Lord Mandelson Wants Students To Get More Tech Education; Can We Start By Educating Him?

from the learning-begins-at-home dept

Lord Mandelson, the UK Business Secretary who has been the leading force behind putting in place the entertainment industry's desired plan to require ISPs to kick accused file sharers off the internet under a "three strikes" plan, apparently is also saying that young people need better technology skills. Along with that, he's supporting a plan to get universities to do more technical skills training. Now, I'm all for more tech skills training in universities, but wouldn't it be nice if Mandelson started by getting some tech skills training himself -- including a basic understanding of why an IP address is not an accurate indicator of who is doing something online? Or, perhaps, an understanding of how BitTorrent actually works and a brief primer on encryption technologies....


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    lavi d (profile), Nov 5th, 2009 @ 9:23pm

    More Suggested Learning

    Or, perhaps, an understanding of how BitTorrent actually works and a brief primer on encryption technologies...

    Maybe some economics courses, so he could understand why no one would give you $5000 for your MP3 player with 5000 tunes on it even if the recording industry insists that each and every copy of every tune is worth at least a buck.

     

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    milrtime83 (profile), Nov 5th, 2009 @ 10:02pm

    Are these going to be **AA sponsored "technical skills training" courses?



    Sadly, that's probably not as far fetched of a question as it should be.

     

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    Enrico Suarve, Nov 6th, 2009 @ 12:24am

    He's not ready for extra credit training yet

    We're still trying to educate him in basic social skills 101.

    He's currently stuck on the lesson module "Bribes are bad". Twice we've had an exam and twice he's failed miserably and had to forfeit the rest of the term.

    We still hold out hope that with a few more decades education we might be able to rehabilitate him so he ceases to be a repeat offender and becomes a valuable, trustworthy member of society.

     

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    Call me Al, Nov 6th, 2009 @ 1:50am

    Re: He's not ready for extra credit training yet

    "becomes a valuable, trustworthy member of society."

    I think you owe me a new keyboard because I spat out some tea all over it when I read that.

    I'm actually pretty sure that Mandy becoming trustworthy is one of the signs of the apocalypse

     

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    Headbhang (profile), Nov 6th, 2009 @ 2:30am

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    Nah, if anything, the B* counterparts. :P

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 6th, 2009 @ 3:16am

    I have a feeling that the Lord understands it enough already to be putting serious heat on illegal file sharing. I think that is the only think that has you upset.

     

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    Captain Kibble (profile), Nov 6th, 2009 @ 4:13am

    New Lord Mandelson Quote

    Lord Mandelson said today:

    "Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy the music industry is insignificant next to the power of the Force."

     

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    MattP, Nov 6th, 2009 @ 7:19am

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    What is this 'serious heat' you speak of?

    My wife isn't a tech guru and she doesn't use file sharing software; but I'm sure if I downloaded a BitTorrent client and told her to enable encryption she could find the option in preferences in under 5 minutes.

     

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    mike allen (profile), Nov 6th, 2009 @ 11:47am

    like most MPs in the UK

     

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    mike allen (profile), Nov 6th, 2009 @ 11:56am

    like most MPs in the UK

    oops pressed wrong button.
    he is in the how to claim expenses from your government
    1 building a island for ducks is out.
    2 if you paid your misgauge off stop claiming interest.
    3 stop paying your son/doughtier 30 grand a year to be your PA even if they are also a student.
    NOT ALL OR ANY OF THESE EXAMPLES ARE MANDELSON'S expenses
    but all from various MPs who have been ordered to pay back thousands. including Gorden Brown now they have to get the money from somewhere. Record Labels to the rescue.?

     

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    Jason, Nov 6th, 2009 @ 5:08pm

    What's Funny...

    ...is that if we ever do clog up the internet, the only way to fix it will be to mandate exactly the kind of high-bandwidth-efficiency apps this guy is bitching about.

     

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