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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

BBadhedgehog Re:Well it IS the BBC (431 comments)

Information reported by the Daily Mail and The Commentator making the BBC look bad is reliable? Really? The Evening Standard (part-owned by the Daily Fail anyway) is similarly as reliable.

The report you refer to was published 10 years ago and meant that "As a result of the internal BBC publication of the Balen Report, changes were instigated in the methodology of the BBC’s Middle East" (http://bbcwatch.org/the-balen-report-2004/). The results of the changes seem to be fairly reasonable (http://bbcwatch.org/bbc-responses-to-criticism/).

I am not sure that I find the evidence terribly compelling at this point. Do you have any more?

Rosie.

about 7 months ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

BBadhedgehog Re:Well it IS the BBC (431 comments)

Oh, thank you for noticing. I AM adorable but I don't like to draw attention to it, being the modest sort.

I was asking an honest question as I hadn't come across any reports one way or the other. Given the BBC are meant to be unbiased and I tend to (more-or-less, hopefully without descending into hopeless naivety) use them as my primary news source. So if there are areas where there is endemic bias I would be interested in knowing them so I can adjust my impressions accordingly. Do you have any reliable sources that would show where there is bias please?

Rosie.

about 7 months ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

BBadhedgehog Re:Well it IS the BBC (431 comments)

It is? I have never noticed it. I thought the BBC had some kind of institutional policy that forbade them from showing nay bias.

Rosie

about 7 months ago
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Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

BBadhedgehog Re:I have no clue what's going on here (431 comments)

Do you have any proof that the NUT would object to efforts to weed out bad teachers? If so would you mind citing a few references?

I bet you I could find a few which directly counter anything you might post. It will all be politics and all politics is lies and deceit.

Rosie

about 7 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

BBadhedgehog Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

I am not sure that I understand the point you are trying to make. Gay folk are perfectly capable of having stable family life including a steady partner and children so how is this different from straight people? I am not aware of anything that says a gay couple shouldn't arrange things so there is a worker bee and a house-spouse.

As the the possibility of relationships between more colleagues of differing seniorities (NOT superiorities FFS) - I don't know that sexuality has any major impact there. Beside which - icky power differentials are really grotty in a relationship (though that last bit is just my preference).

Rosie

about 8 months ago
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Moon Express Unveils Next Moon Lander

BBadhedgehog ATTENTION HUMANS (79 comments)

All the moon are belong to us. All intruders will be strung up with soup.

Signed,

The Clangers
http://www.clangers.com/

P.S. we have a dragon, and a chicken and are not afraid to use them.

about 10 months ago
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Bursting the Filter Bubble

BBadhedgehog Or (136 comments)

You could learn a bit of tolerance and use a search engine that doesn't try to profile you like https://ixquick.com./

Rosie

about a year ago
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Who should have the most input into software redesigns?

BBadhedgehog It Depends (262 comments)

Which bit of the software are we talking about? Presentation layer? Business layer? Service layer? Persistence layer?

Each of these needs have input of varying degrees from different populations, so the users have important things to say about the presentation layer but I am not sure I would want them anywhere near the persistence layer.

Stupid question really.

Rosie

about a year and a half ago
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UK MPs Threaten New Laws If Google Won't Censor Search

BBadhedgehog Re:Mr Mosley (154 comments)

Blimey! That's a great deal of effort to go to - I didn't realise I was talking to an SME.

I don't expect you change your mind based on anecdeotal evidence posted up by a stranger on the internet - that'd be silly. I suppose you checked out Belle de Jour? Other than that I can't think of any online resources to point you towards.

Anyhow, my friends, whilst not being entirely sparkly clean, are hardly a scourge on society either - just like pretty much everyone else in the world.

And they're NOT the kind of people who act as a warm, wet, hole - they're services are for an entirely more discerning kind of customer.

more than 2 years ago
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UK MPs Threaten New Laws If Google Won't Censor Search

BBadhedgehog Re:Mr Mosley (154 comments)

Point of order sir. I have a number of friends who work in the adult services industry and they are certainly not the disease-ridden, duplicitious individuals you are generalising them to be.

Nick

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Manufacturers With Better Labor Practices?

BBadhedgehog Re:Really? (375 comments)

I'm not sure that paying someone a fair price for a product (which is what fair trade aims to do) constitutes giving them aid.

more than 2 years ago
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Little Ice Age: It Was Not the Sun

BBadhedgehog Re:We didn't really know how things worked before (375 comments)

Really? That's not the medicine that I recognise. It seems to be more along the lines of 'this looks about right so we'll give it to some people and see what happens'. There seems to be very limited understanding of how the drug actually works and interacts with other compounds in the body.

In that ways it's a lot like climate - both deal with large. complex, only partially understood systems. Both get reasonable results most of the time. Both acknowledge there are gaps and both are workign to close those gaps.

more than 2 years ago
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BASF Moves GM Plant Research From Europe To US

BBadhedgehog Re:Great !! 123 more jobs, (288 comments)

Possibly, but there's evidence (http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/fst30years) to the contrary.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Engineers Natural Libertarians Or Technocrats?

BBadhedgehog Re:We'll be whatever you want... (727 comments)

Whilst I agree with you that, in general, comments that explain the intent are always to be welcomed, your example is not so good. You'd define a constant called REVERSAL_OF_CREDIT, set to 3 and possibly another one called DEBIT_ENTRY your SELECT becomes:

select blah from foo where trans_type = REVERSAL_OF_CREDIT

or even more clearly (as reversal of credit is a bit of a double negative)

select blah from foo where trans_type = DEBIT_ENTRY

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Dilutes Open Source, Coins 'Open Surface'

BBadhedgehog Re:There's nothing to dilute. (191 comments)

True enough, but when you do need it you really need it.

Case in point. The project I'm working on at the moment has no connection to the internet and I needed to get some Perl modules built. CPAN doesn't help to much under these circumstances, especially not if the mandated build tool is maven. We're running Solaris without the GNU tool chain so getting things to build was a little challenging. Without access to the source code I wouldn't have been able to tweak things to get them building under our environment, let alone track down a failing #DEF that pointed to another #DEF that was defined in a third file.

So no, from a purely pragmatic perspective, most of the time you don't need access to the source code but if you do, not having access can be a complete show-stopper.

Nick

more than 3 years ago
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Activists Destroy Scientific GMO Experiment

BBadhedgehog Re:Sounds like (1229 comments)

Oh I don't know about that.

A friend of mine gave me some of that funky native American multi-coloured corn stuff which I duly harvested a few kernels off and stuck in some mud to see what would happen. At the moment I've got 5 (of 5 kernels planted) apparently healthy corn plants growing in a bucket in the back garden.

It's a bit early in the year to see whether I'll get any kind of harvest from them but it's looking fairly hopeful so far. Of course, I'm only doing this for the fun of it so I don't know how well it'd work on a larger scale but a 100% germination rate is pretty rare, even (or even especially) for seeds that have been bought specifically for growing produce from.

more than 3 years ago
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New Metamaterial Means More Efficient Solar Cells

BBadhedgehog Re:I wonder... (94 comments)

Given the material is tunable and x-rays are just another wavelength then I don't see why it can't be used. However, as the material merely guides the light rather than lengthening its wavelength, it would cause x-rays to be concentrated onto your retina which may not be the effect you were after.

Nick

more than 4 years ago
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Towards an Open Geolocation Database

BBadhedgehog Re:geonames.org anyone? (74 comments)

Now that was strange. I went and looked up the River Severn, the longest river in the UK and home to the second biggest bore in the world and it's a landmark feature of type 'stream'. What on earth does place need to do to get classed as a river?

more than 4 years ago
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BBC To Make Deep Cuts In Internet Services

BBadhedgehog Now there's a Surprise (246 comments)

So the Empire of Murdoch can't emtirely dominate in the UK due to the BBC

So The Sun, the UK's most popular paper and owned by the Empie of Murdoch, changes its support from Labour to the Conservatives

And the BBC's board back down.

Abso-bloody-lutely marvellous. Now we can have news of the quality and independence served to the US by Fox.

more than 4 years ago

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