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Comment: Re: No kid should be forced to code ... (Score 1) 200

Most kids are never taught to write well enough to later write a novel. That requires much more dedication and skill building. Heck, most people have trouble composing a cogent comment on Facebook.

  It would be great if we taught all school children to think logically and in an ordered manner such that coding were the next practical step. But ... have you ever been outside your own home? As it is now, coders self-select. We should not make the mistake to assume that a high level of success among a self-selected population would translate into a high level of success among the general population. And I can see why government schools may not be keen on teaching everybody critical thinking skills.

Comment: Re:The rich and powerful (Score 1) 410

by dargaud (#49797061) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
Oh yeah, like the 'miracle' cure for hepatitis C recently invented, which cures 99% of patients who were previously incurable ? In my country it's priced at 60k$ per patient, as a surefire way to bankrupt the healhcare system. It wouldn't even surprise me if the pill cost 1$ to manufacture. It's not like there are alternatives.

+ - Billboard advertising banned products in Russia hides if it recognizes cops

Submitted by m.alessandrini
m.alessandrini writes: In response to a ban of food imported from the European Union, an Italian grocery in Russia hired an ad agency to create a billboard with a camera and facial recognition software, that's able to change to a different ad when it recognizes the uniform of Russian cops. Link:

+ - Drone Detection: What Works And What Doesn't

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Another drone was discovered flying in restricted air space around the White House two weeks ago. The Secret Service found the pilot simply because they happened to see him. In other words, there is no indication that the Secret Service would have found the pilot if he had not been in plain view. This person didn’t have bad intentions, but one day someone will. A little drone-detection education is in order.

Comment: It is also still what computer music uses (Score 1) 85

by Sycraft-fu (#49794281) Attached to: Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

If you compose music on a computer, you almost certainly still do it with MIDI. All the new highly advanced synths and samplers still use MIDI as their input for data. Everything from big dollar stuff like Native Instruments Komplete down to freeware. MIDI goes in, sound comes out.

In some ways it surprises me since you'd think they would get around to improving it (there are some things MIDI leaves to be desired) but on the other hand it does work well for nearly everything and there's something to be said about keeping things standard. You can literally take one of those old General MIDI songs and feed the data in to a modern sampler. I do just that all the time to remake old game soundtracks because I enjoy it.

+ - Untried murder accusations weigh on Ross Ulbricht's Silk Road sentencing->

Submitted by Patrick O'Neill
Patrick O'Neill writes: Ross Ulbricht has never been tried for murder but tomorrow, when the convicted Silk Road creator is sentenced to prison, murder will be on the mind of the judge. Despite never filing murder for hire charges, New York federal prosecutors have repeatedly pushed for harsh sentencing because of, they told the judge, Ulbricht solicited multiple murders. The judge herself recently referred to Ulbricht's "commission of murders-for-hire" in a letter about the sentencing, painting an even grimmer picture of Ulbricht's sentencing prospects.
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Google News Sci Tech: UPDATE 1-Google shows off virtual reality collaboration with GoPro - Reuters->

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UPDATE 1-Google shows off virtual reality collaboration with GoPro
(Adds details on GoPro and Google plans for photo app). By Julia Love. SAN FRANCISCO May 28 (Reuters) - Action camera maker GoPro Inc and Google Inc introduced a virtual reality system using 16 cameras and Google software, sending GoPro shares...
YouTube will support virtual reality video this summerWashington Post (blog)
Google Intensifies Focus on Its Cardboard Virtual Reality DeviceNew York Times
Google teams with GoPro in broad virtual reality pushPCWorld
TIME-Mashable-The Verge
all 145 news articles

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+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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+ - Higgs Boson Mass Explained in New Theory->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Three physicists who have been collaborating in the San Francisco Bay Area over the past year have devised a new solution to a mystery that has beleaguered their field for more than 30 years. This profound puzzle, which has driven experiments at increasingly powerful particle colliders and given rise to the controversial multiverse hypothesis, amounts to something a bright fourth-grader might ask: How can a magnet lift a paperclip against the gravitational pull of the entire planet?
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