Glynsky

send her victorious…

Dear diablog,

I tender genuine apologies for the Glynsky silence.

Amongst a complete revision of the IHQ, cars, organising an event and GKW stuff that keeps happening, time just slips away.

Away from Brexit et al (despite the poster displayed in the window of this ‘party’ pic!)

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Mme and I had the immense pleasure of going to a street party yesterday for the Queen’s 90th. The above seems a little bleak as pics go – but what you can’t see (or hear) is that in the lounge behind the open window was a blues band blaring out for all (well, nearly all) to enjoy.

Brilliant – and in some ways a comment on Europe in that we (the Brits) appear to have lost our community spirit and events like this are to be lauded. Italy, France, Spain and all the others have communal events the whole time. We must catch up.

Kids, street tennis, literally GALLONS of Pimms, food enough for the planet and a feeling of general bonhomie was everywhere.

Roll on the next one. I apologise that I only took 2 pics as the Pimms and rain kept interrupting my use of the trusty Blackberry – but this unique sweatshirt summed up the humour of the day

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and even, as it was at the end, looking empty believe me the whole afternoon was a gas.

Yours, diablog, hoping to write more very soon,

Glynsky

Glynsky

pluckin’ ‘ell…

Dear diablog,

The Brexit Express is heading for the station and, sadly, the vote gets closer. Sadly because I enjoy more and more the utter bollocks being talked about as ‘being relevant’ and in particular the load of tosh from the Stay side – amply illustrated by Engine Room here.

So, it is getting very close to decision time  and –

I had intended to write a series of 3 posts – one for in, one for out and one to compare and balance my OUT, OUT, OUT.

What the EC has become is not what we voted for in 1975. Free trade area YES, political union NO – never.

On reflection, however, I decided it was pointless. Who cares what I think? Who reads diablog that it might change their mind? The world around me is full of wanker breast beating touchy feely arseholes who couldn’t decide whether to pull out a splinter from their thumb in case it infringed the Rights of Thorns.

Maybe it is me who is the wanker. Maybe using a whistle in the school playground is ‘aggressive’, maybe the gagging of freedom of opinion in British universities is a good thing, maybe the USA isn’t (politically) a shit hole of a nation populated by ignorant warmongers – maybe I should learn to love my fellow man.

Naaah – they stink, I’ll stick to women.

So, what to do. I feel I must write something but there’s too much to say.

Pictures speak a thousand words so any one who wants In…

 

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ER

Amazing times

Dear Reader,

Do you feel like you are living in exciting times?

If you are a bit older, if you can remember the days prior to fax machines, you must agree. In this interesting article here, a professor of Artificial Intelligence, AI, puts it nicely:

If you went back and you said to an early thinker about AI, 50 or 60 years ago, “You’re going to have with you at all times a device, and essentially it can answer any question that you’d like to answer across a huge range of topics; it can understand your voice and provide a view on any place in the world, tell you how to get from point A to point B”—if you explained in the abstract what your smartphone is capable of doing via Google and various kinds of mapping tools and Siri—I think that person would say, “That’s AI.”

The smart guy also mentions the risks involved:

One thing I do worry about is that I think we’re on the cusp of having the ability (with machine learning and AI) to synthesize media to create something that’s very difficult to distinguish from the real thing. These are very dangerous tools to have in a society that depends increasingly on things like video to represent truth.

And for exactly that reason I dislike (near-) monopolies as much as too mach data in the hands of government (agencies).

Stay curious,

Engine Room

 

ER

English, bend over a bit more

Dear Reader,

When it comes to surveillance and spying on normal people. the USA and the NSA take center stage. Largely, because we are bigger, Snowden was part of the NSA, and lately some American internet/software companies starting fighting the surveillance state a bit. All that keeps us in the news.

Mostly ignored is, that the British GCHQ is far worse than the NSA and that the English government is far ahead, when it comes to creating the perfect surveillance state.

Point in case, the latest law initiative, as reported by ZDNet here:

UK surveillance bill will force tech companies to disclose new products before they launch
The government will force companies operating in the UK to declare “products and services in advance of their launch” to ensure police can still intercept data.

I said it before, my image of England and the English has changed drastically over the last five years.

What happened to magna carta? You gave up all your freedoms. What happened to “my home is my castle”, to friendly and polite and unarmed bobbies? It seems, the Nazis lost World War II, but fascism won it in England.

Your government fucks you over and you don’t seem to care about it at all. Instead you bend over a bit more, while dreaming of some old glory days and think you would do better outside the EU. As if anybody in the world would care about doing more business with you then.

If the above mentioned bill passes, you will lose all the American IT companies. Or do you honestly think, Apple, Google, Facebook, et al. will give their trade secrets to your government? Do you think, the UK with its mere 64 million people will get, what China with its 1.4 billion could not get?

From the outside it looks, you are adamant to ruin your country.

Puzzled and slightly worried,

Engine Room

ER

Has reddit been served?

Dear Reader,

Sadly, this isn’t an April Fools Day joke. According to Reuters, reddit.com deleted its warrant canary.

Its what? In case you forgot, we have one too. You can read about it here.

Reuters quotes:

“I’ve been advised not to say anything one way or the other,” a reddit administrator named “spez,” who made the update, said in a thread discussing the change. “Even with the canaries, we’re treading a fine line.”

This is a bad day for the internet. It means, either reddit has been served a National Security Letter. Or the current reddit management does not care anymore. There was a time, when reddit was a main supporter of freedom.

And as a reminder, Apple took its warrant canary down in 2014. In 2016 they reconsidered and decided to fight government spying on all people.

Update: In this post on Reddit, the former CEO of Reddit explains the whole issue. He also claims, that the above mentioned “reddit administrator named spez,” is the current boss (see third line “to /u/spez’s reign”).

Stay free,

Engine Room