Re: "putting the responsibility on teenage girls"
The alternative is to expect teenage boys to be responsible. Good luck with that.
I'm 35 and I'm barely responsible now.
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If you can't dock someone's pay, withold promotions or fire someone, shouting at them is sometimes the only option. I'm not saying it should be the first response, but I've dealt with people who repeatedly do something simple wrong and only change their ways once I go through the escalation of:
polite request > polite instruction > terse instruction > impolite demand > "For the love of God, suck less!"
"We don't see why you wouldn't want to [let advisors track you]," sniffed the DWP spokesman. "It's clearly an advantage. But that aspect of it is not mandatory."
These are people whose career trajectory has landed them at the job centre, what possible help are they going to offer to people? Most of them are there because they're unemployable anywhere else.
Before you start on the "oh what a difficult job they do speech" try and remember that he was talking about catching the perpetrators of an assault. That is one of those serious crimes that you think they should be dealing with.
I know a guy who can top ACs story though. He was attacked by a group of 6 guys and only escaped by running through traffic on a dual carriageway. He called the police straight away and told them that he could still see the gang hanging around the place he was attacked. They actually had the nerve to tell him that it "wasn't a priority" and came around to his house 4 days later to get a statement.
Explaining care proceedings to an 8yr old is a social workers job and the motorcyclist isn't getting any deader. Violent street crimes should be their priority - that's what "keeping the streets safe" means.
The article seems to be comparing the output of the BBC to the output of the entire US TV industry.
It shouldn't be surprising that the total number of "good" programs coming out of the US is more than the UK when they've got far more shows to begin with. They also have a hell of a lot crap as well, but we don't normally import that.
I saw the G-cloud stand at a civil service exhibition recently. It consisted of one screen showing a rolling presentation and a couple of civil servants standing around looking bored. The presentation was just words popping up on screen telling you how great the G-cloud is, but the timing meant you didn't have time to read half of them and on some slides, the words didn't even fit on the screen.
It's no surprise that take-up is slow when the sales pitch looks so amateurish.
"As many commentators on the Reg seem to miss: If there is no contrary opinion, there can be no debate."
And as you seem to have missed: If there's no contrary opinion then everyone is in agreement and there's no need for a debate. Having politicians and media commentators "debate" an issue is not a good in and of itself.
"We don’t need a lot of people who know a bit about coding, but a few people who are extremely good at actually doing coding well."
You can say the same about every subject taught in school. We don't teach maths & science because we need a lot of people who know a bit about math & science (although that would be nice). The important thing that we need kids to take from those lessons is how to think rationally and in that sense, coding could be a very valuable subject.
"So the day at the ad agency no more qualifies Rory to speak about computer programming than painting a fence qualifies you to be an architect or a civil engineer."
And you have spent how long working in education? What's that you say, you've never taught a class in your life? Then I guess you're not qualified to speak about what we should be teaching in schools.
The problem with privacy vs. copyright is that your privacy rights only really last as long as you do whereas copyrights keep being extended.
The fact that they both rely on property rights, doesn't make it irrational to want to strengthen one and weaken the other. Or more importantly, strengthen and weaken the respective penalties for breaching those rights.
I have personal data on my laptop relating to the students I support and I regularly make trips of that kind of distance.
My bag gets placed on the seat next to me, preferably between me and the wall. When that isn't possible, it gets placed between my legs - often with my foot hooked through one of the straps. No-one can get to my bag without seriously invading my personal space in a very noticeable way.
There is simply no excuse for having your bag stolen in a pub.
A friend who used to work at PRS told me that they made a landlord buy a licence because he put the football on in the pub and the adverts/theme/music in the stadium could be heard by the customers.
They'll also get money from Sky and football clubs for the same thing so they're charging multiple times for the same licence.
Whilst they might not be sending people blind, the high contrast does reduce your eyes' ability to edge detect and increases the brain's processing requirements for grapheme-phoneme conversion. Our eyes evolved to be efficient in full colour under natural lighting so there's no good reason for us to be efficient on a bright backlit screen.
However, if the program allows you set the background to your own RGB settings, it could be an improvement on paper books. You can already do this with Windows but OSX doesn't have a single setting that affects all programs - there are a few 3rd party utilities that will put a tint across the screen.
Simply changing to white text on a black background would be a big improvement.
I went to the site when I was on the train on the way home and it says that I'm in Sweden and listed a load of things I haven't downloaded (Snow Patrol? get fucked). I then plugged my phone in to the laptop and used that to go to the site. It said I was in the City of London and listed more things that I hadn't downloaded, but at least it got the right country. When I got home I went to the site using a computer that has definitely been used to download torrents and it came back with nothing
So that they can't be blackmailed by Russia who have a record of cutting off fuel supplies.
Besides, I'd say Iran have a damn good reason to get nuclear weapons. Of the other two countries on the axis of evil, the non-nuclear one got invaded, the nuclear one got invited to a sit-down.
With US troops just over the border and Israel itching for an excuse to shoot stuff, I'd want a few nukes to hand a well.
Basically, that link just shows the evolution of tablet designs.
The older technology was heavy so they tended to have handles but that disappeared as things got lighter. The rounded corners that Apple claim are a feature Samsung copied can clearly be seen in pre-iPad designs.
All of the earlier designs also have a screen surrounded by a bezel. Those earlier tablets are running XP and so also show a grid of icons on the desktop when you turn it on.
Of the post-iPad designs, half of them have been rotated 90 degrees to make them look more like the iPad than they actually are and disguise the fact that they all use a widescreen format.
Of course, you'd know all that already if you'd bothered to read the comments under the picture.