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Comment: The Wrong Question (Score 1) 239

by Tempest451 (#49024379) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Will It Take To End Mass Surveillance?
"What will it take to end mass surveillance?" This is the wrong question, the right question is how long will it take before we stop caring? Privacy on the internet is an illusion (probably perpetrated by people wanting to sell security). With the right justification, any form of communication is subject to monitoring, but you are probably safer sending a letter through the post office than an e-mail, simply because of the legal hurdles involved in interfering with the interactions between two government agencies US Postal service and the NSA. I think the notion of internet privacy contradicts the idea of free an open information. Sure I want to read the entire content of the Library of Congress, but I don't want anyone to know that I did? I consider the internet in the same way I consider the other side of my front door, anything that happens out there is happening in public, regardless of how I try to disguise it. People will eventually come to the same conclusion and simply stop caring whose looking at them when they walk out the front door.

Comment: Heavy Automation (Score 1) 549

by Tempest451 (#48035503) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
Machines surveying the landscape and building semi-subterranean structures. Have sites near the polar ice caps to tap the water trapped there and wind power and geothermal taps to power the whole process. All of this could happen long before the first humans step foot on the planet.

Comment: The Theory is larger than the Conspiracy (Score 1) 347

by Tempest451 (#46333555) Attached to: NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse
I was just thinking, if I wanted to create enough fear that our my enemies would be looking over their shoulders everytime they used the internet, nothing would work better than creating the belief that I was omnipresent on the web. One the one side, people are certain that the government in incapable of managing the simplest of programs or managing it's own affairs, but when given the notion that that same government could orchestrate a massive campaign of internet monitoring and targeted strikes again individuals, most seem to have no doubt of it's validity. Every other week there is a new revelation of the widening scope of the NSA powers to peer into every aspect of our lives and yet when asked, people still believe that same government is buying $400 toilet seats. Perhaps the biggest conspiracy is that the NSA isn't omnipresent, but wants you to think they are.

Comment: Arm-chair Lawyers (Score 2) 524

by Tempest451 (#44837823) Attached to: Yahoo CEO Says It Would Be Treason To Decline To Cooperate With the NSA
A lot of "arm-chair" lawyers here, but the basic thing is that they tried to fight it in open court and they lost, over, done. And if you think the others (Google, Facebook, etc) would have fared any better, you are simply fooling yourself. You can try to reinterpret what treason is all you like, but the fact is they are compelled to comply.

Comment: The NSA Didn't "Steal" Anything from Germany (Score 1) 180

by Tempest451 (#44530655) Attached to: Deutsche Telekom Moves Email Traffic In-Country In Wake of PRISM
All information gathered by the NSA in regards to German emails was given to the NSA in a mutual exchange of intelligence information. What the Germans are doing now is trying to wash their hands of any complicity in the matter, even when that very information helped capture two Russian spies. http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/trial-of-russian-spies-in-germany-strains-diplomatic-relations-a-908975.html

Comment: Are you willing to bet your ass on it? (Score 1) 321

by Tempest451 (#44507225) Attached to: NZ Professor Advocates Civil Disobedience Against Mass Surveillance
Everyone touting how great their encryption methods are. I wonder how do they know they are secure or not? How would you know if the NSA was monitoring you specifically or you are simply too obscure to be noticed? Send a threatening email about a politician or a fake terror plot and see how good your encryption is. Are you willing to bet your ass on it?

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor