would you be happy to have your pay and entitlements made public to all of your neighbours?
You would in Sweden, but we're not in Sweden.
Still, it's good to know that people do still do things differently elsewhere.
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Because in any randomly-selected population, it's pretty unlikely that you're going to get a distribution of people who match arbitrary characteristics of the larger population.
As for a self-selecting population - such as people interested in IT, nursing, aircraft, boats, sewing, etc. - it's astronomically improbable that it would come close to the distribution of people who match arbitrary characteristics of the larger population.
Long before the rise of the term "social media" I bemoaned the fact that the Internet's ability to draw people together in virtual communities was both a blessing and a curse: on the one hand you can have people share ideas with anyone (who speaks English) in world, on the other hand you have paedophiles who would otherwise be physically isolated in small communities being able to find fellow kiddy-fiddlers in a virtual world and indulge in their particular perversions.
Whilst the UK MSM were quaintly amused by Merkin peculiarities, we now have UK MSM and English-speaking social media infected with left-pondian social problems, along with the inability of people in either mainstream or social media to distinguish between the historical and social differences in Merkin and non-Merkin societies...
Then there are governments who see the solution to every problem as legislation resulting in whole libraries of laws for police forces when the police don't even bother to enforce basic long-standing laws, or just go and misinterpret other laws...
I don't have a solution. And I don't see people who propose "solutions" actually analysing the problems and seeing if their proposed solutions would actually be beneficial or harmful in the whole.
When mostly peaceful riots around international summits (G7, etc) were all the rage, along with the associated cordoning off of city centres, I proposed that all future summits or conferences should be hosted at sea.
The result being that delegates can travel around to find the nicest weather and views, residents of cities would not be disrupted, protestors would cause less damage in major cities, policing costs could be reduced.
A single vessel could probably be used by most if not all of the world's leaders as summits tend to happen at different times - except for the counter summits that take place when some group want to highlight that their problems are not being addressed by the main summit.
Naval security can be handled by, err, navies as regular training exercises, thus keeping those costs down too.
What actually constitutes a meeting?
Does a developer or two and a tester or two getting together to work out a problem or understand a situation count as a meeting?
Or is it just some intra- or inter-departmental snooze-fest where a bunch of jerks engage in their own fantasy battle whilst their audience is comatose/resentful for being there/drifting away into their own more interested worlds?
IIRC Merkins tend to go and shoot a bunch of people when they're depressed/angry, then top themselves.
Brits tend to top themselves.
A notable number of Merkins target schools for their shooting victims, but there are also a notable number of Chinese who target schools for their stabbing victims.
Culture plays a significant role in mental health outcomes.
I can't tell whether depressed/angry Russians go for a drive or whether that's just Russians in general...
I always find it amusing when organisations claim that someone else is causing "significant and irreparable damage" to them or their brand, as it's invariably the brand owner who has an already tainted reputation or is the one actually damaging its reputation all by itself.
Just read Vivianne Castillo's resignation letter.
I must say that it ranks highly in terms of hyperbole and broad-brush accusations, but there's nothing in there to distinguish it from an attention-seeking child not getting the attention it craves.
Do we live in a world where unsubstantiated, hyperbolic accusations are accepted uncritically? Or 'twas ever so?
we're applying the rules as inherited
It's a shame that the reporting hasn't indicated that, but then I suppose some kind of contextual understanding is beyond the capabilities of the media who will hype up one disaster and pay no attention to many other similar disasters...
A someone who's spent the last decade living on a small island outside of the EU I've regularly had to purchase goods from several overseas countries. Only once was I stung by customs duties, which could have been avoided by splitting the order. It's therefore astonishing that HMG has now signed the UK up to a load of excessive bureaucracy.
Is this part of the EU trading agreement? Or is it just HMRC messing everything up?
It's not AI. It's not intelligent. It knows nothing about what it's looking at. It's statistics based on zero understanding of what's being presented to it.
Lighter faces show greater contrast to what's around them than darker faces. So lighter faces will probably be more noticeable to a dumb statistical model that knows nothing about its subject.
The last time I saw facial recognition the service was pretty certain that the subject was wearing glasses. He wasn't. He had more shadows around his eyes because of the overhead lighting. A dumb statistical model would say there's more dark in that area of the image, so it's probably glasses. A human would see shadow on a human face and no glasses. Just like a human would be able to recognise that Elton John's facial adornments were glasses if it had never seen anything like them before.
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