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Now as an adviser, it drives me nuts when the students don't want to take the path I think is best. But FIRST is about experience, it shouldn't be a classroom where students sit down and watch engineers build things. Let the students make the mistakes (to an extent) and of course let them to ALL the work.
If your looking for good mentors, ask around the local college (if there is a engineering/technical minded college around your area). I know after I graduated from high school, I was eager to come back and work with the team as an mentor.
But from what I have seen, its really surprisingly stable. I have not had any issues so far.
For my college (we use active directory, but the profiles are almost blank) and we use a shared network drive that we run all most of the programs from. The programs don't suffer too much in speed because Windows caches the program running. Updating the program is as easy upgrading the shared drive, and all the labs are done instantly. Also you might consider installing all the popular browsers, and have a small program that lets the user choose their browser. We implemented that and it saves a lot of time, cause people choose what they are familiar with.
VBScript (as far as I know, this is still shipped with Windows)
If my first programming language was VBScript, I think I would have run away from the computer, screaming.
You reminded me of a penny arcade comic.
I like the overall idea, however according to the video, it seems like you still require librarians to sort through a bin of 100 books for the book you requested. I know that this is probably the first automated library of this scale, but if your going to spend the 81 million, you might as well make it totally automated without human interaction.
On a positive note, the library really does look like a library from the future. I would love to go there and read books on my eReader.
It isn't mentioned in the summery, but:
The 4.6.3 release is dedicated in memory of the young daughter of KDE developer Daniel Nicoletti who tragically passed away after a car crash last month. The KDE community wishes to express their deepest sympathy and support to Daniel and his family in this difficult time.
Kinda nice, I am not to familiar with the KDE release cycles, do they dedicate every release?
Right now for me its displaying a huge block of fortune file type text, I assume it is displaying the first fortune, then going right passed the % and keeps going till it hits a limit. Well its way better than lemmings, that quote was old the first day.
I think I am with most slashdotters when I say this isn't for me. But its good to see people making these languages accessible for someone just starting out. My first programming language was a point-and-click drag-and-drop programming language, and I think they are really useful for teaching people the basics of computer programming. Now if someone is going to try and make their entire website like this...well good luck with that, I hope you like carpal-tunnel.