Labour’s Rule Book

I have posted and try to maintain  the most recent copy of the Labour Party Rule Book  that I can find, this is also hidden in member’s net; this latter link requires a login and the search engines have difficulty in finding it.

I have also created a bit.ly short name for the LP’s version, bit.ly/uklabourrules17. This copy of the rules is the 2017 rules, presumably authorised by lab16. Hover over the links to see the tool tips.  Continue reading “Labour’s Rule Book”

Installing NWN2

When installing NWN2 today, I discovered, it’s best to do so from my GOG copy. The alternative would be to use one of my DVD sources, however the GOG copy comes with the extra games and most importantly the patches downloaded. The patch server has gone and so installing from disk does not work so well, by which I mean the game cannot be patched.

Some mods are best installed before a game starts, see Zhjaeve Unveiled.

Yvette Cooper at Demos

The challenges of a Digital World to our Security and Liberty – Yvette Cooper speech to Demos

This source is labeld check against delivery.

Yvette Cooper speech to Demos in March 2014 here, from Labour Press’ tumblr account.

  1. does she mention court secrecy? No.
  2. she doesn’t address the potential need for two agencies one for spying and one for defending UK cyberspace
  3. no mention of copyright crime which is good, most people will allow greater compromises in privacy to prosecute and prevent terrorism and child abuse, and they’d put their bank accounts before the copyright holders interests.
  4. No mention of the fact that the NSA and thus the US Government are a threat to ecommerce
  5. No mention of national security of supply

it’s clearly aimed at fighting terrorism, child abuse and defending the ecommerce infrastructure

At the same time the Prime Minister has also said that GCHQ and the NSA can do more to tackle child pornography on the dark net, to “decrypt encrypted files, and… find out what is going on”. A new strategy is needed to make sure the fight against online child abuse can keep up with new technology – including looking at the legal framework, resources, structures and the role for the private sector and internet service providers to do more.

Cameron’s been watching CSIcyber again, but Yvette’s response is reasoned

 

The summary reseats the speech in the legal powers and supervison policy domain.

I rather like this,

The digital age generates every second new and amazing opportunities that we should seize. But we cannot duck our responsibilities to face up to the difficult challenges it poses too – to make sure that the digital age serves the public and our democracy, and not the other way round.

What I plan to say on the Euro Husting blog article, which picks up the press articles, Guardian and Register

… pointed to Yvette Cooper’s speech to Demos on the balance between security and privacy in the internet age. I have to say, I missed this when it was reported by the Guardian, and would have been unsurprised by the Register’s hostile headline but we can read the speech for ourselves here. Id’ say it’s better than its critics suggest; there’s a growing consensus that RIPA gets it wrong and the recognition that privacy is part of the balance is a better position than the Tories and spies take and that many had expected from the Labour Front bench.

ooOOOoo

Annuities, a note on price theory

While researching my articles on the UK 2014 budget, I wanted to write a quick note on Annuity prices, yields and interest rates, I came across nothing easy to find, but did come across these,

There is a companion wiki article on the UK 2014 Budget.

A loan involves a bank giving someone a wedge of cash in exchange for an agreed periodic payment.

An annuity involves a bank giving someone an agreed periodic payment in exchange for a wedge of cash.

They are the same thing! So we should be able to price them the same way.