Re: near anything box security solution (Was RE: The Internet is forever)

From: Charlie Stross (
Date: Fri Mar 10 2000 - 07:23:36 MST

On Fri, Mar 10, 2000 at 02:32:42AM -0800, Eugene Leitl wrote:
> Thankfully, the technology for truly invasive stuff (BigBrother++)
> isn't there yet. Not quite. However, yes, I'm tracking what's
> happening over in Albion, and no, it ain't pretty.
> It's not as bad over here yet. Wanna come over, Charlie? Afterwards,
> there's always some hope for the lunar shuttle ;)

Thanks, but no thanks: the USA has exactly the same virus, it's just that
your political system conceals the symptoms a bit better.

I decided (back in 1994, when the control-freak symptoms endemic in the
British political process were becoming glaringly obvious) to try the
how-to-get-an-elephant-up-an-oak-tree approach: move to Scotland and
wait for independence. It shouldn't take too many years -- given the way
the control freaks in Westminster manage to annoy everyone north of the
border -- and the Scots are generally a bit less small-c conservative[*]
than their southern neighbours (modulo a few fringe religious groups).

On the other hand, the lunar shuttle sounds quite appealing ...

-- Charlie

[*] The kind of conservativism that views with suspicion anyone who
    doesn't aspire to a Ford Mondeo, a mortgage, spouse, two point
    one kids, and a family pet; the kind of conservativism that fuels
    demands for bans on firearms ownership or GM crops: the kind of
    conservativism that is so afraid of leaving home that it wants to
    ban the outside world.

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