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by maxh
Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:25 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0094: "Billion-Story Building"
Replies: 106
Views: 27258

Re: What-if #0094: Billion-Story Building

A (potential) solution to the problem of collapse is that there's no requirement that each floor be of equal size. A pyramidal building might be able to support its own weight. (Of course, the problem of materials then becomes greater.)
by maxh
Sun May 06, 2012 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Abortion Essay
Replies: 202
Views: 35026

Re: Abortion Essay

One of your arguments is that someone who chooses to have sex is accepting the consequence of pregnancy. Personally, I find it somewhat distasteful to consider pregnancy a consequence (generally consequences are negative), but I'll put that aside; there are more substantial problems with the argumen...
by maxh
Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?
Replies: 65
Views: 27912

Re: Could "The Onion" be a Bad Thing?

Beyond the times when The Onion just can't make something up because reality really is that absurd, the key to good satire is that it is realistically absurd. That's why The Onion predicted Gillette's five-blade razor a year before it was officially announced . It's hardly surprising that people wou...
by maxh
Sat Apr 07, 2012 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pharmacies deter teens from Plan B
Replies: 45
Views: 7049

Re: Pharmacies deter teens from Plan B

As for the different responses to patients and doctors, I would guess that pharmacists want to ignore the law and require a doctor's advise to get plan B. What? Why do you think that? Because the US attitude is PROTECT THE CHIIIIIIIILDREEEEENS! attitude, and pharmacists are not excluded from that s...
by maxh
Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pharmacies deter teens from Plan B
Replies: 45
Views: 7049

Re: Pharmacies deter teens from Plan B

Let me put it another way: most other places, it's available over the counter (not behind the counter like cigs, you shouldn't even need to talk to a pharm tech to get it) and anyone of any age can purchase it. The rest of the world isn't stupid. Isn't it essentially illegal for anyone under 18 to ...
by maxh
Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:50 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How can we make math less scary?
Replies: 44
Views: 9763

Re: How can we make math less scary?

I guess I never really thought that people loose interest at algebra - that's when I finally started being interested. That's when it actually seemed real-world to me. Of course, I'm currently an engineering student, so that's obviously a huge bias here. Well, arithmetic is pretty obviously applica...
by maxh
Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Alan Craig: "Confronting the Gaystapo"
Replies: 59
Views: 8388

Re: Alan Craig: "Confronting the Gaystapo"

The Gaystapo. Led by Gaydolf Hitler. It all makes sense now!
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by maxh
Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:21 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 162296

Re: Your Schedule

Wow, this thread is still going for Fall and I already have my Spring schedule.

MW:
11:15-12:40 - Precalc / Trig
13:25-14:15 - National Government
16:00-17:15 - Logic

TuTh:
13:05-14:20 - Dead White Guys II

F:
11:15-12:40 - Precalc / Trig
13:25-14:15 - National Government
by maxh
Thu Oct 13, 2011 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HP vs TI
Replies: 38
Views: 18770

Re: HP vs TI

I don't know where HP went wrong in failing to win educational mindshare. Maybe it's because they weren't really trying, while TI put a lot of effort in the 90's into marketing and classroom usability -- for instance, my geometry teacher beta tested the TI92 for geometry the year before I took the ...
by maxh
Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HP vs TI
Replies: 38
Views: 18770

Re: HP vs TI

exilus wrote:They also made sure you don't need to use/understand RPN or any other complex language

But... RPN isn't complex. It's just different. It's actually conceptually simpler than infix, and (at least for me) just plain easier to use.
by maxh
Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My school fails at computer security...
Replies: 314
Views: 116209

Re: My school fails at computer security...

So far I've noticed only two thinsg: 1) The library computers are set up with a modal custom-built application at startup to ask what you're doing. This application is EXTREMELY FUCKING SLOW. Fortunately, it doesn't take up the entire screen, so it's possible to open a command line and kill it. (And...
by maxh
Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 162296

Re: Your Schedule

Mirelle18 wrote:3. Advanced Creative Writing II (we have the semester to complete a novel- it's more of an independent study than anything else)

Do it all in November. :P

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:I was scrolling and thought you were taking a class called "Advanced War II"

That would be an awesome class and it needs to exist.
by maxh
Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:24 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Saying "gay" is now illegal at school?
Replies: 6
Views: 4220

Re: Saying "gay" is now illegal at school?

_infina_ wrote:So, is this what George Takei lent his name out to be used for?

Yes.
by maxh
Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Philly Curfew
Replies: 70
Views: 8396

Re: Philly Curfew

I was really unclear on how that worked (possibly because I'm totally unfamiliar with BART outside of their tendency to randomly execute civilians of certain hues). Were these underground platforms that only had cell service because BART had installed repeaters? Or did they somehow block cell servi...
by maxh
Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Philly Curfew
Replies: 70
Views: 8396

Re: Philly Curfew

Curfews work. Thats the problem. Crime does drop when curfews are enforced. Unless you want to disagree with the statistics. (snip) Note: The first link on google seems to argue against curfews in its abstract. However, the whole paper is not available. So I took the first link that was available. ...
by maxh
Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Philly Curfew
Replies: 70
Views: 8396

Re: Philly Curfew

I wasn't asking a loaded question or leading somewhere. I actually want to know what alternatives you would have in mind for dealing with youth committing crimes after dark. Why should we specifically worry about youth crime? Isn't a general reduction-of-crime strategy more important? Getting rid o...
by maxh
Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Philly Curfew
Replies: 70
Views: 8396

Re: Philly Curfew

All right, so everyone who is arguing about this curfew and all other curfews by extension: what tools would you use to curb violent crime after dark and violent flash mobs? Consider that many cities have limited budget and manpower. Taking police off babysitting duty and harsher penalties for actu...
by maxh
Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Philly Curfew
Replies: 70
Views: 8396

Re: Philly Curfew

you couldn't have seriously thought they would outlaw minors commuting to work. Actually, that's not an unreasonable assumption. Many curfew ordinances don't make that exception. That seems very unlikely to me. Do you have any sources? It's obviously difficult to find a source for things like this,...
by maxh
Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Philly Curfew
Replies: 70
Views: 8396

Re: Philly Curfew

Well, it's not a curfew on black people or a general curfew. It's a curfew on minors. It's targeted at minors who commit crime. It may be targeted at minors who commit crimes, but that doesn't mean it only affects those who commit crimes. If we're worried about at-risk youth being unfairly targeted...
by maxh
Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Philly Curfew
Replies: 70
Views: 8396

Re: Philly Curfew

Curfews are probably one of the few legitimately effective preventative laws that can be put into effect. A general curfew would do the same, but would be unjust. How is this any more okay? They empower police to keep whole classes of people, usually just minors in the US, off the streets for long ...
by maxh
Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Philly Curfew
Replies: 70
Views: 8396

Re: Philly Curfew

I'm unsure of the amount of damages that innocent flash mobs have done. The curfew doesn't apply to flash mobs only; it's anyone under eighteen. But as far as getting out a means of protest and "free speech", you've always needed a protest license to protest in towns like that. Large gath...
by maxh
Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Philly Curfew
Replies: 70
Views: 8396

Philly Curfew

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g1Z7GizE30ay2LdoMr_23zO6Ha_Q Personally, I think this is silly. Why can't they just make beating the crap out of people illegal? They could reform the justice system so community service isn't the only option, too. Instead, they infringe upon the fi...
by maxh
Fri Aug 12, 2011 11:23 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How much are you paying for books this semester?
Replies: 59
Views: 29319

Re: How much are you paying for books this semester?

Almost 700$, though one of them isn't actually a book, rather a stack of pages that I had to bind myself.
by maxh
Wed Aug 10, 2011 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 314192

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

IIRC, the average person uses about 200 different words each day, 900 words in total, and knows about 2,000 - 3,000 if they're highschool educated, 8,000 - 10,000 if college educated. (Shakespeare used something like 20,000.) You do remember correctly, but unfortunately what you remember is incorre...
by maxh
Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 314192

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

http://howsecureismypassword.net/ says the chbs password would take about two nonillion years. Good enough.
by maxh
Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 314192

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

How many crackers do you think even check for a password like the single lone letter a ? At 1000 guess/sec, even checking every Unicode character ever would take about twenty minutes. Using only ASCII, it's less than a second. Either way, checking the one-character passwords is an incredibly tiny f...
by maxh
Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 314192

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Oh, no... now we're going to have a bunch of people resorting to easily guessed passwords because [they think?]* Randall said so... (gee, what happens when you're trying to do a brute-force search and someone limits your search space to concatenated English words?... you jump around saying "yi...
by maxh
Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:27 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How hard is Georgia Tech?
Replies: 9
Views: 3778

Re: How hard is Georgia Tech?

I would assume it's pretty hard. Most universities are not in bouncy castles, unfortunately. :P
by maxh
Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:26 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Paying for College
Replies: 32
Views: 5134

Re: Paying for College

For clarification, though I did not mark it in my answer, I am also using a small (<100$) loan from my mother to pay for various supplies, since my financial aid/scholarship refund is not expected to be processed until about a month into the term, so I have no money to buy them with, but everything ...
by maxh
Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 162296

Re: Your Schedule

I see no incongruity. Many colleges require a first-year composition course, with no opportunity for testing out. Ah. The Florida State University System (of which Florida State University is a part, but only a part, for much confusion) offers several methods of testing out, so putting the two toge...
by maxh
Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 162296

Re: Your Schedule

B++ wrote:EN 010: Freshman Writing Seminar
MT 202: Multivariable Calculus

What. The. Fuck.
by maxh
Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS declares state ban on violent games unconstitutional
Replies: 36
Views: 3601

Re: SCOTUS declares state ban on violent games unconstitutio

Clarence Thomas was a black man in the Jim Crow South who had few connections and didn't grow up speaking English as his first language. If he was an idiot, how would he graduate from Yale Law School? ----- Anyways, this link has little useful information, but it's a great headline: Bush v. Gore : ...
by maxh
Thu Jun 30, 2011 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS declares state ban on violent games unconstitutional
Replies: 36
Views: 3601

Re: SCOTUS declares state ban on violent games unconstitutio

Dear Justice Thomas, "The historical evidence shows that the founding generation believed [white people] had absolute authority over [black people] and expected [white people] to use that authority to [keep black people out of government]. It would be absurd to suggest that such a society unde...
by maxh
Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: So, I've obtained $200 for college
Replies: 26
Views: 5207

Re: So, I've obtained $200 for college

Since you have no use for it, you should obviously give it to me.
by maxh
Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:33 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 162296

Re: Your Schedule

Sophomore in university, Computer Engineering major: PHY 2048 - Just physics, calc-based. PHY 2048L - The lab to go with it. MAC 2283 - Calc III for engineering applications MAP 2302 - Differential equations COT 3100 - Theory of Discrete Structures COP 2510 - Programming concepts. Basically, first-...
by maxh
Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:32 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Your Schedule
Replies: 655
Views: 162296

Re: Your Schedule

Just starting college Mon/Weds/Fri schedule: 9:05-9:55 Environmental Systems* 11-15-12:05 Western Civilisation I These are of course on opposite ends of campus. Tues/Thur schedule: 8:35-9:50 College Algebra* 10:05-11:20 Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment * Both of these are in the same cla...
by maxh
Mon May 30, 2011 10:36 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Graduation Gifts
Replies: 13
Views: 2570

Re: Graduation Gifts

Nat wrote:For someone who finished a PhD, I'd get a blackbelt. (while on the subject, I'd get a sword for someone who got tenure).

In Finland, a sword is actually part of the graduation package. Instead of just a diploma, you get a diploma, a top hat, and a sword.
by maxh
Tue May 24, 2011 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 36021

Re: Gifted Education

In grades 1-5, we had advanced science classes (middle/high school level, for the most part). At the end of grade five, we made ice cream with liquid nitrogen. In grade 6-8, we had various internship opportunites (mostly at the national magnet lab). After that special programmes just meant more home...
by maxh
Mon May 23, 2011 1:38 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Standing for the flag + clubs
Replies: 46
Views: 6886

Re: Standing for the flag + clubs

i'm new to these forums, so srry if i do anything wrong o.x ok, i know lots of people will probably disagree with me, but i would just like to know what people think. At school, during the morning announcements, we stand up and say the pledge of allegiance, but for the past year i stopped saying it...
by maxh
Mon May 16, 2011 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0898: "Chain of Command"
Replies: 73
Views: 20065

Re: 0898: "Chain of Command"

Eh, 1700's English grammar is a lot less infuriating than ridiculous blowhards. It always surprises/saddens me when people don't want to learn how to speak properly. There's a difference between learning how to speak properly and learning how to use outdated and arbitrarily-imposed that were impose...

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