FBI Shows Off Big Database... Just As UK Shows Why Big Databases Are Bad

from the great-timing dept

Remember all the trouble the FBI has been having getting its big new computer system working? They must be feeling a bit embarrassed about all that. That might explain why they were so proud to show off their big new counter-terrorism database. However, as the article notes, there are legitimate fears about peoples' privacy when such huge databases are put together by governments. In fact, across the Atlantic Ocean a story is coming out about a similar big database, as it's been revealed that government office workers have been hacking into the database to check out the profiles of people they know. With any of these big databases, it's only a matter of time before that data is abused in some manner -- no matter how carefully government officials claim that the data is only used for legitimate reasons.

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    Gabriel Tane (profile), 31 Aug 2006 @ 11:52am

    Re: oh my goodness

    And when all of your little liberties are gone, you're going to look back and say "where did it all go". And then you're going to remember saying "oh, it's a little thing. It's ok."

    So... let's get started debunking your points...

    You can't take glass bottles into a stadium or near a public pool. You can't take your own food or drinks into a movie theater but ya don't complain about either of those.

    Glass bottles at public stadiums and pools is for public safety. Not to stop people from hijacking a floaty with a broken bottle.

    And the food and drink in a movie theater. That's not a law. That's a theater policy so they can charge you for their food. And actually, I do complain about that. Not that I'm not "free to do it", but because I hate paying $5 for a handful of crappy popcorn. So, I don't buy it.

    My guess is that when you order a burger without tomatoes and it has a tomato on it, you send it back and complain.

    What the hell are you talking about? I'm saying I'm being told that I can't bring innocent pieces of convenience with me, and you're talking about condiments?

    To steer your statements back to where you probably meantfor them to go...

    The government isn't passing laws that say I have to have tomatoes on my burgers. If they were, then yes, I'd bitch about that too.

    Seriously man, you're way off base. And I am grateful for all the things you said and more... I'm just not going to accept them as a consolation prize for giving away all of my little liberties until I wake up one day and find I have none left. Sorry.

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