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Ask Slashdot: Best Book For 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Teach Himself To Program?

jcreus Re:Python (525 comments)

Hi. Teenager here. I learnt how to program when I was about 11 (or maybe 10), self-taught. My best recommendation: let him learn how to program by himself. What I did was, and I've done such a thing for all programming languages (8, I think) I know: first, go to the first tutorial you see on the Internet. I believe I used Wikibooks (Python). And, then, leave the tutorial after knowing just the basic I/O and simple statements. Then, give yourself a project. For example, I created one which solved me the maths homework. Something you find useful. And, while doing that, one must learn more features of the language. In case you have doubts, be self-sufficient: just f*cking google it, and results will appear (learning how to google is probably a priority before programming languages!).

So, what you said is true. Don't spend money on programming books. Let him learn by himself.

On the other hand, regarding programming languages, I've always loved Python. Simple syntax, easy to introduce to new programmers, no pointers, great power... Furthermore, while Python keeps being my favorite, maybe, for "the current times", he would find JavaScript (+HTML+CSS) closer, for he would be able to create his own websites and that's something you often feel proud of ;). Also, it seems now everything has to be JavaScript-based...

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Microsoft Buys 800 AOL Patents For $1 Billion

jcreus Wow (103 comments)

Simple maths: 1000000000 / 800 = 1 250 000 USD per patent. Pretty amazing.

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Yahoo To Implement Do Not Track

jcreus Re:April's Fool (40 comments)

Frist April Fool's Day without CmdrTaco, maybe?

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Google Maps Directions Adds Real-Time Traffic Estimates

jcreus Re:So.... They are tracking you realtime... (54 comments)

No they're not. It is just the classic Google Maps "get directions" feature, but with realtime traffic estimates. Suppose your comment was just a way to bash Google.

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Poo-Powered Rickshaw Unveiled At the Denver Zoo

jcreus green-power dept. (52 comments)

Seriously? It should be from the dark-power dept.

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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

jcreus Drake equation (114 comments)

The figures should be updated!

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Linux 3.3: Making a Dent In Bufferbloat?

jcreus Re:Unstable (105 comments)

My fault, the version numbering system changed since 2.6.x (wikipedia before you post!). Anyway, I think the question is still valid.

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Linux 3.3: Making a Dent In Bufferbloat?

jcreus Unstable (105 comments)

3.3 is odd (thus unstable?); does anyone recommend actually installing it (in my case, Ubuntu)? Are there considerable advantages versus its drawbacks/unstability? Thanks.

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Can Translucency Save Privacy In the Cloud?

jcreus Re:still no privacy (86 comments)

- when you hash a telephone number, a rainbowtable is easily generated

That's where salts are useful. When you MD5 or SHA1, add a random-but-constant string at the beginning of the to-be-hashed string. Rainbow tables will be far mor difficult, if not impossible. Instead of MD5'ing "slashdot", MD5 "f8ds9a03421314159_$!1337_jc0wikislashdot".

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Have Online Comment Sections Become Specious?

jcreus Re:obviously (429 comments)

Maybe the fact stories do not have like or dislike buttons so that people can say "314 people like Microsoft" or "21 people work for Apple"?

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Have Online Comment Sections Become Specious?

jcreus Re:And yet... (429 comments)

Comments mentioning comments mentioning comments mentioning moderation are generally modded up. It's the law!

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Have Online Comment Sections Become Specious?

jcreus Re:RTFA (429 comments)

Do people generally get past the title?

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Have Online Comment Sections Become Specious?

jcreus Re:And yet... (429 comments)

Comments mentioning moderation usually get modded down (oh no I'm speaking about moderation!)

more than 2 years ago
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Have Online Comment Sections Become Specious?

jcreus Re:obviously (429 comments)

Slashdot, it must be said, continues to be a great source of insightful comments (a thing which is becoming extinct on the Internet lately). I think it can be put down to its great moderation system others lack, and the audience (you know, when we speak we usually know about the topic). It has grown in popularity and thus in spamming, but, again, it's filtered out. Congrats to the Slashdot team and community for making this happen. In fact, recently I read Slashdot basically for its comments. They give so much additional information/jokes/etc. to the original stories.

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Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) Joins the Washington Post

jcreus Re:welp, (232 comments)

Or people imagining dupes or spelling mistakes in the Washington Post :)

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Users Spend More Time On Myspace Than Google+

jcreus Re:LOL ... (310 comments)

I add to my CV "I can eat donuts"?

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France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer

jcreus What about... (706 comments)

If I'm not French, and I'm just visiting the country?

more than 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support?

jcreus jcreus writes  |  about 2 years ago

jcreus (2547928) writes "After struggling for some years with Nvidia cards (the laptop from which I am writing this has two graphic cards, an Intel one and Nvidia one, and is a holy mess [I still haven't been able to use the Nvidia card]) and, encouraged by Torvalds' middle finger speech, I've decided to ditch Nvidia for something better. I am expecting to buy another laptop and, this time, I'd like to get it right from the start. It would be interesting if it had decent graphics support and, in general, were Linux friendly. While I know Dell has released a Ubuntu laptop, it's way off-budget. My plan is to install Ubuntu, Kubuntu (or even Debian), with dual boot unfortunately required. Thanks in advance, Slashdot!"
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Slashdot Newsletter Being Considered Spam By Gmail?

jcreus jcreus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jcreus (2547928) writes "Well, today I was reading my Gmail inbox when a spam message appeared; when I looked into it it appeared to be the Slashdot newsletter's headlines. The source seems to be the correct one (slashdot at newsletters dot slashdot dot org via response.sourceforge.com), so maybe this is something Slashdot devs/team should look into?"
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Poll idea: How Much Do You Win Monthly With Advertising?

jcreus jcreus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jcreus (2547928) writes "I've entered the world of ads (with AdSense), and I wonder which is the mean revenue Slashdotters get.

a) >1000 USD

b) >500 USD

c) >100 USD

d) >10 USD

e)

f) I got ethics, you insensitive clod! || I have now idea of which numbers to write, though!"
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LibreOffice Developer Community is Healthy, an Infographic Shows

jcreus jcreus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jcreus (2547928) writes "Ars Technica links to an infographic made by The Document Foundation showing that the LibreOffice developer community is healthy, displaying statistics such as new code commiters, corporate commits, unused code elimination (as we saw on Slashdot). I really wonder how OpenOffice.org is doing, but LibreOffice definitely seems the office suite of the future (at least free software)."
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Mozilla Firefox With New Release Cycle (and releas

jcreus jcreus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jcreus (2547928) writes "Mozilla announced on January 10th that Firefox would be getting a new release cycle, creating an "Extended Support Release" (ESR), aimed at "enterprises, public institutions, universities and other organizations that centrally manage their Firefox deployments". An overview of this ESR in a graphical form can be found at their Wiki. Releases will be initially maintained for nine release cycles; basically, each ESR version will be released every 7 usual cycles (Firefox 10, 17, 24...). In related news, Firefox 10 has been released."
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Ask Slashdot: Are paid mobile applications and fre

jcreus jcreus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jcreus (2547928) writes "Some time ago, I began writing applications for (mostly) Android, given the fact that it's free software and can be fun to play with. Right now, I got several ready, yet I got a problem. I'd like to sell the app, to see if I can get some bucks — but, at the same time, I'd like it to be free software (in accordance to my principles). Please note that I haven't planned it to publish it for iOS which doesn't allow free software. What is your experience on that? Do you think both things are compatible?"
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XKCD Webcomic Reaches 1000 Milestone

jcreus jcreus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jcreus (2547928) writes "With the last comic, xkcd has reached the kilocomic milestone. Still, as the webcomic says, some comics left for the first kibicomic! xkcd is probably the best-known geek webcomic, referenced so many times on Slashdot."
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Ask Slashdot: Tech-related Summer Camps For Teenag

jcreus jcreus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jcreus (2547928) writes "I am a teenager (aged 14, though turning 15 before summer), and I've recently been looking for summer camps in the USA. My interests include physics, mathematics (to a lesser extent) and computer science (I already know several programming languages). However, I haven't been able to find anything really exciting. The difficulties I've found include the fact that most are general-oriented, whereas I'm seeking something specific. Furthermore, some are USA-student-only (and I'm European), and most computer-science oriented camps seem to be for non-programmers. What is Slashdotters' experience on that?"

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