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Comment Env3D (Score 1) 237

The Env3D engine (http://env3d.org) is an open-source education focused 3d engine. It is made for learning Java at the first year university level, but has been successfully used in high schools as well. Since it is focused on education, it abstracts away many of the technical details of traditional 3d engines. It currently creates web applets and applications that run on PCs (windows, osx, and linux), but the plan is to have applications deploy on andriod also in the near future.

Full lessons and demo programs can be found on the env3d website.

Submission + - Tyler clementi:Rutgers Students Charged in Invasio (cahpati.com)

micheleann writes: Two Rutgers students were charged for secretly livestreaming a gay roommate’s sexual encounter via webcam, a situation that subsequently ended in suicide. According to NBC New York dot com, 18 year olds Dharun Ravi, of Plainsboro, NJ and Molly Wei, of Princeton, NJ each face two counts of invasion of privacy for videotaping a fellow student’s sexual encounter on the Internet, freshman Tyler Clementi of Ridgewood, on September 19

Comment Educational tools (Score 2, Interesting) 704

There are some resources out there designed to attract the "gaming generation" into computer programming - it also happens to be a professional interest of mine (I teach primarily first year computer science).

Perhaps the most famous would be Alice (http://alice.org) - a drag and drop 3D programming environment.
Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu) is a 2D drag and drop environment
Greenfoot (http://www.greenfoot.org) is a 2D Java programming environment
Env3D (http://env3d.sourceforge.net) is a 3D Java programming environment (Disclaimer: I am the author of this tool) - It makes programming in 3D very straight forward, especially for beginners.

Have fun!

The Internet

Submission + - Porn Industry to Take on BitTorrent Sites (torrentfreak.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Porn industry representatives gathered at an anti-piracy conference last week to discuss solutions to the ever growing amount of pirated porn that's traded on BitTorrent sites and other P2P-networks.
"Piracy is becoming a serious problem for the adult industry. It is estimated that 5% of all files being shared on public BitTorrent trackers are adult content, and most of these files are copyrighted. In an attempt to stop these sites from spreading their content the porn industry organized an anti-piracy conference."


Submission + - Goodbye from the STARTREK.COM Team 1

Curlsman writes: Goodbye from the STARTREK.COM Team

Sadly, we must report that CBS Interactive organization is being restructured, and the production team that brings you the STARTREK.COM site has been eliminated. Effective immediately.
We don't know the ultimate fate of this site, which has served millions of Star Trek fans for the last thirteen years.

If you have comments, please send them to editor @ startrek.com — we hope someone at CBS will read them.

Thank you for your loyal fandom over the years. It has been a pleasure to serve you.


Is this site worth a write-in campaign?

You have a massage (from the Swedish prime minister).