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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

Dr Scrum Master

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"?

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Dr Scrum Master

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.

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

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Mushroom

10 years

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?

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

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Paris Hilton

Why keep it in your pocket?

Alternatively, ladies can also carry their iPhone like a handbag.

http://thesakeofvanity.bigcartel.com/product/new-2014-high-quality-3d-iphone-5-5s-case-chanel-perfume-bottle-w-chain-tpu

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Mushroom

Re: Moon is a harsh mistress

7. Store nuclear waste on the far side...

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SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

Dr Scrum Master
Headmaster

Re: Good place for it.

They're well clear of Tornado Alley down there. Only some hurricanes to worry about...

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Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International

Dr Scrum Master
Coat

Re: Thin end of the wedge

air/train/car/jet pack/miniature submarine/etc

FTFY

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SAP chaps cook up Glass Glass style apps for ...WHERE are you off to with that FORKLIFT?

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Coat

And it's goodnight from him

Warehouse Picker combines hands-free working with visualisation and voice recognition for data entry

Four candles?

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

Dr Scrum Master
Terminator

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,

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Dr Scrum Master
Headmaster

Re: Discriminatory Pisswords

Are you taking the pi££$?

FTFTFY

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IBM: OK, Watson, you've won Jeopardy. Now, CURE CANCER

Dr Scrum Master
Unhappy

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!

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Google's 'Captain Moonshot': I will BOMB you with DELIVERIES

Dr Scrum Master

Re: Prizes From Heaven!

Be careful, you only live twice. So watch out for the chap in Little Nellie.

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Get ready: The top-bracket young coders of the 2020s will be mostly GIRLS

Dr Scrum Master
Headmaster

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

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

Dr Scrum Master
Paris Hilton

If you don't want to watch Kate live you could always see Placebo covering Running Up That Hill...

...or maybe not.

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Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD

Dr Scrum Master
Coat

Colour?

Was the chicken black?

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

Dr Scrum Master
Coat

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.

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

Dr Scrum Master
Meh

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...

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Dr Scrum Master
Headmaster

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...

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

Dr Scrum Master
Childcatcher

Re: Think of the kids

Except that my children love to take pictures... and my 5 year-old calls a camera a phone.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Headmaster

Re: I call bollocks.

Do today's students still have to (virtually) build the Manchester University Mk 1?

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New iGasm: Apple to unveil not one but TWO iPhone 6 models on 9 Sept

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Coat

Re: Sept 9 is day Mao died

maybe they should postpone it and hold it 2 days later instead?

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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!

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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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Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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'

Dr Scrum Master
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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Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
Headmaster

Re: Eh, easily done...

my opening sarcasm tag started long ago...

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

Dr Scrum Master
Headmaster

Re: Czechoslovakia?

That was a late result.

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

Dr Scrum Master

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?

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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?

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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!

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master

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

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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...

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
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

Dr Scrum Master
Coat

Re: Beaurocracies:

but at least they're rather attractive

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