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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

jean-guy69 Meanwhile in France (193 comments)

Our president François Hollande made promises:
Starting September 2016, every highschooler will get a tablet beginning from the 5th grade (typically aged twelve)

Another promise, they will also learn to code.
Great .. but why give them a tablet and not some other device that would allow them to apply what they learnt..

We citizen are told again and again that there is no money, but there is money for buying gadgets..
We are going through the same mistakes that were done years ago in other countries...

2 years ago my son was 3 years old and beginning to go to school, and guess what was in the classroom ? A fracking interactive whiteboard. I have serious doubts about the educational benefits, especially for young childs. Of course teachers weren't even formed..

But, you know, our governments have no money..

about 2 months ago

Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

jean-guy69 Re:seems like good news, but really? (100 comments)

And in the case of the fetus who is the neighbour ?
The women aborting ?
Didn't she consent to the use of her fetus for scientifical purposes ?
So how could she be prejudiced ? Who else could be ?

about 4 months ago

Heinz Zemanek Passes At 94

jean-guy69 Re:Heinz der man! (52 comments)

Veuillez poster en anglais, s'il vous plait.

about 6 months ago

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

jean-guy69 Re:Keep dreaming (477 comments)

One point that is not in the original Guardian article is that this is a proposal only, and a proposal that only applies to French companies that are part of the "Syntec" work agreement.

And it only applies to 200 000 workers whose worktime is not counted not in hours but in days (forfait jour), not one million..

That means they can work much more that 35 hours / week.

The limit being the labour law, ie: you must have rest period of at least 11 consecutive hours between each day of work and 35 consecutive hours each week. (so they can theorically work up to 88 hours in a week)
The modification to the agreement implies that during these mandatory rest periods the worker has to disconnect from work email, remote access.

Seems fair to me..

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

jean-guy69 Re:The standards are published in English (330 comments)

As a french speaker I am ashamed at the poor level of english reading level of most people in IT, even after five years in college..
A true IT professional should be able to read technical documents in English, which is the de facto standard language for CS ..
One complaining about not being able to read English, needs to be told he'll be doing a great favor to himself by improving his english level.

about 2 years ago

With Cinavia DRM, Is Blu-ray On a Path To Self-Destruction?

jean-guy69 Re:Bluray vs streaming quality (429 comments)

According to blu-raystats.com 17 Mb/s is the bottom of the line for the video bitrate alone, 40 Mb/s being the top.
The average for the video bitrate seems to be at least 25 mbits/s, add the audio and you get 30 Mb/s.

more than 2 years ago

French President Proposes Jail For Terrorist Website Visitors

jean-guy69 Precrime (402 comments)

This is the latest of so many instances. Every time there is some news that has a strong echo, he creates some new oppressive law to please the far-rights voters..
This law reminds me of the precrime from Minority Report.. At least in the US FBI entraps the suspect before jailing him.
What's next in "Le pays des Droits de l'Homme" ? Jailing someone because a "Total Information Awareness"-like program consider him a terrorist-wanabee ? (he read the wrong book and regularly shops in ethnic grocery stores)

more than 2 years ago

Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott

jean-guy69 Re:Give me a break (542 comments)

First android phones weren't multitouch, so pinch-zoom was impossible.

about 3 years ago

Microsoft Training May Have Helped Tunisian Regime To Spy On Citizens

jean-guy69 Re:Oh c'mon, why the outcry? (129 comments)

Fortunately not every corporation corrupts the iso process, not every corporation joins a standardization body while parallely setting a patent ambush.. So yes corporations can act differently;

I guess the morality of the executive leadership can affect the morality of the corporation's acts.
Sometimes the main shareholders are real humain beings with a conscience, which may affect their choices for the corporation.
Even if we accept the idea that every corporations are without conscience, they may a least be concerned and be affected by their customers perception of their acts.

If we excuse someone just because others did/do the same or worse, everything is excusable.

more than 3 years ago

Steve Jobs Resigns As Apple CEO

jean-guy69 Re:Steve's impact on the world (1027 comments)

Steve Wozniak is still active, is the chief scientist of Fusion-IO.
They make very high IOPS storage devices in the form of PCI Express cards with solid state ram.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Tablet Ban Lifted For Most of EU

jean-guy69 Re:Everywhere except Germany (137 comments)

While HP Touchpad tablets stay on the shelves, Android tablets have captured 20% of the market share.

more than 3 years ago

Indie RPG Struggles On Xbox, Yet Thrives On Steam

jean-guy69 Re:I bought the games (125 comments)

A big part of the difference is justified by the VAT, 19.6 % in my country..

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft: No Tablets Until It's Distinctive

jean-guy69 Re:In other words... (203 comments)

Different sized controllers ?

That was so much of an "innovation" that its successor has only one size of controller.

A monthly subscription mandatory to play online, that's the kind of innovation i can live without.

more than 3 years ago

The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple

jean-guy69 Double standards (630 comments)

I suggest Steve Jobs to put his money where is mouth is.

Please change http://trailers.apple.com/ so that it doesn't require quicktime plugin for watching video.

more than 4 years ago

The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple

jean-guy69 Re:Oh dear... (630 comments)

Of course Steve Jobs is all for open standards, he would NEVER use content to force us to install apple software when html5 so nicely fits the bill...

It's why http://trailers.apple.com/ is full html5, and you don't need to install quicktime to watch videos... Oh wait !

At least the Apple HTML5 showcase page access isn't limited to Safari anymore..

more than 4 years ago

"Install Other OS" Feature Removed From the PS3

jean-guy69 Re:Sorry kids (739 comments)

I do exactly the same as the GP, so I'm really interested to know how exactly can we otherwise evaluate if a game is good enough to buy. Please let us know.

Do you need a free lunch to evaluate if a restaurant is worth your money ? How do you evaluate if a movie is worth the ticket without seeing it ? Seriously..

more than 4 years ago

Windows Patch Leaves Many XP Users With Blue Screens

jean-guy69 Can you see a pattern ? (658 comments)

Some time after Windows XP was made available, there was an critical security patch for Windows 98 SE and its siblings: KB891711.

This patch made LOTS of Windows 98 computers become slow as being unusable and/or enjoy frequent BSODs.

more than 4 years ago

France Considers 'Pirate Tax' For Online Ads

jean-guy69 National sport (271 comments)

This is the same country where the president decided to suppress the advertisement on evening public TV channels. Presumably to help private TV channels to sell their advertising at a higher price.

And they created a new tax on ISP and telecom providers income in order to compensate this loss of income.

Tax creation has become a national sport under Sarkozy's regime.

The same with the law. When some news story impress the public opinion, they create very specific laws although it would be enough to applicate the existent laws. Depressing..

about 5 years ago



Microsoft accomplice of Ben Ali

jean-guy69 jean-guy69 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jean-guy69 (445459) writes "According to an article published by french website Rue 89 and writtend by ReadWriteWeb France's Fabrice Epelboin (coral cache translated version ):

By including the tunisian governemental agency "National Digital Certification Agency" Root CA in 2007 (announcement by NDCA), and by not restricting it to .tn domain, Microsoft effectively allowed tunisian cyberpolice to perform SSL man-in-the-middle attacks against protesters.

The tunisian state succeeded in depriving many cyber-resistant of their Facebook account, essential to the organization of field activities, in gaining acess to their correspondence, with the ability to thwart the actions in progress.

When any government can be given the possibility to create certificates for any domain, isn't HTTPS
security fundamentally broken ?

At least, when such events as in Tunisia happen, should we expect Microsoft to remove the issued Root CA ?

Is this reasonable to leave such a power and such a responsibility to a single private company ? Or should this be at least supervised by some international body ?"

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