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Comment: Code.org (Score 1) 493

I'm in the middle of a 6-week long term subbing position for a first through third grade combination class. I've introduced code.org to all of the students, but it's only the girls that have been really interested. I have 2 or 3 girls that choose to do activities on code.org EVERY day.

Comment: Re:Saw an interesting windows install once (Score 1) 322

by Scared Rabbit (#46222217) Attached to: What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?
I wasn't trying to slam windows. In fact, at the time I was a 100% windows user. I just thought it would be fun to mention an interesting place to see windows since I didn't have any interesting linux locations to report. I doubt anyone who passed the machine would have had any idea that it was running windows if it wasn't for the fact that it had a BSOD up.

Comment: Re:Umm.. just as Europe moves beyond chip and pin. (Score 1) 731

by Scared Rabbit (#46219498) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
I always write See ID on my card in place of a signature. Sometimes they even look at it and ask for my ID! When they do I always make sure to thank them for asking. I realize this doesn't help if my credit card number is stolen, but at least it might help somewhat if someone were to steal my wallet. The signature system is a joke.

Comment: There's more to learning Math than just the Math (Score 1) 656

A lot of learning Math is learning problem solving skills, or even more importantly it's about learning how to learn new problem solving skills. Sure there are many advanced Math skills that can be useful in industry, but learning how to think about problems in multiple ways can be helpful for developing solutions to problems. Additionally, Math can be useful for determining complexity and optimizing programs.

It sounds to me like you're more interested in software development than in computer science. These two fields are often confused for each other, but are certainly not the same thing.

Comment: Re:specialty software prices (Score 5, Insightful) 953

by Scared Rabbit (#43519905) Attached to: Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade
When I've looked I've come across a complete lack of material for most topics beyond say third semester calculus and second semester differential equations that one can read to actually learn a subject. While there are certainly some example problems out there, a cohesive narration of how to go about solving more advanced problems especially with a consistent notation seems to be lacking. Sure there's resources like Pauls Online Math Notes, but that drops off before then. Wikipedia has some formulas and descriptions, but often doesn't have example problems. For many topics, you can find small pieces of information all over the web, but if you want to actually read up on a specific subject I haven't seen anything on the internet that rivals a good old fashioned text book.

Now, I don't see any reason for there to be new editions as often as there are. Many of the textbooks I read in my spare time are actually pretty old, but outside of some of the topics that rely on technology there isn't a whole lot of reason to have new editions. Even something such as numerical analysis (which should probably have a technology based theme for CAS) doesn't really need to be updated very often as the algorithms don't change, just the languages that may be used.

Perhaps I'm just biased, but a well written text book seems much more useful than gleaning bits of information from a variety of sources that all use different notations and symbols for learning about a topic in math.

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