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6 posts • joined 1 May 2008

Microsoft empties a can of BUG SPRAY on Visual Studio 2013, hands sticky result to devs

RobL
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"it will be made available through the Visual Studio internal update mechanism in the coming weeks."

It's already showing as an update as of, well.... now, really

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Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism

RobL
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Andrew - you are wrong.

Andrew - I think you are missing the point of compulsory coding in schools.

I'm a programmer. I'm not a carpenter, although I did some carpentry at school. I'm not a chef, although I learnt to cook some things at school. I'm not a tailor, although they taught us how to sew. I'm not a writer, although they taught us how to write, and how to read critically.

If you introduce children to programming in schools (maybe not throughout their whole school career but for part of it), you will get different outcomes for different students - just as in every subject. For some, they won't enjoy it and it'll be a waste of time. For some it'll give them an overview and a bit of insight, but ultimately they won't directly use the skills. Interesting enough though. But for some it'll expose them to something that completely inspires them and harnesses their analytical and logical skills.

School is as much about learning what interests you, what you can be, and what you are good at as it is about learning skills you will definitely be using throughout your life. Your article seems to completely miss this point.

My driving question for supporting coding in schools is: how many great potential coders are there out there that don't even know it? How many that would never think to apply themselves to programming, or wouldn't otherwise have the chance to get started.

I don't like to speak in absolutes too much (ok I do) - but you are wrong.

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UK.gov braces for Anonymous hacklash

RobL
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FUD raising and sensationalist article.

"A Scotland Yard statement warns that those tempted to download attack software in order to participate in further DDoS attacks also risk arrest."

WHERE? There is nothing in the Scotland Yard statement that suggests you risk arrest just for downloading the software, just as there is nothing in English law that makes the act of downloading the software illegal. It is when you use it, that you break the law.

Poor bit of FUD and sensationalism. Shame on you John Leyden. I expect this sort of thing from the Daily Mail, not The Register.

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Note to Captain Kirk: Warp speed will kill you

RobL

Re : Factual errors in your Factual errors?

I'm not really sure that the Faraday Shield Effect would have any bearing on this problem. If we are talking about neutral atomic hydrogen, then there is no effect at all.

If it is charged, that is one hell of a current you are "flying into" at one hell of a speed. I'm not convinced that the Faraday Shield Effect works as you anticipate when you are travelling to within a millionth of the speed of the magnetic field mediator itself.

My money is on the guy with the PhD from Harvard, and a distinguished career in gravitational wave physics and the study and application of magnetism and magnetic resonance. I think it is safe to assume he knows a bit about the Farady Cage effect.

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Microsoft's browser ballot bodge gets the nod

RobL
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For god's sake EU wasters....

You're ELEVEN years too late. Microsoft using unfair practices to anihilate Netscape was *last century*.

It is of no consequence any more - you are just far far too late.

Oh - and - cock-a-doodle-do - don't Apple bundle Safari with the Mac? Don't phone vendors bundle their choice of OS with the phone?

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Discoverer of LSD dead at 102

RobL
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Adios Mr Hoffman

And thank you for the good times, the colours and those deep conversations that pushed human discovery to the limit...

But I still don't think you can impress a Lion with a record collection, no matter how big the record collection is.

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