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Comment: Ironic since MS Office tools are to blame (Score 3, Insightful) 168

by knuty (#42748285) Attached to: Microsoft Wants Computer Science Taught In UK Primary Schools

The Brittish education minister Michael Gove called the current ICT curriculum "demotivating and dull" a year ago, BBC reports. "Imagine the dramatic change which could be possible in just a few years, once we remove the roadblock of the existing ICT curriculum. Instead of children bored out of their minds being taught how to use Word or Excel by bored teachers, we could have 11-year-olds able to write simple 2D computer animations, Gove said at the BETT conference for ICT in schools.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16493929

An extensive report on the failure of teaching boring office administration in schools, was made by Royal Society in 2011, inspiring the UK educational minister to change the whole curriculum. Basically blaming key Microsoft products for the whole mess. Then Microsoft nows tries to salvage the situation.
http://royalsociety.org/education/policy/computing-in-schools/report/

Comment: Is lying on your CV harmless? No, it's fraud! (Score 1) 319

by knuty (#39911337) Attached to: Leave Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson Alone!

Lying on your curriculum vitae may seem harmless. But in the eyes of the law, it is commiting fraud by false representation with a maximum penalty of three to ten years in prison in most western countries.

There are many examples of people lying on their CV to get a prestiges job. When the fraud is discovered, they get fired and maybe sued, judged an jailed. Not being an American, I guess US laws on falsifying documents are as tough as in UK and rest of Europe, as this examples shows in UK: A woman jailed for six months after lying on here CV

It's a false premises in calming that CEO's lies all the time, so adding a lie don't count as long as they earn chunks of money for their company. After the Enron bankruptcy December 2001, the Sarbanes–Oxley Act (SOX) was passed by the US Senate. In short, the law can prison lying CEO's for max 20 years if they give false information to the stock exchange or to investigating authorities. In such cases, a CEO who lies will be risking jail for months or years. someone brings it to court. It's before and after Enron. Dan Lyons at The Daily Beast may live in a world before Enron. The court system are more updated, Therefore lets wait for the court case against Yahoo who Daniel Loeb at Third Point has announced, and see how that goes regarding document fraud and the Sarbanes–Oxley Act:
  The Sarbanes–Oxley Act (SOX for short)

+ - Qt 4.7 released->

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An anonymous reader writes "Nokia today released Qt 4.7, the latest version of the cross-platform application and UI framework. It is available for download now.

A key feature of Qt 4.7 is QML (Qt Meta-Object-Language), an easy to learn, declarative language that ‘describes’ the interface of a program and how it behaves. It will be instantly familiar to developers who prefer scripting type languages such as Javascript and it allows UI designers and developers to work together in an iterative approach.

Read the full announcement at http://qt.nokia.com/about/news/nokia-releases-qt-4.7"

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+ - Qt 4.7 Released->

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An anonymous reader writes "Nokia Releases Qt 4.7
New version of Qt features QML, an advanced new declarative programming language, and significant performance improvements.

September 21, 2010 – Nokia today released Qt 4.7, the latest version of the cross-platform application and UI framework. It is available for download now for all of Qt’s supported platforms, with upgrades for Nokia and customer solutions expected over the coming months.

New way of developing Qt apps
A key feature of Qt 4.7 is QML (Qt Meta-Object-Language), an easy to learn, declarative language that ‘describes’ the interface of a program and how it behaves. It will be instantly familiar to developers who prefer scripting type languages such as Javascript and it allows UI designers and developers to work together in an iterative approach.

Improved performance, quicker apps
Qt 4.7 includes significant performance improvements that make applications and user interfaces run faster and smoother. Examples of these improvements include:

New hardware accelerated compositing in QtWebkit has accelerated QtWebkit animation rendering by 31% over Qt 4.6.0, resulting in “snappier” user interfaces
In benchmark tests of popular websites, Facebook pages scrolled up to 67% faster, and other, less complicated pages scrolled on average 350% faster* due to significant scrolling speed improvements in QtWebkit
The new QStaticText class makes text render more than twice as fast as in Qt 4.6
The QPainter engine makes it possible to draw particle systems more efficiently in OpenGL

“Qt 4.7 is an important step forward that keeps Qt at the forefront of UI and application development frameworks,” said Sebastian Nyström, Vice President, Application and Service Frameworks, Nokia.

“Developers looking to create rich, fluid UIs and apps will be amazed at how easy it is to use the new features in Qt 4.7,”

“Continuing to enhance Qt’s performance and stability is vital, and we’re proud to have taken Qt even further in these two areas.” concluded Nyström.

Updated Qt SDK Available for Download
An updated Qt SDK is now available for download. It contains Qt 4.7, Qt Creator 2.0.1 and everything developers need to create applications and to easily re-use the code across the Qt supported platforms. It can be downloaded at http://qt.nokia.com/downloads.

Qt 4.7 kickstart at Qt Developer Days
Qt 4.7 and Qt Quick are the central theme of the upcoming Qt Developer Days conferences in Munich (11-13 October) and San Francisco (1-3 November), with dedicated training, workshops, demos and more delivered by the developers of Qt. Read more about Qt Developer Days at http://qt.nokia.com/qtdevdays2010.

Qt Quick update
QML and Qt Declarative are two of the three pieces of the Qt Quick UI creation kit. The final component of Qt Quick — the tooling – will come with the Qt Creator 2.1 release, currently scheduled for release later in 2010.

Qt Visual Studio integration update
An update to Qt’s Visual Studio Add-in Integration was also released today, to better enable developers to use Qt together with the popular IDE. The Qt Visual Studio Add-in is now also available under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL) version 2.1.

Learn more
To learn more about Qt 4.7 and to download the packages please visit http://qt.nokia.com/whatsnew or visit us in person at Qt Developer Days 2010 http://qt.nokia.com/qtdevdays2010."

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Comment: Conspiracy to raise prices (Score 3, Interesting) 703

by knuty (#29246223) Attached to: James Murdoch Criticizes BBC For Providing "Free News"

A quote from Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations 1776, is the best answer on James Murdoch worry for News Corporation's $32.996 billion USD revenue:

"People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."

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+ - Skolelinux wins the Scandinavian Free Software awa

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knuty writes "Free Software Foundation Europe is proud to announce that the Norwegian project Skolelinux is the winner of the first Free Software Scandinavian Award handed out at during the Free Software Conference Scandinavia 2007 in Göteborg Friday 2007-12-07. Skolelinux also known as Debian Edu has under a long period of time worked hard to promote the use of Free Software as well as the use of free and open standards and file formats. By using low cost or spare hardware, schools and other public institutions can find a free and cheap IT solution made to meet their needs. Skolelinux captures a big part of the free software spirit; sharing and reusing. By focusing on schools, Skolelinux makes sure students, tomorrow's computer users, and decision makers, can grow up in a spirit of sharing, reusing and learning from family, friends and neighbours."

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