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Comment Re:Uber is as safe as taxis (Score 1) 471

Where I spend most of my time (Sheffield and Manchester), Uber don't operate as taxis (black cabs), but as mini-cabs. This means that they must be prebooked and can't just pick people up off the street. I'm not a fan of Uber as I think, in the main, the mini-cabs around here are well operated and regulated and don't like the idea that money is being siphoned directly to a dodgy foreign company that is trying to displace established local firms, however the main difference I see is that the cars say Uber on the side rather than another company.

Comment Re:open source? (Score 1) 99

In the UK, the majority of utility meters are outside the property anyway - often in a box, locked with a standard key, on an outside wall. So it is already easy to get the information on the meters, see when they are in use etc. I suppose that the main difference here is the possibility to do it remotely from somewhere less conspicuous.

Comment Re:More non-fiction now, for complicated reasons (Score 1) 164

The Flashman books by George Macdonald Fraser are a great mix of fiction and non-fiction. A fictional, cowardly British officer who happens to be a significant player in most of the main aspects and campaigns of the British Empire during the mid-19th century. Funny and informative romps through an interesting historical period. In a similar, but more serious, vein are the Sharpe and Starbuck novels by Bernard Cornwell - set during the major battles of the Napoleonic and American Civil wars respectively.

Comment Not without precedents (Score 1) 46

It is partially based on the Scout badges concept. Like those, I think that the biggest impact will be in providing a way to showcase skills rather than academic achievements. This means that they are likely to have more value for those who aren't the academic high-flyers, but who have a great set of skills, interests and achievements that they want to make people aware of.

In some ways, the badges are an alternative to paper certificates (or sew-on patches) but, being digital, have some significant advantages such as being easily shareable, verifiable and have links to evidence for earning them. Raising awareness of the potential among the general public and employers will be key to whether they take off or die on the vine.

Full disclosure: I've done a bit of research into the use of digital badges in universities. For anyone interested in reading a bit more, freely accessible versions of my papers should be available from https://scholar.google.co.uk/c...

Comment Re: name and location tweeted... (Score 1) 928

It wouldn't take that long. The tweet was directed at SWA so they would have access immediately. It mentions the city, gate and name of the employee, so it would probably be very quick to get in touch with the gate crew and get the other details from them - I doubt that there were many people on the flight with small kids who got arsey because they couldn't jump the queue

Comment Re:Eh? (Score 1) 137

the graph compares all of 2013 with the first half of 2014. The implication being that, if so far this year there have been as many vulnerabilities as all of last year, then by the end of the year there will be twice as many. It is very poor analysis as there might be no more bugs found this year, a million bugs found this year, or something in between.

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