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by Mr. Freeman
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0798: "Adjectives"
Replies: 97
Views: 26556

Re: "Adjectives" Discussion (#798)

This sounds strangely like computational linguistics....
by Mr. Freeman
Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:12 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Does the college you go to actually matter?
Replies: 13
Views: 3245

Re: Does the college you go to actually matter?

Will it make a difference if you go to Carnegie Mellon instead MIT, no. Will it make a difference if you go to Carnegie Mellon instead of an unrespected university that barely managed to get accredited, yes. If your choices are seriously between Carnegie Mellon and MIT then you don't have any issue ...
by Mr. Freeman
Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:20 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Observing teachers who may or may not be bad
Replies: 40
Views: 6924

Re: Observing teachers who may or may not be bad

Like Yakk said, every teacher has several students that just don't get it. Of course they understand it better after they see you for tutoring, that's the entire point of tutoring. Generally, this is the purpose of professor evaluations. These should determine how many students actually think that a...
by Mr. Freeman
Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Energy
Replies: 44
Views: 5006

Re: Free Energy

There's a big difference in "Free" as in "not spending money/resources to obtain access to the energy source" and "Free" as in "out of nothingness". The first free is readily available; we don't pay to get the sun to shine, we just pay for the equipment. The ...
by Mr. Freeman
Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:07 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Mechanical or Electrical Engineering
Replies: 12
Views: 1850

Re: Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

(Besides, I don't know why you think mechanical engineers get the glory on the robotics front - any fresh-faced graduate can resolve forces, the soul of robotics is the electronic logic driving it.) And any fresh-faced graduate can apply kirchoff's law and perform circuit analysis. The soul of robo...
by Mr. Freeman
Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Pencils!
Replies: 74
Views: 11862

Re: Pencils!

Here's a site you might want to take a look at. This guy does reviews of pretty much every single mechanical pencil out there. ummm.... the link? SHIT. I hate it when I do that, that's about as bad as sending "Such and such is attached" without the attachment. Anyway, here's the link: htt...
by Mr. Freeman
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Paper!
Replies: 25
Views: 3935

Re: Paper!

I use college ruled paper for taking notes and general text-based writing. The thing here is that it MUST be EXACTLY 8/12" by 11" paper. None of this 8" by 10.5" paper that most filler paper seems to be sold in for whatever stupid reason. I use this size because it matches up wit...
by Mr. Freeman
Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:48 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Pencils!
Replies: 74
Views: 11862

Re: Pencils!

I absolutely hate wooden pencils. I refuse to use them for any purpose related to writing whatsoever. I used to use a pilot vanishing point but the plastic body is the most poorly designed piece of garbage I've seen in awhile. The thing cracks like none other if you apply slightly too much stress to...
by Mr. Freeman
Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37396

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

We just covered normal and shear stress in my mechanics of materials class. This makes two comics now that align perfectly with my education. Brilliant.
by Mr. Freeman
Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Places that refuse to use IUPAC nomenclature...
Replies: 16
Views: 3135

Re: Places that refuse to use IUPAC nomenclature...

spent more than 4 years of my life learning the "right" (read: IUPAC) way to talk about compounds? IUPAC isn't the only correct way to reference a compound. Yes, it's annoying when different places use different terminology, but it isn't wrong and IUPAC is no more correct than whatever ol...
by Mr. Freeman
Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Reproduction & the Mentally Disabled?
Replies: 203
Views: 27694

Re: Reproduction & the Mentally Disabled?

It is your opinion that all people have the right to live. While I do not think such, I have the right to think differently, because of the freedom of speech in the US and intahwebs. No, it is not my opinion. The concept of basic human rights is that they held as facts. Regardless, yes, you do have...
by Mr. Freeman
Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:56 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Stopping annoying anti-plagarism tools
Replies: 13
Views: 2470

Re: Stopping annoying anti-plagarism tools

A mere accusation of plagiarism can ruin you professionally if it happens at the college level. There is no reason that it shouldn't be taken incredibly seriously at the high school level. The solution: If the school (teacher or administrator) accuses you of plagiarism when you have not plagiarized ...
by Mr. Freeman
Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:40 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Legality of full search + seizure of cellphones and contents
Replies: 17
Views: 3013

Re: Legality of full search + seizure of cellphones and contents

the problem is parental involvement -- they want to be able to get hold of their kids, and cry bloody murder when you take their 'precious'es phonzeses. Well, on one hand you have the parents that think their child is more important than everyone else and make a bunch of stupid complaints to the sc...
by Mr. Freeman
Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:38 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Legality of full search + seizure of cellphones and contents
Replies: 17
Views: 3013

Re: Legality of full search + seizure of cellphones and contents

Something similar happened near where I live at Monarch high school (in Colorado). Long story short, the ACLU sent them a letter informing them of the law and the school stopped the practice immediately. If this is happening to you or a friend, write to your ACLU representative at once and inform th...
by Mr. Freeman
Sat Nov 14, 2009 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Special Switch
Replies: 13
Views: 2112

Re: Special Switch

I don't know if you can switch balls or wrap the current one in something conductive, but two wires spaced a little bit apart would do the trick. The ball bridges the two wires and a circuit is made. Without more information I really can't figure out what exactly you're trying to do or what switch y...
by Mr. Freeman
Sat Oct 31, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: School Prom
Replies: 9
Views: 2437

Re: School Prom

Everyone knows that the high school prom is one of the most exciting events in the junior/senior year of high school. You're really funny. Anyway, I'm not entirely sure why "Philadelphia" is a theme, but doing some quick wikipedia searching yielded a picture of the Philadelphia skyline. h...
by Mr. Freeman
Fri Oct 30, 2009 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Remote PC boot without Wake-On-Lan
Replies: 14
Views: 13889

Re: Remote PC boot without Wake-On-Lan

In an issue of MAKE magazine (dunno which one) this guy put a computer in his car for whatever reason. He used a pager service (usually cheaper than cell service, look into this if you need to text a mobile computer). This pager activated a power supply that somehow had an option to auto-power down ...
by Mr. Freeman
Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: No ink, can't scan
Replies: 17
Views: 11149

Re: No ink, can't scan

Most "modern" printers use black AND colour inks to make black. What then, is the point of the black ink? What an amazingly poor design. I have a samsung laser printer. (It's a CLP-315) I can tell when it prints black vs. color because black pages come out exactly 4 times faster than colo...
by Mr. Freeman
Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Ridiculous Laptop Problem: Apply Pressure to Power On
Replies: 18
Views: 2346

Re: Ridiculous Laptop Problem: Apply Pressure to Power On

Maybe a switch that prevents it from powering on if the case is open? I've never taken apart a laptop before, but I've seen these on desktops. The switch will not allow the computer to power on if a case door is open, but it won't kill the power if the computer is already on (to prevent crashing if,...
by Mr. Freeman
Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: making stuff explode
Replies: 12
Views: 1333

Re: making stuff explode

Any of you know of something with a bit more of an initial blast, preferably something that can be made without much difficulty. Nitrogen triiodide. Mix ammonia and iodine, wait a few minutes, decant, and the powder left over is something quite amazing. Amazingly sensitive but releases a relatively...
by Mr. Freeman
Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: multistage verticle collision balls
Replies: 6
Views: 828

Re: multistage verticle collision balls

Could you just pair up a basketball and rubber bouncy ball? Yes. Even a basket ball & a tennis ball will demonstrate this effect nicely. Just be really careful when doing this. The tennis ball gets propelled tangent to the basketball, not straight up. Sound obvious, but when you get nailed in t...
by Mr. Freeman
Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:19 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Fraternities
Replies: 29
Views: 3332

Re: Fraternities

How about you loosen up and just drink? Its fucking fun! I'm sure there's worse advice on the internet, but this ain't far off. If your only reason for joining a frat is easy access to homework help then go live in the dorms. They're quieter and you have an entire residence hall full of people taki...
by Mr. Freeman
Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0649: "Static"
Replies: 111
Views: 28929

Re: "Static" Discussion

Wearing a condom while changing RAM does NOT explain why he was fired from geek squad. Those incompetent morons wouldn't know a static dissipative wrist strap from a SATA cable, even if you labeled them.

Good comic though. I think I'm going to go buy one of these just so I can wear it during sex.
by Mr. Freeman
Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0643: "Ohm"
Replies: 76
Views: 22213

Re: "Ohm" Discussion

The timing of this comic is insane. We just started leaning about circuits in physics II this week.

I was in my physics studio (basically a lab) and after about 2 hours of an absurd number of calculations regarding resistors and capacitors the TAs pull this up on the projectors.
by Mr. Freeman
Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:11 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Revenge of the nerds
Replies: 16
Views: 2053

Re: Revenge of the nerds

Do NOT avoid the place simply because some fuckers want to give you hell. That is seriously the worst advice I've ever heard. I mean, if it were a high-crime area and you had a risk of getting mugged/shot then it might be prudent to avoid it, but don't let a couple asshats push you around with some ...
by Mr. Freeman
Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: End of the Universe Poll
Replies: 42
Views: 3638

Re: End of the Universe Poll

There will be a restaurant it will travel through the end of the universe and back every couple hours. Grab a table and watch the ride.
by Mr. Freeman
Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:20 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL
Replies: 51
Views: 4053

Re: Hypothesis: STERORTYPES AND HOW THEY FIT THE SOCIETY WELL

Before you say anything about I should notify someone, I don't care about that shit You should have notified someone. If you don't care then why did you mention it? I've noticed a lot of stereotypes at my high school as well. They're much less noticeable at the college I'm at. (Probably because eve...
by Mr. Freeman
Wed Sep 02, 2009 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0631: "Anatomy Text"
Replies: 270
Views: 79317

Re: "Anatomy Text" Discussion

jadexg wrote:It would neither be difficult to do, nor an extraordinary inconvenience.


It would also not be hard to do nor an inconvenience to check personal websites when you GET HOME FROM WORK.
by Mr. Freeman
Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0598: "Porn"
Replies: 83
Views: 42655

Re: "Porn" Discussion

The link in the OP is broken, it goes to "addicted" discussion rather than "porn".

Now, this being the internet and rule 34 being.... rule 34, where be the porn site with intentionally overloaded servers and low data transfer caps to replicate dial up?
by Mr. Freeman
Fri Jun 05, 2009 12:04 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What really burns me...
Replies: 87
Views: 7679

Re: What really burns me...

but the earlier books are just facts and problems. The newer ones have review questions, sample questions, worked-out solutions, guided practice I don't see this as a problem. I like having the facts, formula, explanation of the formula, problems, solved solutions with the steps explained, etc. If ...
by Mr. Freeman
Thu Jun 04, 2009 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: You see, it's not that I'm lazy,it's just that I don't care
Replies: 15
Views: 1987

Re: I just don't care anymore

If American high school is like it is in NZ, you will not be able to skate by as easy as you used to Long story short, it's not like NZ and he will be able to skate by just as easily. To, OP: The question here is whether or not you care about knowledge, not whether or not you care about school. I m...
by Mr. Freeman
Fri May 08, 2009 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Produce 1.21 Jiggawatts
Replies: 12
Views: 1814

Re: Produce 1.21 Jiggawatts

You don't need springs or anything really fancy. Solution 1: Make the hook a slide, like a trombone, it'll remain in contact for a longer time. Solution 2 (Preferred): Get a long wire and attach it to whatever the hook on the car is attached to. Doesn't matter where you are when the lightning hits, ...
by Mr. Freeman
Sun May 03, 2009 1:51 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Becoming a Teacher
Replies: 17
Views: 2497

Re: Becoming a Teacher

But when does a good teacher need to lie to the students, or do something completely wrong? What do you mean be wrong? Technically wrong, or ethically wrong? I can easily imagine situations where it is easier to tell students a gross oversimplication that isn't particularly truthy than it would be ...
by Mr. Freeman
Sat May 02, 2009 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Putting webcomic science to the test...
Replies: 6
Views: 1859

Re: Putting webcomic science to the test...

How about a steel pipe with holes in it (lots of holes) to prevent explosion. Then inside that put a plastic bag and inside that, the sand. I'm thinking that the plastic bag won't have sufficient resistance to withstand a freaking lighting strike, the steel container should contain the glass after t...
by Mr. Freeman
Fri May 01, 2009 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Becoming a Teacher
Replies: 17
Views: 2497

Re: Becoming a Teacher

Anyone who says "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach," deserves to lose a few teeth by blunt force trauma. The ones who claim we get to end the day early and get summers off... Unfortunately, there's quite a lot of teachers that do just that. I understand that you can't lump an enti...
by Mr. Freeman
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What happens at around 200°C?
Replies: 26
Views: 3571

Re: What happens at around 200°C?

Wait... you're using the soldering iron to MAKE the vaporizer, or you're going to vaporize the plant with the soldering iron? If the former, then what do you need the temp. control for? If the latter, two things: 1. Probably shouldn't use a soldering iron because you'll be vaporizing the lead on it ...
by Mr. Freeman
Mon Apr 27, 2009 1:09 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Class Gunners
Replies: 20
Views: 3637

Re: Class Gunners

A lot of my profs. don't just disappear, they have class right after office hours. Most of them are fine with you talking about anything, but my chem prof has probably 30 students that want to talk to him in the course of 60 mins. on some days.
by Mr. Freeman
Mon Apr 27, 2009 12:18 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Class Gunners
Replies: 20
Views: 3637

Re: Class Gunners

If you want to talk to the teacher about British Law's "Right to Silence," go to office hours, don't try to go into it when there are ten minutes of class left and we still need to finish talking about Miranda Warnings. Oh no no no, do not go to office hours. Go make an appointment with t...
by Mr. Freeman
Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Worst/Most Confusing Test Questions
Replies: 53
Views: 6444

Re: Worst/Most Confusing Test Questions

Seems like it should be pretty obvious that the answers aren't correct when they're in the wrong units. Molarity mol solute/L soln. vs. molality mol solute/kg solvent.
by Mr. Freeman
Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: FIRST Robotics thread
Replies: 76
Views: 13466

Re: FIRST Robotics thread

What was the fan for? Down force? Did it help much? Couldn't have been. The Q&A disallowed the use of fans for traction. In fact, the disallowed pretty much every creative idea anyone came up with, period. The GDC apparently wanted a lot of boxes powered by 4&6 wheel drivetrains (no mecanum...

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