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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Professionally packaged tools for teaching kids to Program?

Binestar writes: I've been doing IT consulting for years, but I'm not a programmer beyond bash scripting, perl scripts to make administration easier and batch files to make Windows easier. I recently found an online course for modding minecraft that my 9 year old daughter is really enjoying (she built a custom sword that shoots lightning). Does anyone have any recommendations on online courses that would be age appropriate and worth the investment? It's been easy to get her interested in the Minecraft modding course because as any parent with young children knows, Minecraft is kinda popular...

The course she's taking now is teaching her Eclipse and Gimp, and I'm sure there are other tools installed that they haven't had her open yet. What other venders have stuff worth introducing her to? I've started looking also at things like the Kano and Learn to Mod but as a non-programmer, I'm not really sure which are most useful for introduction and which are accomplishing what they claim vs being a waste of money/time.

Anyone have experience or suggestions to help sort this out?
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Submission + - Federal District Court: TOS documents Illusionary (

Binestar writes: SUMMARY: On April 15, 2009, a Texas federal district court held that an arbitration provision in Blockbuster's online terms of service was "illusory" and unenforceable because Blockbuster had reserved the right to change the terms of service at any time. Harris v. Blockbuster Inc., No. 3:09-cv-217-M (N.D. Tex. April 15, 2009). If followed by other courts, the Harris decision could have significant implications not only for website operators, but also for any company that wishes to retain the right to modify its standard terms for existing customers.

Essentially, the rules for a TOS change require that a user is given notices of changes and an opportunity to accept or reject them. Websites that have unilateral wording in their Terms of Service have now had those documents struck down in court. This can have far reach consequences among the many many sites that have improperly worded Terms of Service.

The fix is easy though: Just change the wording to say that you will notify your users if the terms change and give them the ability to accept or reject the changes.


Submission + - Google's information on DMCA takedown abuse (

Binestar writes: In a PC World article, they point out that Google has submitted a brief to New Zealand about it's proposed copyright law (section 92A). "In its submission, Google notes that more than half (57%) of the takedown notices it has received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998, were sent by business targeting competitors and over one third (37%) of notices were not valid copyright claims."

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