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Government wants every English child on ‘secure’ database

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 19:57 by John Sinteur in category: Privacy, Security


The government will announce plans tomorrow to give every English child an identifying number and a database entry of their school qualifications.

The idea, if that’s not too strong a word, is that the database will include a mini-CV which employers will be able to check.

Every child of 14 will get a Unique Learning Number, different from the Unique Pupil Number which is deleted when you leave school, and different from the national ID database. This number will allow them to access the online database, known as managing Information Across Partners (MIAP). Potential employers will get a different password giving them limited access to a person’s record.

The government is supposed to be in the middle of reviewing the security of all the data it keeps on UK citizens, but the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills was unable to tell us what impact this review has had or might have on the thinking behind the database. Most of the information on the database is already held somewhere, but not in one place.

People already have CVs that they send to prospective employers, right? What is this database for?

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  1. Jeez. I don’t know what would my employers do with my grades. I am good with my job good. My grades were awful.
    What’s the connection?

Death penalty for 6 Guantánamo inmates sought

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 13:24 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


They are there because the Geneva Convention does not apply to them. Now they must die, because they broke the Geneva Convention.

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Venezuela Halts Oil Sales to Exxon Mobil

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 13:22 by John Sinteur in category: News


Venezuela’s state oil company said Tuesday that it has stopped selling crude to Exxon Mobil Corp. in response to the U.S. oil company’s drive to use the courts to seize billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets.

Exxon Mobil is locked in a dispute over the nationalization of its oil ventures in Venezuela that has led President Hugo Chavez to threaten to cut off all Venezuelan oil supplies to the United States. Venezuela is the United States’ fourth largest oil supplier.

Tuesday’s announcement by state-run Petroleos de Venezuela SA, or PDVSA, was limited to Exxon Mobil, which PDVSA accused of “judicial-economic harassment” for its efforts in U.S. and European courts.

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New Study Shows that Heavy Clickers Distort Reality of Display Advertising Click-Through Metrics

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 13:21 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


The study illustrates that heavy clickers represent just 6% of the online population yet account for 50% of all display ad clicks. While many online media companies use click-through rate as an ad negotiation currency, the study shows that heavy clickers are not representative of the general public. In fact, heavy clickers skew towards Internet users between the ages of 25-44 and households with an income under $40,000. Heavy clickers behave very differently online than the typical Internet user, and while they spend four times more time online than non-clickers, their spending does not proportionately reflect this very heavy Internet usage. Heavy clickers are also relatively more likely to visit auctions, gambling, and career services sites – a markedly different surfing pattern than non-clickers.

So 94% of the internet population is bombarded with crap they’re not clicking on anyway, but the “click-through” results from this 6% makes advertisers believe advertising actually works.

Fucking great.

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  1. That strikes me as far better than the situation with spam, where I suspect it’s the bottom 0.01% of idiots who are the motivation for the continued bombardment.

  2. I think with spam it’s more like 0%, and the idiots in that scenario are those who think “all I need to do is send a million spam, 0.01% response is enough. Here, let me buy this database of email addresses”

l337 eye chart

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 13:16 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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  1. hehe…lol…thanks for this, big guy!

Redneck political t-shirt

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 13:14 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


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Sea of Garbage

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 12:58 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture



This is the Citarum river, in Indonezia, possibly the most polluted river in the world, due to mankind’s greed and insensibility regarding environment. Once one of the most beautiful waters in Asia, now the Citarum is a graveyard of debris, where locals, who can no longer fish, risk their lives scavenging for bottles and anything else they might sell for a small profit.

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Doctors balk at request for data

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 12:52 by John Sinteur in category: News



The state’s largest for-profit health insurer is asking California physicians to look for conditions it can use to cancel their new patients’ medical coverage.


The letter wasn’t going down well with physicians.

“We’re outraged that they are asking doctors to violate the sacred trust of patients to rat them out for medical information that patients would expect their doctors to handle with the utmost secrecy and confidentiality,” said Dr. Richard Frankenstein, president of the California Medical Assn.

Patients “will stop telling their doctors anything they think might be a problem for their insurance and they don’t think matters for their current health situation,” he said. “But they didn’t go to medical school, and there are all kinds of obscure things that could be very helpful to a doctor.”


Blue Cross is one of several California insurers that have come under fire for issuing policies without checking applications and then canceling coverage after individuals incur major medical costs. The practice of canceling coverage, known in the industry as rescission, is under scrutiny by state regulators, lawmakers and the courts.

The whole point of any health insurance setup that actually works is to give medical care to people who need medical care. It doesn’t matter if it’s “socialized medicine”, “for profit” or whatever. As long as it delivers medical care to people who need medical care, it is fulfilling the purpose.

The whole point of the US health insurance setup is to deny medical care to people who need medical care.

And people are surprised it sucks?

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Baby held in locked room at airport dies

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 12:47 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


A 14-day-old infant traveling here for heart surgery died at Honolulu International Airport on Friday after he, his mother and a nurse were detained by immigration officials in a locked room, a lawyer for the boy’s family said.

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Like love from a lab: Science Valentines

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 12:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

Haven’t gotten your sweetie a Valentine’s day card yet? Don’t sweat it, here are some cards POWERED BY SCIENCE!


These are probably not what you want…

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  1. lmao, John…thank you, thank you!

Zeus 1 – Jesus 0

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 12:06 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture



This was the dramatic scene as the world’s largest statue of Jesus was hit by lightning.

The bolt parted the thunderclouds over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to strike Christ the Redeemer.

The statue is 130ft tall, is made of 700 tons of reinforced concrete and stands atop the 2,296ft Corcovado mountain overlooking the city.

Given the location of the statue, this probably happens quite often. Here is another one, although that may have been Thor instead of Zeus.

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Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 12:04 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon






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How believable are government claims on ID cards?

Posted on February 13th, 2008 at 10:42 by John Sinteur in category: Security


British people are maintaining steady levels of disbelief over goverment claims about ID cards, according to official Home Office research.

Lobby group No2ID picked up on the research this week, but a spokesman for the IPS said it had been published on ips.gov.uk in November. Google has a cache from earlier this month.

The survey asked people how important proposed benefits of the ID card would be – 74 per cent chose “disrupting the activities of terrorists and organised criminals”, but 23 per cent of people thought this was “slightly believable” and 11 per cent thought it was “not at all believable”. Seven per cent of respondents did not recognise any of the eight benefits they were offered to choose between.

Researchers from Taylor Nelson Sofres summarised views as: “Across the board, full buy-in and belief in the schemes [sic] ability to deliver the proposed benefits is weak.”

Phil Booth, NO2ID’s National Coordinator, said: “After five years of trying to get people to like ID cards, even the Home Office’s own research says that only one in four believe they’ll do what they’re claimed to. And this is supposed to be positive spin. It’s both tragedy and farce.

“Mr Brown – if he’s in control at all – should shut down the ID empire-builders before this particular legacy of Blunkett and Blair gets any more embarrassing.”

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