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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Binestar Re:Check point starvation (107 comments)

Don't let them play it is first thing that comes to mind.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Binestar Re:Here comes a Karma hit.... (107 comments)

As a rule we have limited screen time a lot (30 minutes/day is generous) and that counts TV/DS/Wii/Computer. Adding in something that will get her familiar with computers (She has the same interest in computers I had at her age) isn't a bad thing. We're not stopping those extras, this is just something else to add to the list.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Binestar Re:What does *she* want to do? (107 comments)

Well, I do feel I can judge my daughter's interests well enough to know what she's enjoying and not enjoying. So far she has really really *really* enjoyed the youthdigital course, which is why I'm looking for more to give her.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Binestar Re:Here comes a Karma hit.... (107 comments)

We do game night every week. She's taking piano and plays the Trombone. She's in girl scouts as well doing yoga and joining ski club.

She's not isolated in any way. We engage with her every moment she wants to be engaged. I'm not asking her to go to college with these skills, I'm trying to find fun ways of challenging her even more with her current interests.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Binestar Re:Kano.me (107 comments)

I do believe between this post and the others saying Kano is good has helped me choose one of her Christmas gifts this year. I'm glad so many here have had good experiences with it.

I actually had something similar happen, as posted in a different response, I have a couple of minecraft servers I run for the girls. One day I went through online minecraft schematics and tossed in a few castles, homes, a roller coaster and a pyramid maze and when they found them a few days later they were amazed. Even more so when I showed them how I got them there.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Binestar Re:Program what? (107 comments)

In this case, anything engaging, which in general for a kid mostly means games. I've done board game design with my kids, having them design a board game that we all play on game night. That was fun, although I found is quite unfair that if you're over 20 years old you start with no rerolls and if you're a girl you get 3 extra re-rolls. The girls of course felt that was perfectly fair...

As I posted earlier in thread, my goal is to take what they enjoy doing and attempting to broaden their focus a bit into useful life skills. Non programming example: My older daughter loves cookies. We started with teaching her how to assist making cookies, moved on to her making cookies for us, and from there she's moved on to making dinner, etc. She's 12, but able to pull open a cookbook and throw together a decent 30 minute meal.

That might be a little simple of an example, but my goal with them playing minecraft is similar. Get them to mod the game they enjoy, get to them to learn the stuff that goes on behind the scenes and it lets them determine if it's something they enjoy doing.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Binestar Re: Don't teach them to "program" (107 comments)

See, I wouldn't say my daughter is currently interested in programming, I would say she is currently interested in MINECRAFT and I'm adding something I would consider a life skill to that interest by showing her how to mod minecraft. If I'm successful on guiding my daughter into interests that add life skills, I believe I will have succeeded as a parent. By showing her how all this stuff she is interested in runs, I hope to broaden her horizons.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Binestar Re:If she likes it, stick with it (107 comments)

Right now I run two private minecraft servers for the kids. They invite their friends from school and have done some nice building. The effort and thought I see them putting into their house designs and stuff is what made me think she would enjoy modding a bit and letting others see what she makes. I'm sure if this course she's taking keeps her interest I'll be setting up something so she can run a server with the mods she's writing and I'll work with her on ideas for other mods.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Binestar Re:What does *she* want to do? (107 comments)

Very valid question on her desires. Up until I got this course on modding minecraft what she wanted to do was "Play Minecraft". I am strongly of the opinion that my children need not only time to play, but that it's a good idea in general to make that play something that they can build on in the future. If she gets her "Play Minecraft" and I get my "She's learning a life skill at the same time" it's a valid redirection of her energy IMO.

Now Java itself may or may not be a useful skill in the future, but the thought process behind the programming at this point I believe is most important.

As for the eclipse part, the online course she's using has presented it well. In the first part of the course she's learning some about syntax, but mostly doing some art in gimp, typing in names to make things be named differently and editing code that already exists.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Binestar Re:Lego Mindstorms (107 comments)

My older daughter has done a 2 day GEARS program at RIT. http://www.rit.edu/kgcoe/women... and I found that quite interesting and she enjoyed it. I'm planning on sending my 9 year old next year when she's eligible for that course. The Modding course I linked to above actually has my daughter interacting with her mod and launching minecraft to see her work quite often, so when she makes changes to her sword or other, she gets to see the results quite quickly. The feedback is quite fast for her, which is nice.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?

Binestar Re:Excel VBA (107 comments)

Tongue in cheek as firmly as I see it there, I'm not sure it would keep her attention very well. I have shown her the Flight Sim Easter Egg in Excel 97 as an example of an easter egg and also had her looking some up for her Wii games. The searching for things has really opened her mind for thinking outside the box a bit. (example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?... )

5 days ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Binestar Re:For the cops that oppose (643 comments)

If a police officer witnesses another police officer committing a crime they would arrest a normal citizen for but lets it pass, that police officer is a corrupt police officer. Period.

about 3 months ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Binestar Re:Better deal than the F22 (132 comments)

You mean F35. F22 was a success, expensive, sure, but quite successful.

about 4 months ago
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Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

Binestar Re:Actually, the edits look good! (95 comments)

I agree in principle, but you missed the context and a bit on completeness on the lawyer -> attorney edit.

It was actually "Corporate Lawyer" -> "Attorney", which has a different feel to it.

about 4 months ago
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"Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

Binestar Re:Requirements for a DMCA takedown. (157 comments)

Except the DMCA is *NOT* written like that.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/usc...

The relevant portion:

(3) ELEMENTS OF NOTIFICATION
(A) To be effective under this subsection, a notification of claimed infringement must be a written communication provided to the designated agent of a service provider that includes substantially the following:
(i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
(ii) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
(iii) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material.
(iv) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
(v) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Notice the wording of section VI: A Statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT THE COMPLAINING PARTY IS AUTHORIZED TO ACT...

The only part of any of that in a DMCA takedown is a statement under penalty of perjury that you are actually authorized to send DMCA by the owner of the material you are saying this infringes against. There is no perjury on any other portion of it, including the good faith, or accuracy notification.

This law was written specifically this way to protect any agent of copyright holders from mistakes and/or malice.

about 4 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Binestar Re:Obvious! (231 comments)

s/used/stolen/

Good for you for kicking those users while they were down.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hosting Services That Don't Overreact To DMCA Requests?

Binestar Re:LMGTFY (148 comments)

I am sorry I'm responding late to this, but your list is incorrect with some of the placement of things in the requirements.

Here is the Law:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/P...

The relevant portion:

(3) ELEMENTS OF NOTIFICATION
(A) To be effective under this subsection, a notification of claimed infringement must be a written communication provided to the designated agent of a service provider that includes substantially the following:
(i) A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
(ii) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site.
(iii) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material.
(iv) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
(v) A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Notice the wording of section VI: A Statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY, THAT THE COMPLAINING PARTY IS AUTHORIZED TO ACT...

The only part of any of that in a DMCA takedown is a statement under penalty of perjury that you are actually authorized to send DMCA by the owner of the material in question. There is no perjury on any other portion of it, including the good faith, or accuracy notification.

This law was written specifically this way to protect any agent of copyright holders from mistakes and/or malice.

about 5 months ago
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

Binestar Re:Rule #1 (894 comments)

The founders of the country didn't have computers or powerpoint, so I am sure that wasn't the reason.

about a year ago
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

Binestar Re:Rule #1 (894 comments)

The constitution doesn't say "in a militia".

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

Binestar Re:Neverwinter (555 comments)

Neverwinter has no end game worth playing.

1 year,1 day

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Ask Slashdot: Professionally packaged tools for teaching kids to Program?

Binestar Binestar writes  |  5 days ago

Binestar (28861) writes "I've been doing IT consulting for years, but I'm not a programmer beyond bash scripting, perl scripts to make administration easier and batch files to make Windows easier. I recently found an online course for modding minecraft that my 9 year old daughter is really enjoying (she built a custom sword that shoots lightning). Does anyone have any recommendations on online courses that would be age appropriate and worth the investment? It's been easy to get her interested in the Minecraft modding course because as any parent with young children knows, Minecraft is kinda popular...

The course she's taking now is teaching her Eclipse and Gimp, and I'm sure there are other tools installed that they haven't had her open yet. What other venders have stuff worth introducing her to? I've started looking also at things like the Kano and Learn to Mod but as a non-programmer, I'm not really sure which are most useful for introduction and which are accomplishing what they claim vs being a waste of money/time.

Anyone have experience or suggestions to help sort this out?"
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Federal District Court: TOS documents Illusionary

Binestar Binestar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Binestar (28861) writes "SUMMARY: On April 15, 2009, a Texas federal district court held that an arbitration provision in Blockbuster's online terms of service was "illusory" and unenforceable because Blockbuster had reserved the right to change the terms of service at any time. Harris v. Blockbuster Inc., No. 3:09-cv-217-M (N.D. Tex. April 15, 2009). If followed by other courts, the Harris decision could have significant implications not only for website operators, but also for any company that wishes to retain the right to modify its standard terms for existing customers.

Essentially, the rules for a TOS change require that a user is given notices of changes and an opportunity to accept or reject them. Websites that have unilateral wording in their Terms of Service have now had those documents struck down in court. This can have far reach consequences among the many many sites that have improperly worded Terms of Service.

The fix is easy though: Just change the wording to say that you will notify your users if the terms change and give them the ability to accept or reject the changes."

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Microsoft released IE8 as Critical Update for XP

Binestar Binestar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Binestar (28861) writes "If you've checked windows update today you'll have noticed that IE8 is now listed as a critical update. For those not interested in upgrading to IE8 at this time, the MSDN released information back in January on how to keep IE8 off your machine."
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Google's information on DMCA takedown abuse

Binestar Binestar writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Binestar (28861) writes "In a PC World article, they point out that Google has submitted a brief to New Zealand about it's proposed copyright law (section 92A). "In its submission, Google notes that more than half (57%) of the takedown notices it has received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998, were sent by business targeting competitors and over one third (37%) of notices were not valid copyright claims.""
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