Anton Aylward

Self serving ..

This
http://www.eweek.com/security/fbi-chief-criticizes-apple-google-smartphone-data-encryption.html

and this

http://www.eweek.com/security/bitcoin-poses-danger-to-british-economy-warns-bank-of-england.html

both seem very self serving, protectionist and supporting 19th century models of life against change.

The FBI never really recovered from the death of Edgar Hoover, though I’m sure they still have all his files 🙂

Of course when the FBI tried converting to modern technology, the “virtual case file”, it was a disaster
http://www.infoworld.com/article/2672020/application-development/anatomy-of-an-it-disaster–how-the-fbi-blew-it.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Case_File

I’ve observed, a couple of cases up close, that Yourdon was right when he pointed out that Big Projects Don’t Succeed. You want a success, then prototype, build the small with an eye to an architecture that is resilient and let it grow. As it grows you’ll find (a) real needs and (b) the problems you never imagined.

If anything, Bitcoin is like cash in that transactions can be kept secret, unlike e-commerce using credit cards or bank accounts.

I remember years ago the UK imposed a limit of #50 on the amount of money that could be taken off-shore by travellers and tourists.
See
http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1969/jun/30/foreign-travel-allowance-lb50-limit

Of course it was all quite meaningless. The people that could afford to travel on business or for more that pre-paid package holidays carried credit cards. In particular the people such as salesmen, who were contributing to the economy by encouraging overseas trade bypassed this.

You’ll notice that the Hansard record has the MPs getting in a lather over tourism rather than the business of real trade in goods and material that requires sales representation. Back then, England was still and industrial producers and exporter. Yet the MPs couldn’t see this.

 

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