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Comment: All a crock of sh... (Score 1) 120

by Tim12s (#45794297) Attached to: NSA Drowns In Useless Data, Impeding Work, Former Employee Claims

I've given this capability a long and hard thought. This interception only works during an economic war and does nothing during a real war. Once a real war kicks off on any global scale, these types of interception capabilities get turned off because countries will sever certain cables and links.

Companies that are hosted in the cloud will get disconnected destroying them in hours.

Comment: Possible? (Score 3, Insightful) 195

by Tim12s (#45697323) Attached to: Google Makes It Harder For Marketers To Collect User Data

Well, pulling all the images certainly solves the problem of having to display emails with images. The only reason we (I) don't click the display-images button is because the images allow us to be tracked, the images may have some sort of exploit (rare). Originally this used to be due to limited download speeds.

I suspect caching the images allow pre-processing of the images and therefore making the whole system more secure by default. Images could therefore be displayed in full by default with images, preferably with some large images being intelligently excluded by default.

Google could release a mass marketing email API/gateway and monetise that allowing marketeers access to data regardless of whether you open the images/email or not. This is slightly more valuable information.

Comment: Re:best to keep away from countries that spy and h (Score 2) 75

by Tim12s (#45659759) Attached to: Google Opens Asian Data Centers But Shuns China and India

If the US can take a fibre copy of an entire Google data-centre/backup then so can any other country/organisation. That means that expect more than just the US having copies and keeping very very quiet about it. If they don't, then I am sure that certain countries are going "thats a good idea" and its a race between the Google team locking down their inter data center coms.

Any country that hosts a google datacentre and any fibre operator that has a managed service contract could be considered "compromised".

Comment: Older (Score 2) 629

by Tim12s (#45536873) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

The more I think of it, the more I am convinced that if you could unite a good portion of good older engineers, you'd have a consulting/engineering/system integration company to rival the big players in the market. Usually when people join they stop at 50-100 employees however you need to get to a massive size to compete with the bigger system integrators.

Comment: Micronize (Score 2) 118

The next step has already started.

Micronizing truely massive supercomputers is the next step for "applied sciences". We've gotten used to measuring data centres in power, I recon it will be computing power per cubic foot or something like that. It'll start with drones, then it will move to shipping and long haul robotics. After that it'll move to mining applications. I'm not talking about automating but rather truly autonomous applications that require massive computation for collision avoidance and programmed execution.

At this point it'll be a race to redo the industrial age, albeit with micronized robotics. Again, already started with 3D printing.

Hopefully by then someone figures out how to get off this rock.

Comment: Inevitable (Score 5, Insightful) 178

by Tim12s (#45420867) Attached to: US Intelligence Wants To Radically Advance Facial Recognition Software

This is inevitable.

You need to continually track people's localized movements to reduce the total search space while obtaining multiple images of each person while they move; merging multiple images to get higher resolution images, over time (wind, rain, lipstic, changed hat, etc) all affect confidence, and then eventually match that to a known database of people.

Eventually, correlating time to location, credit card purchases, and cell phone, you'll have a perfect match. Your phone linked to email addresses will link your online identity and bam you get a full picture.

Of course, everyone who is not matched by this is a suspicious character since you're not in the database. Even sudden changes in appearance would signal suspicous behavior... why did you just put on a wig. Biggest trouble this database will have will be girls going to hair salons.

As someone from the US, you should eventually be in the database from birth. Anyone new, travelling from overseas will be suspicious. That doesnt mean its local to the US. With credit card databases, a few outsourced security firms and security cams globally monitored, you'll be tracked everywhere.

Who you meet for coffee, etc. Actually, that is the objective. Find who you meet for coffee.

Its going to happen because I can think about how to do this, so its possible.

Comment: Mantle (Score 1) 64

by Tim12s (#45016883) Attached to: AMD Brings 3D GPU Documentation Up To Date

Late last-night a flash of insight grew out of the understanding of Mantle. Ultimately, long term, x86 and GPU instruction sets will merge. The problem is that once the instruction set has merged, the architecture is locked preventing subsequent drastic innovation. With mantle, there is a software "driver" that decouples the specific instruction/chip architecture from the software that utilizes it allowing massive subsequent innovation without disrupting the applications that depend upon specific instructions.


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