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Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: hold on...

> reductio ad absurdam doesn't help your argument and fails in any case. There's nothing wrong with crayon art

Hardly meant to be taken seriously. Plus, there are people don't think Latin is too bad, just as you like crayon art.

>What you're not going to do is write a program that changes the way the world thinks about anything in Pascal. You'll bin it. You will waste idea after idea on a dead language.

I never mentioned any language, if I was desiging a course for kids to learn "proper" langauge based programming Pascal would certainly not be considered

> It's like suggesting that kids should write all their essays in Saxon English rendering them effectively worthless for the future.

So the concepts and ideas the child expressed in Saxon English would not be abe to be transfered to a different language? True, I'm sure there is likely to be some aesthetics lost in translation if it was poetry.

This week, I've worked in C (no ++ there), java and javascript on the same system, that software shares the same domain model, interact with each other via a defined vocabulary/contract, there is even an embedded DSL based on scheme in there. The nature of the language imposes some mechanical issues at the implementation level but that is all they are, _implementation details_. In the same way I might print a picture with laods of tiny dots or pain the same image with brush strokes.

The implementation medium is a way to express your intent, if you can't express your intent in a particular language easily then it is the wrong choice for the problem, this looks perfectly good for 10 year olds sterring a Dalek

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Re: hold on...

Maybe we should give toddlers oil paints then rather than wax crayons.

Seriously, I know plenty of people who know c++/java/etc inside out, does it make them a good developer? No, it is the problem solving ability that makes them them a good developer. A language is nothing but a tool used to express how to solve a problem. Last week I've used 5 differnt languages, more if you also include shell/scripting languages. Am I unique for that, no, it is simply the nature of our work, some tools are better for different tasks, the language is nothing but a way to convey out intent to the compiler.

Teaching a 10 year old a specific language for the puproses of they may use it 10+ years later is crazy talk, sure many of us learn't using lower level methods but those were not lessons thrust on to us, it was out of our interest in discovering. Sure move onto a "real" languages later but the learning the ability to break problems down into smaller pieces and building a solution that fits together is much more benefical as a starting point. It's also more likley to encourage them rather than getting bogged down by obscure compiler erros because they've fogot a semi colon in the header file.

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Re: hold on...

Forget the language, that is simply a tool. It is the logical thought and reasoning that goes in a developers mind and that is what is being exercised here.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Re: @Numpty Scrub the "fun" part about systemd

Maybe the update included a new kernel? I've meant to try ksplice on mint but never got round to it, rebooting takes my (home) server machines less than 5secs and with no SLA requirements (assuming no prompts for saving stuff) .

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: so I didn't cast a vote for any of the candidates

The correct way to register your discord with the available candidates is to spoil your vote. If you genuinely feel that way it's the only way to distinguish your opinion form someone too lazy/apathetic to vote.

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Sh** just got real: Amazon to open actual shop in New York City

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Re: or Argos

I found my five year old looking at the toy section in the argos catalog this weekend when she was supposed to be asleep.

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Google in 'right to be forgotten' snub probe: Ireland tackles moans

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Re: Witness the discrimination inherent in the system!

The little guys get told too. A small company I did some work for had some comments made by an ex employee who left under less favourable conditions, the ex empolyee got google to "forget" the page, presumably as potential employers googling for their name would find it.

I suggested someone (too busy) add a delete comment button for admins won't take much but don't think it affected them really, Google still listed the page if you searched for something specific to the content rather than his name.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Re: What did people expect?

I'm pretty sure if you fixed a bug someone on the android team would take it and merge it. You think that is any diufferent to any sigifcant OS project, you think Linus lets anyone push their changes into the kernal, what about Apache, GNU etc... I don't beleive that they is anything in the definition of FOSS that requires contributions to be accpeted.

Adding new features to any open source project is likely to fall on edaf ears unless it is on their road map. You can however create your own fork. Creating your own fork of Android is probably not that useful, you are either likely to be a hardware manufacturer or someone prepared to spend a lot of time and resources shaping it to something people want. For a successful example of the later look at Cyanogen, there is no way they could have done what they did if android was not open source.

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Google hauls Java-on-Android spat into US Supreme Court

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Re: Oracle are most definitely evil

Regardless of what someone's opinion on Google as a company is, you can not knock their contribution to innovation and making it available to the world via open source or without fear of being sued. Sure, they could do a lot more put compared to the other big names they are far ahead.

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Re: It would actually be a smart business move for Ms

"the number of weird and wonderful business critical web apps"

At least you only have to support windows then. Having web apps target a cross platfrom browser is easier then.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

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RE: Why would anyone want to

Once upon a time I'd have disagreed with you like the rest. Now I'm a lot older, survived kids and far too much work, a pint now sounds like a much better option to me.

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Be nice to the public, PC Plod. Especially if you're trying to stop terrorists

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Re: offense at the lower end of the scale

Downvotes, which is it? People believe that drink driving is a minor offence, or someone stupid enough to drive a heavy lump of metal when under the influence of alcohol without considering the implications is still trustworthy enough to be allowed to keep guns?

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Re: offense at the lower end of the scale

Hmm, I would hardly call drinking and driving the lower end of the scale. I live in a place where 2 separate instances in less than a year have seen 5 people needlessly killed, drink driving killed around 300 people last year in the UK. How sure are you that someone who does not have the common sense to not drive when under the influence is not going to pick up a gun drunk?

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Microsoft to Samsung: COUGH UP $6.9m in unpaid interest over Android PATENT SPAT

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Maybe the EU should

also ask MS what the exact nature of it's licensing deals with Android manufacturers in the same way they are asking Google.

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Yahoo close to investing $20m in disappearing chat app Snapchat

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Re: a mesage to my pension fund manager

You beat me to it, this that was all I could think of when I was reading the article.

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One million people have bonked on London public transport

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Re: Another explanation

> Still a billion a year on bus passes for people that are better off than many working people does not sit quite right.

Not just OAPs, people with qualifying disabilities also get them, i.e, can't drive. That is a demographic that tends to be worse off.

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Google goes Dutch with new €600 MEELLION DC

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Real reason

While the "stability of Dutch energy supplies" and "direct connections" may be factors, I'm sure the Irish/Dutch Sandwich is the most important factor at play here.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: Allen's firm alleged it had not received the panzer.

MyHermes once claimed to have left a parcel at my front door, not surprisingly it wasn't there when I got home from work. A friend also had a parcel left at the backdoor when they lived in a flat that only had a front door, I that was city link though.

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I saved Bitcoin and the PERFECT DRAFT OF HISTORY, says Assange

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RE: tone down its anti-Assange bias

Personally, I'd like to see it toned up to 11.

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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RE: why are they closing now

I'd guess the management want their share of the "significant" amount of cash in the bank. Why else would a business making a profit, not just now but for the next year at least, just bail out?

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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unlike Android’s comparatively fractured ecosystem

I'd like to see how many ios apps don't work correctly when screen ratios change compared to android ones. This "fractured" view is wrong, the word varied would be better and most android developers learn how to deal with this on day 2.

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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

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Re: F'ing Hell.....

> Going by HP prices it would be cheaper to coat them in gold then hand engrave the picutre

They'll just buy OEM or refilled carts.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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Re: 2 year ATT contract?

Of course they can fork it and have done. Doesn't mean to say I want their fork on my phone. I won't even have their app store on my phone even though I've purchased a fair bit of software via it a while back.

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Dodgy Norton update borks UNDEAD XP systems

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RE: behaved as "badly as a virus"

So operating normally with norton installed then

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Do you accept Bitcoin? That'll do nicely, says Apache

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Re: could someone please explain?

Are you looking to get down voted again?

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Finally, a practical use for 3D printing: Helping surgeons rehearse

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Re: Invest in titanium sintering

Adamantium would be better

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Next blockbuster you watch could be rendered on Google: Star Trek fx biz Zync gobbled

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RE: missing something

Passing the data back and forth is quicker than the processing on the data.

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Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious

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RE: There go the tinfoil hats then, I guess..

Surely any self respecting tin hat owner has already stocked up on tin foil to last several lifetimes

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: So there actually *are*

Or in the pay of ISPs who want to save on disk space.

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SAP gets into OpenStack bed with... ORACLE? (and 100 others)

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I'm surprised ms, google and amazon are not involved so as to slow the process down and create a standard that is impractical or even unworkable.

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Re: People have stopped laughing at Windows Phone

Yeah, even the best jokes grow less funny with time.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Re: Status Pages

They couldn't update them as they could resolve the servers host name

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

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Re: Pricey and f*ck ugly..

Dells M4800 is more of a closer spec to this, same screen size for starters, if you match the specs as close as you can on their website is works out about the same but poorer graphics

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Spotify boasts 10 million paying subscribers ... Um, is that all?

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Re: no volume constraints

No, you can play it as loud as you want

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Former Azzurri project manager who stole £1.3m ordered to pay back £146k

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Re: where the money went

Or just sold off for next to nothing.

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PEAK APPLE: Mystery upstart to hurl iLord from its throne 'by 2020'

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No, I think their heads are up something else.

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Burnt out on patches this month? Oracle's got 104 MORE fixes for you

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Oracle Forms

has been certifed with 1.7 for a while now, on 11g at least

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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60 per cent of the population

Population of what? The UK, US, world? What does access mean, you can buy one?

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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reconstructed an asteroid

That's a pretty big jigsaw puzzle for one that big

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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MS Support

"Microsoft certainty isn't going to act in support of a rival to their own patented technology"

I think they would if mainstream manufacturers switched. As for "out of the box", most hardware still comes with a cd with extra stuff on, why not bundle a ext4 driver? Plus a lot of devices now support MTP, the underlying file system is then irrelevant from the point of view of the connected PC. Always surprised MTP has not bitten MS in the foot by affecting their FAT licensing.

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Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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Early release?

Maybe someone took Joel Spolsky a bit too literally when he said it's better to release a limited product and build up a user base, rather than waiting until everything is complete and perfect but most potential customers have since found something else.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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Re: re. use in portrait orientation

> Buying a windows tablet with one note built in would be half the price. (Never thought I'd be saying something like that, I need a shower.)

Did you know, lemons tend to be more expensive than oranges? So next next you want an lemon you know what to do to save some cash.

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: I've RTFM for English

What language is the manual in? Hope it's not English.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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Re: So what are the alternatives that people recommend?

I recommend centrastage dot com. Gives a nice web interface to supporting windows boxes, can even set it up to email before the machine goes t*ts up, e.g. disk is getting full. Never needed to lookup my families ips or setup dyndns since I've started using this. Think it's only free for a few devices though.

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

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Is this some beta version auto trolling software being tested? If so it needs some work.

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Bing accused of out-censoring the Great Firewall

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Re: Never confuse malice-

That was the comment that sprung to mind before I read the article, I assume (yeah I know) they check the results against Bing from elsewhere to see what was filtered.

Is it possible that the other native search engines get a way with a little more or maybe are not filtering things they should? I can't remember the last time I stuck up for MIcrosoft but maybe they are erring on the side of caution, the Chinese government are a bit picky after all.

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Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

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> more likely google are just paying viacom the advertising revenue

Which is probably a lot more than the actual revenues they've lost because of people watching in on YouTube

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

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Re: Don't care.

As well as an up and down voting button, can we have one to indicate that someone does not understand the comment, how on earth is Aldi related to this?

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Apple patent will see Siri remind you to keep taking your meds

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"A method for building an automated assistant, the method comprising: interfacing a service-oriented architecture comprising a plurality of services to an execution environment comprising an active ontology, wherein the active ontology models a domain and comprises a logical arrangement of a plurality of active processing elements, wherein each active processing element is configured to receive at least one fact relating to the modeled domain and to perform at least one action responsive to at least one received fact ..."

So they are trying to patent a rules engine then?

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