The Pink'Un ....
...is what people expected to see on ChatRoulette. I suspect that little will change.
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Second bit: No, I can guess the long term security of 'anonymised data' and I can predict 'mission creep' once the police get a toe-hold in the database. Once the first girl is pulled in for questioning, she'll tell all her friends, word will spread and they'll stop going to clinics.
First bit: Would it be that difficult to 'train' an experienced medical researcher, or even an ordinary GUM doctor, to detect and flag up unusual testing rates for individuals or groups in an area?
Police in Manchester are making attempts to get direct access to the NHS database of 'sexual-health' of teenage girls in the area:
I assume they want to do the job because they are so much better than quaified medical researchers at analysing medical data to establish patterns and predicting possible causes. I also assume they can effectively spread the word to young girls that these details will not be used against them in any way.
" ...taking a cut from ISPs by levying these commercial beneficiaries ..."
How does Virgin Media benefit from me downloading music from somwhere or tapping into a streaming service. I pay them a fixed amount a month for the ability to slurp data, and if I do slurp data then that increases their costs by stressing their network. So they don't benefit from me taking part in 'music sharing'.
If you believe that they are a convenient place to tap into, since they are a known entity with money sloshing around, then why not levy a fee on the Post Office for every music CD that they deliver. After all, that would be logically equivalent to a levy on the ISPs.
".. its Android platform is in a market leading position there, .."
Android is open source and the phone makers and service providers stuff it and layer it with their own sauce and can even determine which apps market is used. The service providers control routing to external services and the government add internet restrictions on top of that. I don't see how a local variant of Android being popular in China has much benefit to Google; apart from kudos, but only among those Chinese who know and understand the situation.
I was worried when I read that, (dust and dirt ingress leading to noisy action). Then I saw the picture and realised that it was a volume rocker, phew.
P.S. Why do different manufacturers have different button layouts for Home, Menu, Back, Search? After two years of using HTC, I'd have lots of frustration trying to quickly operate the San Diego.
"..works are not created in a vacuum.."
A very good point. Authors, of whatever kind, do not spring from the womb with an idea for a good book or a great script in their heads. They spend years living in society and observing us. They watch us as we struggle and work and laugh and love and despair and then die. If it wasn't for us ordinary people, they wouldn't have any ideas for stories. They are leeching off us!
"I can’t really say the same about the touch-sensitive buttons on the centre console though.
They apparently use less electrical power than standard switches .."
As far as I know, 'standard switches' use zero power and have done for many years. Perhaps Vauxhall didn't explain it properly.
Does this mean that in China, a "website" registered in a city has to be hosted on servers in that city and operated by people living in that city? Or, maybe, the chinese police don't really understand how the internet works? Or does it work differently in China?
If i grow a tree from a seed, then cut it down and burn it, surely that is carbon neutral as well? The thing is, I have taken action that causes the tree to exist in the first place........ It gets complicated.
(P.S. It's jizzmag that has all the wank stuff in it.)
This sort of thing has been going on for years, at regular intervals. I am fed up with architects, 'designers' and various know-buggerall idiots proposing this sort of thing. If they did it alone, among their friends, then it wouldn't matter. As it is, they can influence politicians and real town planners (with budgets to spend) and cause money to be spent (wasted) on 'feasilbilty studies' and 'technology demonstrator projects'.
Nobody, not anybody, should be allowed to spend public (taxpayer) money on any project with any technology content unless they have at least an 'O' level (the old style one) in physics.
There, that's my first draconian law as World Dictator. I have many more but I won't bother you with them on a Sunday morning.
And the children cried out to the Lord, saying,
"Why must we suffer so, to be led as cattle and herded as sheep, fattened for the feast?"
The Lord said unto them, "I gave you free will, for I love you."
The children then said, "But we have no free will Lord, we must do as our parents and priests tell us."
The Lord said, "As I love and care for you, then so have I given charge to your parents and your priests
to care for and nurture you."
The children looked at each other and then said to the Lord,
"Do you actually know what happens down here, oh Lord?"
The Lord coughed and said unto them, "I'm a bit busy and have to go elsewhere."
The children wept.
No flames from me, I agree with you. I've had a look at porn on the internet and have been appalled by the banality of it all. There is no plot develoment, no character analysis and exposition, not a sign of context within wider societal issues. Everything is ersatz emotions with no recognition of the tragedy of the human condition. It's always a happy ending.
If I have encrypted pictures of me taking a dump, stored on my phone, or other device; and I'm forced to hand over the key by law; can the officers concerned claim that I have caused them offence and alarm? Or, is it their own stupid fault for demanding to see personal pictures stored on a private device?
(Mine's the one with the fresh turd in the pocket; do not search me.)
I know I've become older (and hopefully wiser) but I can't believe that people in TV land (especially presenters) have become so much dumber and more superficial. (Is it me; is it?).
I can remember when Horizon and similar programs were fascinationg to watch and were produced as an educational and informative product. Now, when I watch them, I almost feel embarassed for them as I see how they try to present and explain things in a way that makes me cringe ...(ok, I'll stop typing now, before I unleash a torrent of bile on you all)
Thank you for those informative replies. That's one of the reasons I enjoy El Reg :)
(I had thought that the fuel-air mixture in a 'jet' combustion chamber experienced a 'continuous explosion' effect where the flame front travelled at the speed of sound. Apparently not, or maybe the compressor output air speed is pretty high... some combination.....whatever.)
How does current hydrogen fuel usage compare to hydrocarbons in terms of energy per stored kilogram, or on a stored volume basis?
Re. supersonic combustion: I thought that all 'jet' engines had supersonic airflow in the combustion chamber, which is why the burning fuel doesn't 'explode' out from the front of the engine.
I make this an average continuous power delivery of 4.2 GW. I assume the 'world beating capacity' of 8 GW is because of a factor of two margin in the design?
How does this compare to other notable power transmission systems?
(Am I the only one who thinks that '37 billion kWh per year' is a clumsy way of expressing energy units?)
.. because they will sell it on and you'll get bloody spam texts. If you reply with 'Stop', they don't stop or they pass your number along to another f***ing text spammer. The mobile operators don't care because all those people texting 'Stop' makes a tidy income for them with no extra effort.
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