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Yes it's a myth. There's a theoretical potential that X-Rays could knock electrons out but the dosage you'd need for that would be far, far in excess of what's used these days.
They tried to but it never made it through to law fortunately.
Deep fried pizza
My local chippy does deep fried pizza cooked in vegetable oil, does this mean it counts as two of my five a day?
Depends where in the UK you are
Home slaughter is allowed in England and Scotland (not sure about Wales and NI) for personal and family consumption - you can't sell it on - as long as the animal is slaughtered humanely.
Usual caveats apply about extra risks with home slaughtered food, regulations that require compliance etc.
Personally, I don't notice the difference but I'm only 15 minutes from the abattoir so the stress factor might not be so noticable.
Isn't this covered by other laws?
Fraud? Obtaining benefit by deception?
There's a raft of laws available which could be used to provide a custodial sentence if used so why do we need another law?
Depends on the state
They're not valid in California (for example) but are valid in some other states, such as Illinois.
Even when they are valid there are normally restrictions on them that prevent them from being used to prevent a person earning a living and so on.
I'd expect that Groupon will argue that they can sell other things instead.
As Fat Jez says - if you want to stream TV you'll need more than 1Mbps.
Rough rules of thumb (taken from the BBC) HD requires 3500kbps and SD 1500 kbps so a 1Mbps connection just doesn't cut it these days.
Through contention into the mix and multiple computers in a household even 5Mbps is looking close to the mark for streaming TV.
As you say, as long as they send out the proper notices.
I live over 35 miles away from where the jamming was taking place (well outside of the range that the MoD specified as being affected by the jamming) and my GPS was giving positions about 10-15 meters from true.
So the notices that were issued were inaccurate to say the least.
It would have been nice if that was included in the office notice.
The notice at www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/295194/0120735.doc doesn't mention communications - just blocking GPS.
The Ofcom notice you mention does include these other frequencies but how many people are going to have signed up to this?
Most fishermen can still navigate without GPS but in a similar way to how most people don't use a map in a car, most fishermen don't use charts now (but still have them onboard in case of failure).
GPS is used for net fishing close to the coast where the accuracy allows the boat to go closer to shore than you'd attempt without GPS.
From what I've heard - there's been outright GPS failure which means you just don't fish there and go for deep water fishing or back to port.
The real problem seems to be cases where the GPS is reporting inaccurate positions so you think you're safe and end up hitting rocks or catching nets - both of which appear to have happened during this exercise.
Living on the isle of Lewis
There's normally an article in the local rag letting people know that an exercise is on it's way - this time they seem to have forgotten.
Normally the jamming isn't a problem as it shouldn't affect the Western Isles (as indicated in the map in your article) and fishermen just avoid the affected areas.
As mentioned in your article, the real worry from the fishermen is that DSC has failed (and well outside the areas specified by NATO). Although DSC does use a different frequency than GPS it stopped working which is worrying as it allows the coastguard to pinpoint the location.
On the island itself we've seen problems with GPS, mobiles (worse than usual), internet connectivity (due to a large percentage of the island using a wireless network) and satellite TV.
In general, a bit of a non-event for people living on the island but worrying for the fishermen especially since there's no emergency tug in the area anymore.
Who's responsible for the cookie legally speaking?
If I have a website in Europe that doesn't set any cookies I don't have to ask the user to allow me to store them. If I add a facebook like button to the site then cookies are created without express permission.
So who is "breaking" the law is it me or facebook?
Living in a very large not spot.
The major wish for most people here is to have the major routes covered so that if you break down or have an accident you can ring for help otherwise you can be waiting for a very long time for someone to come past and give you a hand.
Of course, if Ofcom forced the operators in the UK to implement the emergency call requirements from the GSM standard (i.e. if you need to make an emergency call you can use any available network not just the one you've subscribed to) then you'd reduce the need for masts across the UK.
The most vocal voices wanting better data coverage are the emergency services not the general populace - these are the people who are saying that lack of 3g and data is a major problem when an emergency happens.
It was down to cost.
Nuclear power plants were considered but ruled out due to cost rather than environmental considerations.
Have you seen the price of fibreglass? It's not cheap.
Fibreglass roofs - 20 to 40 year lifespan, so exposure to sunlight isn't necessarily going to be a problem over the lifetime of an ultrabook. (The neighbour has a fibreglass boat that has been in the sea for over 40 years, if something can last that long in those conditions it's good enough for a laptop).
Fibreglass is a nice material, a lot stronger than plastic and if it's done well it doesn't look cheap
If I was buying a helmet, yes I'd choose kevlar - if I'm buying a laptop I'd happily accept fibreglass as it's unlikely I'll be using it to deflect bullets unless I get sent to Libya.
In case anyone is interested.
The $3 are nominal damages for tortious interference with contractual relations, claims of defamation and tortious interference with prospective economic advantage (i.e. $1 for each claim).
It's a worrying case as spamhaus is still guilty in the eyes of the court and if e360 had been more reasonable in presenting evidence then damages would have been awarded against them.
File a DMCA request
If there's pictures of you (that you own) then file a DMCA request claiming that the account is infringing copyright and hopefully it'll get taken down.
Not ideal but they'll take more interest in a DMCA request as there's a legal backup (i.e. you can sue facebook) if they don't do anything.
I suggest that you mention the "Environmental Protection Act 1990" to your local Councillor.
The collection of green waste, for example, can be classed as discretionary as it's above and beyond the legal requirements of the council but the collection of general waste is covered by the above act.
(Granted there's a lot of get out clauses but in general your councillor is likely talking bollocks).
Councils don't have to re-house
If you're convicted of anti-social behaviour the council doesn't have to rehouse you - they can refuse to put you on a waiting list and as a lot of social housing has a "good neighbour" clause there's a chance that some people will be finding themselves homeless in the near future.
This also applies if you've been found guilty of serious anti-social behaviour even if you weren't a council tenant at the time (assuming that rioting and or looting count as anti-social behaviour these days).
There is one - sort of.
If I remember correctly there is the CEIR which is run by the GSM but it requires individual operators to sign up - some operators in some countries haven't.
The reason it didn't work.
Not all operators have signed up with the CEIR so if you report it to the first network who isn't on the CEIR it will only be blocked on their network, hence why it'll work on the other two networks.
With the state of broadband to most of the Scottish Islands it's doubtful they'd be able to get a stable enough connection (I know of someone who has to schedule meetings based on the tide - at high tide his internet connection drops).
I agree it's a waste of time and resources but as I understand it the SOP is for the investigating force to perform the questioning - so it's either send him down to London or send a team of police to the Shetlands.
Don't Microsoft play the same game?
How long had Android been out before Microsoft started hitting on the various handset manufacturers for patent infringement? They're all as bad as each other in this regard.
There seems to be a pattern emerging, wait until a product is successful and then sue rather than when an infringement is noticed.
The real kick in the teeth with all the claims is asking for triple damages for wilful infringement and injunctions against sale when the patent owner has sat on it for a couple of years.
If you've waited a couple of years between noticing an infringement and doing anything about it then surely you've failed to protect your patent and should lose it not get paid a bonus for suing someone?
...but we do.
Up here on the Isle of Lewis all biodegradable rubbish is collected (so grass, cardboard, wood and so on) and put through a digester at Creed to produce methane which is then either burnt for electricity (or turned into Hydrogen gas) and the remnants is used as compost.
Works well for a pilot scheme.
More information here http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/03/20155542/34
Most people who speak Gaelic do speak English but as a second language, there are children who don't learn English until they reach school.
Gaelic has a number of nuances that make it ideal for discussing certain aspects of life (such as crofting) which are difficult to express correctly in English, it's a language that suits its purpose well.
More wasteful than party ballons?
All elements are the by-product of radioactive/nuclear processes.
Helium isn't that rare, something like 5% of all natural gas reserves are helium
Granted it is a finite resource as is gas, oil, coal and we don't have a problem using that do we?
...different requirements in China.
There's lots of reasons why the firmware needs tweaking for China (and other countries as well).
One example is cypher indication. In Europe you have to display an indicator when cyphering isn't enabled. In China this isn't displayed so you can't tell if cyphering is active or not...
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