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originally posted by: AgentSmith
a reply to: and14263
You can tell that there hasn't been a lot of genetically diverse material available in the creation of those people. The guy from Wallace and Gromit always looks especially peculiar.
Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
originally posted by: paraphi
I know that people get justifiably concerned with this type of thing, and I share those concerns, but with right level of legal oversight, what's the problem? As my personal activities online and offline won't attract the attention of the security services I'm fine. I am quite comfortable, with appropriate legal assurance, for the security services to be reading every line from some sick nut-job to another, when they are planning some lunacy. Even the threat of such intervention may impair the organisation of atrocities.
This, then, is what David Cameron is proposing:
* All Britons' communications must be easy for criminals, voyeurs and foreign spies to intercept
* Any firms within reach of the UK government must be banned from producing secure software
* All major code repositories, such as Github and Sourceforge, must be blocked
* Search engines must not answer queries about web-pages that carry secure software
* Virtually all academic security work in the UK must cease -- security research must only take place in proprietary research environments where there is no onus to publish one's findings, such as industry R&D and the security services
* All packets in and out of the country, and within the country, must be subject to Chinese-style deep-packet inspection and any packets that appear to originate from secure software must be dropped
* Existing walled gardens (like Ios and games consoles) must be ordered to ban their users from installing secure software
* Anyone visiting the country from abroad must have their smartphones held at the border until they leave
* Proprietary operating system vendors (Microsoft and Apple) must be ordered to redesign their operating systems as walled gardens that only allow users to run software from an app store, which will not sell or give secure software to Britons
* Free/open source operating systems -- that power the energy, banking, ecommerce, and infrastructure sectors -- must be banned outright
Typical hyperbolic nonsense from the Guardian and many in this thread...
He was speaking rhetorically - the Guardian even mentions that with a lot of "if's, but's and maybe's" thrown in order to add meat to the bones of what the PM said. He will be told that this simply isn't workable and even if any Bill get's put before parliament, it will be torn to shreds in the Committee's for the very reasons in the OP article.
originally posted by: Trueman
It's time for UK ATS fellas to develop a secret language.