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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:10 AM
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No Place to Hide: Internet Tracking Probe Unveiled as New Smartphone Spy Scandal Unwinds

At Northeastern University in Boston for example, "network physicists discovered just how predictable people could be by studying the travel routines of 100,000 European mobile-phone users."

"After analyzing more than 16 million records of call date, time and position," Hotz reports, "the researchers determined that, taken together, people's movements appeared to follow a mathematical pattern," and that given enough information about past movements, scientists averred "they could forecast someone's future whereabouts with 93.6% accuracy."

Chillingly, Northeastern physicist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, who conducted the study, told the Journal: "For us, people look like little particles that move in space and that occasionally communicate with each other. We have turned society into a laboratory where behavior can be objectively followed."

Ruthless "objectivity" such as this have real world consequences, not that it matters to those whose butter their bread by bludgeoning our privacy and cratering our political rights.

http://antifascist-calling.blogspot.com/2011/04/no-plac...

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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:13 AM
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1. They'd have fun tracking me.
90% of the time I don't even have my phone turned on when I leave the house and 99+% of the time when I'm at home it's off.

Sometimes my cell phone is off for a week or more at a time.
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RandomThoughts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:14 AM
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2. You sure it doesn't still track when turned off.
There were articles on that years ago also.
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:16 AM
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3. not if the battery is removed.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 08:17 AM
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4. "Hey you RepubliCorps. Get off my freakin particle. Damn it." - Human Particles
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 08:19 AM by SpiralHawk
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