This should be obvious, but on the surface, to reasonable people, this seems reasonable. If bad people are doing bad things and the police can get enough evidence to approach a court, they can get a wire-tapping order, which will allow them to intercept any communications in the mail, or telephone that will allow them to gather evidence against the criminals.
TLDR; the basic idea is flawed and it puts individuals at risk.
This seems like an invasive but reasonable approach to protect public safety, and why software should be different? Why should there not be a master key that opens the encryption locks that criminals are using to conduct their nefarious activities? It is just those pesky software companies preventing the police from protecting us from criminals, who want to do us harm. We should make them change and allow the police to view these hidden communications. This seems reasonable, at least until you think about it.
This basic premise assumes that the ones controlling the master key or even the company that makes the software are infallible, there could never be any bugs, and there could never be anyone in those organisations who could be bribed or coerced to reveal the key, an overworked, stressed, or sleep-deprived individual could never mishandle it. This is building an intentional flaw in a defence, like the infamous drain in Helms Deep from the Lord of the Rings.
and that ended well for the men of Rohan.
This also assumes that the organisation that wants the protection can instruct the organisation that makes the software to make this weakness, and that criminals would not just use something else. True the government could restrict sales of the software to disallow the sale of software without the backdoor in force, but again this assumes that criminals are only going to use software that is legal within that region, because of course criminals are well known for following the law. The basic idea is flawed and it puts individuals at risk.
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– Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity and Secret Hitler.
Ends: Thu, Mar 10 2016
If you are the sort of person that enjoys rude humour, perhaps you have played Cards against Humanity and thought to yourself “My ability to describe things is rubbish I want pictures to make sure there is no misunderstanding about what I really mean”, perhaps you are just a fan of the comic series.
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Recently Darkly on the Tau Empire Community group on Facebook released images of his recent converion painted up the Tau XV88 stormsurge with arms, see below (which personally I think it should always have had).
Today Focus Home Interactive released a new narrative trailer to launch their pre-orders of the game and it looks awesome.
Also until Friday, 29 January 2016, 18:00 GMT they Games Workshop are running their midweek madness sale which is offing 10% off the retail price of this game and upto 90% off some of their other titles, so it is well worth a look.
Warhammer TV is the gift that keeps on giving, loving the tutorials, a new one every day and they are clear and easy to understand, perfect for beginners.
If you liked this check out Lester Bursley’s video on “How to paint Space Marine Faces and Stubble”. It goes more into painting the skin on the model, but interestingly the stubble effect he uses is very simular to the one in the Games Workshop video.