I know I already honk at drivers who are staring at their dashboard (or their lap) as they inch through an intersection or change lanes on a highway.
I keep telling my wife that this is why I want to install a really loud air horn in my car, think semi truck loud, but she says no.
phones already use cell towers and wifi networks which are a lot more accurate and faster than GPS
No on the accuracy. Cell tower based location determination is accurate to about a city block and provided that you have WiFi with a known location you could get accuracy to about 2 buildings. The quicker to acquire seems like it may be reasonable but by having a better guess of your location you can get a lock quicker with GPS.
You live in a fucking desert!! Nothing grows out of here! Nothing’s going to grow out of here!Come here, you see this? Huh? This is sand, yeah it‘s sand. You know what it’s going to be 100 years from now? It’s going to be sand! You live in a fucking desert!
I'm pretty sure that, given sufficient compute time, the NSA can brute-force decrypt anything.
No. At some point you run out mass energy of this universe. This limit actually happens at a surprisingly low value even using ideal computers, which are many orders of magnitude more efficient than the best we currently. For symmetric key encryption (also know as private key encryption like with the AES, TWOFISH, or SERPENT ciphers) you would run out of mass energy in this universe some where around 270 bits running on conventional computers. Sadly that is just the energy to cycle a 270 bit counter through all possible states as you haven't tried to decrypt the data yet so the actual limit would be lower. This however ignores quantum computers which people believe are magical and while they do offer impressive speedups against symmetric key encryption you would still run out of energy somewhere around 540 bits. So if we assume that any of the major modern symmetric ciphers aren't broken (seems reasonable, and if you are paranoid just cascade them like TrueCrypt or VeraCrypt do) using a 256 bit key, and using a non existent ideal quantum computer it would still take more energy than our sun will put out over its entire life (similar order of magnitude) time to brutefore it.
Now that analysis doesn't discuss asymmetric key, public key, encryption which on conventional computers is really hard with similar energy requirements but shifted. On quantum computers it is a different story for the algorithms the depend on integer factorization or discrete logarithms where a real quantum computer can trivially brake them. Right now it appears that the most likely replacement would be lattice based cryptography.
Now lets suppose that the NSA has a computer that is some ultra strange ideal computer that is composed of many universes of matter and consumes many universes worth of energy (don't ask me where the waste heat is going) there is still one form of encryption that they couldn't break with it. A one-time pad is a type of encryption that can be proved to be secure for all cases. At best they could generate all possible plain texts of the given length but they wouldn't have any way of knowing which plain text was the valid one. So if this post was encrypted with a one-time pad the NSA wouldn't ever be able to decrypt it and it is pretty short.
That said I don't know what about the built in encryption on a cellphone so that my be a giant steaming pile that isn't worth fuck all but it isn't like there aren't encryption schemes that are basically good through the heat death of the universe.
"When people are least sure, they are often most dogmatic." -- John Kenneth Galbraith