[next] [prev] [up] Date: Sat, 08 Dec 90 15:42:21 -0500 (EST)
[next] [prev] [up] From: Bernie Cosell <cosell@bbn.com >
[next] [prev] [up] Subject: Re: rec & ed computing


- REC is VERY slanted toward high school students, and so there is
very little advanced or profound stuff in there.
- While there is a nod to other worlds, primarily it is all in BASIC,
and generally focused on the IBM PC.
- There is a fascination with mindless crunching just to print out
numbers that I can't fathom. A good portion of the articles
center on a numbers with some odd property or another, or finding
the actual _numeric_ solution to something and usually brute force
[or close to it]. The graphics hacks, such as they are, are
primarily crunching-based [moire patterns and such].

No real discussion of 'puzzles', for example, nor of the kinds of techniques
and such you need to partially-tame one of those awful [but real world]
exponential searches, nor of representing 3D objects or manipulations of them,
or search strategies, no word problems, etc.


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