That's why I retired that discussion. At best it's a matter of perspective in mathematical concepts, and at worst it's a semantics debate. I haven't been arguing your calculations, just your methodology, which in itself is pretty pointless as long as your conclusion is the same, but I still think you'll confuse people on matters of technical accuracy.
you wouldn't even read a pertinent link on the topic,
I did read it, multiple times in fact, to make sure that I understood it. I know it's much easier to believe that I'm lying than that I actually found flaws in the methods and just don't want to play math teacher, but well, there you have it. We are in fact different people. If I tackle the accepted thinking in this venue, then suddenly I own it, and of course I'll be expected to fight tooth and nail. Can you blame me for not wanting to? Honestly, I'd prefer if you just think I'm a trolling liar.
Teaching math is difficult enough just to deal with the students who don't understand, nevermind if you add a few vocal ones who disagree with the one doing the teaching. (which is in no way to compare the variance in our math abilities to that of a teacher and student) Tutoring, on the other hand, is much more manageable. Still not my idea of recreation, though.
But the funniest thing happened to me a moment ago, and while this is entirely irrelevant, I have to share it. I came home to my apartment from one of my statistics classes just now to find a note from maintenance. They were doing regular air filter replacements and smoke detector checks-- I received the notice that they would be doing this last night.
So the guy came while I was at class and left me an apartment entry notice. I guess while he was checking the smoke detector in my room, he saw that I have a large box of Pokemon cards that I've been lugging around for a decade (my family used to play; actually won a trip to California for worlds). I've been meaning to get rid of them for an eternity, but dealing with eBay seems like a pain in the ass, and now that our family has new little ones, I think I may just give the cards to them someday. ANYWAY, yeah, there are a lot of Pokemon cards in my closet by the smoke detector.
So when I look at the note he left, I see that he's checked two boxes. The first:
I was in your apartment today to:
[handwritten] replace a/c filter, check smoke detector
Normal stuff. The second:
Will need to return:
Which is supposed to say things like "after parts arrive" "next week" etc. Instead it says in his handwriting...
So I don't know. I just don't know. What does this mean? Did the maintenance guy STEAL some of my Pokemon cards, and even leave a confession? Or I guess he means to return them, so technically he's borrowing them, but why is my maintenance guy borrowing my Pokemon cards? Was he short a Pikachu? And there are really so many cards, I have no way of knowing if he actually took any.
He didn't leave his name on the note either, though I guess I could probably find out if I called the office. But what would I say? "Um, excuse me, I think one of the maintenance guys borrowed some of my Pokemon cards. Could you... ask around?"
Or another theory, maybe he was having a pun. "Pokemon-- return!"
Or could he need to come back because my Pokemon cards present some kind of health and safety violation? Are they moldy? Is maintenance going to come back to confiscate them?
I laughed for a good five minutes, both out of amusement as well as bemusement. Yep, both kinds of musement.
It reminds me of the time when firefighters stole my rug.