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Comment Re:Slow news day? (Score 2) 103

It was more widespread than just a three states. I'm in the most populous state (NSW, where Sydney is) and many people at work today commended that they were down, as I was. iiNet is the #2 DSL provider and I suspect it was a lot more than this 2% they spout. Bottom line, a significant amount os Australian residential customers and business had no Internet. Someone is saying "inept isn't the Internet" but if the pipe from someones computer to the Internet isn't working, "the Internet is down" to that person.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 285

I've seen kids raised by video games. No thanks.

It's about balance. My view is that to actively stop them playing what has been a normal part of kids lives for towards 40 years is wrong. My son got into games very early, the new Donkey Kong in 2010 when he was 3 and a bit. The next Christmas he took an interest in Zelda and actively played Twilight Princes and Skyward Sword - with me checking it wasn't TOOOO scary. He's playing Skylanders Swap Force as I type, now 6 ands a bit.

However, he's also one of the 3 good swimmers (he can 'do' butterfly, most are on the doggy paddle and many still have floats) and 4 kids who get a separate reading class out of the 44 in his Kindy year. We didn't teach him to read, he didn't get tutored like the other 3 but in Zelda you have to read and in Minecraft he was insistent on writing hundreds of signs and needed to know how to spell. He's strong in Karate, something we enrolled him for of course, and when I took him onto a real golf course just a week ago after a year or so of kids golf clinics, he hit his drive 130m and reached the par-4 green for 4. He's doing that because he sees me to golfing every chance I get and I guess is copying there too like he did with games.

Within reason, I won't force my kids to DO or NOT do anything. I will force them to eat their veggies though.

Comment Re:Future Publishing (Score 1) 562

Issue 1, New Zealand Story coverdisk. I bought the magazine out of interest and fantasised about having the actual computer to put the disk into for a few months. I may have even made the motions to the side of my c64! Eventually I raised the 400 quid but there was certainly something magical about that era.

Comment Re:It would be good to have optional GUI (Score 1) 780

Windows servers need GUIs to run common third party software installation programs (vmware netchk) or AV consoles (Symantec Endpoint Protection) via RDP. Without a GUI, you'd be forced to serve up yet another port to clients to run the GUI consoles (that have tons of graphs and other things that are actually useful), or run them via a shoehorned webpage via IIS or apache (SEP already tries to do this). Do you really want unnecessarily open ports just to satisfy an urge to remove the GUI?

Novell NetWare had MANY GUI installers (first and third party) that ran on workstations but installed on the server. In fact, I think that was the most common situation. As one of many options, that could be done for Windows Server. Getting the compulsory GUI (2008 Core didn't count...), Solitare and 3D screen-savers off the server can only be a good thing. I'm glad MS has stopped beating that horse.

Comment Re:It shouldn't be mandatory (Score 1) 273

So do you think that children just magically know how to open a document in word and change a font?

Well, my 4 years does, and has done for 6 months or so and I didn't teach him. He has a logon on my Mac (no password, just has to click to switch user etc) and access to nothing but Office. He calls it "doing letters" and types basic sentences and formats. He's found lots of features. There's a reason the Amiga GUI was called "Intuition" and the promise of the GUI on all platforms has been just that.

Maybe you're suggesting that schools should teach "pulling up pants after wee-wee" because they won't magically know? Parents and intuition should be allowed to to their bit and keep school for the really non-obvious stuff.

Comment Re:It shouldn't be mandatory (Score 1) 273

The thing is, they have been progressively dumbing this down. I did BBC Basic at primary school (P7 1984-1985) as well as some weird 3D cube thing which I remember loving. Then I kept going on my Vic-20 (had from 81), other kids had their Amstrads, CPCs, PCWs etc. Then at high school around 3rd year we picked up again and while getting BBC Basic again, some assembly was included and other reasonably simple but worthwhile concepts were taught. Roll forward 5 years and my brother played games in primary school and was taught what a word processor was in those same classes that showed my class assembler. I'm relieved to see that this is starting tog et fixed, and can't help feel it's because my generation (late 30's) is now starting to be pretty representative in government and can see how big an opportunity has been missed.

Comment Re:This is why I will never trust cloud services (Score 1) 388

The headline says that IT Pros can't resist, which got me clicking as I have never had any difficulty 'not peeking'. Then I see it's only 26% which actually means the majority ARE resisting. I'd have been annoyed if it was the other way around as it's one of the strongest points I make to juniors as they get started - the need to respect that elevated access is a privilege not to be abused.

Comment Re:I don't care who just died (Score 1) 158

I work in an office of 300 (company of 35,000) and all I see are iPhones for those who can and 'other' (mostly Android) for those picking the cheapest bundled plan. Most that I see arer iPhones, ie people actually using them as a smartphone. My wife put an open water bottle in her handbag in May and her 3GS was gone. Maybe my fault for thinking that charging it might help. Eitherway, with the iPhone 5 on the way I told her she had to get something non-contract to pass the time. The Galaxy S whatever has been enough for her to beg for a 4 regardless of what was coming. All she wants is a phone that hangs up when she asks it to, has a decent UI etc. I've put the time into rooting it, gingerbreading it,'ing it (yes, i made that up) and had the Andriod geek at swimming tell me all about the kernel hack I need to apply that "everyone knows" that will speed up the general responsiveness but not the battery issue, but frankly I'm not interested. Junks Junk.

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