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:
>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.
> 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.
>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.
>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.
>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.
>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...
>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.
>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.
>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.
>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.
>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.
>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.
>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.
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