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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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Apparent Crowding

Something I noticed in the days when I often flew gliders and light aeroplanes over southern England was that the amount of green space around seemed much more when viewed from above than when travelling by road or rail.

There are sampling errors both ways at play.

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Is Tony Blair a War Criminal?

Both more specifically and more generally: did Tony Blair, the rest of the British government, a large proportion of Parliament, a swathe of the civil and diplomatic services, the monarchy and the military commit a war crime through their involvement in the planning, preparation, initiation or execution of the 2003 invasion of Iraq?

IANAL and I'm struggling a bit with some of this stuff but I think that, strictly speaking, they did not though only because waging a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties is not a war crime but rather, to use the terminology of the Nuremberg trials as it has entered current international criminal law, a crime against peace. Rudolph Hess's conviction is a relevant case; he was found guilty of participating in waging aggressive war but not guilty of war crimes (or crimes against humanity).

The distinction is a bit pedantic but it does have unfortunate consequences for the legal situation in British law and for jurisdiction in international law.

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