"Australian foreign minister Marise Payne and UK foreign secretary Liz Truss yesterday inked the document in Sydney but haven't revealed the text of the pact."
Sounds like a real democratic government to me...
The United Kingdom and Australia have signed a Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership that will, among other things, transport criminals to a harsh penal regime on the other side of the world. Australian foreign minister Marise Payne and UK foreign secretary Liz Truss yesterday inked the document in Sydney but haven't …
Will this 'network of liberty' have every packet intercepted, copied, monitored, decrypted, logged, scanned, searched for subversive keywords, and associated to an end user on which a profile of contacts and interests and threat level is calculated? Gosh I don't know but I've got a pretty good idea...
Liz Truss and her ilk would do well to take note of an earlier draft declaration with regard to cyberspace ...... https://www.eff.org/cyberspace-independence ..... lest ignorance of it reveals them as arrogant puppets of muppets without a clue about what to effectively do about a novel space and extremely ACTive place in which they have neither commands legitimate nor controls absolute.
That hasn't been confirmed yet, although it's possible that it will be British subs with an American reactor.
The American reactor is more advanced and smaller, but the British subs are on par with the American offering while having lower crewing requirements ( something which is important to smaller countries like Britain and Australia ).
However it's a technology sharing pact. The subs isn't really the important bit.
One sneaky solution designed to annoy China would be to hire Taiwanese crews, who could be - I'm sure - very cheap. Maybe there are some suitable ex-naval types around who could serve.
Of course, there might be the "unfortunate" side effect of these new Oz submarines also going missing for no apparent reason. Nevertheless, I'm sure the Taiwanese government would so horrified at the slur on their citizen's reputation, that they would happily buy the Aussies some new ones as compensation. :-)
According to a family member, whose reportage I of course trust completely, when I was younger I wanted to grow up to *be* a submarine.
No one ever did give me a really convincing explanation as to why that wasn't a valid career path.
When I found out that no one was hiring trainee-submarines, I decided I wanted to be a Starship captain.
No one is hiring them, either. :(
is actually a big issue for Oz. for some reason, humans dont like 4 months plus away from sunlight, let alone family, pubs and friends. Pay not keeping up with CEOs and senior clerks in suits also does not help. The unreliability of the Collins class means submarining is not seen as a career as you get so little sea time anyway while the latest bug/stuffup/great idea in gold plating is fixed/repaired/added/mangled.
>> the UK involvement will be a few brackets and some tins of paint.
Our sub drivers are probably better than most (certainly better than the septic's purveyours of sub-surface doom and destruction) - ok on training sorties they may bump into the odd sea bed, or trawler net, but learning by doing seems to work well for them.
My guess is we will provide training for the wallaby navy on the septic sardine tin.
I will be extremely interested when we get to find out how this amazing new time travelling tech works, that can detect things that haven't actually happened yet.
Fun fact : Liz Truss actually named her daughter Liberty, encumbering her with a name that sounds like some medical support garment.
See this: https://underpinningsmuseum.com/museum-collections/liberty-bodice-childrens-supportive-vest/
Those things were still around in the 50s when I were a lad, I think they were popular as a kid's undergarment during rationing.
Quote: '....pledged to "Increase deterrence by raising the costs for hostile state activity in cyberspace..." '
Like this hostile act: https://theintercept.com/2014/12/13/belgacom-hack-gchq-inside-story/
...allegedly ordered by UK government ministers.
Maybe Liz Truss needs a good look in the mirror! And maybe a couple of days in Cheltenham (or Fort Meade)!
that liberty will be accompanied by more bureaucracy empowered to inflict fees, charges and mindless time wasting on citizens while miscreants wont even notice. The usual lawyers delusion of thinking that marks on paper mean something to those who by definition, ignore marks on dead tree carcass. Now if the pollies would do something about the torrent of phishing SMS scams plaguing this country they might get a positive response from the citizens. Instead the manglement fools want us to use and trust the most unsecured, easily lost and damaged devices on the planet with more and probably dodgy apps for routine activities that web browser provide the best interface for.
Despite having great innovation among the techies of all types, Oz leadership has a consistent penchant for choosing the worst possible combinations in anything, including fads. More Australian brown nosing rather than Australian crawl
I transited through an Australian airport recently (before the lockdowns), I was stuck there for 5 hours. I was appalled to see I could not access some of my favourite free video streaming sites - the sites redirected to some notice about oz government deeming them bad and blocking them. So no liberty there on the internet, you are only free to access government approved information, although how far this blocking extends I do not know. (Of course fired up a vpn and carried on...)