Amazing that Apple has so much money offshore it could end world poverty in a heartbeat (monitor)…and I find it odd the conversation about the iCloud hacks has avoided talking about NSA and spying implications for cloud storage (which Russell isn’t interested in covering, which I understand as it’s a bit of a sideshow issue involving celebrity and a few people getting on a moral high horse for their own profile).
The problem with iCloud, Dropbox et al is they don’t encrypt their storage and only give the key to their users unlike SpiderOak and others…they don’t want to make the access much harder to hackers as it will affect the state security using the same hacks.
And not sure I totally agree with his take on Scottish Independence though, that devolution is always the best thing. I’ve mostly avoided talking it here, because the debate on both sides has been appallingly bad – yes scare tactics on the No side, but Yes haven’t convinced me that they aren’t putting their eggs in a basket marked ‘Oil’ or ‘Major Corporates’ or ‘No Nukes, well Not Really cos NATO sez’. I’m glad he touches on the oil thing, it’s really bothered me that the green side has not been put forward as both sides squabble about amounts of oil, and nation states being completely problematic to begin with. It is strange someone who doesn’t want to play the game of electoral voting, understandably pointing out it’s supporting a system that isn’t working – then fine with this vote, which reeks of the same self-interests and propaganda from both sides?
I don’t think creating a new state will mean a closer trickle down of power…it might, and the power would be located closer to Scotland, but with the same bosses, same bullshit, different flag. It’s not true revolution, or even true freedom to change your current masters for others. Do I think Scotland would be better off independent – Yes. Do I think what has been proposed is workable? No. Where are the Scottish socialist on this? A lot of radio silence from the greens and left (no, Labour are not left wing!)…I suspect they’re mostly keeping quiet to see what happens then will mobilise if the vote is Yes. I hope so…because they’re probably the best hope for Nukes to leave and oil/corporate interests to not take over…the whole idea that Scotland has to be sold by the Pound (or Euro, or dram) will be presented as a necessary evil, to preserve those grants and free NHS, mark my words.