top Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success
I know that I will be in the minority here, but I don't agree.
I would much rather see programming taught as a language or linguistics course instead of as an offshoot of math. I'm an English major with a great dislike for math. I've taken no math courses beyond the required Algebra II to get through college...no calculus, no trig, and I would have failed them if I'd had to take them anyway. I've gone on to become the lead developer at 2 companies and worked my way to up to CTO of third. I've never felt as though math was intrinsically important to writing code. Creativity and problem solving skills yes...Math not so much.
I've always felt that it was more like learning a foreign language. First you learn the rules of the language, then you learn to speak it, and eventually you become fluent enough to tell stories as though you were a native speaker. That's how I view programming, much like writing a well layered story with background and subplots and ideally no loose ends.
about a month and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?
I was out hiking and I couldn't get couldn't get a coding problem that I was having out of my head. When the solution finally came to me I was in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a patch of sand and a stick. I wrote out my code as clearly as possible and took a picture with my camera...this was pre-cell phone days, so I had to wait for the film to get developed before I could see my code.
top How Predictable Is Evolution?
Yes you are reading that wrong. What they are saying is that since you can end up with similar looking creatures that took different DNA routes to get there, it's only the results that matter and not the DNA framework.
If you can end up with the same body style with different DNA then if you rewind the clock and started over there would be no reason to believe that you would end up with the same creatures we have today.
top Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect
"Always on" issue - gone
Gold Membership to use streaming apps - gone Bundled Kinect - gone
Almost everything that people have complained about has been removed / improved / fixed. I know there is a long tradition of slamming Microsoft on Slashdot
... almost a sport really, but come on. They are doing exactly what we've been asking them to do and everyone is still bitching about it. I for one commend them for listening to feedback and addressing the issues that we've known were there from the start.
I don't own an XBOX One, I'm a PC gamer, but I have to say I'm impressed to see a company that's willing admit their mistakes...I'm looking at you Nintendo...get your act together.
top Ask Slashdot: Really Short Time Wasters?
This site has done an amazing job of turning learning a language into a game...
Duolingo about a year and a half ago
top The Mathletes and the Miley Photoshop
Having people categorize themselves on an objective technical skill such as math is at least slightly more reliable than having people self judge on such a subjective skill as writing.
Many people I went to college with were certain their one act plays could win awards and that their sonnets would outlive them. I certainly wouldn't trust many of them when it comes to something as nuanced as the American legal system.
A better breakdown of the populace would have been to separate out people based on the level of education achieved, or perhaps by specific college degree, or even split out people with legal backgrounds from the average layperson. This would remove all the "touchy, feely" issues his current survey has.
With that said, this Tennessee man may be a danger to society, and his actions really creep me out, but I don't believe that he broke the law as it is currently written.
For what it is worth, on his poll I would have fit this profile
Writing skills > Math Skills
top Australian Judge Rules Simpsons Cartoon Rip-off Is Child Porn
Since we are dealing with cartoons here this is already a ridiculous issue for the courts to deal with, but for the sake of argument lets look at this from the perspective of the Simpsons being real people.
These people were all technically born on April 19, 1987, on the
Tracey Ullman Show, with the debut of their first sketch.
Since the age of real humans are figured from the date of their birth that would put even the youngest character at a minimum age of 21 years old. Well past the age of consent.
This alone should be grounds for appeal I would think. IANAL however, and the basis for this whole case seems a bit out there, so I have no idea what kind of legal position this gentleman is in at this point.