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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Engage 5th-8th Graders In Computing?

johnrpenner Re:Coils and Relays (159 comments)

uhh — to think clearly..

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Engage 5th-8th Graders In Computing?

johnrpenner Coils and Relays (159 comments)

start simple — stroking a nail with a magnet to magnetize it; coiling a wires; then show them a relay.. it works by the principle they themselves have done by coiling wire. then build the four basic logic gates: AND, OR, NAND, NOR.. that will already take a long time. have them write-up the truth tables by toggling switches and getting the results.

then play chess with them — this will better prepare them than anything to thing clearly and logically independent of language semantics which will soon be obsolete.

2cents
j

yesterday
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

johnrpenner Re:Oh do shut up (199 comments)

and counterpoint — is it a real chess engine if it doesnt implement MiniMax??

yesterday
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Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

johnrpenner ZX81 vs BootChess (199 comments)

it is an impressive feat to contain a chess programme in such a small size (although it doesnt implement MiniMax).

although smaller — it would be interesting to see the result of a game of ZX81 1K Chess vs BootChess — which engine would win??

2cents
j

yesterday
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The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

johnrpenner 1879 (154 comments)

should really begin in 1879 - the year edison first lit his lightbulb.

2cents

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

johnrpenner Army Telemetry (110 comments)

"initially funded by the U.S. Army Research Office"

lets them pull the trigger by remote.. :-^

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

johnrpenner abolish it (613 comments)

the theoretical amount it saves is outweighed by the recurring adjustment cost it incurs.

they should string the guy by his toenails who invented this ridiculous aberation.

about 3 months ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

johnrpenner they need all the users they can get (554 comments)

they need all the users they can get — they cant afford to shut out any percent of their upgrader base, or windows 10 slow uptake rates will get users with lesser machines to further jump ship to the linux and mac folds.

2cents from toronto

about 4 months ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

johnrpenner back pocket (421 comments)

make something as thin as possible, and then users stick it in their back pocket, sit on it, and wonder why it bends.. :-p

about 4 months ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

johnrpenner its a gift (610 comments)

when the ipod came out, apple paid the artists to provide about 300 free songs for users for free - it was a gift - it was like them paying to give us a free mix tape. i found some good tunes on there, and deleted the rest. thx apple.

again, instead of paying for this music, apple is paying (or in cahoots depending on yr pov) for a gift of music that they believe to be good. if you like u2 - its a gift. if you dont, it is easy to delete - you wont even see it unless you go digging for it.

thanks apple.
2cents from toronto
jp

about 5 months ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

johnrpenner CFL Bulbs (173 comments)

Its all the compact flourescent light bulbs.. have you ever read the disposal instructions for one of those!?!?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

johnrpenner OIDS (382 comments)

OIDS — for the Atari ST, and the Mac OSX (powerPC) — combines the best elements of Defender, Lunar Lander, Asteroids, Gravitar and Thrust, with its inertia based movement, and level editor. one of the best early games. :-D

Mac OSX version by David Hewit: http://www.xavagus.com/

Atari ST ROM by David Hewit: http://www.atarimania.com/game...

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

johnrpenner no they dont (544 comments)

a device with a slideout keyboard is inherently more prone to breaking than a one piece phone.

i've never had a problem using a touch screen for typing short messages, and if you really do want to write an essay, a lil phone keyboard is still inferior to a real full-size keyboard (which can be paired to any bluetooth equipped phone anyway) — you shouldnt be using your phone to be typing manuscripts anyway — the lil tiny keys — real or not — or still inadequate.

touch screen keyboards work really well in my experience; and they dont suffer the inherent mechanical breakability of a slide-out phone.

2cents from toronto
jp

about 6 months ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

johnrpenner you get what you pay for.. (291 comments)

its not supposed to work good — that's why its the bottom of the line.

if you want it to work good, you gotta buy the good model..

about 6 months ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

johnrpenner find my iphone (143 comments)

they want — we find you.

find my iphone — no good.

about 7 months ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

johnrpenner IPv6 (104 comments)

if every lightbulb is going to have an IP address — they better be using IPv6.. ;-]

2cents
j

about 7 months ago
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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding

johnrpenner reading writing arithmetic & CHESS (125 comments)

what would really help prepare children better than writing code is playing chess — it will help them learn how to think logically and consistently — if they learn it in chess first — learning all the various changing semantics of languages that may come and go will be trivial — if they got a good grounding in thinking properly through chess. a couple years of chess for grades 5-10 should be mandatory in every school curriculum.

chess is even more important than learning to how to code — because to get anywhere with code, you have to immerse yourself in a language, an API, an IDE, and a way of thinking that is large, legacy, and arcane. by contrast, chess gets it down to the critical skills in a pretty efficient way.

teach chess, then code later will be a piece of cake — because chess teaches the essential skills of grasping clear thoughts/moves in a facile way with the mind — and this mind muscle can be brought to higher level of logical consistency and clarity of thought with chess. something that is simple, yet lends itself to the greatest sophistication.

another reason to teach chess is science standards — lack of critical thinking in regards to science is a reflection of a nation that has lost its ability to think clearly upon basic subjects. chess is the remedy for a lack of clear and lucid thinking on many subjects.

one must work the mind, or it becomes weak, and unable to judge things very well — and then tends to be easily manipulated by political and emotional cues.

2cents

about 9 months ago

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johnrpenner johnrpenner writes  |  more than 8 years ago

johnrpenner writes "Because it had to be done — N.Chikada of Japan has written Pacelman — Pacman for Excel. All actions are expressed by rewriting of a cell background colour. If that's not enough, he's also written a version of Space Invaders for Excel called Cellvader, also available for download from the site."

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