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I'm kicking myself for not saving the link somehow, but I've read at least one article on how programming is a very good way for students to see the practical side of natural sciences (where physics and maths often fail). Pupils who have been taught programming had less problems with other related subjects later in their schooling than those who haven't been according to a study. And the effect was ever stronger with girls which is very important considering the gender gap in natural sciences. The only catch was that programming has to be taught early enough - I think the article mentioned 6th grade - or the positive effect is almost nullified. While this has little to do with the mayor of NYC, maybe everybody who is in school should learn to code..
Toggle Commented May 15, 2012 on Please Don't Learn to Code at Coding Horror
You've never had the motherboard interfere with the sound card? I get noise whenever the CPU and/or bus do anything intense from both of my most recent desktop onboard sound chips. It's audible through headphones when the music is below averagely silent or when there is no sound at all. I usually wait for another song to begin before I scroll down a long webpage :) That's reason #1 for me to own a sound card.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2011 on Who Needs a Sound Card, Anyway? at Coding Horror
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