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Comment Everyone Don't Need To Code (Score 1) 515

Is coding today really like learning to read or write? I don't think so. I would say learning to draw by hand is even more important than coding. Regardless of your field, knowing how to draw simple figures and diagrams will help convey your idea. But yet, we don't say that everyone should learn to draw.

Computer programming should be like any other field, those who are interested, get in. True, computers are getting more and more pervasive, but so too are cars, motor cycles, and bicycles. yet, not everyone knows or need to know how to drive a car or ride a bike.

It might help a person if they knew how to drive or ride, but that only depends of if they live some place where they have access to a car or bike and it matters that they know to drive.

As a mostly self thought programming, I have been posting [YouTube videos]( which break down programming concepts and addresses one concept at time. I think it is a really good introduction to computer programming for *anyone* who wants to learn or is curious. But even as simple and clears as my videos are, still there will be people who won't get it, because programming is not for them. And they shouldn't be torture to learn it.

Comment Re:Eh? what? (Score 1) 165

Yeah, once they removed the 'Other OS' option, I don't care what they do now. i still have mine and mostly use it with my NAS to stream media. The only reason I got it in the first place, was to install Linux. I was fairly happy with my PS2.

Comment How about a mobile apps to notify the public? (Score 1) 100

since mobile devices have GPS. couldn't an app be written that would receive the latest information from NASA. as they get more info, they push it to the app. i f you are worried about getting hit, you install the app and monitor it. If you are in with X meters/feet of latest estimate, you get notified or your app makes a sound.

how hard is that to do? i would do the app part for android, but the data would have to be fed from a credible source.


Submission + - Google I/O keynote started (

toxygen01 writes: Google's Largest Developer Event of the Year has started few hours ago. Google I/O features 80 sessions, more than 5,000 developers, and over 100 demonstrations from developers showcasing their technologies. Talk shop with engineers building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications.

Submission + - News Reader with Categories and Scroll AS3 (

oxylus writes: While the design of this news reader is clean and simple, the engine is quite complex and feature rich. Just go through all the options and you'll understand why this is a very flexible and sturdy solution to your content display needs.

It is resizable (you can set the width and height in the xml) and the scroll bar will only appear if the content is larger than the designated heigh.

It supports css (cascading style sheet) and html formatting as well all of the common special characters (french, german, spanish etc.).

Since it's html formatted you can add external images or swf files to your news ! ...and many more


Bark Beetles Hate Rush Limbaugh and Heavy Metal 220

Aryabhata writes "According to scientists, climate change and human activity have allowed bark beetle populations to soar. They decided to fight the beetles by using the 'nastiest, most offensive sounds' that they could think of. These sounds included recordings of Guns & Roses, Queen, Rush Limbaugh and manipulated versions of the insects' own sounds. The research project titled 'Beetle Mania' has concluded that acoustic stress can disrupt their feeding and even cause the beetles to kill each other."

Submission + - Laptop Batteries - So Upsetting 1

verrol writes: I got up this morning fuming about my rapidly shortening battery life. I bought an HP DV7 17" about 9mths back. I got about 2.5hrs out of my battery for the first 3mnts or so. After that, it started dropping. By month 6-7, i was down to about 1.75hrs. Now, I am at about 1.25 hrs. I had down the calibration thing, of draining it, by turning off the OS's option to shutdown when it is low and then recharging fully.

This same thing happened to my previous HP DV6000 a few years back. What is really upsetting is that my girlfriend has a MacBook from a few years back, and it is still doing great on battery. You can have it on standby for the entire day and actively use it for a good 3-4 hrs. The mac's battery pack is MUCH smaller than my PC. Ok, so my DV7 is a desktop masquerading as a laptop. I have just about everything on it. BUT, it did used to give me longer life when it started out.

It so happened that this week's NY Time Technology review by David Pogue really is a rant on Laptop Batteries. Find it here I feel a little better, but I am really still pretty peeved. Right now, it is not that critical, as I am not traveling. But in a few months I will be traveling to countries where electricity i sot reliable and have a few hours of battery life had really helped with my work.


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