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by williamhbell
Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Failure is not costly.
Replies: 13
Views: 2827

Re: Failure is not costly.

<t>Sometimes failure is not an option.  For example, when daq code has to be finished in time for a one off test-beam setup.<br/> <br/> Then again, there is a lot of fun to be had by asking a student to debug an obfuscated memory leak.  One such example overloaded the kernel so quickly that it cause...
by williamhbell
Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Arrival Dates?
Replies: 34
Views: 5355

Re: Arrival Dates?

I put an order in on the 29th of April from farnell.fr and received an email from them on the 7th of March, which stating that my delivery date was expected to be the 23rd week of the year.  Patience is needed, but hopefully rewarded.
by williamhbell
Tue Mar 20, 2012 11:21 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Which browser do you use?
Replies: 37
Views: 9989

Re: Which browser do you use?

Firefox for work (OSX or SLC5), since Chrome does not allow all of our web applications to run correctly.  Chrome at home, since it is running on a nine year old desktop (Ubuntu) and Firefox eats up too much of the system resources.
by williamhbell
Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Your drink of choice
Replies: 33
Views: 5220

Re: Your drink of choice

Talisker single malt with no water or ice.
by williamhbell
Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: forgotten how to speak english
Replies: 19
Views: 2753

Re: forgotten how to speak english

<t>Hi Ukscone,<br/> <br/> Personally speaking, the human language interface completely fails after long un-interupted coding sessions.  For example, when working at Argonne National Laboratory, I used to have an office without windows.  After more than 10 hours of coding without a break, I used to f...
by williamhbell
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Bringing programing into french schools
Replies: 3
Views: 1191

Re: Bringing programing into french schools

<r>Hi,<br/> <br/> While there have been quite a lot of posts about the English school system, it would be very helpful if some like-minded individuals could apply the same dedication to France.  For example, has anyone written to the French government and tried to stir them up?<br/> <br/> LeMonde ra...
by williamhbell
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:35 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi
Replies: 69
Views: 12055

Re: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi

<t>Hi,<br/> <br/> I live in France at the moment.  In the local primary school there are some computers for children with special needs, but nothing else.  In the nursery school there is one computer for a class of ~30.  The method of attacking the problem would seem to be:<br/> <br/> 1. Write some ...
by williamhbell
Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Mini oscilloscope ?
Replies: 11
Views: 12454

Re: Mini oscilloscope ?

<r>Hi,<br/> <br/> While I did use a PicoScope [<URL url="http://www.picotech.com/linux.html">http://www.picotech.com/linux.html</URL>] for one project, often one is either looking for something cheap and cheerful (ADCs etc.) or the ability to connect a good quality scope via GBIP or LAN.  While MATL...
by williamhbell
Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:39 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Mini oscilloscope ?
Replies: 11
Views: 12454

Re: Mini oscilloscope ?

<t>Hi,<br/> <br/> Connecting up a Raspberry PI to a scope or multichannel analyser would be very interesting.  Getting the Raspberry PI into a physics undergraduate course would then be easier.  For particle physics research, there is a lot of slow control kit which needs to be controlled over the C...
by williamhbell
Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: YOU SUCK: the venting thread
Replies: 948
Views: 155280

Re: YOU SUCK: the venting thread

<t>Hi,<br/> <br/> Back in the good old days (rose tinted glasses required) we wrote analysis packages in FORTRAN77.  They compiled down to very good machine code which ran very quickly.  Now we are stuck with badly written over-bloated C++ code, which is dominated by I/O (strcmp and unzip) or string...
by williamhbell
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Learning materials for older students?
Replies: 44
Views: 8095

Re: Learning materials for older students?

<r>Hi Edwin,<br/> <br/> The C++ course previous mentioned is publicly available.  The solutions are available on request, since the course is still used.  There is a longer C course, which is not on the web yet.  If it might be interesting, it could be put on the web too.  For C or C++ there are a n...
by williamhbell
Tue Feb 14, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching kids real math with computers
Replies: 11
Views: 6672

Re: Teaching kids real math with computers

<t>Hi Eric,<br/> <br/> As you say, computers are good for going to the limit of a particular calculation.  Another area where this can be applied is that of statistical methods.<br/> <br/> At the University level we often ask the students to solve equations numerically, which cannot be easily solved...
by williamhbell
Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:51 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Learning materials for older students?
Replies: 44
Views: 8095

Re: Learning materials for older students?

<r>Hi,<br/> <br/> C and C++ ofter two quite different possibilities.  C is rather simple and tends to produce good assembly.  C++ offers many possibilities, but also can produce some inefficient programs.  Try writing a "hello world" program in both languages and then use gcc or g++ to compile to as...
by williamhbell
Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching kids real math with computers
Replies: 11
Views: 6672

Re: Teaching kids real math with computers

<t>Hi,<br/> <br/> In primary school education numerical manipulation is important.  During secondary school numbers become less important.  Undergraduate mathematics exams can normally be completed without a calculator, since the problems are arithmetical.  Physics undergraduate problems are similar...
by williamhbell
Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Infant School 'Pi
Replies: 23
Views: 5329

Re: Infant School 'Pi

<t>Hi,<br/> <br/> There are several aspects to computing education which are relevant for primary school and the early years.  The most basic step is the human-computer interaction.  This implies encouraging children to interact with computers and see what they can do.  The Raspberry PI provides an ...
by williamhbell
Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3544
Views: 114493

Re: Introduce yourself!

<r>Hi,<br/> <br/> I'm a particle physicist working in the ATLAS Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC),<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://wbell.web.cern.ch/wbell/">http://wbell.web.cern.ch/wbell/</URL><br/> <br/> The architectures I've worked on so far include the Tandy TRS-80, BBC Micro, Amstra...

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