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Submission + - Mrs Doyle the Tea Bot (swiftkey.net)

CookedGryphon writes: "An age old problem in offices the world over, is the question of whose turn it is to make the tea. Usually it falls to the newest member of the team, or somebody that nobody really likes. Now however there is a new, fairer way to decide, enter Mrs Doyle (a new open source project using google app engine).

She sits in Gtalk just waiting for somebody to mention tea. As soon as they do, she leaps on the opportunity and asks everyone whether they want a cup. Once she has asked around she fairly and semi-randomly selects the lucky tea maker and relays everybody's order. What's more, over time she also makes pretty graphs showing how much tea you have drunk and when.

This makes for a harmonious office environment, not to mention an excessive and somewhat competitive attitude towards drinking tea, which can only be a good thing."

Comment Sounds risky (Score 1) 819

What happens if someone writes a virus which trips one of these MS indicators that an activation hack has been used, do they have a way to easily reverse decisions without user interaction? Sounds incredibly risky to me, a chance of taking out whole corporate networks on a false positive, lawsuits for lost revenue....


Submission + - It's a Man's Man's Man's World

theodp writes: James Brown sang it, but Newsweek offers proof that it is indeed a man's world. In investigating the question of whether men are smarter than women, British researcher Adrian Furnham came up with some startling results. His analysis of some 30 studies showed that men and women are fairly equal overall in terms of IQ, but women underestimate their own intelligence while men overestimate theirs. Surprisingly, both men and women perceived men being smarter across generations — both sexes believe that their fathers are smarter than their mothers and their grandfathers are more intelligent than their grandmothers. And if there are children, both men and women think their sons are brighter than their daughters.

Comment Re:Take action (Score 1) 218

Depends on your definition of democracy, if you see it as picking your dictator (from, I might add, quite a limited pool), fine I accept your point.

If however you have a more rose tinted view, like the view that the will of the majority matters, then we should get a say in matters of law, not just be told what's legal and illegal

Comment Take action (Score 2, Insightful) 218

Everyone who thinks this is a bad idea should sign this government petition, get everyone they know to sign the petition, and generally cause a ruckus

Then install Tor, because you have to look out for yourself when you don't live in a democracy any more.

Comment Re:Let the users pay the bandwidth bills (Score 1) 203

It would be perfect if the much talked about Video element supported p2p streaming. It can't be that hard to set up either, you have a definitive list of everyone who is watching the video at the time so tracking should be easy. The only problem I can see is getting the end of the video, when people who have finished watching close their browser and don't upload their fair share of the end of the video.

Even if it's not perfect, it would take a lot of the burden off these sites, hopefully enough to make it worth their while to host.

This would also be a boon for smaller innovative sites which want to host videos but can't afford the bandwidth.

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