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(To those that can't see it, I had a philosophical moment today...)


One thing I keep relearning every month or so is that, in all honesty, everyone is practically in the same position as you. Some may seem to be more well adjusted, maybe smarter, maybe knowing what to do with their lives, but really, they look at themselves and compare themselves to others and see the same problems in them that you see with yourself. It isn't until you hear someone admit their own problems in a fit of true weakness that you really see that even if you're on a different level as them, that they suffer the same problems as you and that life is not actually easier for those you perceive as better.

The important thing is realizing that this is all true for everyone, and not to put someone on a pedestal just because you observed them having the qualities that you want in your life.
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That sorta depends on your definition of "same position". Bill Gates, for example, has countless more luxuries than me and countless more worries than me, so there is little basis for us to relate about. Sure everyone has problems, but the form and intensity of the problems will vary greatly.

That's the great thing about philosophy, though; nobody's ever fully right or wrong, they just see the world their way.
Well, for the most part, I'm talking more about your peers. Or people that are close enough to you that they might be your peers. Not people in a completely different situation than you. They have different problems.

I noticed it when I started comparing my friend more positively compared to me...only to remember that a different friend earlier did the same to me and me almost dismissing her because I know that I'm nothing like she said I am.
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Ooooh, philosophy time!
I'm done unless someone else makes another point. I mean I just said it to revive this forum.
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YES I MADE IT IN THE VIDEO!
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Oh man... I have no idea of what happened here in my absence, since I stopped posting and watching forums and stuff... I'm a polite person so have read the last 2 pages of posts and that's what touched my heart:
Originally posted by CharlesFoxKaysNo. It's because our little circle of friends have broken from this site. Kinda died off.
Man... I must have hurt so many people here... I'm a monster!
By the way, I guess your hair haven't changed much, Charles.
Well, hello there! Long time no see. How have you been? (Hopefully you won't just disappear again)
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Kinda busy and easily forgetting things, such as my gamer part and spirit of posting.
And weeell probably yea, like, 92.6% of chance - maybe - I disappear... But I will always be back, that's for sure :)
What about you, mates?
Ah, my life has been having its ups and down. I noticed for the most part my life has been trying to find a way to balance not doing anything with being a researcher and a grad student. It has been successful for the most part but I need to figure out how to be less cocky about it and actually work instead of like procrastinating.
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Aw well, I will have to deal with the same problem in my future. Just finished school/high school/the first part of my life (this explain why I have disappeared) and I'm going for the next chapter of life, University. That's why I might be gone again.
About the procrastinating... I guess University ain't the same as school. I'll be enjoying most of the classes I'll have (if I'm right with my life-time choice) so most of the time I will certainly want to study and work, just to get better - and than I can be cocky about it. hehehe
Ah, well, it gets a wee bit calmer during University. It's definitely a bit harder than high school, but really, you have a lot more free than in high school. At least I noticed that when I became a university student.

So what will you be majoring in in university?
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The freedom probably comes with caring about the classes even more and a more mature way of thinking. Oh, and it's Biomedicine. Joining the research team. :)
I got curious! What kind of research you make?
Ah. Well, right now I'm working on Speaker Verification, one of those weird fields that's in the intersection of Electrical Engineering (which I'm majoring in) and Computer Science. Essentially, you're trying to find the identity of someone talking.

The main research problem with it comes with the fact that there are many ways that things can actually be recorded poorly so you have to worry about that, and nobody really has any good how to model and remove it.

You will probably be able to talk about your field for hours and hours once you find the subset you actually want to work in like I did. That's the fun part of research.
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Originally posted by SofiaOh man... I have no idea of what happened here in my absence, since I stopped posting and watching forums and stuff... I'm a polite person so have read the last 2 pages of posts and that's what touched my heart:
Originally posted by CharlesFoxKaysNo. It's because our little circle of friends have broken from this site. Kinda died off.
Man... I must have hurt so many people here... I'm a monster!
By the way, I guess your hair haven't changed much, Charles.
The long hair master race. As for the current subject; I'm at the last half of my Junior year of highschool, trying to decide what I want to do for college.
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Generic, that's what I call a awesome work. Looks kinda like a "counter-spying-thing", and is a pretty neat ramification of your graduation (or majoring, I got confused with the names). I was interested in Electrical Engineering, thinking more in the awesome thing it is electricity (it's magic with science, that's for sure!) and also in the "easy" work - things such as wire systems and stuff, in buildings and industries, easy to find if your good on it. I was thinking really small D:

Charles, I only find what I wanted in the very last minute. I was interested on many other courses; until last year I wanted Medicine (?)/Medical School (damn names...), but it's really - I mean, REALLY difficult to pass due the amount of people wanting it. And my grades weren't that great (they were... good) to ensure my place in University for that course.

By the way, I have no idea what is a Junior... Learned about naming that kind of thing long time ago. How many years/semesters you have to finish High School?
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Originally posted by SofiaBy the way, I have no idea what is a Junior... Learned about naming that kind of thing long time ago. How many years/semesters you have to finish High School?
Freshman = 9th grade
Sophomore = 10th grade
Junior = 11th grade
Senior = 12th grade

So including this semester, he probably has 3 semesters to go.
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Originally posted by |FBG$| VeKo
Originally posted by SofiaBy the way, I have no idea what is a Junior... Learned about naming that kind of thing long time ago. How many years/semesters you have to finish High School?
Freshman = 9th grade
Sophomore = 10th grade
Junior = 11th grade
Senior = 12th grade

So including this semester, he probably has 3 semesters to go.
Yeah; each year being 2 semesters. I had all my art courses the second semester. I was disappointed at first, but looking back; I'm glad I got done with Pre-Cal in the beginning of the year; as well as Powerpoint, Prezi, and Publisher classes. I have Anime and Cartooning, Drawing and Painting (stupid name for a class; seems trivial and childish), and History of Modern Music, which covers music starting from the slave-age to now. I'm doing a project on Robert Johnson, a famous Blues guitarist who allegedly sold his soul to Satan for guitar prowess.


As for college; I want to do something on computer science, music, and art. Perhaps I'll actually do a drama thing; I don't know. Anyways; nice to have you back Sofia.
Originally posted by SofiaGeneric, that's what I call a awesome work. Looks kinda like a "counter-spying-thing", and is a pretty neat ramification of your graduation (or majoring, I got confused with the names). I was interested in Electrical Engineering, thinking more in the awesome thing it is electricity (it's magic with science, that's for sure!) and also in the "easy" work - things such as wire systems and stuff, in buildings and industries, easy to find if your good on it. I was thinking really small D:

Charles, I only find what I wanted in the very last minute. I was interested on many other courses; until last year I wanted Medicine (?)/Medical School (damn names...), but it's really - I mean, REALLY difficult to pass due the amount of people wanting it. And my grades weren't that great (they were... good) to ensure my place in University for that course.

By the way, I have no idea what is a Junior... Learned about naming that kind of thing long time ago. How many years/semesters you have to finish High School?

I guess you can say it's some of that stuff. To tell you the truth, we don't know why the sponsors of the data that we have release the data that we use. They even have the main donor completely secret. So I have no clue what it's really for. There are nice ways to use it, but also very nasty ways it can be used.
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Oh hey Sofia. How you doin'? I'm sorta delayed. Mainly cause everyone started talking in paragraphs and I didn't want to read them. But I did. Meow.
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Yay! I will pretend you read it all just because of me! :D

Of course 1 years = 2 semesters hehe. Including this one? But we are on January... So are you finishing it in the middle of the year? And you had a speciffic art class in a whole semester, still in high school? I know it's a different organization, but that's way different! D:
Here, this kind of ending the semester, after the 1st half of the year, is pretty commom only in Universities.

And about the nasty things... okaaay... Buuut if you ain't a curious person, I guess that makes someone pretty-ok with their work! Nothing to worry about! ...Right?
Well, you're in the southern hemisphere. I heard things are different down there about when you guys go to school.

And, well, the nasty part comes from the fact that there might be some reason why most of our data is data that was essentially obtained via voluntarily wire tapped phone line...
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Originally posted by Generic Name voluntarily wire tapped phone line...

That is if you don't mind the NSA illegally spying on Americans.
Well, people signed up for having conversations with complete strangers recorded. They called up the central hub. The central hub linked them with someone else, and the central hub told them what language for them to speak in. Meanwhile it records both sides of the conversation.

For doing this, they got paid.

I used to be able to access the website. I guess they FINALLY took down the website where you sign up on. (Considering they finished compiling the data 10 years ago and they recently switched datasets they better have...)


But essentially, services where the NSA could get access to certain people more easily is the more nasty part. But other services that could use a phone based password system (like a bank or a credit card company) would be nicer uses for this.
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Originally posted by CharlesFoxKays
Originally posted by Generic Name voluntarily wire tapped phone line...

That is if you don't mind the NSA illegally spying on Americans.
Why only Americans? Why not the rest of the world? I don't guess it's illegal if they signed up for it. Contracts and terms of condition, this kind of legal stuff...

Generic... Do you have permission to talk about your job? I don't know... just... do ya? Hehe, but what you do, is for improving your kind of recognizing system, right. So people sign up, pretend a conversation and your company try all kind of forms to mask the voices. Then, you discover it again to see if it worked?
Of course I do. It's all out in the open. In fact, if you have thousands of dollars you can buy the dataset yourself. Here's a link to buy the testing portion of that dataset: http://catalog.ldc.upenn.edu/LDC2011S08

There's no masking involved. Masking is a whole set of other problems. The problems we deal with is how the actual recording situation hurts performance. Since this is a recorded phone conversation, it's kind of crappy audio. And even in what they call "interview speech", it's still a microphone placed randomly in a room that records the speech. So my research is all about finding ways to work around this crappy audio problem
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Originally posted by Sofia
Originally posted by CharlesFoxKays
Originally posted by Generic Name voluntarily wire tapped phone line...

That is if you don't mind the NSA illegally spying on Americans.
Why only Americans? Why not the rest of the world? I don't guess it's illegal if they signed up for it. Contracts and terms of condition, this kind of legal stuff...

Generic... Do you have permission to talk about your job? I don't know... just... do ya? Hehe, but what you do, is for improving your kind of recognizing system, right. So people sign up, pretend a conversation and your company try all kind of forms to mask the voices. Then, you discover it again to see if it worked?
Well, it' would be illegal for anyone. It's an invasion of privacy; too much power if they are able to remote-activate any piece of audio or video recording technology. Don't buy into that War on Terror bullshit. It's just a front so the sheep can believe they're being kept safe, when really the government wants to turn tyrant. There is no War on Terror; we lost. You can't stop terrorism; as long as people have radical opposition, there will be terrorists. Not to mention, the government and the military have plenty of other resources that can be allocated to fighting terrorists.


Edit: Volunteering for a wire tapping isn't illegal. The NSA remark was a joke.
It's also not quiiite wire tapping. It's just the easiest analogy I can come up with for their call center. I guess you can think of it as like a telephone based chat roulette system. People call it up, connected to someone randomly that knows the same language as you, and you converse using the conversation tips they give you.
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I like it. Rate my rant against the government.
0/0 Will NaN again
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Originally posted by Generic Name0/0 Will NaN again
NaN?

Edit: I called her on the phone and she touched herself.
I laughed myself to sleep.
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Ooooh now I get it, your job. I was thinking damn high here.

Charles, what I just read? o.O
Also, that's why I said about the terms of condition stuff. If you don't read it, probably there is a clause like "I allow company X to turn on my microphone device when they want". That's stupid, but if you sign it, nothing yo can do for a small amount of time untill you call your lawyer and sue then for invasion of privacy. Meanwhile, they an discover plenty of useful things for then.
Originally posted by CharlesFoxKays
Originally posted by Generic Name0/0 Will NaN again
NaN?

Edit: I called her on the phone and she touched herself.
I laughed myself to sleep.

NaN stands for "Not a Number" It's how computers numbers with no real answers. Like 0/0 or inf/inf or inf - inf. They represent things like that. They aren't good if you discover them in your cold.

So, you asked for a rating. I gave you one.
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Originally posted by Generic Name
Originally posted by CharlesFoxKays
Originally posted by Generic Name0/0 Will NaN again
NaN?

Edit: I called her on the phone and she touched herself.
I laughed myself to sleep.

NaN stands for "Not a Number" It's how computers numbers with no real answers. Like 0/0 or inf/inf or inf - inf. They represent things like that. They aren't good if you discover them in your cold.

So, you asked for a rating. I gave you one.
so, rendering a 6 minute video in Sony Vegas at 1080p is fucking annoying. It runs my PC to 90 degrees Celsius, so I can't play games. All I have is Youtube.
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Originally posted by CharlesFoxKays
Originally posted by Generic Name
Originally posted by CharlesFoxKays
Originally posted by Generic Name0/0 Will NaN again
NaN?

Edit: I called her on the phone and she touched herself.
I laughed myself to sleep.

NaN stands for "Not a Number" It's how computers numbers with no real answers. Like 0/0 or inf/inf or inf - inf. They represent things like that. They aren't good if you discover them in your cold.

So, you asked for a rating. I gave you one.
so, rendering a 6 minute video in Sony Vegas at 1080p is fucking annoying. It runs my PC to 90 degrees Celsius, so I can't play games. All I have is Youtube.
You should render in 720p unless it's absolutely necessary that it's 1080p and you if you're rendering in .mp4, you may want to try .wmv or .mpeg
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Originally posted by Mostafox
Originally posted by CharlesFoxKays
Originally posted by Generic Name
Originally posted by CharlesFoxKays
Originally posted by Generic Name0/0 Will NaN again
NaN?

Edit: I called her on the phone and she touched herself.
I laughed myself to sleep.

NaN stands for "Not a Number" It's how computers numbers with no real answers. Like 0/0 or inf/inf or inf - inf. They represent things like that. They aren't good if you discover them in your cold.

So, you asked for a rating. I gave you one.
so, rendering a 6 minute video in Sony Vegas at 1080p is fucking annoying. It runs my PC to 90 degrees Celsius, so I can't play games. All I have is Youtube.
You should render in 720p unless it's absolutely necessary that it's 1080p and you if you're rendering in .mp4, you may want to try .wmv or .mpeg
It finally rendered in 1080p about an hour after I posted that. I then uploaded it and it took less than an hour, whrre before it took 12. Beautiful.
Gratz on the 100 pages, I see you made it without me.
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Originally posted by Jeffery the KillerGratz on the 100 pages, I see you made it without me.
Yo
Yeah?
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Anyone having an issue with the forum page 104 being empty? It's annoying me... D:
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Originally posted by SofiaAnyone having an issue with the forum page 104 being empty? It's annoying me... D:
Because deleted posts still stay on the actual post count for some reason, so there's page 104 due to the fact that there are 5,152 posts but the post count on the Recent Topics page reads 5,168 (the extra ones are the deleted posts)

¯\(°_o)/¯
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Oooooh thanks, mate. The fact that I still click on the newest posts and end in a empty page still annoys me, tho.

LIFE FACT: When younger I didn't know how to say "empty" right, so I keep saying something like "empipt" (the "i" like in "hi") hehe.
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Originally posted by Mostafox
Originally posted by SofiaAnyone having an issue with the forum page 104 being empty? It's annoying me... D:
Because deleted posts still stay on the actual post count for some reason, so there's page 104 due to the fact that there are 5,152 posts but the post count on the Recent Topics page reads 5,168 (the extra ones are the deleted posts)

¯(°_o)/¯
It's because deleted posts are just hidden. They are probably still present in the coding of the page.
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Waiting to attack us while we are distracted...
That's why we need to always be vigilant.


Now, for a new topic: Fucking Magnets. How DO they work?
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No. I'm not talking about that. I'm saying, we're getting into a metaphysical discussion on how magnets work. So everyone put on your philosophy hat and get discussing
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