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  1. Tron: Legacy

    Being a fan of the original Tron movie released in the 80's, I thought this one was atrocious. First of all, the title of the movie was 'Tron: Legacy' yet the movie was anything about the actual character Tron, whom is revealed towards the end as being one of the 'bad guys' yet out of no where during the flight scene, decides that he 'fights for the users' and ends up sacrificing himself. The altruism theme was all too obvious so I won't mention that but I just got impatient for it to end and actually spent the last several minutes clicking through my phone...unfortunately I looked up to see the sentimental ending of how the father is about to suicide (and thus save his son and the girl) and they had to go with the whole 'looking back on old pictures' thing...4/10 for me. The only thing worth seeing this movie is for the effects.
  2. Gender & Sexuality

    Perhaps Ayn Rands view on homosexuality was just a 'by product' of the time that she lived through?
  3. Your favourite movie lines

    Nice ones people. I was reminded of the movie 'Tron' and how that had some really funny and good lines: Master Control Program: You're getting brutal, Sark. Brutal and needlessly sadistic. Sark: Thank you, Master Control. Kevin Flynn: Who's that guy? Warrior #1: That's Tron. He fights for the Users. Crom: Look. This... is all a mistake. I'm just a compound interest program. I work at a savings and loan! I can't play these video games! Guard: Sure you can, pal. Look like a natural athlete if I ever saw one. Crom: Who, me? Are you kidding? No, I run out to check on T-bill rates, I get outta breath. Hey, look, you guys are gonna make my user, Mr. Henderson, very angry. He's a full-branch manager. Guard: Great. Another religious nut. Master Control Program: There's a 68.71% chance you're right. Ed Dillinger: Cute!
  4. Not sure if there's a topic like this one (a quick search revealed nothing) One of my favourite is from Dr Zhivago (amazing movie): Dr. Zhivago: You have no right to call me from work. Communist Political Officer: -As a Soviet Deputy, l-- - Dr. Zhivago: That gives you power, not the right. Also, in the last released Star Wars movie, when Palpatine declares the creation of the 'Galactic Empire', Padme says: So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause.
  5. individualistic rock songs

    And another of my all time favourites, Killing Heidi - Mascara Lyrics: http://www.musicsonglyrics.com/K/killingheidilyrics/killingheidimascaralyrics.htm Great song about how you should be yourself and not conform "Don't be so stupid girl"
  6. individualistic rock songs

    One of my all time favourite songs, by the Australian band 'The Living End' Prisoner of Society: Well we don't need no one to tell us what to do Oh yes we're on our own and there's nothing you can do So we don't need no one like you To tell us what to do We don't refer to the past when showing what we've done The generation gap means the war is never won The past is in your head The future's in our hands Cos I'm a brat And I know everything And I talk back Cos I'm not listening To anything you say And if you count to three (one two three) You'll see there's no emergency You'll see I'm not the enemy Just a prisoner of society
  7. Inductive charging is also another field that is currently in development. I was reading an article a while ago how in Italy, they have a few buses trialing it, where they've installed the coils underneath the asphalt/bus station and the bus 'sits' above it to have its batteries recharged. Actually here's the article: source. It covers New Zealand, China, Germany and Italy. And also related to the topic of this thread, an article concerning Wireless Power from the same website of IEEE. It's quite a long read but worth it. It also mentions how Nikola Tesla was already spearheading the idea of wireless power transmission some hundred years ago. But to answer your question, I don't know if it would work better. The thing with inductive charging is that you need an electric current to generate your magnetic field, with this idea of converting the vertical force of the automobile to electricity, you obviously don't.
  8. Source Thought this was worth posting. Check out some of the websites that the article cites, they're really interesting.
  9. ^^Thanks for that. It looks rather interesting actually. Goes to show it's not just the top schools worth checking out:)
  10. There's really only one assignment in that subject, and it's all Matlab based. The tutorials are not graded however the practicals are, which I've found to be pretty cool. I noticed on the course list that you guys have separate courses for A/D and image. We've got other courses which specialise in digital and image, but i think this one tries to bring it all together. Thanks for your input so far. I was being kinda unrealistic with my choices, even if I did have the grades, I don't think I'd have the money (at least for now). Ideally though I would have preferred to go to one of those universities that I listed. Thanks.
  11. Free speech rights

    I'm posting this topic in response to the following news article: Source Do you think that these lunatics from the Westboro Baptist Church have every right to display such 'protests' or demonstrations close to a funeral ceremony? I personally think that they shouldn't be allowed, since every family in such a situation should be able to have a peaceful (assuming they want it that way) funeral free of such disturbance, but from another view it is their right after all, 'free speech' and all. So I'm undecided. Then again aren't such grave yard sites private property? Does anyone know who 'owns' grave yards?
  12. Just to let you guys know that I've been in contact with someone from the admissions part of UI, through email. She told me that I would be considered as a transfer student. This is what I like to hear. Whilst I like the university I'm at, I think they focus far too much on theory and when they do incorporate the practical side, I sometimes fail to see the connection (as in I try to genuinely understand, not just mechanically). I know you said that you're not too knowledgeable about finanical aid but do you know how 'easy' it is to be granted financial aid/loans/wavers/scholarships? I was searching through the website and I was wondering whether these are all the courses the ECE program offers? http://www.ece.illinois.edu/courses/ Since you specialised in image processing, I have a few queries about that. I'm taking the path of specialising in signals and image processing (along with communications), so I was wondering if you could take a look at a third year course about signals and image processing offered by my university (the basics such as Fourier, Laplace, and Systems are covered in a second year course) and see whether it's comparable to what is offered at UI? www.itee.uq.edu.au/~elec3600 (it's a 3rd year course, I'm assuming it's the same at UI where the course number corressponds to year level) Also, in your opinion, do you think that there is a decent amount of courses offered to cater to those who want to specialise in signals & image, telecommunications and electromagnetics (radar, antenna's etc) related? Finally, do you have to do a course (or courses) where it is strictly practical based? As in, you have a project to do where you must design/create an electronic device?
  13. ^^Just a few more questions. So you were an American citizen during the time that you were at UI? Do you know how much it costs per semester for domestic and international students there? Did going to a community college improve your chances of being accepted into the university? Now that you've graduated, looking back, do you think you made the right decision in going there? Were you taught everything you need?
  14. ^^Thanks for your response. Even better since you went to a university I was looking at Did you focus more on the power side or communications/signals?
  15. Are you stealing if you find money?

    ^^Nicely said. We pondered this too, but in the end decided to just curse the person who took the money
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