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Abbott scholarship leaker escapes conviction

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@dan1980

I do understand your reasoning, as you've explained it, and thank you again for taking the time. I'll confess that I'm still uncomfortable with the notion of not recording convictions.

I'm simple. I think if someone does something good, they deserve the credit for what they've done. If someone does something bad, at the very least, the fact that they've done so should be recorded. That's the price, good or bad, of doing business.

All in all, it's probably a good thing that I don't have much to do with the legal profession. :)

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Re: "with no conviction'

@ dan1980

Thanks for taking the time to explain in such detail. I do appreciate it.

It's not that I believe anything untoward has taken place with regard to this particular case, it's that I don't grasp the "no conviction" thing at all.

Either the defendant is found not guilty and (obviously) no conviction is recorded because there wasn't one to record. Or they're found guilty - they are convicted of whatever crime they've been accused of - and the conviction is recorded because, well, that's what happened.

The notion that the defendant can be convicted but the judge decides not to record a conviction... that's just too much for my simple mind to comprehend.

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"with no conviction'

What's that all about? She did the crime. She pleaded guilty. What conceivable rationale would there be for "no conviction"?

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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

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Or the cynical ploy of: Let's weaken my current employer's business by alleging sexual harassment*, paving the way for me to set up a competitor. And if the former employer complains about me poaching customers/staff/algorithms/etc it will be perceived as even further harassment of a courageous victim who is just trying to get on with her life.

* I imagine that would cripple a dating app/site. Who wants to use a dating app run by the kind of creeps who would harrass their staff?

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DEATH by COMMENTS: WordPress XSS vuln is BIGGEST for YEARS

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@ Trevor Pott and Ole Juul

I don't personally have a problem with WordPress as I don't use it. My problem with it is once removed, as it were. My entire experience of WordPress is that of people complaining to me that it doesn't work, or doesn't do what it's supposed to do, or can't be configured to do what they'd like it to do.

It may well be the best software ever written buy the most talented and conscientious programmers on the planet, but when you keep hearing about a toaster that burns the toast, and the person using it, the obvious conclusion is that something is wrong with it.

Maybe I only hear from dumb users, or maybe it's something like better documentation or user tutorials required. I don't know.

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Whenever I see 'WordPress' the first thing that springs to mind is Ripley's solution, "Nuke the entire site from orbit".

Pure coincidence I'm sure.

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Culture CLASH: Wuzhen Declaration spurned at World Internet Conference in China

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The yanks are doing their best to record every lolcat picture you look at, and cross index everyone you mention it to. The brains trust at the EU are doing their best to censor search results because God forbid that anyone find out that you did, in fact, look at a lolcat picture a few years back.

So I wonder quite how sanctimonious we in the west look to the Chinese when we preach about internet freedom.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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and nobody seems to know what it’s doing up there.

Do you reckon the Russians might have some inkling?

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Big shadowy orgs should stop scooping up everyone's personal info – say Google, Facebook

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Aside from the rank hypocrisy of the companies behind this, even if this bill passes and the head of the NSA agrees to stop all surveillance activities, who would believe him?

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Kindle, meet my partner. Darling, play nice with Kindle, please

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Or you could strip the DRM and give away or loan your ebooks to whoever you choose.

To paraphrase: You wouldn't stop someone from giving away a book they no longer want. So what makes them think that's acceptable just because its an ebook?

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Re: Most people who 'like' the Bible

I'd argue the same for Mein Kampf - the people who say it's influential haven't actually read it, much like most of the Germans it allegedly influenced. It was so poorly written that it's Mr Hitler would have enjoyed far less support if his book had been more widely read.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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Pocket Billiards

My darling girlfriend bought me a cheap but functioning pocket watch to compliment my Mad Hatter halloween costume. Now every time someone asks me the time I have an excuse to fondle my nipple region wearing an expression of near-orgasmic bliss until enquirer gets uncomfortable and goes away. Should they endure through my performance, I finally retrieve the watch from my pocket before telling them I forgot to wind it this morning (or any morning, but they don't need to know that).

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Why solid-state disks are winning the argument

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Why I use SSD #2

A SSD equipped laptop doesn't have any issues when I carry it around on my motorbike.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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Re: i would be rich today..

It wasn't so much that Ghosts n Goblins was hard but it was both hard *and* enjoyable enough that you'd keep trying. There were plenty of games that were hard, but they were also bad so you'd never play them a second time (Moonwalker anyone?). And a few that were impossible (Qix and Tetris spring to mind).

Wonder Boy would certainly give Ghosts n Goblins a run for its money in the difficulty stakes. Bubble Bobble and Black Tiger would too.

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Oz trade minister RUBBISHES TPP fears

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RIP Gough Whitlam

I was never his greatest fan but Australia is worse off with the passing of Mr Whitlam. Like Mussolini's corpse, left dangling in a servo, Mr Whitlam's political fate served as a warning to even the most out of touch politician.

With the previous Labor and current Liberal governments both dealing in secret, against the interests of her citizens, I believe it's time Her Magesty got off Her backside and chucked out another government. The political class aren't very bright and need a constant reminder of whom they're obliged to serve.

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Fun huh?

There's the intellectual challenge of constructing a tower of invisible blocks. The quiet satisfaction of a job well done when it withstands the worst battering of the testers can inflict. And the pride in seeing the tower you've constructed improving someone else's life, even if it's only a little bit.

Fun? Not so much. I know nobody, and nor do you, who says, "Ya know! Screw this trip to the beach/movies/restaurant. Let's stay home instead and write an optimised red-black tree implementation in assembly. 'Cause that'll be way more fun."

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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Re: Reading in the bath

If you haven't already, can I suggest trying (the badly named) pbchess, which comes with a build of CoolReader. The virtue of using it instead of the kobo software is that it loads the books from the file system, so you can name the files as you see fit and arrange them in whatever directory structure makes you happy.

http://wiki.vlasovsoft.net/doku.php?id=en:pbchess-1.2.6

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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

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And once I had all 2,048 speakers arranged in a fractionally asymmetrical snowflake pattern, as suggested by the Antikythera mechanism, I was able to listen to the Sesame Street theme song *as it was meant to be heard*.

This is kind of like the Concorde. Sure it works but it'll never be a practical option for the vast majority.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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I Want To Believe

On the one hand the LM Skunk Works are not an unmitigated bunch of vapourware merchants. On the other hand, the most knowledgeable physics dudes I know tell me that practical fusion energy is for physicists what a real AI* is for programmers - tantalisingly close but always a bit beyond our reach.

* The kind that can pass a Turing test.

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Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'

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"Weaponized Powerpoint"

Am I the only one picturing...

"No. No, Ahmed. No more bomb belts or explosives in cars for us. From now on we will be using weaponized powerpoint. It's pie charts and meaningless graphs will bore the yankee, imperialist scum into submission. Ha har!"

Ok. Maybe it was just me.

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

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Joke

Re: Pyramid?

Now that would be silly!

Ever noticed how strange it is that there are pyramid structures in both Egypt and in central America? Well that's the best replica our ancestors could manage of the one pyramid that spawned us all... which just incidentally happened the last time p67 visited.

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Protesters stop ground breaking on world's largest telescope

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Congratulations to the protesters

For protesting peacefully. There are too many out there who think their cause, whatever it happens to be, will be served by behaving like ferals.

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Default deny!

This software should not be allowed through one's firewall as there is no logical reason why an ebook reader program would need to access the internet.

I'm caught between my usual level of contempt for Adobe* and a lack of sympathy for anyone who still hasn't gotten around to reading Mr Radnum's list (#1 on the list is 'default permit').

* Is there anyone here who sees the number of vulnerabilities found in Flash on a regular basis and thinks that installing more Adobe software is a good idea?

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Revenge smut bullies who send 'grossly offensive' messages WILL be prosecuted

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Re: re: revenge porn can affect anyone

@Patrick R

The issue with explicit photos of children is that children are deemed too immature to be able to provide consent.

The issue with explicit photos of adults is that adults are deemed too immature to be able to provide consent.

It's a good thing that it's Ms Miller who makes that argument because if it were a bloke saying that (predominantly) women are too stupid to make their own decisions, he'd be considered sexist and there would be large sections of the mainstream media baying for his resignation.

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JPMorgan CYBER-HEIST: 9 US financial firms snared by 'Russian hackers', says report

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Well now we know

IT security is *not* what JPM spent their bailout money on.

It's perverse that the yanks have RICO laws to get rid of corrupt organisations but their policy regarding incompetent ones seems to be to throw money at them.

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Wide Open Data: NYC taxi dump catches strip club Johns

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Freedom of Association?

John Doe, who lives by himself, regularly catches a cab to an address where they have AA/NAACP/GoP/whatever meetings. How is this release of data not a violation of John's right to freedom of association?

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Multiple desktops?

Honest question. Can the "multiple desktops" under Win10 do anything more/better than Win7 + Dexpot?

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Opposition: we passed Australia's 'spook's charter' on PURPOSE

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Stranger and stranger.

The ALP: passing legislation which is bad* for the nation because it's politically expedient.

Do you reckon they'll be able to fit that on their 'how to vote' cards for the next election?

* Incidentally, I don't believe they honestly do object to government bodies intruding into citizens lives. They definitely didn't have a problem with it when it was Ms Gillard and Mr Conroy running the show.

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Telstra, Vodafone at odds over data retention

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Re: Cue stampede of punters

Cue stampede of punters to foreign-based VPN providers who don't retain records and will tell .gov.au where to get off, should they come calling.

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'Trust ASIO': Australia passes spook's charter Part A

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Ya know

There's nothing inherently wrong with what is being proposed - I mean, honestly, is there anything in there which a spy agency (assumed to be operating in your interest) shouldn't be allowed to do?

Of course the catch with any such laws is how they're applied. If it could be taken for granted they're going to be applied with common sense, then all is well. If they're not, and we are talking about a fairly adept spy agency here, then we've got bigger problems than if they're strictly abiding by the letter of the law.

Incidentally, the problem for the NSA is not whether (or not) they've abided by the letter of law but that the American people don't want their own spies, and by extension their own government, working against them. And countries take umbrage at spies from an assumed-to-be friendly nation acting against their citizens.

So in the end, I guess I'll be very Aussie, say "she'll be right", and see how this all shakes out.

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Adobe swallows Aviary, hopes to stuff Creative Cloud into mobes

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Re: Why?

Apples to oranges, qwertyuiop.

Aviary is good* for simple photo editing - a crop or rotate of a snap you've taken with your phone. It is not in the same league as taking photos with a SLR and editing them with Photoshop and Lightroom.

* Or at least was until Adobe gets their mits on it.

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Net Neutrality? Hold my coffee, I got this: FCC says it's still considering all options for Open Web

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Re: Considering all options

"Considering all options"

==

"The pro and anti bribes are about even and were still accepting offers. And my aren't the Caribbean islands are nice this time of year. I'd like one of those, thanks."

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Feds act to stop cyber-bullying, whatever it is, at some future point

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This is ominous

Vaguely written legislation, whose purpose is to suppress free speech, and which will be voted into law without anyone reading it*. What could possibly go wrong?

*What politician is going to speak out against legislation designed to protect our precious kiddies from the big, bad bullies from cyberspace?

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Student pleads guilty to Frances Abbott 'secret' scholarship leak

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Re: No HELP* debt for the PM's daughter, I guess.

If you so greatly resent paying a higher tax rate then feel free to submit your resume to McDonald's. A high tax rate will thereafter no longer be an issue.

And if you don't want to pay for a university course, don't go to university. How hard is that to understand?

Anyhow, you won't need a degree for your low tax, dream job at Maccas.

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The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?

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Heh! You know what I'm waiting for? Some poor, deluded hipster who will try to get away with wearing an iWatch and a Google Glasses at the same time.

They'll bring their wrist to face level, to talk into their iWatch, and what follows will be a blinding moment of unexpected interoperability. The Google Glasses will beam the image of the person's wrist to the iWatch's display and the iWatch will beam the image of the glasshole's face to the Google Glasses' display. At that point we've either discovered the secret to a perpetual energy loop, or an Earth-rending implosion resulting in a black hole.

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NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies

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Looking at who does have an embassy in NK, I imagine the Russians and Chinese would tell Pyongyang where to go and the others would sooner shut up shop and go home before they give the North Koreans access to their communications. This is weak sabre rattling because Kim Jong-un found out that Julian Assange had more column inches devoted to him in the past few weeks.

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Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes

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Re: Proof of the gateway theory

I can't help but think: If only the poor chap had found his way to some respectable musicians, like Black Sabbath or maybe Guns n Roses, perhaps his life would have down a less destructive path.

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Google extends app refund window to two hours

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Good

This will solve the problem of apps (mostly games) which need to download a large amount of extra data before you get a chance to test if it works... by which stage the 15 refund window has already expired so you're SOL if it doesn't work.

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Amazon axes hated Fire Phone price: 99 pennies but a niche? Ain't none

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Re: They call $1920.99 a "fire sale"??

The idea is that you're so focused on the alluring "99¢ up-front" cloak that you fail to notice the sword the matador cashier is holding behind it.

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Hey hipsters: Tabs are so last year, fat phones are where it's at

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Re: I wonder how they decided the size range for "phablets"

"you forgot the latest fad ---

Being seen pretending to speak into your mammoth 10in phone that is clasped to your ear.

Oh look at me it shouts."

For the truly hipster, nothing beats "making calls" on a 30 inch CRT.

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Nvidia blasts sueballs at Qualcomm, Samsung – wants Galaxy kit banned

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Thumbs up for nVidia

For actually listing the patients which they claim have been infringed upon.

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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Re: The author of this book is an internet cartoonist,

Kindle version: $15.83

Hard cover: $14.40

http://www.amazon.com/What-If-Scientific-Hypothetical-Questions/dp/0544272994

What if... ebooks with almost zero storage and distribution costs were cheaper that the hard cover edition?

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Racing Post escapes ICO fine after leaking info of 677K punters

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“If that is the case, it should be the agency that gets hammered, not the headline company, or they'll just keep churning out the same old rubbish."

That would leave the headline company with absolutely no incentive to perform any kind of due diligence.

"Yeah look. We hired the CEO's four year old nephew to design and implement the website. We paid him in Fruit Loops and performed no testing of any kind. How could we know the website would leak customer data?"

If the Racing Post, or any other mob, chooses to have a website, the buck *should* (well played ICO) stop with them.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Re: "a battery life of up to two days"

I wonder if any of the manufacturers have given serious thought to using an e-ink display for their smart watches.

A display which uses little power would seem like a natural match for a device which has to have a tiny battery.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Re: I would really like a decent gaming mouse and keyboard

+1 for the ducky keyboards.

Rock solid keyboards which are pleasant to type on. I could happily live without the back-lighting but whatever - it's easy enough to switch off.

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Cutting cancer rates: Data, models and a happy ending?

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"Statistics are one thing, but actually having a randomised controlled trial is still the gold standard in medicine."

And it can not be stated too emphatically - this is the difference between medicine and homeopathy (and similar bunkum).

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My big reveal as macro-economics analyst: It's a load of COBBLERS

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A wicked problem

I'm paraphrasing Steve McConnell (author of 'Code Complete') - a "wicked problem" is one whose nature can not be adequately understood prior to attempting to solve the problem.

This is what I think of whenever I look at macroeconomics. It's easy to be wise afterwards and note all of the subtle clues which could have predicted yesterday's results. Yet trying to choose which of the myriad available clues will foretell tomorrow's outcome, that's closer to voodoo than scientific methodology.

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iPhone owners EARN MORE THAN YOU, says mobile report

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Re: In other news ...

Next up, research shows that owners of the Diamond Crypto Phone (USD $1.25 mil a pop) have a higher average income than iPhone (around USD $600) owners.

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Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

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Re: Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

"Nothing constructive"? Really! You made me laugh and it usually takes a politician talking about honesty to achieve that.

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