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Scenery

Bit too breezy today for me to be happy getting my scaffold tower out so I popped over to Thurso for some 30mm galvanised twist nails and general shopping then took some photos on the way home.

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Telephones

I don't much like telephones. They're great for “operational” use for updating when you're already expecting visitors, deliveries or whatever. They're also great for chatting (particularly with video), again when you're expecting a call because you've just escalated from chatting on a text medium or whatever.

What I don't like are calls (incoming or outgoing) when you're not expecting things and are put on the spot to make decisions. And they're totally infuriating for transferring data (e.g., giving an address or directions). And the lack of a record is a serious impediment (though I suspect some people see that as a plus, but maybe they have better memory than me).

I don't hate telephones as much as James Fisher does but I can definitely recognise where he's coming from.

So, it's a bit surprising how many telephone numbers I have.

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E-Voting

The Scottish government are doing a consultation on introducing e-voting. Ironically, replying to the consultation seems to require proprietary software of some sort (direct filling in of PDF forms in the browser) which my fairly standard Firefox on Ubuntu doesn't seem to manage. Silly really when it's quite simple to do the whole thing in straightforward HTML.

Anyway, the Open Rights Group have a good article on some problems with e-voting. I'd like to point out another one.

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Primary vs Final Energy

Here's a correction to my previous Is PV Enough? post.

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Boats

Glanced up from my desk to notice a somewhat larger than normal boat somewhat closer inshore than normal. As it looked mildly photogenic I got my telescope out (Celestron 80mm NexStar refractor - it's f/5 so 400 mm focal length) to play with using the camera on the back a bit more.

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Funnel Cloud

Not something often seen in Caithness but there was a nice funnel cloud off to the south west of my house site this morning, just after 11 o'clock.

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Is PV Enough?

Specifically, could photovoltaic panels alone provide all the energy needs of the human race.

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Cryptography, Blank Minds and the Law

This afternoon I had a little crypto-fright, forgetting an important passphrase for a while.

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Wider Encryption Considerations

Yesterday I wrote some comments on the UK government's response to a petition submitted to the parliament web site on encryption. Those comments were rather specific to the general technical issues with the response.

I'd also like to make some wider comments.

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RevK's Encryption Petition

Adrian Kennard submitted a petition to the parliament web site asking (implicitly) that the government not ban strong encryption. I and about 11'000 others signed this petition so the government felt obliged to respond.

Regrettably, they didn't seem to feel the obligation to make much sense in the response.

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