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Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 3, Interesting) 214

by xdotx (#29449641) Attached to: New York's Video-Game-Based Public School
What you describe was my summer job two years in a row.

My favorite was teaching the level 2 course where I taught kids about making 2D sprite based games in C#. We basically give them a very simple 2D engine and then teach them all the programming and math required to move things around, detect collisions and perform general game logic. It's really fun to teach because I love programming and (almost) every kid there is very eager to learn. It's really cool to see how fast many of them pick things up simply because they're motivated and truly curious.

Oh, did I mention they do this in 2 weeks? The first week is heavy teaching and the second week they make their own games. These kids were anywhere from late middle school to high school.

Comment: Re:Really good ideas... (Score 1) 282

by xdotx (#29316161) Attached to: New Zealander Invents Segway Alternative
My thoughts exactly. 12.5mph and a 6 mile range? My bike can go at least 7 times as far, and faster. Plus I get a little exercise and don't waste electricity. With a 6 mile range doesn't this mean you have to charge it wherever you're going? Or if your round trip is less than 3 miles one way can't you just walk (and then not have to worry about carrying this thing/locking it up)? Are people that lazy - I mean "busy"?

Comment: Re:Frankly (Score 1) 319

by xdotx (#29256583) Attached to: Musician Lobby Terms Balanced Copyright "Disgusting"

Name me ONE FUCKING ARTIST who started out with 100% original music.

My first thought is Afterlives -

"William Barrett, the musician behind this sometimes dreamy, sometimes jarring collection of songs, had recorded no previous work. In fact, he had never written anything else, never played music. He simply decided to record an album one day, and did it. He had no preconceptions, no precedent. He just did it."

Comment: Re:What a good idea (Score 5, Informative) 628

by xdotx (#28738957) Attached to: UK Police Raid Party After Seeing "All-Night" Tag On Facebook

Raving is not a crime.

TFA: "[...] section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which grants police powers to remove persons attending or preparing for a "rave" (defined as playing amplified music "wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats," during the night)."

Well, apparently it is.

The use of money is all the advantage there is to having money. -- B. Franklin