* Posts by Random Handle

224 posts • joined 29 Mar 2011


Is your kid looking at GCSE in computer science? It's exam-only from 2022 – Ofqual

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Take a look at a past paper - it might cheer you a little:


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>They used to give you a made-up programming language on the paper, IIRC.

I quite like the (AQA) course - it's difficult in comparison to some of the other GCSEs my daughters are doing. They use psuedo-code and flow charts for sketching - then write it in C, Java and Python. Most of the content is really fundamentals of computer science though, the programming project is only 20 hours officially.

You get a sense of the course priorities and weightings here:


Microsoft: Come and play in our Windows SandBox

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Re: Erkk!!!

> "Nothing is persisted".

> Persist is an INTRANSITIVE verb. How about "Nothing persists"?

How would we know if nothing persists simply because there wasn't anything persistable?

Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz

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Re: hate it. use it

>I remember the days I used to buy new handsets all the time, back in the day. Nowadays, I find the efforts to persuade me to upgrade laughable.

Hence planned obsolescence, welded-in batteries and short support cycles. No persuasion is now necessary.

Former headteacher fined £700 after dumping old pupil data on server at new school

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>Is there a transcript of the Court session, and/or the ICO's findings available?


(Although this guy is Darren and not David!)

It's 'nyet' again, yet again, for Kaspersky: Appeal against US govt ban snubbed by Washington DC court

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Re: Ban the code!

>We don't want code from a company based in Russia written by the lowest bid developers in India.

It's actually a UK based company - they moved everything into a holding company registered here over 20 years ago.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: Papa can you hear me?

>we all know they are a front for the milk marketing board !

Watch out there's a Humphrey about

International politicos gather round to grill Dick, head of Facebook policy, on data slurping

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Re: Ahh...

>So he's the Dick head of Facebook policy.

Actually he's Baron Dick Head of Facebook Policy to you, pleb.

Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active

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>Friend of mine is still 'Away' but not offline on an iPad after about a year of not using it and uninstalling it.

It's approaching 2 years since a former colleague of mine died - poignantly Away according to Skype.

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Re: A free to play game

>but there's still no way to declare anything other than Google trusted

Yes there is - and for almost a year now:

I know there's a need for shock horror, Google is dead type headlines - but Google actually added the functionality specifically to facilitate side-loading and enable trusted third-party app stores.


Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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Re: What does it run?

>Dell's already sorted that out for you.

They're also certified for RHEL

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Re: We're gonna need a bigger board

>and socks teleported out of our washing?

'Oh my God, it's full of socks'

Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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Re: Vacuum??

>This being a UK site and all shouldn't it be "Dyson" up the data??

....that would mean rsync to a cheap NAS in Malaysia

UK ICO, USCourts.gov... Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after popular plugin pwned

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Re: Don't load third-party scripts

> Concretely, what this means, is that they should host their own instance of the service

That messes with Browsealoud's business/licensing model - and it's far from a cheap product. Browsealoud pre-dates the (W3C) Web Speech API which is supported by all current browsers, trivial to implement and should have made the product redundant anyway.

Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?

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Re: And the job opportunities?

>11-plus?? Showing your age there, mate.

We still have the 11 plus in this neck of the woods - though there's there's the shopping centre from hell built over Avro and Ford - so little chance of flying cars I think.

Meltdown/Spectre week three: World still knee-deep in something nasty

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Re: Intel "shouldn't be selling CPUs?"

>Maybe it's a good opportunity to slow down and take stock

First thing the CEO did.

Shhh! DropBox 'quietly files' for IPO

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>I'd go for storage through Pied Piper


siacoin is getting mined in reasonable quantities too - colour me unconvinced, but it's a thing.

Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

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Re: Fingers in my ears....

>My Vega+ will definitely arrive late on time, I’m sure of it.

...keep the faith!

You'll be playing Bandersnatch on it any day now

Used iPhone Safari in 2011-12? You might qualify for Google bucks

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>Just ask Google...

Actually you can - just get a 'takeout' using Google's (not) well publicised 'Download Your Data' feature.


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Re: Just iPhones?

They're looking into iPad as well, future case maybe, but it's iPhone users only currently (according to Money Saving Expert - Martin Lewis has some involvement as advisor).

156K spam text-sending firm to ICO: It wasn't us, Commissioner

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Re: 30p/text

>This is why when someone calls me, I answer. For even the minimum wage, if I can keep them going

Little bit too much effort, I say 'ooh! can you just hang on a second while I finish this', and then say 'almost done!' in a chirpy voice at random intervals while carrying on with whatever I was doing. Most cold callers are surprisingly unwilling to hang up on a potential catch - should make an app really.

Sean Parker: I helped destroy humanity with Facebook

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Re: sloppy coding

>If a tag is only a parody of html, does it need closing?

...not to engage the mind in subject-object duality is the bodhisattva's practice

ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers

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Re: Completely authentic

>unreliable yes, but they actually existed and actually eventually arrived.

...though if we'd had social media back then they would never have received the later cascade of orders needed to fix the initial botching. Not blaming social media for Vega+ which was doomed to fail with that team, but nostalgia has led us to forget how utterly, woefully useless Sinclair's management actually was.

Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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Re: There's already a solution


UK industry bods: Re-train one million manufacturing workers to deal with new tech

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Re: Picture?

>I really, really do not want to know what that picture is illustrating

Given the article content, I'm guessing they did a stock image search for 'bear shitting in the woods' and that's one of the Fire Bear guys

Review: Magic Leap and Fantasy Funding Fiasco

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Re: I'm baffled.

>Why are people funding this?

Bizarre - for the money they could have those guys in Yakutia to drop the mammoth resurrection programme and breed actual miniature hand elephants.

Let's go live now to Magic Leap and... Ah, still making millions from made-up tech

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Re: headhacker

>So there needs to be an eyetracking sensor and a forward looking sensor to recognize the display environment

Conversely (as the silence is deafening) - SMI had actually working (Google for IRL demos at various shows) foveated rendering with staggeringly good eye tracking via a pair of $10 mini cameras when Apple acquired them (depressingly though I guess it was inevitable someone huge would) earlier this year.

Cost in terms of sensors and processing power for rendering is pretty much cracked I think - there's already a huge weight of successful work in terms of environment sensing. I'd guess it's genuinely useful applications as much as anything which is now the challenge.

New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Re: What will she actually do?

>This is the kind of "boring" story that many on here would find interesting and would like to read.

Noticed HMRC've been advertising quite a few Linux/Unix devops jobs of late with a very hopeful skillset and on the kind of money you can make chirping out websites for Fleebayers...

New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

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Re: Is anyone keeping count?

>The Amiga has become the Blakes 7 of home computers.

The Babylon 5 would be a more appropriate moniker

Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

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>I wonder how much of the problems with Flash would be solved if it was open sourced?

Most of the problems can be solved using openfl to target html5+ or native - slightly more complex to build for non-devs but the bulk of code would be re-usable and stimuli etc identical for replication. A good (honest) dev will be charging in hours and days not weeks - in-house will find it a fairly painless leap and be back on their day jobs in no time.

Virgin Trains dodges smack from ICO: CCTV pics of Corbyn were OK

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Re: Corbyn solution

>If the rail regulator told Virgin Trains to refit the first class carriages on their Pendolinos

The refit would be paid for by the tax payer or at best heavily subsidised - and they aren't 'their' Pendolinos anyway - Virgin lease them from various ROSCO - ensures playing trains doesn't require a long-term financial commitment.

Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Re: Market research

>Has MS heard of it?

Probably - but then some over-promoted knob desperately seizing his career defining impact moment will chime in with Ford's faster horse shit.

Linus Torvalds slams 'pure garbage' from 'clowns' at Grsecurity

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Re: but he's not a leader.

> But then Genghis Khan and Attilla the Hun were successful leaders too.

An even more surprising thought when you consider they were probably using FORTRAN or AL GORE and only had 4800 baud dial-up back then.

Capita flogs Asset Services division for £888m

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Re: Smart meter bill

>Given the amount of public service contracts shoved in that direction over the years I'd have thought it was the other way around.

Perhaps - with the outpouring of venom and vinegar from their exes here whenever the name turns up and the almost unending stream of epic fails - someone should be investigating (studying & bottling) their survival ability. Makes no sense to me.

Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

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Re: propaganda?

>However true that may be, how many US voters watch RT

Just finished watching the Putin Interviews (Oliver Stone) which probably has the 'propaganda value' of a hundred RTs. Putin actually makes a far more credible and candid interviewee than Trump or Clinton.

Worth it just for the 'Googlebox' moment of Stone & Putin watching Whoops Apocalypse. The Snowden discussion is also quite enlightening.

Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

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>Yo Telegram and Whatsapp! Open market segment!

...if the well known 'camera company' Snapchat only had a brain.

Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

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Re: Yawn.

>I am truly phenomenally underwhelmed (if that's a word) that Apple's big new product reveal is a SPEAKER.

Think the big new reveal was the iMac Pro with an 18-core Xeon CPU - presumably followed in the New Year by the silent death of the Trashintosh.

BT considers scrapping 'gold-plated' pensions in bid to plug £14bn deficit

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Re: We'll need to work longer

>Well, that will only work if its possible for 55 plus people to readily get jobs...

It is, but career culture is changing - you'll have 30 years to get your house, bring up your kids and work in the skilled/professional sector - then 15 or 20 more doing something more mundane and increasingly part-time in B&Q or Starbucks.

Not quite as bad as being vapourised by lasers on primetime, but Nolan and Johnson were on to this inevitable problem back in the 60's.

Sick of Java and C++? Google pours a cup o' Kotlin for Android devs

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Re: static vs dynamic typing

>Finding a name that could actually be pronounced, instead of "ECMAScript", would have helped a lot.

I always thought it was pronounced ecmascript - what is it supposed to be - eczma script - Xmas crypt ?

Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

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Re: Panda

>Panda Adaptive Defence 360

I'm sure it's a wonderful product - but I've always dismissed it out-of-hand simply because it's called 'Panda' - dodo is about the only animal I can think of which would be a worse choice.

Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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Re: I am really...

>going to miss the common sense rulings the EU have provided in many areas of life and business

UK will still be bound by them in the main post-Brexit, though there will doubtless be a few token gestures for the sake of political posturing.

Article 50 and the recently publishing EU Commission negotiation guidelines have the ECJ hard-coded for Brexit and post-Brexit dispute resolution - so in trade/governmental matters it will continue to bind UK regulations and law for many years - without the inconvenience of having British judicial representation in the court.

Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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> Usually harmless old ladies mumbling

Pretty sure that's what Facebook will be in 10 or 15 years.... certainly has zero appeal for my kids and their peers.

Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

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Re: Minecraft subscription?

>It used to be pay once, yours for life. When did they do this?

Pretty soon after they paid $2.5 Billion for it - Notch is welcome to the money, but that was an insane price and MS clearly had no idea what they were buying - dreadful spinoffs which entirely miss the point (like Story Mode) only underline it.

It's Realms that needs the subscription (the idea predates MS - pricing is all them though). For my kids at least, third party servers are pretty much where it's at and are much cheaper - many are free.

'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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Re: Not regulated?

>in some cases nearly a year of work experience before they are called an Engineer.

That's because engineer is a generic term - in the UK, Chartered Engineer is probably what you're looking for.

US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

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Re: Gather Dust?

Sir Barnes Wallis to you...

http://www.sirbarneswallis.com/ is highly recommended - necessary reading for a few I think given some of the comments.


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