Tuesday, May 31, 2005

hitch take a hike

for No Identifiable Reason Christopher Hitchens has been on the radio in Blunkettian proportions recently, the cut of his jib is that to have opposed the invasion of Iraq is appeasement of Saddam's regime - however this conveniently ignores a substantial amount of the opposition to the invasion of Iraq was an opposition to powerful countries ignoring international law and treaties, the majority of the people at the time realised that to have countries invading other countries for no reason other than they have rich resources unlikeable leaders sets a dangerous precedent - a petard on which we may ourselves be hoist. It was a brief realisation that 'the west is right in all it's hypocrisy' is not a sustainable attitude in any sense.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Thought criminal/No brainers

Are you curious hamster? Also:

This pledge's permanent location: www.pledgebank.com/no2id

"I will refuse to register for an ID card but only if 3,000,000 people will sign up."

— Stef

Deadline: 1st January 2007. 492 people have signed up, 2,999,508 more needed

Smuggled letters from Tariq Aziz, political prisoner

Writing in Arabic, Aziz says: 'We are totally isolated from the world. There are 13 other detainees here, but we have no meetings or telephone contacts wth our families. I have been accused unjustly, but to date no proper investigation has taken place. It is imperative that there is intervention into our dire situation and treatment. It is totally in contradiction to international law, the Geneva Convention and Iraqi law as we know it.' http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Observer/documents/2005/05/28/letters.pdf The astonishing Observer says that these pleas are 'extraordinary'. Of course, if it was a british journalist being held without charge, these would suddenly not be 'extraordinary pleas' but 'cries for help' and the situation would be described as 'outrageous' and a 'flagrant violation of international law'. The fair application of the Geneva conventions is not reserved for western journalists, niether is freedom of speech or any other right for that matter. The fact that they will not support Tariq Aziz proves that they are against the freedom and equality of all men, and reserve such 'priveledges' for their own hides.

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Downing Street Memo; irrelevant

"Despite the memo’s disturbing and explosive revelations, there has been a virtual media blackout with some newspapers deliberately turning a blind eye to the Downing Street memo. Contact the media and ask them to do their job in reporting and investigating the information in the memo. Write a letter to the editor, call in to radio shows. It's time for the media to address real news." http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/takeaction.html
And here is the fatal flaw of all campaigners against the war and corruption/conspiracy in western government. They still believe like the most naïve of children, that the public can be motivated by the media, and that somehow, scandal still matters. Everyone should now understand completely that scandal, being caught out in a blantant lie, mass murder - none of these things, when exposed to the public via the media, can bring a polititian or government down. The only way to stop the warmongering, mass murdering, criminal, immoral governments is to take a true action against them. 'Taking action' does not mean getting the media to report that a lie has been told; even if the media did report it widely, a single report, dozens of reports, would have no conssequences. A true action entails a cutting off of the means to wage war and to govern. It means mass non cooperation with any illigitimate government. It means refusing to finance government until you get the government that you require, i.e., one that uses your money only for shools, hospitals, road maintenance and everything else you want and nothing that you don't want (war). Anyone who calls for demonstrations, petitions, pleas to the media and any other 20th century style action is a part of the problem. Only one type of action is left, one last weapon; a cutting off of the sole reason why your enemies do what they do - money.

downing street memo

http://www.downingstreetmemo.com/memo.html
Threadless.com Meme-tastic!

Saturday, May 28, 2005

SUMMER IS HERE, finally

Yes! The sun is back in Alberta, reassuring us that YES, we will have a cloudless, precipitation-free Alberta! LONG LIVE CLIMATE-CHANGE INDUCED DRAUGHT. (YES! Draught! *cracks open a Guinness*) The Sun is shining and the sky is blue and enormous - those who have not been to the prairies will have little conception of how massive the sky is here... and when it is all blue you feel very small and exposed. (the size of the sky is much like that on the open sea) For the fifth summer in a row I have gotten into incredible debt involving motor vehicles (getting a new car AND damaging someone else's). I believe there is some CURSE against me, involving automobiles, and I shall pray for the day when I never have to own one ever again (lets hope this day is not my death). Alison, that keyboard makes me weak at the knees. I wonder if the Unicomp keyboard (I posted about that a while back) could be ordered with all blank keys. Hmmm! And speaking of hip-hop, I've had a hard-on for Public Enemy lately. So good! Also, everyone should pick up Johann Johannsson's latest on Touch, Virthulegu Forsetar. Stunning minimal "soundtrack" music, subtle yet packing a big punch. Superb!

Sun sun sun sun sunsunsunssnunsunnnnnnn

Akin, I must just admit, I am to damn young... Sorry, I was'nt there in the 80's Could you please give me your lifestory? :] "There's always the sun" YES INDEED!!! Had my first day yesterday with bare legs in a park, good book and sun sun sun sun sun sun sun sun sun sun sun. Finally! By the way - would anybody from Blogdial be nerdy enough to use this keyboard?

No Sale!

For those... Paying attention!!!

Friday, May 27, 2005

Good Day Sunshine!

The image “http://photos11.flickr.com/15944052_06ea6fa44a.jpg?v=0” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Newsagent window, Walmgate, York. "There's always the sun"

One Chip to Rule them All

US wants to be able to access Britons' ID cards
By Kim Sengupta

27 May 2005

The United States wants Britain's proposed identity cards to have the same microchip and technology as the ones used on American documents.

The aim of getting the same microchip is to ensure compatability in screening terrorist suspects. But it will also mean that information contained in the British cards can be accessed across the Atlantic.

Michael Chertoff, the newly appointed US Secretary for Homeland Security, has already had talks with the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, and the Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling, to discuss the matter.

Mr Chertoff said yesterday that it was vital to seek compatibility, holding up the example of the "video war" of 25 years ago, when VHS and Betamax were in fierce competition to win the status of industry standard for video recording systems.

"I certainly hope we have the same chip... It would be very bad if we all invested huge amounts of money in biometric systems and they didn't work with each other.Hopefully, we are not going to do VHS and Betamax with our chips. I was one of the ones who bought Betamax, and that's now in the garbage," he said. [...]

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=641731

Of course, if there is one manufacturer, thats another 60 million sheep to be sheard on a decanual basis. I presume that the manufacturer of the us system is in the usa...either way, they are gunning for the one manufacturer over all others. Imagine it; that momentum could mean that there is one company making these chips world wide for BILLIONS of sheep.

That is a wet dream beyond wet dreams, the very definition of a licence to print money.

And of course, you will already be aware that Northrop Grumman got the contract for the UK Police IDENT1 system, so there is a precedent for the usa having access to UK citizens data. YES, criminals in the uk are still UK citizens. Whats that you say? Northrop would not back door the system so that CIA would be denied access? YOU FOOL!!!!

Sun is for fun

"There's always the sun" Indeed. I went here after work today, and it was fantastic. Salt water is so nice to swim in. Though the lengths are very long (137m) and my swimming needs practise. The pool isn't divided into lanes either, so sometimes you are faced with 15 strong swimmers heading towards you, and you must push through the current they create. Killer. Also, Alun, I followed your link for Chris Watson to TouchRadio, and he has made an audio dairy of his trip to the Galapagos Islands. Amazing!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

On a lighter note

Rode home from work today without my coat for the first time this year. Lovely sunshine, warm, lovely sunshine. Plus, people sitting out in the sun, enjoying it! "There's always the sun"

What did you expect?

WTF?!?!? This cannot be a surprise to anyone can it? They can't even chew bubblegum. You know, the capabilities of the biometric net as detailed today are not the end of the feature set. As time goes on, they will add features to it at will, untill the system is unrecognisable compared to the original specification. It will be like comparing windows 1 to windows XP. It will get into every corner of your life, you will constantly be scanned and recorded, and guess what, your children will not even care that it is being done to them. Already people are willing to be fingerprinted and photographed by the USVISIT system because they need to do business or see relatives. This is how it starts; a limited barely reasonable sounding feature set which will feature creep into a global soviet style world where everyone is enslaved. The American Militia people were right. The 'conspiracy theorists' ARE right. If you dont' believe it now, you are among the stupid. Scramble scramble scramble...shuffle shuffle shuffle...where IS that button?!?!?!?

CNN.com - Singapore boosts security with tech - May 24, 2005

CNN.com - Singapore boosts security with tech - May 24, 2005 All Singaporeans will soon be scanned before leaving the country and from October, Singapore will begin issuing biometric passports chipped with holders' facial details. ... More than half of all Singaporeans have access to the Internet, which means high exposure to hackers and cyber-criminals. To counter this, all computer activity is monitored. ... The Singapore Government recognizes that while there may not be an actual terrorist act, it's too much of a risk to take WTF?!?!?

One flu over the chickens nest

If we don't get rid of intensive animal production.... Production being the word here.

Pish

Look at the way this is written, note the tenses and the passive unopinionated presentation of rotten tripe. This lapdog has his head so far up the Home Office's arse he can't see past their shit, and it's not even factually correct! It's nothing but government-approved propaganda, none of which is fact, let alone law. This idiot should be publicly gutted like a fish as a warning to journalists everywhere... By 2013 everyone over 16 will have to own ID card Improved technology allows physical details to be linked to central database Alan Travis, home affairs editor Thursday May 26, 2005 The Guardian The identity cards bill published yesterday will give the government the legal powers to set up the scheme and charge the fees it needs to recover the costs of enrolment, issuing and maintaining the cards and providing verification services.

ID cards are to be introduced on a staged basis. First it will become compulsory for foreign nationals to register under the scheme, then it will be voluntary for UK nationals to register when they renew their passports.[...] From here

Here comes that phrase again

Biometrics: From Reel to Real

Exclusive from:

Thu May 19, 3:00 AM ET

Dan Tynan

Are you who you say you are? Answering that question may soon involve more than simply handing over your ID. You may also need to hand over part of your personal biology by submitting to a biometric scan.

Voice, face, and eye scanners have been a staple of Hollywood science fiction for years. Now they're rapidly becoming a part of everyday life, as the spike in identity theft and fears over terrorism have created a biometrics boom.

Today, facial recognition is used in airports to identify potential terrorists and at casinos to finger card sharks. Schools use fingerprint and hand scanners to restrict access to employees and students. Iris scanners help secure border checkpoints and nuclear power plants, while banks are starting to use voice prints to verify transactions made over the phone.

A company called Food Service Solutions sells fingerprint-scanning systems to K-12 schools around the United States. The schools mainly use the systems in cafeterias to speed kids through lines by linking them to a personal cash account that pays for their lunches. Reviews have been mixed on whether lines have gotten shorter.

Grocery stores have also begun experimenting with fingerprint scans to hurry shoppers on their way and protect debit accounts from illegal use.

But what's the potential downside? Privacy watchers say that as biometric scanners become more widespread, it becomes possible for organizations--companies, the government--to create a detailed dossier of your physical movements as you pass from one scanner to the next. If Starbucks can easily track your movements, so can Uncle Sam, or your insurance company, or your spouse's divorce attorney, and so on. [...]

Yahoo!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

liverpool are european champions! i am drunk and very happy quelque randomity, as the good captain might say

Zorb Grakkleflank

Marquee

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Quasi

I have the Quasimoto album, but I haven't listened to it properly yet. I will give it a go though...

I must be blunt

So I guess you dont like schizophrenic, blunt smoking rappers I loathe them absolutely, and If I could kill them all with a press of a button, I would do so without the slightest hesitation. That 'culture' and the bastardised music that comes from it is corrosive, destructive, counter productive, stupid, negative, bad, wrong-headed, evil, abominable, atrocious, awful, beastly, rubbishy, cheap, cheesy, crappy, cruddy, crummy, deficient, anti-intellectual, racist, dreadful, erroneous, fallacious, faulty, garbage, god-awful, gross, grungy, icky, imperfect, inadequate, incorrect, inferior, junky, lousy, poor, pathetic, rough, sad, scuzzy, sleazy, slipshod, stinking, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory and total BULLSHIT. Now of course, this is just my worthless opinion, which you can gleefully throw away as the words of a rather stupid 'seen and heard too much' geezer, BUT bear in mind that I used to live in the Tri State Area in the 80's and I was THERE when the REAL hip-hop was the most creative music being made in arguably the whole world. So potent was that original movement that it has now spread all over the world and sadly has been transformed into this debased themetune for criminals without edge, without merit, counterproductive, dysfunctional, feckless, fruitless, futile, good-for-nothing, hopeless, idle, incompetent, ineffective, ineffectual, inept, meaningless, no good, pointless, purposeless, stupid, vain, valueless, worthless trash that has stolen the imaginations of millions of idiotic tracksuit wearing nincompoops world wide. Yes indeed. It's your round. Mine's a pint of bitter. Oh the irony!

Channel-Irdial

TV they listen to. Yes, TV is GOD, please do something ASAP - if you brits do something, maybe (or maybe not, this could depend on the US to) the danes will follow... All the things you're discussing have been in Denmark for ages... Maybe you should make som blogdial-tv? or the irdial-channel?

Quasimoto

I had a listen to this track by 'Quasimoto' after looking at a really cool game cabinet of the same name thanks to a google search. I have to say that this track is most unimpressive. I really don't have time for re-hashed 21 year old ideas made by 21 year olds. Listening to this it's like Sun Ra, Davis and every other intelligent music maker never lived. These uneducated, uninteresting, happy slapping, truanting morons need to stop wasting time, plastic and everyone's patience, get a haircut and do something real with their flesh. posted by Irdial Discs , 1:15 PM Ha ha ha, I wish my first language was english, I would love to give you a cool answer to that Akin :] So I guess you dont like schizophrenic, blunt smoking rappers, that can make music out of other peoples music? By the way, the track you linked to is over 5 years old, and yes, quite unimpressive...

Real ID

The image “http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/41182000/jpg/_41182285_k203.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Compulsory ID. Coming to a democracy near you.

Meau is correct and eloquent on ID proposals

It looks as though ID cards are going to be largely touted on their alleged efficacy against credit/benefit fraud using falsified identity information. The Force is strong with you meau. Yes indeed, they have changed their tune. You are completely right about fraud being a PRIVATE matter between a bank and its client. In order to defeat fraud completely, all a bank needs to do is set up a tiered system of security, from which a customer can choose. If you select the highest level, your account and its funds are insured against theft. If you select the lowest end, then the loss of your money is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. Watch as the millions of customer rush to be fingerprinted to protect their accounts from theft! This satisfies everyone. The Shlumbergers get to make billions from ID systems, fraud is eliminated, and people who want privacy get privacy. It's all optional, it costs the state nothing and the government's latest excuse for introducing the card is solved. It really is as simple as that. This whole proposal is as fradulent as the Iraq invasion, and everyone with a single working brain cell knows it.

riposte

It looks as though ID cards are going to be largely touted on their alleged efficacy against credit/benefit fraud using falsified identity information. If there needs to be a system to stop fraud it should be implemented by financial service providers and the focus should be on the security of the account rather than the identity of the individual. No identification system will preemptively expose or prevent "cardholder not present" credit card fraud. As far as state benefits are concerned a registration system based upon decentralised information is what should be implemented, the use of a biometric should only be used to encrypt or verify the card/card holder relationship. Once you have a securely issued card you can issue or withdraw a card without affecting an individual on a wider basis as would be done in a centralised/shared database. If the government had any RESPECT for the country it would seek to not create opportunities for increased (and real) identity theft by replicating and exposing personal information. If they limited themselves to distributing randomly generated numbers to DSS and Passport Offices there would be minimal interest in hacking into the IT system. But of course we are being lied to in a BIG way. This is about making cheap decisions, the cheapness of not having to think or being responsible, of lowest common dominator policing, of appeasing the coporate lobbyists that wil support your post MP career, of appeasing the swine in the US government, the mentality of bought-in greed and farmed-out destruction. And remember: If you've "done nothing wrong" then it's none of the government's business who you are.

Computer illiterates and total morons

I've already warned Sarah that we may have to leave the country. And go where? And how will you leave fortress UK without getting a new passport and getting registered in the process? (presuming that you leave in several years time of course, and your passport expiring.). Also, if other countries start registering you at the border, your prints, name, address and photograph will be in the system once you go through and then thats it. No. The British have to make their stand here, and now. Everyone where they live has to do the same. There is no where to run. And as for that BBC 'have your say' page, its another example of the low quality of some of the British public, who can sometimes be amongst the most stupid people in creation. Those who say all the things about this proposal that make your blood boil are the same morons who think that democracy is real and that demonstrating in the street is 'our democratic right'. They are the same ones that write to newspapers, complain about hosepipe bans and who sheepishly follow every regulation and rule put in front of them. I am afraid there is little we can do about them....unless we make a TV programme dramatizing how this system will be used against them. TV they listen to.

ROTFL

If only it wasn't so funny... Do you welcome the latest plans for compulsory ID cards? Do you think the cards will help with identity fraud? Or are they an infringement of civil liberties? Send us your comments. [...] The only people who can object to ID cards, like photographs on bank cards, are those who have something to hide. We can all however, object to paying for one if it becomes compulsory. I have no problem with identity cards but £85 represents my food budget for about three weeks. If this compulsory, it should be free. I oppose the idea of the ID cards for many reasons. Firstly the cost is absurd and will be footed first by the tax payer and then we will again be asked to compulsorily pay if we want one. [...] So it'll be OK to get tagged when the government "drops the price" (i.e. takes the money from the... library/transport/healthcare... budget). I've already warned Sarah that we may have to leave the country.

IDiot cards

ID cards bill includes:
Covers whole UK
Establishes national ID register
Powers to issue ID cards
Ensures checks can be made against other databases to cross check people's ID
Lists safeguards on the sort of data that can be held
New criminal offence of possessing false ID documents
Provides a power to make it compulsory in the future to register and be issued with an ID cards
It is now estimated that the cost of buying a new national ID card will be £93 per person - the previous figure was £88 but had not included VAT and other extras. Value Added Tax! On a compulsory ID card! Hahahahahahaha! Note that our fabulous politicians are not now debating much about the principle of ID cards, simply about the practicalities of the ID card system. And the emphasis on the WHY has changed almost daily... today it is 'combat identity theft' rather than prevention of terrorism. Tomorrow it may well be to 'track paedophiles' or 'stop foxhunting' or 'keep the pound, and keep out the French'.... On this release, from the HO, the wording makes it blatant that you WILL be scanned to get any kind of service provision:
[...] “Our identities are incredibly valuable to us and too easily stolen. ID fraud is a growing crime which can ruin lives and underpin illegal activities from people-trafficking to credit card fraud, from abuse of our healthcare and benefits systems to terrorism. [...]
From the Home Office:

SAFEGUARDING OUR IDENTITIES: GOVERNMENT REINTRODUCES THE ID CARDS BILL

Reference: 5775 - Date: 25 May 2005 13:30

Please Note: There are currently no plans for further biometric trials.

A secure compulsory national identity cards scheme would protect people’s identities and help the UKtackle illegal immigration, organised crime and abuse of free public services, Home Office Minister Tony McNulty said today as the Identity Cards Bill was reintroduced in the House of Commons.

[...]

Time's Up

I had a listen to this track by 'Quasimoto' after looking at a really cool game cabinet of the same name thanks to a google search. I have to say that this track is most unimpressive. I really don't have time for re-hashed 21 year old ideas made by 21 year olds. Listening to this it's like Sun Ra, Davis and every other intelligent music maker never lived. These uneducated, uninteresting, happy slapping, truanting morons need to stop wasting time, plastic and everyone's patience, get a haircut and do something real with their flesh.

BPI Radar

Now there's TWO of them! http://www.magnetbox.com/bpi/

He is the coolest!

Any blogdialers got the Quasimoto album? And what do you think of it?

The Crypto Wars are Over: Let the ID Wars Begin!

  Release time: 00.01, 25th May 2005


    The Crypto Wars Are Over!


The "crypto wars" are finally over - and we've won!

On 25th May 2005, Part I of the Electronic Communications Act 2000
will be torn out of the statute book and shredded, finally removing
the risk of the UK Government taking powers to regulate companies
selling encryption services.

The crypto wars started in the 1970s when the US government started
treating cryptographic algorithms and software as munitions and
interfering with university research in cryptography. In the early
1990s, the Clinton administration tried to get industry to adopt the
Clipper chip - an encryption chip for which the government had a
back-door key.  When this failed, they tried to introduce key escrow -
a policy that all encryption systems should leave a spare key with a
`trusted third party' that would hand the key over to the FBI on
demand. They tried to crack down on encryption products that did not
contain key escrow. When software developer Phil Zimmermann developed
PGP, a free mass-market encryption product for emails and files, the
US government even started to prosecute him, because someone had
exported his software from the USA without government permission.

In its dying days, John Major's Conservative Government proposed
draconian controls in the UK too. Any provider of encryption services
would have to be licensed and encryption keys would have to be placed
in escrow just in case the Government wanted to read your email. New
Labour opposed crypto controls in opposition, which got them a lot of
support from the IT and civil liberties communities. They changed
their minds, though, after they came to power in May 1997 and the US
government lobbied them.

However, encryption was rapidly becoming an important technology for
commercial use of the Internet - and the new industry was deeply
opposed to any bureaucracy which prevented them from innovating and
imposed unnecessary costs. So was the banking industry, which worried
about threats to payment systems from corrupt officials. In 1998, the
Foundation for Information Policy Research was established by
cryptographers, lawyers, academics and civil liberty groups, with
industry support, and helped campaign for digital freedoms.

In the autumn of 1999, Tony Blair finally conceded that controls would
be counterproductive. But the intelligence agencies remained nervous
about his decision, and in the May 2000 Electronic Communications Act
the Home Office left in a vestigial power to create a registration
regime for encryption services.  That power was subject to a five year
"sunset clause", whose clock finally runs out on 25th May 2005.

Ross Anderson, chair of the Foundation of Information Policy Research
(FIPR) and a key campaigner against government control of encryption
commented, "We told government at the time that there was no real
conflict between privacy and security. On the encryption issue, time
has proved us right. The same applies to many other issues too - so
long as lawmakers take the trouble to understand a technology before
they regulate it."

Phil Zimmermann, a FIPR Advisory Council member and the man whose role
in developing PGP was crucial to winning the crypto wars in the USA
commented, "It's nice to see the last remnant of the crypto wars
in Great Britain finally laid to rest, and I feel good about our win.
Now we must focus on the other erosions of privacy in the post-9/11
world."

Press release - Foundation for Information Policy research <www.fipr.org>


Now, let the ID Wars begin, and this time there is no way we can let them rage on for years as we loose troops to registration. Registration is the battle ground in the ID wars. To be a soldier in this war, you must not register. You must recruit your friends and family so that they do not register. The enemy gains territory as people register; people and their data are the battleground. Right now, we have the high ground, because registration has not even begun. In the board gaming sense we are already in the winning position. By incremental registration, we will slowly loose this war. Every individual's resistance to registration is a battleground. You do understand this, right?
Just watched jandek on corwood. Amazing film and amazing to think he just played in the UK too.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

RealID Rebellion Part 2

The REAL ID Act: How It Violates U.S. Treaty Obligations, Insults International Law, Undermines Our Security, and Betrays Eleanor Roosevelt's Legacy By NOAH S. LEAVITT
Monday, May. 09, 2005

Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives quickly approved an $82 billion appropriations bill to fund America's military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. This bill is headed to the Senate in the next few days, and President Bush has indicated his strong support.

Tucked inside this massive funding package are some of the most sweeping - and, many have said, harshest - changes to immigration law in years. Representative James Sensenbrenner (R - Wis), the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is the primary sponsor of this legislation, which is known as the "REAL ID" Act.

The most high-profile provision of REAL ID would mandate that applicants for state drivers' licenses must prove they are in the U.S. legally, in order to get identification that may be used at federal facilities (airports, national parks, government offices, and so on.).

However, REAL ID is much broader than that. It will fundamentally reshape the U.S.'s policies governing the admittance and removal of foreigners from our country. And this change, in turn, will alter the way the rest of the world thinks about the United States.

Despite the extensive debate around REAL ID over the past several months, one vital fact has surprisingly been overlooked: Many provisions of the legislation violate treaties that are part of U.S. law. Others insult well-established international norms, including norms the U.S. itself helped develop; often, they betray Eleanor Roosevelt's great legacy.

In the end, this aspect of the Act may be its biggest flaw. It also, as I will argue, may undermine the Act's very justification - by making America less, rather than more, secure. [...]

http://writ.news.findlaw.com/leavitt/20050509.html

Googlewatching

The company that prides itself on "Doing No Evil" isn't taking any chances with its latest executive appointment. Dan Senor, the company's new Global Communications and Strategy VP, has a CV guaranteed to have Register columnist Otto Z Stern firing a celebratory fusillade skywards from his compound in New Mexico. A former Senior Associate at the Carlyle Group, Senor was briefly Scott McLellan's deputy as White House spokesman before becoming head of the the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq's information department [...] Theregister Friends in high places, and a slab in the pathway towards google being assimilated by the traditional regime?

Real ID Resistance

Previous Politech message: http://www.politechbot.com/2005/05/20/more-on-rfid/ -------- Original Message -------- Subject: percussive maintenance Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 16:14:02 -0500 From: Jim Davidson To: Declan McCullagh Dear Declan,
perfectly usable for all conventional CC purposes after the chip is treated with a hammer.
Best idea yet. In related news, here is something on the RealIDRebellion: "Sunni Maravillosa has created a blog to coordinate resistance to the Real ID Act. Stop by, read the comments and links, add your site to the list of "REAL ID Rebels." http://realidrebellion.blogspot.com/ There's nothing about my property in a car that ought to require me to pay some extortionist a license. And the RealID can't steal my freedom if I burn it, or never apply for it. Several jurisdictions in North America are considering offering driver "license" type documents for those who wish to have identity papers without being "RealID'd". Regards, Jim http://indomitus.net/ _______________________________________________ Politech mailing list Archived at http://www.politechbot.com/ Moderated by Declan McCullagh (http://www.mccullagh.org/)
"the RealID can't steal my freedom if I burn it, or never apply for it." Oh dear. If this is the quality of the thinking behind the RealID resistance then they have a BIG PROBLEM. ID is not about carrying around a card. Repeat; ID is not about carrying around a card. ID is about a system of controls, which include laws, regulations and software systems. When laws are passed saying that you cannot travel or (like it is in Belgium) leave your house without your ID, your freedom is very much stolen even if you don't register. If you burn the card, you can't leave your house legally; Freedom stolen. You cant open a bank account without it....Freedom stolen. Do you get the picture? Of course, when you are fingerprinted at birth and put into the system, you will have been registered without your consent, you will carry your papers, literally, in your hands....but I digress - if you want to fight against these systems you need to understand what they really are and what they really entail.
Several jurisdictions in North America are considering offering driver "license" type documents for those who wish to have identity papers without being "RealID'd".
State delivered ID systems with unique identifiers and the associated legislation forcing you to carry them and register for them are the problem. If these states create 'ID that are not RealID'd' they will still be 'offering' systems that can be harvested and integrated into the larger federal system. Let me spell it out for you. The goals of the anti RealID campaign should be as follows:
  1. The permanent forbidding of ID cards in the USA
  2. Permanent removal of all legislation requiring persons to identify themselvs with state ID for any purpose.
  3. Permanent and stringent restrictions on the aggregating of personal identifiers and data by the state and any other entity.
  4. Permanent enshrining of the right to travel without documents and the right to refuse to identify yourself .
And anything else you might care to add that will permanently stop the creation of the systems of control that make up all ID proposals.

Braxton/Wolf Eyes at Victoriaville

from thirstin@HN_AM "victo fest - friday - braxton has intense press conference in hotel - after spending 20 minutes on each question where he goes way off on tri-axioms and jazz history metatheoretics. coley asks last question: "is it true you cleaned out the wolf eyes merch table at a swedish festival last year?" -- braxton leaps up and says wolf eyes are the new universe and he decided right then and there to move to stockholm and become a cook so he could be closer to this music. then he learns they are from michigan and his worldview is shifted and he realizes that there is hope for america with new angels of art existing here like wolf eyes. he claims his friends now refer to him as anthony "wolf eyes" braxton. no shit. so wolfs and hair po show up and we hit the hotel bar hard and braxton appears after his duo gig with fred frith and connects with wolfs and nate asks braxton if he would like to smoke a joint. "I would be honored to smoke marijuana with the wolf eyes". Again, no shit. Next day braxton is at gig (3 pm) and nate asks braxton if he wants to jam w/ the wolfs and braxton says yes, just let me know when and nate says play the whole gig dude. So after more weed blowing they hit the stage. the audience is all seated at round tables in a huge theatre called the Colisee. Hair police already decimated this crowd, they were awesome. But now we're tripping. this is too unreal. Braxton swoops in and out of the jams, at one point doing killer long sax tone duets w/ olson. Nate announces stabbed in the face. and then olson asks braxton what jam they should do next. "Black Vomit" sez Braxton. seriously, no shit. unbelievable sickness. that night dead machines/double leopards jammed together till 1 am then back to hotel bar for extreme wind down canada dudes, the fuck.. listened to new Greg Kelly cd on Gameboy on ride down -- incredible. hint : you wanna cruise through canuck border w/ no problem, have flaherty at the wheel - customs agents love the guy. yo shiflet, spencer, trevor, beatty, bernstein, miller, tovah, bassett, no neck everyone - thanks for making this shit happen -- awesome"

Monday, May 23, 2005

Bittorrent Search Engine

There is going to be a Bittorrent Search engine, run by Cohen and some money guys. Methinks they are doing this to challenge the law, because any other reason simply doesn't make sense. update: that link was yanked 30 seconds after I posted it!

Pekka Streng

Pekka Streng is fucking ace.

Influence

I was listening to Meat Beat Manifesto's Satyricon last night and reading the lyrics too - This reads so much like a Blogdial post I thought, for example Original Control: Step one measure for measure get smart come on get people talking loud and clear Step two create some atmosphere and blow away the one way ride before we collide. Can't you see how easy it could be to send joe public into a panic and at the drop of a hat in seconds flat you'll be asking yourself what hit me If you want to keep up you have to stay down with the either the or the past the now the voice inside you becomes the voice of now. Motivate take the chance backward and comming forward draw the heat in case you're ignored don't take a backseat defeat activate strike it home head over heals with the intention of expanding the original control oh! Can't you see how easy it could be to send joe public into a panic and at the drop of a hat in seconds flat you'll be asking yourself what hit me If you want to keep up you have to stay down with the either the or the past the now the voice inside you becomes the voice of now. Can't you see how easy it could be to send joe public into a panic and at the drop of a hat in seconds flat you'll be asking yourself what hit me If you want to keep up you have tyo stay down with the why the if the when the how the voice inside you becomes the voice of now. Original control. The voice of now.

Star Wars and the American Empire

Star Wars and the American Empire
by Scott Horton

[Spoiler warning: This article gives away important details about the new movie.]

"For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the Dark Times. Before the Empire." – Ben Kenobi

"This is how liberty dies: with thundering applause." – Senator Padme Amidala

Many of us grew up on Star Wars, and some of us, as 10-year-olds on rainy Saturday afternoons, even spent time trying to piece together the story before the story. What were the Clone Wars? How did the Old Republic become the Empire? How could the emperor have defeated what were presumably thousands of Jedi and taken over the galaxy?

Now we know the answer: Deception. Just like in the real world.

Before the movie was even released, people began making the connection between the war on terror and Vader's declaration near the end of Revenge of the Sith, "You are either with me – or you are my enemy." Lucas, however, when asked if this was a reference to the War on Terror, said at the Cannes film festival, "When I wrote it, [the current war in] Iraq didn't exist. We were just funding Saddam Hussein, giving him weapons of mass destruction; we didn't think of him as an enemy at that point. We were going after Iran, using [Saddam] as our surrogate – just as we were doing in Vietnam. This really came out of the Vietnam era – and the parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we're doing in Iraq now are unbelievable." [...]

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/horton.php?articleid=6041

This film has turned out to be the biggest grosser of all time. Could this be the meme vaccination that prevents the real life Sith taking over the whole world with their New World Order?! One thing is for sure, everyone 'gets it'; its an unambiguous attack spelt out in the clearest of terms. So, no Oscar for George then!!!!!

baton answers

Total volume of music on my computer 1358 songs taking up 6.96GB of space. According to iTunes this covers 215 artists, and could last me 5.4 days of continuous listening. This is at work, I rarely use the computer for listening at home, also the 'volume' is allegedly -21.8dB because of a glitch in the sound card which sets the volume to maximum if you don't adjust the dB out level. The last CD I bought The Land We All Believe In by Cerberus Shoal Song playing right now At the moment I'm listening to the traffic outside, last song was WAR by Laibach Five songs I listen to alot, or that mean a lot to me: This is ridiculous but in no particular order these spring to mind as being great: Mouse on Mars - Tamagnocchi The Hafler Trio - Ceromancy Coil - Circles of Mania Roxy Music - I nominate the first half of their first album as a single glorious entity John Duncan - Palace of Mind Five people to whom I'm passing the baton They'll find out.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

General greivous and The Galactic Empire

Ha ha very funny; someone has gamed Google so that when you search for "General Greivous" and select 'large' for the image size you get HRH Prince Charles as the first result! "But I thought gaming google was impossible!" "Not for the Sith."

baton rouge

it gave me something to do this sunday evening, having just watched 'hitchiker's guide to the galaxy'.... my musical baton

Musical Baton

Musical Baton

Magnetbox passed me the Musical Baton. Normally I don't answer stuff like this, but I am a viral addict, and the geometric explosion of a theme (or do I mean meme?) is just too tempting to not be a part of. And since it came from Magnetbox, it must therefore be cool. Strangely enough, I rushed to read the pass the baton email thinking that Magnetbox was giving up running his manly and utterly superb RIAA Radar site, which would be a disaster of sorts. I was wrong, thankfully, and look what I got instead!

Total volume of music on my computer 11,063 songs, taking up 55.67GB of an internal hard drive. This is 833 artists according to iTunes, spread over a possible 35.8 days of continuous listening. And I've pruned it down.

The last CD I bought Bruce Gilbert's 'Ordier'. And I bought two copies.

Song playing right now Now playing: 'Oxygene 3', by Jeanne-Michel Jarre.

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me Marin Marais Charley Patton Bruce Gilbert Forqueray Miles Davis

These are five artists that I listen to alot, snarfed from my audioscrobbler prifile. Yes, prifile. I listen to alot of music, and love alot of it. It's pointless to be pinned down to a small list - better to embrace it all and swim in it. How could I possibly pick a single Davis cut to enter into that list? I will say that I have recently been listening to 'Sugar Ray' and everything else from the 'Jack Johnson' sessions. Wow. Anyone who doesn't like Modern Miles is just a fool. Marais and Forqueray (and to a similiar extent Couperin) hit it with me so perfectly that it is almost like the music is a part of my very soul.

Bruce Gilbert is simply the greatest ever sculptor of sound.

Charley Patton..."I'm gonna buy me a Banty; put i'm in my back yawd". Priceless.

Five people to whom I'm passing the baton I'm passing it on to people who love music and who I know run or contribute to some sort of regularly updated site, or who can pass this baton on to someone who does. That means Alex_t, Mary 13, Meau2, Alun Kirby, and Cardiffteam.

Total Immersion Technology

here is the newest TOTAL IMMERSION TECHNOLOGY, maybe nintendo's "revolution".... WAUW!!!!!

Re: Revenge of the Sith

I just saw Episode III today at lunch (with perfect seats no less). What Akin says is spot on! I notice a distinct political mirror in this movie. Much more blatant than I expected, I must say. Quite refreshing and definitely welcome. An excellent film too. Incredibly epic in some of the most over-the-top ways you can imagine, and unabashadely melodramatic. Much, much better than the previous two painful excuses for "action-adventure" (both of which I saw last night, which were worse than I remember actually... Episode I is truly an example of excrebly excessive, gratuitous cinema). I would say it is definitely better than Episode VI too, despite the lack of Han Solo.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Revenge of the Sith

George Lucas goes straight for the jugular, with this blantant, brilliant cinematic j'accuse exercise. We note the following: 'He was too dangerous to leave alive" (Bush and Bliar on Sadam) "Execute order 66: The Clones" (The US Army, who will follow ANY order no matter how immoral) "The Sith" (The Neocons) "The Senate" (The US Congress) "The First Great Galactic Empire" (The New World Order) "I will bring you peace and security" (Just what bush says) "You are either for me or against me" (You are either with us, or with the terrorists) "The Trade Federation" (The British) Need I go on? What a ride!

Friday, May 20, 2005

"are who they say they are"

'are who they say they are' This is the idiotic mantra for this year. Witness from slashdot: FearUncertaintyDoubt writes "Three libraries in Naperville, IL, soon will start requiring patrons who use the library's PCs to provide a fingerprint scan. The article says, ' Library officials say the added security is necessary to ensure people who are using the computers are who they say they are. Officials promise to protect the confidentiality of the fingerprint records.'" And from the Evening Standard:

City workers first to get hi-tech ID cards By Sam Lyon, Evening Standard

Britain's first hi-tech identity cards are being issued to London workers today, the Evening Standard can reveal.

The cards, containing details of credit history, criminal records and immigration status, are being introduced to combat identity theft and illegal working.

Hundreds of staff at City banks, blue chip companies and government departments are being issued with them. Thousands more are expected to follow.

But critics condemned the scheme, which is being administered by a private-sector company, as an "unprecedented invasion of people's privacy".

Phil Booth, national coordinator of the No 2 ID campaign, said: "This is very worrying. Soon there will be no aspect of our lives which isn't sucked into the identity system."

The cards are linked to a database containing personal details gathered during a vetting process and held by private investigators Crocker Stolten. Unique identifiers such as fingerprints can also be added.

Former fraud squad officer Lionel Stolten, the man behind the London Identicheck scheme, said: "Companies need to know who is entering their buildings and that those people really are who they say they are, especially major corporations which hold sensitive information."

Most of the cards are being issued to foreign nationals, who work as contract cleaners, restaurant and mailroom staff.

Workers at Birkin Cleaning Services, whose cl ients include the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence, and MailSource UK, whose clients include Barclays, Shell, Deutsche Bank, the BBC and Channel 4, will be among the first to receive the cards.

There is already growing controversy over government plans to introduce national ID cards from 2008, to combat identity theft, organised crime and terrorism, and help stamp out benefit fraud.

The cards, which are not expected to become compulsory before 2012, will carry either fingerprints or an eye scan.

But Mr Stolten said: "I doubt the Government's plan for ID cards will include thorough searches of people's identity. It would take an army of staff."

Figures issued by Equifax, a credit rating firm leading the fight against ID fraud, suggest 31 per cent of Londoners have already been a victim.

External affairs director Neil Munroe said: "Companies are increasingly looking at more checks on people they employ. It protects the organisation."

So, workers who will have access to sites with sensitive data, have to hand over their sensitive data to make sure that they dont tamper with sensitive data, and of course, their sensitive data will be added to the sensitive data they are going to be allowed acces to. It's totally InSaNe. It would be much better not to keep sensitive data all in one place, in plaintext. In this way, people impersonating cleaners will not be able to go in and copy anything. For decades banks and all institutions have done without ID cards and everything worked very well - this is a false problem created by 'security' vendors, and everyone is being whipped up into a frenzy to adopt this nonsense. Whenever you hear someone advocating it their diatribes include the phrase, "are who they say they are". Keep an ear/eye out for it. If you want to keep a building from letting in people who are not authorized, you don't need to roll out an ID card that holds all sorts of personal data linked to a central database. You vet the person you want to hire, and then once that person is accepted, if you REALLY want to, you can have a finger print system that is totally internal to your facility; in other words, a bespoke system that doesnt involve cards or access to any external system. You guarantee your employees that the system is only internal to the company, and that your fingerprint will NEVER be released to any third party for ANY reason, and then you have a barely acceptable access control system. The vendor above is totally over the top, feature creeped-out and does nothing to really protect a building or a system. They collect and hold data just because they can and thats never a reason to violate someones stuff. Any of those workers can be compromised after they are vetted; this if the fatal flaw and reason why you cannot put a great deal of trust in these systems. Who ysay you are and being able to prove it doesn't give any indication of what your intentions will be in the future.

avatar

You changed your avatar! It was an old man for Stereolab though.

Old?

We noticed old man! What's that mean? turntablism & free jazz Reading that made me so angry! Alexis Petridish, he's cultured.

Guardian, arbiter of all things musical

Summer: I'll definitely be playing Summer Solstice EP by Coil, I tend to play 'cold' music like Thomas Köner or Ryoji Ikeda in the summer, but my best summer memories are usually in the countryside & without music. This year I think there may be a lot of turntablism & free jazz (after all that's made me the barrel of laughs I am today, I could go on at length about this). I bought the new Stereolab box-set this week We noticed old man!

Bloc Party

"everyone's listening to Bloc Party". Whoever they might be. Never heard them. Hahah! I know a couple of them, so it's good to see your friends succeed, but I don't really like their music. Sounds like Gang of Four, Cure, Joy Division stuff... There's a really good Black Strobe remix, not sure if it's been released, but Arnaud Rebotini played it to a room of 4 people at The Camden Palace Koko a few weeks back. Really gothy and dark. I bought the new Stereolab box-set this week, and it's very summery... I just need to be in Victoria Park with a cold glass of Pimms. Or in my Dad's garden. Or on the beach somewhere nice. Instead I am stuck in basement with no natural light. :(

Blue sky thinking

First, listen to one of our lovely boys in blue, upholding the law. Fab! Praise be for recording devices! Anyway, in the Guardian today, a load of "musicians" et al go over what music they associate with summer and what'll be this summers big thing. Apparently, "everyone's listening to Bloc Party". Whoever they might be. Never heard them. My summer music memory for today is sitting on balconies/roofs/window ledges in North London, burning in the sun to The Stone Roses. This year it's more likely to be late nights out on the roof with the telescope, clear skies and an evening raga going on. Well, I can dream can't I?

Test Chips and Torx Tools

Even less than that, all players would have to have a 'backdoor' In the past you could buy 'test chips' to install in your Jerrold cable TV box, to get unlimited access to all the pay services. When you ordered these test chips, they arrived in the mail with detailed instructions; you had to open the box with a torx screwdriver and the you had to (on some models) open the box in the dark because there was a light sensitive booby trap that zapped one of the ICs if light struck a sensor in the box. Normally, you would locate this sensor, and put a piece of bubblegum over it so that you could swap in the test chip with the lights on. Some models required you to solder a single wire from an IC pin to somewhere else, but normally it was a simple swap. People have been chipping game consoles for years now, and no doubt, someone will develop a hack for this system if it ever gets deployed. The entire point is that there are now many routes through which any content can escape, wether the box it is in is software or hardware.

DVD and rule

Of course, all it will take is a single person to release a DVD rip to make this nonsense moot. Even less than that, all players would have to have a 'backdoor' for potential pre-sales testing, in-store display, and product repair. You'd just need a friendly production line operator, sales rep or technician to allow their key/code to be copied and let the information flow! That is unless these players are guaranteed to work, people will buy anything and the players never break down.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Evil DVD Rental System in Development

Researchers in Los Angeles are developing a new form of piracy protection for DVDs that could make common practices like loaning a movie to a friend impossible. University of California at Los Angeles engineering professor Rajit Gadh is leading research to turn radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags into an extremely restrictive form of digital rights management to protect DVD movies. RFID tags have been called "wireless bar codes" -- though they hold more data -- and are commonly used for things like ID badges or keeping track of inventory in a retail store or hospital. Though RFID tags are usually read by a wireless data reader, the proposed DVD-protection scheme would make no use of RFID's wireless capabilities. Rather, the researchers are interested in the ability to write data to the tags, which can't be done on a DVD once it's been burned. Here's how the system might work: At the store, someone buying a new DVD would have to provide a password or some kind of biometric data, like a fingerprint or iris scan, which would be added to the DVD's RFID tag. Then, when the DVD was popped into a specially equipped DVD player, the viewer would be required to re-enter his or her password or fingerprint. The system would require consumers to buy new DVD players with RFID readers. Gadh said his research group is trying to address the problem of piracy for the movie industry. [...] http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,67556,00.html?tw=rss.TOP Its pure evil. Of course, all it will take is a single person to release a DVD rip to make this nonsense moot.

To Refuse: No2IDs last stand

Dear friends,

I'm writing to you now as the Government prepares to steamroller its
"Identity Cards" Bill through Parliament.  Each one of you can do
something immediately that will help in the fight against this
unnecessary, oppressive and invasive legislation.

Even the polls which the Government portray as indicating 'overwhelming
support' for ID cards clearly indicate that there are 3 to 4 million
people in Britain who are strongly opposed to ID cards.  What I would
like you to do now is quite simple.  Get as many of these people (and
others) as you can to sign NO2ID's petition before the Second Reading of
the Bill in early June.

When we tried this last year, we were hundreds strong and thousands
signed in two weeks - now we are ten thousands strong our impact should
be that much greater.

Two ways to go about this are:

1) Promote the petition on your website, blog, lists or (best of all) by
e-mail to people you know - please do not spam! A personal request to
just five friends or colleagues will take just a few minutes.  The
online petition is at http://www.no2id-petition.net/.

2) Attached to this mail is a PDF copy of our petition, a downloadable
version is available at
http://www.no2id.net/downloads/forms/NO2ID%20Petition.pdf.  Print it out
and collect as many names and addresses as you can - some supporters
have already sent in dozens gathered from their work, college, church or
pub in just a few hours.  The address to send completed sheets to is on
the bottom of the page.  Don't worry if you can't fill a sheet, send us
what you have got.

Thank you for helping us. Please act now.

Phil Booth
National Coordinator, NO2ID
www.no2id.net

Matters Beyond BT’s Reasonable Control

11 Matters Beyond BT’s Reasonable Control Sometimes BT may be unable to do what it has agreed because of something beyond its reasonable control. If this happens BT is not liable to the Customer.
It appears that 'The Phone Disc' is alive and kicking. The lines above are from the terms and conditions. Here are the details:
BT Phone DiscTM Single User version
BT Phone Disc Single User version Phone DiscTM Single User version For use on a single PC*

£36.00 +VAT (Cost for a single Disc)

Enquire

Or call us on 0800 833400 and select Option 2

The Phone DiscTM Single User version contains approximately 15.5 million telephone number listings across the whole of the UK (including those from other Licenced Operators and the Channel Islands).**

Ideal as a source of number information, this CD offers 3 search categories, "people", "business" and "all" using sophisticated interactive searching techniques.

A range of other very useful features include:

  • UK and International code de-coders
  • A personal directory facility enabling most frequently required numbers to be stored separately
  • Auto-dial facility to call a number once retrieved ***
  • Useful numbers directory along with easy to follow help pages
  • Free of charge technical support is available from a specialist BT Support Team
  • A Print / export facility allows downloads of individual listings into other applications that accept tab-delimited format ( such as MS-Word, Excel or Access)
The data
The Phone DiscTM Single User version contains a national data download from the BT Directory Solutions OSIS database. New versions are produced every quarter and can be searched for 12 months following each release.

Phone Disc is activated with search credits following installation, either via a dedicated website or through calling our BT Customer Support Team

Google Cache [...] Now, what BT are saying that they are not responsible for abuses of The Phone disc, it means that once this data is harvested and duplicated everywhere...tough shit. You rent a telephone line and the service from BT and then they sell your address (the details of which are none of their business) to anyone who wants it for £39. Your address is your property, and really if BT want to sell that information, you should be remunerated. If BT ran a customer centred business, you should be able to control wether or not your address is available to be sold in aggregate with other names and addresses. Its going to have to come to this; personal data is going to have to be assigned a monetary value before it can be protected and violators of it prosecuted. If BT allow a name and number to be leeched from their database without the owners permission, then they should be liable for that. Clearly this means that BT should not store the address in question with the number at the particular address. It should be anonymous, and the data available only to engineers because they actually need to have the associated address. Operators dont need this information. It does not need to be in any directory anywhere, except an elite engineers one. Can engineers be trusted? Hmmmmmm. I wonder if ther is a 'Gas Disc', 'Electricity Disc', 'Water Disc' etc. Why should there not be? If BT can sell your name and number,, why should not these other utility companies be able to do so? Its absurd!

more ID

As for the public services you use, its long past the time to change the name of the billed person on all your accounts....right? Excerpt from BBC website, on ID cards: "Public and private sector organisations will be able to check a person's identity against the register, with their permission." How would requests to the NIR by private companies be vetted? In this case any action (fines, blah) after a successful NIR request would be worthless. What would stop criminal agencies using a combination of healthcare provision, finance and consumer services pillaging the NIR for personal data after all you just need to flick through the electoral role, fill out a form with a data protection waiver and put in your request and get the data. And it would be worth the minimal effort. The Telegraph has the outline proposals for the scheme in plain english, it also recognises there is no voluntary aspect to the connivance. - Stateside: The Californian State Senate has approved a bill designed to stop state and local governments from issuing ID cards with RFID tags. P2pnet RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) spy chips can, “broadcast an individual’s most private information including their name, address, telephone number, and date of birth,” emphasises the ACLU of Northern California, going on: “The bill will be heard next in the State Assembly. It is the first bill of its kind in the US and has drawn national attention following the federal government’s decision to embed RFID tags in new U.S. passports.” The Identity Information Protection Act of 2005, SB 682, from state senator Joe Simitian, would also make it illegal for anyone to read, or attempt to read, an “identification document” without the owner’s knowledge.(It would be too late by then) [...] SEC. 2. The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following: (a) The right to privacy is a personal and fundamental right protected by Section 1 of Article I of the California Constitution and by the United States Constitution. All individuals have a right of privacy in information pertaining to them. (b) Easy access to the information found on drivers' licenses and other similar identity identification documents facilitates the crime of identity theft, a crime that is a major concern in California. More than 39,000 Californians reported being victims of this crime in 2003. [...] - Otherly, yet another harmonium was seen last night, that's two in a fortnight and at least the fourth this spring, indeed a fair few pandas have been seen (other than last week) as well could this be the rumblings of something big, are pandas the new rabbits? Although if I see a panda playing harmonium I may start blaming the water.

I am My Own Hand

http://fontshop.com/iam/index.cfm?pagenum=1 I am 'My Own Hand' Thats why graphology works.

Car Crash Coming

Personal Data for the Taking

By TOM ZELLER Jr.

Senator Ted Stevens wanted to know just how much the Internet had turned private lives into open books. So the senator, a Republican from Alaska and the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, instructed his staff to steal his identity.

"I regret to say they were successful," the senator reported at a hearing he held last week on data theft.

His staff, Mr. Stevens reported, had come back not just with digital breadcrumbs on the senator, but also with insights on his daughter's rental property and some of the comings and goings of his son, a student in California. "For $65 they were told they could get my Social Security number," he said.

That would not surprise 41 graduate students in a computer security course at Johns Hopkins University. With less money than that, they became mini-data-brokers themselves over the last semester.

They proved what privacy advocates have been saying for years and what Senator Stevens recently learned: all it takes to obtain reams of personal data is Internet access, a few dollars and some spare time.

Working with a strict requirement to use only legal, public sources of information, groups of three to four students set out to vacuum up not just tidbits on citizens of Baltimore, but whole databases: death records, property tax information, campaign donations, occupational license registries. They then cleaned and linked the databases they had collected, making it possible to enter a single name and generate multiple layers of information on individuals. Each group could spend no more than $50.

Although big data brokers can buy the databases they crave - from local governments as well as credit agencies, retail outlets and other sources that students would not have access to - the exercise replicated, on a small scale, the methods of such companies.

They include ChoicePoint and LexisNexis, which have been called before Congress to explain, after thieves stole consumer data from their troves, just what it is they do and whether government oversight is in order. And as concerns over data security mount, inherent conflicts between convenient access to public records and a desire for personal privacy are beginning to show. [...]

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/18/technology/18data.html?pagewanted=print&position=

Finally some journalist has caught up withh the tip of this iceberg.

Many years ago, there was a disc you could buy that contained all the BT telephone records. Called 'The Phone Disc' you could do forbidden 'reverse lookups' with it. It was the same data and programme used by Directory Inquiries.

Now. I guarantee you that there are DVDRs floating around with linked datasets of the american population, including SSNs and data from every available public record source and all the 'stolen' Choice Point and Lexis Nexis datasets. These DVDRs are changing hands for thousands of dollars now, but it won't be long before an ISO is available on USENET.

The point we need to understand is this; the UK, being still largely paper based for all of its important records should not go down the american road, which leads only to a spectacularly fatal car crash. It must not deploy a centralized database, because such a treasure trove will be copied and sold to people. The agents of HMG are constantly loosing laptops full of secret information; all it will take is someone to loose a tower or laptop containing a mirror of the complete database, or someone to retrieve an improperly sanitized hard drive from a garbage skip and then the pandoras box is open. Forever.

The computer illiteracy of the legislators elected by 22% of the electorate is no excuse for such an ill thought out idea to be adopted here. This legislation must be rejected outright, if not, then you can fasten your seatbelts all you like, you will be ground up in that car crash if you give in and register.

As for the public services you use, its long past the time to change the name of the billed person on all your accounts....right?

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

http://creativearchive.bbc.co.uk/

Along with the Galloway fellow, Britain is getting a lot of glowing press lately.

what children today ARE learning

came from here.

Standards Slipping

On Monday, I found out that my niece, twentyish, with English A-Level, didn't know what the word 'atheist' meant. Her uncle is an atheist. Her other uncle. :o I'm not making this up.

ID card/database stories

I missed this story: Two months ago, a 13-year-old schoolgirl was arrested in Ashford, Kent for throwing a snowball at a police car. It was reported in the national and local press, but not one journalist chose to focus on the most disturbing aspect of the incident: she was DNA-swabbed and her details were added to the National DNA Database. Unlike her ticking-off or public humiliation, this mark against her name will remain indefinitely on a mainframe somewhere in the Forensic Science Service[...] New Statesman But what about this? BANGKOK: -- The government will make it mandatory for people to produce either national ID cards or passports when buying SIM cards for prepaid mobile phones in its latest effort to nail separatist bombers in the South. In addition, all existing 21.5 million prepaid Thai and foreign mobile phone system users in Thailand will have to report their citizenship identification or passport numbers to their respective phone operators within six months. ''We're not at a point where rights and freedom should be the primary concern,'' Some people are pushing for the 'electronic money' white elephant to be integrated into mobile phone technology so presumably if you're in Thailand the authorities could maintain a record of an individual's buying habits (products, stores, locations, times), interesting! (especially in thailand I'd say).

order-order.com

order-order.com Galloway has I think left London to fly to Washington for his sparring match with the US Senate sub-committee which has accused him over the oil scandal. Problem for him is, that he has not sworn the oath in the House of Commons. He will not be back in London until after the Queen's Speech, which is the deadline when all MPs have to have affirmed or taken the oath. Unless the Speaker lets him off, if he sets foot on the floor of the House when he gets back, he will be fined £500, and his Bethnal Green and Bow seat would be automatically vacated.

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[American press sources: NY Post, LA Times, Wash Post...]

Best headline, from the New York Post: BRIT FRIES SENATORS IN OIL

Coleman said later that despite the theatrics, Galloway gave evasive answers to some questions and was unable to refute the documentary evidence collected by his investigators. He said he would send the committee's report to British authorities. [...]

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, both Coleman and the panel's top Democrat, Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, questioned Galloway's credibility. Asked if Galloway violated his oath to tell the truth before the committee, Coleman said, "I don't know. We'll have to look over the record." [...]

After the hearing, Coleman said that "nothing was said today that at all discounted the veracity, the reliability of those documents that were affirmed by senior Iraqi officials." Both Coleman and Carl Levin of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said it was "simply not credible" that Galloway — who described himself as a "dear friend" of Aziz, one of three Iraqi officials, according to Coleman, who selected the contract recipients — did not know that his partner and the man who funded his campaign against the war was making oil deals with Hussein. "If in fact he lied to the committee, there will have to be consequences," Coleman said. [...]

After the hearing, Senator Coleman said that "it strains any concept of reasonableness for him to assert that he didn't know, or wouldn't answer the question, whether his named representative in Iraq was involved in trading for oil. [...]

One Republican senator, Robert Bennett of Utah, defended the philosophy behind the oil-for-food program. "The efforts on behalf of the United States to help the people of Iraq have been well-placed and should be applauded rather than attacked," [...]

From the BBC: Senator Levin later said he was "deeply troubled" that Mr Galloway had "ducked the question".

Asked his reaction to the "unusual" manner of the witness, he replied: "I was not offended by what he had to say, it was not relevant.

"The theatre, the dramatics - I was not looking at that. I had one goal and it was to make a record." [...]

And that record has already been made.

You spin me right round baby, right round.

The reports of the Galloway Senate clash

The reports are coming in on the Galloway demolition of the buffoon Senators, and its being spun round faster than George Washingtons RPM since 911. Look at the testimony yourself via the link below, and see if your assessment of the proceedings matches what these journalists have written. The Times said:
"Here was an opportunity to demonstrate his cussedness and vanity on a genuinely global scale. Mr Galloway seized the limelight with both hands, proclaiming his own innocence before moving on to a full-blown recitation of the anti-war gospel according to St George."
I saw nothing vain about the way The RT Hon gentleman from Bethnal green conducted himself; I found it to be calm, reassured, measured and polite. As for 'cussedness' there is nothing stubborn about going into a kangaroo court and defending yourself against lies that have been told about you. This is a word carefully used to subtly mischaracterize and besmirch a man who has done nothing but say what he thinks. Astonishing.
"No wonder the senators began to look a little embarrassed at this ranting apparition in their midst."
I put it to you that they looked embarrassed because they had been catastrophically caught out as puppets and simple minded country bumpkins, without evidence or morality.
"It was an unequal battle. Senator Coleman had Mr Galloway’s name on a list: but Mr Galloway had something more, the gift of the Glasgow gab, a love of the stage and an inexhaustible fund of self-belief."
And....? The fact that these idiots had nothing on him. They had no evidence, and what they managed to have cobbled together for them was already in the public domain and totally discredited. This is what the right Hon. member had on his side, he was on the side of right, he knew it and he ran with it, and rightly so. The Times cant stand this. Shame on them. The Guardian said:
Then it was the Respect party leader's turn and any sense of judicial propriety was instantly shattered. The courtroom became a vaudeville theatre, as the MP lampooned his interrogators, accusing them of making "schoolboy howler" mistakes.
Vaudville? Lets make absolutely sure: Vaudville:
    1. Stage entertainment offering a variety of short acts such as slapstick turns, song-and-dance routines, and juggling performances.
    2. A theatrical performance of this kind; a variety show.
  1. A light comic play that often includes songs, pantomime, and dances.
  2. A popular, often satirical song.
No, it doesn't fit does it?! There was nothing comical, slapstick song and dance or theatrical about this 'performance'. It was a deadly serious, measured and calmly piece of testimony. Using the word 'vaudville' wrongly characterizes what happened, and of course, The Guardian does not provide a link to the clip of the actual testimony so that you can watch it for yourself and double check their spin dynamic. As you would expect, The Telegraph completely misrepresents the entire episode. No need to quote from there! The blogosphere has taken over as the only place where you can get the facts about anything, newspapers fail it again and again, desperately and dishonestly trying to spin stories in a world where if you have a single braincell you can find out anything. Take a look at this:
"...Even so, it was a REMARKABLE and compelling performance. Crooks And Liars has an incredible video of the spectacle of Galloway ripping into U.S Iraq policy aiming his remarks at Norm Coleman. Two things on this. (1) This writer has supported the war, but reads and watches everything he can on the subject. (We realize that some on the left and right consider that treason — to read and watch everything you can — so we plead guilty on that.) (2) Galloway's statement is powerful stuff, delivered with no-holds-barred language and he seemingly makes the case that he has been correct on lots of things and HE is not having to backtrack with spinners trying to justify his earlier position... It doesn't matter if you support or oppose the war...this is must viewing (and Crooks And Liars as usual does a great job with giving you a hefty piece of high quality video). Watch it yourself." http://www.themoderatevoice.com/posts/1116388846.shtml
This is how the Guardian piece should have read, if it were written honestly. It would have linked to the footage, and frankly, been honest in reporting what happened. Its rather stupid not to do this, since everyone can go and double check their reporting with six or seven clicks. That last link turns up in a Google News search, alongside links to traditional news sources; it really is Game Over for trying to spin these stories. But you know this!