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Comment My Solution To The Problem (Score 1) 398

Whilst I can agree with the original intended use for this invention, I cannot agree at all with the UK police getting their grubby mits on it.

The UK police force are a disgrace. They accept drug addicts and people of vastly inferior morals & intellect willingly into their ranks. I know because my cousins are part of the UK police force and one of them failed his first medical because they found narcotics in his urine test; they just invited him to come back three months later! Then I saw him just before he left and he boasted of going "Paki bashing". The other cousin isn't much better. Another thing that irks me, is that the police force do not even need to keep fit or have regular fitness tests! The fire brigade do, as do the Navy, Army, Marines, RAF etc. etc.

My solution to this issue would be to have some kind of national service for a police force. In this case you would have a general public with knowledge of the law and a confidence in the police force with reduced risk of corruption. At some point the majority of the population would be/have been both the public and the police authority, therefore those that have not served yet know they will gain an understanding of the law, those that are serving will be less tempted to be corrupt as they know that they will be certain to leave the force after their national service and enter back into the general public where their replacements will be the general public they ruled over recently. Those that have served will be far more aware of their rights and will have greater empathy with the current police force.

Obviously it's not perfect, because you may well need an over arching consisting authority of officers, but then you would have an officer training college such as the military equivalent, Sandhurst.

Comment No need. (Score 1) 659

What's the need to? He would not benefit academically from doing so, the only downside I would consider is perhaps the social aspect of school. But then, his social skills may suffer but if he is already working alongside other people in a workplace then they should develop over time as normal. In fact his social skills may benefit more from being in a mature environment and not at school where the academic stereotypes can be more susceptible to bullying.

Comment Encouragement, not punishment. (Score 2) 406

I've read studies in the past that have shown that children, whether intelligent or struggle to learn, benefit greatly from encouragement rather than either reward or punishment. I truely believe in this.

By all means reward children for doing well, but certainly not punish those who struggle. Everybody is different and will excel at different subjects and it's entirely possible that some may be undiagnosed dyslexics or even have eyesight issues.

In any case, children should be praised for the work they do whether it is better than others or not, but then encouraged to learn how to improve themselves and nurture their enthusiasm for it.

Comment A Welcome Update. (Score 2) 123

I'm certainly glad to see an update even if there has been a delay of 11 years. I'm not sure I agree with the OP that it should've(?) contained a section on computer science. Science is a vast field on it's own with many disciplines, hence the seperation of certain subjects such as mental health and neuroscience. I consider Computer Science a vast field in it's own right and therefore should have it's own reference manual. Within the Information & Communication Technology world there are also a large number of disiciplines, which would probably need more than suitable coverage in terms applying law and may not receive properly if it is bundled with non-related sciences - there is always the risk of subjects perhaps being watered down a little too much. Still, it's a positive step forward and must be recognised in order to encourage further reference manuals to be produced - and hopefully updated more often!

Comment Re:So much misinformation in these comments... (Score 1) 585

All that said, with the exception of fragments in private collections, the last of the Dead Sea Scrolls were published in the early 90's.

What the f.....? How did these fragments even become part of a private collection? I assume they were translated before being passed on?! But still, even small parts of a document as important as this should not be allowed to be filed away from the public just because a single entity has thrown around large sums of money.

Comment And...? (Score 1) 237

If Google really are "Carbon Neutral" and investing in "green" energy as their blog suggests, then I see no real problem with them using the amount of energy that they do. Google could certainly do more to push renewable energy resources but at the end of the day, it is not their role to do so. Eventually I'm sure the winds of change will bring about a major shift towards renewable energy resources within corporations, the less non-renewable resources available, the higher the price. Corporations are very much focussed on profit, it's inevitable that renewable energy will at some point become cheaper. For the time being though, you can't expect Google to use an infrastructure (let alone create one) that doesn't exist.

Comment Re:Isn't religion an epidemic itself ? (Score 3, Informative) 547

It's killed more than most illnesses I've heard of. And still does.

Mao, Hitler and Stalin were atheists. The 30 years war, the Crusades, the Spanish inquisition, Al Queda were religious. Your point is? Most mass murder is because of greed, not religion. Religion is used to justify the greed in some cases. In other cases, politics or biology are used as justification. But greed is at the heart of almost all killing and war. An atheistic world would be neither more peaceful nor less peaceful because even atheists are just as greedy as everyone else.

Hitler was a Catholic. It is a widely believed misconception that Hitler was an atheist, just as it is a misconception that he was a vegetarian.

Hitler himself wrote in Mein Kampf... "I am convinced that I am acting as the agent of our Creator. By fighting off the Jews, I am doing the Lord's work."

Years later he was also quoted as telling General Gerhart Engel... "I am now, as before, a Catholic and will always remain so."

Nazi Germany worked with the Catholic Church who blessed troops and equipment. Each infantry soldier even wore a belt with a buckle inscribed "Gott mit uns" - God is with us.

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