Ask Slashdot: Professionally Packaged Tools For Teaching Kids To Program?
I should just Mod this up, but I'll add to it.
I work with a lot of students at my school and I've purchased a few KANO kits. They are great and appeal to kids who want to program and kids who want to make cool cases in woodworking shop... Grab one and try it out. If it doesn;t work, donate it to a local school's computer club.
I also use RPG maker (There is a free version on sourceforge I think) which can be used to make some very elaborate 2d rpg style games.... At first the kids I work with love the mapping and simple switch oriented programming, but after a while, the kids are learning scripting and the logic behind all programming.
But, yeah, Scratch is great too.
Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?
The ads for me are always late. Here are a couple recent examples.
I wanted the 5th edition D&D Players handbook. I knew about it from word of mouth within my local D&D group. I went to amazon and ordered it and a big bag-o-dice. For the next day or three, I see advertisements for stuff I have already purchased.
I frequent a blog HomeBrew Finds which is nothing more than a listing of sales around the internet. I saw a fermentor last month and ordered it. After I ordered it, I saw adds for fermentors.. .I don't need any more.
Contextual ads need to be a little more prophetic and a little less "I sold you so."
The Physics of Space Battles
My first encounter with realistic space battle physics was with Antares Dawn: a great book by Michael McCollum... Great stuff.
Google Testing Gmail Redesign
Just over a month ago, Google dropped the SMS chat feature that has been present in Google labs for years. it has worked great and was the main reason I switched to gmail. Discussing it with other tech folks we can only conjecture that Google has ditched it because it was one of the ways people have found to sens SMS messages from a source that the NSA can;t track. (Create throw away email through some random VPN.)
Contemplating going back to my own email server again. This new beta look might just be what pushes me over the edge.
Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced
With Ford's last two movies, a cardboard cutout of him in his 40's would have done a better job than he did. His performance in Ender's Game was horrendous (don;t blame the script Asa Butterfield and Viola Davis did great with what they were given.)
Hopefully Harrison Ford's reprisal will be Han Solo sitting in a Laser-Rocker in the old folks asteroid telling stories of who shot first to you bantha fodderlings.
Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon
In all the mythology I read, Jupiter was always trowing his seed around.
Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences
Use this pill on Friday night and make the weekend seem like it last for 5 years instead of 20 minutes.
Maybe I could give it to my spouse before sex.
Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor
Welcome to modern politics. Politicians do whatever they want and don;t need to consult the public at all. And when motivated enough, these politicians can pass all sorts of legislation in a day. In the recent past Illinois lawmakers introduced a bill requiring teachers to teach until they are 67; passed the bill in both house and senate; had the bill signed by the governor. All of this in one single day. Teachers union, was shocked and has been fighting this ever since, but since it is "the law" they don;t have a lot to go on. Everyone else in Illinois has been on pins and needles knowing that the government can in a day vote your career into misery.
Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost
Yes, I still feel that purchasing this type of equipment is a waste of taxpayer money to prepare for an event that happens maybe for one day every 5 years at the most.
5,10,15,20,25,30,35 -- seven times in 36 years. Check.
I can count the times it's snowed like this on one hand in my 36 years here.
Says the seven fingered driver.
How much of your media do you store locally?
I store some of my media on the hard drive.., ripped DVDs, CDs, and yes, records...
I store some of my media in the TV cabinet... DVDs, and VHS
I store some of my media near the stereo ... CD and Cassettes and Records
I store some of my media in the closet ... 8 track tapes, floppy discs
I store some of my media on the wall ... Digital Art I've created.
I store some of my media on a linux box for streaming music at my workplace.... no pandora ads.
I store exactly one "album" in the cloud. which is about .09% of my media.
Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?
Have been using Opera since the early days when Netscape was king, but bloated, and IE was a fiasco...
I even paid $30 for it... If they would have taken a free, as in beer, stance in the days of the Netscape ie battle, we might all be using it now.
Which I still do.
MPAA Backs Anti-Piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students
I dare the administration to tell me I have to teach this curriculum to my students. I'll give my own slant on it and end up teaching anonymous proxy, torrents, ripping, you name it...
Actually as common core, students have to work more with media. As a result we are ripping DVDs and cds and editing these to meet some educational goals... I am sure that is against their curricula.
bastards. (*IAA, not the students, this time.)
Movie Review: Ender's Game
So you were the type of student in school that "read" the assignment but failed to "understand" what he read.
Never once did Ender seek "revenge." Never did Ender want to make them "Sorry" for beating him up. He wanted them to stop, and he was willing to hurt them enough so they would never hurt him again. This is very different than revenge.
I really don't understand where you come from in thinking that this is a revenge novel. In the Ender makes sacrifices because he is going through is for the betterment of humanity.
Survival is a large theme in this novel. not revenge. There is a huge difference.
I'm glad I was not your teacher for a literature class.
David Craddock and Two Blizzard North Co-Founders Answer Your Questions (Video)
I have ad disabled... Why am I seeing an ad at the start of this video?
Just post a damn transcript.
Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?
When all of the internet is being filtered through five or six main providers, it is easier for the NSA to funnel all of the information into its data analysis machines. Can you image the headaches the NSA would have if all the little mom and pop companies (if they were still around to do internet), would not provide for a free backdoor to the operations...
So now there are just a few providers. They get to charge whatever they want and the government will let the monopoly continue so the executives and share holders can smile all the way to and from the bank.
Fuck 'em. I'm done paying for interne@#$@#!43,
Rental Business Aaron's Admits Role In Spying On Customers
Yes you would do time.
You are not the government.
You are not a corporation.
You are not wealthy enough to own lawyers.
You are not wealthy enough to own politician.
NYC Is Tracking RFID Toll Collection Tags All Over the City
government organizations do track the movements of every vehicle everywhere in and out of their jurisdiction
Fixed that for you.
Epic: A Privacy-Focused Web Browser
I can decript my data, use browsers to erase cookies, but without spoofing IP addresses, the websites know where I am accessing from and when I access the site. If I would then use a major email (instead of my own email server), then the NSA has their hands on my emails and any cloud stuff I save. Everything in the internet needs to be reworked for privacy, not just the browser...
Of course the The United Surveilla^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H States Government is not going to let that happen.
Ask Slashdot: Good Ideas For Creative Gaming With Girlfriend?
Geek community is stupidfied... we read all the articles about PRISM and you STILL recommend *skype*? WTF. Why not jabber, jinny, linphone, anything else?!
I figure if he's asking this question, he doesn't have a geek badge. So these kind of recommendations may just go over his head... But what do I know.
Ask Slashdot: Good Ideas For Creative Gaming With Girlfriend?
Leave skype on all evening... Watch movies "together" and talk to each other while watching. Make the same dinners "together."
Storytelling? Open up a google doc and write your own story collaboratively.
If you both like games, then play whatever you like together using teamspeak. My girl and I have played Ultima Online, Everyquest, starwars and Diablo when we were working across the country. What's important is that you communicate and spend "time" together. But something important that no one will mention is this: Trust each other and give each other time alone.