Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Time for "What's on your mind" again!

Posted Monday, November 25, 2013, at 7:27 AM
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  • I was thinking earlier about what I would like for Christmas this year and came up with absolutely nothing...good food and family is a must..but there is really nothing I need....I am sure I will get a few gift cards for Krogers or Wal-Mart...but end up using them on others...the individual picking out a personal gifts has almost disappeared in this day an age especially for the teenager they just want money for video games or techtronic accessories....gift cards just say, hey go buy your own present...I hope I am just not in the Christmas spirit yet and its headed my way, but I should be...It's not even Thanksgiving yet, and Christmas music and tv commercials are all about it already trying to sell you on something...its like we have skipped a few holidays and went straight to Christmas...and those commercials are 10 minutes thick now for every show your trying to watch...seems like I'm paying 100 bucks a month to watch advertizing on cable tv.......ok I vented...but is it just me?

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Nov 25, 2013, at 1:54 PM
  • That is an interesting way to look at it, paying to watch commercials. Hmmm, something does sound wrong about that, doesn't it?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Nov 25, 2013, at 2:56 PM
  • I know it's a little late to reply, but something is on my mind this morning. The latest revelations about NSA surveillance have really brought the immense scope of the inquiry into perspective for me.

    The newest release concerns the logging of tracking from mobile devices. I still have not been able to fully understand the process yet, but the system appears to capture the locations of most devices in the world "daily". Only a percentage of the records (or about 5 billion) are retained on file--at least at the specific file location that was identified by the leak. Who knows where else the information goes. I also have not determined if "daily" indicates a single snapshot of location, or if it is a real-time movement.

    The problem for me is that there are only about 7 billion people in the world. If there are 5 billion records being collected every day, it only stands to reason that virtually EVERY mobile number in the world (there are only about 6 billion) must have a file of its own. It further stands to reason that if every single mobile number (and user) has a file--which contains specific location history information, then for no greater investment, it likely has much more.

    I do not understand why no one is talking about this. As a rule, the population of the U.S is targeted for data collection with the same intensity as the populations of China, Afghanistan, and Iraq--and less than those of Russia, Syria, and Libya. If this recent information is any indication, then that data may be considerably more than even the conspiracy theorists feared.

    -- Posted by memyselfi on Wed, Dec 11, 2013, at 4:36 AM
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