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  •  Are You Trying to Swamp Their Servers? (4+ / 0-)
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    kovie, Zorge, ColoTim, StrayCat

    Couldn't you get this article down to a GB or less?

    Just kidding. I kid you. I kid the NSA. No joking.

    How do they plan to search this? Let's say someone said something about al Qaeda in 2006. How would they find it? How would they know it was important?

    And, of course, I'm sure they would get loads of information from our Facetime traffic, since we use it to watch TV programs. This is poetic justice in the making. The NSA, consigned to watch endless episodes of Dr. Who. Or better, Blake's Seven!

    But, I think their biggest problem is spam. Considering how much e-mail is spam (and how much is really just the prior posts from the same thread, all repeated again), I'm sure their biggest technical challenge is the spam filter.

    Now there's a technology I wish they'd let the rest of us in on!

    Nice summary, BTW.

    •  They search it in real time and retrospectively (3+ / 0-)
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      Liberal Thinking, gof, Cliss

      I'm sure that they have massive index servers that go through much of this 24/7, that get smarter with each pass about how to search through and "view" all that data, seeing patterns that aren't that obvious.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 08:53:26 PM PDT

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