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Comment It's the lawyers, not the convict (Score 4, Insightful) 108

They see a technicality that can be exploited and they're exploiting it. Right or wrong, noble or unpatriotic; these concepts are not relevant at all to the lawyers.

Regardless of the outcome of this, a likely result is a legislative change to prevent future use of the exploit.

As for the article, it's a very long read but what it seems to come down to is he was convicted for pushing the button when told that pushing the button would harm people. Which is reminiscent of a psychological experiment I once read about and I'm pretty sure that most people in that would push the button.

Comment British Intelligence? (Score 2, Insightful) 187

The clause about penalising those who reveal the existence of backdoors created for use by British security service surveillance is classic upper class twat thinking... "If we don't tell anyone it exists then no-one will find it, tee hee". Problem is there is a world full of people smarter than them that will find the backdoors easily.

Comment Re:I wouldn't put it past Putin (Score 1, Interesting) 289

but then why are the British and Americans so certain of evidence of a bomb declaring they detected a heat flash and cancelling flights and so forth?

Opportunism. A chance to reassure their people that they were right all along and provide the pretext for even more invasive surveillance. So much the better if no-one can prove otherwise.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 2) 418

Coming soon, the campaign for Brexit which is the word already being used for the campaign for the UK to exit the EU. Obviously the Daily Mail and the Daily Express will be full champions of it and have been seeding discontent with the EU among their readership for years. I'm not sure how the rest of the media are going to line up but the unfortunately the result will be decided by the high population concentration of the south-east of the UK who outnumber the rest of us and seem particularly susceptible to "it's all Johnny Foreigner's fault" thinking. And I don't think that's a sweeping generalisation.

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