Re: Box ticking
It is using Block Chains for the anchor.
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I'm' thankfully, not inclined that way. If I was surely this would make me try to produce my own porn and not just download existing pictures. Result, more children abused?
Of course most users seem to be inadequate individuals and it is criminals trying to make a profit. Special offer, pictures not sold elsewhere (not lying).
The Pound to Dollar rate reached a high of $2.649 on 6th Mar 1972. That remains the strongest the Pound has been against USD since it freely floated in 1971.
Prior to the 1970s, the Pound to Dollar rate was fixed at a level set by the British government.
For much of the 1800s and early 1900s, the rate was maintained at around $5 for every £1.
In 1940, the British government devalued the Pound to around $4 for every £1. Two further devaluations occurred in the 1960s before the Pound became a freely floating currency in 1971.
One reason for police arrest (in the UK at least) is preservation of evidence. I agree that it is better to review the evidence before arrest but when dealing with what can be very mutable and ephemeral data, arrest and seizure of devices may be justified.
On balance I would say that this was not the case here.
I escorted an Indian delegation visiting the UK. Their leader was a Brahmin. His second was "only" in the next top caste. He spent most of the visit apologising for this. Most peculiar because he was by far the best engineer in the group.
Why did he think it was at all important when in the UK? I have no idea when, or indeed if, this out of date hierarchy will be consigned to the dustbin of history where it so richly belongs.
It seems like ransom ware is becoming just another cost of doing business. The more reliable the crooks become, decrypting when paid and not further exploiting any information collected, the more acceptable the business case for paying.
I don't like it but that may be the least worse way ahead. Just saying protect your IT is a bit like just say no, someone will always say yes.
" ... attempt by HMRC to curb a relatively minor but perfectly legal tax avoidance mechanism ... "
In days of yore there was tax evasion (illegal) and tax avoidance (legal). Tax avoidance was acceptable, almost compulsory, to reduce tax. It seems that HMG and HMRC are successfully blurring the distinction. They should not get away with it.
Only once it's been through the mill a few times, verified independently, peer reviewed, signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters etc ...
By inclination and education I am a natural liberal (note: small l). I also believe in free markets. Can you explain the "magical thinking"?
This is not some snide dig, just an opportunity for education. Capitalism red in tooth and claw is not necessarily the best way ahead.
To get a five star safety rating form the EU a car must be fitted with certain safety systems. Highest rating requires that they cannot be deactivated, at least not beyond a switch off/switch on by the driver. The "lane keeping" auto driving part seems to be a particular problem and the more sensible parts of the motoring press await the first accident caused by a vehicle avoiding crossing a lane/carriageway white line and mowing down a cyclist.
(Apparently the "lane keeping" is switched off when an indicator has been activated. BMW/Audi drivers take note.)
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