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Comment: Re:Simple: (Score 1) 175

by relisher (#48944689) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Engage 5th-8th Graders In Computing?

Or better yet, use Minecraft to teach them the basics of logic and programming.

Mod parent up - I've used computercraft to teach elementary school kids, and many of them loved it. It is a great way to teach kids how to use Lua, and by the end of the summer they were doing logic statements, bubble sorts, etc.

+ - HP Pleads Guilty To Bribing Russian Officials->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh writes: Hewlett-Packard has admitted in a U.S. court that its Russian subsidiary paid millions in bribes to Russian officials in order to win a contract. The scheme involves selling HP products to a reseller and then buying them back, with money shuffled through various shell corporations and proceeds spent on 'luxury automobiles, expensive jewelry, clothing, furniture and various other items' by Russian officials. Ironically, the contract HP was going for was with the Russian federal prosecutor's office.
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+ - diaspora* version released-> 1

Submitted by jaywink
jaywink writes: A new diaspora* version is out. It includes a lot of pages ported to Bootstrap, many bug fixes and small enhancements. Also included is a Terms of Service -feature for podmins. Diaspora* is an open source social networking server that joins all running pods into one big decentralized social network.
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Comment: Science and Faith (Score 1) 221

by relisher (#47781171) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries
Though not many are willing to admit it, science is based on faith, and if anyone would say otherwise, they would be lying. Hume's problem of induction really shows this faith we hold well - If I hit an billiard ball and it moves, how do I really know whether it was my hitting the ball that caused it to move? Though it SEEMS to be moving due to my touching it, how are we really sure? We use faith in our senses and assume that the hitting caused the motion. All research is done in this fashion, based on faith in science. I'm not sure how I would have answered the question in it's current form, since it is ambiguous about whether it is speaking about religious faith or faith in action. If it where less vague, and asked that we should depend on religious faith more, though, I would have definitely answered no.

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