Re: Re: You are slowly re-capitulating the good parts of 1980's conservatism.
There's a theory that states the larger the organization, the less personal responsibility each individual member feels towards the success of that organization, thereby enabling the Second Law of Dynamic Laziness: In the absence of sufficient motivation, a person's laziness trends towards maximum entropy.
The MSM aren't individually stupid; there's just no reason for them to do more than the minimum requirement for their employment: reading whatever press release someone hands them.
Likewise with the NSA - it's just easier for them to, for example, walk into the Level 3 Communications office and demand they install a tap, rather than do something cool and clandestine like digging up a fiber bundle out in the woods and actually splicing their own fucking taps.
Maybe doing cryptography for long periods fucks with your brain somehow....the cited article reads like something a bright fifth-grader would come up with.
But wait- what's this? The article was submitted to ireport.cnn by one Jacques Tetu. Who is this mystery man? Find out in the exciting book In Denial: Code Red by Andre Brisson. Here's the teaser:
Dreamers Jacques Têtu and Stéphane Creusat, a quadriplegic, have created the first exponential, quantum computing secure, identity based cryptosystem that can secure the Internet and eliminate cyber crime. They sustain themselves with a security consulting business and by teaching security courses at a local technical college.
Backstop me on this one, but did Brisson use a character from his book to distribute his own article? How deliciously devious!
...but again, perhaps doing too much cryptography turns your brain into chow mien....
One of the fun things about reading a post like this without glasses is coming across the line
...they would be applauding and pooping champagne corks
and have it actually make sense.
Also, Ken missed a great opportunity to dust off his old Henry II hand-puppet and picture Rogers holding it, sighing dramatically and declaiming "Will no one rid me of this troublesome privacy in yon privy?" to his adoring but churlish interns, thus distancing himself from some of the ickier consequences of bathroom camming.
A link from the cited link shows a picture of the physical documents seized during the search. You can plainly see how a folder of papers can be mistaken for a firearm. Thank God I only use a laptop, which as everybody knows can only be mistaken for a pan of lasagna.
Indeed. One can consume a potato; how can one consume an mp3? It's a lazy mental shorthand so freighted with negative connotations that people who use the term must know how insulting it is. But to punch them in the mouth? They deserve to be educated - by 'consuming' say, War & Peace...page by page.
If you replace 'bots' with 'over-caffeinated, commission-paid Warner serfs armed with a one-key Infringement! macro and an uncanny ability to troll YouTube 16 hours a day', then it starts to make sense.
How does the NSA know that this putative 'spam' was not, in fact, a coded general call to jihad? To protect us - the ignorant masses of Americans - the brave cyber-warriors of the NSA MUST read each and every spam.
Press release from the American Aspirin Manufacturers Association, intercepted by SIGINT 14-10-2013 SECRET/ULTRA/SI/SSW
The better question may be, who are we to believe you, when we know for a fact that governments lie, not occasionally but pathologically, and that we know this only through the constant badgering of lying government officials by the press?
The persistence of the idea that if only we had more data we could catch bad guys before they act is a dream. Or more precisely, a dysfunctional application of a process hardwired into the human brain: pattern recognition.
Spymasters would have us believe that with a perfect, comprehensive dataset on every person on earth, the bad actors would have to stand out. They're looking for a signal in the noise. Like the people who swear they can hear dead people speaking in the static of their TV sets, pattern recognition is the process that leads them to know - in their guts - that if they just look hard enough, at a large enough sample, randomness can be resolved into something intelligible.
But the randomness of human existence is just that - random. Look at it hard enough, long enough, and you'll see what you want to see. A needle in a haystack? They're collecting a haystack of needles. And in the process, turning what was a pretty cool planet into a fucked up police state.
Well, I always have peace of mind after visiting my proctologist. But that doesn't mean I want to have the government's finger jammed up my ass 24/7, going "Yup, still good....no problemo buddy...wait, wait, oops false alarm, little gas there...oookay, still good..."
I'm trying to understand this distinction...this is something like the Chicago Transit Authority forming an IP Enforcement Unit? Or the Bumfuck, Kansas Police Department asserting extraordinary rendition powers over copyright pirates in Hong Kong? A joke, in other words...really, couldn't the MAFIAAs afford a scarier police force?
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In other words, we're the law, do what we say or we'll file complaints with your licensing authority. Oh, and if we're wrong, you're on your own.
The only proper response to this letter is "Piss off."