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Comment: Lather, rinse, repeat (Score 1) 123 123

People do stuff. People watch other people do stuff. People write down what people are doing. People sell the information about what people are doing to other people. People build a business out of using lists of what people do. Someone notices. That someone has imagination, paranoia, a bit of delusion, a computer, the internet, access to an online discussion board, and marginal social skills. That person begins to write on blogs, forums and discussion boards using terms like privacy, government, big-brother, 1984, intrusion, surveillance, spying, and hackers. Other people respond making predictions, drawing ill-conceived conclusions, extrapolating wildly and exaggerating, trolling, and flame-baiting. And, nothing changes and none of the predictions come to pass. And, people do stuff ...

Comment: Confused terminology (Score 1) 114 114

This, like so many articles, and commenters, there is a lot of confusion about the terms security, privacy, and secrecy, equating them as being the same thing. One thing they have in common is that they're each inversely proportional to convenience and violating one compounds the breach of the others.

Comment: Communication has never been secure (Score 2, Insightful) 562 562

Snail mail and land line phones were never secure, all it took was a search warrant/court order (really easy to get) and the police had it. Email is no different. All the ranting about the NSA and government intrusion just diverts from the fact that; 1) if you don't want anyone to hear what you say, don't say it. 2) if you don't want anyone to read what you write, don't write it down. The USA founding fathers lived with the knowledge that they would be held accountable for what they said and wrote, and today it's no different.

Experiments must be reproducible; they should all fail in the same way.