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Comment Re:Catch the rounded ones early (Score 1) 300

But, from the point of view of a child, a computer language is just a language, like French, German, or Japanese. The earlier a child is introduced to a language, the easier it is for a child to pick up. Understanding the language of computers is as essential as English Language skills (to non-english speakers), not car repair.

Some kids are natural linguists, some are natural scientists, and some learn by taking things apart and (occasionally) being able to put them back together again. Regardless of aptitude, an understanding of the language and principles underpinning coding at least gives children the confidence to get their hands dirty with a computer.

Submission 14yo arrested for bringing home-made clock to school that 'looked like a bomb'

infolation writes: Police and school authorities in Irving, Texas are under fire after arresting an engineering hobbyist for bringing a homemade clock into school.

Ahmed Mohamed, an engineering hobbyist, made the timepiece and brought it to school hoping to impress teachers and fellow students, but a teacher told him it looked like a bomb. Later in the day, the school’s principal and a police officer came to pull him out of class, saying “it looks like a movie bomb to me”. The student says he told everyone who would listen that the device was a clock, but police still led him out of school with “his hands cuffed behind his back and an officer on each arm”.

Wired are running a parallel piece about How to Make Your Own Homemade Clock That Isn’t a Bomb.

Comment Re:Ancient Rome (Score 1) 381

Or 'hide in plain sight'.

Instead of trying to avoid attention by toeing the line, avoid it by what might be termed 'whole life steganography'. Do the subversive things while always having an excuse or reason why the subversive action is essential to daily life. Yes, it needs thought and planning, but easier than moving country.

After all, this is how governments introduce such draconian policies in the first place... by claiming they have some alternative, semi-plausible rationale (usually involving 'prevention of terrorism').

Comment Re:Limited unlimited (Score 1) 229

As Mr Rumsfeld nearly says...

We have limited limiteds, things that are limited, and limited unlimiteds, things that seem unlimited yet are still limited, but we also have things that are also unlimited unlimiteds, that is to say things that are truly unlimited (until you read the small print).

Comment Re:"industry insider" (Score 2) 394

Don't you feel stupid wearing that tinfoil hat?

Not if you cock it at a jaunty angle.

Then you leave the critical 'side' of your head vulnerable to a well-aimed 'jaunty' attack while your defences are down.

Ensure your tinfoil covers down to neck level at *all* times.

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL." -- Dave Bowman, 2001