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Comment Re:Puff piece (Score 1) 504

I suppose they could break their promise and look at the calls and emails. Technically, it would be quite simple to transcribe all those conversations, index them, and data mine them for any reason they can think of: drug war, kiddie porn, copyright infringement, whatever. Sometime in the future, when the public becomes more comfortable with the current level of surveillance, probably they will, with approval from Congress as well. I trust the NSA to the extent that I think they are mainly focused on terrorism, at least for now, although I don't expect they are entirely honest of course. I'm more worried about Congress giving them explicit permission to do all those things.

Comment Re:Puff piece (Score 1) 504

You seem to be misunderstanding how this works. I read elsewhere that they scoop up all the data and metadata, which they save for a certain period (I think one year, maybe). They look at the metadata for all phone calls and emails, and if it looks suspicious (as it currently does for 60 people) they get a warrant (or court order, I'm not sure) to pull the actual contents of the phone call from their electronic records. This approach allows them to get after-the-fact warrants for a wiretap. So they are indeed storing everyone's phone calls and emails in their expensive storage facility, they just aren't looking at them without permission (which they get from examining the metadata, that is, phone numbers called and email headers sent). Make sense?

Comment Re:Human soceity not ready for this (Score 1) 370

That reminds me of a famous incident where a circus elephant named Mary was hanged by the neck until dead for committing murder on a human. She got angry at her human handler for prodding her and stomped him. See for the details and a pic of Mary's hanging. I don't think she got to defend herself in a court of law, though.

My two cents on the subject is I think the law could accommodate intelligent animals, but each species should probably be treated differently based on their nature and capabilities. I don't think treating them as persons is the right idea.

Comment Re:This is illegal, you know (Score 1) 192

I thought of that. Some variation of it might work in some countries or states worldwide, though. Nevada, maybe? Both gambling and prostitution are legal there. Plus, if you describe it as a "date" or some other appropriate weasel words, you might be able to work around the laws.

Comment Re:Bahahahahaha (Score 1) 192

What's your suggestion for a business model? I just finished reading "Free: The Future of a Radical Price", by Chris Anderson. Here's my idea: sex raffles. The porn stars give away free porn recordings then use their fame to sell raffle tickets. For $50, you buy a chance to have sex with a porn star. Sell 10,000 tickets, have sex with the winner, and it's just as profitable as selling porn.

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