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Comment: Re:Not Psychohistory (Score 1) 241

by mattcoz (#34700276) Attached to: Living Earth Simulator Aims To Simulate Everything
Just reading the Foundation novels for the first time(through Foundation and Foundation & Empire so far) and I was definitely thinking about psychohistory even before reading that last sentence. While psychohistory was not about simulations, the point of these simulations is to better understand how all of these variables interact with eachother and the eventual outcomes. It's this understanding that could lead to the mathematical model of psychohistory. Not saying it will, obviously, but the similarity is there.

Comment: Worked for me (Score 1) 709

by mattcoz (#34699594) Attached to: Why Teach Programming With BASIC?
Got started with QBASIC when I was a youngin, wrote a rudimentary wireframe 3D renderer that worked at about 1 frame per second, and I've been hooked ever since. I always had problems with these early classes that I would go far beyond the assignment and get marked down for not following the instructions. Like in this Visual Basic class, we had to do this simple matching game, and I made Wheel of Fortune with Simpsons graphics and sound effects. DOH!

Whom the gods would destroy, they first teach BASIC.