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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

djdanlib Re:Will the training really matter? No. (388 comments)

I'm preaching to the 4-digit choir here, I know. Let me issue the disclaimer that I am not a teacher but a bunch of my friends are, and my job does depend on staying up to date.

You're right, the gap cannot be mitigated. It's how kids' lives and brains work. We were the same way at one point, too. You'll never have as much time to learn new stuff, nor the same neuroplasticity, as you did when you were a bored junior high schooler with all those summers and weekends and snow days and such. It was nice to be so free from responsibility that I could drop a whole week's evenings into writing a DOS game in BASIC or C or assembler, or whatever else, learning while I did it.

Staying ahead of the kids requires a LOT of effort and an independent adult with all of the relevant things to take care of might not be able to stay ahead of the most dedicated ones. You may have the wisdom and specialization of years of experience (I'd like to see those kids build a robust enterprise network, or spec out an IVR soup-to-nuts) but being up to speed on all of the new stuff? Forget it. Grading assignments and planning lessons around an existing curriculum takes a lot of time and you just want a break when you're finally done at 10pm. You have time for some of the new stuff but not all of it.

I do think there should be in-service days, decent salaries, ongoing education benefits, etc for computer teachers. Attract some real talent.

After all: The new hires we work with today were those kids in a computer class just a couple years ago, so maybe schools can make better coworkers for the rest of us.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung To Discontinue Galaxy Alpha For Cheaper Galaxy A5

djdanlib Re:Galaxy Alpha - We Hardly Knew Ye (47 comments)

Still a few Android flagships to choose from if you don't want any of those:

Motorola Turbo

LG G3

OnePlus One (if you can get an invite)

Sony Xperia Z3

about a month ago
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2015 Could Be the Year of the Hospital Hack

djdanlib Re:Hospitals are a stupid target (130 comments)

Coming soon to headlines near you:

The number of STDs this celebrity has will shock you! Now with the names of the partners they got it from!

You'll never guess who has herpes! Online dating, now with health background checks (including identifiable previous partners) on each potential match.

Parents, find out if your grown children have had a pregnancy test with this one tool.

Media leaks from the hack suggest that my opponent has mental health issues, so clearly you should vote for me instead.

Sorry, we can't hire you. HR investigation pulled up your medical records and told us to invent a reason not to hire you, because they think with your conditions you will be taking a lot of medical leave.

about a month ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

djdanlib Re:Too small to be of any benefit. (179 comments)

It looks like it was compiled from "average viewer" survey data after showing people a movie clip, not static computer graphics like text and menus on a website.

about a month and a half ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

djdanlib Re: New AMD driver (73 comments)

NetHack is pretty great, in that it doesn't engender video card manufacturer fanboy wars!

about a month and a half ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

djdanlib Re:Legalities (301 comments)

Great. Now all the mobsters and thugs and crooked cops will know to blare Top 40 to prevent evidence from being posted online.

about 2 months ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

djdanlib Re:Legalities (301 comments)

There's an interesting concept.

What happens if some big media company's automatic audio fingerprinting bot issues a DMCA takedown on one of these videos?

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

djdanlib Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

I want to know if my ELM327 is a clone or not. Is there any way to tell?

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

djdanlib Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

The problem with that, as I understand it: On Windows, you can change the drivers' INF files to use PID 0 with any text editor. You could do something similar on any OS. The problem is, the OS won't even try to load drivers for devices with PID 0. So you can't write a driver for that unless you intend to write a new driver for the USB chipset itself that remaps PID 0 devices to something else.

about 3 months ago
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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

djdanlib Re:how pretty (209 comments)

Image editing.

Audio production.

Design.

Page layout.

Video editing.

You know, a lot of professions.

about 3 months ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

djdanlib Whose job is it to know that? (313 comments)

Why is Apple even responsible for tracking that kind of information?

Can I sue them if they get it wrong, rendering my mail client unable to connect to the correct server (or revealing my credentials to a third party) because it followed their instructions instead of mine? No, that wasn't a typo, but thank you for redirecting my login credentials to the wrong server, which then stole them and used them...

about 3 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

djdanlib Re:Do it like a virgin (406 comments)

Some guy gets bit by a kangaroo at the end.

Oh United, you so whimsical.

about 3 months ago
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2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Awarded To the Inventors of the Blue LED

djdanlib Re:As well they should. (243 comments)

There's about 1 blue receptor to every 60 of the others.

about 4 months ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

djdanlib Re:Mind boggling (167 comments)

Wellllll... kind of. When you're publicly traded, it's all about risk and paring down excesses. Shareholders don't want you to take risks. They want you play it safe so their share values don't go down. They want to see that you've cut operating expenses by X in every report. This limits your ability to try new things or market to those niches.

When you're private, you can take as big of a risk as your cash reserves permit.

about 4 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

djdanlib Re:Pending Restart.. (304 comments)

You can't always, but you can prepare a recovery disk and also burn a copy of HBCD before your inevitable power cycle or reboot.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib Re:I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

This system did not have a recovery partition, so no recovery mode on the HD, and it won't boot a restore disc... it was the perfect storm of garbage.

Otherwise I absolutely would have done a system restore.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib Re:I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

Yep. That partition didn't exist on the affected machine because end user reasons, or I definitely would have tried it.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib Re:I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

Indeed.

You could also boot with the install media and do a System Restore since Windows Update generates a checkpoint when you install updates.

If you don't have that option, my original solution will get you up and running, inconvenient as it may be.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death

djdanlib I have a solution for impacted users (179 comments)

This rollback procedure got my Win7 x64 system booting again:

From another system with the same bit width and service pack level, grab the files C:\Windows\System32\gdi32.dll and C:\Windows\System32\Win32k.sys.

Using HBCD or a similar boot disc, boot your defunct system. You can also snag the hard drive and plug it into another working computer.

BACK UP the gdi32.dll and win32k.sys files from System32 to another location just in case. Overwrite those two files in System32 with the ones you grabbed from the other system.

Your system is now bootable, having effectively rolled back the KB2982791 update. This is a quick and dirty procedure and leaves the update itself in an indeterminate state.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Confessions

djdanlib Re:I wonder when... (234 comments)

No no, upsell and upset are synonymous in this case. It's totally okay.

about 6 months ago

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