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Comment: Little Big Planet (Score 1) 200

by hobbes64 (#38623738) Attached to: Want To Get Kids Interested In Programming? Teach Them Computer History
My son plays Little Big Planet 2 on the PS3 quite a lot. Most of the time he uses the excellent built-in level designer. This level designer silently teaches engineering and computer science concepts. For example there are actually AND, OR, and XOR gates that you can wire to create logic. The original Little Big Planet was not so elaborate. Kodu Game Lab is also pretty good and is available on PC or Xbox 360 as an Indie download for a few dollars.

Comment: What support? (Score 5, Insightful) 421

by hobbes64 (#33929294) Attached to: Why Microsoft Is So Scared of OpenOffice
A few of the quotes in the article are about poor support of open source products. But Microsoft don't have very good support either. Depending on license you get limited support or have to pay per incident. You usually just end up searching the internet to solve your problem whichever product you use. So what am I paying for again?

Comment: He needs to move there to claim it (Score 2, Interesting) 144

by hobbes64 (#31664150) Attached to: Lord British Claims He Owns the Moon
It is possible that someday a group of private (super rich) citizens or a corporation will make some spaceships and fly to the moon, build a lunar base there, and live there. It is possible for them to do it long before a government does it. That would be really interesting because they could reasonably claim the moon as theirs. The response of various countries to this claim would be even more interesting. I'll bet there would be a lot more interest in going to the moon right away to move out those squatters.

Comment: Re:Ha Ha... (Score 2, Interesting) 130

by hobbes64 (#31542274) Attached to: Microsoft Docs Indicate Future Xbox 360 Support For USB Storage
One strange thing that the 360 supports: If you plug an iPod into the USB port, it recognizes it and lets you have almost complete control in playing music from it through the 360. I'm not 100% positive but I'm pretty sure it plays purchased AAC files not just MP3. If you plug an iPod into a PS3, it thinks it is an unknown USB device. You would think that the PS3 could get the MP3 files off the iPod but that doesn't seem to work.

Mr. Cole's Axiom: The sum of the intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.