Mittwoch, 18. Juli 2012

delete [] ist fürs Debuggen gut

Heute habe ich gelernt, dass delete [] fürs Debuggen gut ist. Ich hatte in meinem Programm Fehler, die daraus resultierten, dass in Speicherbereiche geschrieben wurde, die ich nicht reserviert hatte. Aus der Fehlermeldung war aber nicht klar, welche Speicherbereiche dies waren. Dann habe ich für jeden reservierten Speicherbereich delete [] eingefügt. Das Resultat: Sobald delete [] für einen Speicherbereich aufgerufen wurde, der überschritten worden war, kam eine Fehlermeldung. So wusste ich also, auf welche Arrays ich mit zu hohen Indices zugegriffen habe.

Montag, 16. Juli 2012

S-A-VE.com

The website of the German shareware programmers' association http://www.s-a-ve.com/ has boosted my self-confidence: My own programs are not crappier than most of what I've downloaded from there...

Samstag, 14. Juli 2012

IQ Listing

The listing in the World Genius Directory (http://www.psiq.org/) is free. But some websites require you to pay a fee if you want to be listed. And a lot of people apparently pay this fee. How crazy must they be!

Dienstag, 10. Juli 2012

Studiengebühren

Als Mitglied der Jungen Liberalen (http://www.julis.at/) sollte ich ja eigentlich für Studiengebühren sein. Aber ich bin skeptisch, ob unsere Universitäten das Geld wert wären. Was bekäme man denn an der MedUni Wien für seinen Studienbeitrag geboten? Auswendiglernen aus Büchern, daheim oder im überfüllten Lesesaal, Willkür-Prüfungen, keine Vorlesungen, Pflichtpraktika, bei denen man unbezahlt für Routinetätigkeiten missbraucht wird. Ja, das war mein Studium, freilich im auslaufenden alten Studienplan N201 - vielleicht wäre die Situation im neuen Plan besser gewesen.

Da denke ich doch eher, dass ein Studierendengehalt angebracht wäre. Studierende sollten wie normale Arbeitnehmer fürs Studieren bezahlt werden. Schließlich ist auch das Lernen Arbeit.

Civilization

Civilization is one of my favourite game series, I've played almost all sequels and in the past week I've played Civilization IV quite often.

I believe it is a rather good simulation of human history (although of course it has its logical drawbacks). In particular it shows how difficult it is to maintain progress and stability. One lesson it teaches is that geography plays an important role. It is often determined whether you have a chance to succeed by the position within the world map where you start. Larger civilizations always have greater chances to become the winners. I think it is just the same in the real world.

Higher IQ Societies

There are many societies with a higher minimum IQ requirement than Mensa. Most of them accept so-called high range IQ tests. These tests can be downloaded from the Internet and done at home without supervision and without any time limit. I am a member of a couple of societies with a far tougher limit than Mensa, and now I've learned that some people in these societies did not pass the Mensa test. They seem to have problems with the time limit. But if they have plenty of time, they manage to gain IQ > 150 on these high range tests. Now I wonder what intelligence really means: Is it the general ability to solve tasks, or the ability to solve them under time pressure? Are these people with IQ > 150 according to high range tests smarter than somebody who barely passed the Mensa test with an IQ slightly above 130, or is the latter person the more intelligent one?

Donnerstag, 5. Juli 2012

Grades last term

Last term I was pretty diligent and I already earned a couple of certificates:

  • Machine Learning (sufficient)
  • Seminar in Artificial Intelligence (excellent)
  • Seminar in Logics (excellent)
  • Discrete Reasoning Methods (satisfactory)
  • SAT Solving and Extensions (excellent)
  • Knowledge-based Systems (sufficient)

I am still waiting for two more seminar certificates, a third will come once I'll have submitted the final paper, and I'll probably get certificates for one or two other courses as well. For the remaining courses I have to take exams in the course of the summer holidays.

The certificates I've earned so far are worth 22.5 ECTS points, and once I have all certificates for the courses I've passed in this term it will amount to more than 30 ECTS points.