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Devac  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: No more colorbox.

This still works, might substitute clickables:

Devac  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Update: No more colorbox.

Speaking of changes…

1. Will 'people' tab make a comeback? This place isn't about 'muh stats', but it was a quick way to look-up popular comments/threads.

2. I noticed that there is no way to click on things like "shared posts" or "replies" while going to another user's profile. Functionality is still there, but so were 'people' until this update launched. Will those return in a clickable form?

3. Easy access to Deleted seems to be lacking and I'm kinda certain about suggesting adding it to the profile page a while ago. Seems doable, so why not?

First one is more of a curiosity, the second I find to be sometimes better than search function. Third is just one of those things nobody needs right up until they need it.

Regardless, I appreciate the hell out of all the work you've been doing. Kudos for every minute of it.

Devac  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 6, 2019

Oversaw my first mid-term yesterday, can't help but think that I've been left there alone with 200+ freshmen on purpose. I can't even tell if they're giving me attitude or a lesson at this point.

I'm making a lot of progress in other endeavours, though. Research project goes forward, joined a group working on stuff that's a hat throw from my MS thesis, studies workload stabilised around somewhat-sensible 15 hours per course per week, went out on a date with someone interesting (and, apparently, interested – meeting her again this weekend), and started going on aikido lessons twice a week.

Devac  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How do you make Windows suck less?

You can also run a large subset of nix tools and get POSIX goodies with either Cygwin or GOW. Only really used the former (and it was enough for me), heard a lot of good things about the latter.

Devac  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Stephen Wolfram - Announcing the Rule 30 Prize

    Are they? I thought they were a basic element or fact of nature, that we just found an easy way to represent mathematically...?

Are numbers a fact of nature? You can count things, sure, but you'd never find just an idea of some number lying around. It's just as much of abstraction and tool as language or writing. The debate about maths (and, by extension, its study subjects like numbers) being invented or discovered is still ongoing.

Philosophy aside, primes are just natural numbers that were observed to have some interesting property. Apart from being building blocks for numbers and them popping up everywhere in mathematics, there wasn't that much real-world use for them until the advent of modern cryptography (the 1970s or so). That's despite the fact people knew about and studied them since at least the times of Euclid.

    Like E=MC2... it is just a mathematical expression of a physical property.

Fun and related to this thread story: classical electrodynamics, as formulated by Maxwell's equations, was compatible with special relativity good 40 years before special relativity was a thing. Even gave enough of a framework to derive Einstein's SR from them. It 'just' took someone pondering the right things to make it into its own thing.

Devac  ·  32 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 9, 2019

Seems like I'm making new friends and spend a lot of fun time with other freshmen. Moving from institute to a bar can be surprisingly seamless, though we did build sort of a nerd corner for ourselves. There's also an air of cooperation that's very new to me, IRL at least. It's different from my general life experience, and I couldn't be happier about it.

Being a TA takes much more prep time than I expected, but I'm starting to develop a weekly routine that should be close to optimal. The commute is already solved, TA prep will likely plateau at about 2 hours per course per week, homework is nothing new (even though it's noticeably harder in general), and I'm moving through all the papers for my research assignment in a relatively comfortable pace. The fact I already have more free time than while I was at uni is weird as hell, though much appreciated.

In one word: progress.