Activity Selection with changable start time

I have been studying a problem in my work and I have reduced my problem to likewise Activity Selection problem. It is a problem that I know and I am familiar with the greedy solution.

However, in my problem, start time of my activities are able to shift(forward or backward) in some extend while the duration still same. Let say 15 minutes. I assume that this might give a better optimization than a traditional problem.

On the other hand, I am not sure how to solve this problem. One idea comes to my mind is like that:

 - Create 30 more activity from -15 min to +15 min for each single original activity which they forms a set of 31  - Run the original greedy search  - Chose only one of each set of 31 item. 

In this sense, there comes another issue, how to chose as in the 3rd step of the algorithm.

I would like to get your comments about my approach. Is it efficient? Would there be any better solution?

Thanks in advance

can someone start the msftconnecttest? [on hold]

as i was away from home. i came home to a computer with a login screen to one of my networking devices (provides wifi and stuff) in a browser (firefox) tab. i checked the history and found that the login page was accessed in the same minute as the msftconnecttest. i looked up msftconnecttest, i dont think it would try to login into a device using a browser tab. Is this fishy? im on windows 10.The PIC

Why do some classes start with fewer trained skills?

Looking at Pre-Essentials 4th Edition classes, it seems like they map out like this:

Three trained skills:

  • Defenders: Battlemind, Fighter
  • Striker: Barbarian

Four trained skills (one max be fixed — e.g. required Religion for a divine class):

  • Defenders: Paladin, Swordmage, Warden
  • Strikers: Avenger, Monk, Sorcerer, Warlock
  • Leaders: Ardent, Cleric, Runepriest, Shaman, Warlord
  • Controllers: Druid, Invoker, Psion, Seeker, Wizard

Five trained skills (one is fixed):

  • Striker: Ranger
  • Leaders: Artificer, Bard

Six trained skills (two are fixed):

  • Striker: Rogue

I’m a bit mystified by the Battlemind, Fighter, and Barbarian getting only three trained skills. Is there a particular reason for this? Something about their other class features or the relative value of certain class skills over others?

(I’m more interested in how the skills play into class balance than “designer reasons.”)

Calculated column with multiple options depending on start date of event compared to today

I’m attempting to create a column (“30, 60, 90, +”) that reports if an entry is within 30, 60, or 90 days out. One field is “Start Date” and I want the field to report ’30’ if the start date is within 30 days from today, ’60’ between 31-60 days from today, and ’90’ for between 61-90; with ‘+’ being the entry beyond that timeframe.
Is this doable?

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I am 20 years old, living in maryland, and I am looking to start investing in real estate (flipping homes, renting properties, looking outside of Annapolis and Baltimore). Where do I begin? I have 2 friends that are looking to go in on this with me and we have been discussing how to get this going. I am currently in the service and I have heard good things about VA loans so I am hoping this helps us get started with our smaller budget and combined income. What should we know? What would our initial and first year costs be, for example, on a $ 100,000, move-in ready home? We would be managing it ourselves so we aren’t factoring in paying a property manager. Any guidance is greatly appreciated.

[ Renting & Real Estate ] Open Question : Where do I start with investing in real estate?

I am 20 years old, living in maryland, and I am looking to start investing in real estate (flipping homes, renting properties, looking outside of Annapolis and Baltimore). Where do I begin? I have 2 friends that are looking to go in on this with me and we have been discussing how to get this going. I am currently in the service and I have heard good things about VA loans so I am hoping this helps us get started with our smaller budget and combined income. What should we know? What would our initial and first year costs be, for example, on a $ 100,000, move-in ready home? We would be managing it ourselves so we aren’t factoring in paying a property manager. Any guidance is greatly appreciated.