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  •  NOTE: FOr those thinking email/phone CONTENT... (2+ / 0-)
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    grover, Mannie

    ... is not being analyzed and stored.... you are incredibly naive.

    You could store the numbers calling who, and when, etc for every call and email for the next 500 years, and never MAKE A DENT in the 5 ZETABYTES of storage they are bring on line now, nevermind the storage they wil bring on over the next 500 years.

    You only need that kind of storage (1/3 of World hard disk production for the last 5 years) if you are storing THE CONTENT not just the who called who's.

    The other shoe will drop with the next whistle-blower. Then the final shoe will drop, the program PRISM has become sentient and is going to "help" us become better people.... or DESTROY US!! ;P

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      deep info, The Jester

      NSA and the administration fully admit the system is "looking for patterns" (and then yes, storing everything else "in case" they need to access it later).

      I'm not sure exactly what that means, except that the NSA knows that my husband and I call each other a lot, and that I speak to my dogs' vet far too frequently.

      I think that as long as "looking for patterns" is done by computers, the NSA and many citizens are content that there is no personalized "analysis" being done because no humans are sitting in a cubicle with a manilla envelope that has their name on it.

      Ok, sure. Whatever.  

      I know why the intelligence community and leadership proffer this explanation. I guess the citizens who believe this don't have a clue how most of their lives are analyzed and managed by computers these days, from their bank accounts to the IRS to the DMV with no human intervention.  All that feels pretty darn personal to me.

      But ok, folks believe what they will...

      © grover

      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 03:39:47 PM PDT

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    •  So PRISM is the precursor to Skynet? (1+ / 0-)
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      The Jester
      Then the final shoe will drop, the program PRISM has become sentient

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 06:18:40 PM PDT

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