Archive for November, 2007

Half a nation’s records lost? How convenient…

November 21, 2007

Let’s face it plans for a national ID card, a national ID register, an NHS database and several children’s databases aren’t exactly popular just now. So what does Gordon Brown need to get rabid Sun readers and moronic Mail readers all clamoring for a biometric database? Well, of course, a major security breach. Then he can assure us that once our biometric details are safely uploaded to the national identity register, it won’t matter if the odd CD goes missing along the way because our identities are tied to our biometric data, which is identity theft proof – right? And the Mail and the Sun readers will be hailing the biometric database as a damn good idea and promoting Gordon Brown to God.

Whenever governments are determined to get their way, there’s nothing like a major crisis to get Joe Dumbass public into a right old panic and get them right behind whatever it is Government wants to do. You know the usual stuff like going to war, silencing political dissent, putting innocent people under house arrest and forgetting about them, creating cradle to grave surveillance databases. All the kind of things that we citizens don’t go for unless we can be persuaded that someone’s about to blow us up, steal our identity, did blow us up, etc etc. It worked for Bush and Blair, so why not Brown?

It’s just that it has that Ricin feel to it. I remember when the Ricin plot was gleefully announced, I turned to my colleague and said “oh yeah, like who are they kidding?” And guess what, there never was any Ricin or any plot (not that you’d necessarily know that yet, if you read the Sun) but it got everyone suitably rattled and made the population much more acquiescent in the dismantling of civil liberties and the rule of law. So when something like the loss of the personal data of 25 million people is announced I just think back to Ricin and wonder “what are they really up to?”

Unless of course some nobody clerical officer in the Inland Revenue forgot to post the disks at all and, when reminded by the NAO, trotted out that time honored and well worn excuse, “Well I did send them, they must have got lost in the post”, never imagining the furore her lame excuse would cause…

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Who the hell are Altilab anyway?

November 19, 2007

It seems Altilab took heed of my last post and removed my material from the linked URL…only to put it up in two new places here and here along with the Creative Commons license that requires them to attribute my work to the original author – me! Only they don’t. Clearly they’re just taking the piss. So I did a quick who-is look up to discover, surprise, surprise that their identity is hidden behind – an outfit that doesn’t accept postal mail and who’s webforms don’t work. I’ve submitted a copyright infringement notice by email but I won’t hold my breath in case their email address doesn’t accept emails either. Lets face it, if I was going to rip off people’s stuff, I’d probably want to hide away too!

PS – Yup just said

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Only one slight problem, I can’t get the webform to work. How very convenient for you. Don’t worry though, I’m gonna get you ‘cos you’ve pissed me off now. Anyone out there with any proper contact details for Altilab?

Altilab seem to be connected with IMSGlobalwho at least are open about their contact details

Share and share alike

November 7, 2007

Having just discovered that my content has been ripped off by
another blogsite I’m less than impressed. Come on guys, link back to me and acknowledge your source. I’m happy to share my stuff but only if you acknowledge your source.