great new additions were technical stuff like a new kernel, a new security architecture, and the likes, which the average user can't appreciate. Other t...
by BlackRiven
Wed Oct 08, 2008 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Where do cross product comes from?
Replies: 5
Views: 1714

Where do cross product comes from?

The cross product's definition always seemed strange to me. I've seen examples of its use in classic mechanics, but I still don't see why it gives the 'right' result, like what is the connection between the way you calculate it and the force dynamics of circular motion, or anything else that uses it...
by BlackRiven
Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: CSS problems
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

Re: CSS problems

Apparently that is a bug in IE that only affects position relative divs. Removing the position relative from the CSS file solved the problem.
by BlackRiven
Sat Sep 20, 2008 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: CSS problems
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

Re: CSS problems

No problem not solved. IE7 shows the padding. :x
by BlackRiven
Sat Sep 20, 2008 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: CSS problems
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

Re: CSS problems

OK this really did the trick. Problem solved.
by BlackRiven
Sat Sep 20, 2008 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: CSS problems
Replies: 5
Views: 1103

CSS problems

I have searched for a solution again and again, and I can't find anything that works. The page in question is this . I just finished converting most of my website to valid strict XHTML and valid CSS after using a table layout for a long time. Part of it involved me struggling with the vertical div s...
by BlackRiven
Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Normality and Normal Groups
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

Re: Normality and Normal Groups

shrdlu wrote:You'll probably find this e-mail exchange between John Baez and Shawn Fitzpatrick interesting:
http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/normal.html


Oh cool!
Looks like just what I was looking for. I'll try to read it some time tomorrow and maybe I'll post more questions.
by BlackRiven
Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Normality and Normal Groups
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

Re: Normality and Normal Groups

It does actually. Let's see if I got this right: Cosets have a meaning in the sense that they represent a kind of action within the context of what the group represents. A normal subgroup allows you to separate the group's actions into its factoring actions- Cosets- and Coset multiplication in the q...
by BlackRiven
Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Normality and Normal Groups
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

Normality and Normal Groups

I took a course about rings and groups in my uni and it's been pretty introductory, that is- did not dwell too much into the motivations behind anything we did. As a result, I don't really know what the attribute of being a 'Normal' Group means. They taught us its proporties, but whenever I do exerc...
by BlackRiven
Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Recommend me something interesting to study
Replies: 3
Views: 1044

Recommend me something interesting to study

I'm at the end of my first year studying computer science, and I want to study some math subject during the break. So far I've studied the following courses: Calculus (the theoretical variant) Calculus 2 (supposedly the theoretical variant, though it's been much more technical than Calculus 1) Linea...
by BlackRiven
Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Math related research in computer science
Replies: 7
Views: 2874

Math related research in computer science

I'm currently finishing my first year studying computer science, and I'm starting to wonder about where I'm going with this. I definitely love computers, and I already knew in high school that I want to study this subject, but so far I noticed that I really like the math courses, so much that I even...
by BlackRiven
Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Effective studying
Replies: 17
Views: 2666

Re: Effective studying

(side note, acording to my psychology teacher, going over something again and again is one of the least effect ways to remember... keep that in mind) That's a very interesting piece of trivia, and really validates what I've been feeling this past year. Did your teacher happen to say what does const...
by BlackRiven
Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Effective studying
Replies: 17
Views: 2666

Effective studying

I'm in my first year of studying computer science, second semester, and lately I've been thinking a lot about how to study properly, having experienced the same problem that I had in the first semester all over again: The cycle goes like this: I start the semester, go to first lectures, I understand...
by BlackRiven
Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Stupid School Policies
Replies: 177
Views: 17020

Re: Stupid School Policies

My Calculus2 teacher told us this story: It's autumn, and a pretty cold day with winds and rain outside. The students asked for the heating, so during recess he went to the building's supervisor and asked him to turn on the heating. Supervisor: I can do that, but I advise against it. Teacher: Why? S...
by BlackRiven
Sat Jul 05, 2008 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: "Ouch" moments in school
Replies: 514
Views: 54767

Re: "Ouch" moments in school

I've a major one. It was the end of the high school year and I had a final on computer science. It was my favorite subject, and I always got straight 100's in it and really knew the material well. On the night before the exam I couldn't fall asleep; I wasn't nervous or anything, but for some reason ...
by BlackRiven
Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Cursive
Replies: 115
Views: 13044

Re: Cursive

I use half cursive half print. I do cursive transitions between the letters when they're easy, like gh, na, mn, and the likes, basically everywhere where it flows well. If the transition/letter is easy to screw up, like the cursive r, or b to any letter, etc my transition is in print, ie no connecti...
by BlackRiven
Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 401090

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

Today in Combinatorics: The teacher was analyzing an example using recursion. He defined the stop conditions and to clarify things did a demonstration for some specific values, where he discovered that he missed a border case for the stop conditions. Student: "Aren't you supposed to be able to ...
by BlackRiven
Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Really weird error message
Replies: 4
Views: 1497

Re: Really weird error message

OK this is bad enough, considering we were told that it is possible, but fine. I started doing everything in one script, and now I have the following error: The following is part of the code, everything works fine up to the last line where I get the message: "while: Badly formed number." #...
by BlackRiven
Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Really weird error message
Replies: 4
Views: 1497

Re: Really weird error message

But the input has nothing to do with the variable name, does it? Besides, if it doesn't like $< then C Shell would have no way of reading from files. The only other factor I can think of is that there's something problematic with the way the script is invoked: cat $1 | source ./printall $lines $1 be...
by BlackRiven
Thu Jun 19, 2008 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Really weird error message
Replies: 4
Views: 1497

Really weird error message

Can anoyne explain to me why the line set line = ($<) in a C Shell script yields the following error: "set: Variable name must begin with a letter"? It does start with a letter, so what gives? The input it recieves from the standard input line does start with a number, but that should have...
by BlackRiven
Mon May 05, 2008 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Linear Algebra
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Re: Linear Algebra

The first link isn't too advanced, I'm familiar with most of the material there.
by BlackRiven
Mon May 05, 2008 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Linear Algebra
Replies: 5
Views: 1243

Linear Algebra

Does anyone know of a good online collection of exercises in Linear Algebra? I need it to help me study for a test which I foolishly overslept on its original date *censored outburst of rage*. The next one is in a month and I pretty much exhausted all the available exercises my university had to off...

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