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  1. It sounds to me as little more than one man stirring the pot in a bid to garner some interest for his latest book. While it is true that the majority of low-level (in terms of skill and application, not computer terms) programmers will never need to write their own algorithm, it's absolutely essential that they have an understanding of Big-O notation and the mathematics behind it. Without this vital knowledge, programmers will only ever accidentally stumble upon correct solutions to simple problems. Computer scientists - on the other hand - are not low-level code-monkeys and will always ne
  2. Free will - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I'll expand upon this when I get home, but for now I'd advise that you read up on compatibilism and see why others may disagree with you regarding determinism and free will.
  3. And that's assuming the human mind isn't deterministic! Free will might be an illusion for all we know. ;)
  4. Dr Karl writes for the Good Weekend and often appears on ABC radio. He often has quite interesting things to say. :D
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    Bonjour déjà tout le monde! J'avais lu mes e-mails et puis j'ai trouvé un email qui dit qu'il y a messages dans ce fil! Bien-sur, j'étais heureux! À propos de claviers, j'ai un Macbook. Tous les Macbooks (au moins dans l'Australie) ont les claviers QWERTY, mais ce n'est pas un problème pour moi. C'est le cas parce que quand on utilise le "alt" et "e" à la méme temps, il le permis à créer un "é" ou "á", etc. On peut aussi utiliser le "`", "u", etc. C'est difficile pour moi à l'expliquer, mais j'éspere que vous me compris! Il y a quelque jours, j'ai dû faire un examen pour le français par
  6. I've never known anyone to be so fanatical about Australia online -- I love it! ;) The whole Dalai Lama fiasco was pretty poor. It's worrying that our leaders would almost rather pander to the Chinese than their own populace. At least common sense won out in the end.
  7. For anyone who is interested in seeing the show that Michael is talking about, this is the link to the episode download page. It's very good of the ABC to offer these.
  8. I once managed 2,000 posts in two months at another forum -- but that was slightly less intellectual than this'un. In a few years' time I expect this forum to be up there on The largest Message Boards and Forums on the web! ;)
  9. I've no doubt - it's easy to talk big when you don't have bills to pay. That said, a lot of kids at my school want nothing but money from the future -- at least I'm not setting myself up for disappointment!
  10. I'm still dependent upon my parents, so any money I do earn is more than I need! However - and I may be in the minority in saying this - I do not yearn for the big bucks. I'll be quite happy living on the median wage as long as I'm in my dream job doing the work that I've always wanted to do, surrounded by a family I love. I think a lot of people confuse money and wealth.
  11. I think mathematics education is an absolute mess in most western countries. We have kids that go through eleven years of schooling and can't fill out a tax return, can't work out the total for their shopping bill and can't split a bill. It is these skills in mathematics (and logical thinking!) that are so sorely missed by so many. While I can't imagine a life without higher maths (and I've barely scratched the surface, having not even finished high school yet), I am very well aware of what Michael is talking about. We're stuck in an old-school rut (excuse the pun) consisting of material mea
  12. PuGZ

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    Merci, nimzo. :shrug: Je suis étonné que autant gens pensent que j'écris bien français! Peut-être vous devez m'ecouter, et puis vous direz quelque chose differente. :confused: Je voudrais habiter au Québec ou nulle part où les personnes parlent français ou même si presque - ce serai plus facile pour pratiquer mon français parlé (Je pense que 'parlé' est le bon mot) Hier, j'ai un examen petit pour français - il faut écrirer au moins 250 mots et ne plus que 300 mots. Nous avons dû écrirer d'esclavage. Je suis heureux parce que j'ai utilisé le mot "dont" (par example; "c'est l'homme dont le f
  13. Uh, it doesn't show diameter? The Wikipedia page you linked to only shows radius, which is half the diameter!
  14. Mean time between failures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : That ought to clear up a few misconceptions stated in the thread so far. That said, I believe that most twentieth century computers will still be functional two hundred years from now -- provided that they are stored in a vacuum. Given regular use, I can't imagine most lasting more than a quarter of that!
  15. Why'd you jump to that conclusion? I've become so desensitised to advertisements that I rarely notice their existence, let alone click on them. While I've always thought the same applied for most people, first-hand evidence (read: immediate family members) suggests that what you say has merit. I wonder about some people.. :confused:
  16. While I didn't understand everything you said in your post, I'll re-read it over the coming days and just thought I'd let you know that as a layperson with an interest in the topic, I found this absolutely fascinating. Keep up the good work! :confused:
  17. FFmpeg does a good job and it's open source, to boot! I use the Mac OS X version -- FFmpegX, but there exist lots of Windows projects. I imagine most are free and do an excellent job. :D EDIT: I read my own link and realised that the aforementioned SUPER is based on FFmpeg. Here's a link! I can't vouch for its quality, but it should work fine and the other guy seems to like it. ;)
  18. Sustain what kind of life? Regular human life and mesophiles? Or any life at all? You might be absolutely amazed at some of the conditions that extremeophiles live in -- it will also open up your options considerably. That said, I have no idea how to go about answering your question. Just wanted to give you an idea of some of the conditions that life can live in!
  19. I recently bought the Nokia N73. I use the camera even more than I use the phone functionality (especially on trigger-happy holidays!) and the calendar is exceptionally useful. I keep all my dates and contacts on my Mac and iSync keeps everything in sync so I just need to look at my phone on standby to know what I've got coming up throughout the week. Very handy. :D
  20. PuGZ

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    Bonjour sanctus! Merci pour vos mots gentils! Premierement, j'ai reçu la message privée, mais je n'avais assez attendu! Parfois je suis impatient. :bow_flowers: J'ai bonnes nouvelles! Ma cousine vient de recevoir un diplôme avec "first class honours" (je ne sais pas les mots en français!) en français de l'Universitaire de Glasgow en Ecosse! Nous sommes tous très fiers d'elle, bien sur. Sa mère est une professeur de français et sa tante est aussi une professeur de français (et l'espagnol) et elle parle français chez elle, mais c'est encore un grand accomplissement. Quand elle avait dix-hu
  21. I understand now - thanks guys and my Physics teacher who will probably never read this. :bow_flowers:
  22. Yeah - d'oh - that's what I thought of this morning as I was in the shower. :) (I posted it last night). I'm almost certain that is the case now (and it makes sense, for the reason you stated) but I'll leave the question open in any case anyone wants to confirm it. EDIT: The reason I dismissed it at first is because I know satellites are only ever in free fall, but due to the curvature of the Earth they never land? Or do they have a horizontal velocity component? (Relative to the surface of the Earth). The more I try to justify a particular reason, the more confused I get.
  23. Hi guys, I've just recently got the results back for a Physics trial exam and I'm curious about something. I'll first show you the question and then my queries in regards to it. Hence there is a graph with a curve in the shape of the right side of a hyperbolic graph. On the horizontal axis is distance from the centre of the Earth (m) and on the vertical axis is gravitational field strength (N/kg). Two points are labelled: (6.38 * 10^6, 9.81) and (7.07 * 10^6, 7.98). These are the values for the Earth's surface and the radius of the orbit, respectively. The first question is such:
  24. If you are studying the two languages and enjoy them, have you considered studying Linguistics? In that field you could combine scientific rigour with human languages and really go anywhere! Best of all (in my mind, at least), there are some very large, meaty problems that remain unsolved to this day and would be incredibly pertinent to society if they could be solved. Of course, I'm talking about natural language parsing and translation. With an abstract mind, you would do very well at separating syntax from semantics - which is exactly what such an endeavour would require of you. Just a
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