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Defects are not so much a technological problem as a sociological problem.

It's the system for building systems that we should be correcting.

The only unforgivable failure is the failure to learn from past failure.

Tom DeMarco: "Controlling Software Projects - Management Measurement & Estimation"


The lamp of experience... I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.

Patrick Henry


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Sun, 15 Sep 2019 07:46:01 GMT
Housing bonanza fosters inequality

The longstanding notion of “middle class” as referring to workers on the middle rungs of a hierarchy of earnings is increasingly untenable.
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Sun, 15 Sep 2019 06:20:03 GMT
Setka's latest outburst against politicians 'unacceptable': Albanese

The Labor leader has vowed to push on with expelling the construction union boss from the ALP after a foul-mouthed rant about crossbench politicians.
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Sun, 15 Sep 2019 06:14:02 GMT
'Big deal': John Setka plays down his conviction for harassment

A leaked recording undermines the controversial union figure's contrition outside court after he pleaded guilty to harassing his wife.
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Sun, 15 Sep 2019 07:10:03 GMT
'Software never has a day off sick': fears teachers could be replaced by robots

In 10 years, teachers could become child-minders rather than skilled educators as technology takes over personalised teaching, task-setting and marking in the classroom.
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Sun, 15 Sep 2019 04:56:05 GMT
We can combat the use of envy by social media

Social media elicits envy, and children with high envy report elevated levels of depression, anger and worry. How can we help?
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Sun, 15 Sep 2019 01:28:01 GMT
Parents should put down their phones and help solve Australia's writing crisis

We should start by inviting every child across the country to pick up a pencil and write a 12-page book.
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Sat, 14 Sep 2019 23:44:05 GMT
How KFC struck the holy grail with its wedding gimmick

From a marketing content point of view, it was winner winner chicken dinner.
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Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:10:00 GMT
US panic over vaping no reason to crack down further in Australia

Talk about health risks in the US suggest a regime of sensible controls would benefit e-cigarette users in Australia - but instead harsher, blunt-instrument bans are being proposed.
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Sun, 15 Sep 2019 06:37:01 GMT
I had a cuppa with a new neighbour. I later covered his assassination

I only met Michael McGurk once – alive.
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Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:05:55 GMT
Australian woman accuses Die Antwoord singer Ninja of sexual assault

An Australian musician is leading accusations of sexual and indecent assault against one of the world's most recognisable rap groups.
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Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:01:00 GMT
Superquiz and Target, Sunday, September 15

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.
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Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:00:15 GMT
Fox numbers growing thanks to Sydney rat plague

The rat plague in Sydney has lead to an increased number of foxes in the suburbs.
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Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:00:00 GMT
There are bugs in your lungs. Should you try to keep them healthy?

Up until just a few years ago, scientists thought your lungs were sterile. They were wrong. In the lungs of healthy people live a diverse range of bacteria, fungi and viruses.
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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 19:00:00 GMT
Why going meat-free could damage your health

Many newly signed-up vegans have noted cognitive effects - known as "brain fog" - and there's plenty of science to back that up.
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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:09:00 GMT
Amid skin and bone and the scent of offal, a boyhood dream is realised

Visits to the museum bring back a photographer's childhood fascination with taxidermy, as memories of the dead squirrel in the freezer come flooding back.
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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:02:00 GMT
National anthem the cause of inexcusable hurt but it's simple to fix

The lyrics of our national anthem are no stranger to change. It's time they changed again.
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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:01:00 GMT
Good Weekend Superquiz and Target, Saturday, September 14

Trivia and word buffs: test your knowledge with today's superquiz and Target.
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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:00:00 GMT
Private-dick chick lit can be a force for good and might just change the world

Cultural change is needed to stop violence against women - and that's where crime writers come in.
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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:00:00 GMT
Call out China's meddling, but the yellow-peril alarm at 'Chinese influence' is racist

An attempt to exclude foreign students from university elections was straight-up racism. In Australia, we should cherish democracy and condemn double standards.
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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:00:00 GMT
Tablet interactive: High-flying John Travolta's grounded gift

It was meant to be John Travolta's great gift to Australia but plans for the Hollywood star to fly his once-beloved Qantas Boeing 707 back to Australia in November have been thwarted, with the vintage airliner gathering cobwebs on an airfield in Georgia.
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