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Math

+ - Is 1 a Common Factor?

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Vincent
Vincent writes "On the most recent episode of "Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader," former Space Shuttle Commander Robert "Hoot" Gibson made it all the way to the 1 million dollar question, only to be told he was incorrect.

The question was, "How many factors do 28 and 32 have in common?" Hoot answered two (2 and 4), omitting 1.

Was he wrong?

I'm not sure this has necessarily been taught consistently in school. I learned that only composite numbers and prime numbers are factors (not in those terms at the time though). The point being that 1, which is neither prime nor composite, is not a factor.

What do you think? Was Hoot Gibson and the charity he was playing for, The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, screwed out of $975,000?"
Programming

+ - Teaching children to write software?

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Desmond Elliott
Desmond Elliott writes "I recently worked on a piece of software for an undergraduate course which involved me writing a Sudoku game using the GWT. My youngest sister (9 years old) was fascinated to know how I had done it and seems quite keen to want to know more. I know that some people say that children and fickle at that age but I'm keen to let her have the resources that she needs to learn more about programming if she wants to. Does anybody know about any good resources for children to learn more about Java?"

Comment: Re:well... (Score 1) 1065

by IronTek (#15619758) Attached to: What Do Geek Squad Technicians Actually Do?
Be care ful with that statement...I have fixed a lot of machines that people let their "family nerd" try to fix.

Well then they obviously took it to the family "nerd" because they didn't have a family nerd. One with the expereince and skills (not ego) to know that if he/she can't, it truly is broken (and be able to tell why that is for a reason other than he/she can't fix it).

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.

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