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  1. Californium

    (Almost) Four Year Retrospective

    Just graduated from high school last Saturday; it made me way too busy to post for the most part. Like others in the thread (dylygs, AnalAvenger, etc.) I wanted to get into a good or decent school for engineering (MIT, Northwestern, Cornell, etc.) - rejected from all reach schools. Oh well. Not too surprising, considering affirmative action against California Asian-Americans is off the charts. Not blaming it solely on that either - I let my GPA slip a bit in my senior year. I will be going to a University of California school for mechanical engineering though. Goal is to work at SpaceX someday. Protips from my college app experience to Anal and Dylygs: be well-rounded and explore, but don't overload the hell out of yourself. Keep your GPA up (3.9-4.0 unweighted should be your target for cumulative GPA all through high school), and be successful in a few activities. While there is no specific formula for getting into reach schools, I can say for sure don't do sports, music, NHS, DECA, engineering clubs, and five other things and then be mediocre at them while letting your GPA fall. Try out activities you're interested in the first year, then decide what you like and concentrate on it. For me, that was music (violin), competitive swimming, and robotics - it was hard, but I made it through with a decent 3.87. My friend got into MIT for aero/astro engineering - he was captain of the track team, won leagues in his events, and maintained his GPA of 4.0 unweighted while taking hard classes (AP Physics C and the like). His goal, like mine, is to work for SpaceX some day. Basically, keep yourself efficient and able to get the most bang for your buck. You don't want to burn out. Remember to leave some time for socializing as well; this is where relationships are built, fun is had, and where future networking comes in handy, with students and teachers.
  2. Californium

    Assassins Creed Unity

    The story appears like it sucks as well - dull and repetitive. About the only saving grace about this game is its good graphics when the engine isn't fucking up.
  3. Californium

    A small project of mine...

    Many people have requested this type of thing already; usually the admins are too busy/don't care enough to give the video files out. Even Yoshi (the person who's of trying to do this thing right now) can't get his hands on the old video files - I believe he posted that he PM'd Strum and/or Krysk and they didn't respond. You can try, but I kind of doubt it'll happen. For now, the best thing you have are the undelayed videos by Yoshi. http://www.teamavoli...delayed-videos/ http://www.teamavoli...ayed-volume-ii/ EDIT: Fucking ninja'd.
  4. Californium

    Pope Francis Declares Evolution and the Big Bang Theory Right.

    Yep, unfortunately, there are several way too traditionalist/bordering-on-Evangelical Catholics which refuse to acknowledge science. I personally haven't experienced any IRL, but then again, I live in the liberal bastion that is California.
  5. Californium

    Pope Francis Declares Evolution and the Big Bang Theory Right.

    Not an all-time hardcore defender of the Church itself, with past historical corruption during the Renaissance/Reformation, the modern abuse scandals, and some questionable beliefs, but I would like to say that one classical misunderstood stereotype is that the Church has always suppressed science up until the recent years. In fact, if you look past all the theology, the Church has been one of the heaviest contributors to science. Besides the aforementioned sources/people that Zirix mentioned, there has been George Lemaitre who first proposed the idea of the Big Bang, and Roger Bacon, one of the earliest advocates of the scientific method. Galileo's suppression by the Catholic Church was purely political because he was mocking the Jesuit scientists (source = AP Euro class - can anybody verify this with a legit source). Also, I go to a Catholic Jesuit high school, and I can tell you, creationism is NOT taught as a valid scientific principle, we don't have explicit religion classes (besides studying general theology and philosophy from Descartes, etc.) that force creationism on a student, These two reddit threads summarize things up pretty well. #1 #2 It's only once in a while you see random nutjobs like this. TL;DR: this isn't even supposed to be high-profile news; it's just media overhype of a simple clarification made by Francis in order to generate more views on the idea that OMGZ FRANCIS IS LE LIBERAL BEST POPE.
  6. Californium

    [Java] Binomial Theorem

    Wow... holy shit. I'm a dumbass. Thanks a lot for rubbing that in. In all seriousness, thank you for your help!
  7. Californium

    [Java] Binomial Theorem

    So I made a program in Java that can expand binomials, (a + b)^n, algebraically as per the binomial theorem. It works… to a certain degree. The program works up to (a + b)^12. For (a+b)^n, n > 12, it returns a blatantly wrong answer (I used Wolfram Alpha to verify if I had the correct answer). I really have no idea whatsoever what is causing this. I’ll break down my code for you below: In a separate class, I created a static method called factorial that calculates n!, n being an input parameter: I then used that method to calculate the coefficient of each term in the binomial - each term follows the convention (coefficient)(a^(a_exponent))(b^(b_exponent)). Coefficient calculation code: Code that calculates the exponent for "a": Code that calculates the the exponent for "b": Bring everything together into a final void method that prints out the expansion (i.e. a sequence of terms): Full code if you want to see things in context of each other: Ideas? I'm honestly at a loss.
  8. Californium

    Just a quick question [Java]

    Hey, so like the title of this thread says, I just have a quick question: if I write multiple methods/functions within a class as shown below, and under the main (i.e. main(String[] args) etc.) I program it to run those respective methods, will it stop after finishing the main method? Or will it continue to run the other ones after? I believe the latter is true; if so, is there a way to stop the program after running main? What I mean: public class example { public static void main(String[] args) { numberOne(); numberTwo(); numberThree(); } public static void numberOne() { //stuff } public static void numberTwo() { //stuff } public static void numberThree() { //stuff } } In other words, will the program stop after running numberOne, numberTwo, and numberThree? Or will it continue to run numberOne, numberTwo, and numberThree again?
  9. Californium

    [Java] Calculator...

    All right, so I'm back. In the meantime, I've fixed some code within the program: 1) I understand now your point, Herogx, about set strings and spaces. Fixed that. 2) Fixed some System.out.println stuff to make the (hopeful) end result cleaner in terms of aesthetics. 3) After some research, I realized that an error within the scanner utility prevents one from initializing an input double, an input string, and an input double within that order; the input string has to come first. Does anyone have any recommendations on going around that obstacle while I myself search for a potential solution on the Internet? Edited code: import java.util.Scanner; public class BasicCalculator { public static void main(String[] args) { Scanner input = new Scanner(System.in); String multi_symb = "*"; String div_symb = "/"; String add_symb = "+"; String minus_symb = "-"; String calc_symb = input.nextLine(); double decimal_1 = input.nextDouble(); double decimal_2 = input.nextDouble(); /*if (calc_symb.equals(multi_symb)) { System.out.print(multi_symb); } if (calc_symb.equals(div_symb)) { System.out.print(div_symb); } if (calc_symb.equals(add_symb)) { System.out.print(add_symb); } if (calc_symb.equals(minus_symb)) { System.out.print(minus_symb); }*/ if (calc_symb.equals(multi_symb)) { double answer_multi = decimal_1 * decimal_2; System.out.println(decimal_1 + " " + multi_symb + " " + decimal_2 + " = " + answer_multi); } if (calc_symb.equals(div_symb)) { double answer_div = decimal_1 / decimal_2; System.out.println(decimal_1 + " " + div_symb + " " + decimal_2 + " = " + answer_div); } if (calc_symb.equals(add_symb)) { double answer_add = decimal_1 + decimal_2; System.out.println(decimal_1 + " " + add_symb + " " + decimal_2 + " = " + answer_add); } if (calc_symb.equals(minus_symb)) { double answer_minus = decimal_1 - decimal_2; System.out.println(decimal_1 + " " + minus_symb + " " + decimal_2 + " = " + answer_minus); } } }
  10. Californium

    San Francisco

    I live in the Southern Bay Area; basically what komilatte said is all fine and dandy. You may have heard of Pier 39; imo don't waste your time going there, it's really just a bunch of cheap shops that sell magnets, etc. For Chinese restaurants, a good one is Yank Sing (i think that's how you spell it). Also, North Beach area is good for authentic Italian. Also, as komilatte said, Alcatraz.. It's worth it. If you have time, California Academy of the Sciences is great as well. Too bad you didn't come a couple months ago when all the America's Cup hype was going on; the races were pretty good to watch. Homeless (and sometimes crazy) people usually congregate on Market Street - just use your common sense and you'll be fine.
  11. Californium

    [Java] Calculator...

    I don't know methods at the moment, but I'll do some research/Googling. Ah, thanks for that. After some googling, I found that == tests for reference equality while in order to correctly compare string values it should be .equals(). Going in and modifying it now. Yeah, I see what you mean. However, since I'm declaring the string with the spaces as a variable, and referring to it later at all times as that variable, wouldn't it not matter? I'm guessing this sort of refers to your logic above of asking the user to pick whether to add, subtract, multiply, or divide? Without a doubt, yes, this would greatly enhance the user experience, and I'll implement prompts later in order to make the calculator seem more "complete," as well as, as you said, to give me some practice on how to do it. However, right now I'm satisfied with just trying to make the calculator work with what I have. I'm sorry, I don't understand what you mean. Can you elaborate?
  12. Californium

    [Java] Calculator...

    I'm a little bit apprehensive in making this post... so if I've done something wrong within the context of the programming forum rules, please tell me. So I literally just started Java a week ago, and I've decided to attempt to make a basic calculator that can do addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication (without a GUI for now; pretty much just running the program with the compiler and inputting numbers/characters and having the answer pop out within compiler messages). I'm using jGRASP. I know how to make a basic calculator that can only add: The problem, however is with the below code (again, this is without any GUI): I'm not getting any compile errors, but the calculator is not exactly working as it should... with the above logic in the code I had believed that it would be me typing in the compiler the the first number, hitting enter, typing the respective operation symbol (+, -, *, or /), hitting enter, typing the second number, enter, and then the answer would pop out. Now, I wish to ask, without spoonfeeding, how would I tweak or completely rewrite my program to make it work - just sort of explain a possible programming logic, and I can try and apply Java syntax to it without you having to actually give me code. Thank you very much for the help in advance. I'm actually leaving on a trip in about 4 hours, and I most likely will not be able to reply for the next week or so; I should be back next week to respond to answers; apologies for potential waiting time. (Also posted below) All right, so I'm back. In the meantime, I've fixed some code within the program: 1) I understand now your point, Herogx, about set strings and spaces. Fixed that. 2) Fixed some System.out.println stuff to make the (hopeful) end result cleaner in terms of aesthetics. 3) After some research, I realized that an error within the scanner utility prevents one from initializing an input double, an input string, and an input double within that order; the input string has to come first. Does anyone have any recommendations on going around that obstacle while I myself search for a potential solution on the Internet? Edited code:
  13. Californium

    Summer Is Here

    Well, I live in California, so... climate pretty much is the same except for small swings in temp. No mosquitos around the area I live too, which is nice... But I've finally started to learn programming (Java) from scratch (kind of have to prepare for AP Comp Sci)... and I also have to start those damn college app essays. So yeah, kind of a forced-proactive summer with no time to spend all day indoors gaming.
  14. Californium

    Affirmative action, etc.

    UCLA, and the UC system, don't use affirmative action at all; the admit almost entirely on GPA (other factors too, but nothing to do with race/skin color). You'll find that a lot of colleges (incl. Ivy League like Princeton, Harvard, etc.) say "they do not discriminate" based sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc., in compliance with "Civil Rights Act of 1964" or something along those lines. However, they still use affirmative action, which is obviously still legal in the US In terms of suing for discrimination, I really don't think that they have any firm ground or evidence to put up if they were to sue the UC system. The points the video brought up were not concrete enough to define real discrimination in the college admissions process. Theoretically, yes, one could sue, but in this particular circumstance, since there is practically no evidence of blatant discrimination (blatant discrimination, for example, as almost every black getting rejected while having 4.0 GPAs-type of blatant) the case would probably be shot down pretty quickly in court. Basically, I don't think racism is even a problem in college admissions any more, unless one thinks affirmative action is racism (which to some degree I do). If you're talking about discrimination made by students/faculty on campus (separate from admissions), then that's something else.
  15. Californium

    Affirmative action, etc.

    What's your opinion/reaction on this? I hope this contains some discussion and civil debate value; most of the members here are of high school/college/grad school/postgrad/independently living w/ a stable job status, so I'm fairly sure you people have had this topic come into your lives before. Also, I know that the University of California system has no affirmative action, but I'm talking about affirmative action as a whole. Before I state my opinion, I'll go ahead and say I'm an Asian American, so I naturally was introduced to these policies on a slightly biased stance. Also, none of the examples used below in my arguments are real-life ones (you can choose to believe it or not). After independently thinking about the matter on both sides, I do not think affirmative action, in some forms, is the best way to go around helping society. 1) I agree with the classic argument, "if I get better GPA/extracurriculars/test scores than you do because I studied harder and worked harder, why am I denied admission to a college or job when another person with worse credentials is admitted?". For me, it just seems unfair, even though I have been on the receiving end of racism before. Yes, the disadvantaged need help. However, this type of "help" is at the cost of another without their consent; in essence, robbing Peter to pay Paul. I would tentatively support affirmative action policies if they were based on poverty levels and actual "disadvantages", but it is unfortunately based on race and the color of one's skin. That in itself is not a disadvantage; the disadvantages stem from past historical mistakes (e.g. Jim Crow laws, segregation, etc.). I am aware that these historical events make it harder for some groups/races to be economically and educationally stable. But hard work mitigates and defeats these problems; there are a plethora of successful men/women who were minorities and did not benefit from affirmative action. They made it into the upper echelons of society and success by simply working their asses off. Which brings me to my next point... 2) Affirmative action, I think, is a type of "entitlement," similar to social security, pensions, etc. The problem with the affirmative action type of entitlement is that it encourages people to have the mentality that they are victims. This happens when one gives someone free things when he/she does not fully, or does not at all, deserve it. It's sad, but this is just most humans' nature; i.e. to work as less as possible. I support making people actually put in the effort to achieve. That cultivates responsibility, integrity, and discipline. I'm sure all of you at some point in your life have beaten the odds at something and succeeded, and experienced the wonderful feeling that one has EARNED their success, despite disadvantages. Compare that to something free you receive just because you are what you are. Both have their levels of happiness, but the former will stay with a person and benefit them far more in the future. Now, I'm not saying to ignore the people with worse GPA/results from work, but have put in the effort with the resources they have. It should be fairly obvious to people who those are, and they deserve admission to education or a job. But when, say for example, a black (no offense intended, just an example) person applies for a major in engineering at MIT with average grades/test scores and gets accepted, with the clincher being that he was on a school robotics team as just a regular member, and an Asian (again used just as an example) with almost all As and one or two Bs with a 2300 SAT that was also on the robotics team, but also had other successful extracurriculars, and was rejected, that gets to me. Especially if both worked with around the same effort. 3) Considering diversity, I feel that it won't matter too much. Let people congregate where their skills and passions lie. The point is that one does what they like, not what the expectations of diversity are, which is what affirmative action supposedly fosters. If a person acts differently in terms of a career (let's go back to our example of a black engineer), but loves what he/she is doing, then it should not be a problem to work hard, put in the effort, and succeed. Content of character is what matters, not skin color and/or race (diversity) in these matters. With that, I yield the floor to other members. I hope I don't come off as too much of a ranter. I understand that in order for me to succeed against affirmative action, I'll just have to work even harder. But the above points are just my frank opinion. TL;DR: No. An opinion with a one-line summarized argument comes off as rather weak for this topic.