* Posts by MarkW

18 posts • joined 18 Sep 2007

Trouser-bomb clown attacks - how much should we laugh?

MarkW
Unhappy

That had to be one

Matt,

congratulations for having the most thumbs down post here.

Your post can be summed up neatly: let's kill more dark skinned people and steal their land.

If they complain, we'll just blow them to pieces with a UAV missile strike operated by some jar-head in a control room in Qatar (or, perhaps Dallas).

MarkW
Coat

Who benefits?

Lewis,

great article.

You forgot the key results:

Tabloid TV gets more advertising revenue

'Security experts' get paid more commissions. They naturally conclude that you need more security, guaranteeing their existence

The defence [sic] industry makes more money from selling overpriced scanners

Government ministers line up another company to whose board they will shortly be sitting (come May this year)

Government gets to collect more data on its citizens

I'll get my coat...

Ex-GCHQ chief compares Iraq whistleblower to Soviet spy

MarkW

Let's bomb 'em all?

@Matt

''She is on record as saying such touching drivel as; "I'm just baffled that in the 21st century we as human beings are still dropping bombs on each other as a means to resolve issues." Whilst her heart is in the right place, it shows a marked lack of insight into the modern World.''

And how is that 'drivel'?

The UK certainly got a lot out of bombing Iraq, didn't it?

Look at all those non-existent WMDs kept out of harm's way.

(And please, don't say, 'everyone believed they were there', because that's just not true).

Had there been a few more Katherine Gunns, Elizabeth Wilmshursts and Downing Street memo whistle blowers about, a lot of lives would have been saved, including British lives.

But when did the British political elites ever care about poor squaddies, tube passengers or Johnny Foreigners getting blown to smithereens?

Israelis' invulnerable, 60-tonne robot bulldozer force to double

MarkW

@Matt

"HAMAS gets the majority of their funds and weapons from Iran, which established HAMAS in 1987".

Shia Iran had nothing to do with the formation of Sunni Hamas.

Hamas was formed out of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

Hamas is largely funder by Saudi Arabia (also Sunni). Iran supports Hamas out of animosity towards Israel.

MarkW

@AC

"Look at the broader picture. In 1948, it was all desert and they moved in a bunch of displaced Jews. "

No historian believes this myth.

If the Israeli state chose to build on the land to which they are legally entitled, they wouldn't require fortified bulldozers. Perhaps a better use for them is to help clear 500,000 cluster munitions from Southern Lebanon?

Israelis develop 'safe' plutonium: good for power, bad for weapons

MarkW

@AC 15:52 GMT

Hear, hear!

Ashdown brain trust: Democracy isn't a human right

MarkW
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Utter twaddle

A 10 year old would provide a more sensible report.

With the UK being partly responsible for an excess death toll of 1,000,000 people in Iraq, this crowd could only mutter that it "was done the wrong way". Downing Street memo anyone?

International law. Nah, we'll only apply that to our enemies.

A group of ex-military, police and politicians asking for the UK to behave like a civilised country would be like the proverbial turkeys voting for Christmas.

Interpol proposes world face-recognition database

MarkW
Unhappy

All this money

should be spent on health and education.

Already, we are seeing an emergence of a society more polarised than ever.

Biometric passports, ID cards, no-fly lists, DNA databases are all tools directed firmly at the have nots whilst the merchant bankers (remember them?) fly off to their Dubai pad for the weekend.

If it isn't brought in by the UK parliament, the excuse is that is it will be a directive from the appointed European Commission.

"It's to fight terrorism" is the government mantra.

If they wanted to reduce terrorism, they would address the causes and stop fighting illegal wars and supporting repressive regimes and dictatorships.

McKinnon loses Lords appeal

MarkW

For once the British police got it right

When it comes to "national security", the British police (for once) seem to have judged this case well. The same can not be said of the US authorities who should be thanking McKinnon.

By a strange coincidence all 96 computers had exactly $1,000 worth of "damage", which is the threshold for prosecution.

Did McKinnon actually alter any data or just gain access, retrieve data and leave messages?

If the machines were insecure, it wasn't McKinnon's fault.

Anyway, how hard is it to find blocks of IP address assigned to .mil domains and then run a few scripts against them?

Raptor and Eurofighter go head to head

MarkW
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Control.

<rant>

"The West" needs enemies to fuel the spiralling costs of keeping the rich, rich and poor, poor. Lewis is spot on. You military fan boys and girls can enlist and serve a few terms in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The UK should get off its high horse as she supplies dozens of repressive regimes with high-tech weaponry. Every penny wasted on upgrading the Trident white elephant, new aircraft carriers and secret military training camps* in Wales is a penny not spent on health and education.

</rant>

* http://www.no2militaryacademy.com/

EU emissions trading to include airlines

MarkW
Stop

Carbon Trading a scam

Carbon trading is just another scheme (so beloved of Tony Blair) which doesn't reduce the amount of CO2 output but makes a lot of carbon "brokers" very rich indeed.

Carbon reduced in the EU + carbon offset in Africa = constant

It's like asking a thin friend to diet for you.

http://risingtide.org.uk/resources/factsheets/carbontrading

http://www.theecologist.org/pages/archive_detail.asp?content_id=710

Judge grants Viacom 12TB of YouTube user records

MarkW
Stop

And Google only wants the data for honourable reasons?

Of course, Google is just keeping the logs "to improve their service to consumers".

If Google ever had a "do no evil" rule, its logs would be purged nightly.

If you think Google wouldn't hand over your search histories, YouTube visits and any other IP data it has harvested to any government agency that asked, then you're living in cloud cuckoo land.

eBay Terror Ambulances of DEATH menace UK - top cops

MarkW

Your taxes at work.

Nice to see resources pouring into the security FUD black hole.

You are more likely to be killed by one of Lembit Opik's asteroids.

It's about time Alex (Lord) Carlile crossed to NuLabour as he sounds less like a Lib Dem every day.

He supported the infamous "control orders" and extending the detention without charge legislation.

US nuke boffins smash petaflop barrier with 'Roadrunner'

MarkW
Flame

@Angus Wood

"Personally, unpleasant though this subject is, I'd have preferred if the Reliable Replacement Warhead project had got approval. Dial-a-yeild [sic], safe to handle and long lived."

Wouldn't that violate the NPT?

Just get rid of the weapons and use the petaflop to search for better cancer drugs.

The New Order: When reading is a crime

MarkW
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They resent our freedom

The Bush/Blair/Brown GWOT has been such a resounding success, hasn't it?

Courts slam Blair's 'abject surrender' to Saudi prince

MarkW

Arms jobs are subsidised

AFAIK and I'm sure El Reg readers will tell me if I'm wrong, but aren't jobs in the "defence" industry heavily subsidised?

Anyway, those Saudis are lovely. They supplied the majority of 11th Sept hijackers and women shouldn't be voting or driving cars anyway. Not to mention those British citizens who were fitted-up for a crime, tortured and made to confess publicly.

Please Mr. Sheik, buy some more defensive Tornados.

FBI to get UK biometric database hookup?

MarkW

@Tim J re: No problem

Tell that to the family of Jean Charles de Menezes.

In addition, from the aforementioned http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0919/p01s08-usju.html :-

"In December 2003, German citizen Khaled el-Masri boarded a bus in Germany for a holiday in Skopje, Macedonia.

Instead of a restful vacation, the Muslim man of Lebanese heritage says he ended up in a Central Intelligence Agency isolation cell in Afghanistan as a suspected terrorist. He was released after five months of interrogation with no explanation justifying the action or apology if it was a mistake."

The standard talking point is that those in Guantanámo were "lifted from the battlefield". The reality is that more than half were captured by the Afghan Northern Alliance and exchanged for CIA cash.

New bird takes to the skies for Digital Globe

MarkW

Not allowed to provide better resoluition?

The US military is able to tell a private company that it can't use its own equipment to its potential. Naturally, I'm shocked.

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