(Protected) Source for the Goose, Source for the Gander

Thanks to Lewis Page, writing for the Register, we now know that the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, his partner David Miranda, and the Guardian itself deserved everything they got – such as nine hours in custody on shaky legal grounds and the destruction of data and hardware under the frosty eye of GCHQ – because of their “very poor information security practice”. So, apparently incompetence at keeping information confidential is in itself sufficient justification for attacks on privacy (not to mention the freedom of the press, whatever that means). I seem to remember an awful lot of hackers, crackers and virus writers espousing very similar arguments in the 1990s.

I imagine that many journalists and not-so-friendly foreign intelligence agencies might be happy to suggest that  the US and UK governments might want to consider the implications of their own effectiveness at keeping both their own secrets and those of their own spied upon protected populations, in the light of that proposition.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

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Holkham

Abandoned sock at Holkham, Norfolk. Unless it’s some weird offshoot of geocaching. Santa may well need some help finding it in that landscape, abundant in samphire between the trees planted to protect fields inland from blown sand and the dunes away to the right. Behind the dunes, an expansive beach fairly lightly used even at this time of year, until you get to the beach huts at Wells-next-the-Sea.

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holkham bay

beach huts

At which point it starts getting mighty crowded. And if you’re misled by a certain holiday brochure into expecting to see the sun set into the bay, I’m afraid you’re on the wrong side of the country. 😉

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

 

Facebook changing my tune

Facebook has taken to suggesting that I Like sponsored pages (that’s apart from the little column of ads on the right, which rarely impinge on my consciousness). While from time to time I hit the tabs to explain that washing machines are not very relevant to my current needs, I found the latest suggested post, for improving my singing, just plain insulting.

However, on reading some of the blurb:

“These are the very same techniques that I have used to help thousands of people in over 100 countries how to improve their singing voices and skyrockets their singing abilities…”

I begin to think that perhaps there’s a deal to be done here.

If Mr Superior Singing Method can improve my singing, I can certainly improve his English.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

Oops

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So I hope no-one was standing underneath that.

North Creake Abbey, Norfolk. Not a very lucky place, historically speaking. While there are lots of abbeys and priories in the region that were wrecked at the time of the Dissolution, the abbey at North Creake was hit by a double whammy well before that. An extensive fire in 1484 caused so much damage that the community was only able to stay on because Richard III among others gave generously towards partial rebuilding. However, the entire community of Augustinian Canons had been wiped out by plague, by 1506.

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Long before the Dissolution, which kicked off around 1536, the Creake Estate had been used to underwrite the foundation of Christ Church, Cambridge, by Lady Margaret Beaufort.

The curse goes on, in a trivial sort of way. Now I can’t get the tune to Creeque Alley – relevant only homophonically – out of my head.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow