Re: Road site test?
"All the cop movies that I've watched have the cops doing on the spot tests by simply sniffing a little of the power or tasting it ..."
It's a reliable test for cyanide.
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"Widespread evidence shows that these tests routinely produce false positives. Why are police departments and prosecutors still using them?"
It's not using them that's the problem, it's relying on them. They would appear to be presumptive tests, an indication that they should be followed up with something more time-consuming, elaborate and, most importantly, reliable.
4) 3 + repeated attempts to grant US adequacy alternating with trips to the courts to thwart them.
Would it be too much to hope that 3 brings about a final realisation that Brexit really wasn't a good idea with the electorate punishing those politicians who supported it.
NB there's no requirement for an electorate to remain consistent, especially when it finally realises which side of its bread was buttered.
"Unfortunately this isnt a brexit problem but a politics problem."
The two are not independent. Brexit is a necessity for May's escaping international scrutiny on human rights by reneging on the ECHR. She is clearly prepared to chuck substantial swathes of the UK economy under the bus in order to achieve this dubious political end. The most charitable explanation I can think if is extremely blinkered vision.
It's one thing to argue that May's policies would make compliance impossible. It's another to assume that she (or someone else) won't have to change them. The economic realities of not being able to comply (not to mention the impact on the Good Friday agreement of abandoning the ECHR) is going to make her stance increasingly impractical.
We would, in future, be well advised to avoid promoting Home Secs to PM; the experience seems to warp their judgement.
If I see a big, expensive advert I think "Why should I pay for that?" Same with a big, flashy shop.
Yes, but we're not in the business of selling big, expensive adverts or big, flashy shops. At least I'm not and I don't suppose you are. But being in such a business requires you to take a different attitude - and try to get your clients to share it. I say again, the advertising industry sells adverts to advertisers, that's all. What effect it has on the advertisers' bottom line isn't their problem providing they get paid.
I haven't been running a Google operating system for the past 25 years under one paradigm, only to have them suddenly change the rules to "customer be damned, let's serve ourselves instead!" That's what's happened with MS, though.
Well put although in may case MS got my ire much earlier. It was a little advertising trick (glueing magazine pages together FFS!) that did it and even at the time they should have spotted the double meaning of their tag-line "Don't get stuck with Microsoft" which I decided to take to heart. Effective stuff that advertising.
"Love me or hate me, as long as you KNOW me."
This, of course, has to be the advertising industry's motto. As long as they can keep the punters believing that's all that matters they'll stay in business. Remember, the only thing the advertising industry sells is adverts. Preferably big expensive adverts that they can persuade their punters are getting them value for money.
I entered my home number into my car phone. The first time I used voice command to call home it told me it didn't have an entry. I got it to read out the entries and it pronounced it "hume", i.e. the pronunciation used by the former Prime Minister. Presumably the makers think more of their customers know someone called Home than have homes to go to.
They need to sort this out before self-driving cars come onto the market. Come out of the pub, get into the car and get driven to a suburb of Manchester.
"It's actually voluntary for employees to provide it."
Presumably the employer (a) asks the employees to volunteer it and (b) makes provision to record it.
This must pose a problem in relation to people employed by US companies in Europe. In the UK, for instance, the information would fall foul of the data protection principles (see https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/data-protection-principles/ ), especially 3 and hence of the DPA and the equivalent legislation in other EU countries.
I can see how they'd probably twist the principle's wording to try to get away with it assuming the exemptions in Schedules 2 & 3 extend to obligations in the US. As stricter EU regulations come into force and Max Schrems or others get more judgements at the ECJ that might get more difficult.
But I repeat a comment I made earlier: it's different attitudes about such things that make Europeans distrust the US with personal data.
And I trust that the man who fell to earth, amongst others, has never been in charge of anything where European data protection law applies.
"It's a reaction to a time, a very real and prolonged time, when many arse-backwards companies discriminated like mad against all sorts of people."
Nevertheless I would consider it extremely offensive for an employer to ask me for this sort of information. Partly it's a matter of principle but there's an added factor. I spent 19 years in N Ireland in the '60s to '80s. People could and did get murdered for being the wrong religion in the wrong place and the wrong time. I know. I took part in the investigation of a number of these, right down to my last case in '86. In such an environment anyone asking about religion would be regarded with deepest suspicion.
It's different attitudes about such things that make Europeans distrust the US with personal data. Whilst I have some sympathy with the sauce for the gander sentiments of many comments I regard the keeping and demanding of such information as being totally out of order whether it's Google or anyone else.
"Pretty clear you've never been in charge of anything."
OK, how do you measure race?* Colour? It's pretty clear you've never had to think critically.
*There was an instance discovered some time ago of a family in the East Midlands, apparently English as fas back as one could go, with an African yDNA haplotype. A suggested explanation was that there must have been a male line descent from a Roman soldier of African origin, Lincoln being fairly close by (you didn't have to come from Rome or even Italy to be a Roman citizen). So what race were they?
"If you're really from the Department for Education then the should already have our proper contact email details,"
She put the phone down.
For occasions like this, keep a list of addresses of the more recent SEO etc spammers from your junk folder. They're all in the same line of work, no reason why they shouldn't occasionally be introduced to each other.
"Not all of us are happy with shit like the ribbon, we want to slap the stupid out of you for that, so the ability to choose our own themes would be a big boone."
From MS's point of view ribbon was far from stupid. Between that and supporting education (getting schools to train MS Office users) they've now got a cohort of users who don't grok what you and I would call a sane interface, and hence any S/W that uses it. It's lock-in 21st century style.
Not to worry, LibreOffice is fighting back with multiple interface options.
"So reality is... they don't need to put them away or try them to ruin the alleged crim."
"Alleged" is a key word here. No conviction so in the eyes of the law he's innocent. I think we can expect the lawsuit to follow PDQ.
Investigation of crimes should be properly conducted so that the prosecution are able and willing to stand over their evidence.
"How is the guy being 'a registered sex offender' relevant?
Why was it mentioned?"
It's just possible that the register also had his address, just in case they needed to check that the bank's records weren't out of date. It also indicates prior convictions which might affect sentence. Just a couple of obvious answers, I'll leave you to work out if there are more.
ISTM that whether or not Amazon have liability is only part of their problem. It affects their reputation which they should be guarding. Time and again we see reports of what appears to be over-zealous protection of trademarks and yet here we see an instance of what in effect is passing off not being policed by the trademark owner.
"you have to have a way of getting all that data to/from all parts of the UK, including the remotest locations, where there often isn't a power Grid Network to power G.fast type 'active devices' rollout v passive fibre optic."
If you don't have power at the base station site I think power for the backhaul is a secondary problem.
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