Originally posted by BluegrassRevolutionary
Could it be that Wells made a true mistake by writing "1984" because it provided a road map for the government to follow?
Military Supercomputer Sets Record
Published: June 9, 2008 SAN FRANCISCO — An American military supercomputer, assembled from components originally designed for video game machines, has reached a long-sought-after computing milestone by processing more than 1.026 quadrillion calculations per second.
The Roadrunner supercomputer costs $133 million and will be used to study nuclear weapons. The new machine is more than twice as fast as the previous fastest supercomputer, the I.B.M. BlueGene/L, which is based at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.
(PhysOrg.com) -- The U.S. Government has contracted out IBM to build a massive supercomputer bigger than any supercomputer out there. The supercomputer system, called Sequoia, will be capable of delivering 20 petaflops (1,000 trillion sustained floating-point operations per second) and is being built for the U.S. Department of Energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy will use the supercomputer in their nuclear stockpile research. The fastest system they have today is capable of delivering up to 1 petaflop. The system will be located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., and is expected to be up and running in 2012.
Originally posted by sezsue
reply to post by Soylent Green Is People
Maybe the new box itself has the technology that would allow the gov or whomever, to spy..............why else would they fund it to make it easier for people to afford it? I heard O wants to give it out for FREE to people who can't afford it.
Originally posted by unknown known
Can u post a link for your 60% and 25% stats?
Historically, cable is the most popular household video entertainment medium in the United States. As of June 2006, more than 59.1 percent of U.S. households have cable service.
Satellite growth is occurring rapidly (25 percent of U.S. homes have satellite). Although it remains less prevalent than cable, satellite has had an impact on cable growth across the country.
Counting homes that do not subscribe to either cable or satellite, the TVB says dish services are now in 25.2 percent of all TV households. Cable operators are in 61.3 percent of all homes.
The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.
The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.
“It's the largest database ever assembled in the world," said one person, who, like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA's activities, declined to be identified by name or affiliation. The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders, this person added.
D.C. police are now watching live images from dozens of surveillance cameras posted in high-crime parts of the city, hoping to respond faster to shootings, robberies and other offenses and catch suspects before they get away.
Since August 2006, the city has installed 73 cameras across the city, mostly on utility poles, at a cost of about $4 million. But until recently, officers were using them mainly as an investigative tool -- checking the recordings after crimes were committed in hopes of turning up leads and evidence.
Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said she thought the department wasn't making the most of the technology and was missing opportunities to more quickly solve crimes -- or even stop them in progress. "I thought, 'Why the heck aren't we watching them?' " Lanier said.
And so, for about 40 hours a week, a small team of officers in the department's Joint Operations Command Center watches the live feeds from 10 to 15 of the cameras. They choose locations based on the latest crime trends -- focusing, for example, on areas in Southeast Washington beset by gun violence.
The District is following cities such as Baltimore, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia, where police have actively monitored live camera scenes for years.
Originally posted by Nameless Hussy
Video would be a much more efficient method of surveillance, since it's now common knowledge/belief amongst even regular, non-conspiracy oriented people that the government listens in on phone calls, making them more apt to censor themselves while on the phone.
Wow, way to respond to and refute my post. And with such civility. Or not - on all counts.
Anyways, I stand by what I said: video is an infinitely more efficient means of surveillance than listening in on phone calls or some of the other *known* ways the US government has spied on its people.
I'd say the amount of resources expended for this DTV switch seems excessive if it's solely about moving to a better technology - especially in this economic climate).
That said, besides an initial investment, video wouldn't require more of an "exponential amount" of resources than current surveillance methods (which currently requires resources for both collection and monitoring), and the important consideration which seems to be whooshing right over your head: the roi yielded would be vastly greater.
I'm not sure how that is "stupid" logic. Me thinks you don't actually understand what logic is, nor what stupidity is. Which I find to be rather... ironic.
Originally posted by avingard
The problem with this theory:
1) I have never seen anything resembling a recording circuit (video or audio) inside an lcd tv, and I have seen the internals of several.
2) The problem with any conspiracy revolving around the transmission of data is this: The information being collected would have to be sent back to 'home base' via your coax cable. It would not take that much effort to rig an intermediary device to store all data sent over said cable and examine it.
So how could this conspiracy be perpetuated if the data can be intercepted by anyone? Someone would eventually find it, even if it was encrypted and hidden.
The digital transition is to free up the frequencies being used for analog and because it is truly a better medium. Whereas the number of stations broadcast by analog is limited, the number transmitted digitally is limited only by the speed of data transmission.
Produce one of the following:
a picture of a camera or microphone inside of an lcd tv and include the model of the tv.
Or data intercepts proving data is being recorded and transmitted back to your provider.
Originally posted by warpboost
I came across this video someone made of a Magnavox TB110MW9 Digital to Analog Converter claiming that it has both a microphone and camera inside it Can someone with some electronics experience comment on that please. People were saying the camera appears to be mounted to a transistor which isn't feasible and I saw some other videos claiming its a hoax busting it
It was always conspiracy theory, but the patent is very clear about how it works, you owe it to yourself to read it.
Originally posted by sezsue
reply to post by delius
But isn't that the point of requiring people that don't have cable, etc. to get the new technology that the gov't is subsidizing at such a great expense?
By the way, I have a really old, old, old tv connected to cable, fairly close to my newer tv, (close enough to be able to hear them both at the same time), and when they are both on the same channel, there is definetely several seconds of delay on the newer tv......?