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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

lbmouse Re:Power? (630 comments)

C'mon! you just ruined it for me. I wanted to see an F-18 get launched off a carrier deck at mach 7.

about a week ago

Small World Discovered Far Beyond Pluto

lbmouse Re:Dwarf-like? (63 comments)

They prefer "little planet".

about three weeks ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

lbmouse Bad Experience (606 comments)

I worked for a Dot-com that shared the building with a methadone clinic. I would not recommended it.

about 2 months ago

Speedier Screening May Be Coming To an Airport Near You

lbmouse Re:Catwalk (163 comments)

You mean an OB/Gyn exam... same thing.

about 2 months ago

Kim Dotcom Just Launched His New Music Service With His Own Album

lbmouse As the old saying goes... (69 comments)

You can take the rich boy out of Europe but you can take the Eurotrash out of the boy.

about 3 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

lbmouse Re:It's about time! (1431 comments)

"Now I'm not saying he should have killed her... but I understand." ~ Chris Rock

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

lbmouse Seattle is Full (506 comments)

The last thing they need is more Californians. Try Portland or Tacoma.

about 4 months ago

Supreme Court Declines Case On Making Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes

lbmouse Re:the affiliates are a sales force (293 comments)

I'm torn a bit torn on this... if the are paid by 1099-misc then they are private contractors. If they are paid by W2, then they are a true "employed" sales force. I guess I don't know where the substantial nexus line is drawn.

about 4 months ago

Beer Drinking Networks In Amazon Tribe Help Explain Altruism

lbmouse Further Proof (157 comments)

Is there any thing beer can't do?

about 5 months ago

Would-Be Tesla Owners Jump Through Hoops To Skirt Wacky Texas Rules

lbmouse Re:Red state (470 comments)

Austin IS the oasis in America's kitty litter box.

about 6 months ago

Government To Build 4G Into UK Rural Broadband Plans

lbmouse Why has this not already been done? (40 comments)

When your country is smaller than the state of Wyoming, most people would wonder what's the hold-up?

about 6 months ago

Ohio Zoo Attempts To Mate Female Rhino With Her Brother For Species Survival

lbmouse Re:Kinky. (272 comments)

Don't forget the royal family.

about 9 months ago

Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

lbmouse Re:Nice (719 comments)

My son got one in his last box of Cracker Jacks.

about 9 months ago

Hacker Releases 1.7TB Treasure Trove of Gaming Info

lbmouse Re:Insurance Policy? (293 comments)

It might help determine how rapey his cellmate will be.

about 10 months ago

Opportunity Breaks NASA's 40-Year Roving Record

lbmouse Apples and Oranges (92 comments)

I don't think lunar travel can even begin to compare to travel on a planet like Mars. There is no atmosphere and very low gravity.

about 10 months ago

Iranians, Russians, and Chinese Hackers Are After You, Says Lawmaker

lbmouse Wait a minute (211 comments)

How did they get through the tubes?

1 year,6 days

Getting a Literature Ph.D. Will Make You Into a Horrible Person

lbmouse Her Real Problem (489 comments)

It took her 4 years to realize she was in a worthless field. You can't get those years back.

1 year,11 days

10 Ways To Celebrate International Pi Day

lbmouse Re:I prefer tau day (180 comments)

It is also Nation Potato Chip day. Trifecta!

about a year ago



Gen X Programmers Trying to "get" to Gen Y

lbmouse lbmouse writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lbmouse (473316) writes "This has been a big stink here on Slashdot for a while. But there is a reason for posting again . My 13 y.o. son has no interest in programming even though he is a straight "A" student and loves working with technology and the Internet. I've tried to interest him in 'hello world' on a website of his own... big WOW. Where is the action? We even wrote some simple games in Perl. No luck. He'd rather play an old N64 game than learn how to create a game on his own. Personally, I was excited when we could code our own games on the TRS-80 out of the back of hobby magazines. That turned me on to programming. These next generation(s) have to many consoles and toys (PSP, DS, etc) and they don't care. What do you think? I think the West is losing an advantage because our children are spoiled with technology that makes them not want to write their own code. The kids that get an OLPC have to use their imagination and our do not."


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