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by freakish777
Mon Apr 09, 2012 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Really difficult to make decision help me !!!
Replies: 3
Views: 2750

Re: Really difficult to make decision help me !!!

I would also think about what you are going to do with this degree. Will going to an American university as opposed to the one you currently attend actually benefit you in getting a job? Yes. A startling number of World Leaders have US educations: http://www.educationusa.info/files/a3a66aa0-e2d5-47...
by freakish777
Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Website building/coding?
Replies: 27
Views: 11025

Re: Website building/coding?

The first question to ask, is what type of servers are you using (or planning on using/have access to)? *nix or Windows? After that, you have have a potentially a myriad of choices (in Unix/Linux) or only a couple (in Windows) as to your "stack." A common Linux stack is LAMP (Linux, Apache...
by freakish777
Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Nearest "Word" Problem
Replies: 3
Views: 2991

Re: Nearest "Word" Problem

Sounds like you're learning about K Nearest Neighbors?

R-Trees, M-Trees, K-D Trees and BSP-Trees should all work (each solves the problem in a slightly different fashion). Each has a (much) larger wiki entry than BK Trees.
by freakish777
Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!
Replies: 226
Views: 182892

Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

What've you got against American authors who published books between 1925 and 1951? Boring subject matter, and similar writing styles that exacerbate the issue (Where things. Take. Forever. So the plot. Never. Advances.). Of the books I mentioned, Of Mice and Men is the most tolerable (because it's...
by freakish777
Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!
Replies: 226
Views: 182892

Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Neuromancer (or Sprawl Trilogy) - William Gibson Pattern Recognition (or Modern Trilogy, not sure what to call this series) - William Gibson Brave New World - Huxley Calvin and Hobbes collection (disagree with this being taken off the list) Hercule Poirot (series) - Agatha Christie Out of the Silen...
by freakish777
Thu Apr 05, 2012 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How should I approach CS problems?
Replies: 7
Views: 4024

Re: How should I approach CS problems?

Play a game that requires significant planning and "look ahead." Chess or Go for example. You can play each of those online, ideally you play one game (or more) a day (not blitz Chess games). Many people like to dismiss games as childish, but there's a lot of critical thinking skills and l...
by freakish777
Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding and drinking
Replies: 27
Views: 11147

Re: Coding and drinking

Balmer peak aside, I really don't see how a substance that impairs critical thinking could possibly assist with programming. As an incentive for highly intelligent individuals to do menial programming task that they would otherwise feel are below them. Manager at Shady Start Up: "Hey Bro, this...
by freakish777
Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding and drinking
Replies: 27
Views: 11147

Re: Coding and drinking

Proginoskes wrote:Traditionally, it's programming and smoking that generally occur together.


Or any task done in an office setting and caffeine.




I'm sure we've all run into "That Guy/Girl" who insists that their better at Math/Programming/Science/Driving while high.
by freakish777
Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 313423

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Did anyone see this We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves. The algorithm is banned in China. The algorithm is from Jersey. The algorithm constantly finds Jesus. This is not the algorithm. This is close. It's really small down at the bot...
by freakish777
Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

I've been explaining why... If you need a simple analogy, this is like accomplishing a balance between how far one person can throw a spear, and how far another person can walk on their hands. It's not like that at all. It more like Balancing how far both of them throws the spear, but one of them t...
by freakish777
Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer forensics question - Microsoft Word - School Threat
Replies: 8
Views: 4897

Re: Computer forensics question - Microsoft Word - School Th

Freakish777, unfortunately the properties didn't reveal the computer the message originated from. My point was that you shouldn't be trying to figure out which computer it came from, but rather which user account . If you're the IT person for your school's computer network, and you don't require pe...
by freakish777
Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

I have to posit that you don't understand even a fraction of the amount of raw information and complexity involved in SC2 Do I understand the amount of raw information? Absolutely. Do I understand the nuances of SC2's actual data at the object level? No, I'm not a Software Engineer at Blizzard work...
by freakish777
Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer forensics question - Microsoft Word - School Threat
Replies: 8
Views: 4897

Re: Computer forensics question - Microsoft Word - School Th

If you're talking about a shared drive when you say Y: Then you can right click files and go to Properties. On the Details pain you can view Document Owner to correspond to an Active Directory account. If you don't have Active Directory set up properly and students logging into AD accounts to access...
by freakish777
Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

Derek wrote:SC2 has an option to always show the health of all units.


Hm, perhaps then that limitation could be used as a division for bot skill levels. I imagine a lot of players probably don't use that feature, or wouldn't be as adept at leveraging that information effectively as a bot would.
by freakish777
Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Humorous Academic Papers
Replies: 15
Views: 5858

Re: Humorous Academic Papers

How is Electronic Band Structure in Germanium, My Ass not the first paper in this thread??? Electron Band Structure In Germanium, My Ass Abstract: The exponential dependence of resistivity on temperature in germanium is found to be a great big lie. My careful theoretical modeling and painstaking exp...
by freakish777
Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Recursive definition of a String
Replies: 12
Views: 4859

Re: Recursive definition of a String

Are they looking for the definition add to the existing sentence or to add another sentence as well? If the latter, you'll want to expand the following to cover all combinations: "Concatenation of a string and a string is a string." "Concatenation of a string and a character is a stri...
by freakish777
Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

This is a problem of the disagreement on the definition of balance, which is why it would be important to define. In agreement over the need of definition. I don't think balance can be defined by what is or isn't fun. Such a definition makes it (nearly) impossible to answer in a programmatic fashio...
by freakish777
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

People lose games through sheer frustration of certain strategies regardless of their actual effectiveness. Not relevant for creating a balanced game. 100% necessary for creating a fun game, but that isn't what was asked for. A human can't pay attention to 10 different engagements on the map at onc...
by freakish777
Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Generating savegame names so they appear in sorted order
Replies: 31
Views: 11528

Re: Generating savegame names so they appear in sorted order

Another way is to insert a timestamp in YYYYMMDDhhmm(ss if needed) order. 20120101_1501_Game1 20120102_1256_Game2 20120103_0600_Game3 20120103_0601_Game4 ... 20120124_1819_Game10 ... 20120315_1945_Game156 I've included a few underscores for readability. A lot of games sort by the savefile's timesta...
by freakish777
Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: 3 months into a project, and now I have to support IE7!
Replies: 5
Views: 2163

Re: 3 months into a project, and now I have to support IE7!

Option 1 sounds better to me. You don't lose functionality, and you aren't taxing your server with extra work. If it's an internal app that users already have/need, they shouldn't be complaining about a plugin when they refuse to upgrade from IE7.
by freakish777
Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: 3 months into a project, and now I have to support IE7!
Replies: 5
Views: 2163

Re: 3 months into a project, and now I have to support IE7!

I am doing my best to keep the DOM light, but the problem is really that this particular program needs to basically draw a graphical representation of a timeline with a lot of different types of data. I suppose one option would just be to make it from a table into a list of rows in which all the da...
by freakish777
Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Distributed web (wiki-web)
Replies: 2
Views: 1576

Re: Distributed web (wiki-web)

I want to check if it has been done before: websites with no servers. this would leave them invulnerable to DDOS attacks and having the servers raided or shut down. Never going to happen. The majority of websites are developed and maintained by companies who are looking to make a profit. They can't...
by freakish777
Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Self-modifying expert systems?
Replies: 8
Views: 2497

Re: Self-modifying expert systems?

Oops, I hadn't thought of that. What I was looking for was a way to avoid the magic numbers involved in neural net evolution, since evolving ANNs basically gives you the same meaningless-but-working result that RL evolution does. I forgot that the "meaning" it assigns will be in terms of ...
by freakish777
Mon Feb 27, 2012 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Unit Testing Private Variables
Replies: 4
Views: 2591

Re: Unit Testing Private Variables

I suggest looking into the NUnit framework, it gets used a lot in industry. A quick example, if you have a function: float Add(float x, float y) { return x + y; } Your unit test is supposed to be an independent validation that that function works. It's been a while since I've written NUnit tests, bu...
by freakish777
Sat Feb 25, 2012 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Self-modifying expert systems?
Replies: 8
Views: 2497

Re: Self-modifying expert systems?

After digesting AIMA (as Jplus suggested), I would further recommend:

Neuro-Fuzzy And Soft Computing and Applying Case-Based Reasoning
by freakish777
Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: APIs that deserve more publicity
Replies: 15
Views: 4791

Re: APIs that deserve more publicity

However, if you insist, or if somebody else kicks in to support the inclusion of Wolfram Alpha, we'll set up a poll and let the majority decide. I do not insist, just personally would like to see more people leverage APIs to force companies to better support them (especially when that company could...
by freakish777
Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Self-modifying expert systems?
Replies: 8
Views: 2497

Re: Self-modifying expert systems?

I'm not sure an expert system is the right term for what I want to do, but bear with me. I'm looking to build a chess-playing AI based on logical reasoning and deduction from knowledge. Specifically, it has some conception of "This is a good/bad idea because ..." as opposed to the neural ...
by freakish777
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Your last and next concert?
Replies: 438
Views: 204427

Re: Your last and next concert?

Last show, The Birthday Massacre and Dir En Grey in Toronto in December.

Next show, tonight, Mike Doughty.
by freakish777
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: APIs that deserve more publicity
Replies: 15
Views: 4791

Re: APIs that deserve more publicity

@freakish777: does Wolfram Alpha really deserve more publicity? I'm under the impression that it's rather famous. You said APIs, not the companies that made them, which leads me to: The Wolfram Alpha API is awful. It gives back way too much information with no obvious structure. The only useful thi...
by freakish777
Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Encapsulation & Exceptions
Replies: 20
Views: 6924

Re: Encapsulation & Exceptions

The primary difference between an exception throw and a return statement is that an exception can unwind multiple levels of the call stack at once. If you don't want that to be possible, perhaps for aesthetical reasons (which I can understand), you don't need exceptions . Depending on what exactly ...
by freakish777
Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Script to replace spaces with underscores in URLs
Replies: 4
Views: 2534

Re: Script to replace spaces with underscores in URLs

If FF or Chrome is your main browser, a plugin or Add-On should already be created that does what you want:


https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... url-fixer/

I think this plugin does what you want, if not find a similar plugin that does.
by freakish777
Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Encapsulation & Exceptions
Replies: 20
Views: 6924

Re: Encapsulation & Exceptions

Since it's your own language, couldn't you have a Global Exception Handler defined (much like a Garbage Collector)? For the record, I don't think this is a good idea (for a lot of reasons, mainly because it's a lot of work to make useful), but instead of bubbling exceptions back up the call stack, y...
by freakish777
Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

What you're saying is obvious. Because to someone, it's not obvious. If you were doing a shortest path algorithm it would be like: Define each node on the network as a Point. A Network is a collection of Points arranged in a network. Define a path as a set of Points in the Network of Points such th...
by freakish777
Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

It's like you're talking with someone about how to build a house. And your answer goes into great detail about buying a plot of land, and gives exact instructions on how to arrange a loan, and get the land titles sorted out, and the like. And then you just say "and then you build a house on it...
by freakish777
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

You're splitting your players into "skilled enough to, on average, leverage it into an advantage over those not skilled enough." [...] To balance and try to maintain it being fun, you'd want to set up your bots at different skill levels. ... And then what? When your different-skill-level ...
by freakish777
Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

In the example given (obviously there are things like Chrono Boosts and Mules that are similar to this but not quite the same) Yeah, it's SC2 that I was thinking of - specifically, comparing the three races' basic macro spells - Mule, Spawn Larva, and Chrono Boost. With the Mule and Chrono Boost, i...
by freakish777
Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

Hvaing just added all those caveats to your method, you're no longer saying anything new. Why should I add anything new if there's nothing I see wrong with my method? Is there something wrong with the approach I've given from a Computer Science perspective? What exactly is your aversion to real dis...
by freakish777
Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

Then why do you keep bringing up apm? How is it relevant to the conversation at this point? (you mentioned that we need to ensure that we don't try to balance for computer players who have higher apm than humans, because that wouldn't be balanced for humans, I mentioned that that's really not a big...
by freakish777
Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?
Replies: 49
Views: 16402

Re: RTS Balancing - Proven to be NP hard (or even solvable)?

I DO understand computer code and basic maths you know. Then why do you keep bringing up apm? How is it relevant to the conversation at this point? (you mentioned that we need to ensure that we don't try to balance for computer players who have higher apm than humans, because that wouldn't be balan...

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