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Comment: And in 5 years time... (Score 1) 329

An in due course, will leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition David Cameron accept that Prime Minister Edward Milliband, as leader of the government should be capable of reading any communication such as Conservative party policy, election and campaign plans, electorate candidate profiles, and such-like.

I mean, he did say: "any communications"....

Comment: Perfectionists (Score 1) 85

by waynemcdougall (#48789159) Attached to: The Mystery of Glenn Seaborg's Missing Plutonium: Solved

It was correctly labelled, at the correct institution, in the place you would expect it to be stored, and it weighed the correct amount.

But that wasn't good enough. They had to wait and see if it wouldn't decay in a particular way.

I am never going to let these guys tidy up my lab or do the filing.

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 1) 302

by waynemcdougall (#48606755) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Copyright is an exchange. The government protects content, for a limited time, in exchange for the "owner" releasing it into the public domain.

This is incorrect. You are right that copyright is an exchange, but the default case is that ideas, songs, poems, art, etc are in the public domain, on their creation. That's been true for millenia.

The exchange that copyright provides is to delay the natural transfer into the public domain, giving the copyright owner a limited-time government enforced monopoloy on the copying of the creative work.

The benefit that society is to receive for this limited time concession, is that it should encourage the production of more creative works.

Society doesn't get immediate public-domain access to creative works, but there are more creative works being produced.

Comment: Re:Why is everyone claiming Bitcoin is anonymous? (Score 5, Funny) 216

by waynemcdougall (#45997177) Attached to: Porn Will Be Bitcoin's Killer App

Several years ago, a friend of mine worked in Iraq doing computer forensics on computers taken from Islamic whack jobs. One of his jobs was to watch all the porn videos looking for other video that might have been embedded in it.

My wife would kill me if she caught me watching steganography.

Comment: Re:Metlink IRP (Score 5, Insightful) 287

He has not yet been arrested and Metlink were simply following their IRP for a security breach which doesn't discriminate based on intent.

No. This is simply wrong. If "Metlink were simply following their IRP" then they would have started investigating and taking action last month when their gaping security violation was first reported.

Instead they did nothing until exposure of their incompetence was threatened by mainstream media.

Comment: As per the contract (Score 4, Funny) 291

by waynemcdougall (#45764983) Attached to: RSA Flatly Denies That It Weakened Crypto For NSA Money

17. RSA agrees that should the existence of this contract, the general nature of the agreements made herein, or the relationship bewtern the RSA and NSA be made public then the RSA shall, with due expediency, issue the following denial: "we have never entered into any contract or engaged in any project with the intention of weakening RSA's products, or introducing potential 'backdoors' into our products for anyone's use."

Comment: Re:Military propaganda movie for home consumption (Score 1) 726

Yup, I only saw it once, in the theatre. I addressed your point about the rock attack above. Guess it was tl:dr

The planet looked like a bug native home to me. But even if the movie "told us" the bugs had invaded - well it is Earth propaganda. They would say that. You can't trust any of it.

It's like the commercials inside the Robicop movie, except the whole of Starships Trooper is an advertisement. For the military government.

Comment: Re:Military propaganda movie for home consumption (Score 1) 726

Oh yes. The bug quarantine zone. Where you are not authorised to go

For your own safety of course. There are no human controlled mass-drivers here. No siree.

You can trust Earth-mil-gov. We are your friends.

(Cf the radiation zone in Oblivion)

The next person to mention spaghetti stacks to me is going to have his head knocked off. -- Bill Conrad