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Help for 11 year old that wants to grow up to make games?

bswarm Try starting him on Alice (3 comments)

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.


US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

bswarm Banking is so insecure... (84 comments)

I found a $25 withdrawal from my Savings account showing up as "Check converted to an electronic transaction by the merchant" from a Kohls store. I don't shop at Kohls, and that account doesn't even have checks, so this was either an error entering the account number or a crook. Kohls wouldn't give me any information on this saying it wasn't available, escalating it higher only got me a "we'll get back to you" which never happened. The bank said there's nothing they can do to prevent this from happening again except to close the account and reopen it with a different account number. The bank refunded the $25, but I would never have noticed if I hadn't checked all the transactions on the statement. Long story short, anyone can enter a routing and account number and make purchases if they get a lucky number that works.

about two weeks ago

Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

bswarm Re:Answering machines? (67 comments)

I had this happen. Google the number, find an email address, send them an email that you are getting these calls but you are not the intended recipient and you do not know the person, and to stop the calls or legal action will be taken. Never got another call.

about three weeks ago

Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

bswarm Re:Unity is Crap (110 comments)

I just install Ubuntu Gnome, then Gnome Fallback (called Flashback now) that way I don't have Unity leftovers. Unity sucks donkey wang if you ask me.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

bswarm For Physics... (234 comments)

The Mechanical Universe video series is a great learning tool for physics. http://www.learner.org/resourc... Or, check out the courses at www.edx.org some free, some paid if you want a certificate.

about 3 months ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

bswarm Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (462 comments)

I used to look like the guy on a package of Zig-Zag papers, got pulled over all the time, and let them search my van. They never found anything because there was nothing to find.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

bswarm Inventory... (635 comments)

Atari 2600
Sega Genesis
Playstation 2
1950's Tube Radio
VCR Camcorder
Model T Points/Coil Box
Misc Parts
All working.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

bswarm Depends which decade... (382 comments)

70's Pong
80's Tempest, Mario Series
90's Sonic Series, Gran Turismo
00's Gran Turismo again
10's Nothing Special

about 4 months ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

bswarm I got those calls every few days (251 comments)

And wasted their time. Told them I have Linux, they handed the phone to the tier 2 tech, still didn't know what Linux was but insisted my PC had a windows virus. They never called back after the next trick I pulled on them.

about 4 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

bswarm Good Binoculars and Stellarium (187 comments)

I use a Pentax 20x50 Binocular more than my low/mid priced refractor telescope. Also Stellarium www.stellarium.org is a good free planetarium for win/mac/linux PCs.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

bswarm Re:What trolls (382 comments)

When I was 14 my internet was a C.B. radio. We had trolls there too.

about 4 months ago

New Car Heads-Up Display To Be Controlled By Hand Gestures, Voice Commands

bswarm Re:Hand Gestures? (142 comments)

So what if I program it to turn off the radio by flipping the bird? And what will the cop in front of me (at a stop sign) think when he sees me flipping him off, when all I wanted to do was turn off the radio?

about 4 months ago

Why is Sun's Corona 300 times hotter than its surface ?

bswarm Re:The puzzle was explained years ago (4 comments)

I read long ago that the reason why the corona was hotter was because of the shock waves (sound waves) from the inside heating up the outer area.

about 4 months ago

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Dismantling Will Cost $4.4 Billion, Take 20 Years

bswarm Re:Not a bad deal (343 comments)

I agree, every household in most of Ca has been paying for this wart on their electric bill since it opened. Its been closed for almost a year and the decommissioning fees are still being collected. Factor in the cost overruns to build and maintain it and what it's going to cost for the spent fuel rods, which is still unknown, and it's going to equal a very deep money pit.

about 5 months ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

bswarm Why? (409 comments)

For better care? I don't think so.
To develop a vaccine? Maybe.
To create a new weapon? Seems more likely.

about 5 months ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

bswarm Re:Slashdot Users (242 comments)

Using Linux? Check.

about 5 months ago


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