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Comment: Re:real time my ass (Score 1) 63

by Georules (#45911751) Attached to: Real-Time Face Substitution in Javascript
'Real-time' usually seems to mean to a lot of people 'you don't have to do a processing step after saving data to see results, but instead see a stream as the data is collected'. 'Real-time' doesn't require that the system have no lag (impossible), but at least latency should be known. Which, I will grant you, is likely not known in this case.

Comment: Re:Lines of code of what? (Score 1) 123

by Georules (#45720413) Attached to: Code.org Stats: 507MM LOC, 6.8MM Kids, 2K YouTube Views
To perhaps be a little more clear: I am arguing that code.org is claiming that code was written, when actually a useless code was written for them while they moved blocks. They do admit the number of lines of code written doesn't mean much, but I go a step further: I wonder if they wrote any at all. You might just call this another layer of abstraction to make it easier to learn and play with, but the code generated for them might as well be something like

kfjdkf;dkfjsdkf;sdkfjsdkf;kfjdkf;dkfjsdkf;sdkfjsdkf;

If none of it actually means anything in the end.

Comment: Re:Lines of code of what? (Score 1) 123

by Georules (#45720359) Attached to: Code.org Stats: 507MM LOC, 6.8MM Kids, 2K YouTube Views
That's fine, and I like the angle of learning to give commands, but no lines of code are actually written in the first few tutorials. You put blocks together and then can view the lines of code generated for you. These lines then have no context, and are useless on their own. I am actually simply complaining that they are claiming that all of this code is being 'written' when arguably none is being written, and further none of it is given any context.

Comment: Re:Not quite related but... (Score 1) 123

by Georules (#45696733) Attached to: Code.org Stats: 507MM LOC, 6.8MM Kids, 2K YouTube Views
Many still use 2, it seems to me. Either way, you're not going to waste much time learning any language at a beginner level. For the amount of material covered in a beginner course, moving to another language or version will just be a few changes (and something you'll need to get used to with programming anyway)

Comment: Re:Math and Science are taught wrong! (Score 1) 580

While I agree, getting students engaged enough to attempt to teach something is terribly hard. There is not a winning model for back and forth teaching/learning that works beyond just a few students in the room. Lecture/homework is the lazy solution for mass instruction.

Comment: Re: florida's governor is a criminal (Score 1) 238

by Georules (#44234051) Attached to: Florida Law May Accidentally Ban Computers and Smartphones
I stand corrected. I'll admit I actually do not know anything about what the laws are on gambling, I just assumed they were breaking them. Regardless, the only point I really hoped to make is that these "internet cafes" are not internet cafes.

There is no demand here for internet cafes like those found in other countries -- I've seen businesses like that start and fail many times. People bring their own devices and expect to use free wifi. I even see many homeless people bring in netbooks to McDonalds, buy an oatmeal for a dollar, and sit down to use the free internet connection.

Comment: Re:Just the -idea- of making internet cafes illega (Score 1) 238

by Georules (#44233367) Attached to: Florida Law May Accidentally Ban Computers and Smartphones
The "internet cafes" near me (I'm in Florida) are certainly not there to be used as you would expect. You go in to buy credit to play games on the machines, which only have gambling programs. The definitions in this bill, and the word "internet cafe", are all being improperly used here. These shops were quite literally for gambling. The one closest to me was called "Lucky Day Internet Sweepstakes." I did see one where you could also browse the internet hourly, but this was clearly not the primary focus.

Comment: Re: florida's governor is a criminal (Score 5, Interesting) 238

by Georules (#44233295) Attached to: Florida Law May Accidentally Ban Computers and Smartphones
The internet cafes in Florida are not like internet cafes in countries outside of the USA. The computers there were literally there to be gambling machines. One such "internet cafe" near me was called "Lucky Day Internet Sweepstakes." I have also been to some of the internet cafes in London and found them to be convenient as a tourist.

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