Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy
Asking whether coding is 'the new literacy' is a semantic distraction. It's a phrase that tries to build excitement, but distracts from the real question; is coding a skill worth teaching to every youth?
I believe the answer is yes. Through coding, kids can apply and solidify the math they learn in school in a useful way. It also builds a mentality of experimentation that can help with the sciences. It also makes use of writing in general, making english class even more relevant. Real programmers depend on writing well to communicate, which can make a huge difference (see stack overflow questions).
Also, the skill of 'modelling' systems can be practiced and taught through the construction of computer programs. It can be very useful to build reasoning skills that are useful even if the person never codes again. Many of the subjects taught in schools don't offer skills that can be used anywhere else but in that specific subject, and are only taught for the sake of 'forwarding the knowledge of that specific field', whereas coding seems to offer many skills that transfer over into other subjects.
Ask Slashdot: Tools For Teaching High School Kids How To Make Games?
Paper and pencil.
Kinect Self-Awareness Hack
As soon as you see the world IDLE you should already be skeptical that you will be receiving any real information. Sometimes this happens. I, too, had lols, and under no circumstance will I complain about that, even if it's "not what I signed up for" here at Slashdot. Besides, even if you guys have an "amazing point", hasn't this been said on here at least x amount of times already? where x = (uninformative submissions) * (0.20 * userbase) * 100; // Real original guys....
The Life of a Cybercrime Investigator
.... and hope that these organizations don't band together, start sharing innovations and start developing 'next level threats' as I'd call them. With those resources and people behind them, evil people could do bad things to the internet. Gah, lets hope not. Lets hope.
Intel Unveils SSDs With 6Gbit/Sec Throughput
You are forgetting that when a big line of different capacities is released (all on the same speed from the same manufacturer..), then the only variable with any influence on price is capacity in GBs. The idea is to get them to buy the higher capacity 240GB SSD by offering a slightly better $/GB. Also, people have many programs to install these days and are looking especially at the capacity, when considering their additional xGBs of games they would like to put on their SSD.
Besides, when a higher speed comes out (It will keep doubling at least), everyone knows about the speed and the entire market is reassessed.
Windows Phone 7 To Get Multi-Tasking, IE9, Xbox Integration
Fixed that for you.
Slashdot Launches Re-Design
I just clicked on my achievement (5 point comment) and it said Message 27834164 not found. Just wondering if this was due to the change. Also, sometimes the footers get cut off, so I couldn't see every link at the bottom on the left, and on the right it said: 201, Geeknet (rather than 2011). These things don't actually matter at all but... yeah.
How a Guy Found 4 New Planets Without a Telescope
It says that he 'read data' and 'created graphs'. Couldn't whatever he was doing be automated? I'm sure that astronomers are already automating a whole lot of data analyzation, but for a random guy to find 4 irregularities, seems strange. Maybe high level pattern recognition is vital to the process he used? Get this guy, or somebody to start writing code.
Microsoft Finally Certifies an Open Source Web App
It seems as though HP891 has entered the game, and is pumping out 3292 lines of open code, and is now approaching level 33 in the newest MMO.
Why not make people write code for an MMO?
How Long Until We Commonly Use Flying Cars?
By the time flying cars are possible or economical, most of our interaction and work will be done virtually, meaning that the need of transportation will be significantly lower. Therefore we won't really need the extra traffic capacity that the air would allow.
Scientists Implant Biofuel Cells Into Rats
rats undergo a series of scientific experiments through the ages. They'll be the first to get neural implants that highly increase cognitive function. They'll be the first to connect to the internet directly through the brain. Aliens might assume they are more intelligent than us on first glance. Sitting around reproducing, reaping the rewards of science while humans do all the gruntwork...
They have been planning this from the beginning.
How Smart Are You?
Not at all confident in intelligence.
Above average confidence.
Extremely confident with ones ability.
Microsoft Behind Google Complaints To EC
not to go and complain about competitors, heres why.
First of all it's google.
Second, it's good to have a diverse set of search engines and a diverse set of algorithms. The more there are out there, they higher chance any site has of ranking up or down.
Third, if they want to make search their own way, why not post about it like a normal company? No, they have to go all drama queen and start crying about google, the most popular and innovative search technology we've seen yet.
What Has Your Phone Survived?
This just reminds me of how useless it is for people to be losing their data all the time. The future is virtual data. I bookmark everything I install and every site I'll ever return to. And I back those bookmarks up, and put them on another drive. Therefore, when planned obselence kicks in, I'll have lost a lot less. In terms of contacts, keep a text file (it has saved my ass many a time.) In terms of music, grooveshark all your favorite artists, at least.
Microsoft shuts down global spam network
Why is it still hard to 'get legal rights' to shut down botnets. I know it's to avoid complete power in the hands of microsoft, but any compelling evidence suggesting that a domain is a botnet should see to it's destruction. It should me much easier to combat these cyber villains, as it is only getting much worse.
Senators Blast NASA For Lacking Vision
possibly wasting money with primitive space expeditions. But you simply cannot say they do not have vision.
iPad Will Beat Netbooks With "Magic"
And much more?
For the price it would be nice if it was slightly more powerful, and oh I don't know, unrestricted content and multitasking? I honestly don't know why they haven't enabled those (I know their reasons but they are stupid and nonsensical)
PayPal To Open App Store For Developers
Apps are a good thing, and paypal is the easiest money manager yet. This will be quite useful, at what costs...
Web Heritage Could Be Lost
You are purely thinking off of the emotion known as nostalgia. Maybe it was simpler, but it was worse, less efficient, less powerful, and much much much less functional.
Web Heritage Could Be Lost
I agree. Less intelligent content will not be missed.
However, what's stopping everyone from just saving all of their content on their computers before their site dies? Sure, I guess some sites have a lot of content, but massive hard drives are available. Am I missing something?
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