7 posts • joined Friday 30th November 2007 12:49 GMT
It's not just AQA who are doing stupid things to A-Levels
I teach overseas in an international school. We have been following CIE's A-Level Computing syllabus, but will be changing next year to another syllabus / exam board.
The reason? CIE have decided that the best way to examine programming skills in the first year of the course is not through the current Programming Project (seems like a good way of testing skills - actual programming), but through a *written* exam - pseudocode, dry-runs, etc.
"I had 250GB of data without backup and I lost everything"
I've know too many people who, despite prompts and advice from me, don't consider backing up data to be an important use of their time... until this happens. (Of course, then it falls to me to help them try to recover what they can!)
"Jobsian cultists" - made me LOL (I'm posting from my newly christened CultBook Pro)
Sniff, sniff, sniff...
Ahhhhh... The smell of vapourware wafting across Herefordshire!
I used to feel quite smug reading the stories of ridiculous behaviour by paranoid, ignorant and power-crazed security people in North American airports - smug because that sort of thing wouldn't happen in Dear Old Blighty... but now the buggers are at it here too!
Great! I had already decided never to bother flying to the US because I didn't want some DHS drongo treating me like a criminal: fingering my laptop and my prostate.
But I can't ban myself from flying into my own country. What will I do?!
'Chav' would seem to be a word derived from Roma, and 'CHAV' is one of those stupid acronyms that get made-up and tacked on after-the-fact...
My wife (who's a Geordie) recalls a mother of her friend referring to little kids as 'charvers' back in the late 1980s - it's not a new word, but the meaning has changed in recent years to refer to the no-good scuffers that we all know and love.