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Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Old Aylesburian Pascal (648 comments)

It teaches good habits (but with the demise of Turbo Pascal I am unable to suggest a worthy compiler).

I was taught Fortran originally and now spend my time working in C on embedded processors, which shows the futility of trying to teach a 'useful' language. Several other languages and assemblers have also passed through my brain in the intervening forty years or so, including Basic, but I still think that Pascal is the only suitable pedagogical language.

about two weeks ago

Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?

Old Aylesburian Re:Simple answer is: (182 comments)

If I buy drugs and give them to you then we are both guilty of offenses. The robot cannot own anything, so although it may be difficult to pin the purchase function, clearly the possession charge must be answered.

about a month ago

Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

Old Aylesburian Re:huh? (300 comments)

It certainly was loud. I was in the next plane to take off from the same Heathrow runway on several occasions and can tell you that it is the only plane I ever heard above the noise of my own aircraft (usually Tristar, if memory serves). It was worth it! One of the most beautiful planes flying.

about a month ago

Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?

Old Aylesburian Perspiration (232 comments)

My touchstone is that if it doesn't make you sweat then it isn't a sport. Darts and snooker are entertaining, and require skill, but are not sports.

about a month ago

Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display

Old Aylesburian Peaky Blinders (80 comments)

Get mugged by a brummie character?

about a month and a half ago

Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030

Old Aylesburian Microsoft? (144 comments)

Aargh!!! All those jokes about 'If Microsoft Made Cars' are going to come true!

about 2 months ago

Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Old Aylesburian Re:He was one of a team (547 comments)

Wrong. He was *in* your team, but not *of* your team.

about 4 months ago

US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

Old Aylesburian Numbers (142 comments)

40 people will keep a better watch than one. Consider: 40 total with one asleep leaves 39 active lookouts. One person, asleep, leaves zero.

about 4 months ago

Robot Dramas: Autonomous Machines In the Limelight On Stage and In Society

Old Aylesburian Darfsteller (31 comments)

A must read: The Darfsteller by Walter M Miller Jr. Tells of an aging ex-actor in an age of robotic performers who gets to play one last time when a key 'character' breaks down.

about 5 months ago

UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

Old Aylesburian Safety (190 comments)

Just needs a requirement for a man to walk ahead carrying a red flag.

about 6 months ago

On 4th of July:

Old Aylesburian Re:Hello Americans (340 comments)

But you sure seem to care about our websites, like this one. And the internet in general. You know, the one we created.

Using the html invented by a Brit, right?

about 7 months ago

Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech

Old Aylesburian Underhand Behaviour (148 comments)

This smacks of a sneaky way to enforce a 'non competition' clause in an employees contract. Fortunately, in the UK, these are seen as a constraint on trade and are generally unenforceable.

about 8 months ago

American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

Old Aylesburian Sigh (226 comments)

Yet another example of attempted USA extraterritorialism.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?

Old Aylesburian Pascal User Manual And Report (247 comments)

Wirth's classic, more for the style than the content.

about 9 months ago

Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Old Aylesburian EPOC (272 comments)

I am still using my EPOC based pocket computer. It's called a Psion.

about 9 months ago

At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...

Old Aylesburian Telecommuter (177 comments)

I work from home, you insensitive clod!

about a year ago

Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand

Old Aylesburian Wheelbarrow (43 comments)

ISTM that changing an offside tyre on a busy motorway is probably more dangerous than defusing a bomb.

about 2 years ago

Windows RT Jailbroken To Run Third-Party Desktop Apps

Old Aylesburian Developing Applications (178 comments)

Am I missing something here? How can anyone develop new applications for Windows RT and test run them?

about 2 years ago


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