6 Mar 2002 shlomif   » (Master)

Run-Level 5 - Ahoo!

I eventually switched my Com-Net computer to Run-Level 5. It was more convenient than the screen trick and the sound was not disabled after a while. It will be problematic if something changes in the system that does not give way to run-level 5 so I have to remember to change it back to run-level 3.

The way I see it run-level 5 was introduced for a reason and obviously the renegade terminal is a good one for using it.

Game Theory Exam

It could have gone worse but could have gone better. Right before the test I discovered that the Math faculty gives the students to prove theorems in the test. (from some reason, they have an obsession with their students studying anything by heart for the exam).

When I got the form I discovered that I could not solve one question because I could not remember the proof of Nash' Theorem. Despite the fact that it was 4 questions out of 5, I managed to solve only 2 1/2 since I was a bit drowsy and could not concentrate or think very clearly. But it was fun.

Hopefully, I will get more than 55 as a final score, so Game Theory will enter my record. If not, I may have to take the second date exam without reviewing the material right before the exam too much. (since it falls out after the beginning of the semester).

Of course, for those interested I have an O(1) algorithm for finding the proof to Nash' Theorem:

1. Find the Open University Book (the lecturer should have it available).
2. Open it.
3. Find the chapter about Nash Theorem.
4. Copy the proof from it onto the tests' answer sheet.

It is O(1) since the book has a finite number of pages and the lecturer should have the book. I thought about writing this algorithm in the test sheet, but then I thought better of it. I did include one other joke in the test, but it was only complementary to the serious answer. (it was that p*A+(1-p)*B violates Apple's Patent on Alpha... ;-))

The Project's Demo

The project's demo went very well. We gave it only to Lavy and Yoram Yihyie, who is the Com-Net Lab's engineer. Yoram Or-Chen, the director of the communications center was not present. Yoram Yihyie was very impressed and said the Lab can actually make use of the IP-Noise Simulator.

Naturally, there are still the things that has to be cleaned up in the code to make it run on newer kernels. Plus, I'm not sure what the implication of the pre-emptible kernel would be next. The Linux Kernel changes so rapidly, that third-party vendors must sometimes modify their code constantly. I wish the situation was a bit different, but that's progress for you.

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