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  •  I built my own refrigeration system. (0+ / 0-)

    All oldschool mechanical components, with separate digital thermostats for fridge and freezer.  Reduced my yearly power consumption by 1,000 KWH that way.  No computer components, no network connections.

    But what's this, do modern fridges come with remote controls?  I'd drop dead before I had something like that in my house.

    Oldschool fluorescents: nope.  

    But in general, you're probably right that any RF emissions anywhere can be used for reflective monitoring in that way.  At that point the best defense is shielding everything, and I know how to do that as well.  

    Remotely viewing what's on your TV or computer screen: already possible, NSA had a classified term for that some time ago, something related to TEMPEST, and then they ran around securing all the gov devices that could leak classified info that way.

    "Suspected homosexuals" would require reversing two or three standing SC cases: not going to happen, or if it does, we're already well past the point of Civil War II by that time.

    But the thing is, this is not where the threat is.  Complex electronics that have to be physically targeted, are too labor intensive to be of much interest for broad-spectrum abuses.

    The real threat is in places such as Google and Facebook.

    For example employers using Facebook to spy on their employees' private lives: that's going on right now.   Google automatic transcription of phone calls: that's going on right now with Google Voice, starting with voicemail messages and contextual ads in response to phone conversations.

    A guy calls up their local AA group and says "I think I'm an alcoholic, where can I find a meeting?" and then gets ads on their news page for "Serve Seagrams after your next business meeting!"  That kind of thing.  

    The goal of all of it is to thwart free will at every turn, and extract money (converted energy, or in Marxist language, "surplus value") from humans at every opportunity.  Human husbandry.

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 04:27:47 PM PDT

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    •  The point is that NSA level spy technology like (1+ / 0-)
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      remotely viewing what is on your TV/monitor is becoming easier and easier to do.  Let's put it this way, that kind of keylogging through power lines costs about $500 for a one-off device built mostly from discrete components.  With mass production, how much per meter do you think it would take to add a keylogger to every power meter by say, 2024?  Or what happens when Google starts adding reflective monitoring to their street view vans because it can be added at a cost of only $100 per van?  Or when anyone can import (from China/Hong Kong) a handheld reflective monitoring device for less than the cost of a DSLR camera from DealExtreme or such?

      Also, I don't think it is possible to shield everything to the amount required to prevent such reflective monitoring.  You would have to heavily shield every light switch, every millimeter of electrical wire, and so on.

      Oh, and the unclassified term for that remote tv/monitor stuff is "Van Eck monitoring/phreaking".  Who knows (or cares) what the NSA calls it.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 04:40:29 PM PDT

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      •  none the less, far less of a threat than... (1+ / 0-)
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        .... Google and Facebook and "smart" phones and other "smart" devices.

        As for Google's spymobiles, those should be treated in the same manner as getaway cars from bank robberies.  One of these days I'm going to figure out a way to render them harmless at a distance.  

        Bottom line is, we need a comprehensive privacy amendment to the Constitution.  

        And even the debate would be worth having, because it would open a lot of peoples' eyes.

        "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

        by G2geek on Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 05:07:05 PM PDT

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