Tech: So much for Udacity February 27, 2012Posted by truthspew in DARPA, education, Udacity, Uncategorized.
Tags: Autonmous vehicles, CS101, DARPA, education, Python, Sebastion Thrun, Udacity
I may have mentioned that I signed up for Udacity courses. It’s a site spearheaded by Sebastian Thrun, the Stanford professor involved with the autonomous vehicles in both the DARPA challenges.
I signed up for CS101 which is their intro Python class that will ostensibly give the skills to build a search engine. I know a bit of Python already and was really looking forward to this in order to expand my Python skills.
I also signed up for CS373 – Writing code for an autonomous car. That takes the Python even further.
But even though my logon works on Udacity, I cannot access any of the course content. I tried using Firefox 3.6.22, 3.6.27, and 10.0.2 with no success. IE8 also failed to load course content and so too Google Chrome 17.0.963.56m.
So I fired off an email to their support people. I told them that in IE8 it would not load. They shot back with this:
This is a common problem if you have any of the following running: adblock, flashblock, noscript, httpseverywhere. In order to view the site you must have these disabled.
Now note I had said IE8. They probably looked in their apache logs and found I’d tried to access with Firefox.
So I decided to try it from my cell, and the Safari based browser there cannot access the Udacity course content.
I can’t fault them too much, if you hit the Udacity site you see they put the Beta tag right on the header. So I’ll check back in a couple of months to see if things have leveled off.