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nilkn

Member Since 10 Mar 2005
Offline Last Active May 14 2013 07:47 PM
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In Topic: Laptop vs Desktop

27 January 2012 - 03:19 PM

As far as I'm concerned, a gaming laptop is mostly a waste of money. You'd just be far, far better served with a significantly more powerful and cheaper desktop. It's hard to exaggerate how much more powerful desktops can be compared to laptops.

A laptop should be all about small size, portability, and ease of use when sitting on your lap. The best laptop out there in my opinion is the 11" Macbook Air.

In Topic: Dark Souls anyone?

26 January 2012 - 09:07 AM

Dark Souls is more colorful than Demon's Souls for sure. It's also much less dark, except for two areas (Blighttown and Tomb of the Giants), the latter of which is pitch black unless you find a light to carry.

In Topic: Dark Souls anyone?

25 January 2012 - 11:48 PM

What's bad about the controls? I'd say they're not just good but almost perfect. What issues are you having?

In Topic: How well do graduates from top universities perform and how does it feel comp...

07 December 2011 - 12:48 PM

Having attended both a state school and a top private school as an undergraduate (albeit as a math major, not a CS major), I can tell you that, for me, there actually were huge differences between the schools. Not only did the top school offer more classes, but the teachers pushed you a lot harder, the homework was harder, the tests were harder, and I was surrounded by other students who were equally capable as me in the subject. At the state school, I took what was considered there a "senior level" class (abstract algebra) and did significantly better than the seniors even though I was a freshman at the time. At the school I transferred to, this would be considered completely normal. That was actually a pretty big deal for me personally.

All that said, math is a little different from CS. The study of math is more focused on classes and homework and teachers and peer students. I feel like the study of CS is a lot more autonomous and, like other have said, classes matter a lot less than what you do outside of class.

Certain top schools like Harvard tend to attract a truly remarkable critical mass of talented math students, and the environment is unlike anything else in the world. It cannot be replicated at state schools. At 99% of schools, for instance, Putnam Fellows are mythical super geniuses that exist in a faraway land. But at places like Harvard they're almost a dime a dozen.

In Topic: Awesome scientific discoveries.

23 November 2011 - 01:59 PM

The neutrino experiment really needs to be reproduced in a different lab in order to get some sort of actual or partial verification.

Unfortunately, that's not really possible. This is going to be an ongoing issue with essentially any new result from the LHC that cannot be duplicated elsewhere.

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