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(Slate)   The NSA has nothing on your family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances, who all are unintentionally conspiring together to give all your social networking information to virtually anyone who wants it   ( divider line
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2013-06-27 11:32:55 AM  
2 votes:

abfalter: I have been amazed at how overblown the NSA thing has become.  The very same people running around with their hands in the air in a panic because the NSA might listen in on a call for terrorism keywords are the VERY SAME people who are broadcasting their every location, meal, and minutia of life-detail all over the social networking graph on a daily basis.

Fark is the only "social media" / discussion board account I have.  No MyBook or FaceSpace or Tweeter or any of that other crap. Why?  Because I know all too well how easy it is for unflattering information to get out there.   Case in point:  When we're down to deciding between new prospective employees, they turn the prospects' files over to me and tell me to go dig up any & all dirt I can find.    Those pictures of you getting drunk off your ass every weekend or tweets about all the stupid things you've done will prevent you from getting a job with us.  Similarly, a profile with too many nice things posted right around job search time will also get you bumped from the list -- I know you're full of shiat.  Thanks for trying to snowball us.

  Any IT guy worth his salt (read: NOT a tech school/book-trained Microsoft certified) has known or at least suspected about the existence of these gov't programs for years.   Even back in 1993 when the NSA was pushing for the Clipper Chip, the government's intentions were clear -- it wanted full access to your private data, without the need for warrants.  While the Clipper Chip failed to gain ground, CALEA was passed in 1994. I'm proud to say that none of my company's equipment supports CALEA and all traffic is encrypted using multiple ciphers, a few modified for good measure.

vpb: Thoguh: And who don't have the ability to lock me up on a whim like the federal government does.
Neither does the federal government.  That's what all those "trial" and "grand jury" and "habeas corpus" things you hear about are for.

Actually, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act allows for indefinite detention.  Sure, you're not convicted of a crime, so you're not officially 'locked up'.  Rather, you're just in jail awaiting trial.  The Act allows this wait to go on without any specified deadline.  This is in addition to Gitmo or the drone strikes of US citizens which the administration has been very supportive in.
2013-06-27 12:08:19 PM  
1 vote:

Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Solution: Don't use the "Find Friends" tool on Facebook.

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2013-06-27 10:57:52 AM  
1 vote:
Whatever happened to talking and the physical intimacy of communicating in person?  Oh wait, what am I saying.  How unhip and uncool of me to refuse to participate in something revolved around instant gratification at the expense of my soul.

I certainly can't wait until I'm refused a job because of how backwards thinking I am with my whole assessment of how we as a society are redefining how we communicate for no good reason other than to exploit our animalistic tendencies towards vanity.

/tweeting is ok if you're a comedian or just follow comedians
//I don't have a twitter account
2013-06-27 10:48:58 AM  
1 vote:

Donnchadha: In other news, the CIA has authorized renewing funding for Facebook

"What we need is to know who everyone is, who they're related to, who their friends are, how much money they have, where they get it, when they eat, when they sh*t and how many times they wipe their ass."

"Yeah, but how are we gonna do that?"

"I have an idea."

"Go on, Smith."

"They volunteer it, on purpose, on public websites so that they can think that everybody, everywhere is all concerned about the most petty details of their lives.  After that, it's just a matter of matching names to ISPs, bank account and CC numbers and tax statements and mobile and land line providers."

"And how do we get them to do that?"

"People are lonely and they want attention, sir.  Gentlemen, meet Mr. Zuckerberg.  He could use some money."
2013-06-27 10:47:47 AM  
1 vote:
If all these people knew I was having THE WORST DAY EVER! why didn't somebody ask me why?
2013-06-27 10:33:56 AM  
1 vote:
Why create a massive conspiracy, when people will do your work for you anyway?
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