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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

infolation Re:Online in England, maybe (274 comments)

There is a third possibility, taking into account the normal modus operandi of security-related law-creation in the UK

1. lawmakers propose outrageous idea that no sane person could possibly agree to
2. after outrage, lawmakers say they will redraft the law in consultation with the public
3. lawmakers proudly present a 'watered down' version that any reasonable person would still say was kafta-esque, were it not for the previous suggestions of step 1
4. the laws they wanted all along make it onto the statute book

This simple process was used time and again by former home secretary David Blunkett, and the Conservative party have learned his methods well.


Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

infolation Re:Combine it with the other announcement. (216 comments)

Since embedded computers are so pervasive in domestic appliances, it seems as though some lateral thinking by the security services could result in all sorts of breaches of the law.


People have fridges with embedded computers, that can re-stock themselves with food by ordering online. Disrupting that computerised fridge could be seen as attempting to starve them to death with a computer:

'cause deadly civil unrest through cutting off food distribution, telecommunications networks or energy supplies'

about 2 months ago

Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

infolation Re:Why not the death sentence while You're at it? (216 comments)

Until 1998, we had the death penalty as a punishment for high treason against the crown, so under that law it would have been possible to punish a computer offence with death if the defendant had disrupted a computer network with the intention of committing treason.

But not only was the death penalty for treason abolished; we're prohibited from restoring the death penalty (for any offence) as long as we're signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights.

about 2 months ago

Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

infolation Re:Bamboo Bicycle (198 comments)

Have you been to Hong Kong?

The accidents that occur on bamboo scaffold in HK are nothing to do with its inherent safety.

Almost all scaffold in HK is bamboo, even up to 40 storeys. And the HK scaffolders who put it up are, to put it mildly, quite reckless. In fact, recklessness (fearlessness) is almost seen as a positive attribute by HK scaffolders.

The steel scaffolds are usually put up by foreign building firms who use lanyards and other correct safety equipment and procedures.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

infolation Re:MacBook Air 13 Inch (702 comments)

talking of music... 1980's digital musical equipment, especially Roland and Yamaha, didn't seem to have obsolescence built-in.

My Roland MC500 MKII (1988) and Yamaha TX802 (1987) have been gigged around the world & are still going strong.

about 3 months ago

Research Suggests Pulling All-Nighters Can Cause Permanent Damage

infolation Re:sounds implausible to me (144 comments)

Anyone who's had children knows that sleep deprivation, and all-nighters, are routine during the first two years.

Although, arguably, bringing up kids involves a certain amount of inherent brain damage anyway.

about 4 months ago

Fighting Gamer Rage With an Arduino Based Biometrics Headset

infolation Re:Why you play? (59 comments)

Then how do you explain multiplayer tetris-rage?

That's not 'entertainment purposes only'. Those little blocks are life or death.

about 6 months ago

UK Telcos Went Above and Beyond To Cooperate With GCHQ

infolation Re:Jesus FUCK - Learn to fucking SPELL! (88 comments)

Well The Guardian newspaper, who originally ran this story, also spelled it incorrectly.

about 9 months ago

Red Cross Wants Consequences For Video-Game Mayhem

infolation Re:Real life the game (288 comments)

Waterboarding isn't torture, it's just an enhanced interrogation technique

about 10 months ago

NSA Internet Spying Sparks Race To Create Offshore Havens For Data Privacy

infolation Re:doesn't europe spy as well? (166 comments)

Europe is already covered by the European data protection directive, recently updated in 2012 and 2013.

The directive, essentially, makes the whole of Europe a data enclave, out of which data can only be passed if it's subject to the same laws as would apply within that enclave.

Third countries is the term used in legislation to designate countries outside the European Union. Personal data may only be transferred to third countries if that country provides an adequate level of protection. Some exceptions to this rule are provided, for instance when the controller himself can guarantee that the recipient will comply with the data protection rules.

We (UK personally) already have the data protection legislation in place. The law is very clear on what's allowed. But the laws just aren't being followed.

about 10 months ago

An Animated, Open Letter To J.J. Abrams About Star Wars

infolation Re:Please ruin it like you did Star Trek (376 comments)

He also brought in lens flares. A lot of lens flares.

At least, like George Lucas, he has an ego the size of a Death Star.

about 10 months ago

NSA Director Wants Threat Data Sharing With Private Sector

infolation Re:company valuation (126 comments)

Keep your friends close and enemies closer.

Bring all the companies who've been complaining they can't reveal the NSA's information requests into your privileged enclave - to make them feel special.

And in the process, ensure those companies are even more firmly ensconced in the laws that prevent them from revealing anything.

about 10 months ago

Chinese Seek Greater Say In UK Nuclear Plants

infolation Re:Does the UK get any say? (148 comments)

The really simplified answer is that they're very expensive to build, very expensive to knock down and ONR, the UK nuclear regulator, requires the plant operator to set aside some of the money they make to cover the knocking down costs.

In addition, most nuclear plants don't operate for their full life expectancy, so their turnover often doesn't cover the cost of building and decommissioning.

about 10 months ago

Chinese Seek Greater Say In UK Nuclear Plants

infolation Re:Does the UK get any say? (148 comments)

China does have a fair point here, and that's speaking as a UK citizen, and not trying to play the devil's advocate. The UK has had a history of terrible management in pseudo-private sector enterprises since the 1960s, from British Leyland to British Rail.

Nuclear power in the UK has, so far, been a loss-making enterprise, kept afloat only by government subsidies, and looks set to continue in this way. If I was any overseas investor looking to protect my money, China included, I'd want to make damn sure my investment wasn't just being used to reduce the UK's subsidy.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Permanent Preservation of Human Knowledge?

infolation Re:This one gives an idea: (277 comments)

There is one form of information that is very significant for future generations - the locations and contents of Nuclear burial sites. The film 'Into Eternity' about the Finnish sites documents this issue - how do we make sure humans, perhaps 100,000 years hence, understand the nature and toxicity of the contents, without making them curious about discovering what lies within. The Egyptians tried this 4,000 years ago - writing messages warding off potential interlopers to their sacred burial sites. That outcome is perhaps an indication of how a future civilization would perceive our messages.

1 year,29 days

The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

infolation Re:Mega Dollars? (528 comments)

Well, let's say this Twinkie represents the normal sized dollar in the New York area. Based on this article's example, 400 mega dollars would be a Twinkie... thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.

about a year ago

Dashcams Going High-Def, High-Tech

infolation Re:Will it be required? (93 comments)

In the UK it's become not uncommon for cyclists to mount go-pro HD cams on their helmets, so they can claim on their opponent's car insurance when they're hit by a vehicle. And to generally make hilarious youtube videos etc.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

infolation Re:REAL earplugs (561 comments)

leading on from this

Using earplugs AND ear-defenders can work. Sounds a bit crazy but... I worked in an office where an insanely loud demolition was taking place next door (in a built up area, it took months). Using both was the only way of working.

One thing - be careful that you don't buy very expensive gun/industrial earplugs that block loud sounds but let quiet ones through. Because these will let through the quiet conversation in your dorm.

about a year ago

NASA IG Paints Bleak Picture For Agency Projects

infolation Re:Is there any hope left? (73 comments)

During the cold war, NASA made sense as an ICBM/anti-russki R&D department that had the beneficial side-effect of space exploration. Now, despite $1.5 Tn being available to invade a single country, there's no military fiscal connection.

about a year ago


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