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by clive
Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Threatened with detainment and pi confiscated at Stanstead!
Replies: 24
Views: 3631

Re: Threatened with detainment and pi confiscated at Stanste

You *can* make your life easier, and those are good tips. But remember: I got stopped simply because of the make of my case. Not sure any amount of training could prevent that kind of logic ("I carry my gun in a Pelicase so...". It's the treatment here that's the problem, not the fact that they didn...
by clive
Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Threatened with detainment and pi confiscated at Stanstead!
Replies: 24
Views: 3631

Re: Threatened with detainment and pi confiscated at Stanste

Agree with Liz, publicise it. Lots. I'd also make a formal complaint, see Dougie's advice above. It's the only way we can try and fight this ignorance, inconsistent training and personal prejudice in our border security. The religion question is particularly troubling... Last year I flew via Southen...
by clive
Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Should Raspbian boot straight to desktop by default?
Replies: 26
Views: 2086

Re: Boot straight to desktop by default?

PeterO wrote:...The poll needs a "no skin off my nose either way" option :D

PeterO
I deliberately omitted it to discourage fence sitting Peter ;)
by clive
Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Should Raspbian boot straight to desktop by default?
Replies: 26
Views: 2086

Re: Boot straight to desktop by default?

RobHenry wrote:I assume you mean the foundation's raspbian distribution...
Yes, tweaked title to reflect this thanks.
by clive
Wed Apr 29, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Should Raspbian boot straight to desktop by default?
Replies: 26
Views: 2086

Should Raspbian boot straight to desktop by default?

"The Raspberry Pi should boot directly to the desktop by default."

Discuss :)
by clive
Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 2 free rasPi2b
Replies: 20
Views: 2374

Re: 2 free rasPi2b

Closing as taking too much mod time and I need to fill my drool cup.

P.S. I answered you question about the enter key and entering commands earlier today here:

viewtopic.php?f=32&t=108453&p=746067
by clive
Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Pi Glow - HELP!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 1478

Re: Pi Glow - HELP!!!

... I get to the point of openning the pyglow folder but there is no sudo python test.py Can somebody help please? sudo python test.py is a command that you type once in the pyglow folder. sudo gives you "admin" superpowers; python is the language that the file is written in; test.py is the file yo...
by clive
Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Python
Topic: py shell/editor Problems
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Re: py shell/editor Problems

IDLE is an editor for Python. It has two windows: the first (which appears when you run IDLE) is an interactive window (the 'Python shell'). When you press enter is executes the line you have written, as you have found out. This is great for testing things and generally playing with Python without h...
by clive
Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 2 free rasPi2b
Replies: 20
Views: 2374

Re: 2 free rasPi2b

... these forum folks are the worst I've ever seen. Please learn how to read. And please learn how to be civil. The problem here seems to be the way you've phrased (and formatted) your post. It's very hard to read and to find out what your problem/query is (the title doesn't help either, it says no...
by clive
Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:48 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Thanks to Clive Beale for ICT Live
Replies: 1
Views: 1162

Re: Thanks to Clive Beale for ICT Live

Hi harrisonc

sorry - just spotted this! I really enjoyed the talk and the discussions afterwards, it was a great audience (my favourite age group to talk to, full of enthusiasm and questions and thinking about the future :))

Thanks for the feedback and good luck with the project!

clive
by clive
Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:22 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What do all these symbols mean?
Replies: 7
Views: 1524

Re: What do all these symbols mean?

DougieLawson wrote:
clive wrote:Too much whitespace in Raspite for me, I like condensed information aka busy-ness :)
You're the board admin, can't you change it?...
I also like pig's brain, poached and then fried in butter with a little sage, served on toast. That's not a reason to make everyone else eat it. ;)
by clive
Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What do all these symbols mean?
Replies: 7
Views: 1524

Re: What do all these symbols mean?

Too much whitespace in Raspite for me, I like condensed information aka busy-ness :)
by clive
Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Data or Instructions?
Replies: 29
Views: 2791

Re: Data or Instructions?

I wouldn't discount LMC, both OCR and AQA reference it in their materials and support, so it's clearly on their radar as a conceptual learning tool :)

The kit sounds interesting -- let us know how you get on!
by clive
Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Data or Instructions?
Replies: 29
Views: 2791

Re: Data or Instructions?

Ring the exam board (WJEC?) . Always :)

But basically for GCSE we're looking at The Little Man Computer to explore registers, op codes, operands, addressing etc. At the moment no GCSE spec includes computer architecture.
by clive
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Help needed with PIR and motor driving
Replies: 2
Views: 457

Re: Help needed with PIR and motor driving

Please also say what hardware you are using. If you are using a standard PIR such as the hc-sr501 for example, the code and setup to get it going is here:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/learning/par ... worksheet/
by clive
Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ethernet connector concern
Replies: 12
Views: 1916

Re: Ethernet connector concern

It's actually a tiny microphone.
by clive
Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: school project.
Replies: 4
Views: 1397

Re: school project.

Pick a specific topic - e.g. why the Pi has become so popular / using Pi in robotics / Pi community etc. Then ask specific questions, people are more likely to give you help and information.
by clive
Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What about windows 10 support on Raspberry pi 2?
Replies: 10
Views: 1600

Re: What about windows 10 support on Raspberry pi 2?

I am very disturbed at MS barging in and taking over the show here. I am very disturbed that people want Windows on the Pi rather than the much more capable and flexible open source options. Surely Eben intended the Pi as a way to introduce people to programming and computer science? Not provide a ...
by clive
Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:12 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Soldering with kids
Replies: 16
Views: 2456

Re: Soldering with kids

We like The Soldering is Easy comic:

http://mightyohm.com/blog/2011/04/solde ... omic-book/

My tips: don't touch the iron; don't eat the solder; hold wires when snipping them.
by clive
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Scratch
Topic: ScratchGPIO (&plus)
Replies: 2
Views: 1497

Re: ScratchGPIO (&plus)

I'm locking this thread now to save me doing it in four pages time when it's filled with hearsay, rumour and second-hand gossip but no actual facts.

All I'll say is: don't believe everything you read on the web.
by clive
Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Android
Topic: Sticky: This forum has now been unlocked.
Replies: 0
Views: 14882

Sticky: This forum has now been unlocked.

We have reopened the Android forum. However, as a non-supported OS the RPF(T) engineering team will not be providing support for Android, so it will rely on third party posters for any technical help. If you are developing Android for the Raspberry Pi, there are alternative places where you can find...
by clive
Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:27 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: WWhat is "...the sticky posts "
Replies: 16
Views: 1933

Re: WWhat is "...the sticky posts "

Just to add: 1) Permanent posts are referred to by the board software* as 'sticky' posts. It would be silly to call them anything else when radio buttons and guidance text are so labelled, just to try and address metaphor preferences. 2) Prosilver uses icons instead of text to label special posts. S...
by clive
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: Picademy
Topic: Picademy #8 Application: no acknowledgement?
Replies: 9
Views: 3478

Re: Picademy #8 Application: no acknowledgement?

I have applied for the February Picademy event. This is the first I've heard that it has been cancelled. Should I now apply for the next event or have applications carried over? It hasn't been cancelled. If you've not received an email to attend unfortunately your application was not successful, so...
by clive
Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:53 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Lasers...
Replies: 29
Views: 3497

Re: Lasers...

That's all well and good. Just don't cross the streams.
by clive
Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:49 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which Version?
Replies: 3
Views: 536

Re: Which Version?

Buy a Pi 2, have a play and see what happens. Once you are experienced enough to make a robot you will know whether you need the smaller, cheaper but less powerful A+ or the Pi 2. Have a play, experiment, be creative -- it's what it's all about. And check out out resources: http://www.raspberrypi.or...

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