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.



Looking at DNS and the attempt to P2P it.

Peter Sunde launched a project, reported at Computer World in an article called “P2P DNS to take on ICANN after US domain seizures”

It seems to have got stuck. This article dated 18 Oct 2011 and called Continuing the Distributed DNS System on Slashdot has some pointers. See also P2P-DNS taking control of the Internet  at memeburn.com.

The nearest successor seems to be namecoin, see http://namecoin.info/ , http://dot-bit.org/Main_Page & its wikipedia page

While researching this I came across a page on alternate roots at Wikipedia.

Building a W7 laptop


Building a new laptop is always a fraught exercise and in this case I am upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 Professional. I am also upgrading from a Dell Latitude to HP Probook 5320m.

So problem one, it comes with a load of chargeable addons and a bunch of HP “value added” software.

First things first… I need to remove McAfee anti-virus. It’s not our corporate standard. To do this I had to get the MacAfee removal tool from their site. Nice.

The HP disk encryption is tied to one user. This is not acceptable if the system is to be used by multiple users. So I have returned to Trucrypt.

Next Networking

I have five problem use cases

I need to use my laptop in multiple sites and hence multiple LANs/Internet connections. My main site is at work and I defined the WiFi connection as a “Work” LAN. I was able to ‘see’ our shared disk resource using the network browser, i.e. the network view of windows explorer. I took it to Deptford and connected it to the network there using WiFi and cable. When I returned to work, it had a ‘homegroup’ and could no longer ‘see’ the NAS device, nor some of the computers, nor a virtual machine running on a host that it could ‘see’. I rang Kaspersky, the firewall and antivirus vendor and reconfigured the zones such that all zones except the internet zone are now trusted. This involved deleting some of them and recreating them.

The laptop has no removable media, and I wanted to install some software from a CD. I attempted to share a DVD from my old Dell. I found a web page called, how to share a CD or DVD drive over a network in Windows Vista and 7, but couldn’t get this to work. The client system could browse to ‘see’ the DVD but couldn’t access the contents.

The third set of use cases relate to Virtual Box. So now I have three pieces of software to make work together, Windows, Kaspersky and VB. At the moment I am assuming that the SUSE guest is poorly configured. I am building an Ubuntu image to test this theory. I know I can get that to work. I can use the host to browse the exported directories using the tcp/ipaddress.

While working at home, I may have some problems seeing/acquiring other network resources. The MS “WORKGROUP” is different at home and at work. I have defined the wifi at home as “Home”, and so I now have an empty home group defined. This needs a better problem definition. This page at Microsoft Answers might be a start point.

While working in the flat, there is no inter-system connection i.e. the Mac can’t see it or any guests, and I don’t think the WE7 system can see the Mac. Again a better problem definition  is required. Home being seen by the Mac.


Dell Dimension 5150c

This was originally entitled “Our New XP Box”. I changed the title when I copied the snip across to WordPress in July 2013.

The snip is called our new box. It isn’t so new anymore, but is about the Dell Dimension 5150c.

As of 30th Dec 2008, the User Manual is available as a .pdf. You might need to be logged into the site to read/get this.

Archiving the Pictures

Some years ago, I bought a Freecom DVD writer and decided to back up the pictures to DVD. XP did not originally support DVD writing and I have no idea if that’s changed so I needed to use Roxio Creator to do this.

Making Videos

In the Spring 2008, I decided to try and make some talking heads videos. My endeavours are documented on below Spring 2008


I am not sure where this comes from, but I have been trying to use it to make videos with a USB webcam. Basicaly I can’t get the sound to work. Google helped me find this FAQ.

I can now hear the sound on a Video. The key is to use the volume control to turn up the Recording volume.

Dell Forums

The mucked around with the forums again in Dec 2008. I am not sure the links below work any longer.

They now have an XP Support Centre & self help forum. They also have an all my posts page.

Dell Forums and Safe Mode

I also had reason to create  Windows Boot Menu page on this site. I was doing some housekeeping on my Dell Dimension 5150c and discovered that yet again the Dell Support site had been improved. There used to be tech support articles about the various systems they sold and are in use, but I finally found a reference on to how to bring the system up in Safe Mode, which I have documented. It implies that this is no longer different for each model and that Dell have standardised on F8. Anyway that’s what works on my machine. Interestingly hard to find I tried both Google and Exalead, but eventually found it using Google, of course.

External Disk

I installed an external disk to hold the pictures, music and maybe videos, i.e. the home directories.

Using the Fax

On 14th Sept 2009, I tried to send a Fax to Spain. This was after the new hub/router line was set up. The fax failed several times; I had tried to enter the hotel into the windows address book with a phone compatible fax number i.e. +34… I solved the problem by entering the destination as a one-off and specifying the destination country using a pull down menu. The fax console reported the destination number as 00 34 …., not +34. I used hyperterminal to test the line. This is a nuisance. It seems I need to store the fax numbers as UK specific, although I don’t use the phone much as a fax transmission device.

Action: The computer modem external wiring needs tidying up when the old btconnect line is terminated. i.e. It is currently using the old data line.

Desktop Icons

XP does not have “My Documents”, “My Computer” or “My Network Places” on the desktop. They can be placed their using

        Desktop -> Properties -> Customize Desktop

Security Center (sic) on XP aka the state of my box!

Written shortly after purchase, dated 7th Feb

It seems that XP can only have one security centre solution. The system comes with McAfee and I need Norton. Sadly I didn’t understand this and have had to restart the rebuild.

I have therefore had to trash certain pieces of work. With help I have managed to resolve my W98 systems network problems. (This was caused by one of the auto exec programs blocking the port on the W98 system). The W98 system is now acting as the print server. This came back OK.

I misread the screen configuration parameters and the drivers work out of the box. I have a lovely 19″ flat screen, which seems to be working fine.

Paintshop Pro is now owned by Corel and I have a trial licence. I wonder if my one & one subscription still entitles me to a PSP right-to-use. I need to track this down. Otherwise I need to discover the best way to obtain a right-to-use, otherwise maybe I should bite the bullet and buy Photoshop.

I expect I shall put OpenOffice on the box first, since some of the .doc files I have are too old for MS`Works’ word processor to read. (I shall be installing MS Office Educational Edition, in order to ensure that the MS file types have default methods that invoke the Microsoft programs.)

I need to go back to http://art.gnome.org in order to download some more wall papers.

I have also lost some of the file transfers from the laptop and old W98 system.

Other snips here

See also Help & Support, &  I now have an Audio snip, which deals with installing a Microphone, and the CTMBHA.DLL driver issues as well. Xmas 2006


At about the same time that I bought the Dell I also bought an Alienware Aurora, which worked fine for two and half years and then developed a frustrating problem


London Heathrow (LHR)


Google Map is here. Oct 2014.

What time does the the bus shuttle run from what was known as the APCOA long term car parks for T1-4 at London Heathrow.

You’d think that this… would help but Parking Express are trying to sell a different service.

So at at 11th Feb 2008, the buses run from 05:00 to 23:00 between the Airport Terminals 1-4 and the Apcoa Long Stay car park.

The T3 bus stop to return to the Long Term Car Park is No 17. N.B. There are two stands on different sides of the arrivals reception.

keywords: heathrow parking shuttle openingtimes time times longstay T1-4 T1 T2 T3 T4

Hand Baggage

On the 6th May 2008 the BAA Heathrow Site page documents the hand baggage rules at BAA airports. I can’t link there directly, they have a portal that uses the double _ symbol, which snipsnap interprets as a bold symbol. However, you can take two hand baggage items through security today. i.e. one bag and one brief/computer case.

keywords: heathrow LHR hand baggage handbaggage restrictions security

Public Transport to Heathrow

SpeedLink, Bus from Woking is 30 minutes Train : from Liphook to Woking is between 35 and 50 minutes, so important to check the timetable at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ The bus to the station is about 22 minutes but the connection needs to be checked. Now publicised on


This makes between 1:45 and 1:30 depending on the number of stops between Liphook and Woking plus connection times.