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by Parsifal
Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My lab-mate plagiarised. What do I do?
Replies: 39
Views: 10929

Re: My lab-mate plagiarised. What do I do?

Given that it is now a new semester, this won't matter to OP but for the benefit of anyone else pondering a similar quandary: This isn't a choice you need to worry about. Most schools make you sign an academic honestly policy. If you know your lab-mate plagiarized, you are probably *obligated* to te...
by Parsifal
Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How hard is Georgia Tech?
Replies: 9
Views: 3884

Re: How hard is Georgia Tech?

I'm now nearing the end of my first semester in the MSCS program and so far I have found it to be quite challenging relative to the lower-tier university where I got my BS. I'm not sure how much of that is due to the graduate program, vs the culture of Tech itself, vs going back to school after an e...
by Parsifal
Sat Oct 01, 2011 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Back to School! (not the retail season)
Replies: 3
Views: 2530

Re: Back to School! (not the retail season)

I got my BS at 21 - I'm going back for my MS at 32. Troubles I've had: - Grad school is WAY harder than I expected. The ability to memorize isn't a great help, because in grad school you're tested on really applying the material, not whether you can recite some version of anything you heard in class...
by Parsifal
Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Extra time for tests
Replies: 28
Views: 7964

Re: Extra time for tests

I don't agree with giving some students extra time. In fact, I'm in a class right now where the average is probably 70%, if that, and nearly no one in the class leaves early from a 50-minute exam. While the teacher will sometimes give a few extra minutes to the entire class, he is adamant about taki...
by Parsifal
Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What is the deal with medical schools and community college?
Replies: 13
Views: 4831

Re: What is the deal with medical schools and community coll

I'm in CS not pre-med, but I'd advise going to a 4-year school if you can manage it. You might make it through your first few years OK if you don't, but when you start taking higher levels courses you'll be sorry if you're not prepared, and there won't be an easy way to fix it.
by Parsifal
Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:52 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The wall
Replies: 7
Views: 3296

Re: The wall

I'm only a first semester MS student (back from almost 10 years in the field), but my advice is to bail if you still have doubts - AFTER finishing your thesis. Only trying the 'real world' will tell you on a fundamental level whether or not you really prefer academia. Then, you'll be prepared to ret...
by Parsifal
Sat Aug 20, 2011 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Finding A Coding Job w/ Programming Puzzles
Replies: 2
Views: 1519

Re: Finding A Coding Job w/ Programming Puzzles

People sometimes post programming questions on the linkedin networking site. I answered one and received an unsolicited interview request - not sure how common that is, though.
by Parsifal
Sat Aug 20, 2011 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Stanford: Introduction To Artificial Intelligence: Fall 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 6921

Re: Stanford: Introduction To Artificial Intelligence: Fall

I'm signing up for this course now. I just started the MS in CS at Georgia Tech with a specialization in interactive intelligence. Unfortunately, I did not take an undergraduate AI course when I got my BS in 2001 and there is no real introductory course in AI offered here this semester (at the gradu...
by Parsifal
Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:33 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Reactions to your Major
Replies: 344
Views: 61805

Re: Reactions to your Major

Hah, I had to respond to this one because my most recent haircut went: "Yep... last haircut before I move away to go back to school." "Oh really, what are you studying?" "Just getting started toward a PhD in computer science." *crickets* And no, I don't make fun of *all...
by Parsifal
Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:21 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I am such an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 7799

Re: I am such an idiot

This is intended to be constructive criticism, not to insult your intelligence, which might be considerable but has nothing to do with your problem. This isn't what you want to hear, but having already been told to redo work twice and also missing the ultimate deadline, have you considered that you ...
by Parsifal
Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:20 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Working for a department head as a Ph.D. student?
Replies: 5
Views: 2386

Re: Working for a department head as a Ph.D. student?

I worked for our CSCI department head as an undergraduate and didn't have any issues - however - I am self-motivated and self-teaching to an extreme degree. Since I usually prefer to be left alone by my boss unless I need more work to do, we got along just fine. Considering that I only worked for 3 ...
by Parsifal
Sat Jun 18, 2011 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Senior Thesis
Replies: 12
Views: 3531

Re: Senior Thesis

There's nothing wrong with the idea your professor suggested, and you could probably spend a month or more making a robust application that implements the algorithm as specified in the paper you cited. Then, you can substitute the stencil filter implementation for one of your own design and compare ...
by Parsifal
Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Senior Thesis
Replies: 12
Views: 3531

Re: Senior Thesis

Moose Hole wrote:How about trying some unlimited detail technology?


Excellent idea, sir. Please cite a peer-reviewed article so this student knows what to implement.

Thought so.
by Parsifal
Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Senior Thesis
Replies: 12
Views: 3531

Re: Senior Thesis

I thought the point of a thesis was to demonstrate your capability to conduct and publish original research? How would your teacher know if it is too hard? "Too hard" means too hard for your teacher to understand and/or grade, but I digress. The stencil app would indeed be easy to implemen...
by Parsifal
Wed Jun 08, 2011 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Unlimited Detail technology. Yay or nay?
Replies: 13
Views: 4981

Re: Unlimited Detail technology. Yay or nay?

Tech demo or it didn't happen! Site is either a pipe-dream, mad grab for VC cash or some sort of hoax. If anyone can assist with directing us to some immensely high detailed 3d models we would be most grateful. Ah, there we go. They want free models to run through what is apparently some sort of ray...
by Parsifal
Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: junit testing vs system.out printing
Replies: 18
Views: 4572

Re: junit testing vs system.out printing

I think that coding a modular app and using test-driven development is the best route, although it does take a lot more practice and discipline. Interactive debugging is a close second, and in my experience most people who think troubleshooting that way is too hard simply don't understand how to mak...
by Parsifal
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind computing
Replies: 45
Views: 99691

Re: Resources for learning the Math and Science behind compu

"Origamist Haskell programmer
(always starts out with the “basic Bird fold”)


I snorted at this one :)
by Parsifal
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: new to coding: should I use Visual Studio?
Replies: 7
Views: 1860

Re: new to coding: should I use Visual Studio?

The best way to learn to code is to use the simplest possible tools so that you can concentrate on getting the fundamental principles of the language right, without hand-holding. Once you have found the language you want and can write the code on your own, you'll be better equipped to pick a good ID...
by Parsifal
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:17 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Making your own quizzes
Replies: 8
Views: 4431

Re: Making your own quizzes

It might sound silly, but what's wrong with making flash cards? The benefits of quizzing yourself this way are twofold: 1) You gain the kinesthetic experience of making the cards (if you go in for that kind of learning) 2) When you use them, you can rapidly shuffle out just the ones you get wrong, t...
by Parsifal
Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:11 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How hard is Georgia Tech?
Replies: 9
Views: 3884

Re: How hard is Georgia Tech?

I have no idea, but I'll tell you in a few months after I start my MS in CS :) I have also heard that Georgia Tech has a challenging engineering program but is otherwise in the same tier as other decent state institutions. I can't compare it to MIT because I didn't accept admission there for financi...
by Parsifal
Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I'm sure there are a lot of these, but here goes:
Replies: 8
Views: 2202

Re: I'm sure there are a lot of these, but here goes:

Generally unless you do something that specifically voids your warranty like removing a seal and taking out some parts, manufacturers will honor their warranties. Of course, you may have to pay a deposit for a new part to be shipped out right away. Retailer warranties are a lot less forgiving unless...
by Parsifal
Mon May 30, 2011 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Underrated & Obscure Games
Replies: 171
Views: 26370

Your favorite obscure title

Name the game that you loved but it seems like no one else ever noticed. For me, it would have to be Soldiers of Anarchy, a german RTS gem for the PC that somehow made it to a Best Buy in South Carolina around 2001-2002. It was an awesome and challenging atmospheric, post-apocalyptic squad based tac...
by Parsifal
Mon May 30, 2011 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: junit testing vs system.out printing
Replies: 18
Views: 4572

Re: junit testing vs system.out printing

You won't see the benefit of JUnit with just a few tests or even a few iterations of a single application. I maintain a code base of perhaps 300,000 lines right now and let me tell you, I'd much rather have JUnit run 400 tests every time I rebuild than do it myself. The main benefits of JUnit are 1)...
by Parsifal
Sun May 29, 2011 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: gaming hardware - most bang for the buck?
Replies: 12
Views: 2657

Re: gaming hardware - most bang for the buck?

I can still run almost everything with decent multiplayer performance and most graphics settings maxed - the one difference being that load times are starting to become an issue at very high texture resolutions. I'm thinking that the slower hard disk (7200 rpm) is the culprit, so experimenting with ...
by Parsifal
Sun May 29, 2011 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?
Replies: 51
Views: 8492

Re: Getting my undergrad in math. How about you?

Age: 32
Education: BS in CS
Currently: working on MS in CS (after a 10 year break as a software developer)
The Dream: PhD in CS
by Parsifal
Sun May 29, 2011 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 36847

Re: Gifted Education

I agree that gifted programs only marginally benefit gifted students. The problem is that regular classes don't benefit gifted students *at all*. I had a similar experience in middle school as DavidSpencer. I chose not to take honors chemistry* as an 8th grader, not realizing that this pilot program...
by Parsifal
Sun May 29, 2011 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: gaming hardware - most bang for the buck?
Replies: 12
Views: 2657

gaming hardware - most bang for the buck?

I am going back to school soon so I'll be making about 1/4 of my current income while also paying for tuition. Still, I would like to upgrade my current gaming machine (i7 920, nvidia 480, 6gb ram) some time in the next year or so. What do you all feel is the 'sweet spot' for buying a gaming system ...
by Parsifal
Fri May 27, 2011 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College Application Essay
Replies: 7
Views: 3409

Re: College Application Essay

There is one rule to writing a good college essay. Write about something you care about. Don't try to copy someone else or write what you think the admissions board wants to hear. Also, use spell-check. To answer your question - I have never worked in college admissions, but I did speak at length to...
by Parsifal
Fri May 27, 2011 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Standing for the flag + clubs
Replies: 46
Views: 7248

Re: Standing for the flag + clubs

Maybe you need to try out for better clubs. I got practical experience with computers, graphic design, journalism and engineering in several clubs during high school. Also, quit being a douche bag and stand up for the pledge like everyone else. Just like going to church, you don't have to say the wo...
by Parsifal
Fri May 27, 2011 11:32 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 36847

Re: Gifted Education

A response to a second comment. Zcorp wrote: Your sense of entitlement is incredibly destructive to the goals of a school, and your perception greatly harms your own potential to learn skills beyond what you perceive as valuable or fun. AP/4.0/'gifted'/valedictorian students show great potential in ...
by Parsifal
Fri May 27, 2011 11:12 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Gifted Education
Replies: 157
Views: 36847

Re: Gifted Education

If you were/are in a gifted program of some sort, what did you do? What worked? What didn't? AGP (academically gifted program found in numerous public schools in the late 80s). We took extended field trips, wrote papers, solved logic problems and overall learned *how* to learn. Thank you, Mrs. Ushe...
by Parsifal
Fri May 27, 2011 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Adobe Air?
Replies: 10
Views: 1663

Re: Adobe Air?

Speaking as a professional web developer, I would use an html 5 / CSS3 / Javascript solution if possible, or an HTML 4 Javascript framework if not, or even Swing/Webstart if I really need a heavyweight (I hate the word rich) client. I can see where there would have been a need around 2007/2008 for a...
by Parsifal
Fri May 27, 2011 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Yay, graphics card/PSU problem
Replies: 20
Views: 6473

Re: Yay, graphics card/PSU problem

Sounds like the card is dead. If it is still under warranty, send it back. On the upside, EVGA support is pretty decent. All other factors being equal, you should be able to run that card with that power supply. P.S. most newer motherboards do have an on board speaker for POST beeps. Are you sure yo...
by Parsifal
Mon May 09, 2011 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: My school fails at computer security...
Replies: 314
Views: 117879

Re: My school fails at computer security...

Just be careful. I did something like this in high school (actually, demonstrated how students in the majority of classes could alter their grades at will) and almost got expelled. Remember that, whatever your intentions, you are threatening the job security of a district IT goon who has nothing els...
by Parsifal
Mon May 09, 2011 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Where to start UML'ing
Replies: 4
Views: 2517

Re: Where to start UML'ing

Try reading Elements of UML Style. You are correct - the point of your assignment is to use the UML first. That being said, I think using UML to diagram class relationships is a pretty awkward way to implement software, and I've never had to misfortune to use it or see it used in the real world.
by Parsifal
Mon May 09, 2011 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The SAT essay!
Replies: 19
Views: 3570

Re: The SAT essay!

Don't feel bad - I was told my writing was stilted and overly formal in middle school. In high school, I was told "great writing, have a bunch of scholarships". OP has a valid point - you could write an insightful essay that lays the groundwork for entire new fields in math, literature and...
by Parsifal
Sun May 08, 2011 11:36 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: The SAT essay!
Replies: 19
Views: 3570

Re: The SAT essay!

Right, don't stress it. This is only a small part of your overall application package. I was told personally by someone in admissions at Harvard that SAT scores don't guarantee admission and they 'get a lot of 1600s every year'.
by Parsifal
Sat May 07, 2011 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Case of the Missing Dollar
Replies: 44
Views: 16901

Re: The Case of the Missing Dollar

It's a classic form of a riddle, where all the confusion is caused by the last bit, which in actuality doesn't have squat to do with the price of eggs in China. 3x9+2 = 29, sure, but that's not what the men did. They paid 3x9-2= 25, (subtracting 2 for the $2 tip they gave the bellhop). T...
by Parsifal
Sat May 07, 2011 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Rice alternative?
Replies: 17
Views: 3712

Re: Rice alternative?

What's wrong with high protein, higher fat foods like fish and eggs? If he's allergic to cereal food and is already getting plenty of fiber, there's not really a lot else to eat aside from super-refined carbohydrates.
by Parsifal
Sat May 07, 2011 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Skipping aka Dumpster Diving
Replies: 31
Views: 6849

Re: Skipping aka Dumpster Diving

I won't take food from an actual dumpster due to potential contamination, but I have no qualms about grabbing vittles that are *about* to be thrown out. I must have eaten dozens of boxes of day old donuts from the local filling station in college. Handy tip: if the donut truck regularly arrives at t...

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