* Posts by Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Re: Vaping isn't cool

Really?? So you'd prefer it if these ex smokers and kids stayed smoking regular cigarettes then? I have no science to hand to convince you that vaping is "cleaner" and less unhealthy than smoking 20 Marlboro lights every day, but from my personal experience I would say that it is. Very much so.

To be honest though, if a kid is going to smoke - then he's going to smoke. Whether that be analog or digital cigarettes (excuse the parlance). And surely any "less unhealthy" form of smoking is better than a "more unhealthy" form.

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I think you just nailed it Andrew...

"Was their real goal saving the planet? Or did they just hate people deriving pleasure and utility from the use of cars and cheap air travel?"

I think the answer is most certainly yes to the latter. There is also a lot of free money in NGO work.

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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

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Re: Not compulsory?

Agreed. But it's also not compulsory that it not be wrapped up in tin foil.

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Re: Benefits

Good post. Just about your "demand management" point though. There is already an annual industry "auction" process to cover this whereby large companies (or distinct parts of large companies) can bid for reduced tarriffs on large energy supplies in return for accepting the risk that they may be cut off in the event of a national energy shortage.

Smart meters play no part in smoothing out or making that process more efficient.

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I'm not having a smart meter either, but...

Having worked on the programme for a major utility, one of the industry benefits sold was of having a quaint national grid of connected smart meters [in this world of uncertain energy suppliers] - to be able to analyse past energy use on a large scale, and then use that information to be able predict future demand to help inform our future oil/gas/coal demand and costs on the global energy and futures markets.

This benefit when explained, makes sense - and I kind of support it theoretically (even though it's not actually achievable practically). Funny then how it's the driver of the core benefit that one no-one from the energy companies mention, as it should directly tally to lower customer energy bills from the supply side (thereby reducing their corporate incomes), rather than by reducing the actual amount you use (for which their is no science based factual evidence to support anywhere).

This argument, if it was properly balanced totally in my favour; and if I was feeling in a utilitarian mood might convince me to even consider the question if I thought it would by any significant margin drive down my energy bills.

But it won't.

And I'm not.

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Opera VPN and Protonmail

Hmmm... Opera VPN (similar to almost every other service Opera has integrated) is actually a really data-leaky proxy service rather than an actual VPN. It may be fine for spoofing your endpoint IP address but does nothing for protecting the rest of your privacy. It's also owned by the Chinese, does full proxy request logging and several of the endpoints resolve directly to "Five eyes" countries. Not good at all as far as I can see.

But "what about encryption" I hear you say you say???? Well, I'm sure Opera have heard of the concept.

As for Protonmail - well... all well and good I guess... except if none of your other email contacts also use Protonmail, or if you want to use a 3rd party email client such as Thunderbird. In those cases it's pretty much fucking useless.

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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FTFY...

"Manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon and Waterstones."

You are on a slippery slope El Reg if you want to start policing the internet out of fear for a few miserable sad extremists that may or may not actually exist. More importantly... I still get confused as to whether the full stop goes inside the final " or not. I thought I'd add some excitement to my day by going for the former...

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UK's Universal Service voucher scheme urged to shift monopoly away from BT

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I'm pretty sure...

A couple of years ago El Reg ran a story about a rural community that were so fed up with the lack of decent broadband that they effectively set up their ISP to service their town but were then told to turn it off after some legal challenge by BT or someone???

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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From my particular view...

It's sad, but from recent obvservations it seems to me that the majority of the population don't seem to give a hoot about their privacy as long as they can take advantage of all of the shit black friday crap over the web or stream the latest vacuous piece of "entertainment" served up from the TV companies.

A quote then from Sir Bill of Hicks that even though almost 25 years old, still seems relevant to both the UK and US : "Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here's American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!"

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Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

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Whilst I myself don't partake...

A police inspector friend of mine said that dogging, or any form of, err... outside sexual actvity is not actually illegal as long as those partaking had taken efforts to conceal themselves from general public view so as to not cause offense to any non-consenting 3rd parties. I'm sure there is more to it than that but he also stated that his particular police force had been directed to not enforce any public decency laws unless it was clear that they hadn't tried to actively conceal their activities from public view. The difference I guess being between doing it at midday in the middle of a supermarket car park, and at 1am in a secluded car park somwhere?

These guys in the chopper... probably just having a wee perve on the public account when they should have been out catching real criminals - especially when considering the running costs of your standard helo.

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Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

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Agile in a safety critical environment...

I have no problem with the AirBus FCS being developed in an Agile manner. However I do have a real problem with it being TESTED in an Agile manner.

Agile Smagile!!!! It's all a pile of old bollocks, and there is no right or wrong answer when you are actually out there at the coalface actually delivering stuff rather than sitting in a controlled environment such as a lecture theatre or a home office cracking out Agile whitepapers. The foundations required for delivering large successful projects haven't changed in over 20 - 30 years and most experienced managers will pick and choose which method suits the project best based on several learned criteria.

In summary - I find a mix of both Waterfall and Agile works best for larger projects and programmes. WAgile perhaps?

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Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

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It's a good read...

Thankfully I'm not a Tesco customer, and I liked the added warnings as to what ongoing problems their customers should watch out for followong this... but I got halfway through and thought I was actually reading an advertising puff piece for a particular security intelligence firm.

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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

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Defence du jour...

No doubt the youths lawyer tried to claim that he has Aspergers syndrome as a defence.

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UK Home Secretary signs off on Lauri Love's extradition to US

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I'm looking forward to the day...

When none of us will need to take either responsibility or accountability for our actions, and we can all happily pay lawyers to try to get us off of charges by grasping to any manner of conveniently purported or concocted mental conditions; because I'm sure we are all mental in some way if we looked hard enough. So...

Was he smart enough to do the crime? Yes.

Was it pre-meditated? Defintely.

Would he have understood the legality and consequences of it? Most certainly.

Should he be extradited to the US? I don't care.

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ICO aims at 400 online gambling companies for misuse of personal data

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And what are the odds...

On getting any significant return on that investment of time and effort?

The ICO are a busted flush at best.

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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

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Whilst I don't disagree with the thrust of the article...

At the volume that Walkers work at I'd suggest that there is more to producing a packet of crisps than simply growing potatoes.

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Redcentric CFO quits after botched accounts discovered

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Accounting misshtakes...

Or did Mr Coleman have a nice short position on those stock prices?

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

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In my fairly experienced view...

The first rules of running larger SAP and EBS integration programmes and projects is always :

1. Front load and finance the programme with a proper requirements and transition mapping stage.

2. Do not allow any SI to write those requirements on your behalf.

3. Don't give the contract to IBM or WIPRO.

4. Or Accenture.

5. Or, err... CSC.

Okay, so that's five rules... and I'm available at short notice if you need me at an almost reasonable day rate.

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Heart Internet goes TITSUP again

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"No single point of failure"

Is just hyped up marketing blurb so they don't have to admit to having "many points of failure".

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Why Agile is like flossing and regular sex

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Re: The Way Good Software Is Done?

Amen to that brother. Can't disagree.

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

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I had an Aquarius...

And there was nothing for it. Nothing. Not even a plug in tumbleweed. It was rubbish.

Thankfully my father quickly realised it was rubbish and got us a Spectrum and then an Atari 800XL.

I loved the Atari. Absolutely loved it.

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NASA curious about Curiosity's fourth 'safe mode' event

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Alien invasions.

They always start with a computer glitch...

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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I should be all facepalm about this, but...

Nothing surprises me. Especially when validating the egos of Sociology and Psychology students.

In her support however, and by the awarding of the "first class degree" that in spite of the tenuous and vapid nature of the subject matter, that she presented a good synopsis, supported it successfully with observed cases and theory, and then argued the salient points as required; with those key points being a good part of what a good undergrad thesis is marked on.

Why all the fuss?

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Martha Lane Fox: Brexit is all about MEEEEeeee!

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She's like...

Totes irrelevant.

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

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If I was the Air Marshall...

I'd buy stuff based on how cool I thought it was, so it would be A-10 Thunderbolts all the way for me. I'm not sure I'd last long in the job though... but perhaps just long enough to have a go in one and blow some stuff up with the mega-canon on the front.

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Broker DP Data shuts up shop after HP's lawyers took a bite out of them

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FTFY...

"DP revealed in the year ended 31 May 2015 that turnover had slumped to £46.9m from £52.7m in the prior fiscal year, and a spike in director divdends cunningly diguised and hawked as tenuous admin expenses as they knew the game was up; contributed to an operating loss of £1.9m versus a profit of £858,000 the previous year."

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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Re: Let cooler heads prevail...

I disagree. By the four horsemen I take to mean - Teresa May, Teresa May (again), Michael Gove, and that scrawny, creepy looking, mole-faced fuckwit... Michael Gove.

So actually then... we have a one horseman + one horsewoman of the Apocalyse cluster in a fault tolerant active-active configuration.

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Dixons, UK's fifth 'emergency service', brushes off Brexit scare stories

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They lost my business forever...

When I went into the Portsmouth store to buy a pair of quite expensive headphones as an Xmas present. I had politely asked the sales droid to open the locked cabinet that they keep them in, and instead of actually doing that, he just looked at me and asked what mobile phone I had and whether I wanted to upgrade to a new tariff.

Even when I pulled him up short for terrible service and told him to forget the sale as I was no longer interested in buying from them - I just got that mindless zombie expression that appeared to have not an utter clue as to what he had done wrong or why I was saying it.

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Lenovo HPC bounces back after IBM spinoff

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Perhaps I'm the only one...

But I think they deserve a round of applause. Their approach, expected results and ability to deliver has been based on a well hedged, honest and very pragmatic set of expectations. This approach goes down well with the HPC crowd, and in the end was where IBM kind of started to lose it; and where both HP and DELL could still do better (although it is to be noted that neither are doing "badly" in the same space).

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Vodafone hints at relocation from UK

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I call bo**cks!!!!

This is just political posturing like a teenage prom queen preening for the boys to give her some attention behind the bike sheds. In or out of the EU, just like HSBC, they won't have the balls to vacate UK HQ.

So VF - if you do by chance grow a pair, please f**k off ASAP to save us from your whining and totally shit billing and customer support *cough* processes.

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Google off the hook for feeding kids bad cookies

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ROBOTS.TXT... schmobots.txt

Yeah, robots schmobotz!!! What chance do you have when the website states "HEY GROWN-UPS: We don't collect ANY personal information about your kids. Which means we couldn't share it even if we wanted to!"

But then they do... and the law does nothing about it?

Shameful.

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

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Eh?

I'm all for the ongoing challenge of parking penalties and I can see how this makes things easier etc, but from a technical perspective surely this is just a jazzed up CASE or IF, THEN, ELSE construct?

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Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'

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Indeed...

This is why I have an ongoing case against a UK based content streaming service who have just moved the goalposts and cancelled/withdrawn my ability to play back £70 of paid for content on the device I bought it on. They are arguing that the T&C's allow them to withdraw device support at any time, which I am contesting under law as this statement is actually hidden away on page 7 of their T&Cs and not displayed prominently at the time of purchase.

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The best way to find oxygen on Mars? Friggin LASERS, of course

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Re: More importantly...

But 73.6% of statistics are made up. So I'll take yours with a pinch of red weed.

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More importantly...

The chances of anything coming from Mars are?

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My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN

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I'd love Eric Cantona to become a senior EU commissioner*. After all, being a farmer from the Alsace region, look how he has manged to raise their plight recently. If he can do that for them then...

* Lets just forget the whole Seagull and fan-kicking incidents though eh?

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MPs of Europe unite: Listen up big biz, air your tax deals in public

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Re: Bad move

Yes, yes, yes... rant, rant, rant.

But you know what I REALLY thought while reading your post... "blah blah blah".

There will always be the scared vested interests trying to forge reasons as to why these changes shouldn't happen. Unfortunately they have no chance as the tide is well and truly turning.

As to your final comment as to the EU not being our business now, I shall paraphrase the words of another greater leader than I... Emperor Palpatine in fact. As spoken in Return of the Jedi "Oh no, my young Jedi. You will find that you are mistaken... about a great many things."

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IT consultant gets 4 years' porridge for tax fraud

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FTFY...

Colin Spinks, assistant director of the Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “Khan has to pay the price for his deliberate attempts to steal money from UK taxpayers – money that could have been used to fund vital public services." But went on to add that "...most likely wasn't used that way however as we just bandy this term about to hide our own inability to correctly manage money. More likely is that the money was actually spunked on a failed IT project, some no-name MPs expenses, or used to crowd fund a missile that we ultimately fired at unarmed brown people somewhere in the Middle East".

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Brexit and data protection: A period of shock and reflection

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Well...

I think from a personal / home user / SOHO perspective the view has to be to start thinking about tough encryption on as many forms of electronic communications as possible. Yes I agree with the article that to do business with the EU in the future we'll need to maintain privacy standards, but what about separate standards when dealing with the US for example? We've all seen Teresa Mays vision of the future, and the recent roughriding over personal privacies as demonstrated by the FBI and other court rulings - and neither fill me with any joy. Even less now that we will not necessarily in the future enjoy the protections we have enjoyed previously and up until now under the EU.

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From Watson Jr to Watson AI: IBM's changed, and Papa Watson wouldn't approve

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Oooh Oooh I can answer this...

"What difference will there be between IBM and an Indian outsourcing company such as Wipro?"

From my perspective of having inherited both as 3rd party SI's on large scale SAP and ERP implementations my answer is thus:

The difference is that IBM are only slightly less shit and clueless than Wipro when it comes to (A) the quality of thought capital, (B) the understanding of and adherence to contractual terms, (C) planning and management, and (D) execution.

Can I get my 5 points and cuddly toy now?

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Dear Germany...

I don't give a stuff about a game played 50 years ago. However, I will be persuaded to remain if you guarantee that whenever I go to Egypt, your citizens will stop laying towels over all of the holiday sunloungers at 6am and then deciding to not turn up at the pool until 11am to claim them.

I in return (even though this will be at the expense of much personal amusement at the sound of stroppy Germans) will promise to stop removing these aforementioned towels, and I will also cease giving them back to the pool attendant as unwanted or disregarded. I will note that this whole negotiation could have been avoided if your citizens stopped seeming to want to impose their own rules on everyone else, and abided by those already in place that serve for the benefit of everyone.

Deal? Deal.

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles

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When will those groundworks planners learn...

When will they learn to not measure these sites out using such obscure units such as the metre. It is well understood that large groundworks should be measured by the reference Diplodocus or London bus measures.

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

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Typical of your carburettor based stars...

Twin Weber 40's I'll bet. Just spray some Quick Start into the air intakes and hold the choke out. She'll go eventually.

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Why everyone* hates Salesforce's Marc Benioff

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As Bob Dylan wrote...

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows..."

I was going to write a rambling response to this article but I'll just sum it up in that I think that there is a tendency to overstate the fears that technology will replace everyone and everything as stated. This IMHO is a very inward looking perspective and certainly not representative of where I live or the services that I use to move through my life. What these self aggrandising "new-tech" *cough* leaders people seem to forget to do is to actually look outside and see if what they are saying actually correlates in any way to ACTUAL reality. And generally I would profess, the answer is no, it doesn't.

So, in summation : Better stay away from those that carry around a fire hose.

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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

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Brilliant...

Because every day in my career in IT I am confronted by the thundering realities of having to understand the weight of a tablet. I'm genuinely interested in undertanding (A) what the full question related to that news snippet is, and (B) what possible reason it has doing on a formal Computer Science exam paper?

The Indians in Mumbai must be laughing their collective asses off.

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

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Vin-da-loo, vin-da-loo...

Seriously, our team as usual will be out and back home again before anyone has had a chance to get remotely offended.

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That didn't take long: Shareholders sue Oracle in 'fake cloud sales' row

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Dear Oracle...

Some guy by the name of Jeff Skilling called... he heard there might be a job going for him and a CFO type chap he knows?

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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Elmer FUD!!!

Yes the answer is always hybrid. But of course it depends on the scope and scale of the project. By all means use an Agile sprint method or scrum organisation structure to deliver key and core work packages, but on large multi stage development projects and programmes, these need to sit under a waterfall stage driven structure because it gives the Sponsors, Programme board, PEs and other steering group rerpresentatives the comfort that the programme has a clearly defined structure and approach, and because looking at a large project in high level stages, and being able to track key milestones against those stages is how it works for those seniors whose necks are on the blocks to influence and deliver.

Let the PM manage the project, and let the scrum-master or whichever unfortunate has been nominated to make it work, manage the work package driven sprints. All of which sits beneath the key stage plan.

The guy in the article claiming some mutual exclusivity of methods obviously isn't delivering change projects to the size and scale that a lot of PMs do (or maybe he just has a lumberjack shirt and a beard and makes it all up as he goes along?)

If you have staff that treat your corporate systems as their own, and refuse to adapt to new methods - then they need to be released. You will feel some pain but in the long term that issue should have been identified, and be actively managed with a contingency plan.

It's not rocket science. It's really really isn't.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Tidal

IIRC the feasibility study into the Severn barrage tidal power system recommended that tidal wasn't viable due to cost, timelines and environmental impact, suggesting that nuclear and wind were better options in terms of meeting the 2020 and 2050 targets. Not sure where it went after that.

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Mars One puts 100 Red Planet corpses colonists through fresh tests

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Sod that...

I think I'll stay here on planet Earth thanks. I'd be itching to get away from everyone else and either out for a run or out on my bike ASAP after launch. My strategy is to wait until you are all nicely settled in that lovely cosy B-Ark, and then claim Hampshire as my own nation state once you've all departed.

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