When's the Foreign Office going to issue a Travel Advisory for the USA?
150 posts • joined 23 Jun 2008
When's the Foreign Office going to issue a Travel Advisory for the USA?
Agree completely, except for one thing: better alternatives for "security theatre" are "security circus" or "security masturbation".
A thought experiment.
Imagine you're an intelligent terrist (Yep, I think they exist) who wants to sow alarm and despondency in heathen lands.
So, you get some friends together and start chatting about a theoretical bomb-cum-laptop that doesn't actually exist. This gets the "intelligence" community all up-tight and nervous, and they put stupid restrictions like this in place.
Result: everyone gets pissed off, the intelligence community loses credibility, and the community in general lose more freedoms.
Why the F are they wasting my money on this, as well as the large haystack?
We need: (1) A decent framework of laws stringently restricting what they can and can't do (Including not building a bigger haystack) and (2) then they just quietly do their job as efficiently as possible, within those laws.
Brent's Law of New Ideas:
If it sounds like BS, people will ignore it.
Brent's Law of Cities:
Cities must never be more intelligent that their managers.
Just replace all mention of "cloud" with "clown" and you've got it about right.
(BTW, I don't claim originality for the idea; I think it was first proposed by BoingBoing)
Sure, it's just a registry hack, but it's lots of work to trawl through the gobbledygook.
Never10 doesn't even install itself; it just fixes the registry for you, rather than making you start a fire by rubbing twigs together.
And I don't think Steve Gibson is a crackpot at the moment - he has some weird ideas, but this isn't one of them.
Never10 is your friend:
This is the movie and recording industry pulling the strings.
Treating torts as criminal cases is no better than having debtors' prisons.
Welcome to the Britain of Dickensian Dave
If, as we're led to believe, WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption, how does the judge think anyone can decrypt it?
The judge better arrest every mathematician since Al-Quarismi.
(Note to the reader: the Brazilian Judiciary is probably best described as "not the cream of Harvard Law School".)
Only one of them can spell, and he's on holiday again.
Two alternative suggestions. The language has been self-censored:
1. Buy an island and lock Teresa May up there. (Elba?)
2. Spend £2G on the NHS
It took only two minutes to think these up. What are we paying our politicians for?
I assume that "dark side of the Moon" means "the side that faces away from Earth", since no side of the Moon is permanently in the dark.
How are they going to communicate with it when it lands?
and they said:
"We can't discuss that for security reasons"
As any fool could have foreseen, the Chinese government have pinched a leaf out of the book of the fools who didn't foresee -- NSA, GCHQ, and Tragic Tess May -- and are happily quoting UK legislation.
Leaving aside the merits (or, yes, otherwise, indeed) of Tragic Tess wanting to hoover up lots of IP addresses and other material to build her haystacks, who is going to pay for all the extra bits to collect and store it?
Where do they recruit these people?
Without privacy, who's got a life?
... not to worry too much about what I eat, as worrying could give me ulcers.
Nothing to see here, move on please...
I recently got myself a 65" SONY. The picture is lovely, and the sound is reasonable (I didn't buy all the add-ons for sound and stuff).
But why does it it have to be so slooow? Slow to turn on, slow to change function, slow do do almost anything.
Then there's the UI. ( warned you not to get me started...)
The "Return button" is too close to the Down arrow, so when you're picking photos to show your Gran, you're just as likely to back up to the parent folder.
The file navigator doesn't wrap round from right to left, nor left to right.
There's a nasty little "New Age" fingerpad as an alternative to the conventional remote control. Of course, as the display doesn't have a mouse pointer, it's completely useless.
So, maybe I chose the wrong brand. Or maybe they all give the UI design to the tea-lady.
Leaving aside the question of hypersensitivity to delusional sexism, why do they limit themselves to three-character file extensions?
FFS, it's 2015, not 1985! Who runs MSDOS any more? Why didn't they use ".brotli"?
Yeah, deeply disappointed they were found out.
Wood? What wood? All I can see is trees!
I'm genuinely curious about the people who actually wrote the code
* Must be a small team, maybe one person and a reviewer.
* Must have known precisely what they were doing.
* They didn't give a toss about ethics
* They were handsomely paid (off)
* They were too frightened to blow the whistle
Where are they?
« On teh Internets, nobody knows you're a Messiah »
... just to fire the little guys.
is to start enforcing the bit that says "under penalty of perjury".
Yeah, I had a very good lunch, so I was feeling magnanimous. But I promise, as I was writing, words like "brainfart" and "Mrs. Mimsy" were flowing liberally through my mind.
"The integrity of more than 300 million travel locks has been compromised after 3D printing files for a range of master keys were posted online."
"The integrity of more than 300 million pieces of luggage has been compromised after some stupid American numpty came up with the idea of backdoor keys, and some even more stupid American management numpty approved his idea instead of firing him, thereby granting access to luggage handlers worldwide."
Don't let David Cameron (or his opposition equivalents, whoever they may be) know about this.
By analogy to cryptography: "cell division causes cancer, so we ought to prohibit it".
Because we need 2+2 to equal 4 *and* 5 at the same time, and if you're a technology company, your patriotic duty is to make that happen, not to say "it's impossible".
Sourceforge is to Code as Geocities is to WebPresence.
Thank you for your attention.
"When enabled/disabled by an administrator".
Isn't that (or something similar) what the UEFI lobby said? And now M$ is changing the emphasis there, so that you may not be able to turn of secure boot.
This thing is going to go the same way, as part of the War on General Purpose Computing and free software.
Well, if and once they've managed to sort out Google, how about sorting out more important targets: NSA and GCHQ?
We need a new version of Moore's Law:
The amount of Government Stupidity (TM) created, anent security and cryptography, approximately doubles every x months.
Thank you so much for irritating me this Saturday.
Everyone with an IQ over 75 already knows this is the stupidest meme-that-doesn't-work ever invented; as to the remainder, can we try to convince our North American colleagues that 31st April would be a better date for this nonsense?
"Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
It's about time we all told these peers where to place their charter.
As Cory Doctorow says, "Fuck Right Off", my Lord.
Oh! I always thought that AOL was the Internets! You live and learn.
It's "evading" taxes that makes you an "offender", not "avoiding".
What turns "tax evaders" into "tax avoiders" is inadequate legislation by incompetent, lazy, undecided, or corrupt legislators. Westminster etc please take note.
... peace be upon you, you really ought to do something to improve the quality of these followers of yours. Shame on you for leaving your holy places in the hands of these loathsome people.
"Well, we made a number of mistakes, but not making them couldn't have prevented anything. On the other hand, Facebook is a Terrist Communication Platform"
A whole lot less than I fear gov.uk, the Servants who want to be Masters.
Must be because GCHQ is draining all the bandwidth.
It took me almost three months to read (I am not an economist, and needed some rest days).
The message that came over clearly (to me, at any rate) is that (a) the r > g thing will cause greater and greater inequality; (b) that Piketty offers a possible solution that seems to him the most effective; and (c) that his great fear is that if nothing is done, it will end in violent social upheaval, which is no-one's interest.
One of the funniest occasions of my whole IT career was when IBM launched a mainframe version of 1-2-3.
So you type something into a cell on your terminal, then you hit enter and *wait for the response* before you can type in the next cell.
What really astounded me was just how many (non-tech) IBMers just couldn't see that it was a non-starter.
I think the words you're looking for are these:
"The crows to peck at eagles"
Just to give Troels Oerting a helping hand, here are a few more things that terrorists and paedophiles might occasionally use, and should, therefore, be banned:
* Cars and petrol
* Police uniforms
and, last but not least,
* Common sense
Yes, good luck with that, uk.gov, even after you've solved your IT competence issues...
While you're at it, you could try regulating hurricanes and thunderstorms.
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