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Comment Re:Chrome? (Score 1) 223

Which, in my experience, means it's the same thing but less polished and stable.

My first experience with Chromium was running it on a fresh install of Ubuntu, and getting the window *STUCK* on my mouse pointer when I tried to drag it around. No matter what keys or clicks, it wouldn't stop following the mouse. Even after restarting X, it wouldn't go away.

Ended up having to reboot, then when it happened a second time, uninstall Chromium.

Comment Re:This Was News Yesterday (Score 4, Insightful) 479

There probably are procedures, at least minimal, CYA procedures for model aircraft too. That he wasn't following them is why he killed himself. Given his performance-nature of his stunts, think of it like the guy who juggles chainsaws, a not-recommended use of the device, that could, and in this case did, lead to injury and death.

Except that helicopter was many feet away from him for most of its use, and it was intended to be used exactly as he used it. It's sometimes not possible to be aware of exactly how far away and high up a model is just by looking, as models are small and depth perception is weak in our species.

There is only ONE 'CYA' rule for model aircraft: Try not to hit anything. Most of the time when you operate an R/C aircraft, it's something smaller and softer, where if it did hit a person, it might give them a small cut from the prop but is otherwise like getting hit by a big Nerf dart. This guy was using the metalized pro model, which was a bit more dangerous.

It sounds like he was doing some simple ground effect tricks, and the heli got too close and clipped him. It's actually a hobby and a sport, in which many hundreds of people participate. If you think doing tricks with model helis is 'documented reckless behavior', then I have nothing to say but "You must be a ton of fun at parties.."

Comment Re:not that kind of device (Score 4, Insightful) 340

I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer—should learn a computer language, because it teaches you how to think. -Steve Jobs

-Creates the most closed-walled operating system, and charges to program for it.

-Uses obscure and illogical languages for his walled garden's standard

-Perpetually disrespects other platforms and options which are open-source and available to 'teach people to think'.

Comment Re:So, use an emulator... (Score 2) 340

What I don't understand is why, when schools are facing record-low budgets(thanks, war-profiteering asshole politicians), are they buying the most expensive option for tablets?

Why do they not have a pile of the HP TouchPads (super cheap, around $200US) and just run Android on them? They are large, the screen looks fantastic, it's cheap as dirt, and it runs the most popular mobile OS.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 340

I bought a TI-84+ for a sibling last month, and it still has TI-Basic and ASM(via computer) just like my 5-year-old one. $105 or so at Target.

I think for reasons of standardized tests and testing acceptance they don't change their flagship lines very much, if at all.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 340

Only recently, but that's the problem. Today's average student has become dumb and lazy. When I was in school, EVERYONE programmed their calculator, to the point that some teachers would take them away during class because we'd all be playing games on them instead of paying attention.

Comment Re:They shouldn't be using IPad or TI (Score 1) 340

Making it easy to learn is the complete opposite of the point here. We WANT it to be a challenge to learn, and to have good documentation for them to look things up in. That makes them learn HOW to program, as well as HOW to look up things they may not know yet. If it's just "Oh, click this blue button, then this red button, and suddenly I have a 'class' object I can drag around..." then you're not really teaching them anything useful.

I vividly remember how much fun it was to write chat or game programs for the TI- series, and I even once went as far as to write a chat program and later build a wireless(IR) connector system to 'pass notes' with friends in class. In all honesty, I believe that TI was the first computer I ever owned that was 100% mine.

It came with a basic-like language to program in(my new one accepts ASM as well), which is perfect for beginners, and the owner's manual was a 100-page tome of useful information on commands, programming, graphing, variables and data, etc. I think I learned more about math from that calculator and manual than from any of the nonsense homework the teachers gave.

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