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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 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/microbit). 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: https://github.com/bbcmicrobit...

A story-so-far write up by one of the developers is here: http://ntoll.org/article/story...

Comment Re:Freebase (Score 1) 79

It's similar to Freebase *but* rather than curating the organisation of data (as Freebase does) Fluidinfo is, er, "fluid" in that it expects conventions in tagging and organising data to emerge. Evolutionary pressure will make the best / most appropriate "schema" to survive (become conventions) in much the same way that hashtags is a bottom-up convention that emerged in Twitter.

Comment Re:OK, so where's the data? (Score 1) 79

The first thing I notice: It's incredibly slow. To be of practical use, it must speed up at least by the factor 100 (probably more; I've still no result for my first query, and that was one of the example queries shown by the help command!).

Yup, we're a start-up losing our Slashdot virginity... ;-)

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A Real Bill Gates Rant 293

lou ibmix XI submitted an email written by Bill Gates a few years ago and turned over to the feds as part of the government's antitrust case. Great quotes like 'Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable?' and 'The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences blows my mind.' We like to think of him as an abstract, but I think this is interesting stuff. Also, this might seem familiar. Oops.

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