posted on Sep, 6 2006 @ 07:20 PM
as a CCSE (cisco certified systems engineer) as well as many other professional certifications; i can tell you that this type of dissemination of data
with the originating point within your computer or network would be glaringly obvious to users with even minimal technical knowledge. for this to
happen not only would the microphone processes have to be running if the computer even had a microphone, ports would have to be open, data would have
to be passed through the router...it goes on and on leaving its digital fingerprints all over the place. its a major part of my job to make sure
things like this do not go on, it would be impossible for the govt' to implement its own protocol without someone picking up on it. although it can
be compared to the likes of spyware or virii, the huristics would be so obvious that a decent firewall and spyware program would pick up on it
instantly. i read about googles plans earlier on digg.com and its a cool idea but i wouldn't use it on any of my computers. however if you like
internet ads then be my guest.
it just occured to me that you may be thinking it could be shipped with new computers as a rootkit. its highly unlikly that any major manufacturer
would get their hands dirty with this because the second someone found out about it (and trust me, someone would) it would be the death of said
manufacturer. the only way the govt could implement this would be by getting you to do it as a voluntary install to in someway help the WOT, but then
again i dont think Osama will be running the install.
imo, if the govt' was going to try and slip some microphones by you it would be in something more household and non-user serviceable like a tv's or
something. you also have to think about how much audible information this type of spying would result in. the man hours needed to sift through the
data, even after it has first been narrowed down by a computer keyword system, would be insane and more costly than its worth.
so in conclusion, getting better ad accuracy from google volentarily: possible and not a bad idea. but the govt' using your microphones to spy on
[edit on 9/6/2006 by bokinsmowl]