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You could try to approximate the values for sin/cos functions with Taylor series? I guess thats not that practical since that has to be in radians which means you would be doing things like dividing pi by factorials. Most of the time when a math test asks for trigonometric functions like that without a calculator they use easy angles like 30 or 90 which end up being easily memorized numbers, or rely upon you to transform one function into another. It is messy I have to admit.
Even in calculus classes that give you calculators they end up being nothing more than quick ways to do the simple arithmetic (like the example you gave involving pi), all the of the actual calculus level math can't be strictly done on a calculator (at least on the ones most people buy) as they are more conceptual.
As for bullshit questions, I know its not strictly college related but the standardized test here in Michigan that all juniors/seniors had to take was nothing but simple questions like that, I distinctly remember one being "If an apple costs 75 cents, and you buy 5 apples, how much money will you spend?"
Out of curiosity was the test section where they did not allow scrap/calculators multiple choice? If it wasn't then expecting someone to compute a value against pi is unreasonable, however if it is multiple choice then the test may have been expecting you to be able to make a good estimate (for instance multiplying against 3 instead of by pi would get you close to the right answer and then you could use approximation from there, similar techniques can be applied for radicals)
I know this is somewhat of an old issue, the specific problem of the age dialog appearing and then flickering while the video does not play is caused by an outdated flash player plugin for linux compared to windows. The other issues could also have been caused by this. With the flash player that was on stable Debian I was getting this same error, however after upgrading the flash player 10 from adobe this issue got fixed. I believe that the flash player hosted for linux on adobes site is the new flash player that works with GB videos, if you go to their site and select the linux download options there are many different ways to get it on any *nix machines (from source installation to .deb files for Ubuntu). When I orginally upgraded to see if it fixed anything the flash player 10 was actually in alpha (or maybe it was beta) so it was hard to get but I believe since then it is in actual release from adobe.com (or maybe just the 64 bit version is in alpha).
" I was only ever planning on playing the singleplayer, so it doesn't affect me too much, but how in the hell is preventing local multiplayer going to do anything about piracy? That makes about as much sense as saying you can pirate Halo 3 by playing split-screen co-op. "The reasoning behind it is that the replay value of starcraft is in the multiplayer, and in fact some people will get the game to play just the multiplayer and the problem occurs with LAN because since it doesn't connect to Battle.Net they can't always authenticate that the game is a real copy. This can be seen in starcraft, I know TONS of people who never bought that game and just pirated it so that they could play the LAN, of course they couldnt play the online matches but the LAN was enough for them, so thats where the concern about piracy comes in. Of course they could use other forms of protection like SecurROM, however these are easily cracked and circumvented, as well as provide not only an inconvienence to the user (such as install limits) but also have a stigma associated with them that can kill a games popularity, having to force someone to connect to Battle.Net to authenticate is more secure. I'm not saying this is the right move though, but I can't think of any other alternatives that wouldn't just be easily circumvented. (Also I assume that the reasoning behind only allowing achievments to be got through online play would be because there will most likely be cheat codes in single play)