Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 08:40 UTC
In the News "Dozens of teachers specialising in computer science are to work in English schools thanks to a partnership between Google and the charity Teach First. Google's chairman Eric Schmidt said money would also be provided to buy 'teaching aids, such as Raspberry Pi's or Arduino starter kits'. He said that without investment in the subject, the UK risked 'losing a generation' of scientists." My Raspberry Pi should arrive via UPS today, assuming they don't mess up. I'll try and get a few photos and first impressions up if it does arrive.
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RE[4]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Fri 25th May 2012 12:13 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by marcp"
marcp
Member since:
2007-11-23

Oh, indeed. I am delighted to provide you with enlightenment. You see, there is a thing called "vendor lock-in". Its cousin is "make-them-use-our-brand-and-feel-at-home-with-our-so-called-"free" -products-good". It's all about habit and potential monetization of this habit.

When people use Google they pay for the services with their own freaking data and privacy. How hard is it to understand this simple fact? Simple trade - comfort for security and privacy. This is how it works. Enough said. I was not intending to talk about privacy alone, really.

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RE[5]: Comment by marcp
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 12:38 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by marcp"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

When people use Google they pay for the services with their own freaking data and privacy. How hard is it to understand this simple fact? Simple trade - comfort for security and privacy. This is how it works. Enough said. I was not intending to talk about privacy alone, really.


And despite Google supposedly trading your privacy... They are the only large technology company providing insight into the collected data, how to retrieve said data, how to prevent said data from being collected in the first place, and how to get it out.

Apple provides zero insight. Zero. Nothing. Nada. Microsoft probably provides some, but I doubt they allow you to retrieve, delete, etc.

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RE[5]: Comment by marcp
by Radio on Fri 25th May 2012 13:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by marcp"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

So, genius, could you point me where this has a friggin' relationship with Google funding a charity to get Raspberry Pis and Arduinos into schoolrooms?

Crazy.

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RE[6]: Comment by marcp
by andih on Mon 28th May 2012 00:20 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by marcp"
andih Member since:
2010-03-27

Actually there is a relationship, google needs openness to compete and earn money, and this is good pr for them.

winners r us

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RE[5]: Comment by marcp
by Vanders on Fri 25th May 2012 13:34 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by marcp"
Vanders Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh, indeed. I am delighted to provide you with enlightenment. You see, there is a thing called "vendor lock-in". Its cousin is "make-them-use-our-brand-and-feel-at-home-with-our-so-called-"free" -products-good". It's all about habit and potential monetization of this habit.


So Googles nefarious master plan is to lock little kiddies into using a platform they didn't develop, do not control and have not directly funded, is not branded by them or related to their brand in any way, and does not run software developed by Google?

Truly, Google must be evil geniuses. How did we not see through this cunning plan earlier?!

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RE[6]: Comment by marcp
by zima on Fri 25th May 2012 16:59 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by marcp"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Ahh, but see, it's exactly that we can't even fathom what the grand plan is which makes somebody a true Evil Genius ;P

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RE[6]: Comment by marcp
by zima on Wed 30th May 2012 00:11 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by marcp"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

PS. Perhaps you could get slice of the cake, too - port Syllable to RPi?

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RE[5]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Fri 25th May 2012 15:57 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by marcp"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

Well, I do hope you're right, but only time can tell.
I may be wrong and I'd like to be wrong in this case, because it's about charity and human development.

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