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Comment: Re: Bad move (Score 1) 375

by pjt33 (#49162745) Attached to: Google Wants To Rank Websites Based On Facts Not Links

Any website that mentions 'Turanean' is now pseudo science -even though at one point in time it was an academically acceptable term.

I've never heard the word before, but based on the first couple of pages of Google results I think you need to qualify it a bit, because it seems to be quite heavily used as a geographical descriptor in describing the range of plants and animals. (I'm assuming that's not the usage which you think is pseudoscience, but I could be wrong).

Comment: Re:Question (Score 5, Insightful) 121

by pjt33 (#48977759) Attached to: Alan Turing's Notes Found After Being Used As Insulation At Bletchley Park

"Alan Turing's notes" is somewhat overselling it. They're not talking about a white paper: Bletchley would have produced hundreds of sheets of these kind of scrap workings every day, so they were genuinely worthless then. They're only worth anything now because all of the rest were destroyed. To put it in perspective, they're more valuable to us than a shopping list from that era would be, but less valuable than a shopping list from ancient Sumeria would be.

Comment: Re:Bound to happen (Score 5, Insightful) 619

by pjt33 (#48969433) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

could you imagine if every website was paywalled?

No, I can't imagine that. In particular, I can't imagine paywalling my own site (or putting ads on it). I remember the days before advertising was big on the web, when content was provided by universities and hobbyists. Comparing the web now with the web then, I suspect that the death of online advertising would harm clickbait sites more than ones with valuable content.

Comment: Re:To be fair... (Score 1) 388

by pjt33 (#48805631) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

There's another fairly major point: although the title of this /. thread talks about "computing teachers", the summary talks about "primary and secondary teachers", and the original press release talks about "teachers responsible for teaching computing". Primary school teachers, who were already expected to know everything about everything, are now (PDF warning) expected to teach programming, debugging, networking, etc. There's no particular reason why people who signed up to teach 5 to 7 year-olds ten years ago would be more likely than the general populace to be good at debugging.

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