* Posts by Diogenes

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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Anecdotal

Last year on day 1 back at school I surveyed the kids in my IT classes. Roughly 1/3 each windows , android and iphone.

Believe it or not this year 50%(!) windows , and about equal numbers each of android and apple. Nobody had a 6 (many still on 4), and most 'droids (roughly 2/3) were still on jellybean or kitkat - no lollipops.

A few of the kids have tablets (mostly cheap Pendo pads being sold @ $45 - again roughly 50/50 droid and windows, although I did notice my local Coles sold the droid quicker. There are a few ipad minis and a couple of Galaxy Tab/Notes in the classes where the kids have jobs - (all still waiting for Lollipop).

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IBM jobs axe: 'The cuts have STARTED and are spreading' sigh staff

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Re: Total Stupidity

The basic entitlement is quite bizarre - you get either 1 or 2 weeks per year (depending on years of service, but if you have worked for over 10 years you get less than if you had worked 7 or 8, or 9 , + notice periods vary dependingn years of service (basically 1 week for every year up to 4 years) + an extra week if you are 45 or older.

I can't remember the details but IIRC ex Telstra staff going to IBMGSA had different rules, we were given 4 weeks for every year under 5 years +2 weeks after 5 years to a max of 20 years ((including service with Telstra) that was when GSA gave me the bullet in '03 - even though I had some rather unusual skills they were looking for to do a little jobbie in Thailand, not allowed to apply for as I was on "the list").

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Microsoft brings SUNSHINE – but it's a CLOUDY DAY

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Re: Year-on-year figures - a reasonable indicator?

The official word here at school is to use google docs as much as possible - they contain all the functionality 95% of us need (its only a few weardo's like me who run macros ) our network admin just finished an analysis of "ribbon hero" data (which tallies clicks on tabs, and the highest scorer by a country mile was me - most of the staff had scores below the students, and it appears I am the only person in the 80+ staff and 11000 kids to create my own styles,

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Nope. That's not our FAKE BOMB say Oz spooks and cops

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Re: The reason terrorists arent attacking Australia

I don't know, there are at least 2 corpses who would disagree with you.

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Re: This is probably very bad..

As the Russians once said during WW2 "there is a certain quality to quantity"

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Or as my great uncle, who commanded a unit of 88's said - "The Russian T34s came at us, I ran out of shells before they ran out of tanks, and that is how I was taken prisoner"

Another military size related saying that dates back to Korea "how many thousand men are in Chinese platoon ?" (source an old RSM of mine who served in Korea as a Private)

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Brandis and PwC silent on Xmas Eve metadata quiz

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Easy answer

100 billion $ for 1 year,

1 trillion for 3

that should cover any contingency (and scare the beejayzus out of him)

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Re: Meh

That comment could have him arrested in some jurisdictions - must offend the great security deity.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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Re: Ok, so...

If you want a longer article may I suggest "Stonewalled" by Sharyl Attkisson (don't just dismiss her as just being a republican shill because "blog x says so" ) @432 pages enough for you? You can see google applying the same tactics to Hood as the Feds do to investigative reporters.

Given the links between the administration & google is anybody surprised ?

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Re: @ I ain't Spartacus (let the flamewar begin)

As the son of a butcher , never did I see dad put anything other than trimmings as meat into his sausages (ie not offal). I worked with him every weekend and holiday between the ages of 10 and 22, and for 2 years for 2 hours before school.

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Memories...

Even betterer - doing rifle drill ....

the rest on your arms reversed and the Queen Anne's Salute with the three-o and our favourite bit of "combined drill movement " the self explanatory "from a rabble to a rabble --- parade".

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Finland ditches copyright levy on digital kit, pays artists directly

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Re: Absurdity? We don't need no steenkin' absurdity.

"In 1727 there were no recording media, and artists get paid only for live performance" ...

is also incorrect - many were employees and George III could have had them playing 24 hours a day if he had so desired.

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Whalesong

He is a designer, he is paid to speak in in whalesong.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: What's with the Victorian moralities?

Actually, the old battleax and Bertie had an enourmous nude collection, and enjoyed a very vigourous sex life which she very much enjoyed

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

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Re: Relevant?

In Anglo-Saxon the meaning of the name Kim is: Noble or brave

In Welsh the meaning of the name Kim is: Chief of war. Leader.

regards

kim

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E-vote won't happen for next Oz election

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OK for 1st past the post , bit hairier for preferential....

One huge complication is the fact that in Federal elections, for the House of Reps one must mark ALL the candidates in order (if there are 10 candidates then you need to mark 1 to 10 (or an other numbering system that indicates the preference for EACH candidate - I counted 1 vote that had letters A-F , another in roman numerals, and another where they used 10, 25, 32 etc)

Our senate paper is also a right proper <expletive deleted> 2 different voting systems (1 number only for the parties above "the line", or number 1 to infinity - thats what it seems like in NSW) with 44 named parties and 120 candidates at the last election. At over a meter long, they are not called tablecloth papers for nothing !

No problem with electronic rolls or registration - they do this in NSW already, and have done so since 2012. All students are auto enrolled from a data dump from BOSTES (who run the senior exam system) to NSW EC, changing your address on your licence automatically updates the NSW EC registration, and a death notification to the Registrar General cancels registration. In 2012 there were approximately 120,000 voters on NSW rolls (ie 1-2 federal seats worth) and not on federal rolls & about 300k either not on federal rolls or the address differs from the state roll source http://blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2012/11/124000-missing-voters-in-new-south-wales.html. There is a push to have the other states adopt procedures like NSW (Victoria may have?) and have feds take their feeds from the states to fix these issues.

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Koalas do it

Koalas do not naturally digest gum leaves - gut bacteria break them down & the koalas absorb the byproduct as nutrients.

Mum koala, when she is ready to wean her young, poops a special poop that is very high in the appropriate gut bacteria & the young climbs round the back and consumes same, and thus gets the bacteria & can start on those oh so yummy gum leaves (note the old urban legend about them being drunk is false , the leaves are so low in nutrients they conserve energy by sleeping 20 hours a day)

Then one is also reminded of the story that kissing came about because in pre knife days mum chewed the food to make it easier for young immature teeth & jaws to handle, and start the digestion process

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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Re: That's not quite the statement

Then there is also the misclassification... I break my foot playing soccer ... I go to to ER ... I am asked if I am a smoker ... If yes then the broken foot becomes statistically correlated with smoking

IN Australia smokers contribute @8Billion in excise & GST & use about 380Million in healthcare (no typos with the billion & million) attributable to smoking related (see oara 1 on how this inflated)

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Join The Reg in Sydney for beers, ideas and Christmas cheer

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Re: O? No!

You do mean "melboringians" don't you :-)

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Turnbull: Coding skills 'will be almost as important as literacy and numeracy'

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MOST WORST OPTION

Again, totally ignores the way things are taught in primary school

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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minimum wage

I note that this is in area where it proposed to raise the minimum wage. - and we all know that raising the minimum wage does not reduce the numbers of jobs available - Hillary told me only just last week.

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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could NOT being on social media be the future ?

Totally unscientific poll, but I spent a day being bored to death at cybersafety/digital citizenship presentations for the school (@1100 students) on cybersafety. There were 6 presentations each with a slightly different viewpoint & examples, 1 for each year (secondary ie teens).

When the presenters asked who was on twitter , very very few hands went up, on facebook, about 1/3rd of each group (and tellingly of that 3rd 90% were female), instagram - close to a 3rd again (big overlap between the groups and similar MF ratio). I was surprised and thought that the number would be higher. Speaking with presenters at the end of the day they said that this was typical of what they have been seeing in schools this year - last year the facebook was @50% and in the years before that as high as 90%.

I was looking for a method other than email to alert my year 12 software design & development to things that might of interest, reminders for homework etc expecting to have to create a facebook or twitter account but 0/24 used any form of social media. I have changed to my plan to increase the number of texts I send

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This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO

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Re: The Register should write about what it knows, this article is a FAIL.

What is the optimum Co2 level for the earth ? Is it 2,000 p.p.m. - late Palaeocene, 500ppm - Miocene, <210 - Paleozoic or todays smidge over 400ppm ?

For that matter what is the optimum temperature for the earth ?

Much of the "global warming" that has taken place to date appears to random undocumented adjustments to raw data (Australia's BoM and its laughable ACORN dataset is a case in point - it has at least shared its data, but not methodology unlike 92% of climate "scientists") - NASA's satellite measurements show no warming for 16 years - and its not hiding in the deep ocean either.

Nearly every "the end of ...is nigh" prediction made by the "experts" since club of rome in 1972 has not come to pass (Drs Suzuki & Flannery come on down).

I will believe we have a problem when those in charge actually reduce the number and size of houses they own & the amount of energy they use (hello Al Gore and "Brangelina"), sell waterfront property (4 ex environment ministers & Prime Ministers) , stop flying (is that you Greenpeace?) and holding massive conferences about climate change in exotic locations that require thousands of delegates(hello United Nations)

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Re: Not as simple as that indeed....

Have you seen the great stinking pollution lakes created in China so you can you can have nice "clean" ,"quiet" and "fresh" solar panels or bird killers ? Have you seen pictures of the working conditions of the poor SOBs who extract the required rare earths ? Where are you going to get that nice safe lead or lithium for batteries (for when the sun don;t shine & the wind don't blow) ? How are they going be disposed of ?

The problem is you may have super deep pockets to pay for all that c**p - I don't, and I resent subsidising people that do (eg here in NSW peak power cost is @50c kwh - under a now grandfathered scheme my neighbour gets a gross solar fit is paid at 60c kwh) - by definition I am subsidising my neighbour's panels.

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Whistleblower behind PM's daughter scholarship leak must wait for fate

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Re: Hero not Villian

The irony - it burns.

Posting under AC !

I would not deign to give anybody who writes for New Matilda the title of journalist.

Where are Hugh Grant & hacked off ?

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NBN Co adds 'burbs to copper map, claims 'speed up' rollout

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Inconsistancies

Hmmm, the Central Coast list looks silly in places. They have already connected up the entire Budgewoi Peninsula - there are no properties on it ! Funny they don't have Lake Munmorah or Budegwoi which are on either end of the Budgewoi Peninsula listed (many people think the town of Budgewoi is ON the Peninsula)

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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Re: torture and kidnapping - bin done

I remembered a case ...

google malaysia car finger

2nd result give this august site

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/04/04/fingerprint_merc_chop/

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Australia throws coding for kids a lifeline in industry plan

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Left hand meet right hand

I suggest that this was set in train assuming the National Curriculum for DT would go through relatively unscathed.

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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Re: at the end of the day*

Your supermarket probably already knows what you put in it - even more so if you use a loyalty card.

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Can do better: Tech industry report on Australia's tech curriculum

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Re: Not entirely sure this is all as bad as is being made out...

Have an upvote sir.

Reading the incoherent sentences my year 11 Software Design Class gave me in their short answer questions made me cry.

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Something had to give

Whilst ElReg rightly concentrates on the Technology syllabus, PDHPE, (thats PhysEd) and CAPA(The Arts) and Geography have been sent back for more work as well. The Big 4 (MESH) also need major work done on them. This is most true at Primary level - more needs teaching than there are hours available and something has to give especially in light of the fact that under the Gonski Act (Education Reform Act 2013) - the former government gave us 4 targets (3 of which relate to retention & indigenous education) the first of which is to rank in the top 5 for reading and arithmetic for PISA.

The technology assessor compared the proposed curriculum to curricula in countries that rank ahead of us (which at least the US, UK do not do) and the review report as whole said there needs to be more emphasis on teaching the basics of the 3Rs and more depth and fewer other subjects (The Arts were singled out as a "fewer" ). Now that ALL the curricula have been written & released everybody is trying to work out how to fit it all in.

Primary schools these days tend to do work on cross-curriculum projects in which they knock of dot points for various syllabuses in a unit of work (say design a playground for the school - english vocab, maths - area & science - suitable materials ,PD - suitable equipment to target muscles and perhaps look at a historical playgrounds for history). There are exceptions which are taught discretely - such as music, foreign languages(now also compulsory) and sport. Then let's not forget visits by the various Foundations promoting cybersafety, non smoking, activity, mental heath, antibullying, road safety, police talks, anti grafitti, danger of ingrown toenails(sorry made that last one up) - it would be difficult to carve out time for another subject.

As a HS ICT teacher I was worried that a poor introduction in primary and stage 4 would be counter productive as it would kill interest in computing as a subject in later school years(stages 5 &6) and then university.

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Australia bins standalone school computing curriculum

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Re: Mile wide and inch deep

the inch deep & mile wide was a criticism of the whole national curriculum in the review.

Whilst the big 4 (English, Math, Science & History) will need changes, it looks like Geography, CAPA & PDHPE will, with technology(s) need to be rewritten from the ground up.

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Australia's Digital Tech curriculum looks to be shelved for another year

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Re: hope burns eternal and futile

Ah yes the clod.

We have been offline at school for 2 weeks (council roadworks) made a right proper mess of my term start. Even our moodle was unavailable although physically on the premises because we couldn't get out to get the dns (some misconfiguration had it trying to resolve even if we were using the direct IP addy) - but no good to most kids a the wireless network was down (round trips to dec servers)

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Going by previous national curricula

It would have taken 2-3 years for implementation. The "bigger" curricula took a year rattling around the various state bodies (in NSW the Board of Studies) for them to "add" whatever "value" they do, then 1 year on pilot then 1 year full implementation.

There is an ICTENSW workshop next Monday night - hopefully we will hear something from our "trade" body (they are our official "stakeholders").

PS what is a curriculm ?

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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iOS ME ?

I have had the the damned thing crash so many times in the last 2 weeks I immediately thought of Windows ME. Watching videos, using itunesU, and reading books(ibooks) looking at my the usage/crash data I have nearly a dozen Latest-xxxx.crash" where xxxx is the name of the app - video, safari, newstand, books, weather, maps, store and a couple of apps that have all been updated since 8.0.2 was released

And then there are the videos & music that lock up itunes while transferring (and refuse to transfer one day, and happily transfer the next) and the continual update of everything in my itunesU libarary every time I copy a video or song - despite me telling the stupid thing (itunes/ipad) not to update or synch the itunesu courses.

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Woman says narco-cops used her PICS to snare drug lords on Facebook

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Re: Perspective people.

Offended ? Offended ? Something more than offended - by using her likeness the authorities may have endangered her life.

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Air-slurping solar battery will slice energy costs – boffins

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Re: Fantastic!

Now instead of costing 10 x nuclear power, it will only cost 8.5 x!

Also I wonder how long it it takes for the co2 payback - ie co2 mitigated against co2 required in construction & installation

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NAKED CELEBRITY PICS LAW BOMB dropped on ad giant Google

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Google could have gone the nuclear option

And not return any results for any of the celebrities - not in "the web", "videos", "images" etc.

I wonder what that would have done to the "celebs" business model

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Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

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So no, this is not a matter of diversity, it's a matter of people being a burden on society through either ignorance or sheer laziness.

Define burden !

My staffroom (9 staff) has 7 "greyhounds". So far this year we have more sick days due to operations to replace/fix tears in shoulders (cricket), hips (jogging & football), knees (jogging, netball & basketball), and ankles (netball & basketball) and days off due to sprains, and "corks" (oops nearly forgot about the suspected fractured jaw & eye socket) than the one lady who was off for 6 weeks on maternity leave & the flu season put together. No days lost to high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma or any of the other "obesity" related conditions.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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have an upvote

being a fan of "real" music (ie with very very few exceptions nothing after 1900 - no not a typo 1900) it makes my skin crawl to think that even a cent of my money would help support Bieber (justin) not the guys & girls who play/sing Bieber (the one who wrote masses 400 years ago)

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Re: Many posters in this thread seem to think that all MS OS's crash frequently - they do not.

@ Glenn6 "He may own the team, but that doesn't give him the right to tell people which brands they personally use" - the article said that he wanted MS products used by the team and its organisation - cannot see here it say anything about personal use.

Actually it probably does - the members of the team agree to sponsor A products exclusively - that is one reason they get paid megamega bucks

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Re: Many posters in this thread seem to think that all MS OS's crash frequently - they do not.

funny, just this morning I had an iPad "panic" (all I was doing was watching a video ) - I have yet to see a win8 or 8.1 bsod on any of my computer lab (30) machines with 30 kids writing some really strange code

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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Re: trains and planes ... it has happened

There is the strange story of the collision of Ansett Airways Pty. Ltd.'s Douglas DC-3 (C-47A-25-DK) VH-BZK & a N.S.W. Railways coal train at Kingsford Smith Airport, Mascot, on Sunday 18 June 1950.

The basics are as follows - At approximately 2000 hours on 18 June, 1950, Ansett Airways' DC-3 taxied into empty coal wagons (which were part of a train consisting of a D50 locomotive, 53 empty coal-wagons & 1 brake-van) on Runway 22 at Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney. The DC-3 was extensively damaged & five of the empty coal wagons were derailed. Only the DC-3's First Officer received minor injuries.

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Apple gives fanbois The Sweetest Thing: A delete button for that U2 album

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curious minds wonder

the last report I saw said that 2million of the 500million copies had been downloaded (I wonder how many deliberately) - I wonder how many have used the soi remove tool by the end of next week.

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Not pro Bono: Apple's audio junk mail made spammers' lives easier

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Re: I have 47 "albums" on my device

As I teach app development it is extremely useful to have a real device to test on - thats why I also have a Galaxy Tab & an ASUS windows tablet .

They are usually loaded with the same music , movies and books

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I have 47 "albums" on my device

They are cunningly called Mozart Piano Sonata # or Mozart Symphony #. I have purchased 3 albums all have cunning name like Missa @ with Hayden or Bieber (no that one - the good that died in 1704)

as the composer. On what planet does Apple think I would remotely interested in (expletives deleted) U2 ? Maybe Tim & Bono share tax tips :-)

#is a number

@ is either Salzburgenis or Bruxellensis or Anguistis(Nelson Mass)

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

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The critical demographic is not buying

Small unscientific survey of my high school classes @120 students in all from year 7-12 (ie 11-18 yo) - when I showed them the watch they burst out laughing ...YMMV

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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great for my use case

Our TSO and I are in the process of converting our old DER laptops to chromiumbooks and they work really really really well - as windows machines they were woefully underspecc'd (if anybody knows a school who wants to dispose of theirs please let me know :-) )

This should open up the plethora of android apps for kids developed for the National Curriculum to use.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Deploying a build

for those of a military bent also known as giving birth to an officer

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: The kid I saw on the BBC News this morning...

@oolor

Just getting them used to the stuff I describe in my 2nd post is hard enough - I am really trying hard not to scare off the girls in the class who think programming is icky. (Think of the pot being slowly brought to the boil so the frog doesn't notice :-) ). I will be doing a "proper" software development unit with them next year and take what I am covering with them now into the realms of "pure" javascript to create simple games on the canvas and really start logic and algorithm design then.

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