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  1. brent012

    Might need advice for time-planning for more extracurricular activities

    These days basically every uni society should have an active discord or FB group. It was already becoming like that before the pandemic, but the shift off campus during lockdowns forced every society to make sure they had an online presence and community. That should give you an opportunity to...
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    How would you solve this

    This one is a similar problem: https://www.gocomics.com/foxtrot/2006/09/10
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    The weirdest course I’ve ever taken

    I took a similar class for my masters, with the Raven's Progressive Matrices from IQ tests and similar being a semester long project. The twist was that we weren't solving them ourselves, we had to code "AI agents" to solve them and reflect on how human like (or not) our approaches were.
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    Help with SDD assignment

    Best to just jump in and profile it, an IDE like PyCharm should help as they have profiler tools built in. There should be guides and youtube videos about how to do that. You might be able reason through why some parts of the code are slow, or find known performance anti-patterns for PyGame...
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    What are workshop classes at UTS?

    Just wait until your first week and see, usually the enrollment system won't let you pick activities out of order. Most classes lag tutorials by a week so they can scatter them on days around the lecture rather than all after the lecture. I've seen "workshops" refer to multiple things at UTS...
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    What's the point of going into honours when you can do a master of research?

    On this topic, a 3 year undergraduate course in Australia (e.g. Commerce or Computer Science without honours) is not considered equivalent to a 4 year bachelor degree in the US. So those programs without honours will not be sufficient for admission to an MBA or other masters programs at many...
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    application process for university

    Very different to Australia. US universities don't really have a direct equivalent of the UAC or even the ATAR/HSC, so the process is nowhere near as standardised. I would disregard any material about US college applications unless you are actually planning on applying for one. You would...
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    Test and compare your internet speed

    That still exists, it's called eduroam
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    Are we gonna live with the COVID pandemic?

    I dont think they skipped those, they just didn't become problems. They name any strain which is considered of "interest" or "concern" iirc. I believe lambda (λ) was a strain in Peru that was vaccine resistant and had been detected in quarantine in other countries, but it just never took hold...
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    General Programming Thread

    Yeah, specific syntax and "programming" becomes routine after a while. It's only interesting if you are comparing language design and features across languages. In industry, it's more about software engineering than just programming. Rather than code, the focus starts to become about the...
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    General Programming Thread

    Yep, it's the standard, but the competitors in that space are languages more like R and Matlab. Microsoft do have some ML stuff but even they support Python with Azure for ML as it's so prominent. Python is "slow" and C# is much faster, but C# still doesn't compile down to native machine code...
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    General Programming Thread

    If you're interested in machine learning, i'd highly recommend Python for that. It's a great beginners language, but it's basically the standard for ML these days as there's a lot of good open source packages for stats, data science and machine learning E.g. NumPy, SciPy, pandas...
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    Why are ATARs being released prior to HSC marks?

    Not sure exactly how they do that since it could have an impact on scaling for subjects with small cohorts, you'd have to check the UAC documents.
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    Why are ATARs being released prior to HSC marks?

    I'm not sure what estimated marks are sorry, that was never a thing when I was in school besides schools giving students an estimate range for scholarship etc. applications.
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    Why are ATARs being released prior to HSC marks?

    Maybe. But unless it's changed recently, the ATAR is based on raw marks rather than aligned marks that are shown with the HSC marks. That suggests that NESA would be doing work independent of the UAC with the marks, so ATARs don't necessarily have to be finalised last. It's certainly a bit...
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    2021 Love thread

    There were matches made on here long before Tinder was a thing!
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    thoughts on fb hsc discussion page?

    Yep, all of the mods/smods/admins/webmaster on BoS are volunteers who started out as active users. Mods might be "biased" as they clearly like contributing and using the site, but they do not have a vested interest so it's not as much of a bias as it sounds like there. I agree with Jimmy...
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    Could you guys list me some jobs that are high in demand and easy to get employed

    Becoming a teacher is a bit special as there are no internships per se besides placements. Getting a science related internship wouldn't be so useful to getting a job in teaching I imagine. I believe the closest equivalents for teaching would be tutoring or working at some kind of EdTech or...
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    Could you guys list me some jobs that are high in demand and easy to get employed

    Sounds good in theory, but this isn't something I would recommend unless one of your desired careers is a bit of a moonshot. To continue with talking about teaching, I believe some of the more saturated teacher jobs are in subjects where it is a good backup for what are highly competitive...
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    NSW Premier resignation

    Constance too, Chris O'Keefe from 9News says to expect more in the next few days. A couple with federal government ambitions, others retiring.
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