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somewhere, George Orwell must be smilng

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  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    George Orwell (whose real name was Eric Arthur Blair) came to mind recently due to the fact that the "Big Brother" he discussed in his novel,
    "1984" has already come true, in ways that he couldn't possibly imagine.

    Currently, our government is building the Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah (close to Salt Lake City). The complete report, from "Wired" magazine can be read at the link below:

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1

    If you don't fell like wading through all 5 pages, here's the short version:

    The government is building a data center right now that can capture an unimaginable amount of data on its citizens, including phone conversation, email communications, and even parking tickets.

    When completed, its computing capacity will be very close to the fastest in the world. It's so fast, in fact, that its capacity is expressed in petaflops, zettaflops, and yottaflops.

    And ....

    if you think THAT'S scary, our government also has developed a surveillance system called Argos .. from 17,500 feet in the air, it can focus down to six inches off the ground .. it has 1.8 billion pixels, which gives it the ability to achieve amazingly accurate pictures from up high:


    http://www.wimp.com/nextsurveillance/
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    That sure is kinda scary if the government can spy without anyone's knowledge of it. Let me ask one question? Can it spy on more than one position on the earth at one time, or how is it directed to zero-in on any one spot in particular? I will now go to those sights and see if the information I asked is available.
  • Democrat
    Meridian, MS
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    Hey guy, this stuff is really deep, they are talking about things like yottabytes and exaflops, septillions and un-decillions. They sure have me lost, I mean why do they feel the need to capture everyone's emails and telephone cass. etc? Is the government afraid of its own citizens, not to mention terrorists too? It sure seems like an invasion of any sort of expected privacy to me.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    michaels39301 Wrote: Hey guy, this stuff is really deep, they are talking about things like yottabytes and exaflops, septillions and un-decillions. They sure have me lost, I mean why do they feel the need to capture everyone's emails and telephone cass. etc? Is the government afraid of its own citizens, not to mention terrorists too? It sure seems like an invasion of any sort of expected privacy to me.
    I'm a bit surprised; we discussed this subject before at lenght; I guess "schmidt" started that.