Image & Payment Test
Images of cats to test inline image tag detection, source downloading & subsequent file compression from third party img links. Process results in decreased page load times and improved reliability as all resources are hosted locally. Also enables further cross-browser and mobile device tests. Enter '4242' repeatedly for card # and random CCV/EXP to test purchase.
Are People Naturally Aggressive?
Are people naturally aggressive? Is that why there is so much violent conflict in the world? An imagined three-cornered discussion between Hans Morgenthau, John Burton and Ted Gurr.
This report outlines prevalent concepts and associated issues regarding concurrency and parallelism at various levels of computer design, including operating systems, databases and programming languages. Processor scheduling and memory management techniques are mentioned, taking into account the required criteria for deadlock to occur and available methods of recovery. Characteristics of parallel programming are discussed in relation to user experience, and an evaluation is then provided on the support available for concurrency in modern programming languages.
This document defines, documents and lists five threaded java programs which demonstrate a range of concurrency concepts. These programs cover both shared & distributed memory models, providing protocols allowing processes to access and share data between both threaded objects and across multiple clients respectively. Programs include a car park queue manager, the classic dining philosophers problem, a supermarket checkout simulations represented through a graphical user interface, a chatroom application and a text based server-client game.
Managing Performance in the Workplace
This evaluative report provides industry perspective on a number of criteria pertaining to effective management of employee performance in the workplace. These include setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Timely) objectives, recording progress, defining objectives, composing action plans and monitoring performance. Information is provided on promoting self managed performance, and identifying development needs. As a final resort, disciplinary and grievance procedures are provided for when employees and management cant reach informal agreements on concerns they may have raised.
Developing Technologies: Robotics & Drones (Presentation)
Drones and robotics are closely linked emerging industries with related technological advancements often benefiting both industries. Progress in software (AI, machine learning, etc) is rapidly improving the technologies such that the rate of development has outpaced ethical and legal considerations.
Cloud Gaming Literature Review
This research paper aims to constructively analyse the available literature relating to the drawbacks and benefits cloud technology will have on the gaming industry. Research is carried out into latency and image quality provided by leading cloud gaming services, followed by an analysis of industry and consumer benefits. Arguments from a variety of relevant sources are critically appraised, and any limitations which have become apparent whilst conducting this literature review have been identified. The research carried out in this paper is intended to support the development of an upcoming work-based research project.
Serious & Entertainment Games: A Convergence Analysis
This report outlines overlapping aspects between serious and entertainment game genres, and analyses how developments in the games industry, caused by both internal and external influences, have led to their gradual convergence over time. The history of serious games is discussed in relation to public opinion on the genre, as well as research & development in the sector. Modern definitions are provided for both genres, followed by a breakdown of the main criteria which have either led to or are leading to increasingly fewer distinguishing factors, a trend which is likely to continue as the gaming industry continues advancing.
Starbucks Marketing Strategy Review
This report reviews the Starbucks Coffee Company from a marketing perspective, outlining how the company mission statement, values, aims and objectives affect the planning of their marketing strategy. Stakeholder influences are considered, and the current & future market positions are analysed. The marketing mix is then incorporated into the company’s revised strategy, using market and company analysis tools to determine beneficial points of focus.