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Comment Re:Why not Raspberry Pi? (Score 1) 157

Why not RPi?

This BBC report says why:

Mr Richards has previously taught classes using another British low-cost computer - the Raspberry Pi - but says he believes the Micro Bit is better suited for younger age groups.

"It's been designed at a lower level that allows children to understand more quickly the concepts that you are trying to get across," he explained.

"With the Raspberry Pi there are a lot of things that don't make immediate sense. So, I think the Micro Bit will make a great stepping stone that engages younger children before they want to do more serious projects that would require something like the Pi."

That's what a teacher who's been using both devices thinks. Sounds fair to me. Micro:Bit as a gateway drug to the harder stuff, leading the kids of today into doing hardcore Linux in the future.

Comment Re:Free? (Score 1) 157

and probably not even £145 richer - when you think that Google makes $70bn in advertising revenue per year, and that the advertisers have to find the money to hand over to Google to show their adverts, you'll be paying far more than than in increased costs for products. And have to watch the damn adverts too.

The BBC has its faults, typically left-wing liberals trying to set the agenda, but that doesn't mean all of it is rubbish or needs to be thrown away.

Comment Re:Morons Just Don't Understand (Score 1) 741

If Trump fails too, who knows who they'll vote for next time.

probably independence, or at least some states might start to consider that route. it only takes a couple of politicians to think "I could be king" and a heap of disaffected citizens to think "can't get any worse" to kick the ball rolling,

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 1) 741

indeed. Nowadays I read the Guardian (in the UK, its a paper who will happily tell us how many migrants we need to be compassionate over and bend over backwards to accommodate because they're fleeing war and horror and they're all so desperate and good for the economy) and Breitbart (who tell us of gang rapes by said migrants who we accommodated) in order to get some semblance of the truth - hopefully balancing the left and right to get something in the middle.

You should vote though - do not be one of the lazy "who cares" non-voters. Go down there and put "none of these fuckwits" on the ballot paper, just to show you care enough to take the effort. Bonus marks for drawing a picture of a Hillary taking Trump's cock on the ballot too (or vice versa!)

Comment Re:Because (Score 1, Interesting) 264

to be fair black people have more privilege, everyone bends over backwards to be more inclusive of the poor dears.

In reality, white people make up about 75% of the population of the USA (even more in places like the UK), so there's a bigger pool of talent to choose from.

The idea that white people are privileged is a bit of identity politics from the black and identity-politics brigade that seeks to denigrate white people and promote blacks (same applies to women, for example, this isn't a racist thing) saying things like "only white people can be racist because they're privileged", meaning any excuse to promote inequality in favour of a particular group is acceptable because they are not white males.

Comment Re:Generalization Bulls$*^ (Score 1) 264

True, nowadays only politicians can get away with having an assistant for fun.

But the real reason is that work just doesn't pay enough for most of us to afford a 2nd "secretary" and those that do earn so much they can have 3 or 4 think they're too important to do anything but flounce about thinking they're working.

Besides, why would it be creepy? She gets paid, regular hours, and doesn't have to worry about her pimp beating her up and taking the cash!

Comment Re: Sorry Assholes (Score 2) 454

Never underestimate the potential for the developer community to change their minds (or the hosting company to 'add extra value' at any time).

Github may be the current darling, but I recall when it was Google Code and Freshmeat. I even remember Codeplex for all the Microsoft stuff and even that now seems to be migrating to github.

So keeping Sourceforge going, and preparing it with some much nicer navigation and website functionality would go a long way towards being ready for when github stops being cool and starts to look pretty crappy. If SF could provide the kind of fancy management portal for a product with wikis and decent bug trackers, and possibly the return of their old compile farm, it'd compete favourably with github and we'd be free of a dangerous monoculture.

So I welcome our new source control and discussion overlords, lets hope they return to their glory days.

Comment Re:and most people's doctor (Score 1) 144

I think it depends on the job and the intention - the nurse didn't accidentally open explorer and see the documents, she had to search for them and it stopped being the kind of case you're talking of, and became an invasion of privacy (and/or professional ethics) at that point.

If you take your laptop to the store for fixing, you are asking them to look at your laptop, it'd be like that nurse being assigned to look after the celeb.

I take your point though, even though the IT guys are looking at your stuff, you should still have a reasonable expectation of privacy from them, so if they tell all, you should be able to sue. (not sure if that's the case if they tell the cops of your kiddie porn stash however)

Possibly its just that you don't have any contractual terms with the IT store that they will not look at your stuff, and its probably written in that they will look because they have to in order to fix it (eg we didn't clean the viruses off your computer because it was in file 'big jugs.mov' in your personal folder which we were unable to look at due to privacy concerns - if you get what I mean)

I guess the reason the nurse got fined was because there is a lot of auditing in sensitive systems, so the admins knew who had looked.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 669

This'll be for UK universities where religion isn't much of a factor.

Here our nutjobs are feminists and other liberal extremists who insist on "safe spaces" for anyone who might be offended or upset by .. well, anything (particularly "trigger words" whatever they are). These are same feminists who "no platformed" Germaine Greer (that well known feminist who pretty much started the feminist movement) because she didn't say things they agreed with. (Poor girls, all those jokes we used to tell about them not being trusted with too much heavy thinking turn out to be true!)

Also, its liberal left wingers seeking to rewrite history who are the problem (aka the chap who received money from the Rhodes scholarship and then joined the campaign to have Rhodes declared an evil capitalist racism imperialist and have his statue taken down from an Oxford college)

and so on. The biggest problem is that the authorities seem eager to assist this woolly nonsense. Even when an idiot (with faked CV) wildly exaggerated a speech a noted scientist gave, the university colluded with her by sacking him. Poor "sexist pig" Tim Hunt had to quit the UK and go elsewhere to help cure cancer because of his university's knee-jerk reaction to the tweets.

I suppose some religion could be considered to be at fault because of all the "white men are racist" stuff going on at these same universities (which is not racism itself, obviously, because accusing white men cannot be racist because of their privilege and patrimony, or some similar excuse for racist behaviour on the part of the accusers)

The authorities should deal with all this by telling the students that its up to them to behave like children and nothing to do with the university, its policies or work.

Comment Re:Why is javascript being pushed as generic? (Score 4, Interesting) 141

I'll tell you why those didn't succeed where javascript did - proprietaryness.

Java wanted to be "pure java" where you only wrote Java. Flash and Silverlight were the same, in all cases you had to drink the kool-aid and become one of "them". Javascript was just so boring and crap that the major players ignored it, but as it was there, developers knocked out little bits of code using it until eventually everyone could program javascript but only a third could do Java, a third could do Flash and a third do Silverlight (you get my point, hopefully - nobody became a developer for all three of those competing proprietary platforms)

And so the impetus for each of the big platforms waned while javascript kept growing.

To replace it would have to be a standards thing, and get implemented in every browser and be recognised as better. Not Dart or Typescript or whatever, which are all failing too.

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