Does having natural weapons prevent a wild-shaped monk from using Martial Arts?

The monk’s Martial Arts feature’s benefits all require a monk to be “unarmed or only wielding monk weapons”. Even if you’re a Way of the Kensei monk, that only lets you add a couple of new simple or martial weapons to your monk weapon list.

The druid’s Wild Shape forms all come wielding natural weapon attacks. Natural attacks are not unarmed attacks, nor are they monk weapons, nor are they simple or martial weapons that can possibly be chosen by a kensei.

Therefore, a beast is never “unarmed”, and thus can never use a druid/monk’s martial arts benefits even if it wanted to choose to use unarmed strikes instead of its natural attacks.

Is this accurate? Or, can a beast choose not to “wield” it’s teeth and claws?

This blanket prohibition on Martial Arts when one has natural weapons seems overly-restrictive; it would mean, for example, that a Minotaur can never be a monk, since they are “never unarmed.”

I am explicitly not answering the (already answered and very obvious) question of whether animals can make unarmed attacks. I am asking whether they can ever choose not to “wield” their own natural weapons, so as to be able to use martial arts in the first place.

Benefits of not having a clustered index on tables (Heaps)

What are the benefits of not having a clustered index on a table in SQL server. Will a

SELECT * INTO TABLE_A FROM TABLE_B 

Be faster if TABLE_A is a heap? Which operation will benefit if the table is a heap? I am quite sure UPDATE‘s and DELETE‘s will benefit from a clustered index. What about INSERTS? My understanding is that INSERT "might" benefit from the table being a heap, both in term of speed but also other resources and hardware (I/O, CPU, memory and storage…).

What is the most scarce resource in terms of hardware? In terms of storage is a heap going to occupy less space? Is disk storage not the least expensive resource? If so is it rational to keep table as heap in order to save disk space? How will a heap affect CPU and I/O with SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE? What cost goes up when table is a heap and we SELECT, UPDATE and DELETE from it?

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Should I prohibit a player from having a character goal that makes me uncomfortable?

Me (Gamemaster) and a few friends are gearing up to start a FATE game set in a society inspired by ancient Greece, with a direct democratic political system.

One of my players wants to play a wealthy merchant transitioning into politics, and has outright mentioned wanting to use his wealth to buy votes/sway the system.

This sort of thing makes me really uncomfortable because of its effects in real life. I think having a player character pursue this sort of goal would lessen the fun for me as the game master, as it would serve as a constant reminder of the sort of stuff that goes on IRL. It’s the sort of thing I would consider an appropriate method for a villain, not a PC.

I don’t want to be the moral police and get in the way of him playing a character he enjoys, but I also want to have fun without grappling with this issue in my game.

Should I talk to him about it and encourage him to pursue alternative ways of achieving his character’s goals? I could just have it be really difficult to do in the game, because this society is partially setup this way because of people that have tried to do this in their history, but I honestly think this is an out of character issue, because it makes me as a person uncomfortable.

Does having the (accurate) shape of an Aboleth give one all their ancestral-genetic memories?

Via spells True Polymorph and Shape Change it is possible for any qualified recipient (CR10+ required for the True Polymorph – though ShapeChange only requires one to cast the spell) to gain a very accurate shape of an Aboleth. This linked description (above) suggests all of these creatures have an ancestral-genetic memory of every previous aboleth that ever existed. The Monster Manual (page 14) does NOT say this directly, but does state they have ‘flawless memories’ and will ‘pass their knowledge & experience on from generation to generation’ – without stating how this is done.

Hence this question:

Does having Aboleth shape-form allow gain of their genetic memory?

If so, any wizard, bard or sorcerer / sorceress with access to either of these two spells (or other similarly accurate shape-changing magic) has rapid, accurate and powerful research capacities.

Does Improved Abjuration affects spells that only offer an option of having an ability check?

Consider the Abjuration Wizard’s 10th level feature:

Improved Abjuration

Beginning at 10th level, when you cast an abjuration spell that requires you to make an ability check as a part of casting that spell (as in Counterspell and Dispel Magic), you add your proficiency bonus to that ability check.

Some spells, such as Telekinesis, include cases where an ability check is required, either as soon as the spell is casted, or later one.

If the object is worn or carried by a creature, you must make an ability check with your spellcasting ability contested by that creature’s Strength check.

  1. Does an Abjuration Wizard ever adds his proficiency bonus when casting Telekinesis?
  2. If so, does that only apply to the case where a check is made on the same turn as the casting?

Are any of you guys having issues getting your videos to rank on YouTube?

I have a YouTube channel with 5,000+ subscribers. In the past when I would upload a video it would take off almost immediately. Even the videos that didn't do so well would get at least 10 or 20 views per day right off the bat. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore. I recently uploaded four videos and not a single one has taken off. Has YouTube recently changed their algorithms making it much harder for videos in competitive niches to rank? I'm a little confused here.

SQL: CASE WHEN having AVG() as condition not giving right output

I have a table of unique users that each has a "rating" column (it’s an average rating they give out of all their ratings given in a different table of reviews). I want to add another column to my table, which specifies either them giving a rating that is above the average of all ratings of all users (hence I use the AVG() function), below or at average (I call it "bias"). In other words, I want to see whether each user gives on average higher or lower ratings than the total average. I understand the limitedness of this query, and ideally I would include an interval (i.e. within 0.5 points below or above average still counts as average) but I can’t seem to make even the simplest query work.

I’ve been using the Yelp dataset from a Coursera course, but I tried to create a sample that produces the same result that I do not want – just one row. I want to have this categorization for each row, hence it should return 3 rows in this example, "below average" in the first two and "above average" in the third. However, the code below produces just one row. I have been working with R and this seems like I am using incorrect syntax, but after 30 minutes of searching the web I cannot find a solution.

I am working in and want to use SQLite syntax as part of the course in Coursera

CREATE TABLE test      (      id integer primary key,       rating integer     );  INSERT INTO test (id, rating) VALUES (1, 1);  INSERT INTO test (id, rating) VALUES (2, 3);  INSERT INTO test (id, rating) VALUES (3, 8);  SELECT id, rating,   CASE     WHEN rating > AVG(rating) THEN "above average"     WHEN rating < AVG(rating) THEN "below average"     ELSE "no bias"    END AS "bias" FROM test 

Algorithm- Find the length of largest subarray having sum greater than k

I tried to solve this problem but could not do it better than O(n^2).

My Algorithm: 1.calculate prefixsum 2.for i 1...n   for j 1...i  if(presum[i]-presum[j-1]>k)   ans=max(ans,i-j); 

However, this is inefficient for large values of n.Can someone help me with optimized algorithm along with code preferably in c++.