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word games / Re: How will the person above you die?
« Last post by charcoal on January 20, 2019, 11:27:54 pm »
You got encased on wet cement and suffocated from the waight
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general non-furry discussion / Re: What really "grinds your gears"?
« Last post by charcoal on January 20, 2019, 11:24:22 pm »
People telling me to leave the park tonight because I looked suspicious looking at the blood moon
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general non-furry discussion / Re: Local weather
« Last post by Varg the wanderer on January 20, 2019, 07:50:01 pm »
16 to 20 inches of snow tonight into Sunday. And cold....really cold!
I'm jealous.
Much like Rocket we have a few inches here. It's been windy but has calmed down. Dropped to the single digits.

But no worries, it'll all melt by Thursday  :P
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general non-furry discussion / Re: Local weather
« Last post by Kobuk on January 20, 2019, 04:31:27 pm »
Temps in the single digits tonight. Slight warmup for Mon., Tues., and Weds., then bone chilling temps again in the single digits for Fri., Sat., and Sun.  :o

Good thing I stocked up on hot chocolate.
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general non-furry discussion / Re: What really "grinds your gears"?
« Last post by FarFar on January 20, 2019, 03:30:54 pm »
Math for the sake of math. It's a language that should be known, yes, especially as an engineer. You don't teach someone code by pulling random words out of a dictionary and pretending they are commands, you don't teach driving signage by making up arbitrary symbols and painting them bright colors and then saying the have meaning. These say nothing but gibberish, despite being languages, so why, why on this giant ball of half molten rock and life bearing crust is math taught that way?!

I passed math in HS with D's, failing one of the classes and taking it twice. I took physics, which sounds like it wouldn't make sense, but I wanted to know how the world worked, didn't care for biology and hated chemistry.

But I loved physics. For the first time in my life algebra made sense. I finally understood the meaning in it, and how to use it. I did really well in the class, took a second year in HS, and aced it. We did a lab with an air rocket, calculating it's trajectory and trying to hit a 6x10 tarp about a hundred yards away or so. We were launching the rocket three times and noting where our math was corrected each time. My teacher stood in the middle of it and said if we hit the tarp we get a B even if we didn't do the report, and if we hit him we get an A. My first was at his feet. He caught the second chest level and told me to go into artillery.

Now I'm staring at transfer functions that are supposed to describe a change in a signal, and I might as well be trying to read Dutch. The letters are the same for the most part. I can even guess at some of the words. I still have no clue what is happening. What the heck is a "signal"? I know what the word means, but I do not see what they are talking about, nor why I would need to manipulated it (I know there are reasons. I've even used them myself, but why and what for matters in understanding). It's just numbers and letters and symbols, all vomited onto paper that are supposed to mean something if I pretend the right way.  >:(

Yup! I get all of that. Was a math minor and STILL did not understand the purpose of most of it! I think it was invented so people's brains had to do back flips while staring at a book and/or computer screen.
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word games / Re: What are you watching right now?
« Last post by FarFar on January 20, 2019, 03:27:06 pm »
Rat and I must be thinking alike... :o...football playoffs.
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general non-furry discussion / Re: What really "grinds your gears"?
« Last post by Varg the wanderer on January 20, 2019, 02:43:38 pm »
Math for the sake of math. It's a language that should be known, yes, especially as an engineer. You don't teach someone code by pulling random words out of a dictionary and pretending they are commands, you don't teach driving signage by making up arbitrary symbols and painting them bright colors and then saying the have meaning. These say nothing but gibberish, despite being languages, so why, why on this giant ball of half molten rock and life bearing crust is math taught that way?!

I passed math in HS with D's, failing one of the classes and taking it twice. I took physics, which sounds like it wouldn't make sense, but I wanted to know how the world worked, didn't care for biology and hated chemistry.

But I loved physics. For the first time in my life algebra made sense. I finally understood the meaning in it, and how to use it. I did really well in the class, took a second year in HS, and aced it. We did a lab with an air rocket, calculating it's trajectory and trying to hit a 6x10 tarp about a hundred yards away or so. We were launching the rocket three times and noting where our math was corrected each time. My teacher stood in the middle of it and said if we hit the tarp we get a B even if we didn't do the report, and if we hit him we get an A. My first was at his feet. He caught the second chest level and told me to go into artillery.

Now I'm staring at transfer functions that are supposed to describe a change in a signal, and I might as well be trying to read Dutch. The letters are the same for the most part. I can even guess at some of the words. I still have no clue what is happening. What the heck is a "signal"? I know what the word means, but I do not see what they are talking about, nor why I would need to manipulated it (I know there are reasons. I've even used them myself, but why and what for matters in understanding). It's just numbers and letters and symbols, all vomited onto paper that are supposed to mean something if I pretend the right way.  >:(
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word games / Re: What are you watching right now?
« Last post by cause the rat on January 20, 2019, 02:38:40 pm »
Football playoff game. it's half time so i'm cruising the web.
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tech talk / Li ion batteries and age
« Last post by Varg the wanderer on January 20, 2019, 12:40:45 pm »
How long can I ride this puppy before it dives into the dirt?

I have an old Macbook (2009) that I currently use. The batteries, according to Apple, are good for 300 cycles. I am currently sitting at 270 something and have noticed a minor decrease in battery performance, but my computer hasn't thrown any warnings yet. I know these batteries have a margin of safety (brother has 2010 or 2011 model, rated for 1k cycles and has 2k+ on his), but mine aren't made anymore (and I tried 3rd party- never again) and so everything on the market is pushing 10 years old.

Do these batteries age with time?

In other words, is that margin of safety still there? I've already had two batteries go out on me, one of them scorching the desk and making the plastic brittle. I know I can get a replacement battery, but they are becoming hard to find and still face the aging problem. Eventually I plan on making this thing an off-line desktop (It still has programs I like that aren't available anymore) but I still need a mobile computer for school and it's either this thing or I'll have to buy a replacement. If I can limp it to the end of the semester then great, but the faster the battery drains the faster cycles are added. I've already put a fair number on it since the start of the school year, so I'm confident that I'll break the 300 count before the end of the semester. If it looks like I can push it past then, riding on that safety margin then great. If not I'd like to start looking for a replacement now and not when I have a charred lumpy thing in my backpack and a lab write-up due.
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news forum / Re: Trump the GOP and Democrats. A new path or more of the same.
« Last post by Old Rabbit on January 20, 2019, 10:01:42 am »
It's my wall or nothing, no matter how Trump dresses it up.
The Democrats probably should make a countter offer to
bounce the ball back where it belongs.

President Trump made a speach yesterday trying to claim he
is willing to compromise. There was no compromise, this deal
was him making demands, he, his son n law, and the VP
set it up in a room somewhere. Trump doesn't want to talk to
the democrats unless they are ready to bow and lick his
boots. Just as he expects the GOP to do.

Each time the democrats have met with Trump he asks one
question. Will you give me a wall? When they say  no he
stomps out of the room with no offer to compromise.

His offer to help DOCA, and other imigrants with temporary
protection is something he took away, and now wants to use 
it as a carrot. It's all about his wall, now a wall people can cut
through in minutes with a battery operated saw.

Trump is betting the democrats will cave, because they are
suckers for sob stories and the needs of government workers.
People who mean little or nothing to  him unless they do his
bidding.

This boils down to Trump trying to use the news media to
change public's opinion  which is turning against him, and
kick the proverbial ball to the Democrats. Democrats will
be asked many times if they will accept Trumps fake
compromise.

you can find out more at the following links.
www.msnbc.com

www.investigaterussia.org

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