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  •  How do you figure? (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, dclawyer06, Victor Ward

    The NSA could touch almost everybody's phone once a day.

    •  Well, that would be stupid, wouldn't it? (1+ / 0-)
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      Why touch 80 percent of the active cell phones in the world just once a day? For the hell of it? You can't really learn much from one coordinate pair a day, other than that most people stick close to home most of the time. Wouldn't it make a lot more sense to collect a much larger amount of location information each day from a much smaller number of people, making it possible to, you know, track them?

      •  Oh, I'd think you'd know a shitpile (3+ / 0-)
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        if you knew where everybody with a mobile phone was once a day.  And the same thing tomorrow, and the next day, and the next...

        •  there is nothing in the text of the article (0+ / 0-)

          to indicate that they're getting only one location per 24 hrs. phenry's own map from downthread demonstrates that the carriers are recording substantially more than that. And since the NSA is getting its data directly from those carriers....

          Nothing says "we care" like a Tomahawk missile strike.

          by nota bene on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 04:35:26 PM PST

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          •  There isn't a lot in the article (0+ / 0-)

            that would guarantee that they are not perusing a few trillion "coordinate pairs" per day and only keeping a few billion.

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            by jestbill on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 07:06:44 PM PST

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