Re: New Computer Merit Badge Requiremebts
Michael Rogero Brown (michaelb@SUNRISE.CSE.FAU.EDU)
Thu, 19 Aug 1993 15:37:49 EDT
> > The new Computer MB book showed up at our Scout Office. No longer do
> > the Scouts need to find a punch card or draw a flowchart, or know the
> > difference between analog and digital computers. In fact none of those
> > appear in the new book.
> Thank God. As a Computer Science student, I'm glad to see some upgraded
> requirements for this badge.
as another CS student (& graduate) I agree. I have the old Computers MB
book, and boy is it dated. These new requirements are a DEFINITE improvement.
> > 5. Do TWO of the following:
> > b. Use a computer attached to a local area network or equipped with a
> > modem to connect to a computer network or bulletin-board service
> > such as Prodigy, CompuServe, or America Online. Send a message to
> > someone on the network or download a program or file from the network.
> Too bad they don't mention the Internet and Usenet here. It seems that
> it would be a good idea to talk about the new "information infrastructure"
> and "data super-highway". :-)
They might not mention them, but as far as I'm consired, using them will
satisfy the requirements. (Prodigy, et al are given as examples)
> > 8. Is it permissible to accept a free copy of a computer game or program fro
> > a friend? Why or wby not?
> I'd like to see if the handbook discusses freeware, shareware, etc.
I also hope there is a decent section on ethics. While have to see.
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