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    It's becomming an interesting battleground....

    The Tech community knows that it is unlikely to 'win' it's fight against the NSA in a so-called frontal assault. Tried that with the vote in the US House and lost - barely. Course, a whole lot more...
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    Not surprising...

    The RNC resolution renouncing “unconstitutional” National Security Agency surveillance programs.

    Both parties are hearing from the tech community, and the trigger appears to be four-fold:

    1)...
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    POTUS May think he bought some breathing room, but he's wrong....

    Here's an article from Wired that explains some of the issues at stake....

    Link to article

    This one isn't ending anytime soon. The NSA can keep 'spinning' forever, but all they are doing is...
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    As of today, we have a solution .....

    This afternoon, the federal government fired ("de-employed?") CGI Federal, those goofballs who brought us www.healthcare.gov

    We desperately need to have the NSA immediately hire CGI Federal as the...
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    Next step in the process. Does POTUS want to...

    Next step in the process. Does POTUS want to know what's been going on, or does he just want to 'stay dumb'...


    Here's the whole thing. Read the letter. It's blows the cover off.

    Between...
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    Not in the least bit surprised. It's the CIA's...

    Not in the least bit surprised. It's the CIA's version of "target fixation" - they decided they were going to 'recruit' these guys, and it never occurred to them that they were fanatics - and...
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    THAT'S what we need. Even more data.....

    First off, if you used TODAY'S technology and techniques against 2001 era technology and techniques, maybe they might be successful - maybe.

    But as we've had to learn the hard way over and over...
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    Case For Inaction: Economics

    Not being as eloquent as most of the previous posters, just wanting to add a little more fuel of a different type to the fire:

    As known:

    01 The American people are not in support of "POTUS's...
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    Yeah. Except for:

    1) They (NSA) won't acknowledge any of it.
    2) They won't tell us what information on us that they have.
    3) No file layouts/data dictionary of the data as retained (IF exists), so who knows what one...
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    Now This.....

    Now they're trying to place 'operatives' in positions of influence inside technical development efforts.

    Where does it stop with the folks? Now they are going about 'impairing' standards and...
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    Time To Go To Court....

    Link to Article

    Just as an observation, there's a cumulative effect (politically) to all of this, and it's not just the NSA spying on American citizens. It's Syria, ACA, etc. You are likely to...
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    This entire NSA story is a giant gift to the Tech Community....

    Talking to some folks today, and this entire NSA story is turning into a giant gift to the Tech Community. Whenever there's a screwup (regardless of fault), the new 'first line of defense' against...
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    It's just unending.....

    These people are hopeless....

    So, it's 'supposedly' only 35 'analysts', but, oops, we 'forgot' the 1,000++ System Admins, oh, and btw, they can all go poking around the different spying systems...
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    I tend to avoid The Guardian, purely on...

    I tend to avoid The Guardian, purely on principle. But here's the links:

    Link to the story on TechDirt

    Yeah, there's apparently something to the story.

    It seems like the actions of both the...
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    Originally posted by Firn: Actually, the...

    Originally posted by Firn:


    Actually, the Techie community is already working on add-ons to existing web browsers to work their way around much of the tracking of a user's browsing habits. It's...
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    One POV on where this could end up going: ...

    One POV on where this could end up going:



    Link to Full Article

    This whole story has some eerie parallels to the Napster/Shawn Fanning story back in 1999 thru 2002. Link to Story

    Back...
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    Here's a somewhat technical summary of what NSA...

    Here's a somewhat technical summary of what NSA is doing:

    The NSA is still spying on us.

    You are going to see political consequences boiling up out of this whole affair. It's going to take a...
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    That's true. It's also voluntary on the part of...

    That's true. It's also voluntary on the part of the individual. There's nothing voluntary about what the NSA 'appears' to be doing. And to make it worse, the federal government has gone out of its...
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    POTUS didn't do himself any favors with his press...

    POTUS didn't do himself any favors with his press conference. Too much evasion and weasel wording. And when you see stuff like this, well, it carries more weight than all the platitudes handed out...
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    That's small consolation when you see articles...

    That's small consolation when you see articles like this one:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-08-07/nsa-pricked-%E2%80%9Ccloud%E2%80%9D-bubble-us-tech-companies

    Disclaimer: IMO,...
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    Unanticipated Side Effects....

    Anecdotally, I'm hearing from some friendly 'sales pukes' that the entire NSA 'spying' aspect is starting to become an issue in overseas technology sales efforts - and it's not positive. US...
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    The bigger (more important) stories (then...

    The bigger (more important) stories (then Greece):

    Monday, 06.18.2012:

    1) Spanish 10Yr sovereign bond yield up 24bps to 7.12%. (There goes the 7.00% barrier).
    2) Italian 10Yr sovereign bonds...
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    Here's somebody to pay attention to. And the...

    Here's somebody to pay attention to.

    And the Smart Money Says....

    Now if it's Switzerland that sets down the initial capital controls, then everybody else in the EU will have to follow. No...
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    Then we get this: Another 19 Billion Euro...

    Then we get this:



    Another 19 Billion Euro Bailout - for Bankia

    Short summary:

    1) Spanish government source
    2) Float what amounts to be 19 billion euros of junk bonds
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    The real issue with Greece that I see is that...

    The real issue with Greece that I see is that both the ECB and the Troika are the primary (and immediate) creditors to Greece. If Greece just decides to default on their 'deal' and fail to implement...
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