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

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Re: Stuff adults don't think of

"Similarly a pi is a circuit board with wires sticking out of it everywhere. Young kids love that shit"

Couldn't agree more - although I now have to take apart all manner of gadgets - although that's no bad thing.

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It doesn't matter what device the kids use or are exposed to. Kids love tech, it's a plain fact. And if you can use tech in a creative way then the kids will learn. In a class of 40 you are not going to get 40 coders, but I almost guarantee that you will get 40 users.

My son (4yo) doesn't always trust me with tech, he thinks i am some sort of dinosaur. Although he does understand that I mend things. (seemingly the impossible, such as jelly or welding metal just by looking at it) but when he saw me connecting the Pi to the TV he was awe struck. The comprehension that such a tiny thing could firstly connect to the TV and then "do things" (his words) - I set the Pi up with a doorbell attachment, and whenever he presses it it plays a random silly noise. Now I realise that this isn't going to change the world, and the bit of programming is lame, but to a 4yo this is super hero territory. Especially as he watched, and asked quite advanced questions about the programming process. It's also great that he wants to press the button to annoy his mum, he is a human debugger. If it goes wrong he reports it to tech support and we fix together. He has already taken the Pi to school to show his class, and has managed to explain what was done, and how it works. (and he never once said it works on witchcraft or magic pixie dust)

I guess what I am saying is we are giving the kids a chance to be exposed into something that potentially could be great. It may be basic to us adults, and all a bit frivolous but to a 4yo this sort of things could make you a super hero. Lets keep the dreams alive

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‘Anonymous’ takes down Texan RFID-tracking school

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I wonder if the girl that has sparked this pseudo outrage has a phone? Or does she wear a tin-foil hat as part of her religious beliefs?

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Jubcropgate: El Reg in snake-fondling nude nipslip outrage

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Paris Hilton

Hardly the shocker that I expected - I have seen more nipple on my train journey from Norwich to Ipswich. A truly terrifying time was had when I controlled the flesh filter fir a strategic health authority. It was often quite hard to gauge what email should go through and what should be blocked.

*Paris, because she would never let a nipple slip upset her.

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Man strives to shatter Call of Duty world record

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I would just like to add -

what a feckless loser

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Sandy 'Mary Celeste' Island undiscovered - again

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Sandy Island? Maybe it's Tracey island in disguise.

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NASA admits hiding 'really good' news from Martian soil

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I thought the whole point was the rover was looking for water or evidence of water, and did not have the apps for searching for life.

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Wii U disassembly reveals unusual innards

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@AC

Sounds like you know my Wife :-)

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I will be sending my Wife to the shops on the 30th, yes she has a broken foot but if I have to fund the console for her and the kids she will just have to suffer, like my wallet has.

ZombieU looks good, so I might play on it myself :-)

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Kobo Glo illuminated e-reader review

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Yes, the light isn’t situated behind the screen, but let’s not split hairs

But what's wrong with Kobo's description?

Built-in ComfortLight technology with micro-thin hard coating for durability and even light distribution.

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Power to the people - if you can find a spare socket

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upvoted for pointing this out to me.

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Your trains sound lush - not like the Greater Anglia fleet.

As for sockets, I often ask our esteemed facility manager about the possibilities of having a useful power management solution. No matter how many cups of tea I give her the fact remains she seemingly refuses to listen to common or uncommon sense.

Behind every PC and monitor is a snakes nest of wires,

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Easy to use, virus free, secure: Aaah, how I miss my MAINFRAME

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Never worked on a mainframe

but did a fair bit on 1980's mini's as an operator.

I do miss mounting tapes, but don't miss the sound of a drive failing.

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LOHAN to join mile-high club with BRITNEY or NAOMI?

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Coffee/keyboard

"unsuitable for a family publication such as El Reg."

New keyboard or some wipes please!

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Dell starts up 'Top Gun' for channel hotshots, leather jackets and all

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Seeing that jacket took my breath away

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Nazi Enigma encoding machine sells in London for over £80k

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Why did it go for such a high amount?

I guess it's an enigma!

*The one with cryptography for 2579141451819 in the hidden pocket

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Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013

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Cyberpunks will soon have

Wearable android arm grieves. Where do I sign up?

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El Reg mulls commentard icon portfolio shake-up

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Re: No icons...

And now I have had to upvote you for your sincerity.

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Re: No icons...

I downvoted you, and will do so for ever more.

Does that make you feel better?

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Yes Yes Yes

We need a fandroid, Popcorn, kamikaze

and for the yanks - an asshat

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Alan Sugar's YouView loses brand judgment in court

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Myview on yourview

They care so much about yourview that they haven't registered http://www.yourview.co.uk/

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Apple bans 'memory' games from iOS App Store

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Re: I was wondering whether you had any pirate memory games

we don't seem to have any - let me ask my wife

Margret, MARGRET - do we have any pirate memory games?

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ROGUE PLANET WITHOUT A SUN spotted in interstellar space

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Is it too early to welcome our new robot leaders?

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Skyfall makers 3D printed Bond's DB5

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Decimation in modern parlance no longer means 1 tenth, is often used to refer to an extreme reduction.

I don't agree with it, but then again there are whole sections of the OED that I have a problem with.

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What happened to comics for kids? Hell, what happened to COMICS?

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Totally agree

Every Saturday I used to but the Eagle (the 1980's one)

I think that the psychotic computer Max from the thirteenth floor had a huge influence on my career choice. I would even go as far to say that Max of Maxwell towers was the first BOFH.

And don't get me started on Doomlord - I think I might of cried when Doomlord realised that mankind wasn't that bad and he went back to live at Mrs Sousters guest house.

Nowadays comics seem so expensive, and less clever - although I still buy X-Men (for my sons, honest) and spiderman (for the wife)

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Top prosecutor warns troll-hunting cops not to choke courts

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Re: harden the **** up

I do not fear this law or the enforcement of it. And to prove it.....

The AC OP is a ninny and a twonk that uses words like fuck to antagonise people, his sort should be taken outside, tied to a lamp post and be violated with a traffic cone.

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English Defence League website 'defaced, pwned' by hacktivists

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Sigh, I will try and answer or UKGNOME v the mythical "They"

Q, Who is going to defend you when the diversity enact their laws that mean that you are, at best, a second-class citizen?

A, The diversity? Nope not a clue, are you talking about climate change hippies or UKIP

Q, Do you really think that they will respect your left-wing causes?

A, Again, just who the feck are "they" presumably some right wing nut jobs

Q, And really, you don't even respect your own culture and traditions, so why should they?

A, Own culture and traditions. Right, that's it everyone - come the next fire festival I expect you all to be there. Away with you Christianity, we don't want you on our Pagan isle.

Q, What are you going to do when they tell you that you must convert to their religion or pay a special tax?

A, "special tax" you make it sound so seedy and as for telling you to convert well let me tell you buddy I aint no stinking transformer.

Q, When they accuse you of blasphemy in order to take your property?

A, Erm nope, at a loss, you simply need to give me more info.

Q, What are you going to do when they ban alcohol and everything associated with it, including pubs and clubs?

A, Again, just who is this "they" group? but to answer your question - Presumably no longer go to pubs and clubs.

Q, What are you going to do when they tell you what you can't eat?

A, As a vegetarian this has little or no bearing on me. So largely I will ignore the mythical "They"

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Re: Say what you like about the EDL..

"and last time I checked they dont go around killing thier daughters in the name of Honour !"

They would have to find someone to procreate with first of all, and lets not pull punches but all those big boots and shaved heads wouldn't look out of place at a Frankie goes to Hollywood convention.

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Shame it's just the website

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

These EDL pricks were in Norwich over the weekend. It was very clear that they are of a lower intelligence (some would say they fitted in) Although to be fair to the fine folk of the city even the flat landers have a high IQ compared to the EDL.

When the one hundred or so idiots began to march they actually went the wrong way, and when interviewed why they are marching the sample poll didn't have a clue. Now I am all for freedom of speech, it is afterall a human right so they can march all they want, but in expressing freedom of speech you have to accept that sooner or later your website will be pwned. And because I am all for freedom of speech I am happy to go on the record to congratulate the ZCompany on their fine work and point out to the EDL that a rag tag bunch of racist bigots doesn't scare anyone. Dinosaurs die out and so do twunts. If you have time then view the youtube clips - the comments are funnier than the actual clips.

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Man, 19, cuffed after burning Remembrance poppy pic is Facebooked

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Re: Misuse of misuse act!

He was in the navy, on mine sweepers, but no he wasn't conscripted he actually thought that the UK was worth saving. He was proud on the country and what it meant to be free. Free to burn poppies if that's your thing. He was also very ahead of his time with regards to social injustice. So many tales about this great man, such as the time he was physically thrown off a tram in South Africa for letting a pregnant lady sit down. Or his dislike for the army squaddies using his local pub, legend has it he walked in and in a raised voice said " one at a time, or all at once. Either way you are leaving my pub" apparently the squaddies left.

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Misuse of misuse act!

My Grandfather would snatch a poppy from my jumper and throw it onto his open coal fire. He saw war as something best forgotten. In his words, "don't buy some daft poppy, just buy those old buggers a pint" He wasn't a "my mates gave their lives for you" type of guy, he was however a "live and let live" kind of guy.

He acknowledged that not everyone would celebrate the allied forces success and only wanted people to live as they please, free from criticism for displaying views that you disagree with. Afterall he fought for the right to do as you please and not live under oppression.

<---------------------Beer for my Granddad, he did like a few

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Firm-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's tax dodge profit shift? Totally legit

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Why can'y the EU or UK legislate that to do business in the UK you need your head office in the EU or UK.

This truly pisses me off.

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EXTREMELY RARE never-seen-alive WHALES found (briefly) alive

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"and we were lucky enough to find two of them"

Such a shame the same luck didn't extend to the whales.

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Mystery robot-bringing UFOs sighted by Indian troops on Tibet border

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Re: Wet blanket time:

That's what they want you to think!

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My name is Trevor, and I'm ... an IT consultant

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I miss the days when I had my own business, but don't miss the days I dashed it against the rocks.

Oh, and as for accounting software - I used quick books, well actually mu monthly accountant did. Seriously if you are going down this route get an accountant, and if you plan on cabling offices become friends with an electrician.

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Lab mice drown in their THOUSANDS as Hurricane Sandy fills NYU basement

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Selective breeding?

Oh I must beg a most gracious apology as when I read:

"New York University's collection of thousands of laboratory mice and rats drowned during Hurricane Sandy's ferocious storms." I thought that they had drowned, when in fact oh hang on retard, drowned? Would that be the watery death thing that happens when you try to breath water, hmm maybe you should try it and let me know the effects!

When I read the NY Times article I read "Dr. Fishell said that his lab alone lost about 2,500 mice. Other programs at the Smilow center, including research into cancer, cardiovascular disease and epigenetics, lost a combined 7,500 more animals" So it looks like 10k of animals destroyed, therefore my previous comment stands!

Please read the fucking article before spouting rubbish

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I have no objection to testing \ experimenting on animals. I would go as far to say I am in the minority of vegetarians that understand the usefulness of testing.

But now you have made me so fucking angry because you didn't give a flying fuck about the animals in your care. Jesus fucking wept it's not too difficult to move them to higher ground, or wasn't you aware of the impending storm you cretinous mother fuckers

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UK iPad Mini FRENZY: Queues stretch SEVERAL FEET from till

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FAIL

And your point is?

One is the failure of the masses and one is a failure of the asses.

Both are failures for different reasons.

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'This is Apple. It will take them 2 weeks to alter their website, will it?'

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We note that our headline reporting on Apple's statement was apparently read out in court, much to the discomfiture of Cupertino's lawyers.

*I guess Apple won't ever be commenting on a story ever ever again

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APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us

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Re: @Metavisor

How crushing, that is how crushing it must be for a fanboi to resort to using Bing. maybe you are using it for the maps (I know I am)

It is rather funny, that my digitalspy posts are ranked higher that my self-centred and depressing blogs. But I think this is slightly off topic from the fact that Apple has failed in the UK courts wishes and no amount of name calling will ever make it seem like they have followed the judgement. Sometimes you just have to accept that even the great Apple slips up from time to time, and this is one of those times.

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Strangely you are very close to the truth, as Google did indeed shaft me. (why not search for my blog posts?) I have no love for them, but even less for Apple. It's as if they are trying to be the new Microsoft or something.

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Oh to have such blinkered vision, perhaps you have an app for that.

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No Samsung branding either - so at least it's balanced. (just about the only part of the diatribe that is)

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Shame on you Apple

It took me a while to find the link, and I use the internet all day long (almost true, I browse at work when I am meant to be doing something productive.0

I digress, but then again so do Apple, it's as if they are sticking two fingers up at the UK courts. The last paragraph has me "A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc." Which is in the process of appeal (they failed to add)

And this, which totally gets me spitting "So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad."

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Kick your computer... before it kicks you

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For at least 3 different companies that have refreshed their IT equipment I have suggested that before the WEEE man gets his hands on them, the equipment should be placed in the car park and the staff get issued bats and all the PPE they need. Then the inevitable smash the crap out of their device can begin.

So far, none of the companies have taken on board by suggestion and I think they are missing a trick. As the keeper of the keys to the crapped out hardware I often disappear to smash a screen after dealing with a customer who is hard of thinking.

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America mounts attempt to top the Register's world record spaceflight

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Quote please

What has the SPB playmanaut got to say on this matter?

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N00bs vs Windows 8: We lock six people in a room with new OS

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New MS advert

I'm a broken PC

And Windows 8 is a bad idea

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Bookeen lights up Odyssey e-reader screen

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Are we sure it's backlit this time?

Hmm, just checked the press release and it's frontlit.

"Bookeen is announcing today the launch of the new Cybook Odyssey HD FrontLight, the 6th generation and most advanced Cybook with an inbuilt FrontLight solution and with the most advanced E Ink® HD display. Since 1998, Bookeen has been the European champion in digital reading years before Amazon entered the market."

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Facebook's stock rally may be shortlived: Small advertisers enraged

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Click like if you like liking pages that like to say click like if you don't like cancer

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Amazon ships Kindle Fire HD, Paperwhite to Brits

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Re: Not bad

If it's available from the Amazon App store I recommend MX player - simply the best player for droid devices

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