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TigerinATL
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re: Why would the US government need to surveil all its citizens?


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What purpose does this serve?


The will of the people. People want nothing bad to ever happen, there's really only one way to do that. You need lots of information to run a pre-crime division.






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The will of the people. People want nothing bad to ever happen, there's really only one way to do that. You need lots of information to run a pre-crime division.


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baytiger
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Can anyone explain why exactly this is necessary?
well if they're not monitoring everybody, you never know who they should be monitoring, right?






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buddhavista
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I honestly don't know how they will make sense of all the data.

I know the data centers they are building are huge, but generating tangible information from all this data is almost impossible.

Hell, credit card companies can have trouble sifting through credit card transactions to find patterns. And that is a lot less information than this.







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TigerinATL
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but generating tangible information from all this data is almost impossible


How can a survey of 1,000 or so people come close to mirroring actual election results for a nation of 300 million? Because there's a limited number of ways that people do and say things. If you have a pattern to look for, it becomes easy for the computer to find the needle in the haystack. I would imagine they are doing some obvious searches like people buying specific things, going specific places or contacting specific people.






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buddhavista
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Because there's a limited number of ways that people do and say things. If you have a pattern to look for, it becomes easy for the computer to find the needle in the haystack. I would imagine they are doing some obvious searches like people buying specific things, going specific places or contacting specific people.

sure, I can see being able to put together patterns that say - oh, if a guy named ahmed buys gasoline, fertilizer and rents a uhaul, we got a problem.

But actually information out of huge data sets (not just an individual case) is really fricking hard. even for the NSA. This doesn't mean there is no risk to privacy, there is. I suspect they are collecting all of this information knowing computing processes are accelerating and technology for sifting large amounts of data is improving.

I would love to be the storage vendor for the NSA, I bet they spend a shite ton of money.






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Turbeauxdog
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re: Why would the US government need to surveil all its citizens?


To protect the children obviously. Why do you hate children?





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