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  •  IT sysadmins do have that kind of access (12+ / 0-)

    Please, get your facts right. Individual analysts have far less access than sysadmins.

    look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

    by FishOutofWater on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 06:34:59 PM PDT

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    •  Sysadmins (3+ / 0-)
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      Yes Sysadmins have greater access.  However Even the great Snowden could not tap anyone anytime.  

      That claim is just inaccurate.  

      Along with all the other blockbuster revelations.

      •  And you would know that now, o Mr. TS/SCI (5+ / 0-)

        clearance?

        "There's a conceptual zone within which the romanticized historical past and the immanentizing historical future converge in a swamp of misapprehension and misstep. It's called 'the present'." - David Beige

        by Superskepticalman on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 07:20:45 PM PDT

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      •  Well no (1+ / 0-)
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        he could not legally tap anyone

        but he could do it and get away with it.  

        Our snoops are not legally authorized to snoop without legal authorization. Of course, if they were legally authorized to snoop without legal authorization, that would constitute legal authorization. Do you feel better yet?

        by happymisanthropy on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 07:34:51 PM PDT

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      •  On what do you base your assertion? (0+ / 0-)

        Do you have actual information about what a sysadmin actually can or cannot do under this program, and are you violating your clearance by sharing that information?

        Or are you making assumptions?

        Mr. Universe is a known degenerate Robotophile, and his sources include former Browncoat Traitors. What is their agenda in leaking top secret information about the Reavers and endangering us all?

        by JesseCW on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 05:13:12 AM PDT

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      •  I wonder where you acquired all the IT (0+ / 0-)

        knowledge that allows you to make the claims you've made in various places.  It would be instructional to recall that as late as the mid-90's, on-line systems with terminal access to the CPU/data were comparatively rare.  It's been only in the last 10 or so years that technology has advanced to provide massive amounts of memory and randomly accessible data storage, and communications technology, to make these surveillance programs feasible. Unless one were at NASA or some other highly funded and advanced program it's unlikely to have even encountered even the beginnings of the technology in use now...or to understand how access is controlled.

        I spent almost 30 years in the IT business and was, at times, responsible for managing software development programs for stuff that even today may be classified.  TRW, Rockwell, Northrup, Lockheed, etc....were places I worked.  My security clearances in both the military and later were significant.

        Sometimes I think people just make shit up to sound like they know what they're talking about.  

        Snowden didn't do anything other than tell people about the nature of these surveillance programs and solidify our knowledge of their extent...and the duplicity of those administering them.  That's very different than revealing the existence of specific data that would aid an enemy.

        IMHO...

        The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. - Dante Alighieri

        by Persiflage on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 05:59:11 AM PDT

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