"Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport"
A good example of why I prefer to leave the second comma out of their name.
The UK Cyber Security Council announced itself to the public realm last week by touting a domain it doesn't own. Helpfully, internet jokesters then bought up variations on the official address. A brainchild of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the UK Cyber Security Council is billed by government as "the …
I recall one Christmas Eve, my mother, a lay magistrate, being called in for an emergency court case. An American citizen due to fly back to North America on Boxing Day, had been accused of threatening behaviour towards a police officer.
Basically he and his friends had been on the piss the night before, had a good time and one had been arrested for something or other. Anyway, the American tried to get him bail from the Police Station, as this is possible in the USA. This was explained by him in court, and there had been a 'misunderstanding' by the Police Officer in question.
Anyway, when describing why the person had been arrested in the first place, a rather dour police sergeant explained that the group had been singing rather loudly, and although the tune had been 'Good King Wenceslas' "they were not the original lyrics".
One can only hope that the lyrics actually used were recorded in the court transcript.
Yup, the same guy who brings you the 4th highest covid death rate in the world (by case) - the NHS - ran this infamous department and set up all this crap.
The whole thing makes yes minister look quite tame doesnt it?
Pathetic, totally and utterly pathetic.
Use a domain that doesnt belong to us, buy ppe from a hotel in China and a bunch of sharks in Turkey and then commission the worlds most expensive and least competent track and trace from your latest girlfriend. What a bunch of no hopers in charge in the UK. People wonder why we routinely ignore the blundering anuses
It appears to be systemic and endemic, Dave 15, .... a cancer cavorting like a Jim'll Fix It in everyones' midst and smiling for the cameras at every failing reboot.
amanfromMars  ....... painting an obvious picture on https://www.zerohedge.com/political/fallout-greensill-collapse-splatters-british-government-leaves-taxpayers-big-lossesCameron himself refuses to even respond to the lobbying allegations. His ear-splitting silence speaks volumes about the state of British politics today.
Such speaks nothing but ripe rotten to its very core and catastrophically vulnerable to flash crashing and colossal trashing. To think or imagine that lessons have been learned by those always active in that particular peculiar sector is to identify oneself as being totally deluded.
The self same actors in a soap opera are never going to produce and present a stellar alternative performance. They just don't have the necessary IT/je ne sais quoi/chutzpah to deliver sustainable success.
And what does Cameron's silence tell one and all about the pathetic powerless state of Parliamentarians and honourable members of the Official Opposition and Her Majesty's Civil Service ...... apart from them being likely easily presumed to be similar to gang members guilty of conspiring in criminal enterprises and perpetrating monumental frauds?
All sorts of not-for-profits use dot org and of course Nominet don't ask questions. So you'll find, for example
some quangos and regulators - acas.org.uk, asa.org.uk, ofcom.org.uk but ofwat.gov.uk
industry bodies - cbi.org.uk, newsmediauk.org, ukpayments.org.uk
campaigners - amnesty.org.uk, libertyhumanrights.org.uk (can't be charities under UK charity law because their aims aren't on the list of charitable purposes)
local residents associations
resources set up by academics etc - visionofbritain.org.uk
and so on....
No, they were a government organised charity... In as much as those bloody whiney Northern types (of which I consider myself one) should be consider it an act of charity to even have trains.
If true blue types had their way we'd be back to using bicycles, the canals and our legs... (looking at Leeds City centre recently, they're certainly making a damn good go at it).
Defence spending? What the bloody hell is the point? We have no steel industry so cant make a gun, bullet or tank. We dont have a tank industry so we couldnt build one if we had the steel. We gave up building guns 50 years ago and import them. The bullets come from South Afirca and are too expensive to actually fire any. The Army isnt big enough to fill a football stadium even if you incldue the 10,000 generals. The navy has a mothballed expensive aircraft carrier and 2 rowing boats and nearly enough airplanes to staff the one carrier left - not that they are allowed to fly them, service them or repair them (have to send them to Italy and Turkey for repairs and they dont fly if the weather might rain in the next 48 hours.
Frankly I cant think of a government since 1945 that has had the brains to understand how we would defend ourselves if we ever had to. As we cant there is bugger all point in having a ministry of defence or any forces at all. It is bloody sad that we have such a brainless bunch of no hope muppets in charge - and as its the oxbridge educated classics graduate Russian spies that run it as civil servants the brainless morons who fill the houses of parliament (and that is not party political, they are all dumb as shit) are irrelevant in honesty.
Thought leadership, like strategy, is something you talk about, not something you do (credit to Dogbert for the observation).
Almost all these "initiatives" are pure waffle shops. I've participated in several over the years, and all they ever produced were "reports" that stated the obvious and drove zero change. Which is why the state of information risk has been worsening, not improving, for at least the last couple of decades.
I hate the idea of 'thought leadership, so I looked it up on the interpleb*:
"I define thought leadership as a type of content marketing where you tap into the talent, experience, and passion inside your business, or from your community, to consistently answer the biggest questions on the minds of your target audience on a particular topic."
I confess that I am none the wiser for reading that.
*Others may call it the 'World Wide Web, or the Internet, but as it connects us plebs across the world I believe that "interpleb" is appropriate.
What more can one say other than GOD help us.
And I know it is cold comfort to know all Five Eyes are definitely in the same sinking ship, but what is one to do whenever no one within their ranks and leadership are smart enough to listen to the better than just average Jane Doe and Joe Sixpack.
Here's news of another hamstrung operation forever trying to play catchup while it continues to serially fail with its support for what is existing in their overall command rather than what is to be beyond their exclusive control.
...... just saying on https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/3/31/northern-command-leads-global-wargame-to-test-ai-capabilities“We need to go faster.”
There is no doubt about the veracity of the need for that prime directive if one wants to be considered as leading in any effective position. However, and especially so in the virtually real cyber domain, it is not without its novel, extremely disruptive and/or destructive problems to address, with probably the major one being that one has no idea who almighty friend or hellish foe ..... who/which be well versed and highly experienced in what are surely virgin fields of overwhelming engagement for traditional and conventional forces and sources .... are.
One is effectively only able to stumble around as if blind in such a space.
And to consider that solutions are only to be provided by US citizens, because of the requirement to comply with national security obligations, renders one also deaf and dumb to everyone/everything else out there with a viable voice and rare raw view on unfolding matters.
That is a fundamental handicap which guarantees failure in anything and everything mooted to be tried and tested.
Take care, IT's an AI Jungle out there.
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Some folk and horses you can help and bring to water, others you can't and they would die of thirst for that which they have been led to, to freely partake of, and how idiotic of them is that. One would just have to accept then that they be beyond the reasonable help of all possible assistance and their personal prognoses are imminently terminal in any and every fast moving scenario.
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