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Comment: Re:"Top Learning Language" ...OR... (Score 5, Insightful) 415

by pieisgood (#47409953) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

I think they're going for teaching conditionals, loops, classes, functions and structure. You don't need to teach them about memory allocation, pointers and memory alignment in an introductory class. You can save that for an asm and C course. Or better yet, a memory class (which I've not seen).

Comment: Makes sense (Score 3, Interesting) 415

by pieisgood (#47409877) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

It makes sense. IMHO python removes a lot of the hardware considerations that other languages have. This allows for a focus on the CS material, rather than the engineering material. An advantage over java is that it also supports functional programming. That means that you can teach introductory CS principles in multiple programming styles without having to switch languages. Top it all off with forced indentation (not my favorite thing), which makes beginner code easier to read for instructors and I can see why they did this. Now, later they'll get into asm and C/C++ and memory alignment and paging and all that stuff, but starting out it's nice.

Comment: Nice and all (Score 2) 75

by pieisgood (#47381833) Attached to: Duolingo is a Free, Crowdsourced Language Learning App (Video)

I'd like if they supported more popular languages. Personally I'd like to learn Mandarin, but they only server European languages. I'm unsure why they don't support it. My mother speaks mandarin but I've never had the time to go out and take a college course on it, duolingo would be a great resource. Plus, Slashvertisment and what not.

Maybe I'll try it when Eastern languages are supported.

Comment: Carmack Talk QC 2013 (Score 3, Informative) 49

by pieisgood (#46411951) Attached to: Valve Prepping Source 2 Engine For VR

This was evident from Carmacks talk at QuakeCon 2013. He talked about meeting with valve employees and discussing VR. He talked about how the Valve guys showed him that black to white times on the screen were just as important as standard refresh rates. So it makes sense that they would be developing Source 2 to work with VR.

Comment: Teach Logic instead (Score 1) 231

by pieisgood (#46400095) Attached to: Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds

If you want to prepare children for higher level mathematics and all that learning it implies, please start with logic. The idea of teaching young kids calculus is a bit absurd and not nearly as helpful as a foundation in logic. When you have a malleable mind that is still growing and rapidly changing giving an early foundation in how to think critically and how to approach abstract questions would seem to have a larger benefit than having them think about calculus.

Comment: Re:I'm confused (Score 1) 246

Ok, when I went to CC I only got an AA. Looking at it now though it makes sense. Just like people can get a bachelors of science in computer engineering. This was my mistake.

I guess the course design then would be tailored around the kind of worker you want to output. Do you want to output a JS front end type guy, or a back end software design and architecture person?

Comment: I'm confused (Score 2) 246

What would someone with an applied science in modern web development do?

Would they work on the algorithms for applied science in a server side language like php?
Would they work in python/c++/haskell or something like fortran and hook into php?

I'd like to help, but I need some further information.

Note: I looked up this degree on google and the last result on the first page was this submission.

Comment: Very nice (Score 4, Insightful) 88

by pieisgood (#46000167) Attached to: Valve Working on GNU/Linux Native Open Source OpenGL Debugger

They're building out a comfortable development environment for steam machines. Which is great. When proper well documented tool are available, developers are less likely to shun a platform. If there exists a some GPU memory profiling software (not that a team couldn't competently create their own system) and keyword completion for OpenGL calls then I might consider switching over to Ubuntu for development myself.

This is, of course, throwing aside all DX vs OpenGL arguments based on feature support (which I'm not really familiar with at this time).

+ - US mil drone visions to 2038: groups, more AI, lower costs, exports.->

Submitted by AHuxley
AHuxley (892839) writes "The US Department of Defense (DoD) has released a 150 page document covering its vision for the future role of unmanned systems.
The report mostly covers drones (unmanned aerial systems) use but offers insight into land, and sea technology too.
Pre-programmed tasks, new algorithms, more sensors, and complex machine learning will be advanced to help try and reduce projected funding needs. For example humans will not be needed for the duration of the mission until a drone swarm is released. The need to shape cultural hurdles, standards, and export regulations around the use of drones will also be worked on.
pdf at http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=121392 or
http://publicintelligence.net/dod-unmanned-systems-2013/"

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