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monitoring e-mails and calls - it can happen

so, I made this assumption about what the government can/cannot be recording as far as telco calls (domestic/international)....

1 minute = 1MB (mp3 quality)
1GB would mean 1,000 minutes
1TB would mean 1,000,000 minutes, 16,670 hours, 695 days, or 1.9 years
2TB would mean 2,000,000 minutes, 33,334 hours, 1,389 days, or 3.8 years
50TB would mean 50,000,000 minutes, 1,67 millon hours, 69.4 thousand days, 190 years

in the next couple of years, we can see 5-50TB hard drives. I'm arguing that the government can conceivably be recording everything and not all on hard drives. Maybe tape is cheaper still. I really don't know.

I'm not arguing that the government IS recording everything. I'm just saying they have the capability as far as storage goes.

Echelon. Carnivore (supposedly failed but I am sure it was meant to fail so there wouldn't be a public uproar). What say you? - plus, I haven't seen any more uproar from EU about Echelon anymore.

Paul
Mon, 19 Nov 2007 18:49:52 +0000

tape is a lot cheaper. They can record onto HD in real time, transfer it onto tapes, and retrieve only what they need. I don't think the big brother is interested in conversation on PC vs MAC though.

Sunny
Mon, 19 Nov 2007 19:10:59 +0000

not sure if they do record everything, but they can. they definitely monitor everything in real time and will probably flag any suspicious items and record those.

ECHELON Hardware
Narus

David
Mon, 19 Nov 2007 20:13:36 +0000

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