The cops find it difficult to respond in a timely fashion
They are training to abseil from helicopters. Crimes that can be solved by airborne assault will receive a better response in future, although by cops who misread "Police" as "Army" on the application form.
I've never seen any (portable) API to get GPS pseudoranges or doppler speeds on an Android (nor have the contributors on SO.
Various GPS devices can acquire this, but I think the information may get lost in the Android's layers.
I'd be quite interested to know of one to get pseudoranges though - I'd like to make a navigation app that works on an airliner in flight using the limited satellite visibility through the window, plus the fact that they tend to fly along a predictable path.
Software can use any algorithm
En principe, oui.
But in practice not many chipsets / interface layers pass through the raw data to do that, so you're stuck with whatever the manufacturer deigns to implement.
In the early days of GPS, when only limited satellites were visible, it was quite common to interface an atomic clock (rubidium time standard) which effectively gave you an extra satellite. Modern GPS can use < 4 satellites and integrate with cellular to get a position with obscured visibility of the sky (there are always plenty of satellites, but they tend to be behind buildings).
The GPS system supports Doppler measurement of velocity rather than dead reckoning from position - certainly high-end receivers would integrate this - I'm not sure about the average phone or car GPS.
Is there another dangerous machine that you would you put people in charge of without ever reviewing their ability to use it?
Well, on a fly-by-wire airliner, the pilot, maintenance engineers and cabin crew have all been through some kind of formal licensing procedure. The people who coded the flight control software, less so.
Speedometers are normally calibrated/designed to overread - this is apparently required in AU and the EU.
Even so, and without spending my morning parsing election results, I'd think that area has voted around 50% for right-wing parties in recent elections. I'd assume that the tendency of middle-class people to opt out of jury service might then bias the pool to the left.
One would assume that a central Auckland jury pool might be 40% Tory. The defence gets objections, so could possibly get this over 50% by rejecting likely lefties.
You need 11/12 of the jury for a conviction, so there's a reasonable chance of getting two hard-core righties and a retrial, which would probably not be listed until after the election. (Unless there's some provision that retrials go to the front of the queue?)
He would always have the option to run again for his seat at a subsequent by-election to see if his electorate were comfortable with the conviction.
Revenue (2012) 440 million. Operating expenses. 185 million. Interest costs 73 million. Depreciation and amortisation 180 million.
Return on equity - (0.8%)
I don't see a problem with that.
The water infrastructure belongs to its users (the people of Auckland) and is more or less adequate for the current population. Costs of rebuilding it as it reaches end of life are covered by the depreciation number.
As new consumers are added due to development, the costs of additional infrastructure should be paid for by the developers, who benefit from it.
The alternative is either that existing residents should subsidize development, or that water should be taxed to encourage conservation.