* Posts by harimanjaro

12 posts • joined 28 Feb 2011

'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

harimanjaro

Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code

The danger is that the VPs and managers of the future will think they can "code" because they did some parrot-fashion HTML and Scratch lessons at primary school. I pity the next generation of proper software developers.

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Modern-day Frankenstein invents CURE for BEHEADING

harimanjaro

So many possibilities

"But... before the operation I was a man!

Wait... don't worry, these look fun..."

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Reg readers tumesce as they get their tongues round 'podule'

harimanjaro

Re: ...of podules

A rash of podules... sheer poetry.

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harimanjaro

Re: Kenny Everett

Yes, for 25 read 35 years. It's early, and I'm probably in denial about my age.

I've dubbed the travel pods at Heathrow terminal 5 "podules". They missed a trick in naming those.

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harimanjaro

Kenny Everett

I first heard podule used on by Kenny Everett on his Capital Radio show in the late 70's - I think it was in the Captain Kremmen slot, unmissable listening in those days. It's been a favourite word of mine ever since.

Amazing that I can remember a radio show from 25 years ago, but can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday.

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

harimanjaro

HP9845B for me

Seventeen years old, my first programming job, and they plonk me in front of an HP9845B. Love at first sight, and over thirty years later I still think they're beautiful.

http://www.hp9845.net/9845/hardware/9845b

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Fedora 'Spherical Cow' delayed by bugs, Secure Boot

harimanjaro

MATE is already available in the fc17 repos. My Dell Mini 9 is snappy and responsive again!

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One more try: Metro apps are now 'Windows Store' apps

harimanjaro

Re: " one of the worst branding and marketing disasters in the history of computing"

I think it was probably Wang Care.

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Australia should head-hunt Michael Gove

harimanjaro

You can have him

It took the efforts of groups like Computing at School and the Raspberry Pi Foundation to persuade Gove of the mess we were in, and his knee-jerk response demonstrates that he still doesn't understand the magnitude of the problem. A flexible IT curiculum from September? Who's going to teach it? It's not just kids today who aren't learning computer science, most of their teachers didn't learn it either. I've read that of the 28,000 teachers who qualified in 2010 just three were qualified in computer science. Maybe he expects the Big Society is to provide, but knowing his type he'll just outsource to India.

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Ten... digital voice recorders

harimanjaro

Can I use your dictaphone?

No, use your finger like everyone else.

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Traffic-light plague sweeps UK: Safety culture strangles Blighty

harimanjaro
WTF?

Nonsense

So if I drive a Hummer I've got more right to be on the road than someone driving a Fiat 500, just because my VED band and fuel consumption are sky-high? Hey, I earn about twice the national average, too, and pay lots more income tax as a result, so how about all these poor people getting off the road too?

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harimanjaro
Headmaster

Who pays?

"This might justifiably annoy motorists, as it is they who pay for the streets and roads"

Vehicle Excise Duty goes into the big bucket of tax revenue that pays for our hospitals, wars, roads, MPs expenses and everything else. There is no hypothecation, we all pay for the roads through general taxation.

So there.

See http://ipayroadtax.com/

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