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by freakish777
Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Getting faster (and better) at writing software
Replies: 16
Views: 7096

Re: Getting faster (and better) at writing software

You might also find Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software enlightening, I would definitely suggest Head First: Design Patterns for a beginner instead. I'd also suggest sites like: http://www.trypython.org/ I know Python is unlikely to help you, but for interpreted (as oppos...
by freakish777
Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is the Right Tool a Matter of Preference?
Replies: 123
Views: 36061

Re: Is the Right Tool a Matter of Preference?

@sourmìlk

Is your definition of best

"Most Profitable" ?
by freakish777
Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What Fun and Useful Programming Language Should I Learn?
Replies: 39
Views: 13647

Re: What Fun and Useful Programming Language Should I Learn?

Some flavor of Scheme/LISP.


C#, PHP, or anything else web oriented (that's used heavily).
by freakish777
Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Some general academia rant
Replies: 74
Views: 48564

Re: Some general academia rant

The DoD does a lot more than that. I'm aware. Aviation safety - lump in with Aircraft, or protect our aircraft, which can be seen as aiding either "Blow stuff up" or "Don't get blown up by the stuff that is trying to blow us up." Communications - Encompassed in "Talk to peo...
by freakish777
Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Some general academia rant
Replies: 74
Views: 48564

Re: Some general academia rant

Wheres a magic physics based 'real' job that wants to further go on and pay for me to get a masters and then come back to it? Funded by the Department of Defense. Take your pick: Blow stuff up. (Missiles, Aircraft, Ships) Blow up stuff that is trying to blow you up. (Ship/Aircraft self defense syst...
by freakish777
Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Some general academia rant
Replies: 74
Views: 48564

Re: Some general academia rant

gorcee wrote:Assuming that academia is an ivory tower, what do you think they'd charge per hour?


$400? That would put them inline with decent lawyers right? And a professor with an ego couldn't possibly make less than a lawyer he knows he's smarter than...
by freakish777
Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Some general academia rant
Replies: 74
Views: 48564

Re: Some general academia rant

Keep in mind that a lot of Academia, as seen by big corporations, is viewed as a "how much BS are you willing to put up with?" test. Those that are willing to deal with a high threshold of it and still produce results are going to make good employees...
by freakish777
Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!
Replies: 116
Views: 83791

Re: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!

Another good goal would be to run 3 miles in 28ish minutes (you might find this way too easy, or you might find it way too difficult, all depends on if you're accustomed to going for 3 miles or not).
by freakish777
Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!
Replies: 116
Views: 83791

Re: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:8min 30sec!



:)

Get to 8 by the end of the summer?
by freakish777
Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?
Replies: 30
Views: 24542

Re: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?

Dancing is fun but I don't think it's a great way to really kick your body into gear. You want something that gets you breathing hard quickly. Dance can in fact make you breathe hard very quickly. Something like Ballroom Dancing will not. Something like the more popular Body Pump or Zoomba stuff th...
by freakish777
Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Running, help! (rest days, faster, longer)
Replies: 5
Views: 7577

Re: Running, help! (rest days, faster, longer)

Keep us posted when you do your 5k when you do run it.

Seeing that you're at 26 minutes for your 3 mile time and a 5k isn't that much longer, I think that's the time you want to target, and be happy with anything under 27 minutes.
by freakish777
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?
Replies: 30
Views: 24542

Re: Suggestions for those trying to get in shape?

Don't let hand-eye coordination keep you from joining in sports. There's one way to get better and that's through practice. There's also sports that don't require any eye-hand coordination at all! [cough]Soccer[/cough] There's also less serious sports (like kickball) that you can generally find sum...
by freakish777
Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 200218

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last Friday:

Dream Theater



Tonight:

Childish Gambino


Sunday:

Freezepop
Silent Auction
by freakish777
Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Running, help! (rest days, faster, longer)
Replies: 5
Views: 7577

Re: Running, help! (rest days, faster, longer)

But if your legs aren't feeling fatigued and the thing that is holding you back is more your cardiovascular capacity, I don't see the problem with your current scheme. 100% agree. If you aren't "feeling the burn" in your legs, you should focus on heart and lungs. Try to make your 5 mile r...
by freakish777
Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!
Replies: 116
Views: 83791

Re: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!

Back to the original thread! 12 minute for a mile at the start of February (and a mile was pretty much what I could run without taking a break). Currently down to 7:30 for 1 mile, 9:30min/mile for 5k, 9:48min/mile for 5.5 miles. Goal is maybe aggressive, but I want to hit a 24 minute 5k. Running my...
by freakish777
Wed Jun 13, 2012 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Moral Issues with Saving for College
Replies: 23
Views: 9360

Re: Moral Issues with Saving for College

The simplest way would be to use the last 4 W-2s, and throw out the highest. This way, it considers family income while the student is in high school. It probably be better to just take an inflation adjusted average. Say you have a family where the main breadwinner lost their job recently (incomes ...
by freakish777
Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Looking to improve my over all health, want to feel better
Replies: 10
Views: 8703

Re: Looking to improve my over all health, want to feel bett

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walnut#Med ... and_claims

Walnuts should also be good for the brain. Note though that you never want to over do any one food.
by freakish777
Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Moral Issues with Saving for College
Replies: 23
Views: 9360

Re: Moral Issues with Saving for College

gorcee wrote:Federal loans are based on expected family contribution (EFC).


Right, I was under the impression that EFC applied towards loans, where as income alone (and not assets) were used for Grants. But it appears I'm remembering wrong.
by freakish777
Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Moral Issues with Saving for College
Replies: 23
Views: 9360

Re: Moral Issues with Saving for College

So because they had saved that money and lived within their means, we only got unsubsidized federal loans for financial aid. I don't think this is a problem. The aid we're talking about are loans. If your parents have savings accounts earmarked for your education (and you're listed as a dependent),...
by freakish777
Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Software developement process for small projects?
Replies: 4
Views: 2853

Re: Software developement process for small projects?

I was under the impression that SCRUM required frequent (nearly constant) interaction with the client, and was only really well suited for projects which could involve some kind of change in specifications (which is almost all of them, but doesn't really apply in this case). In this case the Client...
by freakish777
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Automatically Download File?
Replies: 5
Views: 2176

Re: Automatically Download File?

I use windows 7 and i can do some simple scripting, but i can always learn. If i ran a script, it would stop working if my computer turned off? I need a way to acquire the file even if i might be on vacation or away from any computer. Is that possible? Yes. After you've created your script, have it...
by freakish777
Mon Jun 11, 2012 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Software developement process for small projects?
Replies: 4
Views: 2853

Re: Software developement process for small projects?

Waterfall has a lot of pitfalls. Namely, allowing for over planning and missing deadlines as things stretch out into infinity and projects never get done. Iterative Dev has it's own, different, pitfalls, but almost regardless of the project at hand, I'd opt for Iterative Dev over Waterfall. SCRUM (e...
by freakish777
Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food that should exist
Replies: 6
Views: 3176

Re: Food that should exist

A Taco dish that's that's served like Lasagna. There's plenty of Taco dip recipes out there for dipping your tortilla chips into, but I want something meatier, heavier, more complete meal feeling than "party food" feeling. Breakfast/Dessert Garbage Plate . For those outside of Rochester N...
by freakish777
Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Getting the most out of your undergraduate education
Replies: 6
Views: 4285

Re: Getting the most out of your undergraduate education

Option A: ⋅ Find Grad Courses that look interesting ⋅ Approach professors of said courses ⋅ Ask if they'll allow you to take their course (if you're a junior/senior with a high GPA and come across as both smart and mature, chances are they'll agree to it) ⋅ If...
by freakish777
Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Scissor-paper-stone algorithm
Replies: 13
Views: 11832

Re: Scissor-paper-stone algorithm

runner2011 wrote:No strategy is the best strategy, isn't it?


Not if there is a pattern in your opponent's strategy...
by freakish777
Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Raspberry Pi
Replies: 13
Views: 11674

Re: Raspberry Pi

What should you do with it?

Wait til they let unlimited ordering happen.


Then.


This:

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by freakish777
Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Where do you store your money?
Replies: 14
Views: 3663

Re: Where do you store your money?

can't you buy an apartment and rent it out or something? as long as rent pays for you mortgage repayments, you would be set with a real asset rather than just money in the bank. I want to point out that there is a lot of risk involved in the rental property market in the forms of: Bad Tenants (thes...
by freakish777
Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Where do you store your money?
Replies: 14
Views: 3663

Re: Where do you store your money?

Growing up and having an actual income has led me to a problem. I had always just stored my money in a savings account, but the returns are terrible. My account gives me only 0.3% interest (at the bank of Montreal). This is obviously far below inflation, but it has been convenient so far. I looked ...
by freakish777
Thu May 31, 2012 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dark Knight Rises
Replies: 245
Views: 39801

Re: New Bat-Villains announced.

Umm, how intelligent was it? It was an action thriller that discuss some basic philosophy 101 morality, with a plot more complex than the mainstream action flick. That doesn't make it an arthouse film. It's still, in it's essence, a "dumb action flick" Did you entirely miss the social com...
by freakish777
Tue May 29, 2012 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Was I too harsh?
Replies: 167
Views: 42823

Re: Was I too harsh?

Frankly, I don't care. Do you think attitudes like this might contribute to your boss' assessment of you being too harsh? Does such an attitude send the signal to your boss that you are not "leadership" material? Whether that leadership material is Management or Technical Team Lead, you h...
by freakish777
Tue May 29, 2012 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!
Replies: 116
Views: 83791

Re: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!

You don't do that by running 4x400 at a 10m pace, and then 2x400 at a 3m pace, you do that by running 2x100, 2x200, 2x400, 4x200, 2x800, 2x200, 2x100, all at your designated pace. Your 'up the effort' comes by dropping rest between sets, but it's important to maintain your pace. I agree that you wo...
by freakish777
Tue May 29, 2012 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!
Replies: 116
Views: 83791

Re: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!

I think it's better to pyramid distances and keep your pace consistent. That way you train yourself to run at a certain rate. Pyramiding your effort doesn't train you to run consistently. But either way. Well, when our track team did this (many years ago for me), it was the hardest workout day (Wed...
by freakish777
Fri May 25, 2012 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!
Replies: 116
Views: 83791

Re: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:9 minutes even.


Also, keep up the good work.
by freakish777
Fri May 25, 2012 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?
Replies: 14
Views: 13639

Re: Reasonable/Sustainable Diet and Exercise?

I assume you have some sort of desk job? Are you working out after dinner? I was going to say "You should switch your lunch and dinner calorie intakes around" because generally after dinner people are in their house for the rest of the night (watching TV/reading/helping kids with homework/...
by freakish777
Fri May 25, 2012 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Running up/down hills
Replies: 3
Views: 5069

Re: Running up/down hills

When you run up/down a hill, keep your knees up, your toes up, and your eyes/chin up, and your shoulders back. If you're accustomed to slouching/hunching forward when you jog/run, it will impact your back (think of the impact on the vertebrae of a spine curled forward when your foot hits the ground,...
by freakish777
Fri May 25, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!
Replies: 116
Views: 83791

Re: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!

My suggestion for all you milers that are serious about mile times (as opposed to just working out for the sake of working out) and have a track to work on: Do 8 sets of 400m. Also, pyramid/triangle the effort for each one (effort for your 400m time, not your mile time). First set at 50% effort, sec...
by freakish777
Fri May 25, 2012 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: 2012 in music
Replies: 58
Views: 35155

Re: 2012 in music

charliepanayi wrote:Sigur Ros


Got to play some of Valtari on my radio show. Really digging "Dauðalogn".

This album is a quite a bit more electronic than previous albums, and not in a bad way.
by freakish777
Wed May 23, 2012 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Was I too harsh?
Replies: 167
Views: 42823

Re: Was I too harsh?

@Pesto, that 'harsh' remark from your boss is the core of your problem, right? If I were you, I'd go to your boss and ask why they said you were harsh, and listen carefully to the response. Even if you stand behind your conclusion, you still need to know why you sound harsh. This. Again, valid conc...
by freakish777
Tue May 22, 2012 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Was I too harsh?
Replies: 167
Views: 42823

Re: Was I too harsh?

My point was that a good programmer would be very uneasy working with a set-in-stone project where every bit of functionality was just handed to them by some mysterious being. We're built to work in teams, understanding each others' points of views, and cooperating. Eh, sorta. If said mysterious be...
by freakish777
Tue May 22, 2012 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Was I too harsh?
Replies: 167
Views: 42823

Re: Was I too harsh?

Is it a Senior Software Engineer position for Lochheed Martin where you're writing programs that UAVs rely on (ie, people die if the code is wrong)? The U really helps though, when it comes to safety Not when you're dropping bombs from the things... That would be a case of people dying if the code ...

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