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Self-defending Software

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Nov 14. 3 Replies

Self-repairing software tackles malwareBreakthrough!Computer scientists have developed software that not only detects and eradicates never-before-seen…Continue

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What Be Your Nerd Type?

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Sep 11. 54 Replies

http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_be_your_nerd_typeTake the test and see what you get.This is what I am -Science/Math nerd and Gamer/Computer Nerd…Continue

Guardians of the Galaxy movie

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. Aug 9. 2 Replies

http://marvel.com/guardiansGuardians of the GalaxyRating: PG-13 Release Date: Aug 01, 2014From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The…Continue

Meet a Device That Tells You What's in Your Food

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 20. 4 Replies

Consumer Physics is trying to Kickstart a new high-tech device that will scan your food, plants, and medicine and tell you about every chemical in them! Tara explains how it works, and how you can get one.…Continue

Why Is the Web Fascinated With Hamsters Eating Burritos?

Started by Steph S. May 1. 0 Replies

Article features the hamster eating the burrito. It is fun to watch.It does not take much to captivate the Internet audience. In the latest instance of this, the only things involved are a hamster and mini burritos.Comedy group…Continue

What is your alignment?

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. Apr 3. 37 Replies

This is an idea I got from Dungeons and Dragons. But I was wondering what alignment you are.Here is an online alignment test.http://www.youthink.com/quiz.cfm?obj_id=3215…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 25, 2014 at 11:32pm

Grinning Cat, it has been many years since I was into the research on the role TV, video games and the like, and found that violent ones were clearly causing problems with young people. Not only the kids from troubled homes, but for those who had stable, safe, secure and loving homes. I am not surprised the new research is finding the same results. Observing violence creates a particular way the brain develops and that is a permanent effect. It is a little like when a stroke victim has to learn new ways to do things by practicing and creating new brain connections. We didn't have fMRI technology when I was working in the field, but I am certain that the responses to violence would show up in brain studies. 

My great-grandson kept me company when I was recovering from heart surgery. He was a little tyke then, and I looked up some games on the internet appropriate for his pre-school age. I was really impressed with what I found because he had to use eye-hand coordination, some were memory games with butterflies and animals of the forest. They were really nice, very benign. Sorry I can't remember their names. I just googled games for his age and looked over what came up and found some that delighted him and pleased me. As an old school marm, that was of value to me. Yes, If I find anything I will post on Ruth's site.

 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 25, 2014 at 11:00pm

Worth reading: a study showing that kids playing video games over and over learn thought and behavior patterns: "... with violent games -- you practice being vigilant for enemies, practice thinking that it's acceptable to respond aggressively to provocation, and practice becoming desensitized to the consequences of violence."

"However, that does not mean all games are bad and that children will only develop bad habits.... prosocial media -- video games, movies or TV shows that portray helpful, caring and cooperative behaviors -- positively influence behavior regardless of culture."

If you can recommend any such "prosocial" video games, where characters cooperate and help each other (but not with a violent goal such as fighting a war), it would be good to reply to Ruth's post about video games in Parenting Little Heathens. Thanks!

Comment by Steph S. on March 18, 2014 at 9:59am

Suzanne welcome to the group.

Comment by Steph S. on March 16, 2014 at 9:06pm

Thank you and that looks so yummy.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 14, 2014 at 10:58pm

Happy belated pi day, everyone! (That discussion could have gone here in Geek & Nerd Haven just as well as in Food!)

Comment by Steph S. on March 12, 2014 at 10:19am

Expect Attitude welcome to the group.

Anyone looking forward to more super hero movies?

Comment by Steph S. on March 10, 2014 at 9:59am

Serge welcome to the group.

Comment by Steph S. on March 1, 2014 at 9:45am

Thank you Grinning Cat for the puzzles. Those are great.

Comment by Steph S. on March 1, 2014 at 9:45am

Freethinker 1992 thanks for joining the group.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 23, 2014 at 1:58pm

In high school I learned a version of the "age of children" puzzle called the Census-Taker's Problem, or the Chocolate Pudding Puzzle.

A door-to-door census taker is interviewing a puzzle fanatic, learns that she has three daughters, and wants to know their ages [considered as integers]. The homeowner replies that the product of their ages is 72, and the sum is the house number. The census taker looks at the house number, does a few calculations, and admits defeat. Finally the homeowner adds, "My oldest daughter likes chocolate pudding", which enables the census-taker to find the ages.

I had fun telling people that chocolate pudding had absolutely nothing to do with the solution; infants, seniors, and people anywhere in between enjoy it!

 

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