Recent content by Your.Master

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    My grade on 4.0 scale

    Wow, all these people putting an 80 at 2.7 or a C. Such a skewed scale. In my elementary and high schools, that's an A by just a hair, and there was no "-" or "+". At the University of Toronto, that's an A- (just barely) and gets 3.7 (the link from the guy above didn't work for me, so I'm...
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    Question about performance (computers), does this make sense?

    Your first seems reasonable. There are also problems associated with communicating between hardware (like in dual-core), or if it were more integrated hardware with more complex units you still have the gate delay providing an upper bound to your performance (even if you had infinite hardware...
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    Vista OS

    Just so not everybody is offering a dissenting opinion: I upgraded to Vista on my machine. Vista was free for me (in fact, for unrelated reasons received a free copy of Vista Business and a free copy of Vista Ultimate). I would not ever want to go back to Windows XP if I can help it...
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    The seat of free will

    That is precisely why one might make the attempt to use mathematics and physics to prove free will (or rather, to disprove free will -- it seems to me probably significantly harder to prove such a thing if it is true than to disprove it if it's false -- but that's just my impression). Whatever...
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    An absolute beginner

    Ultimately this amounts to a semantic quibble over what "derived" means. It could go on indefinitely if we wish to invoke an appeal to popularity fallacy; Googling 'Java "derived from C++"' without single-quotes comes to a Google estimate of 1.02 million results. I suppose some of them could be...
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    C/++/# C++ problem

    Can you do this? Do you want to?
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    Medical Question about brain development.

    Even without the brains, humans do have some distinct advantages. Our day vision is actually really good compared to many creatures. It's only in special cases, like eagles, that we lose the vision contest. We do suck at smell. Our hearing is a bit in-between, but we have pretty good...
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    C/++/# C++ Quiz starts here >

    Struct is default public, class is default private. What's the difference between a virtual destructor and a virtual function?
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    Brain Teasers Q&A Game

    I can quickly up their odds to 12.5% Let's call Art History guy A, Biochemistry guy B, Law guy L, and Math guy M. They decide to label the desk closest to the door as 1 and the furthest is 4. Alternatively, if row is aligned such that no desk is closest the door, then you choose the rightmost...
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    Medical Human-Level AI

    I agree with 0rthodontist on the principle that just because our minds are complicated, doesn't mean the essential part of thinking is so. Perhaps it might be a lot harder to develop an AI that could be "downloaded" into an "empty" brain (perhaps that of a politician). I'm not sure what the...
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    Schools Hoping For A Full Scholorship To A University

    I had a very similar situation four years ago, though I was applying to Software Engineering at University of Waterloo and Engineering Science at University of Toronto. Quite a few more volunteer hours than you spent coordinating a bunch of other students to train people in Computer & Internet...
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    Top Video Game Vixens…thoughts?

    Dude, did you sign up on every forum on the Internet to post that? Is this some form of marketing? Look up "Top Video Game Vixens" on Google, with quotes. The same username with the same post over and over and over. First post everywhere. Does Playboy pay you directly, or are you...
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    The speed of light in a vacuum?

    Light is itself energy. The presence of light itself makes space not a vacuum, under your expanded definition. In the strictest of senses, I would say yes, it is a purely theoretical construct. Of course, there are some implications of this, combined with current knowledge of the universe...
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    China and United States

    I would suggest that while it is not directly proportional, there is certainly a relationship with population which, all other relevant factors being equal (such as perhaps culture, the average living space per person in their region, politics...), would make a place like China more likely to...
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    Time: An illusion?

    What makes you think this? A dimension (like time, the familiar space dimensions, and other postulated dimensions) is simply a measure of the space between things. A meter or so separates me from my door. Five minutes or so separates me from the sending of this post to Physics Forums. I...