Re: Errr, censorship?
It's more effective just to jail the board of directors and chief executives - focuses the mind wonderfully on whether it's a good idea to have policies to block this stuff or otherwise.
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Surely a good lawyer can identify some law that has been broken by the Heil when it shared this video. I mean, the Tories have criminalised so much.Possession and distribution of material likely to be of use to a terrorist? That';s always a good one, as it makes it an offence to have Google maps on your phone.
Please, please, please can someone prosecute the Heil for terrorism offences?
Excellent point. They better not lock him up then, just in case. Let him go at once. Same applies to any violent and dangerous criminal really.
And of course, the same goes for Revoking Article 50, which it seems is now the preferred option of a majority of living voters (as opposed to religiously upholding the wishes of dead ones). There's a risk there maay be riots, so maybe we better not. Or we just go ahead and lock up the rioters.
Obligatory Tom Lehrer song
I hold your hand in mine, dear
I press it to my lips
I take a healthy bite from
Your dainty fingertips
My joy would be complete, dear
If you were only here
But still I keep your hand
As a precious souvenir
The night you died I cut it off
I really don't know why
For now each time I kiss it
I get bloodstains on my tie
I'm sorry now I killed you
For our love was something fine!
Until they come to get me
I shall hold your hand in mine!
Had a neighbour pop in recently, asking if I could recover her photos off her laptop hard drive.
"What's the problem?"
"The laptop blew up"
"What, you mean it stopped working?"
"No, there were two loud bangs and smoke and flames started coming out of it"
"Ah, right. Bring it in and I'll have a look"
Yep, one seriously blown up *replacement* no-name battery pack! And a very impressively melted and burned laptop. Thankfully the flames hadn't spread too far and the HDD was undamaged. I now have a very nice 'Exhibit A' for my next computer safety talk! Interestingly insurance covered damage to the table but wouldn't replace the laptop. Wear & Tear I assume.
So really the wire fraud law is about as relevant to modern Murka as the laws about compulsory longbow practice on a Sunday are relevant to England. Perhaps time for an update, although it does seem to be useful.
Although...some 'antiquated' laws can often still be appropriate. There were many laws in C19 UK about driving horses and carts - furious driving, not in control, no registration plate, no light at night, going too fast etc - and they all still exist for cars.
You have to take some responsibility
Nice theory. Meanwhile in the real world...I remember being in a hostel in Glenridding some years ago, reading the Mountain Rescue annual report. Jesus! People come out from the cities for a nice drive then decide to walk up Helvelyn in trainers/high heels/flip-flops and a T-shirt. Sometimes I think their crow-pecked carcases should be left there as a dreadfulm warning.
There are also plenty of upland areas where people only ever traverse a few fairly narrow paths, there being next to no reason to go tramping about on trackless upland moorland.
But in practical terms, it's quite tricky to design mobile masts so they only beam a 10m wide signal along the winding paths. Simpler to just have a tall mast that can cover the paths, with the adjacent moorland as a bonus.
The article makes the good point that if we're 'happy' (sort of) to have massive wind turbines (50m+) it seems silly to worry about a skinny phone mast. And a single 50m mast in the right position (on a hill not in a valley) can cover a heck of a lot of sheepwalks. So it would be sensible to have a policy that allows for 50m masts in specific situations - and if no-one lives there who will object? (Yes, I know, city-dwellers who don't want the 'view spoiled' when they're on holiday. Personally I am disgusted by the number of buildings and roads I see when I visit London. They shouldn't be allowed)
I can see where they're coming from, and sympathise, but given that the result of appointing a minister to 'oversee' this will be a) another wasted minsiterial salary + secretaries, Sir Humphries etc and b), most importantly, the person appoinrted would be a Tory MP who really doesn't understand what cyber-anything is, and has only ever used IT to view highly questionable prawn on his office computer - a fact which will be recorded in MI5's files, thus neutralising the minister from day 1.
So why bother?
I'd go a stage further. (But May wouldn't) - Given the total balls-up of government policy and activity over decades, which is impossible to fairly resolve, just say that anyone in the UK on date X (29/3/19?) will be given a piece of paper that says they are UK citizens with the right to reside in the UK, and their personal details will be recorded. After that you implement a fit-for-purpose immigration system.
I mean, there is all this farce over whether immigrants are allowed to stay, and how they prove they can. How does it work with this renting thing - must prove right to rent? Someone born in the UK 30 years ago, of UK parents and grandparents, may have no ID except a paper birth certificate which proves nothing. That's it. How do they prove who they are? How do they rent a house?
And the point is that a British-born UK subject has never legally had to prove anything. They're here. That's enough. So decide that everyone here is okay, and then manage the borders in the future.
Justice is most definitely not devolved to the Senedd. It should be.
Although we do get lots of English convicts devolved to prisons in Wales. And English citizens in need of social housing get devolved to estates in Wales, hundreds of miles from their homes and friends.
Ho hum, roll on #indywales. Latest polls show major swing to Plaid Cymru from Labour, and fast growing support for Indy. Pretty soon they'll be left with the United Kingdom of Norf and Sarf England.
Justice would be an interesting one to devolve, as in Scotland. Wales has a long (>1000 years) history of rather interesting legal principles, which focus on justice, restitution and recompense rather than punishment and revenge as seen in the Anglo-Norman English legal system.
Why would they bother? If the UK leaves the EU and there is a 'backstop' which results in different customs and trade rules in NI compared to the rest of the 'United' Kingdom, then that is in breach of the 1707 Act of Union, which is very clear that all customs, tariffs and trade conditions must be the same throughout the Kingdom.
So Scotland would have an excellent case to unilaterally leave the Union, based on breach of contract, and apply to the EU to take over the UKs membership, which I suspect would be granted in very short order.
Then we can build a wall again from Tyne to Solway!
[And totally unconnected - who can explain the spelling of
tarriff, tarif, tarrif, tttaaarrrriiiffff, tariff ? why can't it be consistent with the r's and the f's?]
Yes, we're fucked because none of the customs systems will work by 29th March, only 10% of the necessary truck permits are available, there's no infrastructure for border checks etc...
But that's NOT THE GOVERNMENT'S FAULT.!
They did their planning, quite reasonably, on the basis of a clear statement from a government minister that all the UKs existing Free Trade Agreements would have been replicated before Brexit - easiest deals in history. So it would have been a shocking waste of public money to spend billions on unnecessary changes to customs and borders, or on stockpiling insulin, or calling up the military.
"Her [Howard's] leadership skills, international perspective and extensive experience with cybersecurity and information technology will make her a great addition to the IBM board."
Nothing to do with her government contacts and possibility of IBM getting government contracts? No, obviously not.
investment from the likes of ... the Waltons,
Really? From what I remember the Waltons were dirt poor. 29 of them living in a run-down farmhouse G'night Jim Boy, G'night Bobby-Sue, G'night Victoria-Wilhelm, G'night Great-Great-Great-Grandmaw
But to try to be fair to Google, is there a fundamental difference between someone broadcasting an SSID from their home and having the name of the house on the gatepost? Both are saying 'This is who I am'. Would there be the same irritation about recording the address of a house with its grid ref?
You don't want your SSID seen, you don't broadcast it. (Yes, I know it can still be identified, but they have to deliberately ignore the 'no peeking' sign, which is what hiding the SSID means) When they THEN manage to snaffle it, it's a whole different thing! Similar to you locking the door and them picking the lock.
Norman? That's basically French.
Mais non, mon ami.
Normandy was invaded and settled by Vikings (the NORthMEN) - hence the succession arguments over the English throne between the Norwegians and the Normans. Yes, there was some French blood there, I'm sure, but really the Normans were about as French as the folc of North-folk are basically Welsh (in other words, quite a bit!)
From the fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord
Or, to put it another way,
From the driving skills of the Frenchmen deliver us, O Lord
Printing stencils on the dot-matrix - I remember printing some of my first Green Party leaflets that way.
Then we managed to acquire an electronic stencil cutter. Clever piece of kit - 2 drums. On one you wrapped a document (printed from ZX Spectrum complete with fancy fonts, and even a few photos pasted on), and on the other you put a special stencil. Start her up, and a detector (with a little light) scanned the input image as it span round while a little spark thing burned away on the stencil. Basically like a low-res photo-copier, but just created a master. Lovely smell of ozone or something while it ran. Major technical advance!
Trophy hunters get a bad press. I think rich people should be allowed to hunt endangered large carnivores as trophies. Unarmed. In hand to claw combat. If they can strangle the lion or hippo they get to put its head on the wall. Part of the deal is that before the hunt they change their will to leave all their property to appropriate charities.
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