• posted a message on Which scientific area do you think should be researched more?
    Scientific education and communication. You rectify people's and their representatives' ignorance and lack of foresight, you have unlimited moneys to play around with on whatever projects.

    You dump a ton of money into any one project, there may not necessarily be results due to lack of leadership, or even resistance, from powers that be, among other factors relating to the lay and their attitudes.
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  • posted a message on What to do With a Windfall?
    Dude, he only said girlfriend, not wife.

    I was jokingly going to suggest buy her a rock and make an honest woman of your girlfriend, then go travelling.

    More seriously, if you can't travel with your girlfriend or do something that benefits you and your loved ones, just be sensible and save to something - a house, a car, or whatever you might want. Money comes and money goes, but you could always do with a little more rainy-day savings.
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  • posted a message on Site is still unbearably slow and clunky on mobile
    In addition to this things above, the site is laden with random scripts (some apparently are porno scripts or something). It's really unpleasant, but I guess there's the always the option to go away, of course.

    Cheers for the work involved in moving the site and all, btw.
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  • posted a message on 1 in 4 Americans Doesn't Know Earth Circles Sun
    So, what I really would like to know and maybe it has been made available here, but who was sampled? How many were sampled? How many of you could describe how this 'study' was conducted? (How about them apples now?)

    Rather than discuss the implications or make speculations, I would really, really like to know the above and why this even matters. It's great general knowledge that the third planet orbiting the star of the Milky Way, the Sun, is Earth, but it really doesn't do anything for me or anyone; anyone who would be seriously interested in this would surely have a more intricate and indeed beautiful understanding of astronomy.

    Even if it were useful to know this, the inferences that some people are drawing aren't simply spurious but are ridiculous, not unlike those who draw and suggest them.
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  • posted a message on Which scientific area do you think should be researched more?
    Neuroscience and psychiatry. The appreciation of both are abysmal but have profound implications.

    There are other things, but I don't really care about them quite as much, even if neither neuroscience nor psychiatry are specifically my work.
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  • posted a message on Good Sources to School Myself Free Online?
    Khan Academy videos for biochemistry or for statistics are good, but you should buy a good book and work through it and do problems.

    WRT statistics, what's your background and what do you want to get out of it? What amount of rigour and how much probability theory do you want to deal with? What disciplines will you apply statistics to (e.g., legal, medical, scientific, engineering, business; each discipline has its own gold standard, best practices, etc., etc.)?
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  • posted a message on Even more things tracking what you do while on MTGSalvation?!
    Quote from MemoryLapse

    No one is forcing you to come here. You dont like the way they run their business take your happy ass elsewhere. Cya!

    Quote from Galspanic

    Right, but if you want to be here and don't want to feel like your privacy is compromised, that seems like an absolutely valid concern. Let's just drop this argument and work on trying to find ways to help people find a comfortable place here.

    Thanks for your handling this.

    I share similar concerns. I understand the site's business model requires some of these scripts, and it so happens that, for the coffers to remain full and business to remain solvent, information must be sold. However, not only are there issues to do with (1) privacy and (2) security, but these tracking things are also markedly compromise the performance of the website. A statement and explanation from the site staff as well as the technical, Curse people would be rightly appreciated, and an address of these matters would be thoughtful for users, the site and those truly running this thing.

    Moving forward, I would like to see Tooooon's queries answered for the common good.
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  • posted a message on Post Release Feedback
    Apologies this isn't the most appropriate place for this.

    In bullet form,
    1. Thanks for purchasing MTGS and integrating it into the Curse gaming network.
    2. There are some issues with MTGS now. One most key one is accessing MTGS, the forums or threads in the forums is associated with a concomitant spike in CPU usage. Occasionally, my browser (all of the major ones) freeze and, sometimes, a prompt pops up informing me of a non-responsive script. Many of these are for analytics, including, but not limited to, Google's ones and "Script: http://static-dominaria.cursecdn.com/1-0-5154-30198/js/core.js:28".
    3. Quoting doesn't exactly work as it used to. I understand that things might change, but surely quoting is supposed to actually quote the text...

    Can't remember what my other things were, but they don't seem so important.

    Cheers. Keep up the good work.
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  • posted a message on Becoming epically good with basic arithmetic
    Thanks for your replies, people.

    Quote from TheEndIsNear
    I'm a bit late, but I tend to do some pretty big math for "normal people" in my head which tends to impress them.

    I find "simplifying the multiplication" makes things harder.

    For example, yesterday, I was doing 7^7 (which I got wrong, I got 831343 or something, instead of hold on... 823543 (someone check that for me, it litterally took me like 10 seconds, but I'm unsure (I remember being wrong and what I said, not the real answer)) and I ended up with 343*2401 (which should give you the number above. I feel like the way people tell you to do it would be (((((7*7)*7)*7)*7)*7)*7). I tend to try to make the two sides as close as possible, to get the more manageable numbers. 6^6 for example, I'd do 216^2. (real fast, ummm, 46656?)

    But that's just me :/
    The issue is probably retaining all of those numbers faithfully. I know what is holding me back from doing insane (properly insane) mental arithmetic is that; I'm okay with clever little algorithm or tricks.
    Quote from gelf
    Mental math also lets you have a rough idea what answer the calculator should give you. If you see 312 x 41, you should be able to estimate that the answer will be around 12000ish. That way when you use the calculator, if you make a mistake and it puts out the answer 1200, well you don't just take it at face value.

    Being able to estimate a correct answer, then confirm it with a calculator is a good skill to have, rather than simply taking whatever answer the calculator gives you.
    Very, very good post. Thank you very much for such a helpful and thought-out post.
    Quote from Blake
    I think if you want to be REALLY good, you need to practice thinking of numbers spatially (like Daniel Tammet) or train on an abacus until you don't need an abacus. An abacus is probably more likely for 'normal' folk as Daniel is a synesthete, but I think it's possible if you trained really hard. That would make numbers so beautiful, in a direct and sensory way. Would be pretty cool Smile
    I don't believe you can become a synesthete. If you could, the likelihood of becoming or learning to become is likely to be inversely correlated with age. Though I know Jed Fonner (from the MIT Media Lab) are trying to develop toys to simulate an experience of synesthesia.

    The abacus part is interesting. I might look into this.
    Quote from Sterling Angel
    Quote from Nai

    But the biggest thing here is 'simplify'. Make it as simple as possible so you're not juggling 5 digit numbers in your head.
    I even simplify when adding and subtracting. Take 300 - 257 = 43, I turn the problem into (300 - 260) + 3 = 40 + 3 = 43. I have been doing math problems this way in my head for so long now that simplifying is automatic for me. I find it's a much faster way for me to do problems in my head.
    Okay, I guess the most key question here is, "but can you guys do these questions, unassisted, without pencil or paper (and certainly without any calculating apparatus), within a maximum of three seconds?". That, my friends, is the speed we're aiming for.
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