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* Posts by Dr Scrum Master

41 posts • joined 6 Aug 2012

Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS

Dr Scrum Master

Re: Stale bread and butter...

But it's just a Dutch Auction.

Do you have the nerve to hold out longer than the potential other guy?

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Meh

Asia?

Asia's a big place featuring people of many different colours, eye shapes and nose sizes.

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Cave pits, ideal for human bases, FOUND ON MOON

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Holmes

Re: One Giant Leap... Downward?

"Well, if these subterranean voids are common (these are only holes down into them), then growing crops is a matter of lighting the voids, adding viable soil and growing the crops, and keeping them watered."

Hmm, subterranean voids... cold environment.... darkness... that can mean only one thing: emmental

(Holmes, Watson, elemental.... I'll change the icon to the one of me getting my coat.)

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Terminator

Probing

"The ideal follow-up, of course, would be to drop probes into one or two of these pits, and get a really good look at what's down there"

Probes like this?

http://www.propstore.com/product-images/516/142193.jpg

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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Holmes

Re: Laptop in a farady cage/jar

the boat sank a long time ago when SIGINT groups were scanning faxes let alone e-mail attachments...

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Google went behind our backs and really HURT US, squeal upset porn kingpins

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Holmes

Ads?

There are ads on Google? I'd never really noticed them...

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What's your game, Google? Giant collared by UK civil lib minister on 'right to be forgotten'

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Headmaster

No New Law

Auntie Beeb has not just been describing this as a new right, but over on the World Service it was being described as a new law on Weekend.

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Coat

Re: right to change history

another "here today, gone tomorrow" politician?

(Grabbing my coat as I leave the studio.)

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Google starts selling Glass to Brits – for £1,000 a pop

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Headmaster

Re: Industrial use.

something like I describe will eventually arrive and make the service technician's salary a lot smaller.

FTFTFY

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Headmaster

Re: Eh, easily done...

my opening sarcasm tag started long ago...

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

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Headmaster

Re: Czechoslovakia?

That was a late result.

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Congress guts law to restrict NSA spying, civil liberty groups appalled

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Liang Shang Po

This all makes Nixon seem like an honourable and upright kind of chap.

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FCC headman Wheeler calls for an 'open internet' – but what the %$#@! does he mean?

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Headmaster

Common Carrier?

If ISPs don't want to be treated as common carriers, doesn't that mean they they become responsible (i.e. able to be sued) for the content that they carry?

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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Pirate

2 for 1

Some time ago, when the news was full of stories about international summits turning each venue into a fortress and the host city becoming a battleground for various protesters and riot police, I mused that all future international summits should be held at sea, possibly aboard some purpose-built vessel. This SS International Summit could sail the seven seas to whichever regional grouping was holding its regular photo-opportunity and banquet. Residents of cities would be freed from the disruption caused by international summits, policing bills would be cut, etc. There is even a precedent set by Churchill and Roosevelt aboard HMS Prince of Wales.

Of course, this would require cooperation amongst various nations to agree who should build and operate the SS International Summit, but if we already have floating structures (which also have a plentiful power supply) then nobody has to complain.

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US-Russia Soyuz 'nauts STUCK IN SPACE after ISS dock fail

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Mushroom

Conversation

It looks like they'll have plenty of time to discuss events in Crimea...

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Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

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Paris Hilton

Re: So, how does that work then?

But isn't it going to be rather expensive to keep shipping the batteries between the Earth and the Moon to recharge them from the Lunar solar cells?

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

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Holmes

Ceci n'est pas un e-mail

From: Dr Scrum Master

Subject: Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

I can't stand the stupid new tabs, they categorise everything wrongly!

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Daddy-o, you're all wet... baffled by your own kids on the web - survey

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Facepalm

This daddy's wet

The squiggles on the home page looked more like "wet speak" at first...

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Who should play the next Doctor? Nominations needed!

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Holmes

Christopher Lee

Well, why not?

And it would break the trend of the actors getting younger as the character gets older...

Peter Cushing also had a go...

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You need to get serious about 4G coverage, Ministry of Fun told

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In-building usage, in-building coverage

4G means fast data and people overwhelmingly use data on mobile devices when they're indoors. So, what you want is in-building coverage.

With per-building coverage you also have lower power antennas rather than high power macro cells. That also means lower power usage by mobile devices.

If I was a mobile operator then I would not bother with macro cells for 4G.

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Research explodes myth that older programmers are obsolete

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Coat

I didn't even leave university until my mid 20s...

Sounds like the UK is becoming like Singapore... after a couple of years as a programmer you think you can automatically get the word "Senior" in front of your job title, meanwhile everyone actually wants to become a project manager...

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Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

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WTF?

Question 1: I'm curious about the world which is unlike me...

Question 4: but museums are on my way anyway

Question 5: they're mixing tenses!

Question 8: I don't have any friends...

Question 18: ditto

Question 19: it wasn't last month...

now I'm bored...

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

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WTF?

HFMD

Never mind Gates' hand, what about the Indian Foreign Minister's shoes?!

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Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

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Childcatcher

Re: How Did We Survive

Money? Shop?

My daughter has to make her own shop (selling notebooks and puppies, and make her own notebooks), and she has to make her own paper money.

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Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

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WTF?

Re: unbuckle belt and lower trousers at urinal?

I only noticed the practice in Singapore where it seems to be a particularly Chinese activity...

(WTF - because that's what I thought at the time)

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Official: America now a nation of broadband whingers

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Coat

Re: Is this what Americans really want?

apparently a third of Americans want to have their cavities searched before being allowed to board an aircraft...

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When your squash partner 'endorses' your coding skills on LinkedIn...

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Big Brother

Re: LinkedIn a waste of time

"RECOMMENDATIONS are where you see real value. if someone takes ten minutes to write a paragraph on your skills and why you are good, that means something."

Yes, they mean something, but the not necessarily what's written. I've seen recommendations for people who I've had the misfortune to have worked with and the LinkedIn recommendations paint those people in a completely different light to the experience I had of them.

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New laws to shackle and fine the Press? We've got PLENTY already

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Coat

Who casts the first stone?

The British public have the press that they deserve, or at least the press that they willingly pay for.

Who reads the celebrity gossip and other made-up stories? The paying public.

Want to sell more papers? Fill them will celebrity gossip and salacious stories.

Anyway, it's true that there are already plenty of laws to deal with press misbehaviour, but they are not enforced. Who's supposed to enforce them? The police who leak details of arrests to the press and get tidy little retainers in exchange.

I've got my coat and left the country already.

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ALIEN DETECTION was SUPPRESSED by the BBC - top boffin

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Coat

Re: Beaurocracies:

but at least they're rather attractive

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Google's Brin: Elected officials should quit political parties

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Thumb Down

Re: Parties are illegal

A small group of party apparatchiks collude to appoint the next MP, err, I mean select the next prospective parliamentary candidate for the safe party seat. At least that's the UK model...

Brin's got it the wrong way around.

Stop people campaigning on party tickets in the first place. Every candidate to publish his own manifesto. Every candidate to have a campaign spending cap.

Oh, and at the same time, add a "None of the above" option so that I can register my dissatisfaction with all candidates rather than spoiling my ballot paper. (The do-not-cares still have the option of not voting.)

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Prudential cops £50k ICO slap for giving customer's life savings away

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FAIL

It's only been 5 years, and Prudential have still "to get the money it transferred over to an investment company, which included the wrong customer's cash, returned."

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

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FAIL

Re: Empty Handed Herders...

if you're a yak, what are you doing in Mongolia?

or why are the Mongolians so far south? problems with their sheep and horses?

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And the latest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is ... the EU?

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Coat

Rollover?

When there's no sufficiently worthy candidate why can't the Nobel committee just hold a rollover until the next year?

The Soviet Union (and later Russia) has withheld the gold in the International Tchaikovsky Competition on a number of occasions....

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Iran X.25 terrorists actually BANKERS

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Holmes

Re: Terrorists / Freedom fighters

and governments, police, army, etc. are staffed by what?

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Purpose of RFID finally discovered: It's for pairing up socks!

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Problem Solved

http://www.marksandspencer.com/Freshfeet-Cotton-Stripe-Silver-Technology/dp/B002I604QE

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Taiwan's civil servants caught by sexy email trap

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Joke

reminds me of an army training exercise where porn mags were left lying around an area

the intention being to find out if squaddies would pick up the mags which could easily have contained, err, booby traps left by Soviet forces

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Home Sec to decide Gary McKinnon's fate by 16 October

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Which means Theresa May will actually decide on 17th October

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Apple TV: Rubbish, you don't like documentaries – I'll just flick to porn

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Re: Killing radio

but isn't commercial radio just one great mentally vacuous cacophanous mass suicide already?

Now, something to stop me hearing The Strand on the World Service would be useful...

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Sex rating Facebook page publishers jailed

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Re: Unfortunately,

> Yeah, no one wants journalists shot for criticising political types, for sure.

Indeed, there are other reasons one might want journalists shot...

> So we make a song and dance about 'freedom of speech' ... okay.... but what do get?

> Stories about Katie Price or Brangelina.

The stories only appear because people buy them. If you all stop buying, then the stories should stop. I say "should" because I expect that what would really happen is that there would be even more lurid barrel-scraping stories instead... which leads to the perverse suggestion that I should buy trashy newspapers and magazines and visit trashy websites in order to stop the moral fabric of society from deteriorating any further...

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Assange calls for help from … Quakers?

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Re: One thing I know...

indeed, why else is there celebrity* "news"?

(*celebrity: n. person whom I've never heard of and care even less about)

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God-botherers burst onto IPTV Freeview: The End is Nigh

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I thought this was going to mention Bertrand Russell at some point...

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