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Comment There is no framework for this to work (Score 2) 273

The vast majority of UK teachers "delivering ICT curriculum" are late-middle aged business studies teachers only capable of showing kids where the bold button is and this is the fundamental problem.

Even that phrase should terrify you - they deliver the curriculum (i.e. hand out workbooks) and then patrol the shop floor for slackers and the curriculum is "ICT". Something so divorced from real computing its got its own TLA that only really exists in education.

There are exceptions of course, real geeks with a passion for the subject trying to push the boundaries, but the fact that the ones driving this forward seem to be totally unaware of them just makes the whole thing look even worse:

"we could have 11-year-olds able to write simple 2D computer animations"
We already do - and more, Kodu , Alice, Muvizu and thats just the free ones I can think of off the top of my head.

I've been to conferences filled with these people bemoaning the death of computing and asking "what's gone wrong". They've usually even got one of the innovators doing a "look what I'm doing with the kids!" presentation that's lapped up by the audience. Not one of them takes it any further.

Comment An unqualified success? (Score 2) 62

Really? Unqualified?

"It can still be hard to find a game and the game browser is missing a dozen basic components, but the potential for the perfect game we saw at preview is re-emerging."

"It's long, it's tough, it's huge fun, and it's cheap. But it will never be perfect."

Some of us do read the articles you link...

Comment I have met this man! At least twice... (Score 1) 439

It never ceases to amaze how these clueless idiots get so high up. On two separate occasions I have sat (with my cap in hand trying to scrounge contracts) and smiled agreeably while they say things like "People don't want games that take more than an hour in a play-session" (Empire Interactive Exec) and "People don't want games where you fight with swords." (Ian sodding Livingstone no less) - its clear that Frank is cut from the same empty-suit cloth. He will do well in the games industry and, I predict, will very soon start his own consultancy firm providing market insight to outsiders with more money than sense. You watch and see...

Deep Packet Inspection Set To Return 125

siliconbits passes along this quote from a Wall Street Journal report: "'... two US companies, Kindsight Inc. and Phorm Inc., are pitching deep packet inspection services as a way for Internet service providers to claim a share of the lucrative online ad market. Kindsight and Phorm say they protect people's privacy with steps that include obtaining their consent. They also say they don't use the full power of the technology, and refrain from reading email and analyzing sensitive online activities. Use of deep packet inspection this way would nonetheless give advertisers the ability to show ads to people based on extremely detailed profiles of their Internet activity. To persuade Internet users to opt in to be profiled, Kindsight will offer a free security service, while Phorm promises to provide customized web content such as news articles tailored to users' interests. Both would share ad revenue with the ISPs. Kindsight says its technology is sensitive enough to detect whether a particular person is online for work, or for fun, and can target ads accordingly."

Comment Re:Call it a "Macintosh" (Score 1) 40

Sorry to put a dampener on your scepticism but here in Scotland, with the help of some fairly vocal and very talented teachers, we're getting some genuine momentum going. Official support from Nintendo is great news. Find out more here if you're actually interested:

Comment Re:More humorous is... (Score 2, Informative) 46

Jesus, the De-Rez guys are so eye-piercingly bad at comic timing. First two minutes are watching someone watching Yahtzee's videos and then putting a hat on. There. 2 minutes of your life saved.

In fact, the rest is a sequence of mistimed and lukewarm overreaction gags. Now go watch something good instead. Enrich your life. You're free!

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