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Good Robot Projects For K-5?

legoman666 Re:LEGO Dacta (136 comments)

I don't know. I was in 4th and 5th grade when I did the Dacta class and was probably in 6th grade when I got Mindstorms. I got it right after it came out, I don't think any of the new IDEs that are available now were available right at the release.

If I was still interested today, I'm sure I wouldn't be disappointed. In my Intro to ECECS (Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science) Lab, we made a Mindstorms robot that had to traverse an obstacle course. The IDE we used still used "blocks" to represent functions, but it wasn't as simplistic as the LEGO IDE. I think you could even look at the code behind the blocks if you wanted to.

more than 5 years ago

Good Robot Projects For K-5?

legoman666 LEGO Dacta (136 comments)

My brother and I went to a "class" thingy that used LEGO Dacta. Dacta was basically the precursor to Mindstorms, just less n00bified. You wrote the programs in actual code, not using LEGO's horrible GUI with blocks. Shortly after we completed the class two years in a row, LEGO released Mindstorms. I got it for Christmas that year and was very excited. That is, until I tried to program one of my bots. The stupidly-simple GUI for writing programs killed my interest in the whole thing.

My brother and I made some pretty awesome models including a conveyor belt that sorted based on color, a temperature controlled green house, and a black and white autofeed scanner. The scanner was epic. It was so cool to see the picture we drew show up on the computer screen.

After poking around, it looks like you can still buy the stuff:

more than 5 years ago

DivX 7 Adds Support For Blu-ray Rips (H.264/MKV)

legoman666 Re:Downloading isn't even illegal... (294 comments)

Indeed. It's always faster for me to grab an xvid copy of a movie from newsgroups I own on dvd than to rip it myself. Same with music. And like you said, they probably did a better job than me. Trying to understand what deinterlacing method to use gives me a headache.

more than 5 years ago

Of childhood "building" toys, my favorite is ...

legoman666 win. (785 comments)

I'm legoman666, and I approve this poll.

more than 5 years ago

Be Part of the 2008 Presidential Youth Debate

legoman666 I got one. (513 comments)

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year old Texas rancher whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Sarah Palin and her bid to be a heartbeat away from being President . The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, Palin is a post turtle.' Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was. The old rancher said, 'When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle.'

The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain. 'You know she didn't get up there by herself, she doesn't belong up there, she doesn't know what to do while she is up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb idiot put her up there to begin with.

So my question is: Sen. McCain, why'd you put that turtle on that post?

more than 5 years ago



nVidia showcases Minority Report-esque MultiTouch

legoman666 legoman666 writes  |  about 6 years ago

legoman666 (1098377) writes ""Jeff Han [of nVidia] shows off his multi-touch technology during the opening keynote and it's incredibly cool — there's no other way to describe it. During Jen-Hsun Huang's keynote, which touched on almost none of the key issues surrounding Nvidia, he invited Jeff Han, founder of Perceptive Pixel, on stage to demo his new multi-touch technology.

Han is famous for his work in multi-touch technology and his demo didn't disappoint — it was one of the coolest things I've ever seen and reminded me of the interface used by Tom Cruise in Minority Report. He explained how graphics is an important part of delivering a great user interface because, after all, it's a graphical user interface. Han then started moving things around in ways that you'd never think was possible — the way we interact with computers could change drastically if his technology makes it into the mainstream."

Youtube link:"

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What to do with all of my gadget chargers?

legoman666 legoman666 writes  |  about 6 years ago

legoman666 (1098377) writes "On my desk I have chargers for the following gadgets: Nokia N810, LG Chocolate, Sony Ericcson Z310a, Canon Powershot SD1000, Cowan iAudio X5L, Lenovo Thinkpad, Logitech MX1000 and my Nintendo DS. Now my question to Slashdot is: What do you do and how do you organize all of these different chargers? Not a single pair of them share a similar connector. I have 2 power strips who's singular purpose is for the these chargers. Share your secrets."

California calls for Child Porn crackdown by ISPs

legoman666 legoman666 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

legoman666 (1098377) writes "California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Edmund Brown Jr. sent a joint letter to internet service providers operating in California, urging them to block access to child pornography. Although this isn't yet an official request by the government, it is likely most ISPs are going to put new rules into effect to stop the trade of child porn.

"Protecting the safety of our children must be a top priority, not just for government, but also for businesses with the direct power to reduce the ability to conduct illegal activity," Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Brown said in a statement sent to the California Internet Service Provider Association, an organization responsible for representing more than a hundred ISPs operating in California."

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Dell breaks into the ultra rugged laptop scene

legoman666 legoman666 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

legoman666 (1098377) writes "Box-shifter Dell seems to be branching out into the niche market of ultra-rugged laptops with the news yesterday that the company has launched the Latitude XFR D630 military-spec laptop. Should Panasonic, creators of the well-respected Toughbook range, be worried? While Toughbook owners have always traded performance for the ability to drive a tank over their laptops, Dell is looking to bring top-end performance to the rugged end of the spectrum. For the "low" starting fee of $3,899, the buyer gets a 2.2ghz Intel C2D, 512mb RAM, 14.1" DirectVue LCD, a die-cast magnesium alloy chassis, and a waterproof keyboard among other things. Oddly enough, a SSD does not come standard. In place, Dell decided to opt for a shock mounted standard drive."
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IBM Could Make a Move for AMD, Analysts Doubtful

legoman666 legoman666 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

legoman666 writes "Few will argue that AMDs image and profitability are not what they used to be. AMD was having issues prior to its purchase of graphics maker ATI and things have only worsened since the ATI purchase. Reuters now reports IBM is possibly considering a buyout of floundering AMD and some say this would be an ideal time for the buyout with AMD stock prices at a low. IBM and AMD currently have a research and development expense-sharing deal in place. This is not the first time rumors of an IBM buyout of AMD have circulated. Other companies have their eye on AMD as well. Texas Instruments and Freescale have both expressed interest in turning AMD around."
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Asus EEE PC Hacking

legoman666 legoman666 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

legoman666 (1098377) writes "Intrepid hardware hacker Torsten Lyngaas cracked open his Eee PC and decked it out with $450 worth of extra hardware, including a GPS receiver, an FM transmitter, Bluetooth, extra USB ports, 802.11n, and an extra 4GB flash storage drive. And it all fits inside the shell. Ryan Paul of Ars writes: "The DIY approach doesn't look particularly compelling when you add up the cost of the machine and the $450 that Lyngaas spent on components, but some hobbyists clearly consider the journey more valuable than the destination. "If you say I could get a much better, powerful, plain old, regular laptop for the same money," Lyngaas wrote in his tutorial, "I say: What's the fun in that?"""
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