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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

eyepeepackets Symbolic logic... (241 comments)

would be better than math if one is looking for a bridge from language to programming. Absent symbolic logic, math -- especially algebra -- is a good introduction to the concept of computer programming because of its logic component (application of the algebraic hierarchy is a simple logic system.)

For kids, Lewis Carroll's symbolic logic is both fun and useful.

about two weeks ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

eyepeepackets So that's why... (291 comments)

...my hot, young honey turned into a raggy, naggy, whiney stenchcow who dedicated her life to making me miserable? Well at least now I know -- thanks Science Guy!

about 2 months ago
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Should We Eat Invasive Species?

eyepeepackets Needs salsa? (290 comments)

I hear Mexicans taste terrible and Hondurans are even worse: Not a good idea.

about 2 months ago
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

eyepeepackets Brains versus CPUs (189 comments)

This article at Science Daily is helpful in understanding the issue: http://www.sciencedaily.com/re...

Comparing CPUs and brains is like comparing apples to planets: Granted, both are somewhat round but that's pretty much the end of any useful comparison.

Note that I don't agree that CPU-based computers can't be made to be intelligent, but I do think such intelligence will be significantly different.

about 2 months ago
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Autodesk Unveils 3d Printer As It Aims To Become Industry's Android

eyepeepackets Baked Goods (85 comments)

I want the oven/crucible from Diamond Age -- anything else is just an incremental step along the way.

about 2 months ago
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SanDisk Announces 4TB SSD, Plans For 8TB Next Year

eyepeepackets Re: At that speed? (264 comments)

Yeah, but the maintenance requirements are very high, the MTBF is unacceptable, and they can say "no."

about 3 months ago
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Programming Education Making A Comeback In Primary Schools

eyepeepackets Re:Meta-programming first? (138 comments)

Homophone: The land mine of the English language.

about 3 months ago
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Programming Education Making A Comeback In Primary Schools

eyepeepackets Re:Meta-programming first? (138 comments)

Yeah, what the hell was I thinking. Here, let me slap myself silly and see if it helps....

Nope, but it's the thought that counts.

about 3 months ago
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Programming Education Making A Comeback In Primary Schools

eyepeepackets Re:Meta-programming first? (138 comments)

Oh look, a homophone!

Thanks grammar Nazi!

about 3 months ago
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Programming Education Making A Comeback In Primary Schools

eyepeepackets Meta-programming first? (138 comments)

How about some critical thinking skills to go along with that programming class? They compliment each other and both can have lasting effects on young minds.

about 3 months ago
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Why Should Game Stories Make Sense?

eyepeepackets Re:Lost (169 comments)

Yeah, the Lost producers really did a poor job of wrapping it up. That ending, after all that went before? Ugh, what cliched crap.

about 3 months ago
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Why Should Game Stories Make Sense?

eyepeepackets Re:Immersion (169 comments)

Agreed. Immersion is what makes the difference between great games and the toss-outs and one-timers. The Elder Scrolls (TES) games are really popular and it's the lore factor which ties it all together for the player and makes playing each one a really great experience beyond just a good way to burn some time.

about 3 months ago
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Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

eyepeepackets Re:Really? (87 comments)

MIne's also done in tcl/tk (8.6), but it's a full blown graphics job which has playlist capabilities. At the cli I usually just call a pre-made playlist.

about 3 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

eyepeepackets Re:"Fully Half Doubt the Big Bang"? (600 comments)

I refer you to Galileo Galilei: Much observation, great denial, very little preserved -- but they sure did try!

about 3 months ago
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Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

eyepeepackets Re:Really? (87 comments)

I prefer it the same, and to the point of building my own software to do it properly.

about 3 months ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

eyepeepackets Re:Not our education system (306 comments)

In the U.S., critical thinking skills are acquired via the liberal arts side of the higher education system (you know, the ones the business and technical training side loves to sneer at while making jokes about burgers and fries.) We don't teach high schoolers and below how to think, we teach them _what_ to think; school in the U.S. has mostly been about socialization since the mid-20th century. Even in our higher education system, the only ones who really get critical thinking skills are the wannabe lawyers and philosophers. Simply put, these skills have not been valued by U.S. business people since forever and so they aren't taught but to the specialist few.

Business and technical people whining about employees without critical thinking skills reminds me of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby, only in this case they made the tar baby themselves.

about 3 months ago
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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

eyepeepackets Re:Unions (220 comments)

Unions require the leverage of work stoppage causing production blockage, but this doesn't work when the employer can pick up shop and move to cheaper labor. Combine this with the lack of import tariffs and there is no leverage for a labor union to wield. For unions to work now, you'd have to have the workers of the world unite, which was a Socialist rallying call if I remember my history. We all know what Americans think of Socialism, especially the sneering libertarians found in IT departments.

Unions will not work now like they did 100 years ago, at least not in the USA while there is such great disparity between here and there. Something that may or may not comfort you is that _everything_ in the U.S. will have to level down, including labor costs/wages, rents/returns, property values, profits -- it's called deflation and it's unavoidable.

about 3 months ago
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Bug Bounties Don't Help If Bugs Never Run Out

eyepeepackets Security compiler? (235 comments)

Why not a security compiler? Seems some clever, creative hackers could work up something which would take raw code, subject it to some scrutiny and give output/feedback. Perhaps even a security switch to the standard compilers or even a security test suite. Shouldn't be that hard to do.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Drone Deployment Timeline

eyepeepackets Why Transparency is Important (33 comments)

It should be clear by now that having anything less than complete transparency for these agencies is foolish, because we become the target of the tools when they are used in secret silence. Elected representatives are worthless in this regard. We need transparency via reporting requirements and guidelines that give full information to the public.

If we are expected to be responsible for what these agencies do, then we need to know what they are doing.

about 3 months ago
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Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

eyepeepackets Profit! (95 comments)

But, but...what about the poor baby profits?

Seriously, you won't see these corporations do anything like this until they are forced to do so with heavy regulations, potential heavy fines and the real possibility of criminal prosecution upon proof of criminal negligence by a prosecuting attorney.

MBA school teaches them this: costs equal profits taken out of your pocket, so anything you can do to put the costs anywhere else is the profit in your pocket. This is how they think and how they operate. This is why you don't want business running and maintaining your infrastructure.

about 3 months ago

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