CodeBabes – learn to code with “babes” in underwear

I first heard about this style of teaching as I started writing this blog. When somebody used half-naked chinese girls to teach mandarin I knew it was only a matter of time before people started applying this same method to different subjects…and I was right. Allow me to present CodeBabes – because camel case is cool, right?

Simply put, CodeBabes is an online platform where you can learn to code and watch your teacher strip. You start off as a ‘virgin’ then progress to intermediate and finally to advanced.

So far, the lessons available cover HTML, CSS, PHP and programming with internet and SEO marked as ‘coming soon’. I decided to test the lessons out on CSS.  Be aware, I am told the PHP Virgin course is filled with errors (unconfirmed).

The CodeBabes 'babes'...even that word annoys me -_-

The CodeBabes ‘babes’…even that word annoys me -_-

When you start you will be given a video lesson (a text version available beneath) in which your instructor will explain of the prerequisites of the course and a brief explanation of what it is about. She will then go on to give the lesson with terribly scripted innuendos and  sketchy at best video editing. You will then be led to do a test before you can move onto the next lesson, which will always have at least one childish possible answer. For example, any question to do with maths has an option of  ‘420’ and almost all questions have the “cool” option of basically saying “I don’t care”…fortunately, this won’t get you anywhere; but the script does feel like its written by a horny school kid.

After trawling through the whole CSS course I can say it was okay at best. It’s not challenging and certainly not something you can’t otherwise achieve by googling boobies and W3Schools – though the latter I actually recommend to you if you’re serious about learning.

The lessons had a seemingly structured progression going from basic syntax to text colouring to page layouts. The fully clothed lessons at the start of the course were extremely easy; so much so that you could pass the test without watching the video. This being mainly due to the insanely obvious answers and some totally stupid questions -e.g. “The Big Lebowski is a perfect movie. True or False?” However, once your instructor gets down to her underwear it gets a little more complex.
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WARNING: If you are using Internet Explorer, you are at risk!

If you are using Internet Explorer and you go to an infected website (accidentally or purposefully) you are likely to have your computer ‘hacked’ – as it is known amongst non-tech folk. Switch to something better like Google Chrome. You’ll love it. I promise!

A bug has been recently found that shows anybody using the default web browser of Windows, Internet Explorer, is vulnerable to having their computer taken control of by malicious websites developers. This bug allows remote execution of code giving malicious users access to pretty much everything on your computer.

Internet Explorer 6 through to 11 are affected and this is the case no matter what version of Windows you are using. Yes, even if you’re using Windows 8.1 !

Download Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You can transfer all of your bookmarks too!
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Live Google Earth for Police Officers – Big Brother is Watching!

The most disturbing development in mass surveillance I have read as of yet and nobody is trying to hide it …anymore at least.

The Centre for Investigative Reporting, have created a 30 minute presentation on a new technology that has been tested by police officers in Compton, CA that allows police officers to track the movement of every person and vehicle using an aircraft fitted with high-resolution cameras. This aircraft can cover an area of 25 miles² (40km²) for six hours, this is roughly an entire district of a city.

Ross McNutt, who owns the company Persistent Surveillance Systems (PSS) that developed the system, describes it as,

“…a live version of Google Earth, only with TiVo capabilities.”

The test was carried out without public knowledge to avoid any protests or complaints but the officer testing the equipment gave an exclusive interview of his experience.
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