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by firer
Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Applying soon for an internship at some tech companies...
Replies: 8
Views: 5539

Re: Applying soon for an internship at some tech companies..

If you're competent enough at programming to actually work as a programmer, any programming questions they ask you should be trivial. A job interview isn't really the kind of thing you should be studying for. With logic puzzles, the point isn't to hear you give the right answer, it's to see the pro...
by firer
Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Facebook: Malicious Beast out to Get Your Information, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 6725

Re: Facebook: Malicious Beast out to Get Your Information, e

I must be misunderstanding something, what's so difficult about deletion? I would think that the problem of disseminating all that private information (whether it be for the purpose of targeted advertising or "personalization", whatever the hell that might be, other than a euphemism for t...
by firer
Wed Nov 09, 2011 2:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Facebook: Malicious Beast out to Get Your Information, etc.
Replies: 11
Views: 6725

Re: Facebook: Malicious Beast out to Get Your Information, e

[disclosure: I'm an ex-insider, so my opinion might be biased] Your case might have been a one-off. Deleting private and scattered information in distributed systems is actually an incredibly hard problem, and I believe cases like this might be possible once in a while. In organizations like Faceboo...
by firer
Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F/R/T)
Replies: 129
Views: 16510

Re: Do you find SpeedTest results interesting? (Split from F

Worst university SpeedTest prize?

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by firer
Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teaching and evaluation systems around the world
Replies: 3
Views: 921

Re: Teaching and evaluation systems around the world

I'd like to know, particularly, how do problem sets work in universities, since they seem to be an excellent way to learn and evaluate things. Also, here are some more questions I'd like to ask. - Here, there's this "disciplina consciente" thing that, as far as I can see, is very similar t...
by firer
Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:43 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teaching and evaluation systems around the world
Replies: 3
Views: 921

Teaching and evaluation systems around the world

Firstly, let me present myself. I'm currently a second-year engineering student at Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (in Brazil). I'd like to ask for some help from you, forumites, for some informations we're needing. Currently, our school system is archaic, we think. We have a fixed course sched...
by firer
Sun Feb 03, 2008 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Line Transformation Problem (maybe vectors)
Replies: 10
Views: 1673

Re: Line Transformation Problem (probably not vectors)

If you really need to rotate the plane, then you could just think about complex number multiplication. To transform the line (0,0)--(0,10) into (0,0)--(10,10), this complex function would suffice: f(z) = z * e^(-i pi/4) * sqrt(2) This rotates the plane pi/4 in the clockwise direction, while scalarly...
by firer
Sat Feb 02, 2008 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - In Soviet Russia Thread Confession You

I, too, use too many ellipses when writing. Maybe they reflect more accurately the way you think... I don't know. But, many times, there's a way to say the same thing, with the same effect, without using ellipses. Or, at least, that's what I think.
by firer
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ***
Replies: 126
Views: 10503

Re: A brief treatise on the topic of: Get over yourself

Is anyone able to? Is that a reason not to do something? Are you able to tell whether smoking pot or drinking alcohol will have a positive effect on your life? Certainly there are dangers, but responsible use of anything is about recognising those dangers and using things accordingly. I just wanted...
by firer
Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ***
Replies: 126
Views: 10503

Re: A brief treatise on the topic of: Get over yourself

I think I'm gonna be lynch me after this post, but... I think people underestimate the power of drugs. Any drug, licit or illicit, can make a person become addicted in it. *Including* alcohol and cigarretes. Usually, "normal" people - that is, people that don't have severe social/mental pr...
by firer
Mon Jan 21, 2008 3:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9395972

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Upsilon wrote:RT: I often tell misinformation to people (thinking it's obvious that it's misinformation) and they believe me.

That's actually a confession, isn't it? Well... This happens to me, too. Maybe people trust too much in me...
by firer
Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Amusing answers to tests
Replies: 393
Views: 62170

Re: Amusing answers to tests

Not mathematics, but... In a biology test during high school, I was asked "What are the three body types for poriferans?", to which I answered "asconoid, syconoid and... and... er... um... baconoid?" (the correct third body type is leuconoid). It was the only thing I could think ...
by firer
Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ***
Replies: 126
Views: 10503

Re: A brief treatise on the topic of: Get over yourself

About... - Alcohol: This is, I think, the only thing I'm curious about. Still, I dislike the reaction some people have when they drink... - Smoking: I definitely *hate* when people smoke near me. And, I mean, what is cool about smoking? I definitely *do not consider* smoking something anyone should ...
by firer
Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - In Soviet Russia Thread Confession You

Z.A.K wrote:Another FALCON KICK!

SSB FTW?
by firer
Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession URI too Long

*blink blink* Ah? So? What's wrong with that? It's only bad to be ugly/fat/nerdy if you don't like being ugly, fat, or nerdy. If you *like* being who you are, you shouldn't worry about the damned other people, cause they can go to hell cut up into tiny little pieces all bundled up in a matchbox; if...
by firer
Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math bloopers heard in math classes
Replies: 252
Views: 36126

Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

I had a quiz the other day with the following problem. "Given a regular n gon inside a unit circle, show that the product of the lenghts of all the diagonals from one vertex to all the others is n". This is totally off-topic, but always thought of this problem as one of the most beautiful...
by firer
Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9395972

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

Vandole wrote:Okay, that's Counterstrike. It's dumb, but I can understand that as a reason. Is Everquest too violent?

They said that EverQuest "puts the player into profound psychologial conflicts, because the tasks he receives can be either 'good' or 'bad'" [free translation made by me].
by firer
Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Influence of American English over other languages
Replies: 11
Views: 3667

Re: Influence of American English over other languages

Actually, I suspect that the difference between 2 and 3 is the same as that in Spanish between Voy a comer and Voy a estar comiendo . Or, for that matter, in English between "I'm going to eat" and "I'm going to be eating". The latter is a continuous tense, akin to "I will b...
by firer
Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession URI too Long

Z.A.K wrote:Just let jour sexy brasilian accento shine through,
they will be eating out of your hand!

This made me laugh. hehe... Thanks!
by firer
Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession URI too Long

Ian Ex Machina wrote:@firer: :/ Try looking optimistically? If not have a complimentary e-hug from me.

I accept the e-hug. I think I'm really needing some hugs now...

Yay for getting back to classes. They make me forget these things. The bad thing is that I'm just postponing dealing with them...
by firer
Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession URI too Long

@firer: Don't sell yourself short, but yeh it's a lame attempt to help I can't be to hypocritical after I've just confessed in part to the same down feeling. I *am* screwd. Dammit. Just so you can have a wider vision of my situation: - I have very few close friends. All of them from when I was a hi...
by firer
Sat Jan 19, 2008 2:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession URI too Long

Serious late night confession: It seems like people around me are pairing up quite fast I'm feeling just like the same. The difference is that I think there's no hope for me. Being "nerdish" certainly narrows down things. And I'm ugly. And fat. The intersection is the null set. I'm screwed.
by firer
Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Influence of American English over other languages
Replies: 11
Views: 3667

Re: Influence of American English over other languages

Well, both forms have different, though similar, meanings. The form with gerund indicates something that will happen relatively soon, the simple future is a bit less specific. I think, however, that different forms got more popular in different palces,a nd since (at least in common speach) there me...
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9395972

Re: Fleeting/Random Thoughts

I'm really, *really* angry. Since last Thursday, the "Counter-Strike" and "EverQuest" games are prohibited in Brazil. WTF!?!? Prohibited?!? They describe "Counter-Strike" as a game in which "Rio de Janeiro trafficants sequester three ONU representatives. The police...
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Influence of American English over other languages
Replies: 11
Views: 3667

Re: Influence of American English over other languages

Funny, the exact same thing happens in Argentina's spanish, but from what I hear in old movies, it's not a new phenomenon at all. This form is also called future prochè in french, if I remember correctly, and it's quite common. I don't think it's related to the influence of english. Very interestin...
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Truth tables and a difference of truthiness-ness
Replies: 11
Views: 1573

Re: Truth tables and a difference of truthiness-ness

aetherson wrote:edit: Ah. I see. Thank you for the help. Cheers.

You're welcome!

And, this editing thing confused me a lot... LOL. I think we constantly posted while the other was editing, throughout this thread...
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Truth tables and a difference of truthiness-ness
Replies: 11
Views: 1573

Re: Truth tables and a difference of truthiness-ness

that's a little disconcerting. thank you for the help. In a related problem I'm supposed to show that this statement is invalid p->q q->r ------ %r I think the truth table goes like this: ...p.q.r..|..p->q...q->r...r ______________________________ 1.T.T.T|....T......T........T 2.T.T.F|....T......F....
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Truth tables and a difference of truthiness-ness
Replies: 11
Views: 1573

Re: Truth tables and a difference of truthiness-ness

My guess is that the book is simply wrong.

EDIT: A simple way to verify this is that, since the truth table for a->b contains just one F, the -> columns of the truth table for the question you proposed must contain, each, two Fs.
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Truth tables and a difference of truthiness-ness
Replies: 11
Views: 1573

Re: Truth tables and a difference of truthiness-ness

The truth table for "->" is a b a->b F F T F T T T F F T T T, I think. EDIT: So, the box would be like ...p.q.r..|..~r....p->r....q->r....~(p^q) ______________________________ 1.T.T.T|....F......T........T..........F 2.T.T.F|....T......F........F..........F 3.T.F.T|....F......T........T......
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession URI too Long

Ser and estar used to piss me off in spanish II but i pretty much get them now. Also there are like three different tenses/conjugations that are formed exactly like the future. :shock: Does the condicional have an english counterpart? we just started to learn about that... These verbs - "ser&q...
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession URI too Long

The lack of imperfect tense in english annoys me. Where in French, I could say "nous irions a la magasin", implying a repeated past action of going to the store (or that we were going to the store). But in english, there is no imperfect tense, so we have to use things like the colloquiali...
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession URI too Long

The tenses in Spanish aren't that complicated actually. There's (pretty much) only one that we don't have in English -- the imperfect -- and the rest correspond exactly to their equivalents in English. Only in English, we tend to use helping verbs a lot more. Example: Spanish/English (Yo) comeré / ...
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession URI too Long

Go for it, at worst you will mess up and we will help you out with your english! (also, do you speak portugese or spanish? cause i'm learning spanish, and i have a few questions as to why there are so many tenses...) There're things I don't understand People confuse this to no end In Brazil, the la...
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession URI too Long

Confession: I'm shy enough not to try rhyming, considering I'm a non-native speaker, because I know it would sound ridiculous.
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math bloopers heard in math classes
Replies: 252
Views: 36126

Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

So I think it's reasonable to suppose I'm not a native speaker... hehe. :) There were a number of reasons I guessed you weren't a native speaker, most prominently the "this remembers me", which is a very common mistake among non-natives, but (unlike many common mistakes) is one that a nat...
by firer
Fri Jan 18, 2008 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math bloopers heard in math classes
Replies: 252
Views: 36126

Re: Math bloopers heard in math classes

Am I crazy for thinking that Cauchy-Schwarz is pronounced exactly like it's spelled? I think if you're a native English-speaker, that's actually true. Of course, if you are not, I can see how you might have trouble with "Schwartz", since while its pronunciation does follow the rules of En...
by firer
Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868614

Re: Confessional Thread - Confession URI too Long

Confession: Just created my first thread in this fora, and I really hoping people find it interesting. Also, Confession: Is afraid of getting pwned by mods (particularly, afraid of the red text of the death...). Is even more afraid, now that just created his first thread in this fora. Confession: St...
by firer
Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Influence of American English over other languages
Replies: 11
Views: 3667

Influence of American English over other languages

The "american" adjective discussion over the misconceptions thread made me think about how many constructions and expressions we here use that are influences of the English language. For instance, we call by "americanos" (americans) the habitantes of the USA, when we *do* have a ...
by firer
Thu Jan 17, 2008 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379818

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

On the other hand, I still think it's somewhat wrong... I don't know. At the same time, we don't have a name that is particularly suited to transforming into a "-ian" name. "USian" just sounds stupid I think. It's kind of unfortunate, and makes me sad. ;-) I see... Anyway, we *d...
by firer
Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379818

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Misconception: By referring to a person from the United States of America as an American I am implying that I feel there are no other countries in America. Truth: It is a convenient term and everybody understands what it means. Those who complain about its use are picking nits. I'm sorry if I passe...

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