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+ - The World of YouTube Bubble Sort Algorithm Dancing

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "In addition to The Ghost of Steve Jobs, The Codecracker, a remix of 'The Nutcracker' performed by Silicon Valley's all-girl Castilleja School during Computer Science Education Week earlier this month featured a Bubble Sort Dance. Bubble Sort dancing, it turns out, is more popular than one might imagine. Search YouTube, for example, and you'll find students from the University of Rochester to Osmania University dancing to sort algorithms. Are you a fan of Hungarian folk-dancing? Well there's a very professionally-done Bubble Sort Dance for you! Indeed, well-meaning CS teachers are pushing kids to Bubble Sort Dance to hits like Beauty and a Beat, Roar, Gentleman, Heartbeat, Under the Sea, as well as other music. So, will Bubble Sort dancing to Justin Bieber and Katy Perry tunes make kids better computational thinkers?"

Comment: Re:Why is the White House involved? (Score 1) 223

by ljw1004 (#48669893) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

I'm not even sure how to react to this... I understand that money buys influence... Either Sony has successfully coerced companies into similar relations in the past, with the White House as a mediator, or vice versa.

Democracy = each *vote* has equal power
Capitalism = each *dollar* has equal power

We're just seeing the first half of "capitalist democracy" in action. It's how capitalism has always worked and will always work.

Comment: It's so important.. (Score 1) 336

by nightfire-unique (#48669125) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

.. to know how people feel.

We, as members of society, need information when we choose who to befriend, who to do business with, and who to avoid. If people are not free to express themselves, we cannot make good choices.

If you're the type to avoid humor in bad taste, and you find this person offensive, you should be fighting this. Otherwise, at some point, you may find yourself emotionally attached to someone who feels this way, only to find out after the fact. When people bare their soul in a public forum, without fear of repercussion, you can observe and make decisions on how you want to interact with them in private. You can decide ahead of time.

If speaking one's mind is potentially illegal, much important information becomes unavailable as people will be unwilling to speak their minds. You cannot know someone is a racist, or someone is opposed to religious influence, or someone is against liberal governance, or someone has a problem with war. You can't know if they're neo-nazis, and you can't know if they believe politicians should be hanged for war crimes.

You may enter into relationships with these people only to find out much later that they feel a certain way.

The more deeply offended you are by speech, the more you should fight for it to be open and free.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 290

by TapeCutter (#48665137) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi
Same laid back security with an Aussie cruise (2012), but the fuckers at Broome airport took my fishing lures off me last october, the same lures that sailed through Melbourne's high security airport without question on the way into Broome. He let me take the telescopic fishing rod and reel on board, I tried to explain it would be easier to beat him to death with my rod and reel than it would to attack him with a fishing lure but he just mumbled the "rules are rules" platitude while staring at his shoes.

Comment: Re:Comfort Women Documentary (Score 2) 176

by TapeCutter (#48663575) Attached to: Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release
Why should modern Japanese still be paying for the sins of their grandfathers? - Also, if you applied similar logic to the UK/US "empires" and banned them from criticising every nation they have invaded/occupied during the 20th century, they would only be allowed to criticise each other.

Comment: Re:I never have understood (Score 1) 260

by TapeCutter (#48663177) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

I never have understood the world's fetish with the US dollar.

1. Any currency (even gold) works on informed trust, a banknote is a promise, not a gaurentee.
2. The US is the last military superpower.
3. The US has never defaulted on a debt.
Result: US treasury bonds are considered "safer than gold" by international money markets.

The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom.

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