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7 posts • joined 30 Nov 2007

The BBC Micro turns 30

Steve Copley
Devil

One of the odd ones

Dragon 32 FTW!

(But how I envied those who could afford a BBC B!)

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Exam board deletes C and PHP from CompSci A-levels

Steve Copley
FAIL

It's not just AQA who are doing stupid things to A-Levels

I teach overseas in an international school. We have been following CIE's A-Level Computing syllabus, but will be changing next year to another syllabus / exam board.

The reason? CIE have decided that the best way to examine programming skills in the first year of the course is not through the current Programming Project (seems like a good way of testing skills - actual programming), but through a *written* exam - pseudocode, dry-runs, etc.

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Snow Leopard data-munching bug predates Snow Leopard

Steve Copley
FAIL

Painful lesson...

"I had 250GB of data without backup and I lost everything"

I've know too many people who, despite prompts and advice from me, don't consider backing up data to be an important use of their time... until this happens. (Of course, then it falls to me to help them try to recover what they can!)

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"Jobsian cultists" - made me LOL (I'm posting from my newly christened CultBook Pro)

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Slimline iPhone pictures unearthed

Steve Copley
Unhappy

Wired Headphones?

Might struggle to plug in headphones anywhere with that razor-thin profile...

Or it it stereo BlueTooth only?!

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First 'fully accurate' totally voice-controlled phone unveiled

Steve Copley

Sniff, sniff, sniff...

Ahhhhh... The smell of vapourware wafting across Herefordshire!

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Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat

Steve Copley
Unhappy

Oh no...

I used to feel quite smug reading the stories of ridiculous behaviour by paranoid, ignorant and power-crazed security people in North American airports - smug because that sort of thing wouldn't happen in Dear Old Blighty... but now the buggers are at it here too!

Great! I had already decided never to bother flying to the US because I didn't want some DHS drongo treating me like a criminal: fingering my laptop and my prostate.

But I can't ban myself from flying into my own country. What will I do?!

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Sidcup massive threatens Reg hack

Steve Copley

Backronym

'Chav' would seem to be a word derived from Roma, and 'CHAV' is one of those stupid acronyms that get made-up and tacked on after-the-fact...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chav#Etymology

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Chav

http://www.oup.com/elt/catalogue/teachersites/oald7/wotm/wotm_archive/chav?cc=gb

My wife (who's a Geordie) recalls a mother of her friend referring to little kids as 'charvers' back in the late 1980s - it's not a new word, but the meaning has changed in recent years to refer to the no-good scuffers that we all know and love.

SC

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