top Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming
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.
top Who's Responsible When Your Semi-Autonomous Shopping Bot Purchases Drugs Online?
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.
top Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners
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.
top Should Video Games Be In the Olympics?
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.
top Proposed Theme Park Would Put BBC Shows On Display
Get mugged by a brummie character?
about a month and a half ago
top Here's What Your Car Could Look Like In 2030
All those jokes about 'If Microsoft Made Cars' are going to come true!
top Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World
Wrong. He was *in* your team, but not *of* your team.
top US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies
40 people will keep a better watch than one. Consider: 40 total with one asleep leaves 39 active lookouts. One person, asleep, leaves zero.
top Robot Dramas: Autonomous Machines In the Limelight On Stage and In Society
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.
top UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January
Just needs a requirement for a man to walk ahead carrying a red flag.
top On 4th of July:
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?
top Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech
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.
top American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries
Yet another example of attempted USA extraterritorialism.
top Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?
Wirth's classic, more for the style than the content.
top Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago
I am still using my EPOC based pocket computer. It's called a Psion.
top At my current workplace, I've outlasted ...
I work from home, you insensitive clod!
top Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand
ISTM that changing an offside tyre on a busy motorway is probably more dangerous than defusing a bomb.
top Windows RT Jailbroken To Run Third-Party Desktop Apps
Am I missing something here? How can anyone develop new applications for Windows RT and test run them?