This is a discussion on Ask A Science Question within the Science and Technology forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Originally Posted by Grandmaster Yoda The books could have been a problem. My backpack used to have three or four ...
You could use Google Docs if you really wanted to. A lot of papers in college were graded based on adherence to formatting rules. It reminds me of early high school English where the teacher handed out rulers to everyone to make sure that the margins of our printed pages were exactly the right width. Funny how we never had a general computer skills class during that whole time.
They have computer labs in my school. The technology varies but none of it is a decade out of date. For example, in the Business Building there are All-In-One PCs with i3s and SSDs for storage. Quick and easy. In my actual IT labs, we have relatively new hardware. Hybrid Drives, all 16GB RAM and i7-4790s. Certain classes don't give you access to these labs but you still need a computer, so you have to have your own regardless. In the IT labs you have admin rights, but regular labs your work and applications will be limited. Another limitation is that you have to save your data on your own storage or on network storage (which they only provide 2GB for basic documents and homework). You have to do this because the computers are occasionally wiped and refreshed by the school but probably not often. I would say, if I knew about hardware and I knew what I was going to do coming into school then I would have been more conservative for the laptop knowing that have computers and the bulk of my work was going to be essay writing. I really only like to go to the lab outside of class to practice or to help other people. My work style doesn't really work in that environment. I need to be alone in order to get things done.
I prefer AMD Integrated Graphics because their control panel is actually somewhat useful in my experience. But I never had anything close to a high end AMD machine. I personally don't like Nvidia Optimus or whatever it is called in my laptop. It really limits compatibility with different Operating Systems, so you have a choice of Windows 7, 8 or 10. I wish my laptop was more flexible.
AMD machines are more romantic than Intel ones. They may betray you, they may show their soul to you, but once you understood one, you will feel it, it will become extension of your own body and will be easy to work with. For me it has been the same way with Athlon 64 3200+, Athlon 64 3400+, AMD Sempron mobile 64 3400+, Turion X2 mobile TL-60, AMD FX 6300, AMD A4 6300. They all feel similar to me, despite having different architectures. Intel's are different. I used Pentium G620, Pentium P6200, I5 7400. Mostly at school, somewhat at grandparent's house. They just have different aura. Pentiums are closer to AMD, but Intel's in general have less drama and just do what they should do. I can't stand such boredom, that's cold and doesn't ask me "hey buddy, please learn about me". Those things will work in hellish heat, do stuff good enough and won't let you down. To me AMDs are more than just that, they feel more humanic. I never used agile AMD system in my life, meanwhile Intel ones felt like that, but AMD just does things anyway, even without that nice feeling of extreme agility. Anyway most of problems are always mainboard related, so yeah. AMD processor are totally find, except their boards that mortals can afford. I currently have issue with A4 6300. It crashes during Geekbench compute benchmark. Even after extensive testing, there's no reason why it should crash and not only crashes, but crashes with restart. Maxing out voltage solves problem, but there shouldn't have been any in the first place. I only know it's not heat related issue. Actually many people reported having similar stuff, but with nVidia graphics cards or phones. Also similar stuff with 3DMark benchmark suite. I get freezes and black program screen. Maybe it's just motherboard with inaccurate automatic voltage setting for graphics processing unit. Seems like it, else it's new motherboard dying fast or cheap low end no-name power supply acting up.
In English classes, writing is all about formatting. In foreign language class such as Spanish, the teachers read your sentence structure and use of words to see if they even make sense. They should be doing that in English as well.
Perhaps due to popularity. It seems more often that I would come across someone saying that they are still using their early 2010s AMD machine just fine.
Pre-College everything was pencil and paper (or pen if you like that). In college everything is typed up. Printing depends entirely on the teacher. A lot of my teachers just use uploads of documents. What is getting really troubling is that some teachers are using those online platforms that accept work. Basically, they scan your work and see if it is plagiarized. That's fine for like an essay writing class for the professor to see if you are using information properly and citing your sources. But I'm talking about things like, I am writing code for my programming class and I have to submit it. That's going to cause problems because not everyone is so creative with the way they program. A lot of people just love to copy each other anyway, so I don't care if that happens.
I was fortunate enough to only take statistics with a decent teacher so far. But people in College Algebra or whatever, they do their homework online. That is something I am completely against. The whole point with math is that you go through the procedure, show your work and if you are wrong it can be explained why. Multiple choice or fill-in-the-blank for a math class is horrible. At least my math teacher had use print out his worksheet and have us do it on paper.
Use of computers seems backwards sometimes. Another example is where one of my professors makes us write programs on paper. But I partially agree with that, I think relying too much on the computer to auto-fill is bad for your understanding.
In my lab, someone changed the wallpapers on some of the computers. The only reason that worked was because we had admin privileges to get into the Windows folder and replace the existing image. All computers are locked down with Group Policy so you are not authorized to do certain things. I get annoyed because I like it classic style where every time I open up a window it has its separate space on the taskbar. The school prohibited you from resizing the taskbar or doing anything to it. It's just gotten to dumb levels. The absolute dumbest thing that they do those is disable Command Prompt. They disable it, but they don't disable Powershell which can use all the same commands.
Yeah, Catalyst is what I have used.
I never had a computer where you can actually go into BIOS and change voltages or frequency. All of my PCs are generic pieces of garbage. But that's good because buying a customizable type of computer would probably involve a strong sense of buyer's remorse as I tend to get bored of things. Just like the Playstation 4 except it probably be 3 times as much money.
Looking back, I really don't understand it beyond reading literature and then putting your thoughts or arguments into an essay. I didn't like the whole concept of finding the literary elements and meanings behind every story. But maybe that is good for someone interested. The Common Core thing made more sense. In my sophomore year of High School, my English class was basically testing out Common Core (if you don't know it is supposed to be an attempt to standardize education across the U.S. better.) We read articles and watch Ted Talks or whatever and then we basically "critically thought" about them and developed opinions. I think it is more sensible than trying to uncover vague metaphors in fictional novels.
If anyone wants to develop a theory of why so many employers in the U.S. wants students to have Bachelor's Degrees, here my insight: the first time that you are introduced to the topic of writing and communicating clearly is in College. But even that was kind of a failure in my opinion. In my College Class, the teacher taught us about "Grammar." 70% of that class was how to use punctuation like commas and semicolons. The intuitive thing for me and many others was "use a comma when you would take a breath when speaking." Obviously that isn't the case in that class. I know people who are retired English teachers/professors and they always talk about grammar and punctuation. Basically Grammar Nazis. But I never actually got treated to this concept until College because my high school didn't teach that stuff very much. I agree, this stuff is important (obviously I'm not really using it much now though). Here's the thing, the College English teacher basically bombarded us with how to use commas, but she never talked about logical construction or anything that we had to know. It bothers me, because it was in the books and that's really where everyone suffered. All of these concepts were glossed over in favor of punctuation nazism.
We had word counts sometimes in Spanish mainly. I think the part of Spanish that was a complete waste was that we learned to read, write and listen to Spanish but we never casually spoke Spanish. Everyone knows the best way to learn a language is to speak it with others who use it. So that was kind of pointless too. I remember a few words. I went to two different high schools because I moved, and my second high school was at like Spanish 1 levels in Spanish 3. The quality was terrible, that class made me look like a genius because I could use a complete sentence. Regular classes in English or anything usually avoided word count later in education. You use what you think is necessary to express the concepts. A lot of people I know are care too much about how many words they writing so they put in filler. "Omg, 20 words left and I am done." In one of my classes, my professor gave us a general technical writing paper every couple of weeks. All it said was basically, "Find someone related to the topic and our class and write a technical analysis paper." It was very open-ended. I learned a lot from those because I had to research and put into my own words what I was learning. It was something that he probably didn't even read throughly or anything, but I always had at least 1,000 words on each one just because I was invested into it. Plus, I'm pretty good at stringing words together in giant paragraphs.
AMD has a version of hyperthreading don't they? It goes by a different name, I am wondering if they use that with like their 6-cores or do they just leave it at 6-threads?
I have bad handwriting, it usually worsens as I stop using pencils. Given the fact that I almost never handwrite anything anymore, my handwriting is illegible to some people but apparently it was good enough for the teachers I have had throughout the years.
My friend gave someone a piece of his work for them to look or something and his professor emailed him saying that he helped someone plagiarize (online submission systems). He had to go have an academic hearing and the judges/jury basically said, "Wtf is he doing here?" And they just dismissed it because it was BS. That professor is like the nicest guy, he can laugh and tell jokes, but once you go slightly off course he turned into something else. One time I was creating a website, but I used the wrong symbol in my code so it wasn't working probably. I literally had to change a "." to a "#" and he just started lashing out for no reason. Wtf
In high school, a couple of kids booted into Safe Mode and tried to install Portal on the computer but it didn't have proper graphics support. In college people will have formatted hard drives on random computers for no reason. My friend flips all of the monitors to portrait mode and uses them like that. It's sad. There's a kid who put that he knows what "https" means on his resume. I asked him what it was and he couldn't remember. What? That's not even a skill, and he still doesn't know it. It's unbelievable and he is so delusional. "This is my field, this is what I like" and he never does any work and never learns anything. My professor one day after a test literally ranted for 20 minutes, "For those of you guys who are getting failing test grades, nobody is making you be here. This is supposed to be preparing for your career." So and so forth. This kid turns to me after class and he's like, "Did we actually learn anything or was he just rambling again?" This kid is ridiculous. When someone calls him out right to his face he sees as "That person really thinks I'm not living up to my potential." He's a special kind of special and of course he likes to get drunk as often as possible. I'm wondering how this kind of student escapes the public eye when we talk about education.
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I would say roughly 2/3 of professors are useless. My early lesson in school was to not rely upon them.
Cursive/Script handwriting hasn't been taught to me since 2nd grade. Though I can certainly read it. It brings great displeasure to traditional people that kids write in print.
1.Not sure if it is the right place to ask but why do I sometimes get kicked out of my own internet network for no apperent reason at all?