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Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows

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Re: @asdf: According to wikipedia...

"'I haven't presented an argument, merely pointed out that the one you provided was fallacious.'

Which obviously in itself is a good old fashioned ad hominem. Don't hate the player, hate the game."

Except for the small matter that it isn't. Pointing out that your argument is fallacious makes no comment about you as a person, belittles you or otherwise insults you; nor did I seek to put words into your mouth (as you did with me).

As for me being hypocritical, I make no claims to being perfect and at least I have the good grace to post under a handle where you can see my past history. I wouldn't go too far back though, the opinions I expressed in the past may not be the ones I hold now. See that's the thing about debate - when one's argument is shown to be weak/false it needs to be reconsidered.

In order to assist you in this matter, I shall make two simple statements:

1) Stallman raises some valid points about the Ubuntu Shopping Lens. I am not certain I agree 100% with his conclusions as he is a exponent of the slippery slope. However when it comes to matters technical, he does have an annoying habit of being rather prescient. He does at least raise many points for debate and I thought Bacon's response failed to address many of them;

2) On the other matter; I can find no reference to your claim on his Wikipedia page, I did manage to find it on his blog from 2006. On that I think he is wrong, assuming he still holds that opinion of course. You could always ask him and see what he says.

As you can see, I have also cited my sources. If you are going to make claims in the future, I suggest you do likewise.

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Re: wtf were Ubuntu thinking pulling this stunt?

Canoncial is a business. It needs to make money. Why is this a surprise to many in the F/OSS community? Do they thinking money pops out of thin air or something?

First thing I did was uninstall the lens. If I want to search Amazon, I'll go search Amazon; I don't need the PC to do it for me. Even with the lens, I am not worried about Amazon potentially data-mining me (won't be possible unless Canonical pass up some kind of GUID) but Canoncial could profile me.

Oh, and Mr Shuttleworth? You don't have root until I say you can have root.

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Re: @asdf: According to wikipedia...

"ditto for you"

I haven't presented an argument, merely pointed out that the one you provided was fallacious.

"So you support his views on pedophillia?"

Appeal to emotion. Ignored.

"I assume you would be quite happy for some adult to rape them"

Appeal to fear. Ignored.

"If not, you have no right defending him."

You have constructed a position for me which you have then attempted to tear down. Straw man. Ignored.

I have not discussed my personal views on such acts on children, nor my views on Stallman's purported opinion of such acts. l have restrained myself to pointing out that you have not yet presented a valid argument with regards the current topic; Canoncial's Shopping Lens and Stallman's assessment of that. Oh, and pointing out your fallacies.

So either present a valid argument or, as the saying goes, haud yer wheest.

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Re: @asdf: According to wikipedia...

@AC Appeal to emotion, appeal to fear, Reductio ad Hitlerum. Come back when you can actually construct a valid argument.

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Re: @asdf: According to wikipedia...

Just because RMS is wrong about one thing, does not make him wrong about another thing (I forget the name of that fallacy). Heck, Dawkins has some rather IMHO strange opinions on this subject. Does that now mean evolution is wrong, or that Dawkins is wrong about it?

RMS is a strange fish (I feel I can say that, I've met the man and spent time with him), if he were British we'd call him eccentric. He is often right on matters technical, although he does sometimes have an odd way of expressing it.

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Money

How do you think Canonical pays it's devs, testers etc? Kind wishes?

The shopping lens may well have been misjudged, it was certainly not received very well at all, but unless Canonical start making money Ubuntu (and all its derivatives) will no more. So where does Canoncial get the funds from?

OEM licensing deals? Not on the desktop (at least, not in any volume to make any real odds).

Cloud services? Possibly, but that makes them just another service player and you'll still lose your desktop.

Shuttleworth does not have infinite pockets, so where do the funds come from? It's got to come from you one way or another, so how does Canonical pay the bills?

C'mon, sensible answers, please.

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Apple, Samsung patent judge: 'I feel like I'm in Groundhog Day here'

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Re: Easy answer

"This, Sir, is demeaning to robots. I demand satisfaction!"

There's a robot for that...

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Re: Easy answer

Dear Anon,

Do get out more. There's a good fellow.

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Easy answer

Get the Apple and Samsung top brass together. Add their respective legal teams.

Put them all in a large sack.

Charge the public USA$5 to beat the sack with a stick until they are exhausted.

You'll always hit the guilty party, the obese USA-ians will get some much needed exercise and you'll raise some money to boot (donate that to charity).

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I've got the 'fastest growing THINGY ever', boasts Google+ chief

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Re: Google worries me

"The anonymous poster has no problems with tracking."

I believe it's called a "negative profile". You don't need to be on there, you just need to be tagged/mentioned in posts and can be profiled from that. FB apparently do this.

I'm not worried about the Google Death Squads or anything, I'm just worried about the creeping invasion of privacy. What used to be done in public, but was reasonable anonymous, is now open to scrutiny and potential misuse.

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Google worries me

They track you via ads;

They track you via your email (if you use gmail);

They track you via your Kobo (see ads);

They now track you via social media;

They could track you via your mobile (and probably do is you a Google Maps or something running).

Am I being paranoid or there just too much of a threat from Google these days?

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Explosion of DANGEROUS IT GEAR injures and CRIPPLES MEDICS

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Re: But wait!

Citation, please

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Re: To whine or not to whine

"I see people who do hard physical work outside in freezing weather who don't complain because they are getting paid well."

I bet they'd grumble if they got injured whilst working!

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Re: To whine or not to whine

Physician, heal thyself.

These are doctors - the fact they don't have the wit to sort out their own ergonomics is worrying.

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Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz

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Re: AC accounts have no use on this site

"Posting as AC can be helpful in that respect. Posting as AC doesn't necessarily mean that the poster is a troll or a shill."

This site does not run a real-name policy, no force you to use some global ID like G+, Facebook, OpenID or whatever. So the only reasons for posting AC are:

1) To troll - and one doesn't want the trolling to be linked to their actual handle; or

2) To shill - and one doesn't want that to be easily traced via post history.

Yes, one could use sock-puppet accounts etc.; I completely agree. So until someone can give me an actual good reason for AC (and I don't buy anything I've read so far) I shall continue to dismiss ACs as troll/shill.

And if I wanted to karma-whore, I'd align my handle here with what I use elsewhere; but I can't be arsed.

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Re: Win 8 has no advantages @The BigYin 18:52

"Windows is crap"

It is. I use Windows every day and feel qualified to state that it is crap. And Win8 is more crap than Win7. If you want some balance - GNU/Linux isn't perfect either; nothing is.

"You can do that in Linux (then usually qualified with things like "I'm sure" or "can pretty much bet"."

It may surprise you, but I don't have time to go around and test every aspect of Windows emulation on every DE on every distribution. Also if I haven't tried something myself, I don't like stating it as a fact.

My current DE is similar, but not identical to, Windows. I am fairly sure, but have conducted no tests, that any Windows user could use it. There are, of course, differences out of necessity, e.g. workspace switcher, window controls in different place (I could move them, but I like them where they are), different Super-key behaviours (again, I could change these but I don't need to). And that's before we get into the differences caused by the filesystem, but again these could be dealt with, I just haven't bothered.

"Not exactly likely to inspire confidence in the people you want to convert, though it will go over well here, so it's a nice safe thing to do isn't it?"

So Eadon writes off posts they don't like as "shill", and you write off posts you don't like as "preaching to the choir"? A bit hypocritical, no?

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Re: Win 8 has no advantages

"The thing is if you continue to think that anyone who disagrees with you is a shill (incidentally see the house rules about that) you're just going to alienate people"

I don't. I think anyone who posts as AC is probably a shill or a troll (note: I haven't accused you of being a shill). It is so easy to create a new account/handle that there is no need for AC IMHO. And as evidence to that I cite you stating you can't tell if Eadon or I are one and the same (we're not, but then I would say that).

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Re: Win 8 has no advantages @The BigYin 18:52

"Wrong. I'm neither. Dunno about other ACs."

Right. There is no real name policy here. You could call yourself "Galactic Wombat" for all the difference it makes. AC accounts have no use on this site except for shills and trolls.

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Re: Win 8 has no advantages

@Eadon - Agreed.

Considering just the graphical aspects (which is what most people probably will) Win8 and Ubuntu (one of the main GNU/Linux distros) suffer from the same problem; a desktop/tablet schizophrenia. In Ubuntu a few workflows might have to change, but annoyances remain (two clicks to switch a workspace for example). In Win8 it is just freakin' gawd-awful. The whole schism as it switches to desktop mode just shows how badly thought out it is.

At least on vanilla Ubuntu I can install another DE (MATE or whatever) should Unity not be to my taste and I can't be pretty damned sure all the important stuff will work. And if it doesn't? Use another. Or configure that one to is does work how I want.

On Win8? Meh, I'm screwed. I must follow the dikats of their UI people and be-damned to my work flow or muscle memory.

"Oh, but switching to GNU/Linux needs sooooooo much training." Not it doesn't. Just have one person fiddle with it and make it look Windows-y enough and I can pretty much bet the team will hardly notice (there are other factors I agree).

As to our AC shill, they are either that or a troll. Never reply to an AC, those accounts only exist fro shills/trolls. It's not like this place has a "real name" policy or something.

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Re: Currys/PC World

@Steve - the newer Samsung's look a little bit Apple-y; I think it's just the aluminium body. There's also a project running to get GNU/Linux stable on them, if that gains more traction I would seriously consider one as the Samsung's seem like nice kit for the price.

I wonder what their refund policy on the unwanted Windows license is?

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Re: @AC 15:33GMT - good enough

@AC - "MS require that Secure Boot be able to be switched off, in order to get an "it work with Win8" sticker/certifiaction."

Wrong. This only applies to x86. ARM is locked down tighter than a gnats arse.

"would you buy a computer you couldn't install another OS on? I certainly wouldn't."

So you are never buying an ARM device running Win8?

"That's not to mention anti-trust legislation."

And that remains our last hope in keeping MS at bay. And Google for that matter.

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Re: Currys/PC World

Try John Lewis or Tesco. Everything they had in there was infected with Win8.

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Re: good enough

And this is the reason for the boot-lock down and inability to install (or obstacles to installing) what you want; forced obsolescence. With all the servers/codes/etc locked away and held proprietary, one the services switch to the "new, improved version" you are out of luck and have to buy the new shiny.

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Wait, what?

Haven't we also see stories about Win8 flying off the shelves? PR puffs about how people are selling their grannies into slavery just so they can afford Win8 because it's just that good?

And now this about Win8 not being enough to boost sales?

Which is it El Reg?

Of course, not the I personally want to touch Win8, unless it's with an install disc and MS have seen fit to ensure that's nigh-on impossible.

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Microsoft’s so.cl network now open to all

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What is it about?

I see no posts with any real meat, just lots of "look at my blog!" crap and heaps of flashing pictures (some NSFW). I guess the flashing pictures and squares ties in with the Win8 tiles.

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Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone

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Oh FFS

"Blacks don't like work. Not hiring 'em"

"The Irish don't like work. Not hiring 'em"

"Woman will just get pregnant and expect a free holiday. Not hiring 'em"

"Old people are set in their way. Not hiring 'em"

"Young people just want to do drugs and laze around. Not hiring 'em"

"Oh....why do I have no employees?"

Prejudice comes in all forms and whilst an iPhone might indicate a privileged background, it could also have been a prize. Even if they were born with a silver-spoon in their mouths, not all toffs are wastes of space (those become MPs). What you have to look at is the person in front of you.

So if you have Herman Barington-Smythe Fauntilory III in the chair with his personal driver sat at reception, but they are the best <insert job> applicant you have ever had and they seem keen; they you would be a blithering idiot not to hire them.

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Xboxes stay on sale but may cost Microsoft money in Google case

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Stop!

Apple sues Google-by-proxy (Samsung et al)

Google sues MS

MS sues Apple and Google

Apple sues MS

And so on.

Can't they see that this round-robin of idiocy doesn't do anyone any favours (bar the legal team)? How much money would they actually lose in just stopping this madness and how much would be saved? In that saving, factor in no longer having a management distract by yet another bloody court case.

F/OSS may not be perfect, but at least they (rarely) waste time suing the pants off all-and-sundry. (Minor exceptions for GPL enforcement etc).

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Dell launches Sputnik Linux Ultrabook

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Re: Interesting tactic

Replying to myself...

And that's the problem. OEMs seem to assume (for whatever reason) that GNU/Linux should only be a budget option and it's that which irks me. Just like a Windows user, we'd quite like to buy some semi-decent kit. Now whether this is just ignorance on the part of OEMs, basic economics or some MS imposed conspiracy to keep Linux at bay - I dunno. I doubt it's the latter, but rumours keep appearing and OEM licensing pressure.

What I don't get is why OEMs cannot just offer a "No OS" option on all products. That would do me.

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Re: Interesting tactic

@JDX - Cheapskates? Hardly. I am willing to pay for a laptop with GNU/Linux pre-installed. I am even willing to pay a (small) premium due to economies of scale. I am just not will to pay for that turd.

Give me an ASUS Q200E with a working GNU/Linux install and I'm a happy man. But no, they are only shipping the X201E with GNU/Linux and it has had some features ripped out/downgraded for apparently no reason.

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Interesting tactic

It this another ruse by Dell? Sell an over-priced and under-spec'd machine to then claim "Oh look Linux is shit. It didn't sell). And I'll believe it is available in the UK when I see it. Probably for £1,500 too, given Dell's pricing structure.

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The Lord of the Rings saga lies hidden deep in your Mac

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Re: Hobbit Schmobbit!

I wish I had IP6, I'd love to see the colour version.

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Not just OS X

For whatever hat-stand reason, I have this on Ubuntu 10.10 as well.

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Apple sticks finger in dyke, cuts off Dutch flood of Galaxy S, SII, Ace

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Re: I love my Mac, iPad, and iPhone....

Vivaldi and PengPod, System76, Novatech, ZaReason...there may be others.

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Re: ...not again.

@JDX - I have seen my first gold badge! Well done sir/madam.

As to Apple, the Dutch judge should just have shown the pertinent clip from a recent Torvalds speech and the dismissed the case.

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: Register badge == wastes time at work

Ah yes, that's because my CV says "Mr. BigYin" on it. Plus I list the handles I use on the sites because I am just that freakin' awesome!

Actually I don't think I want to work for someone who doesn't understand that when you are bashing your forehead off the desk, it can sometimes be helpful to think about something else for 5 mins. And if I did work for something like that, they'd get 9-5, work-to-rule and the current overtime I do for free would be time-and-half, double on weekend and holidays.

btw - nice bronze you got there. :)

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Re: How to edit?

Hmm...all I can find is "Withdraw"

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How to edit?

Apparently there is a 5 minute window in which a post can be edited (if yer a silver badger)

That true? Where is the option then?

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Where can I check my upvotes?

Just so I know how much more karma whoring I have to do.

And do downvotes negate upvotes?

And what about votes when using Anon (the defacto troll standard)?

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New science upsets calculations on sea level rise, climate change

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Re: If this is true...

"And what fate do you have in mind for the sundry billions of inconvenient humans standing between you and your pastoral fantasy? Inquiring minds want to know!"

The basic option is from two choices

1) We voluntarily reduce our population (or the demands of our population); or

2) Nature will reduce the population for us.

Option 1 does not mean forced sterilisation or any crap like that, it means education.

Option 2 is either going to be disease, war, famine or some combination of all three.

Pike your choice.

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Re: If this is true...

By "yank ourselves out of this mess" I don't mean "waste billions on useless wind tech" that our government seems to think is the answer, or "scrap all nuclear, claim to the green and import dirty power from Eastern Europe" like the Germans. I mean, actually yank ourselves out of this mess.

We can't go on over fishing, slashing and burning etc. Even if it isn't causing GW, there is a hard-limit because there simply isn't any more "stuff". Pumping toxins into rivers can't continue for the same reason.

I'm not a raging greenie in a hemp shirt, but I don't shit where I sleep either.

And, of course, that's if this is true and if it means AGW isn't as bad as thought. Big ifs.

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If this is true...

...GOOD! Maybe we still have time to yank ourselves out of this mess. Or are we 5 billion people too late?

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Windows 8 launch outdoes Windows 7's, says Microsoft bigwig

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"Sold"? Not quite

"Microsoft's new operating system [was shipped on] 40 million units in its first month on sale [because the user had no other choice]".

Unless there was some stampede into retail store that I missed, articles and figures like this are utterly pointless.

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VPN ban makes for nervy times behind Great Firewall

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Re: SSL VPN through Port 443

Or a reverse SSH proxy on the same port. Or TOR or some-new-thing-I-have-not-heard-of-yet.

How China expects remote workers to operate without VPN is a mystery to me. Do they expect corporate LANs to be publicly accessible or soemthing?

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Hotel blames burglaries on hacked Onity card locks

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Full disclosure

And this is why you need it. Even if all the code and workings are shown and explained, if the lock is any good it will hold once it is engaged. SSH (to pick one) is full disclosure. It's also absolute nails once it is set-up (correctly) and engaged.

I'm reminded of the "high security" locks that were breached by the young girl at DefCon.

Obscurity is not security.

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Man facing rare refusal-to-unlock-encryption charge: Court date set

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Re: You have the right to remain guilty...

"You understand it wrong."

Citation, please.

From Wikipedia:

The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 provides statutory rules under which adverse inferences may be drawn from silence.

Adverse inferences may be drawn in certain circumstances where before or on being charged, the accused:

o fails to mention any fact which he later relies upon and which in the circumstances at the time the accused could reasonably be expected to mention;

o fails to give evidence at trial or answer any question;

o fails to account on arrest for objects, substances or marks on his person, clothing or footwear, in his possession, or in the place where he is arrested; or

o fails to account on arrest for his presence at a place.

That's not much of a right to silence is it? It's a bit like saying "You have the right to hold your breath indefinitely". You do have such a right, but you're going to be rather screwed if you exercise it.

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Amazon's secret UK sales figures revealed by Parliamentary probe

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Sauce for the goose

MPs can ask companies to stop their tax dodg...efficiencies as soon as the MPs themselves stop engaging in such shenanigans. Perhaps the MPs should look at re-hiring all the HMRC inspectors they allowed to be sacked and updating a few laws?

All this is just grand-standing for a bit of good PR - it amounts to nothing.

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Bash Street bytes: Do UK schools really need the Raspberry Pi?

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Re: It's not the coding or even the RasPi

Of course you can't d it on a desktop machine. You going to let kids plug whatever bollocks they've just soldered together to an expensive desktop PC. Yeah...right...

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"Secondly, the "£25" computer is a myth. You have to buy cases, SD cards, highly-regulated power supplies, plus something for it to plug into (like a monitor for a start). PER DEVICE."

Wrong. Bar the SD card it's no "per device", it's per seat. The keyboard, monitor etc all probably exist right now and are ready to use. Heck, the RasPi can be per seat too, just have the kids carry their own SD card (may not make sense in all cases though).

The RasPi is far from perfect, but the idea is sound and it is better that spunking £500+ on locked-down shite that just spits out brainless button-pushers.

"you need to have the training and the support infrastructure there to handle things."

That exists. They're called "Computer Science Teachers". And then I remember that in England one is not required to have a degree in the subject one teaches.

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Re: Seriously!?

And why would they need to? Except for some unusual projects.

Kid has SD card, school has RasPi. No need to unplug anything other than the SD card.

Kid wants to tinker? Kid can buy their own RasPi for home use (or get from the school or whatever).

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It's not the coding or even the RasPi

It's the everything. It's removing the fear of tinerking, investigating and trying new things. It's encouraging thought, analysis, design, and engineering. This used to be the province of Meccano, Lego etc (both now dumbed down to hell).

To do this you don't actually need a RasPi, but you need something free, open and cheap enough that if you do happen to break it; it's not the end of the world. You simply cannot do that on a desktop PC with restricted boot and a restricted operating system.

All that does is produce push-button clones who thing "Google" is the Internet and that Excel is a good database.

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