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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fitzcarraldo wrote:
khayyam wrote:
proteusx wrote:
Anything originating from institutions of totalitarian governments, be it from China or from the USA should not be included in the kernel.

proteusx ... and other totalitarian regimes like Intel, Google, Redhat?

best ... khay

Surveillance capitalism bothers me more than state surveillance.


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State surveillance at least in democratic countries, at least in principle, we can control.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nowadays capitalism controls governments.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep. For anyone interested in the global financial sector and its ties with (and effective control of) government, I recommend the documentary The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire. It is seventy-eight minutes long but compelling viewing in my opinion. It also touches on the US financial sector. (For those of you who are not au fait with the term 'City of London' (a.k.a. 'the City' and 'the Square Mile'), it refers to the UK financial sector based in the city of London, not to the UK's capital city per se.)

Susan Steed, The Occupy Tour of the City of London
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We're here to talk about this one company called Appleby. I’ll just read what they say on their website. “Members of the firm, Appleby, have gone on not only to political office but also in a number of centres, Bermuda, Jersey, the Isle of Man and the Cayman Islands to senior judicial office.” So essentially they are boasting of the fact that their staff and their partners have a real interchange between the people that are in power in these offshore financial centres.


Andrew Piper, documentary narrator
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The same lawyers and accountants who set up and administer offshore trusts, also occupy senior political positions. In Britain's offshore world, most politicians are in business, they lobby for business and promote business interests. They draft, refine and pass legislation. Politicians sit on the boards of the companies they are supposed to regulate.


John Christensen, Tax Justice Network. Former economic adviser to the government of the British Channel Island of Jersey
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When I talk to politicians in Brussels, they say that they have had more lobbyists from London, including politicians, come to them to protect the City of London's interests than they have had from every other European member state combined. Which gives you some idea of the extent to which British politicians see themselves as essentially lobbyists for the City of London.


John Christensen, Tax Justice Network. Former economic adviser to the government of the British Channel Island of Jersey
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In many cases it is the politicians and their cronies and their families and so on, and the business people who sponsor the political parties who are using these offshore services themselves. So they have no personal interest in closing it down. If they wanted to close it down, they could do it tomorrow. The fact of the matter is, they don't want to do it because they themselves are complicit in the process.


Prem Sikka, Professor Emeritus of Accounting, Essex University
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Just like the Mafia has penetrated the state, accountancy firms have also penetrated the state. The head of anti-avoidance in the UK tax authority is from one of these firms. The newly appointed chairman of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, which is a tax authority, is a partner from KPMG. Their partners have penetrated the state. They are running the Treasury.


Eva Joly, Member of the European Parliament. Vice-chair of the EU parliament's Panama Papers Committee
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The reality is not what you believe, that your Prime Minister has the power to decide on the future of your country, the power is hidden here.


Alex Cobham, Chief Executive, Tax Justice Network
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We have country after country around the world, where the lack of financial transparency about taxation, about ownership, about corruption has undermined the extent to which governments deliver representative policy-making for their citizens. We have extreme cases like the hiding of tax evasion by people in finance ministries in Greece, in France, but we also have this system that in general is geared towards anonymous company ownership, the anonymous ownership of properties across London, of half of the land in Scotland. Do we really think that there is any circumstance in which governments work better, in which markets work better, in which the distribution of income and assets is better, when we allow so much to be hidden? Who wants to not know who you’re doing business with? Who wants their government to have people working for it or to be led by people whose assets are hidden, whose financial transactions are conducted anonymously offshore? This is a bad direction for the world.


Eva Joly, Member of the European Parliament. Vice-chair of the EU parliament's Panama Papers Committee
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We need the citizens to understand what is happening, that they are the ones who are carrying the burden and some individuals with power are exonerating themselves from having to pay tax. Ordinary people are paying taxes, rich people are not, so this is inequality and it is leading up to populism, because it shows so clearly, that the people leading the world today are not able to take care of the interests of ordinary people.


Prem Sikka, Professor Emeritus of Accounting, Essex University
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There are about 2.5 million professionally qualified accountants on this planet, about 330,000 are in the UK. Well-known people, well dressed, well fed, highly paid, are sitting in city centre offices and they are paid to dream up tax avoidance schemes for individuals and for corporations. We can all elect a government which says, "vote for us," we will give you better health care, better education, better security, and the next day the accountant says, "sorry folks you elected this government but we actually have a tax avoidance scheme and the Amazons and the Googles and the Microsofts won't be paying any taxes in your jurisdiction. Too bad, you voted for it but you're going to get something else."


On a related note to the above ... The Guardian newspaper, 10 Nov 2016: UK moves to block 'dirty money' flowing into City of London
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Amber Rudd [the then Home Secretary] concedes London has become safe haven for illicit money and UK should do more to stop estimated £90bn a year laundered via British capital

Ninety billion UK pounds per year laundered via London. What is the British Government doing in earnest about that? Not enough.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:39 pm    Post subject: Linux Kernel Patches Posted For Streebog - Crypto From Russi Reply with quote

Linux Kernel Patches Posted For Streebog - Crypto From Russia's FSB

https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Linux-Streebog-Crypto-Patches

Who do you trust more?
1) NSA
2) FSB
3) Due diligence of the kernel maintainers when it comes to fuzzing
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Due diligence of crypto researchers and kernel maintainers.

I prefer to not use anything from sources promoting backdoors and weak cryptography, regardless of whether or not it has been put in a fuzzy sheep suit.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Linux Kernel Patches Posted For Streebog - Crypto From R Reply with quote

Naib wrote:
Linux Kernel Patches Posted For Streebog - Crypto From Russia's FSB

Naib ... I'd wait a day or so and see if they deny all knowledge of this obvious attempt by the west to discredit Russia, and its security services :)

best ... khay
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