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by Mapar
Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3483166

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Because my team mates' LaTeX skills suck, I get to deal with all the problems in their shitty code! Yay! Hard-coded equation references, shitty hacks, yada yada...
by Mapar
Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Determinant of Non-Square Matrix
Replies: 11
Views: 7108

Re: Determinant of Non-Square Matrix

brain_ofj wrote:
Lopsidation wrote:Look up Cauchy-Binet. You can compute det(A AT), and if A has all real entries then this is positive iff A has full rank.

Thanks. Will do.



You can also count the number of linearly independent rows/columns. This will give you the rank.
by Mapar
Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3483166

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Fuck fuck fuck why did I get teamed up with two lazy fucks for this project. "I don't understand vector calculus" is not a fucking excuse. "I'm too busy to study" isn't either. I have a comparable amount of classes and homework and yet I find time to go visit my SO who lives 2h f...
by Mapar
Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Question about factoring homogeneous polynomials
Replies: 4
Views: 4859

Re: Question about factoring homogeneous polynomials

Thanks to both of you! So I was overlooking something simple after all... :roll: Thank you for taking the time to explain the argument to the worthless undergrad I am.
by Mapar
Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Question about factoring homogeneous polynomials
Replies: 4
Views: 4859

Question about factoring homogeneous polynomials

More specifically: Let K be an algebraically closed field. Are the irreducible polynomials in K[X,Y] homogeneous of degree 1, i.e. some linear combination of X and Y? If yes, how does one go about proving this? EDIT: I'm stupid. This is way too strong. See below for context. Context: I'm studying f...
by Mapar
Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3483166

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

Where I live it is customary for students to get a room in the city where they study, but given that our country is very small, commuting to college is not unheard of either. With me having graduated one year in advance, my parents wanted me to commute for a year. OK, so far so good. Turns out commu...
by Mapar
Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Oh no! We forgot how to say... math... stuff!"
Replies: 294
Views: 91742

Re: "Oh no! We forgot how to say... math... stuff!"

I'd quite life to see postfix notation for functions, i.e. (x)f instead of f(x). That way, compositions would make sense: '(x)f g' would mean "Apply f, then g". Also, a "convergent sequence" should mean a sequence that's Cauchy. Everyone always seem to get confused when they hea...
by Mapar
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: cannot access xkcd
Replies: 18
Views: 5391

Re: cannot access xkcd

I also cannot access the main site. Forums and blog come up ok though. C:\Users\Joe>tracert xkcd.com Tracing route to xkcd.com [107.6.106.82] over a maximum of 30 hops: 1 General failure. Trace complete. C:\Users\Joe>nslookup > xkcd.com [...] Non-authoritative answer: Name: xkcd.com Addresses: 2001...
by Mapar
Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Internal/external vs. intra/inter
Replies: 3
Views: 5063

Re: Internal/external vs. intra/inter

So the prefix "intra" means "within", while the prefix "inter" means "between" or "across"... but then we have "internal", which means "inside", as opposed to "external", which means "outside"! Why does "...
by Mapar
Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 196378

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

Quick response before I go to sleep:
Daimon wrote:ます形 is what?



Masu-form.
by Mapar
Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90172
Views: 9094626

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Yesterday night I showed up on a rehearsal that never took place. 3h spent of waiting for/riding trains, AND IT WAS ALL FOR NOTHING.
It was really my own fault, though. I should have checked better, instead of extrapolating... Well, shit happens, and my family had a good laugh at my expense :D
by Mapar
Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 196378

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

I now have two slightly stupid questions. What is the difference between しかし、でも、けど. My first guess is formality, with, in my order, the most formal being on the left and least on the right. Likewise, 質問・問題 and 全て・全部 Secondly, when you're using passive voice, do you use が or を? 1. I don't know what ...
by Mapar
Wed May 30, 2012 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 94615

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

"put" is unspecified for the target position - lying, sitting, standing, hanging, ... German has several verbs, specified for target positions. Although it just occurred to me that colloquial Souther German actually has (developped) an unspecified verb that works, as far as I can see, exa...
by Mapar
Wed May 30, 2012 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 94615

Re: Re:

好きな本 好きな本を読んでいる。 The last one might be more of, reading a liked book. Hmm...Maybe I could slap 事 to something and try that, but it's too early to think. But, I mean, is there really that much of a difference between, "I like reading this book" and "I'm reading a liked book (book I li...
by Mapar
Mon May 28, 2012 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 196378

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

Can you explain to me how Japanese grammar is beautiful? In examples I can understand, that weren't as complicated as quoted above or in the News in such, it's just grammar. I don't see how it's beautiful. Landscapes are just consequences of natural laws on geographies, and aleatoric music is almos...
by Mapar
Mon May 28, 2012 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Can letters by themselves have meaning?
Replies: 10
Views: 5212

Re: Can letters by themselves have meaning?

I've noticed that in a number of languages, the word for "no" begins with an n. This is supported by this list, which has 223/925 entries beginning with n, which is almost double that of the next two common (a and m, at 122 and 112 respectively). I've noticed this too, and I think I menti...
by Mapar
Mon May 28, 2012 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 196378

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

Can you explain to me how Japanese grammar is beautiful? In examples I can understand, that weren't as complicated as quoted above or in the News in such, it's just grammar. I don't see how it's beautiful. I don't know. I guess I like how little particles can make words function like almost anythin...
by Mapar
Fri May 25, 2012 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Other Languages You've Studied
Replies: 488
Views: 94615

Re: Other Languages You've Studied

Elaborating on an earlier post here: Dutch: native English: I like to think I'm fluent. I've got a CEFR C2 certificate from the British Council. French: Fluent, but not as good as it once was. Japanese: Been studying for a while now. I can get by in most basic situations, but not much more than that...
by Mapar
Fri May 25, 2012 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 196378

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

So I came across a paragraph where I just couldn't understand it, even with help. Things, with help, are connecting, but they're not sticking in my head, if that makes sense. Take, for example, に対して. I didn't know what it means, it's acting in my opinion like a particle, but after I go further into...
by Mapar
Mon May 14, 2012 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 196378

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

の is fine for informal, as long as you're using it with the correct type of question. I'm pretty sure in writing you use it WITH question mark. + IIRC, in formal speech / writing, it's のです, rather than ですの...though now that I think about it, ですの sounds familiar too. Blarg sentence final particles. ...
by Mapar
Thu May 10, 2012 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 196378

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

Testing day 2: Four pages of nothing but Japanese written in three hours, near the end I was running out of ideas, so I just said something like, "新しい一番好きな言葉は "無駄”。 And then I had あんたの母、テスト、時間、気持ち感じ with arrows pointing to it. There was also, "ここに時間が無い。永遠はある。Tried to imply that 永遠 wa...
by Mapar
Wed May 09, 2012 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 196378

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

There's a weird quirk about my Japanese. I learned て-form BEFORE I had all the past tense 五段 conjugations in my head.(There was this fun little mnuemonic[sp] and the third line was うつる って) So, even though I can almost do it without going through these steps now, I go convert it to て-form, then chan...
by Mapar
Wed May 09, 2012 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 196378

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

Also, I never got the difference in の and 事 in nominalising things. This gets me too. I like the sound of NO, but no-one's ever explained if I'm actually using it correctly, so I try to stick to KOTO. I think NO can also be a generic noun, as well as a nominaliser, confusing my brain further. I fee...
by Mapar
Tue May 08, 2012 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 196378

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

日本語で言いたいは欲するが何もは言わない。 What are you trying to say here? I think there are a couple grammar errors in here as well: the も particle is never followed by は, and adjective+は is wrong too. You have to nominalise things before you can slap a は on them. Anyway, take my words with a grain of salt since I'm ...
by Mapar
Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A (probably easy) ring theory question
Replies: 3
Views: 934

Re: A (probably easy) ring theory question

Talith wrote:What do you know about the sequence r, r^2, r^3, r^4,... (finiteness is key yes)


*facepalms* Yes of course, thank you... I knew it would be something obvious.
by Mapar
Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A (probably easy) ring theory question
Replies: 3
Views: 934

A (probably easy) ring theory question

Hi guys. Recently we were asked in a review session to prove the following theorem: Let R be a finite commutative ring with 1 != 0. Prove that every element of R that is not a zero divisor, is either zero itself or a unit. In other words, every nonzero element that is not a zero divisor has a multip...
by Mapar
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Therefore" versus "implies"
Replies: 12
Views: 4100

Re: "Therefore" versus "implies"

eSOANEM wrote:
Of course, I tend to only use them at all in formal or semi-formal situations or if I would otherwise have to use words (I hate using words in mathematical discussions).



Our Proofs and Reasoning prof insists that we use words, and minimize "heavy" symbolic notation.
by Mapar
Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 196378

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

 たくさん かんじを よみません。 I'm absolutely no expert, but I think you should write "よめません" or "よむことができません" instead of "よみません" here. That's how you express the idea of "not being able to do X" as opposed to "doing X". I'd translate "I started learning Jap...
by Mapar
Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Saying "rabbit" in other languages
Replies: 74
Views: 28152

Re: Saying "rabbit" in other languages

Dutch: konijn. It's pronounced somewhat like "co-nine", but with a shorter and harder "nine" part. This is the explanation of the "ij" sound I like best. Say a "short", staccato "e" and draw it out. You should get something that sounds somewhat like...
by Mapar
Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone else dislike most kids?
Replies: 251
Views: 33974

Re: Does anyone else dislike most kids?

I dislike the number of allowances we're supposed to make for them (in terms of noise, disruption, minor property damage, making a mess) and the amount of self-censoring we're supposed to do around them. It really pisses me off when people bring kids to adult movies and then they talk loudly during...
by Mapar
Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nostalgia time! What was your first Linux distro?
Replies: 60
Views: 8956

Re: Nostalgia time! What was your first Linux distro?

Fedora 10. I'm not exactly a pioneer :P

First linux-experience was in 2008, when I got my first computer of my own (my parents allowed me to keep the ol' box when they bought some new pc's). I've been a fan ever since, but due to stupid compatibility problems I'm stuck with windows 7 for now....
by Mapar
Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90172
Views: 9094626

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

I really need to stop basing my worth on somewhat stupid metrics. I have exactly the same problem. I took an IQ test when I was six -also to get into the gifted program- and although I got in, my parents never bothered to show me the exact score, and they later pretended to have forgotten it. I eve...
by Mapar
Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hype your ripe snipes 'n' gripes
Replies: 28619
Views: 3483166

Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Dear Disney Employee, Seriously, fuck you. To start off with, you do not know what it's like to have my disability, just because your partner has a disability similar to mine. You do not understand. You never will. Secondly, you denied me my accessibility that you said you read the fucking e-ma...
by Mapar
Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90172
Views: 9094626

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Pander to the Borg)

It used to be, when you googled my name, you'd almost only find results related to me. Then suddenly using the internet for cool people with laptops in cafes and people started created blogs and crap and now my name is barely even on the first page on google. When you google me, you get a sex-symbo...
by Mapar
Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone else think blackmail should be legal?
Replies: 115
Views: 16093

Re: Anyone else think blackmail should be legal?

The primary issue I have with blackmail is actually not the revealing of information (which is justifiable depending on the circumstances). It's the threat that bothers me. If you threaten to reveal compromising information about me, and ask for money to prevent it, you're not giving me a choice. Yo...
by Mapar
Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 33077

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

I name installs after after LOTR characters (not very original, I know): old desktop (first of the theme): bilbo laptop (slackware): strider laptop (windows): saruman (it made more sense when it was a VM, but now it's a regular install Minecraft server: elrond Our old server was named Gandalf, my c...
by Mapar
Thu May 05, 2011 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Weird problems with DNS server change
Replies: 2
Views: 1793

Re: Weird problems with DNS server change

After some messing around with netcat I think I found the problem: our firewall+opendns shizzle still blocks you if you try to connect to port 80 using the hostname. With the IP everything seems fine, but of course that goes only one level deep. Everything requested by the page fails. Don't think th...
by Mapar
Thu May 05, 2011 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Weird problems with DNS server change
Replies: 2
Views: 1793

Weird problems with DNS server change

So school started again for my two little brothers, and my dad re-activated the gaming blocks for OpenDNS. I myself have half a year of "free time", so this bothered me, as I was caught in the restriction as well. I talked to him about it and he said that there was no way he knew to allow ...
by Mapar
Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza
Replies: 172
Views: 17653

Re: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza

As a Belgian, I love the world filter for "fuck". AWESOME.
by Mapar
Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza
Replies: 172
Views: 17653

Re: Word filter reverseengineerapalooza

l o s i n g --> losing

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