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The data collected is used for all sort of important issues. Not only statistically but to determine where and what resources are required in your area, (schooling, hospitals etc) so it may well feel intrusive, but it is ultimately used for your benefit, so suck it up and be a big boy an fill it in properly.
A Fine is a Tax for doing something wrong
A Tax is a Fine for doing something good.
All you have to specify is how many people live at the address. Nothing else is required.
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In Norway, population information has "for ages" been continously updated in electronic registers. Every childbirth is reported, and if you haven't registred a name for the kid within a certain period, you receive a reminder from the register that you must file a name for the baby.
Other registers are going all digital as well. About fifteen years ago, I was stopped in a routine check for drunk driving (not because my driving was dubious; it was a general screening), and it took me a few seconds to dig up my driver's license. Before I found it, the police officer told me: "Don't worry; we've got it here, over the radio. Everything OK". Today, you don't need a physical driver's license at all.
It is the same with lots of other public archives (and private/commercial ones as well). I am not perfectly happy with it; it makes us very dependent on network techology being 100% stable. And datacenter technology. Besides, some excuses for it are questionable from a privacy point of view: E.g. the Norwegian state provides some state support for religious coommunities based on their membership count. Churches were required to submit membership lists electronically, and there were cases of people requesting support in up to five different churches! I very strongly question the very idea of the state supporting religious societies (it can only be understood because we had a tax financed 'state church' up until a few years ago), and the authorities demand for electronic lists did reveal what could certainly be called fraud. But my real worry is thinking of how the authorities in central Europe in the late 1930s could have used such a register. Or some future power may use it.
We have, maybe for nostalgic/romantic reasons, retained some "census-like" activities: It is more like a nationwide gallup poll. Once every ten years, they select some aspect they would like to know more about. Like, "The official register tells that you are living here - but are you living most of your life somewhere else, e.g. because you are a student or commuter?"
The census is all like "non-essential information", "things we are curious about". I do not know about US cencuses, but I suspect that is to a far greater degree is a real collection of basic information about the population, because the authorities do not know.
I think that there is a lot of information about me that is nobody's business - not even the the authorities. But I cannot keep secret where I live, how may kids I have, and how old I am. The authorities must have that information, e.g. to pay me my old age pension when that day comes. Why should they have me report it every ten years? They might just as well keep an always-updated archive of it. Then we don't 'need' the census.
Before I found it, the police officer told me: "Don't worry; we've got it here, over the radio. Everything OK". Today, you don't need a physical driver's license at all.
So... If I drive another person's car... the sue will be sent to him? Nice
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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Not quite. I gave him my "person number" (functionally similar to the US Social Security Number, but is independent of Social Security). He got my photo and signature on the screen of his device, and recognized me from the photo.
For drunk driving, which car you drive is irrelevant. You breathe into this meter, and if the reading is above a certain limit, you are taken to the side for a blood sample, which is used as the evidence. The breathing test is just a quick way to check you out. The police always asks for your driver's license, whatever the reason for stopping you.
Even for automatic speed control, they cannot fine the car owner; they must be able to identify the driver from the photo. The license plates of the car is just an aid for the police to more easily find the driver. As a car owner, you may receive a request: "Who was driving your car at this and that time?", but if you do not know (or pretend that you do not know), but the photo does not show your face, they cannot make you responsible for the speeding.
I have received three census requests, one in an envelope quite different to the other two and addressed to the 3rd floor resident. This one is quite worrying as there is no third floor on my single family home. I search my attic but there is no sign of life up there. The other two are addressed to residents of "2fl" and "1a" neither of which exist.
Can I ignore all of them?
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
I'm currently in assisted living and they have us on lock down. Nothing goes in or out, so no one can pick upmy mail. Sounds like a good excuse to me!
If they wqant me to fill out a census form, they can let me out or my family in. End of story.
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In real life, before I become a programmer, I was doing chemical kinetics measurement. On a walk around the block form which I just returned (just short of no one to even say "hi") I began to think of our current predicament in terms of reactants and products. In this case, the virus (actually, the carriers) and the previously uninfected.
First it occurred to me that this in not a simple 'binuclear' reaction but much more akin to catalyisis with, initially, a positive feedback loop as the product is also of the catalyst type. A mitigating factor is that the catalyst is only active for a limited amount of time and then becomes inert. That is, a carrier infects any number of uninfected individuals for a while and then ceases to infect (Typhoid Mary was an interesting and frightening alternate scenario).
Start fresh - a huge number of molecules in the unreacted state (unexposed). Introduce into this one enzyme (the first carrier). Virtually everyone with whom they are in contact will be a potential reactant - catch the virus and start to spread it. At first appearance, this state wherein we have a large 'bath' of the uninfected and small bath of the infected increase (I'll use the word!) exponentially. We can pretend this value is (only) 2. This doubling continues until the bath has finally been populated by a sufficient number of infected (and inert 'cured' person) that the power of the the number of those newly infected drops to the level of those newly cured. This is the steady state. Eventually, the number being infected is insufficient to account for those who are now inactive (immune) and the number infected drops off until what we could call completion - or in this case, "herd immunity". The reaction is over - the epidemic has ended.
If those currently immune can be carriers, it only serves to speed up the rate of approach to the final state. This would be better fitted to enzyme kinetics where the product of the reaction is more of the enzyme.
For individuals, the mechanism is
reacted -> activated complex -> final product, or rephrased,
unexposed -> infected/carrier -> immune
For this to end to occur, some mechanism of immunity must exist in the susceptible reactants. If a vaccine is developed, one can effectively skip that middle step. That would be nice. If no immunity develops (war-grade Ebola) then extinction will also stop the process.