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Comment: Satire that Writes Itself. (Score 2) 45

by Blue Stone (#47595813) Attached to: UK Spy Agency Certifies Master's Degrees In Cyber Security

Francis Maude (the minister setting this up) - "Through the excellent work of GCHQ, in partnership with other government departments, the private sector and academia, we are able to counter threats and ensure together we are stronger and more aware."

And if the spy agencies are the threat? Who will protect us from those who wish to protect us?

Perhaps the course will be teaching people how to evade the mass surveillance of GCHQ and their pals at the NSA? Seems unlikely!

Comment: Re:The United States Voted For That Declaration (Score 4, Insightful) 261

by Blue Stone (#47477263) Attached to: UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

The founders of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had, at the time, just faced down a global fascist hegemony, which made those rights seem just and proper and self-evident for great peace and wellbeing.

Now those founding states are becoming a global fascists hegemony ... they're not so keen on them.

Quelle suprise! :)

Comment: Re:Identity Theft (Score 1) 74

by Blue Stone (#47408195) Attached to: Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

So, pretty clearly, there is a huge problem with SSNs being used in the USA as both identifier and authenticator. And this has been know for years, and many people have suffered as a result of this really really stupid system, whose flaws are obvious to everyone using the system.

So how long will it take to get something changed?

Comment: Re:Even better idea: (Score 1) 135

He'll be schmoozing with the various copyright cartel lobbyists, who'll be blowing smoke up his arse and whispering sweet little lies in his ears.

Recompense will come in the "you scratch our backs, we'll scratch yours" format at some point in the future. That's the way it usually worls: 'favours' for 'favours'.

"There are things that are so serious that you can only joke about them" - Heisenberg

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