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The Free Educational Software GCompris Comes To Android

gr8dude Re:I successfully used it in a summer camp (75 comments)

I have feedback about that activity. A kid was experimenting with batteries and light bulbs - they wouldn't turn on, though his wiring was correct.

After thinking about it and tinkering, it turned out there was a missing dependency - `gnucap`, simulation does not work without it. I didn't know it at the time and it was difficult to figure that out because we were in a remote village with sporadic 3G coverage and all those children were buzzing around with excitement (-:

Perhaps it is better to install it along with GCompris (the child-friendly approach) or turn it off (better, but inconsistent across computers) or show an error message (not child friendly at all).

Yes, that photo caught me while I was battling the problem (-:

about a week ago
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The Free Educational Software GCompris Comes To Android

gr8dude I successfully used it in a summer camp (75 comments)

I've used GCompris (among other tools) last year in a summer camp for children from socially vulnerable families. It was a project powered by volunteers and donations.

The kids enjoyed it very much, due to the variety of activities available - everyone found something to tinker with. If you're interested, have a look at the photos: http://tinco.md/galerie, https://www.facebook.com/TINCO....

Children liked TuxType and Scratch too, but GCompris ranked #1, especially among the younger ones.

Some youngsters in Moldova had a great summer; and who knows - maybe a few of them will build careers related to computers. And that could be your fault (-:

p.s. I am glad it runs on Android now, I've already recommended it to a parent.

about a week ago
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Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

gr8dude Re:What took them so long? (212 comments)

Hi, I teach computer security today and I am curious about what was being discussed in lectures two decades ago. Can you please share your slides?

If you're interested, you can find recordings of my classes by looking for `information security course moldova` on Youtube.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

gr8dude MyPaint and a tablet with a stylus (96 comments)

I use MyPaint with my Lenovo X201 tablet, it supports touch and stylus input. The machine is connected to a regular projector and my students and I are very satisfied with this.

Here is an example of a discussion about hash functions in Python; it is a screencast where you can see me doing stuff in the terminal as well as sketching explanations on a blank canvas.

MyPaint is cross platform, it is designed for artists and painters, but I am happy with it as a teacher. I used to rely on OneNote in the past, but I've moved away from Windows quite a few years ago and never looked back.

about 4 months ago
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Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

gr8dude Re: I never thought (90 comments)

In one of Richard Stallman's lectures, someone asked him why progress on Hurd is slow. The response was that this is not a pressing matter anymore, as there are other free kernels out there that are mature.

In other words, there are other problems society needs to focus on, so don't hold your breath for GNU Hurd.

about 8 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

gr8dude Re:Point Roberts (321 comments)

According to the spec, the SIM card has several files that contain information about the networks the phone is allowed or disallowed to connect to. These files are EF PLMN and EF FPLMN, they can be edited if you have PIN1. They're present in both, 2G SIM and 3G USIM cards. For more details, see section 10.2.16 EF FPLMN (Forbidden PLMNs) of the corresponding ETSI standard.

This article on PLMN management describes how they can be updated.

Even though this problem has been resolved a long time ago, in my practice I have not encountered a phone that would offer an interface for editing these settings. So you need to do this with a smart card reader and software that knows which APDU commands to send to the card to make the necessary changes.

about 8 months ago
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WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

gr8dude Re:The only thing I care about. (479 comments)

> Romanians were actually fighting along with Nazis
It should be pointed out that Romania was originally a neutral state. The country was forced to enter the war after the Entente failed to keep its promise.
Romania joined the war on the side of the Axis because at that time the Soviet army occupied the Eastern part of the country (the region known as `Basarabia`) and had no plans of leaving.

So your statement is true, but I think that another reasonable person would've done the same, had they been in the shoes of the Romanian government at the time.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

gr8dude Re:Wordfeud (669 comments)

Play against people you trust, so you don't have to worry about cheating.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

gr8dude Wordfeud (669 comments)

I'm playing Wordfeud (an online game of Scrabble), I like it because of its pace - I have 72h to complete a move, so I can take my time. The game allows me to play with multiple opponents simultaneously; I've made some good friends and we keep playing for several years now. This game brings people together, if you let it :-)

If anyone could recommend a similar, turn-based, online multiplayer game for Android - I'd greatly appreciate it.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?

gr8dude Re:I'm so pissed at electronic devices!!! (134 comments)

SkyDrive can be mounted via WebDAV, which is a standard protocol - that makes things a little bit better.

about a year ago
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Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science

gr8dude Re:Yes, I read it before (110 comments)

Is it common for people sleeping in tents in such weather to be practically naked, or wearing nothing more than underwear?

Isn't it more reasonable to sleep dressed in pants and sweatshirts, etc. If so, then it means that they got undressed before escaping the tent - that wouldn't make sense.

about a year ago
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Why We Need OpenStreetMap (Video)

gr8dude Re:Sounds good (118 comments)

> but it is strangely limited and it isn't free to use all the features or download more than a few maps.

If you download it via F-Droid, then there are no limitations.

Even prior to figuring that out, the limitations of the version distributed via Google Play were not a problem for me - I found them reasonable.

about a year ago
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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

gr8dude Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (209 comments)

At this point I'm not sure if you're fooling around or are just misinformed, I will assume the latter.

Romanian is a language, and Cyrillic is a form of writing. You can write Romanian using a Cyrillic alphabet if you really want to, but that's not how Romanians themselves do it.

If you read the first paragraph of Wikipedias's articles on {Rroma, Romanian, Cyrillic} - you'll figure it out.

1 year,2 days
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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

gr8dude Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (209 comments)

I did read your post, and as a guy who speaks Romanian and has been to Romania and lives in a neighbor country - I am pretty confident in the fact that I understand this matter.

The plural of 'Rroma' (also spelled as 'Roma') is 'Romani', not 'Romanian'.

1 year,3 days
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Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

gr8dude Re: lol @ Romanian "btc billionaire" (209 comments)

> Romanian (i.e. gypsy)

These are different things. Perhaps you are confusing 'Rroma' with 'Romanian'?

1 year,5 days
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The Quietest Place On Earth Will Cause You To Hallucinate In 45 Minutes

gr8dude Not if you have tinnitus? (332 comments)

With this condition you will always be exposed to some other forms of sound - would this prevent the hallucinations?

After all, your senses are not fully deprived of input.

about a year ago
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Is Google Voice Doomed To Be 2nd-Class Messaging System?

gr8dude Re:Doesn't work outside of US (172 comments)

It works in Europe, but only for texting (you cannot make calls).

The program won't install itself using via the market, so you have to install the APK manually.

I've been using it for several years now.

about a year and a half ago
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Heavy Metal and Emergent Behavior

gr8dude Re:Who would've thought (92 comments)

This is a conclusion reached by Anatol Rapoport, a fellow who was studying these things (he is the author of tit-for-tat, among other things). He provides some examples in his book "Certainties and doubts", which is a very interesting read. Here is a relevant excerpt (this is a public album, you don't need a Facebook account to see the pics)

about 2 years ago
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Poor Sleep Prevents Brain From Storing Memories

gr8dude Re:Stress is a huge factor.... (180 comments)

I am sorry to hear that. I have had a similar experience, after a very painful breakup I went through the same process.

The thing that caused it was the fact that I had no idea why it happened. So my days were spent asking "why? why? why?" - this was not very productive, the inner voice had no reasonable answer except "I did something wrong". Then it became "What did I do wrong?".

What worked for me was the ability to understand what happened. I had to ask some really direct questions and get some really direct answers (from my ex-partner and from my best friend, who is an ex-best friend today). As soon as I understood what happened, I knew it wasn't something that I had done wrong - so there was no reason to worry that I made a mistake (and that I could repeat it in the future).

I could sleep, I could eat, I didn't feel like the most evil wrongdoer on the planet and most importantly - I began thinking about building new relationships.

A few poems later, the case was resolved and I was involved in a new relationship and became a person again.

I guess it worked for me because I like to analyze things and understand the causes of every effect.. Without understanding, I find myself worrying about things that are outside of my control. I hope this helps.

about 2 years ago

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gr8dude gr8dude writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gr8dude writes "Pixilang is a simple programming language for graphics applications. It was designed for creative people who are not familiar with programming languages; it is also suitable for those on the demo-scene. The homepage offers a lot of nice samples.

The Pixilang interpreter works on the Windows, Linux and PalmOS platforms; it is fully open source."

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