Archive for January 6, 2009

Tactics 101

Posted: January 6, 2009 by datechguy in war
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Via the Muqata.

Understand the war with one image

Palestinians vs Israelis in one image

Official spyware?

Posted: January 6, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news, tech
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There has been a lot of loose talk over the years of civil liberties being eroded but this looks like the real thing:

THE Home Office has quietly adopted a new plan to allow police across Britain routinely to hack into people’s personal computers without a warrant.

The quietly part really bothers me almost as much as the without a warrant

The strategy will allow French, German and other EU forces to ask British officers to hack into someone’s UK computer and pass over any material gleaned.

That is an incredible surrender of sovereignty.

Police might also send an e-mail to a suspect’s computer. The message would include an attachment that contained a virus or “malware”. If the attachment was opened, the remote search facility would be covertly activated. Alternatively, police could park outside a suspect’s home and hack into his or her hard drive using the wireless network.

That is interesting, would it be made illegal for makers of anti-spyware software to block or stop this stuff?

The idea that this can be done without an explicit vote in Parliament is disgusting. Regardless of your opinion of the patriot act in the US the Congress passed it out of both houses and the president did sign it. This is being done without the consent of the people at all.

The actual story is here. Via insty & samizdata.net

A quick fyi

Posted: January 6, 2009 by datechguy in personal
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I’ll be going within the house and I have Chicken in the oven so I may be slow in answering and allowing comments in the next few hours. Opinions of all stripes are most welcome and when time permits will be answered personally, so if your comment isn’t answered or posted be aware that this is the reason.

He expresses it better than me

Posted: January 6, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news, war
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I’ve been wrestling with a post I made yesterday through several replies and updates. I think Jeff Goldberg (via Glenn) in the Atlantic expressed what I’ve been thinking much better than me:

Okay, yesterday I was depressed. Today, I’m just pissed off. It’s absolutely astonishing to me how interested the world is in Israel’s failings. This is the source of a bitter but hilarious observation I once heard a Kurdish leader make: He was complaining to me that his people were cursed, and I asked him what he meant: Cursed by geography, cursed by their proximity to Kurd-hating Arabs, what? He said the Kurds were cursed because they didn’t have Jewish enemies. Only with Jewish enemies would the world pay attention to their plight.

we’ve all seen endless pictures of dead Palestinian children now. It’s a terrible, ghastly, horrible thing, the deaths of children, and for the parents it doesn’t matter if they were killed by accident or by mistake. But ask yourselves this: Why are these pictures so omnipresent? I’ll tell you why, again from firsthand, and repeated, experience: Hamas (and the Aksa Brigades, and Islamic Jihad, the whole bunch) prevents the burial, or even preparation of the bodies for burial, until the bodies are used as props in the Palestinian Passion Play. Once, in Khan Younis, I actually saw gunmen unwrap a shrouded body, carry it a hundred yards and position it atop a pile of rubble — and then wait a half-hour until photographers showed. It was one of the more horrible things I’ve seen in my life. And it’s typical of Hamas. If reporters would probe deeper, they’d learn the awful truth of Hamas. But Palestinian moral failings are not of great interest to many people.

The question is why are Palestinian moral failings not of great interest to people, why are the Kurds cursed to not have Jewish foes?

Can someone on the left explain this to me? I really need an answer to this that leads me to different conclusions.