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  1. YOU SEE THIS WATER IN MY EYES! THAT WATER IS TEARS! TEARS. OF. JOY. Now if only we could skip straight to the assembly itself.....
  2. I think the problem with teaching them programming is they learn about software, not the hardware itself. But then the problem with logic gates and the like is that there is a VERY big difference between Gates and a full Computer. It would take a long time to explain how it fits together, especially to 8 year olds. I was going to say I think scratch is wrong, but then I thought back to when I was about 7 or 8... The IT teacher had this program thing, where you had a blank white space, and a window at the side with arrows in it. The idea was that a you stacked up these arrows paired with numbers, to move this robot thing on the canvas. So you would do: (turnClockWise) 90 (forward) 5 -where the text is replaced by an icon corresponding to the action (duh)- to turn the robot clockwise 90 degrees, then move forward 5 spaces. It then moved on to having a pen that traced a path, and you had to draw shapes with it. Hate to brag (I don't) but I beat everyone in my class, and had moved on to the advanced shapes because I had finished all the normal ones. Then I sort of naturally wanted to learn programming 2 or 3 years later. But we only did that program on day, never again. But when I went home I looked it up and tried to download it. I think the thing with teaching the kids to code with scratch is to make sure that it draws their interest in so much that they do it at home. 1 hour can't teach a kid to become a master scratch programmer, but a weekend playing with it might. You can teach a kid some stuff about Motherboards and screens, for them to forget, or the way of the code, which sticks in your head forever. Of course that's my onion. TL;DR Some stuff about how I thought teaching hardware was better than programming, had epiphany, thinks getting the kids to program themselves at home is better.
  3. PA's are troublesome. You need VERY high vacuum, which means very expensive equipment. One thing you can do with just under one thousand dollars is a Fusor. Farnsworth-Hirsch fusors are quite cool. You don't even need deuterium for glowy-scienceness!
  4. Awww I wanted a thread about forest camping. I don't play Battlefield or COD but occasionaly fire up TF2 or CS:Source. It is very annoying, especially on the 'community made' maps that have no logic to them, when the ENTIRE ENEMY TEAM stands at your door.
  5. Seriously get one. Invest like 20 $£EUROSWHATEVER. It is the most fun you can have in a flight sim IMO. IL-2 just has these awesomely flying planes that feel so smooth but so touchy at the same time. I need to get it working in Wine, but I played back when I was running windows (ew) and it was awesome. You can pick up a 2 axis joystick for like 20 bucks, but then you have no yaw. I got my FLY 5 for 50 euros, but you could order it somewhere for like 30 I'm sure. Also I got Gunpoint a day before the sale, it was on sale because of new engine, said it they were working on Linux/Mac, played it on Wine. Whaddaya know, it updated for Linux today! It is a great 3 hours of game, very re playable. Looks like I missed Prison Architect, I would love to do Space Engineers but no linux and I heard it runs awful on HD3000's. EDIT: false alarm on the Gunpoint linux thing, that was just the extras.
  6. Installed Debian Jessie(testing) 64 bit yesterday, I'd tried Dual booted ubuntu before, yesterday I decided to go all the way. GNOME3 desktop, default drivers (Sandy Bridge HD 3000). I can confirm I am getting better frames here than I ever had on windows. Had a small bug when I reverted to SPH and it crashed, but haven't been able to recreate it and it was on the 32 bit executable.
  7. I got 35 because I am on my laptop keyboard. When I get back to my normal one I'll give it a go.
  8. If you want to learn Unity I would suggest C#. You may be scalded by the 'Hardcore' programmers, who use Linux and are sworn to c++ and open-source, but you can code in whatever language you want. Unity uses Javascript, C# or Boo (kinda Lua-like). I would say C#, as its more flexible, it's a popular language and you are free to use most of the .NET framework with it. (Unity doesn't include some of the DLL's) You can either download Unity and use the built in IDE Monodevelop, or download Visual Studio Express, learn some C# and then get started on Unity. I would recommend downloading visual studio, learning C# and then linking it with Unity.
  9. From the reddit post: So yeah, I made a game thats vaguely not christmas themed, but I figure when else does everybody have so much spare time! Webplayer - link Linux x86 - link Reddit Page
  10. I want to do the same thing with mine once I've implemented generation! Currently I just instanstiate cubes it using GameObject cube = GameObject.CreatePrimitive(PrimitiveType.Cube); so that I don't have to keep a Prefab stored, that should keep size down as I want to try and keep things mostly procedural. Texture2D is a surprisingly powerful class-thingy, it would let me just define a texture with an array, or I could make those generate from perlin noise as well. But I think you could go a few different directions with this game. Whatever you do keep going!
  11. A game based off another is better than no game at all! I spent the entire day trying to get a perlin noise function to work with my voxelly thing I'm making. To little avail.
  12. I accidentally summoned the UFO boss without knowing what it did. I died. By penguin. Now I must start again. All the ores! GONE! Oh well. Where do i get guns from by the way? I've killed many a hunter-dude but no-one drops guns.
  13. Sunk 3 hours into it today, not much but enjoyed it so far, but judging buy what everyone's saying I think it may be time to up sticks and start digging elsewhere, I'm stuck (as such) on the Rescue beacon questy-thing finding iron (6/30). I've got a hostility level 1 forest moon, a level 6-8 (can't remember) desert, and a level 1 inhabited desert with a city, all orbiting a gas giant.
  14. What terrain detail level do you have? I find that with my integrated graphics, just looking at it murders the CPU. It can still be laggy when I look at the planet but not nearly as much as with detail on high. But if textures are on it still looks decent-ish.
  15. I remember seeing the thing for it AGES ago. Sorta forgot about it till recently, will probably buy it. EDIT: Bought it! Now we wait.
  16. Yay Soyuz-TMA pack! Always wanted something so I didn't need to delete Buran and Kliper and either Soyuz or TMA for memory reduction to go with Kosmos.
  17. We used to have some friends that home schooled, infact they where the one of the reasons we started it(that and money was low and public schools had a horrifically low education standard, and they were in a foreign language) but they where quite the weirdos. They were harmless, but very hippy-ish, nothing wrong with that, but you could tell that their kids had been home-schooled their whole life. Me and my sister are quite fortunate in that we started around 10 and 9 respectively. Since then we have stayed at Scouts and that's given us some social aspects. Almost since we started my sister has gone through lapses of wanting to go back, for friends really, although she had many from scouts, but has now gotten to the typical phase of 'hating people' and prefers to sit on her laptop to going to meet friends. Fortunately we've been quite a calm and close-knit family before we started homeschooling so it hasn't affected us as much as I think it would some.
  18. Me too, take a break from coding. Should run it fine.
  19. My I7's is actually kinda decent. I can play Skyrim, Arma 2, all Source games and of course KSP fine. Actually I think KSP is the worst for graphics! Wait no its Arma 2.
  20. [ARCHIWUM] ??? Also do you have different mods on the KASA and SOVIET installs? Didn't think of that.
  21. I'm homeschooled, and love it. We are very relaxed and don't have a schedule or anything, but me and my sister teach ourselves. It took us a few years to settle with that though. I focused on programming, electronics and engineering and felt that I have learned much more than I would have at school. Also I think me and my sister are much more comfortable talking to adults, as we spend a lot of time with our mum so go out doing everyday life stuff.
  22. tom1499

    Epic Nerdgasm

    I though it was one and the same.
  23. I suppose is a decent -if heavy- SCIENCE satellite casing.
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