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Mildly OT: Strange posts recently

Started by Rick Lyons June 3, 2007
Hi Guys,
  I've been absent from this newsgroup for many 
weeks now, and this morning I scanned through 
the recent posts starting with the month of May.

I was shocked to see so many posts requesting the 
solutions to problems that sure sounded like 
homework problems to me. (Laplace transforms,
solving differential equations, solving for 
bilear transformations, etc.)

One guy actually wrote (something like),
"My boss asked me the following question..."
and then he typed a multi-part question that 
was wording exactly as DSP-textbook homework 
problems are worded.

And this guy named Vista!  He seems to be 
working on 8-10 different DSP problems and he 
seems unsure of how to even begin to resolve those 
problems.  (And he's in a terrible hurry to 
receive solutions.)  How could one guy, with only 
a small bit of DSP understanding, be required to 
solve so many different DSP problems in such a hurry?
Sure seems strange to me.  

Perhaps the weirdest post that I read this morning 
was:

   "Hi,
      can anyone plz give me the matlab code for the
      "analog and forward" and "decode and forwad"?
       thanks"

Ha ha.  Posts like that one always tickle 
(and amaze) me.  It's interesting to think about 
what could be going on inside the mind of someone who 
would type such a post and expect a meaningful answer. 

Anyway, ... I'm just mumbling and grumbling here.
See Ya',
[-Rick-]

On Jun 3, 9:10 am, R.Lyons@_BOGUS_ieee.org (Rick Lyons) wrote:
> Hi Guys, > I've been absent from this newsgroup for many > weeks now, and this morning I scanned through > the recent posts starting with the month of May. > > I was shocked to see so many posts requesting the > solutions to problems that sure sounded like > homework problems to me. (Laplace transforms, > solving differential equations, solving for > bilear transformations, etc.) > > One guy actually wrote (something like), > "My boss asked me the following question..." > and then he typed a multi-part question that > was wording exactly as DSP-textbook homework > problems are worded. > > And this guy named Vista! He seems to be > working on 8-10 different DSP problems and he > seems unsure of how to even begin to resolve those > problems. (And he's in a terrible hurry to > receive solutions.) How could one guy, with only > a small bit of DSP understanding, be required to > solve so many different DSP problems in such a hurry? > Sure seems strange to me. > > Perhaps the weirdest post that I read this morning > was: > > "Hi, > can anyone plz give me the matlab code for the > "analog and forward" and "decode and forwad"? > thanks" > > Ha ha. Posts like that one always tickle > (and amaze) me. It's interesting to think about > what could be going on inside the mind of someone who > would type such a post and expect a meaningful answer. > > Anyway, ... I'm just mumbling and grumbling here. > See Ya', > [-Rick-]
Hey Rick, I think this newsgroup does get a flood of questions towards the end of the semester. But for Vista, my impression is that he is overthinking quite a bit and not reading his manuals. He seems to have some mathematical knowledge, although he is having a hard time accepting that we have very few discrete- time processing tools. Who knows, he may end up discovering the "next big thing" ;-). Questioning limitations is good, but more thinking before asking away is good. Although of course, it's hard to think things through when you don't have anybody to correct and criticize. I guess that's the nice thing about having a mentor or advisor with competence in your problem area. Newgroups don't necessarily make a much worse substitute though, given the quality of the contributors here! OK, how about a toast to all the regulars on this newsgroup and the apparently increasing popularity (be it good or bad)? :-) Cheers!! Julius
julius <juliusk@gmail.com> writes:

> OK, how about a toast to all the regulars on this newsgroup > and the apparently increasing popularity (be it good or bad)? :-)
Hear, hear! <pint of favorite beer slurped here> -- % Randy Yates % "Remember the good old 1980's, when %% Fuquay-Varina, NC % things were so uncomplicated?" %%% 919-577-9882 % 'Ticket To The Moon' %%%% <yates@ieee.org> % *Time*, Electric Light Orchestra http://home.earthlink.net/~yatescr
On 3 Jun, 16:10, R.Lyons@_BOGUS_ieee.org (Rick Lyons) wrote:
> Hi Guys,
...
> And this guy named Vista! He seems to be > working on 8-10 different DSP problems and he > seems unsure of how to even begin to resolve those > problems. (And he's in a terrible hurry to > receive solutions.) How could one guy, with only > a small bit of DSP understanding, be required to > solve so many different DSP problems in such a hurry?
Provided he is for real and not a troll, this is probably an effect of the new eductaional system where everything *except* for skills in the subjects taught is addressed when hiring teaching staff in universities. The guy obviously have recieved no training in the pertinent diciplines before embarking on whatever project he is up to. Nor does he recieve useful tutorage from resident staff or supervisors, or he would have consulted a couple of basic texts so he at least would be able to formulate questions that makes sense. As for the rest of us, we might just as well get used to it. This is what the future of academia is all about. Rune
Rune Allnor <allnor@tele.ntnu.no> writes:

> As for the rest of us, we might just as well get used > to it. This is what the future of academia is all about.
Scary. -- % Randy Yates % "Ticket to the moon, flight leaves here today %% Fuquay-Varina, NC % from Satellite 2" %%% 919-577-9882 % 'Ticket To The Moon' %%%% <yates@ieee.org> % *Time*, Electric Light Orchestra http://home.earthlink.net/~yatescr