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  • netmaker commented on the blog post NSA Collecting Phone Records Of Millions Of Americans Daily

    2013-06-06 07:33:19View | Delete

    If the order was specifically for the Boston Bombing then the order would included the Call Detail Records (the meta-data) for phone calls placed well in advance of the actual bombing.

    That it doesn’t, supports a case that the data collection is an ongoing activity or isn’t related to the bombing at all.

    Telecoms routinely keep these CDRs actively available for months (are longer) after calls are made – for their own billing, network support and customer support purposes.

    The CDRs are then archived under Federal law depending on the type telecoms entity from anything from 3yrs to 7yrs although you would to consult with someone that is familiar telecoms law if this is important to you.

    To my knowledge, the telecoms do not have the means to record broad swathes of the content of phone calls. Typically they might record individual calls or possible those associating with a customer call center. They really don’t want the liabilities that accrue from holding on to record calls.

    The NSA, on the other hand, has the means to record large volumes of phones conversations has had been well documented for years. And has the means to transcribe the calls and search for specific information.

    What the telecom provided CDRs do is to provide the NSA the ability to associate the call conversation with the meta-data of the CDRs. To provide as complete a picture of the call as possible.

    It may be that the NSA has the necessary technical means to generate the CDRs themselves but even for telecoms this a massive operation which requires constant supervision so I suspect that NSA doesn’t have this means or at the least doesn’t have a robust means of their own.

  • netmaker commented on the blog post Report: John Kerry to Be Named Secretary of State

    2012-12-16 12:20:51View | Delete

    Or more likely it tells you about the priorities of the State of California. They really like to be able to breath (Environment) and have plenty of water (both Environment and Public Works).

  • netmaker commented on the diary post Is Obama REALLY Going to Nominate Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary? by EdwardTeller.

    2012-12-16 12:14:28View | Delete

    Anthony Zinni for either SoS or SoD

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Zinni

  • French extortion to cover up their own failings is what this is. Google has made huge investments to create the successful search service that they run.

    At any time the French newspapers, or any newspaper, in fact any website could have denied Google (or any other search engine) access to their news/content simply by editing their Robots.Txt file to exclude themselves from being searched.

    They preferred to be lazy and let Google do the hard work while they sat back and enjoyed the pass through visitors provided by a world wide visibility that they had not previously enjoyed.

    However, they can still remedy this. If their content is so valuable all they have to do is edit the Robots.Txt file, exclude Google and either arrange for revenue sharing with some other search service or create their own search service. UPI and AP should have done this long, long ago.

    The French with their fetish for culture integrity and their technology leading (when it was introduced) mini-tel service certainly could have foreseen the need to have their own search service.

  • netmaker commented on the blog post Obama to Offically Start Campaign in Ohio and Virginia

    2012-04-26 18:49:50View | Delete

    As a Virginia resident I welcome the opportunity to ask President Obama about his ability to make and keep campaign promises.

    Starting with his promise as a Senator to filibuster the FISA bill providing telecommunications companies with retro-active immunity for their warrant-less wiretapping.

    Then I’d ask him what type of personal collateral against present and future assets he’s going to provide against him failing to keep his campaign promises.

    Oh, that’s right, we’re not buying a product we’re buying a brand. Brand Obama, the best name in the business – lol

    Seriously – third party candidates are unlikely to do the trick. Get Warren Buffet, George Soros, Larry Page… to effectively fund a campaign financing trust and require candidates to assign their interest in all of their assets to the trust (to be released if they are not elected and conditionally released based on their performance in office) and perhaps we can begin to get the rot out.

    Examination by polygraphs, fMRIs and MEGs to weed out sociopaths, psychopaths and liars to the degree it is technically feasible would also be very desirable. At the very least it would force some self selection of people out for fear that they wouldn’t pass the tests.

  • netmaker commented on the diary post To The Stars! Well, Ok, The Asteroids, Maybe? by Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate.

    2012-04-26 16:56:42View | Delete

    You lack imagination. I said Apollo era technology. That doesn’t mean you send a lunar landing module for example nor does it mean you only use a single launch vehicle when you could assemble your asteroid rendezvous mission with multiple launches. Why go to the effort of bringing back payload when you can set up [...]

  • netmaker commented on the diary post To The Stars! Well, Ok, The Asteroids, Maybe? by Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate.

    2012-04-26 01:06:02View | Delete

    Unless Rio Tinto buys in to this venture they may be squealing but it won’t be with glee.

    The Chinese probably won’t be squealing with glee either as they have placed some very large monetary bets on obtaining access to mineral rights across the globe.

  • netmaker commented on the diary post To The Stars! Well, Ok, The Asteroids, Maybe? by Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate.

    2012-04-25 22:55:38View | Delete

    Unrealistic? Balderdash They have Eric Schmidt, Larry Page and Charles Simonyi in as initial investors and James Cameron as an advisor. Those people are all wealthy in their own right and money magnets with a lot of connections to other very wealthy people. If the US Gov hadn’t been circle jerking around with the ISS [...]

  • netmaker commented on the diary post To The Stars! Well, Ok, The Asteroids, Maybe? by Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate.

    2012-04-25 22:43:53View | Delete

    Precious metals to Planetary Resources are things like platinum, rhodium, palladium… Metals that truly are rare on earth and that have great utility. A cheap supply of platinum for instance could make fuel cells affordable and allow for us to switch to a hydrogen economy. The price of platinum is so high now that car [...]

  • netmaker commented on the diary post To The Stars! Well, Ok, The Asteroids, Maybe? by Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate.

    2012-04-25 22:32:07View | Delete

    Yes, let’s ignore those asteroid resources and continue with mountain top mining, open pit mining or mining that uses toxic solvents to extract the minerals as is current practice. The sooner we switch to obtaining our mineral resources from asteroids the better it will be for our ecology. /snark Oh, won’t anyone think of the [...]

  • netmaker commented on the blog post What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    2012-04-04 08:55:25View | Delete

    So what are the opportunities for a street vendor to be able to sell firearms to convention attendees in the immediate area of the convention center?

  • netmaker commented on the blog post The Problematic Intelligence Capabilities on Iran

    2012-03-19 19:31:47View | Delete

    The thing to be concerned about w/the Israelis so eager to start a war with Iran is not the Iranians but a false flag operation by the Israelis.

    If one of our carriers gets sunk we better make damn sure that we actually know who did it.

    Remember the USS Liberty. The Israelis have no compunctions about shooting on an American ship if they think it is in their interest.

  • netmaker commented on the diary post Santorum Picks Up On Romney-Paul Arrangement by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-02-26 10:39:48View | Delete

    Economic policy may be one of Ron Paul’s major loves but it’s very unlikely that he could spark a substantive discussion about it regardless of the of the venue. Now, Paul giving Romney cover to legalize marijuana would viscerally energize a lot of people across the political spectrum to vote for Romney while at the [...]

  • Here’s another story with a different slant on Prokhorov’s challenge:

    News Daily article on Prokhorov

    So with respect to this story is the article an attempt by the existing opposition to dump on Prokhorov? And is Prokhorov sufficiently pissed off/authentic about being kicked out of the Potemkin Right Cause party to go all in to gain the Russian presidency? $18bn could certainly do a lot to build an opposition if he has the time and ability to put it in to play. Also given the Russian public’s opinion the Kremlin may not be able to give him the same treatment they did to Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

    Would it be advantageous to Prokhorov to draw explicit attention to Putin’s past actions at excluding rivals by including Khodorkovsky in his campaign in some fashion, even granted that he is still in prison?

  • netmaker commented on the diary post Japan Nuclear Watch, Wed. am JST: New Fire and Explosion at Unit 4 Fuel Pond by Scarecrow.

    2011-03-15 18:16:36View | Delete

    Which leads to at least one near term constructive action to take away from this incident. For those reactors using this GE/BWR design with the storage pools housed above the reactor we should be building new, properly contained pools for storing the residual fuel. A second action to take would be to either repackage the [...]

  • netmaker commented on the diary post Japan Nuclear Watch, Wed. am JST: New Fire and Explosion at Unit 4 Fuel Pond by Scarecrow.

    2011-03-15 17:56:40View | Delete

    It’s a misnomer to think of the fuel rods from nuclear plants as being either spent or waste. Far from it. We only use something like 5% of the energy content of the fuel. With 95% remaining, those rods are an energy resource. Already mined, already partially enriched. There are reactor designs being developed that [...]

  • netmaker commented on the diary post Japan Nuclear Watch, Wed. am JST: New Fire and Explosion at Unit 4 Fuel Pond by Scarecrow.

    2011-03-15 17:44:43View | Delete

    It’s pretty arrogant of us to presume we know the limits of how much force could be produced in an earthquake. We have at most decades of data points to work from against a range of tectonic behavior that spans billions of years. Pure hubris.

  • netmaker commented on the blog post Help Us Pick Our New FDL Membership Logo

    2011-02-02 11:29:15View | Delete

    Nix the flame altogether. Given the nature of political rhetoric having a flame as a symbol would seem to imply that you are lighting the fire. Not coming to the rescue as a fire dog would.

    Some symbolism that comes to mind would be Dalmatians (perhap with big pecs and bulging biceps to emphasize strength), fire trucks, fire men. Dalmatians postured as fire men putting out a fire. Calling them fire hounds rather than fire dogs. Showing packs of fire hounds. The possibilities presented by using a fire hound are much greater than what you have available by using a flame.

    Consider the success Geico has had with their Gecko.

  • netmaker commented on the diary post Building the Shadow Internet by danps.

    2010-12-19 17:22:15View | Delete

    Responding to plenty of capacity – perhaps, unlike most people and companies, the wireless providers are actually being responsible here with respect to managing their bandwidth allocation. They KNOW they are not going to get much, if any, more in a given market without spending billions of dollars and going through protracted negotiations or auctions. [...]

  • netmaker commented on the diary post Building the Shadow Internet by danps.

    2010-12-18 23:13:52View | Delete

    Technically speaking, yes 1Gb is ho-hum bandwidth and I’m aware of 40GbE and 100GbE.

    Now, is anybody positioning 40 or 100 GbE for the consumer market :) For now and the next several years (or more) 1Gb will be the highest broadly available connection speed for wired network access.

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