Fake Cash-Out Apps: Too good to be true?

Many of us play games on our phones… in my case, it’s a small number of brain-exercisers, which I play just for the fun of them.

But recently, I’ve noticed that I’m being barraged with adverts for games that promise easy cash winnings. But are these adverts simply too good to be true?

After a bit of experimenting, I’ve compiled a few guidelines…

It is likely an app is Fake if:

  1. You have to pay-to-play
  2. You have to watch (too many) ads
  3. You have to link with friends
  4. You have to hit a big target before cashing out
  5. When you do cash out, it isn’t instant

Interestingly, some in-game adverts make similar claims…

If you are expecting a pay-out, and your app exhibits these, then I suggest you delete it, and try something else.

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Embedded World 2024 – Call for Papers!

Embedded World 2024
Save the DateFollowing on from the success of the MISRA track at previous editions of the embedded world Exhibition & Conference, MISRA is pleased to announce the continuation of this collaboration into 2024:

The embedded world Conference in collaboration with MISRA is calling for proposals for a special MISRA session. The session will provide opportunities to hear about the latest developments from the MISRA Working Groups, including a Session Keynote from myself, as the Chair of the MISRA C Working Group.

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Publication of MISRA C:2023… Happy 25th Anniversary!

MISRA C 25th AnniversaryAs Chairman of the MISRA C Working Group, I am pleased to announce the release of MISRA C:2023 (MISRA C Third edition, Second revision). This is a further update which incorporates Amendments 2, 3 and 4 (AMD2, AMD3, AMD4) and Technical Corrigendum 2 (TC2) and provides support for C11 and C18 language features.

At the present time this document is available in PDF form, but an option for purchase of hardcopies using a “print on demand” service should be available soon.

My thanks to all involved in creating this new revised version.

Note: Contrary to some media reports, the publication of MISRA C:2023 is not late… there were never any plans to publish it at Embedded World 2023 – in fact, the intention was that the new version wouldn’t be available until 2024.  Publication was brought *forward* to mark the 25th anniversary!

What does “Third Edition, Second Revision” mean?

The following primary editions of MISRA C have been released:

  1. MISRA C:1998 – The first edition
  2. MISRA C:2004 – The second edition
  3. MISRA C:2012 – The third edition

Subsequent to the publication of MISRA C:2012, further incremental updates have been released, and consolidated into revised documents:

  • MISRA C:2012 (Feb 2019) – The Third edition, First revision
    • Also informally known as MISRA C:2019
    • Incorporates amendment 1 (AMD1) and technical corrigendum 1 (TC1)
  • MISRA C:2023 (Apr 2023) – The Third edition, Second revision
    • incorporates amendments 2 (AMD2), 3 (AMD3) and 4 (AMD4), plus technical corrigendum 2 (TC2)
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Leadership Dimensions – Authenticity

Background

Regular readers will know that I have already self-assessed as having met the required standard in four of the the forty-nine Leadership Components identified by the Institution of Leadership & Management (InstLM):

  • No.01 Authenticity: Self Awareness
  • No.12 Vision: Future Readiness
  • No.19 Achievement: Resilience
  • No.20 Achievement: Adaptability

As I’d given myself the objective of refreshing my leadership skills during the summer, it seemed the logical next step to start chalking off a few more of these componets – and being me, I decided to do them in order…

The forty-nine Leadership Components are grouped into five Leadership Dimensions:

  • Authenticity (8 components)
  • Vision (8 components)
  • Achievement (10 components)
  • Ownership (12 components)
  • Collaboration (11 components)

Authenticity

The first Leadership Dimension is Authenticity. It is composed of eight Leadership Components:

  1. Self-Assessment
  2. Conversation
  3. Ethics
  4. Integrity
  5. Supporting
  6. Aligning Values
  7. Challenging
  8. Building Trust

Each Leadership Component is formed of web-based self-study material

  • a Leadership Dimension page, as a component overview
  • one or more Spotlights, offering more detailed guidance on a particular sub-topic
  • most components have additional resources, including videos, worksheets, podcasts etc
  • a self-assessment test (you have to pass to get the Standard Met badge)

As a rough estimate, reading everything, watching all the videos and completing all the worksheets takes approximately one hour per component… and if you achieve the required standard in all components, you get a badge:

Authenticity: Standard Met!

Having achieved Standard Met, the next step is to arrange a more formal conversation, to become Certified… I’ll leave that for another day…

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“Ready to lead: Be resilient, agile and future-ready”

Sometimes, the pitfalls of being a Member (or Fellow) of a Professional Body is that you get bombarded with lots of emails… most of which have limited applicability.

But hot on the heels of carrying out my L&M self-assessment, I was prompted for the free online short course Ready to lead: Be resilient, agile and future-ready, which the InstLM states:

… equips aspiring, new and experienced leaders and managers with essential knowledge and skills to help navigate 2022 and beyond.

InstLM course blurb

Timing being everything, I decided to take the opportunity…

Full details of the Ready to lead: Be resilient, agile and future-ready course can be found on the InstLM’s website

Course Material

The course material is split into three sections, with an associated self-assessment questionnaire – these three sections are each linked to one of the InstLM’s 49 leadership components.

The three topics covered are:

  • Resilience leadership component,
  • Adaptability leadership component, and
  • Future-ready leadership component.

Obviously, in the context of a free course, lasting only a couple of hours including the assessments and some background reading, the depth is not massive – but I felt it was a good refresher of the concepts… and most importantly, I got a badge 🙂

Ready to Lead: Be Resilient, Agile & Future Ready
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Leadership & Management – Self Assessment

Over the years, for my CPD I have very-much focussed on the technical aspects of my job and roles… despite increasing my leadership and management focus.

Recently, I decided that this should change, and I needed to re-assess my L&M position.

Fortunately, the Institution of Leadership & Management (InstLM) offer suitable self-assessment…

MyLeadership Profile

The InstLM describes its methodology as:

At the Institute of Leadership and Management we believe leadership is crucial to success in all human endeavour, and fundamental to this is what happens between people. Sustained, optimal performance is achieved by working together towards a common goal in a trusting environment which, while objective, is guided by strong moral values and celebrates the human dimension. Our Leadership Dimensions give structure to this approach and so your responses have been ranked relative to; Authenticity, Collaboration, Ownership, Achievement and Vision. We know you are on a journey and so Your Report recognises your strengths and indicates areas which may benefit from further reflection.

Institute of Leadership & Management

Having undertaken the MyLeadership Profile self-assessment, my results showed:

MyLeadership Profile

I guess that’s a pretty good basis to start from. Plus I got a badge…

Standard met: Self-Awareness
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Worshipful Company of Information Technologists

As birthday presents go, this is right up there:

I am pleased and honoured to be able to announce that at Monday’s Court meeting, my Election to the #Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists was approved.

My thanks to all those involved in the process.

Like all the other City Livery Companies, the WCIT has four main pillars of activity:

  • support for its trade and profession,
  • charitable endeavour (via the WCIT Charity),
  • assistance to #education,
  • as well as maintaining a social community.

While last evening, I was able to indulge in the fourth of these, I look forward to contributing to the other three as well!

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MISRA C:2012 TC2

As chairman of the MISRA C Working Group, I am pleased to announce that MISRA C:2012 Technical Corrigendum 2 has been published.

This update is compatible with:

  • MISRA C:2012 (3rd Edition, 1st Revision) as further revised by Amendment 2
  • MISRA C:2012 (3rd Edition) as revised by:
    • Amendments 1 and 2, plus
    • Technical Corrigendum 1.

TC2 is available for free download via the Publications area of the MISRA website.

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BSI IST/15

I have, this morning, been advised that I have been appointed as Chair of BSI‘s IST/15 Software and Systems Engineering Committee.

BSI IST/15 is the UK mirror to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7 Software and Systems Engineering, and the role as Chair comes with the additional responsibility as UK Head of Delegation to SC 7.

I am grateful for the support of the outgoing Chair, and the continued support and encouragement of LDRA. Likewise I appreciate the trust being placed in me by BSI.

IST/15/-/26 Software Testing

I will remain as Chair of BSI IST/15/-/26 Software Testing, and UK delegate to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7/WG 26, supporting the development of the ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 family of standards.

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Embedded World 2022

An important announcement from the Embedded World team:

To accommodate the wishes of the industry and also give all participants the opportunity to plan with confidence, we decided to postpone embedded world 2022 inclusively the both accompanying conferences embedded world Conference and electronic displays Conference to June.

The decision to postpone was made in close cooperation with our exhibitors and partners.

Together with them we are now looking forward to seeing the international embedded community again in Nuremberg from 21 to 23 June 2022. Please make a note of the new date now.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stay healthy!

Your embedded world team

I hope to see you in Nürnberg, in June.

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