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I am an undergraduate computer science and mathematics student in New Zealand. My fields of interest are computer graphics, in particular the physics of light transport, and to some extent cryptography, as well as programming and software development in general.


Dec
28
comment Is there a word for “air can pass through it”?
I thought of ethereal too, was wondering if someone would post it. +1
Oct
31
comment Why do people say “Happy” Halloween?
Yay, happy answer \o/
Feb
24
comment “Taste” is to “flavor” as “touch” and “sight” are to what?
Texture was my first thought as well.
Feb
12
comment Purchase vs. Order
I think it's because a meal doesn't last long, whereas "purchase" seems to have a connotation of "property" which implies you purchased something that is going to last long. You usually don't consider meal as something you own since whether it did or not will become irrelevant a few minutes/hours after purchase. But I don't have sources for this, just a possible explanation.
Feb
4
comment Does “girlfriend” or “boyfriend” always indicate partnership?
if you separate the words "girl friend" however, it clearly indicates platonic friendship between two women. "boy friend" is, however, almost never used.
Jan
27
comment Is there a word for numbers between 10 and 99?
@Robusto Ah yeah, my mistake. But I really meant that the "two-digit number" form is semantically valid for all bases, not just base 10 (and above).
Jan
27
comment Is there a word for numbers between 10 and 99?
@Robusto ... and by the same argument, it also leaves out bases above 10, as 10 is not a two-digit number in base 11.
Jan
26
comment Is there a word for numbers between 10 and 99?
@Robusto or less than.. if the context doesn't make the base clear, just write "two-digit [base] number" ("two-digit decimal number", "two-digit binary number", etc..)
Dec
4
comment What do you call a computer window when it is not maximized or minimized?
How about "default" state, since for many applications the default window state is neither maximized nor minimized, unless overridden by user settings. This doesn't apply universally, though.
Nov
17
comment Adjective for “terrified yet calm and capable”
I really like "composed".
Nov
8
comment What's wrong with “I'll open you the door”?
@PeterShor indeed! I had written "commit" before but it felt wrong, and hastily replaced it by "do" instead of "make". Sorry.
Nov
8
comment What's wrong with “I'll open you the door”?
Is English not your girlfriend's native language by any chance? Some European languages prefer this form over the other, for instance in French you usually say "I'll open you the door" ("Je t'ouvrirai/vais t'ouvrir la porte") this might explain it. Being natively french, I sometimes do similar subtle mistakes.
Sep
7
comment Expression for a choice which isn't really one
A dilemma is a good one, but it still conveys the notion of "equally unfavourable" instead of plain "equivalent" - close, though.
Sep
7
comment Expression for a choice which isn't really one
I like this, hadn't thought of it. +1 and I will accept it if nothing else is suggested.
Sep
7
comment Expression for a choice which isn't really one
From the Wikipedia page, Hobson's choice allows the person to refuse to take the option, so this isn't quite what I am looking for (all its possible outcomes i.e. the person is forced to "choose" this option). But the page links to Morton's Fork which seems to be closer to what I need?