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First New Top-Level Domains Added To the Root Zone

philipmather Re:External September is over... (106 comments)

Looks like my typing skills have also jumped the shark.
I actually like the set-up that the UK gTLD has... .me.uk - general use (usually personal) .net.uk - ISPs and network companies (unlike .net, use is restricted to these users) .org.uk - general use (usually for non-profit organisations) .co.uk - general use (usually commercial) .ltd.uk - limited companies .plc.uk - public limited companies .gov.uk - government (central and local) .police.uk - police forces[8] .judiciary.uk - courts (to be introduced in the near future)[7] .parliament.uk - parliamentary use (only for the UK Parliament and the Scottish Parliament) .mod.uk - Ministry of Defence and HM Forces public sites .nhs.uk - National Health Service institutions .nic.uk - network use only (Nominet UK) .sch.uk - Local Education Authorities, schools, primary and secondary education, community education .ac.uk - academic (tertiary education, further education colleges and research establishments) and learned societies ...nice and rational.
I'd have isp.uk for ISPs rather than .net.uk which I'd leave for ancillary technical uses perhaps. I despise the current suggestion to offer up the 2nd level space, $whatever.uk for sale. I'd also have a bank.uk, and library.uk and some other 2nd level domain for properly secured HTTPS, IPv6, DNS-SEC and DANE enabled (or equivalent) sites whose standards are monitored, enforced and regulated by some government body. Call it sec.uk and perhaps just move .co/ltd/plc.uk under that same mandate.

about a year ago
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First New Top-Level Domains Added To the Root Zone

philipmather External September is over... (106 comments)

The World Wide Web has officially just jumped the shark.

I submit that Eternal September has now ended as all the Newbies will proceed to drown in an ever-rising sea of spam and phishing. I suspect gTLD expansion will do to the Web community what global warming may do to low lying coastal areas.

about a year ago
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British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

philipmather Re:Broken rib, smib... (634 comments)

I'd agree actually but if you'd read my comment you'd notice that I mention skiing off anyway. My point remains however, your free market ideals will vaporize in the face of the unexpected or an inability to make an active choice.
Why yes, that's why you shop around for insurance beforehand but here comes the problem, things such as car insurance are legally mandated, house insurance contractually mandated by your mortgage company and winter sports/health insurance all but mandated by common sense. So you're compelled, this severely weakens your initial position. Two other factors then conspire, the first is that the price of insurance is primarily risk based and a tractable calculation for anyone in that market which means price variations are only spread over a small window of acceptable margins and the market will ensure a sort of herd behavior even within that spread, finally unless you opt for some sort of minimum wage there will almost always be someone in employment but who still can't then afford even the lower end of the price window. You'll also get those who elect not to buy it as well of course.
So there are going to be those who are left behind within your society one way or another and yes they drag everyone else back unless you let them fail or possibly even die but if you impose such severe cost to failure you end up with conformity in/of choice. Everyone ends up with the same things and the same standards, sounds like some other way of running an economy huh? The outcomes of free market capitalism and communism aren't as great as you think, the reason capitalism won was because it pitted people against each other at the upper end of competitive prosperity rather than the lower end of trivial advantage and everyone got distracted by the competition.
The real balance is trying to decide what level of social support and in what manner it's provided will keep us in the cozy middle of those such extremes whilst remaining affordable.

about a year ago
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British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

philipmather Re:My spider sense in tingling.... (634 comments)

That's roughly it, for non-emergency citizen's treatment basically you either call a NHS helpline for basic advice or go to your GP (General Practitioner/local doctor) and they give you a referral to an NHS specialist or your insurance company for anything they can't handle. For non-residents the full details are...

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1086.aspx ..TL;DR...

"
Am I entitled to NHS treatment when I visit England?
When you visit England, you’ll normally have to pay for all NHS treatment unless you’re exempt from charges. ...
Emergency treatment

Regardless of how long you’re staying or your nationality, you’re entitled to free emergency NHS treatment from:
a primary care practice, such as a GP surgery
an A&E department
an NHS walk-in centre

However, unless you’re exempt from charges, you’ll have to pay NHS charges if you’re:
admitted to hospital as an in-patient (this includes high dependency units and other emergency treatment, such as operations), or
registered at an outpatient clinic
" ...the skinny version is you get a high level of patching-up, sticking back together services and/or made stable for free. If you have to be admitted for a long duration recovery or on-going treatment then you have to start paying unless your government has a prior agreement (probably all of Europe and the commonwealth, plus a few random others I'd guess).

As far as I can tell our A&E units can treat basically any injuries and issues that arise from an accident or initial infection etc..

about a year ago
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British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

philipmather Re:My spider sense in tingling.... (634 comments)

This.
You want first hand expirience? Go and break/twist something whilst skiing in Austria, I had to ski off a glacier with a broken rib due to certain circumstance but if you have the option of forking out for a ski-do lift off you will, or worse if you need a helicopter out of there you can forget "choices". Obviously it's "choices" that got you there in the first place to an extent but as an illustration of how quickly a fit individual can instantly lose all freedom of choice via nothing but bad luck and random accidents you get the point.
The care afterwards was epic BTW, I obviously had insurance so walked into one of the private medical clinics, in one hour I'd had a technician do three x-rays, a doctor check me over and then handed over to a nurse for a quick bandage up. Back out to reception and they'd almost instantly burnt my x-rays to a CD complete with program for viewing them, written up my prescription and compiled the bill. Everyone spoke at least passable English as well.
I've had the flashing blue-light treatment back home via an NHS ambulance as well and whilst it was good and everyone was nice, competent and helpful they were no where near as efficient as the Austrians but there again they were free at the point of need and a general treatment A&E.
On balance I'll pay my (considerable) taxes all day long to have the NHS there thank you very much.

about a year ago
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Can There Be a Non-US Internet?

philipmather Shopping list (406 comments)

Started thinking about this and the shopping list came out a lot like one you'd need for your own top to bottom security. Would it really be other governments however? I mean as a private, highly technical individual I'd rather (in order of preference)...

1) Set up my own standalone infrastructure (DNS, IPv6, PKI, CA, eBGP?) and have that counter signed by friends, family, colleagues and the gov of any country of which I'm a citizen.
2) Rely on the infrastructure of multiple trustworthy external entities, both private business and gov.
3) Rely on a single, hopefully trustworthy infrastructure provider (where I am ATM).

about a year ago
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Internet of Things Demands New Social Contract To Protect Privacy

philipmather Re:Here's a contract for you (95 comments)

You know eventually it may boil down to that, I'd guess we'd head to three stereotypes...

1) Acceptance; Either controlled and managed through educated mastery as much as possible or through uneducated disinterest people engage in and allow themselves to be monitored.
2) Mediation; Attempting, regardless of success or even feasibility to allow only either partial or non-invasive monitoring.
3) Rejection; Either active denial (through radio, electronic or electrical jamming, obfuscation or encryption) or significant or total (but not "aggressive") avoidance (such as the Amish).

The first state would (if not already is) the norm, the second (current norm only through lack of technological means) somewhat futile but could maintain a casual level of privacy, the third would be unusual in the "passive" form and potentially (already is to some extents) illegal in the active form.

Adopting any single, static position other than total openness or total passive avoidance would seem pointless and/or futile. Any attempt to remain between the two extremes could only be maintained by the ability to shift between all of them.

about a year ago
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FreeBSD Removes GCC From Default Base System

philipmather Re:I'd be suspicious (333 comments)

Redundant, keep reading the whole "What's New" page and the conspiracy klaxon attached to your tin-foil hat will go into hyper-overdrive...

"
Support for the RDRAND random number generator

Status:
Committed to -CURRENT, MFC-ed to 9-stable
Author:
Konstantin Belousov
Web:
http://svn.freebsd.org/changeset/base/240135
RDRAND is the new Intel's CPU instruction for accessing its hardware random number generator, also known as the code-name Bull Mountain. It is present in Ivy Bridge and newer CPUs.
" ...although it would seem more likely that Konstantin Belousov would be working for the FSB rather than the NSA really. ;^)

1 year,8 days
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Google Outage: Internet Traffic Plunges 40%

philipmather Re:Didn't notice, I use DuckDuckGo (352 comments)

Yeah but I bet duck-duck-go, Bing, Yahoo and everyone else noticed. With no idea of the scale behind it, would duck-duck-go cope if Google went away?

about a year ago
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CNET: Feds Put Heat On Web Firms For Master Encryption Keys

philipmather Re:Best available advice? (148 comments)

As I understand it doing so in UK under the Official Secrets Act may in itself be illegal...

about a year ago
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CNET: Feds Put Heat On Web Firms For Master Encryption Keys

philipmather Best available advice? (148 comments)

I imagine this has crossed (or should have) the minds of a few people here, is there any "credible" advice about the theoretical process and the best/least-worst practical actions to take if you're approached by your friendly local domestic intelligence agency and told to pony up your company's private keys (for example) along with the explicit instructions not to inform anyone else, ever? For the record I'd like to declare that I've never been in that or any similar position.

about a year ago
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How Joel Spolsky Shot Down a Microsoft Patent In 15 Minutes

philipmather Re:State-Sponsored Patent Appeals? (175 comments)

Even better, I've got two words for you "Course credit". ;^)

about a year ago
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Current Doctor Who Warns Against Facebook

philipmather Re:Title should be 'Actor Currently Playing...' (218 comments)

It's okay if not, thanks to the unique way the BBC is funded they'll no doubt be repeating it on Dave-5*+1 at the same time every night for a month before moving on to the next episode.

about a year ago
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China Environment Ministry Calls Itself One of Four Worst Departments In World

philipmather Re:In soviet UK... (126 comments)

Yeah but at least we've got The Ministry of Sound and Ministry of Silly Walks.

about a year ago
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English Schools To Introduce Children To 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, Robotics

philipmather The children with real potential... (119 comments)

...will be printing 3D sharks, gluing the firkkin' lasers onto their heads and fitting them with little robotic legs.

about a year ago
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ESA Launches the 2013 Edition of the Summer of Code In Space (SOCIS)

philipmather Summer Of Code In Space (7 comments)

I live in the UK so I barely get to experience "Summer" on Earth, let alone space you insensitive clod!

about a year ago

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Intercept evidence in UK courts 'not yet viable'

philipmather philipmather writes  |  more than 4 years ago

philipmather (864521) writes "The BBC is reporting that a after a series of mock trails using real Judges 'The use of intercept evidence in courts in England and Wales is not "legally viable"...' according to the Home Office.
The objections to incept data taken from e-mails and phone taps seem to be three-fold, firstly that... 'The alternative would be to store all of the material for the full duration of the inquiry, but officials concluded this would mean "electronic warehouses full of documents" and would cost billions of pounds.', secondly 'Under the model, the prosecution did not have to store, transcribe and disclose all intercepted material to the defence, but independent lawyers said this was not compatible with the suspect's human rights. ' and finally, in perhaps a slightly under-explained point in TFA... 'Mr Ryder agreed with Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights organisation Liberty, that sufficient safeguards were already in place to protect crucial details of investigative techniques.'"

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