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Comment Re:Perception of law enforcement (Score 3, Informative) 377

Belize isn't a typical Central American country. It's a member of the Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth as the Head of State.

"The structure of government is based on the British parliamentary system, and the legal system is modelled on the Common Law of England."

Here's the US Department of State's view.

Comment Re:How long until they just reach for a big hammer (Score 1) 743

Why isn't it up to the court to dictate what's acceptable? If Apple is complying with the letter of what the court demanded, how are they being contemptuous?

Because of an expectation of integrity. Introducing a mandatory user action (a scroll) takes the content off the home page.

Comment Re:What are parents so paranoid? (Score 4, Interesting) 610

I've been doing much the same with my son, who's now 13. From when he was three or so, we'd play 'if you were lost, what would you do' games in stores and shopping streets (in a shop, ask somebody at the till for help; in the street, go into a store); and I had him learn my mobile phone number; and we'd happily leave him to read books and magazines while we did our shopping. He timed out a few times and asked a shop assistant to call us on the intercom and we'd reassure him he'd done the right thing. The aim was to get him thinking 'oh bother, I'm lost /again/'.

When he was eight he moved to Denmark with his mum and they'd get a train each day - but his school was at an earlier stop than her office so he'd get off and walk the last half-mile or so on his own. A few weeks after he arrived there (and speaking no Danish), he got an earlier train back and she wasn't on it. So he got off at the right stop, went to a tourist bureau where he'd been before, and had them phone me in England on my mobile number. He was eight, and on his own in a foreign city - but not, technically, lost. Since then I've not really been too bothered about his finding his way about.

He's now back in England and quite happy to take trains and buses on his own which, of course, is how it should be.

Comment Re:Perspectives (Score 1) 782

I hope you are not doing this in the UK... Its a breach of both the Data Protection Act and the Human Rights Act.

To reinforce that point:

UK employers have the right to monitor communications within the workplace as long as you are aware of the monitoring before it takes place. Monitoring can cover: emails / internet access / telephone calls / data / images - with the proviso that - You have the right to see any information held about you (for example, emails or CCTV footage).

And there are clear rules in place describing an employer's responsibilities and the consequences of improper monitoring.

Comment Re:1979 was pre-PC era (Score 1) 319

As to the 1979 CS degree, is there such a thing? PCs only existed since about 1984's so any degree he had has no relevance at all to modern computing.

At least some of the people who were designing machines in 1984 will have had a 1979 CS degree and if they're still designing machines today I'd hazard that they're quite good at it by now.

Comment Re:comparative position? (Score 4, Informative) 294

The first London subway line opened in 1863, so it's not a new thing. In terms of milage, it's the second largest metro system in the world (ref. And 45% of its 249 miles are underground. There are some facts and figures here:

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