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As a canadian living in an isolated city, let me say this: the police are more likely to join in on the harassment than to stop it... if they even show up in the first place. Law enforcement seems to exist for free timmies (a coffee chain where you can't go more than 5 blocks before the next one), parking tickets, and for consuming drugs/drug money they 'confiscate'. It's hard to get police out for serious crimes, even if you have the entire affair recorded on video.
Because of this, what rights people are actually accorded depends directly on their community. A 'we're in this together' type mentality. If you have problems, you get your friends together and go deal with it. Sadly, in more recent years, actual investigative work has become the domain of the mafia in the area (sadly that's still a thing). In a world where you call your weed dealer when you're robbed, instead of the police, do you really think Canadian civil rights count for anything? When the only source of justice comes from the criminal community, civilization has already fallen: all that remains in the illusion held within people's minds.
, demonstrating that dark matter does indeed play a role in the inner galaxy. The researchers hope their studies will help narrow down searches for the nature of dark matter as well as aid the understanding of galaxy formation."
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The main problem with scientific data is retention. Often the results are kept, but the data that led to the results is long lost. Even 5 years later, it's hard to find the data. There is a reason for this: there's a lot! Regardless of what their database size, most particle physics experiments can fill it in less than a day. It's not technologically feasible to gather the information into one system, at our current level of technology.
While wikipedia has editing and flame wars problems, this project would end with similar problems surrounding deletion. What do you keep? How do you know where the break throughs will be made: the ones that make revisiting old experiments and data necessary? One cannot predict the path inspiration will take. Who decides what gets deleted: an editor, an admin, by public vote? This is what will cause the project to fail out of the starting gate. In the event they do succeed, what happens when their funding runs out? We've already established that the main problem is from too much data for practical backup... that only leaves the inevitable fall into oblivion.
In closing, I do offer a ray of hope: the time is fast approaching when we will reach the prerequisite technological level. Take a look at the work HP is currently doing: http://www.engadget.com/2010/0... This technology, at the optimal level, (I crunched some numbers, and it definitely would not be the case with the first iteration) can store all the world's data, and then some, on a device the size of a garbage can. At that point deletion, and all the problems outlined above, become nullified. Until we reach that level, this is a pipe dream, doomed to fail in a quagmire of politics.
The first mars rover that crashed as an international undertaking. In fact, that's one of the reasons it went wrong: us Canadians were responsible for the final calculations. We assumed, Americans being Americans, that the measurements given were in feet. (Yes, our stereotype has Americans pegged as being so backwards that the entire nation doesn't know System International, or are too prideful to use the standardized system.) However, the Americans had been kind and already converted to meters. Needless to say, that rover crashed hard.
The incident is still repeated at my university, to this day, when collaboration with American physicists is suggested.
Like the Person of Interest fictional organization Vigilance? Domestic Privacy Terrorists using computer skills (on the organization level) and varied member skill sets (on the operational level) to insert themselves temporarily into high ranking corporate, and governmental, positions to: gather information, expose ongoing criminal activities, and to 'deal out justice'
hmm... computer skill and varied skill sets...
It's sad that there a need, and that the people needed to found such an organization can be recruited here. Next thing you know, there will be American Revolution book ciphered