If I were able to 'use the facilities for free' then I would expect a sizable discount on my council tax.
The local council, however, is unlikely to agree.
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"but then you don't write in textbooks either."
Speak for yourself. There wasn't a single textbook in my old school that hadn't been thoroughly defaced on every page.
Still the plus side of kids not being able to write is that they won't be capable of putting graffiti anywhere
The school's independence doesn't really have much bearing on value-for-money, surely?
I mean it might not be *your* money they're spending, but surely those kids would still be better off if they spent that money on proper learning materials, regardless of its provenance, no?
I went to a scottish state school 15 years ago and I never once saw a sodium-in-water experiment or was let anywhere near thermite :/ I feel like I've been cheated out of an education and can't even blame it on the nanny state.
If my experience is in any way indicative of the state of Pictish schooling then those kids would have been getting crap science lessons to start off with.
When I was a nipper I would lose all my things on a weekly basis. My mum had to resort to actually tying my lunch money to a little bag on a string around my neck because I'd keep losing my lunchbox along with my bag and everything else. I was told off regularly for losing the various books I had to read at home as homework.
Hopefully for this particular school I was just a particularly absent-minded and hopeless child and in no way representative of the nation's yoof of today.
It's worse than that - computing itself isn't the same as it used to be. Back in the day anybody could knock out a few lines of code and have a program that was as good as any pick of commercial software right in front of you. You can't really do that these days, and 'computing' is now such a hilariously broad subject that if you ask 3 people in IT what kids should be learning in 'computing classes' you'll get about 20 different answers.
I expect the main reason that kids find computing boring is because it's in school, and school is generally boring. We can have these surveys every year and they'll all end up with exactly the same findings.
Not really sure why this comment was downvoted, seems a worthwhile precis :/ I think one of the issues Disney (and Playdom) is going to have is that people are likely to perceive their games as advertising for their products, particularly in the online social world where everything is 'free'. It'll be interesting to see what happens next, but I'm not sure how well Playdom will be able to fend off lameness from its new parent company.
Oh come on, it's surely a bit early to start giving it the "ALL UK SCHEMES == EPIC FAILURES, ALWAYS, WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS" before the thing's even launched. At least wait until there's an actual disaster after the launch date before writing it off as a waste of time.
"For Plato, the beauty and order inherent in mathematical law meant its source was divine (a Pythagorean version of modern deism). Plato may light a middle way through today's culture wars."
This is hardly new. Just off the top of my head Descartes said the same thing, clearly, without relying on obfuscation. Descartes is commonly recognised as one of the granddaddies of modern science, but I'm not really seeing people rushing to accept the Clockmaker Hypothesis on that basis either.
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Very poor. How about encouraging men (including, apparently, men like yourself) to comprehend that women are humans, not animals or material possessions, and they shouldn't be treated or thought of as the latter in any form of civilised society.
I'd hazard a guess that actually it's your shitty attitude that puts women off you far more than your height or looks do. You might want to ruminate on that instead of blaming women for your own failures.
I suppose it's used by marketers and the like who work in social media (as well as normal people who do a lot of social media stuff). I've heard of it but it's not something I'd consider to be a major player in the field like TFA says. I've certainly never seen its user agent string being used on any of the websites I administer / run. It is a bit niche, tbh.
This is actually quite amusing. I look forward to Orange suing any companies that use the colour orange or a depiction of an actual orange anywhere on their promotional materials, and for Tesco to start waving the law around at anybody who uses an asterisk anywhere thus breaching the copyright of their Finest* brand
Actually IE6 was the first deliberately _standards_-compliant rendering engine, which is precisely why it crushed shitty netscape so completely 10 years ago. It just wasn't really up to the job of still being in use after a decade when competing against other software with regular update cycles. Would you expect an unserviced banger with thousands of miles to be running like new after 10 years? I think not. IE8 does a much better job of compliancy but still isn't perfect - no current browser is perfect.
A company promoting their own product on their own platform shouldn't really come as a surprise to anybody. Opera are being really douchey about this.
"Wow a totally standardised way of storing data from a webapp on the local machine...Not heard something so useful since XML came along...oh wait..."
Except that traversing XML looking for individual datasets is a particularly poor and inefficient method of targeted data retrieval, great point!
For that matter, why use databases on servers either? Why not just do everything with XML and XSLT? You're not a real programmer unless you're using hundreds of lines of code that one of those toy database n00bs would knock out in 30, after all.
No, no, it's still used widely in the more scummy estates in Pictland, in exactly the same way for exactly the same reason. I'm from Livingston, lower east side, if you will. Our local lot were "CYT, YA BASS". Of course they were all about 12. Who trains these people?
Poor old Bas Komen, though, lolz.
"It has always come back to the idea that 'the computer knows too much about you.'" Gates said.
Surely, 'lack of data control means that the government, commercial agencies, and who-knows-who-else will be able to learn too much about you'? Seeing him palming the issues off onto people's fear of 'the computer' doesn't exactly fill me with enthusiasm. :/
People don't object to a lack of privacy because they don't understand the issues, they object to it precisely because they _do_ understand them.
Seriously, it's just an MP3 player. iPods are popular because they're stylish and they work well. If you're happy with your Samsung then that's aces to you, but that doesn't mean there's anything mentally wrong with people who make choices differently to you.
I use a Creative Zen, myself, btw, just before the inevitable "OMG APPLE FANBOI" comments arrive.
"We're really only talking about a fraction of the Apache sites out there," he says.
Apache 2x is quite common, no? And the web is mostly comprised of sites that aren't big news and retail sites. Seems like quite a big fraction to me.
Here's hoping most of the web's sysadmins are using workarounds for it, really.
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