* Posts by Dr Scrum Master

380 posts • joined 6 Aug 2012


Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence

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The Brit was also said to be "alert, engaged, coordinated and coherent."

Isn't that part of what it means to be British?

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains

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No wonder

No wonder he complains about the police when he reports break-ins and the police don't investigate.

Smaller tech firms just aren't ready for a no-deal Brexit, MPs told

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Any business worth its salt should have been planning for a no-deal Brexit over 2 years ago.

(The Civil Service should have been planning at least 3 years ago...)

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media

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Just be sure they don't store nuclear waste on the far side of the moon.

The British Home Office was warned about its crappy data management – then Windrush happened

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Notes from a Small Island

Having lived on a tropical island (with the population of large city) for over a decade where ID cards are the norm I have less of a revulsion for ID cards and identity confirmation between government bodies. Knowing the nationality of children for school admission or one's nationality for medical treatment is just par for the course, and it determines the different fees to be paid - yes, over hear the foreigners get to pay more for health and education services (which is rather popular with the locals).

However, as a long time Private Eye and El Reg reader I am always delighted to read about the new and exciting ways in which HMG can truly cock things up.

And lo! Tim Cook becometh tech Jesus. But with more awards

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I'm afraid the picture desk has been using a picture of Paul O'Grady again.

Excuses, excuses: Furious MPs probe banking TITSUPs*

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Re: Motes and beams

Are there off-site backups for this data? Don't be silly, it would be really expensive to do that, and nothing bad will ever happen to it, because nothing bad ever has happened, and, um, sparkly unicorns or is it glitter elves, I forget.

Ah yes, Buncefield etc were just dreams

Tata on trial: Outsourcer 'discriminated' against non-Asian workers, claim American staff

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South Asia

I find it highly unlikely that Tata discriminates in favour of Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans...

Anecdotes of Indians discriminating in favour of fellow Indians are rife in Singapore, usually along the lines of: a new Indian manager is recruited then several months later his staff are now mostly Indian (usually from the same region in India).

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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I still have to look that term up when I read or hear it...

New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: Australia has more draconian laws

But Australians are far more polite now than the British have become

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Re: Australia has more draconian laws

I remember thinking that in Belfast in 1991 because the only left luggage locker facility was at the Ulster Museum (after having experienced Barcelona railway station's left luggage inspection that checked for explosives).

Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course

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Re: Feel free to be patronised

Let the children flow into whatever career and stop trying to influence them.

Let the children flow into whatever career... after they have had their eyes opened to the various career options so they can make informed decisions.

Children invariably choose careers they know about - it's a fairly obvious statement, but one that gets lost on the social-engineering lobby. How do children know about different careers? They learn about them from family, friends of the family, friends, their environment and the media - basically they know about what they see around themselves.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: A silly issue, distracting from real work

Unfortunately there is a generation of US students who do get offended. I write 'unfortunately' because unfortunately for them it is highly unlikely I would ever offer them a job.

Post-silly season blues leave me bereft of autonomous robot limbs

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Time machine?

the period between Christmas and New Year, when every one goes on holiday for several weeks

Hold the front page! Ozzies have invented the time machine!

I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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All these AI devices are missing genuine people personalities!

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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going in with an attitude of "they seem like nice chaps, we don't want to cause any trouble" isn't terribly effective at finding flaws

But isn't that approach one of the hallmarks of the highly renowned and effective British Civil Service?

Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

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I'll be returning to Blighty with the little ones so wondered what this SIMS thing is.

I took a look at the website and was greeted with this display of poor educational standards:

"More than 21,000 schools trust SIMS everyday"

FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech

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Except that only in the West are those his first and last names, in the East they're his last and first, respectively.

Don't get me onto people who only have one name... or the puzzled looks Icelanders receive when they present their passports when travelling as a family.

Fitness app Polar even better at revealing secrets than Strava

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Army Colonel Robert Manning III said at the time: “DoD personnel are advised to place strict privacy settings on wireless technologies and applications”

Couldn't they have found a Colonel Fit instead of a Colonel Ill instead?

Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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Re: Off Tracker.

Are they still using the software from Idesta Solutions?

(That was over 10 years ago, and they were using various XDA models at the time...)

Ex-Intel exec Diane Bryant exits Google cloud

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A Surfeit of Dianes

I remember at a Google Cloud event about a year ago someone called Diane having to be called "the other Diane". Maybe there being another "the other Diane" was just too much to handle?

Jimmy Hill feted in Shoreditch

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Aren't those the things daubed in slums?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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?

Has your machine really learned something? Snap quiz time

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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.

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?

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.

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!

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?

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!

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?

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...

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

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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.)

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

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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?

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

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

MIT boffins build rubber robot, invade privacy of unsuspecting sealife

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Silicon Rubber Tail

Silicon rubber or silicone rubber?

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

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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...

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?

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?

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

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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"

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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?

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.

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


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.

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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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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