Estonian here. The attitude towards the project over here is: "We have have a cool idea which can be easily implemented, so let's see try it out." In essence, no one really knows what might come out of it. As far as I know there has been 16000 sign ups so far of which 63% did it because they would be able to launch a company here. Currently Estonia has approximately 35 000 companies, so this could potentially become very profitable to the country if done right. Assuming the project will hold security-wise, of course.
We're using a webapp we've created and are currently working on. Since it's player as well as playlist are both collaborative we can schedule songs/youtube videos we like. Hearing can indeed be a way for noticing server/code issues.
It's a common misconception from both sides. Ask who developed Skype from a random Dane or Swede on the street, and they will tell you that it was made by either Danish/Swedish programmers. Approach an Estonian with a question who actually worked for the funding, marketing etc., and they will probably answer it was the Estonians.
As a self-taught programmer from Estonia, I would have loved having programming as a subject in the basic school.
Anyhow, the program will not be quite as successful if skilled programmers with long experience weren't included, or children will not be seeing the full scale of possibilites programming the computer could give to them. That, however, will be a tough task since there's a great shortage of developers on the market, and not all of them would fit neatly into the teaching role.
>You're right long term, but self-driving cars that are allowed to drive without any human behind the wheel is more like a 50 years out thing, IMO.
Why not just outsource the driver to, say Eastern Europe, Mexico or India? Rent out a room, buy bunch of computers, screens, tables, chairs, and then hire a bunch of "virtual drivers" with enough experience on the road to control those vehicles remotely. Furthermore, program the car to stop on the side of a road in case should it lose the wireless connectivity. I guess the ping could be a problem, but haven't most of the people driving on the roads today got slower reactions to events than 100-150ms? Later on, as the tech progresses, teach the software to direct the driving to that virtual driver on hold only when the "AI" wasn't be able to figure out the current situation.
Some countries have adopted exceptionally sane methods for fighting antitrusts where the first company that comes forward with proof that law was broken will be pardoned from the law. Although the company itself was in the ring of bad guys and broke law, it still will not be facing any penalties.
I can not really see why this practice couldn't be applied to elsewhere.
>Its easy to see if she has Ruby skills, for instance - but its hard to see the overall picture of what skills she has without spending a lot of time on it.
One can take her resume idea even further and create a CV in an interactive form, so it could meet everyones needs.
The issue of thinking in pictures versus words has always interested me. Wiki says 30% of us are explicitly picture thinkers, 25% think in words and the rest combine both methods. Most entrepreneurs (not sure about the ones dealing with start-ups) tend to drift towards the right, because it's usually easier to generalize your idea by visualizing it, rather than coming to a logical conclusion by using words only. Which, I think, would be slower in this case. So, how come are most (if not all?) of the current cv-websites featuring only long walls of text?