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Comment: Guido van Robot! (Score 2) 215

Why reinvent the wheel. Check out Guido van Robot, a programming language that teaches all the basics of programming (problem solving, sequence, iteration and decision making).

Best yet, it already has fun progressive lessons that are perfect for teaching in the classroom.

Whatever you do, remember, start with sequence, then iteration, decision making and ultimately wrap it up with problem solving.

Comment: Re:How kind of you Apple (Score 1, Troll) 98

Apple offer a company a contract for a product of certain specification and quality.
Company accepts, borrows a shit ton of money from Apple but can't produce the goods.
Apple offers to change the repayment terms to give company more time to produce product to the right spec and avoid bankruptcy.
Company CEO and CFO unload shares at high price, then announce bankruptcy and proceed to blame Apple.

Apple uses the plant THEY bought for the company to produce the product for alternative reasons and in the process offers jobs to those who lost them.
Company still owes millions, the CEO now has millions in his bank from selling shares when he knew things were not working out while employees are laid off.

I think that is a more accurate account of what happened.

Comment: Re:Apple planned this all from the start (Score 3, Informative) 98

First of all, Apple were the ones who bought the land and facilities they are turning into a data centre FOR GTAT to use to make Saphire. So they already own the plant.

Secondly, they have not bought GTAT at all. At least hate Apple for legit reasons, not made up ones.

Comment: In short, iOS (Score 5, Interesting) 63

As others have said, iOS has very good accessibility support. I am developing a system for visually impaired (VI) people to give them contextual awareness in their community. As part of this development process we engaged the VI community to have them test and provide design and testing feedback. Their first piece of advice was that iOS is the preferred platform due to voice over and other accessibility options. So, our system's mobile support is starting with iOS.

Comment: Re:good (Score 3, Informative) 238

by ernest.cunningham (#47023843) Attached to: Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

What a ridiculous statement. In some markets, SMS messages cost for each and every one a non insignificant amount. An iPhone user is notified if the iMessage is not delivered. You can also choose in the message settings on your iPhone to automatically send via sms if iMessage delivery failed. Some people wouldn't want that to happen so it is a user choice. Apple shouldn't be held responsible because some people are incompetent to read that their iMessage was not delivered.

Comment: Re:Join the slashdot farewell: (Score -1, Flamebait) 526

I have been reading slashdot since about 1999-2000.
When I was younger though, I posted under an alter-ego in an effort to not really link my private and online life.
Slashdot is definitely not the website I signed up forbears ago. It certainly isn't news for nerds any more. More like some nerd news, mostly click bait.
Either way though, I have moved on to other sites for my news for nerds (anandtech, ars etc) but still read slashdot many times a day.

This fuck beta rubbish comes across as juvenile.

Comment: Re:Join the slashdot farewell: (Score 4, Insightful) 526

You don't speak for this old timer. Stop bloody ruining every thread with your immature anti-beta posts.
Beta is not ruining my time on Slashdot, YOU ARE!

Send your feedback via the email they they have provided and leave it at that. If they do not listen to your feedback, then feel free to vote with your feet, but stop ruining the site for everybody else.

ps. Why hide behind anonymity?

Comment: Re:They should require refund window (Score 1) 252

Mod this person up, they speak the truth!I have two boys under 3 and in no way is there a situation where I need to "pacify" either of them.

Secondly, I buy an iPhone, I look through the settings and get to understand the device with all its features and settings.

My phone has restricted in app purchases adding and deleting apps. Now to make an in app purchase requires a 4 digit pin AND for me to sign in with my Apple ID. All subsequent purchases require the same action.

Still, if my young boys things because I put in my password and pin it is APPLE'S fault /s

Comment: Re:Cannot upgrade or repair? (Score 1) 477

by ernest.cunningham (#45531831) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

1. It is still not the $400 - $600 he is claiming.

2. He said soldered on, which is untrue. Replacement drives will be available during the lifecycle of the machine (iFixit have even said they are planning to release a replacement). If you needed more storage now then you should buy it with more storage. Simple.

3. Great, so the retina model has the screen size you want, discrete graphics like you want, the processors you want, a better screen, faster memory, faster storage. It is called trade offs. If you really can't bring yourself to getting a better machine because you want upgrade the ram after purchase then get a refurb or one from all the stores who still have stock.

The problem is that you guys are acting like you have no options. You do. Life is a constant tradeoff. Pros vs Cons. You can buy a reinta and enjoy all its advantages and deal with the lack of ram upgrades, you can buy a 13inch MacBook Pro and deal with no 15inch screen. You can buy a refurb, buy a stock item from a retailer. Upgrade your current machines further (since that is what you are crying out to do). Or buy another machine.

Comment: Re:Cannot upgrade or repair? (Score 1) 477

by ernest.cunningham (#45529051) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

1. The Apple upgrade to 16gb cost me $320NZD ($260 USD) on my rMBP.
2. The hard drive is not soldered on.
3. You can still get the old style MBP from Apple so what the fuck are you bitching about right now?

On a side note, people on slashdot think they are the norm. You're not.

Comment: Faster on newer devices, slower on old (Score 1) 488

by ernest.cunningham (#44916443) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

It is very responsive and very quick both loading applications and content within. Safari is quicker to load and browse pages and very responsive.

I loaded iOS 7 on my mates iPhone 4 and it added half a second to load any apps and transition. It was painful. The only upside was, once again, inside Safari loading pages was quicker.

iOS 7 seems no slower on my iPad Mini either.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.