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Submission + - MicroPython on the BBC micro:bit

ntoll writes: If you're based in the UK (or even if you're not) you may have heard about the BBC's micro:bit project ( Around 1 million of these devices will be given to the UK's 11-year-olds in the spring. They are all capable of running Python via the magic of MicroPython.

The code has been released under an MIT license here:

A story-so-far write up by one of the developers is here:

Comment Re:Really, why? (Score 1) 224

Comment interactive zoomable pie chart (Score 2, Interesting) 358

Can you imagine how cool it would be if they used an interactive zoomable pie chart like this one that shows inflation.

You'd start with every government department visible, you could then zoom in to any spending program and see how it was made up, area being proportional to cost.

If don't do it, someone should.

Comment Missing the major point: Lamarckism. (Score 1) 108


Lamarckism refers to the once widely accepted idea that an organism can pass on characteristics that it acquired during its lifetime to its offspring (also known as based on heritability of acquired characteristics).
The reason this is so surprising is it breaks a central tenant of genetics, the fact that DNA --> body is a one way process. The germ line DNA is kept separate from the DNA of the rest of the body. Of course I haven't RTFA so I could be completely wrong.

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