Do you really think other governments are on our side?
This confirms that encryption is no panacea, but is certainly worth deploying. The fact that it can make China's Great Cannon attacks harder, if not impossible, should also give pause to government officials around the world as they try to demonize encryption and call for it to be weakened or even banned.
Most officials of most governments are cheering China on under their breath. It is only in pubklic that China is condemned. In private they have the same agenda. It is just the remaining barriers of free speech and democracy that stop them saying so publicly.
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Well, by all the usual definitions of "pagan", he is correct....In any case, all religions that were the precursors to the main ones these days were indeed "pagan" by definition.
But that does not imply, as he does, that this means that all these religions developed from paganism.
On that basis one would have to say that modern humanistic atheist/agnostic thought developed from Christianity and hence from paganism. In that case the charge applies to everyone's beliefs - and hence it is meaningless.
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Islam, Judaism, Christianity, they all stem from the same source:
Paganism. Hmm - I either you are defining Paganism (in a somewhat unusual way) or you don't have much information about any of them. I'd like to know of a belief system that isn't based on Paganism by your definition.
The only difference they have between one another is the wording.
That is also the only difference between 2+2=4 and 2+2=5.
Compare "Licenses and patents" to the "Indulgences" sold by the catholic church and then compare the right of gatekeeping/distribution with the monopoly to read and interpret scripture for the other half.
OK I'll make the comparison.
The catholic church only sold indulgences to other catholics. The priests of IP demand that everyone pays up.
As far as the "right to read and interpret scripture" is concerned, well that was largely a function of the technology of the day - and when the printing press came along it was broken (although it is worth pointing out that this only really applied in the West where the scripture was not translated into the languages of the people).
SO I'd conclude that IP is like religion on a bad day - and then a little bit worse!
Fortuantely scientists employed by Universities should not be directly affected by this (all UK Universities are private institutions although they do receive the bulk of their funding from government) - and thus there should remain a good sized group of experts who can speak out unfettered.
Whether it was a real attack or a staged one, what mattered was what came after it, both in the government, and among the public.
Actually what came after it proves that it was not staged. The objective of terror organisations is to undermine our freedonm, in short to make us behave as badly as they do, thus undermining our moral authority. In this they succeeded because of the moral weakness of out politicians.
I don't believe that our politicians actually want to create a police state (although that cannot be said of some of the commercial organisations that sell them the equipment). However they are slaves to the "something must be done - this is something" fallacy and that is the real problem.