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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding

dthirteen Early exposure to programming (125 comments)

My school district provided early exposure via apple II computers. They showed up one summer with an extracurricular summer workshop and then one to two per classroom, and a computer lab in Jr. High. And while there was an Atari computer at home, I basically had all of my meaningful early exposure to programming via the school district, and the teachers who were willing to spend extra time learning about and then sharing how to use them. Starting at probably age 8 or 9, I used basic and then later logo. The logo continuing off and on until 8th grade when I was using functions/procedures, getting user input, redrawing the screen, etc. By 8th grade my programming was beyond the scope of the curriculum or programming knowledge of the teacher. These skills then lay dormant for 4-5 years resurfacing in college with the first two years of CS course work. Which then led to computer support employment and then high end systems/networking employment.

It is impossible to attribute my skills to nature v. nurture, but I believe that any meaningful early exposure to computer languages, problem solving, or independent exploration of programming to solve a problem or provide something new is a worthwhile investment.

about 8 months ago

Scientists Race To Develop Livestock That Can Survive Climate Change

dthirteen Vegetarian (291 comments)

Hate to be the one to point out the obvious... but the solution is not in changing the meat it is in reducing and/or eliminating the meat. A very large part of world has done very well for a very long time on limited or no meat, eating beans and rice, lentils and rice, and tofu and rice. Meat requires vast quantities of water, creates vast quantities of waste, and is a huge caloric loss if you are feeding the animal grains or other foodstuffs that humans can eat directly. Beef being the worst offender for water use, and pollution.


about 9 months ago

How Apple's Story Is Like Breaking Bad

dthirteen Re:Walt's Not a Nice Guy (288 comments)

Re: the three partners...I think Walt was with the girl, and then the other guy and the girl hooked up and that's why Walt bailed.

more than 2 years ago

When Patents Attack — the NPR Version

dthirteen Re:Interesting tidbits (87 comments)

Actually I think their claimed 'prototypical inventor' was just involved in patent litigation, not specifically involved in litigation with intellectual ventures.

more than 3 years ago

Natural Interaction With Flying Robots Via Kinect

dthirteen UN-natural (28 comments)

There is nothing natural about interacting with flying robots...

more than 3 years ago

Asteroid To Pass Near Earth On Monday

dthirteen Re:Sure thing (183 comments)

...of the asteroids that we know about...

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

dthirteen Behavior modification (619 comments)

If you do anything to correct the situation, you are reinforcing the bad behavior, and it will continue to happen with greater frequency.

You actually get punished more for trying to do the right thing.

You should just delete them, mark as spam, etc.

From a behavior stand point you would want to avoid reinforcing the behavior, and possibly also identify a way to punish the behavior -- one could do the wrong thing and publish them online, which might be a punishment (while probably technically legal, this behavior could increase the frequency with which you interact with lawyers).

In my case, someone has the same name modulo middle name, and his gmail is one character more than mine, so I get a few of their emails a month, at first I tried to respond to the sender, or forward them along, but it just kept happening so I now I delete them or mark them as spam.

more than 3 years ago

AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA Over the Next 10 Years

dthirteen Think of the patents! (213 comments)

A patent dies everytime you mentaly masterbate on slashdot. Oh the horror.

more than 4 years ago

Pneumatic Tube Communication In Hospitals

dthirteen Re:I guess the only question is... (350 comments)

I think most if not all hospitals have this tech.

The station(s) go offline, and service personel come and fix it... parts of the network going offline is not an unusual event. Unlike the 19th century tech, these packet (plastic canister) routed pneumatic tube systems lack humans at the core of packet routing.

From a volunteer's point of view at a non-Stanford hospital, the IT integration was less than stellar. Maybe Stanford has done some work in that area, or maybe this is just astroturfing by a pneumatic tube company.

about 5 years ago


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