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What's In an Educational Game?

kulakovich You only get to do it ONCE: (160 comments)

Hi anonymous reader: I used to work in a very similar situation here in the states. I will tell you what I said at an exec meeting that carried a lot and still holds true with this genre: Make it fun; you only get to bore a kid once.

Goodluck, contact me if you want to talk about any of this.

kulakovich

more than 5 years ago
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"Cash For Clunkers" Program Runs Out of Gas

kulakovich A chicken in every pot... (594 comments)

No culture has survived the recognition that they can vote themselves access to the public trough.

Not one.

more than 5 years ago
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Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

kulakovich Xcel = PLEASE READ (367 comments)

Because I know you have a rep reading this.

I AM GLAD you are doing this. Because now you open up the dialogue in which we discuss what I am going to CHARGE YOU per kilowatt hour that I GENERATE.

capiche?

kulakovich

ps - we're unregulated so I'll just put something out there after you say yes.

more than 5 years ago
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Jeff Bezos Offers Apology For Erasing 1984

kulakovich "stupid, thoughtless and... (437 comments)

totally apropos, making a PERFECT example of the travesty that is DRM, by deleting a selection that could not serve more perfectly as a dénouement to this entire issue.

HEY BEZOS: PEOPLE OWN WHAT THEY PAY FOR.

kulakovich

more than 5 years ago
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Reprogrammed Skin Cells Turned Into Baby Mice

kulakovich pups or it didn't happen... (284 comments)

If I hear one more "I turned stem cells into X" story without proof - real proof! - I think we're going to need to start posting these things under "comedy".

kulakovich

more than 5 years ago
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The Best First Language For a Young Programmer

kulakovich take a look at alice.org (634 comments)

http://www.alice.org/index.php?page=what_is_alice/what_is_alice

"Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

In Alice's interactive interface, students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#. Alice allows students to immediately see how their animation programs run, enabling them to easily understand the relationship between the programming statements and the behavior of objects in their animation. By manipulating the objects in their virtual world, students gain experience with all the programming constructs typically taught in an introductory programming course."

kulakovich

more than 5 years ago
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Israel Accused of Boosting Gaza Sex Drive With Tainted Gum

kulakovich Whoa, oh, DANT DANT (8 comments)

Tainted gum.




Tainted gum.

more than 5 years ago
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Sony Files Patent On "Any-Object" Motion Control

kulakovich What is Japanese for... (69 comments)

"Prior Art"?

kulakovich

more than 5 years ago
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We Rent Movies, So Why Not Textbooks?

kulakovich Arguably, we already do. (398 comments)

Given the following points:

1. Student pay ridiculous prices for half-useful photo-laden authoritative textbooks, only to sell them back to the publisher-run book resale cartels for 10% of the price they paid.

2. With the current trend of Big Copyright, every written work must have an owner/copyright holder. Therefore, you do not own the books you have copies of.

I own my experience of the book, or the movie, and put forward that those experiences, being mine, grant me ownership of the work as my experience as much as the money I paid for the 400 pages of paper and ink.

We will look back to the beginning of the 21st Century and laugh at this Information Prohibition.

kulakovich

more than 5 years ago
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Russia Launches Anti-trust Probe of Microsoft

kulakovich In Soviet Russia... (221 comments)

System Operates YOU!!

~kulakovich

more than 5 years ago
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Sony CEO Proposes "Guardrails For the Internet"

kulakovich "Freedom without restraint is chaos" (708 comments)

If "Freedom without restraint is chaos" then what is Freedom WITH restraint?

~kulakovich

more than 5 years ago
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Space Station Crew Drinks Recycled Urine

kulakovich You think? (349 comments)

You think that at this point no one in the Astronaut program, yet alone living in a metropolitan region, has drank water recycled from urine?

Be real. This happens all the time.

kulakovich

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Trying To Patent a 'Magic Wand'

kulakovich Prior art. (157 comments)

Me. Me and Harry Potter and like eighty other people.

Seriously though. Wand broadcasts audio to Mac, Mac recognizes text, executes scripts, controls X10 network, controls stuff inside and outside house, including lights and other computers. Also have X10 keychain built into handle if speech borks.

kulakovich

more than 4 years ago
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WHO Investigates Claims That Swine Flu Resulted From Human Error

kulakovich Chickens and Pigs (249 comments)

I didn't know that hanging chicken cages over the pig pen constituted a "lab" nowadays, but ok.

~kulakovich

ps - yeah, it is so the pigs get to eat the chicken waste, and exactly how this type of thing happens.

more than 5 years ago
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Challenges Ahead In Final Hubble Servicing Mission

kulakovich Re:Attach it to the ISS? (130 comments)

In addition to everyone else's points, and to elaborate on something in the last response - yes, indeed, there is a giant cloud of stuff in orbit with the ISS, whether it is washers, filings, toolbags, thruster exudate, water vapor, dings of micro meteorites, etc. Not an environment we want to put Hubble in.

~kulakovich

more than 5 years ago
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Challenges Ahead In Final Hubble Servicing Mission

kulakovich Ping pong balls on your finger tips (130 comments)

Sure it sounds like an easy swap, but imagine trying to do something like changing dipswitches and installing a PCIe card with ping pong balls on your finger tips - even with big clunky milspec connectors, everything you twist tries to twist you, everything you pull tries to pull you. Arduous work at best, and they are doing five 6 hour sessions. Amazing, truly. I hope they have Story Musgrave available for commentary, the man is a national hero in my opinion.

~kulakovich

more than 5 years ago
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Law of Armed Conflict To Apply To Cyberwar

kulakovich Re:Awesome (242 comments)

Yes, and in the future they'll be trying to follow the chain of command back to who authorized Bulletin Boarding.

more than 5 years ago

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NASA Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report

kulakovich kulakovich writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kulakovich writes "NASA has released the Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Report, detailing issues surrounding astronaut safety and procedures, as uncovered from the result of the Columbia disaster.

The result is an incredibly detailed and transparent document going over issues in the cabin environment, occupant protection and other safety issues that can now be addressed in ongoing space efforts; to reduce risk to future astronauts."
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kulakovich kulakovich writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kulakovich writes "One of the founders of the L5 Society, Cryonics advocate, and well known anti-Scientology activist Keith Henson, was taken into custody yesterday in Arizona, on an outstanding warrant for picketing a Scientology office back in 2001. There is much concern over his current condition at this time due to medication requirements as well as fear for his well-being. He and his family had been receiving death-threats prior to the arrest. The Extropy Institute immediately set up a Henson Legal Defense Fund on his behalf. Henson is also known for his work with the US Congress on Lunar policy in the early 80s."
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kulakovich kulakovich writes  |  more than 8 years ago

kulakovich writes "Hot on the trail of Stargate's cancellation: SciFi running entire season of Firefly starting at 8am on September 18th! This is fresh from yesterday's posting on Whedonesque web log, and the SciFi site confirms it! Start making space on the PVR!

~ you can't take the sky from me!"

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