* Posts by Dr Scrum Master

358 posts • joined 6 Aug 2012

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Do UK.gov wonks understand sci-tech skills gap? MPs dish out Parliamentary kicking

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Headmaster

Re: Stream the schools not the children

Teaching bright pupils is intellectually demanding of teachers. Too often the the bright ones are left on their own to coast - while the teacher tries to get the rest of the class to the minimum standard required for government statistics.

My experience was that the the bright ones amongst us would go off and teach ourselves. The teacher would then concentrate of the bottom third of the class while the middle third were left with little attention.

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UK has rejected over 1,000 skilled IT bod visa applications this year

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Singers

What ho chaps!

Over here in Singers the locals get frightfully upset when foreign "talent" gets imported to replace local labour. There are plenty of tales of Singaporeans being replaced by people the same nationality as a new manager.

That's why there's a percentage quota for employment pass holders in each company. Jobs also have to be advertised on a Singaporeans-only job site for a couple of weeks before the processing of employment pass applications will be entertained.

As a hiring manager I still end up hitting quota limits. It's not as though I'm rejecting locals for positions - I get hardly any applications from local software developers, etc.

Now, where's my morning G&T?

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Sprint, T-Mobile US sitting in a tree, M-E-R-G-I-N-G

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It's technically an acquisition, but the headline fit so perfectly we couldn't resist

...sitting in a tree A-C-Q-U-I-R-I-N-G?

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Has your machine really learned something? Snap quiz time

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Headmaster

Algo?

I heard someone say 'algo' once.

I've also heard some people say 'geo' when they meant 'geography'.

I suppose I should brace myself for such things catching on. Either that or I should start shooting the people who say such things before anything gets out of hand.

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Moneybags VCs look to the stars – and spaff a billion on space tech

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Lobbing into orbit

Plenty of investment in orbiting junk creation, but not in its clear up....

But where's the money in that?

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

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Wade Owen Watts

I thought only the Chinese and American women were habitually known by a triple of names.

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AWS Summit SF: Most definitely not a sales event, nuh uh, no way

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Not a Sales Event

I went along to a multi-level marketing event once (out of curiosity). They kept telling me how there was no sales involved in the scheme - as if having to convince people to sign up for your MLM pyramid is not selling!

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Does the bit about the terrorist activities of family members apply to the Irish?

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Please no Basic Instinct flashing, HPE legal eagles warn staffers

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What do I wear below my kilt?

Why, kilt hose of course!

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Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database

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Re: Problems

Also remember the US position that if a US citizen who also has, say, an Irish passport uses it to enter an EU country they may not be able to call on a US embassy for help if they get into trouble. They will be politely invited to contact the Irish consulate, since they entered the country by claiming to be Irish. Other countries take a similar position.

But for tax purposes you're always a US tax payer no matter where in the world you are and which passport you used to enter or exit that country.

Taxation and representation?

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Are you able to read this headline? Then you're not Julian Assange. His broadband is unplugged

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Re: Unsafe Passage

And people deny that there's a rape culture in America?

Those who claim there's a rape culture on US university campuses should be looking at US prisons instead...

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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Jaywalking

In the civilised world that is usually referred to as "crossing the road".

(Though I was completely baffled by the term when watching US TV shows as a child.)

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April FAIL as IETF's funny-but-dodgy draft doc arrives a week early

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Headmaster

What kind of barbarian puts no space before the opening parenthesis of an 'if' statement? And to top it all, what are spaces doing after the opening parenthesis and before the closing parenthesis?

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Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

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Holmes

...as well as horses, cattle, sheep, cats, dogs, and whilst we're at it you may as well put them on deer (see picture).

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MIT boffins build rubber robot, invade privacy of unsuspecting sealife

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Headmaster

Silicon Rubber Tail

Silicon rubber or silicone rubber?

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British Level 4 driverless pods are whizzing along ... er, a London path

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Headmaster

Re: "Everything in the States is on a grid layout."

"They were like, 'are you mad?' [...]"

I don't know whether to shudder, groan, or generally despair whenever I read or hear that...

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YouTube plan to use Wikipedia against crackpots hits snag

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PooTube had ad revenue?

You mean to say that there are people out there who actually tolerate in-video ads, and that generates revenue?

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Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

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Re: Won't somebody think of the....

I remember a lady programmer telling me about how she had to fix the walks of a game's female characters, because the blokes had no idea the hips worked differently.

What have those blokes been looking at all these years?

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Another day, another meeting, another £191bn down the pan

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Coat

I was in an office this week with a meeting room called "Metropolis". I thought it was a reference to Fritz Lang. Then I saw that the other meeting room was called "Gotham"

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Ex-Googler sues web giant claiming terrible treatment. This time, sex harassment

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Don't Play Well With Others

I spoke to an ex-Googler when I was interviewing for a job recently. He described how Google hired very clever people, but they don't necessarily have the social skills to be able to play well with others.

You can guess why he's an ex-Googler and moved to a company where they treat you as adults and expect you to behave as adults.

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NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

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Re: What were they planning on doing?

You think they don't already?

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New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination

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Keep politics out of the workplace and there won't be a problem.

That becomes rather difficult when the workplace HR departments push politics within the workplace.

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Stop calling, stop calling... ICO goes gaga after home improvement biz ignores warnings

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Pint

@handleoclast have a double up-vote, or even trebles!

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IBM's chief diversity officer knows too much and must be stopped!

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Chief Diversity Officer?

That's a job title? A real job title? Not something that one gives to an intern? With real money behind it?

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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Re: "trying on shoes in a shoe shop"

I'd only ever buy DMs without trying them on. Anything else, fitting is a must.

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

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Re: It was never going anywhere NEAR Mars

Problem?

During a press conference after liftoff, Musk said it was dicey whether the second stage would power up at all. The fuel could have frozen, the oxygen boiled off, or the avionics failed, as the rocket spent more than five hours in our planet's high-radiation Van Allen belts before firing up.

I'd rather like my space craft to be a bit more reliable, and for people to retain domain knowledge. Domain knowledge? There are enough (>=1) old-time rocket scientists who managed to point out problems with fuel, valve, and time-in-space problems with certain NASA missions, namely: don't use certain fuels for missions longer than a certain duration. I would have hoped that someone would have been able to calculate the thrust correctly, ensured that fuel did not freeze, shield the avionics, etc.

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MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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In case you can't remember what systems that were scrapped 25 years ago were like: They ran on paper.

Yes, they ran. They worked. Maybe not a brilliant system, but it worked.

What preparations have been made so far?

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Dr Scrum Master

The time to innovate was before the referendum was even conceived - we should be putting the final touches to the implementation by this stage.

The time to innovate is always now.

David Cameron asked for a referendum, and sufficient members of the House of Commons agreed to the bill. It would have been good for the undertaking of some serious studies to have been mentioned in the bill... not just some measly position papers. Still, there were only 650 people supposed to scrutinise legislation along with their armies of SPADs and assorted assistants....

Instead, we had a battle between Project Fear and Project Freedom followed by several months in which one could have undertaken some serious preparation but that opportunity was tossed away.

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Re: "what a hard brexit would mean - a study..the civil service..failed to undertake. "

"what a hard brexit would mean - a study..the civil service..failed to undertake. "

Perhaps because that nice Mr Davis didn't ask them to?

Perhaps he should have.

Perhaps the senior civil servants should have also suggested it.

With the way this has been handled nobody is going to come up smelling of roses.

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Unhappy

The UK only entered the Common Market less than 50 years ago. We only entered the Single Market in 1993. That should hardly be a long time ago for the civil service. It's not as if we have to re-invent everything from scratch! (Though having said that I do remember there being some fuss over innovative headgear for Sikh police officers - as if the British had no history whatsoever of Sikh police at any point.)

On a related note, the current negotiations appear to be a complete shambles, shuffling from one weak position to the next. If you want to negotiate you negotiate from a position of strength, and the only position of strength for the UK would be a firm understanding of what a hard brexit would mean - a study of which the civil service singularly appears to have failed to undertake. To paraphrase: prepare for the worst. By planning for a hard brexit the UK would already be on the way to finding innovative solutions instead of continually being mentally wedded to the Single Market, which will only lead to a poor deal for the UK.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Can't sell it, the battery's old and tired.

Sending it into the Sun would have been easier than Mars, work with the gravity well, not against.

But the car's the wrong colour for that, it would have to be black, with black trim, black switches, black dials, etc.

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Billionaire bros Bezos, Buffett become bonkers bio brokers: Swap W in AWS for H for healthcare

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Re: Health care or health insurance?

what's the point of health insurance if not providing health care?

I thought the point was to provide a means to pay for the care, not to actually provide the care itself...

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Health care or health insurance?

These two different terms keep getting thrown around, but which one do you actually mean?

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Kremlin social media trolls aren't actually that influential, study finds

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Re: Sigh...

Example. For a westerner, this does not compute. At all:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/tank-russia-man-steals-wine-bottle-supermarket-armoured-vehicle-apatity-a8152861.html

It certainly doesn't compute. The story keeps referring to a tank, but I don't see one in the pictures.

I know Private Eye wrote that The Independent was now written by illiterate teenagers (I may be paraphrasing) but I didn't expect that.

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US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

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It's that time of the year again...

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In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

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Normal

People throwing themselves at cars in order to claim compensation is pretty much par for the course in China..

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

I'm now looking forward to an evening when I'm thrown over the handlebars when a plastic bag gets mistaken for a small child by the cheap as chips LIDAR sensor

Ah, you mean it should have the intelligence of a horse.

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Re: why are people seeking to preserve the concept of the city at all?

Where that interaction is not just about work but is also about the exchange of goods and services.

If everyone can sit on their arses* at home and consume services on-line or receive goods by drone, then it'll be the year 2525 (or 252525).

*Google was unhappy with arse and arses.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: KAISER, huh?

KAISER. So, say...?

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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Headmaster

Re: No more Acronyms

Indeed, I see few acronyms but many initialisms.

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Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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Re: Not applied to Government, of course

"accounts that affiliate with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes."

So that would include organisations that bomb civilians in the course of furthering their cause against Islamist extremists? Such as certain military groups?

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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July and August must Go!

July and August need to be removed from the calendar. For centuries these dead, white, slave-owning war criminals have been glorified every year for a whole month each.

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Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

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Re: So...

and the bands are going to play once more?

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Adverts?

Adverts on YouTube? I seem to remember those...

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Pint

Re: What Proof It Was Him ???

I don't give a flying f*** at a rolling doughnut what legal pastimes our MPs enjoy, but I am deeply concerned if plods, ex or otherwise, take their work home and use it to manipulate national politics.

Sir, I salute you.

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Watch how Google's AI catches shoulder surfers spying on your phone

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The Future's So Bright

you've got to wear shades... to snoop over people's shoulders now.

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Robot granted Saudi citizenship has more rights than Saudi women

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Passport

Does Sophia get a passport?

Can the robot seek assistance from a Saudi diplomatic mission?

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Fake-news-monetizing machine Facebook lectures hacks on how not to write fake news that made it millions

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Re: Repackaging

Why did they miss out: "Don't invent news to match the target audience's bias"?

Because matching to the target audience's bias is the part that Facebook plays.

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Uber's revolting sexism, the movie

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One Dimension?

I suppose we will expect it to focus only on sexism and barely touch the whole dysfunctional system with its cavalier attitudes.

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Dying! Yahoo! loses! fight! to! lock! dead! man's! dead! account!

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Re: No need to rule on terms of service

Wait for the next judgement to say that they're not possessions but a service...

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