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  1. I don't follow. I did say photons have zero rest mass.
  2. Or at least honing ones current scientific skill/knowledge? How would one go about this? NOTE: I am talking about non-pandemic or otherwise non-emergency situation.
  3. As far as my knowledge goes, photons have a zero rest mass. They can have an effective mass based on their frequency/wavelength/energy/momentum.
  4. Or maybe, said person was trying to give you the benefit of the doubt but felt that all you wanted was any excuse for a fight and all the downvoted comments seemed to be hurtful jabs veiled as attempts at civil communication.
  5. Well then I did address the comment you were talking about. I have no idea what you are going on about otherwise. No U. You're the one who devolved into ad hominem and downvoting.
  6. If you don't mind, refresh my memory. I have no idea at this point which comments you are referring to. Not from you. You made one useful comment for which I upvoted you. You haven't done anything I personally have found useful since then.
  7. Breaking my rule but I feel you should know; No, I don't expect it from you. You have made no attempts to understand me or my situation only becoming more confrontational. I said it at the start, I can only comment on what I know. Same goes for you. A few posters have made attempts to make me see their point. You outright refused discussion and accused me of being incapable of empathy. No Sir, I believe it is you who is incapable of empathy. Thus I would be foolish to expect any from you, at least as far as I am concerned.
  8. So your experiences are valid and mine aren't? Macswell is right. All that, the arrogance and disinclination to reason is why I haven't posted further in this thread nor will I. Just wanted to point it out since you seem so direct and abrasive right now.
  9. I'm somebody who has done his undergrad in the east and has come to the west for grad. I'm questioning the choices made since as far as I can tell some are hard for me to understand for what I envisioned to be better and more established educational systems. I have also gotten mixed messages on how independent one should or should not be. I can and would prefer to be more independent. However, that does not seem possible within the current framework. In fact it makes it feel like a sisyphian task. I'm expected to be more independent but restrictions are placed such that I can't be. Maybe its more an issue with where I am currently specifically rather than the kind of system within this region in general. If you can't handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen. It's probably personal. A lot of students within the department have similar complaints about difficulty in things getting done. I don't think all of them have a poor balance but personally I do believe there are many.
  10. Fine. At least explain to me how things work because I have one question right now; Why are people expected to pay nearly hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in tuition fees to get a bachelors when their professors won't even do it right? If the grant is all that important, go do that but expecting that much seems very unfair.
  11. I'm not sure what you mean by intimate. I'm talking about graduate level. Some of them are too open especially when they have had a few drinks at a few of our overlapping events. Loose lips, sink ships, as they say. Otherwise, I can see them doing a lot of this as I go about my routine on campus, e.g. at the campus gym. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and say that their partying isn't regular as in daily. But it does seem regular as in at least once or twice a week. More if we assume they love to have their weekends for this. And all of it doesn't count the formal occasions. I swear I know at least one tenured faculty who is as I have described. They got tenured while they were younger. Busted their butt, lost a lot of sleep. Now they still haven't reached their 40s but have a tenure. It's as if that's all they wanted and now that they have that they don't have to care. Similar to what I hear about a lot of tenured faculty.
  12. I'd like to give them that benefit of the doubt but I'm skeptical when the number of compulsory labs are cut in half or when the number of predetermined assignments reduce to one or two or just one final exam. And it seems like older faculty are better at handling their duties than more contemporary members. Also it comes off as hypocritical from my POV. They want to not give us enough work to learn the subject, it's okay. We can just work it out on our own. OTOH, if we are unable to make a timely submission for some reason for their assessment, we get a poor grade and have not understood the subject and don't deserve to pass. Isn't that a paradox? How about juggle only as many balls as you can to begin with? As I have said, older faculty seem better at this and have some sense of duty/responsibility. The more contemporary ones seem to be too invested in other things. They go to the gym regularly and do competitive weightlifting as well as swimming or whatever other athletic pursuit. They want to have a good drink as well as go to have a party with friends whenever they call them, otherwise they'll be a bad friend or whatever. One of my teachers literally seems skilled in everything, though at the expense of doing the bare minimum and sometimes much less for the post they hold. One of them is literally Dr. Trunchbull and hates children and infants and the idea of settling down and having a family because it will waste time but then they go and drown themself in pets that are just as bad if not worse in many ways. Why would you sign up to do something that you won't try to do properly? I'm sorry for the rant but I just want to say that I am extremely suspicious of the claim that they don't have time. Again the elders seem better in this situation than the young folk.
  13. I can only comment on what I've seen. Where I am, there is very little sense of urgency. Perhaps it is different elsewhere.
  14. I'm in nuclear engineering and it seems fairly laid back. It feels like everyone is a bit of a party animal and faculty doesn't seem to be in a particular rush to get things done.
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