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guak (3381 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
When retards play gunboat
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JamesYanik (548 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
Fly Free My Baby :'(
I just sold my first computer, it was really old but i'll never forget its beauty. I never can think of things to bring on trips, but my computer was my best possession. It was like a Mac -1... you know, pre-internet
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bo_sox48 (4844 D Mod (G))
10 Aug 15 UTC
Ferguson
Apparently the anniversary of Mike Brown's death turned into a reenactment. Anyone know anything?
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2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
2015 Gunboat Tournament Ideas
See inside.
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trip (562 D (B))
10 Aug 15 UTC
Cheap Gunboats
3 games, 10 point, 36hr, WTA, HDV, Anon
First come, first served...
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ghug (5046 D (B))
29 Jul 15 UTC
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Pacific Northwest FTF
I've only ever played FTF with people who don't really care about the game and want to be done after a year, and I always feel a twinge of jealousy when I sew those people having fun playing in real life on that crappy coast across the country. This is just a post to see who might be interested in getting something set up on this side of the country. I'm in the Seattle area.
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Hlud (115 D)
10 Aug 15 UTC
Monday Evening Live-2
I'm trying to join Monday Evening Live-2 starting in half an hour, as it only shows 6 current players, but only gives me the option to spectate. Why is this? My RR is 100%
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TrPrado (441 D Mod)
05 Aug 15 UTC
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Conundrum
So the people who make the schedules at my school are kinda dumb. I signed up for both AP Micro/Macroeconomics and AP European History. Only one class of each is being offered. And they happen to be the same hour. So I need to drop one and pick up some other course. I really don't know, so what (preferably AP) course would you suggest for me to take instead of AP Micro/Macroeconomics (because there's no chance I'll drop Euro)?
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Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
07 Aug 15 UTC
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DIPCON @ Philadelphia Massacre - Live
I'm risking life and limb to bring you guys the latest news all weekend and all tournament long.
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Check_mate (100 D)
03 May 15 UTC
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Not "Who am I?", but WHERE am I?
Have some time to kill. Ask yes/no questions to guess WHERE I am. If you guess right you go next. If you guess wrong you're out for the rest of the round.
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Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
07 Jul 15 UTC
MAFIA XI: Sign-ups
MAFIA XI: Sign-ups
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ssorenn (3227 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
The dreams of solo--
Friends and enemies are welcome. 36 hour wta anon 50pt. Who wants action?
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Check_mate (100 D)
10 Aug 15 UTC
Cheating accusations
Without mentioning names or game ID's, can I please clarify something.

Making cheating accusations via in-game global press is not allowed, right? The correct procedure being to email the mods who will investigate?
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A_Tin_Can (2249 D)
08 Aug 15 UTC
New Italian strategy article
The army in Venice should go to Piedmont.

(with apologies to Chris Martin)
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MrcsAurelius (3051 D (B))
23 Jul 15 UTC
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Setting up a game
Hi, I have been absent for three years. Its startin' to itch, as Diplomacy remains my favorite board game! Want to play a game with a friend of mine who also hasn't played for a long while.
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Jamiet99uk (35 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
I'm still alive
Sorry about that.
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Octavious (1717 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
Clause IV
The people's flag is deepest red, or at least it could be. Comrade Corbyn has been suggesting he could bring back clause IV into the Labour Party constitution. I'm interesting in what it sounds like to an international audience.
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JamesYanik (548 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
My Cat's name is Shadow!!! EOG
This is the difficulty of playing a stalemate line, and I done goofed.
gameID=165777
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JamesYanik (548 D)
09 Aug 15 UTC
I got a cat
she is shadow
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CL8At_SUwAAl-74.jpg
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CMurder (749 D)
07 Aug 15 UTC
Getting Germany every single game
Hi everybody, I'd like to ask if anyone has experience with an account getting a certain country every single game. One of my friends who I've played in several games against has drawn Germany out of the pot every single time. We're onto the fifth time out of 5 games he's gotten Germany.

I'd put it up to chance but we've reached 5 sigma and are on our way to 6. Thoughts?
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JamesYanik (548 D)
08 Aug 15 UTC
THE PREMIER LEAGUE IS BACK!!!
Join a Modern Live game as we watch Spurs and United fight it out, followed by the Premier League Season!!!
gameID=165741
Come on soccer nerds, you'll be on your labtop checking stats so just join it and stop pretending.
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OutsideSmoker27 (204 D)
04 Aug 15 UTC
Stop the solo or tighten up the draw?
Which is more important, in your opinion?
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Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
01 Mar 15 UTC
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The School of War - Study Group of Winter 2015
This thread is for the Winter 2015 Study Group of the School of War. Please be courteous to those running the game and respect any reasonable requests they may make. This semester the Study Group will be overseen by A_Tin_Can and goldfinger0303. gameID=155736
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abgemacht (840 D (G))
07 Aug 15 UTC
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No Quarters Gunboat
104 D WTA Gunboat 25 Hour Phases Hidden Draw
No Quarters: No Cancel/No Pause for any reason. We play this one through!
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Tru Ninja (1016 D (S))
06 Aug 15 UTC
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You Just Stabbed A Guy...
Who should be the first to initiate communication, you or your ex-ally? Why?
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The Czech (39297 D (S))
07 Aug 15 UTC
Yo mama gunboat
Who was who before it canceled?
I was England
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yaks (151 D)
06 Aug 15 UTC
Live Austria Available
gameID=165677
For those who are in the mood for a challenge
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abgemacht (840 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Coding Boot Camps
I listened to an interesting episode of On Point (probably the best radio show there is, btw) a few days ago about Coding Boot Camps. Here's a link to the episode and an older article if you don't have time to listen.
http://onpoint.wbur.org/2015/07/30/coding-boot-camp-career-change-tech-boom
http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/12/20/370954988/twelve-weeks-to-a-six-figure-job
Thoughts?
abgemacht (840 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
I'm a firm believer that not everyone needs to go to a 4-year college to contribute to society. I also think, more than ever, computers allow people to rise above and better themselves, either through access to education, or through better jobs in the high-tech sector.

There are, of course, many computer jobs that require real engineering degrees. There are many, though, that do not. So, why should these jobs be denied to people because they don't have jobs they don't really need? In principle, these boot camps seem like they have a lot of potential, but there is always the risk of for-profit educators being more snake-oil salesman than teachers.

As is mentioned, if you don't have an aptitude of coding, these are unlikely to help you, so you should save your time and money. If you have the skills though, and just need some training, they seem to have a lot of potential.

I know we have a lot of educators and Computer/IT people here, so I'm interested in your thoughts.
ssorenn (3227 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
How old do you need to be to take part in these camps?
abgemacht (840 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
These ones are aimed at adults.
ssorenn (3227 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Thx. My kid wants to get involved in learning coding
JamesYanik (548 D)
04 Aug 15 UTC
Send him to military school ssorenn
☺ (1024 D)
04 Aug 15 UTC
I am very seriously considering this, but haven't pulled the trigger.
ssorenn (3227 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
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@jy. My boy is awesome and at 11 he has interest. I want to help in anyway I can
abgemacht (840 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
ss

There are many awesome ways for kids to get into programming, but these aren't really aimed at that.
abgemacht (840 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Personally, I'd recommend getting a LEGO Mindstorm set.
abgemacht (840 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
: )

What are your thoughts, if you don't mind sharing?
ssorenn (3227 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
There are coding camps run out of Northwestern U and University of Chicago run by ID tech. He took one at 10 and loved it. They used the mine craft platform. I'm trying to be a little proactive and learn from people who know , on how to direct him going forward
A_Tin_Can (2249 D)
04 Aug 15 UTC
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@ss: Find something he wants to build (anything, it doesn't matter), and then work out what tools he need to be able to build it.

Most programmers will recommend you their favourite tools (and I'm having to actively try not to do that here), but the truth is it doesn't matter what tools he uses - it matters that he's interested enough and motivated to build whatever he's working on.
ssorenn (3227 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
I am so not the tool guy. We built a lot of K'nect X roller coasters. But busting out the tool belt is not my thing.
abgemacht (840 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
StarLogo is also worth checking out. A fun language/interface developed by MIT to teach children to coding and modeling. It has a lot of good tutorials so you don't really need to know anything before hand to do cool stuff.

http://education.mit.edu/portfolio_page/starlogo-tng/
abgemacht (840 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
I'm pretty sure ATC meant *programming tools*. As in, don't just decide to randomly learn Ruby. Pick a project that sounds fun and then find out the best language to complete that project.
A_Tin_Can (2249 D)
04 Aug 15 UTC
Sorry, I meant software tools. So your question becomes "my son wants to build an RTS game he can play with his friends - where should I tell him to start?" or "my son wants to build a minecraft addon" or, whatever.
abgemacht (840 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Or just save yourself a bunch of time and pick up a Mindstorm kit and you both can have tons of fun : )
ssorenn (3227 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Lol. Oops. That's funny. I really appreciate it guys.
Balrog (219 D)
04 Aug 15 UTC
Following up on the article that abge shared.
IMO there are some great boot camps out there, where in you can get training for a specific niche of Computer Science and transition in that job sector.
One good example is Insight Data Science/Engineering program :
http://insightdatascience.com/
http://insightdataengineering.com/

However, there are certain cons to this: Persons who have got training from such camps can not replace a full fledged computer scientist in specific positions like Software development. Because there is no way a person can be taught the essentials of Data structures, Algorithms, good/optimized coding practices, operating systems in a few weeks.
So, these camps should be limited to only things like web/app development which can be learned easily and in which the risk factor (if the system goes haywire) is minimal.
fiedler (1293 D)
04 Aug 15 UTC
pfft Lego. One word for you: Arduino
abgemacht (840 D (G))
04 Aug 15 UTC
Yeah, arduino is great but probably not the best choice for a ten year old and a father with limited (no?) Coding experience. If you bite off more than you can chew, you'll just get discouraged. Start with something easy and fun. It's pretty easy to move to arduino whenever you want
fiedler (1293 D)
04 Aug 15 UTC
Sounds like he needs to get a better father. One with some coding chops and much better at diplomacy too.

Any replacement fathers out there?
Caballo Blanco (1005 D)
04 Aug 15 UTC
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(-1) ^^^
steephie22 (182 D (S))
06 Aug 15 UTC
Maybe get him introduced to webdesign :-)

I would agree that he should learn through projects though. That's how I prefer to learn almost everything though.

Does he want a website? Computer game? Figure out his own secret encryption methods? I guess you don't want him to learn how to hack, but in theory you could let him hack his own stuff for instance, to deepen his understanding and so he sees what makes hacking harder, so he learns how the whole cat&mouse game between hackers and developers works..
Does he want to chat with his own program? Modify the games he plays?

If you're wealthy enough, does he want to program his own robot? I haven't done lots of research, but I think you can almost compare the price of robots to that of PCs, although I might be dead wrong there.

Lots of options. What does he like and how far do you want to take him?
Does failure stimulate or demotivate him? Because some things will require lots of trial and lots of error before he starts to grasp the basics and can start working on something while other things may bore him because there's nothing left to learn after a few weeks.

I also don't know how hard most of the things I mentioned are, FYI :-)
I don't know how to do most things, but then I never tried them and motivated 11-year-olds learn really fast.

See what's reasonable in terms of price and difficulty and let him know, then he knows daddy gave it thought and he will have various options already laid out for him.


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MichiganMan (5273 D)
06 Aug 15 UTC
Fatal Error During Game
I got a "fatal error" notice during game

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civwarbuff (305 D)
05 Aug 15 UTC
Looking for a Modern Diplomacy Analysis.
I have never played the variant before but I have been looking at some archived games of it on webdiplomacy recently. I was hoping that people would be willing to share any thoughts on it they have. I would love a country by country analysis.
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