62 posts • joined 6 Aug 2012
Re: Utopian drivel
""A more pressing concern is that not voting is a valid choice. I didn't have any acceptable choices for MP at the last general election, so I didn't cast a vote for any of the candidates."
I don't see that as a valid reason for objecting to compulsory voting (although there are other valid reasons) since a ballot can be spoiled, thus venting your spleen or alternatively, part of a change to compulsory voting would be add a "None of the above" choice on the ballot which is counted, totalled and announced as part of the results."
And if we have compulsory voting with voting machines or voting over the Internet, then is there scope for spoiling one's "ballot paper"?
Re: Utopian drivel
> >A more pressing concern is that not voting is a valid choice. I didn't have any acceptable choices for MP at the last general election, so I didn't cast a vote for any of the candidates.
> Yeah, but then a consequence of compulsory voting might be that there would then be a candidate you could vote for.
Does such a miraculous materialisation of an acceptable candidate happen in places where compulsory voting is already practiced?
How does this make any difference to a system where a small party clique gets to decide on a party's candidate and if it's a safe seat then that handful of people has effectively dictated who will be the MP for that constituency? Or even worse, the local party clique doesn't even get a look-in when (Labour) head office imposes a candidate on the constituency.
20 years ago nuclear fusion was 10 years away.
10 years ago nuclear fusion was 10 years away.
This year nuclear fusion is 10 years away.
10 years from now?
Why keep it in your pocket?
Alternatively, ladies can also carry their iPhone like a handbag.
Re: Moon is a harsh mistress
7. Store nuclear waste on the far side...
Re: Good place for it.
They're well clear of Tornado Alley down there. Only some hurricanes to worry about...
Re: Thin end of the wedge
air/train/car/jet pack/miniature submarine/etc
And it's goodnight from him
Warehouse Picker combines hands-free working with visualisation and voice recognition for data entry
Beware the Giant Rabbi
working for TaskRabbot, which allows people to outsource work to people who live nearby.
I think you'll find that TaskRabbot is the one which allows people to outsource work to robots that live nearby,
Re: Discriminatory Pisswords
Are you taking the pi££$?
Re: "..research paper is published nearly every 30 seconds.."
What gets me is that at a public University, taxpayers pay the author salaries for the papers produced. Then if John Q. wants one of these papers he paid for, he must pay again. And the cost is not for printing, etc.
I also helped pay for dozens of tanks, missiles, etc but does the government let me play with any of those toys? Does it hell!
Re: Prizes From Heaven!
Be careful, you only live twice. So watch out for the chap in Little Nellie.
Re: What do we want from Coders?
which is why I object to the term "coder" other than for people translating questionnaire results and the like for data entry
If you don't want to watch Kate live you could always see Placebo covering Running Up That Hill...
...or maybe not.
Was the chicken black?
Re: New browser names:
> Please not the Bing Browser, I'm begging you.
> Bing is the lamest name in the history of IT, even apple couldn't make it cool.
They've had Bob, now Bing, so next up is Dorothy.
Re: let me guess...
>I doubt that it will shake off the white male image of the tech sector but you could start with what we do here.
Go to India or China and the white image certainly does not apply.
In Singapore there is under-representation of Chinese in a population that is 80% racially Chinese...
Re: Up the 9%
Ethnicity or race?
Which leads me on to the misuse of the word "ethnic" to describe only people from ethnic minorities...
Re: Think of the kids
Except that my children love to take pictures... and my 5 year-old calls a camera a phone.
Re: I call bollocks.
Do today's students still have to (virtually) build the Manchester University Mk 1?
Re: Sept 9 is day Mao died
maybe they should postpone it and hold it 2 days later instead?
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?
Asia's a big place featuring people of many different colours, eye shapes and nose sizes.
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.)
"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?
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...
There are ads on Google? I'd never really noticed them...
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.
Re: right to change history
another "here today, gone tomorrow" politician?
(Grabbing my coat as I leave the studio.)
Re: Industrial use.
something like I describe will eventually arrive and make the service technician's salary a lot smaller.
Re: Eh, easily done...
my opening sarcasm tag started long ago...
That was a late result.
Liang Shang Po
This all makes Nixon seem like an honourable and upright kind of chap.
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?
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.
It looks like they'll have plenty of time to discuss events in Crimea...
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?
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!
This daddy's wet
The squiggles on the home page looked more like "wet speak" at first...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Never mind Gates' hand, what about the Indian Foreign Minister's shoes?!
Re: How Did We Survive
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.
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)
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...
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.
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.
but at least they're rather attractive
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