Originally Posted by Imglidinhere
First off, PEOPLE don't make iPhones, machines do. PEOPLE don't make MacBooks, machines do. Apple uses mechanized assembly lines to produce most
of their products here state-side. That being said, if you wanted to fully grasp what I'm saying is... you don't have 1 machine making 10 phones each... you have 10 machines making 1 phone each. That's what I'm talking about. It's simply unfeasible and using Apple as an example is dumb in itself. They're a business, not a government.
Second off, graphene isn't going to show up because it lacks the essential issue that silicon has by default. It's hard to tell it to turn 'off'. You know those silly 1s and 0s? Those are 'On' and 'Off' for us in the tech world. Graphene is more capable with turning on, but has lots of issues shutting off, so the increased data throughput issue you're so excited about is hilariously far off. It's a waste of time. If it weren't, we'd have seen massive strides in making it into public workplaces, not just professional ones.
Third, It is very much unreasonable to think that the United States of America will literally pluck the best people in its country and get rid of them. The president doesn't have either the backing nor the capability to pull off a stunt like that, nor would the populace allow it to happen. You can say what you want about the government taking control, but you just try to stop 350 million people. Sure, you've got a total combined Armed Forces count of like... 2.5 million... that's only what? 140:1 odds... that's totally not something to worry about. Even that's an extreme statement that I'm willing to take in so I'll dismiss it, but the point remains. We're not the Soviet Union. The fact that people are allowed to have so many websites up on the internet slandering the president and other official figures shows this to be true. Putin outlawed memes being made of HIM from anyone in Russia. Sorry, but I'll take my chances with the USA trying to come knocking on my door IF they feel so inclined to scour through my 10GB of furry stuff.
You said "The sheer amount of manpower that would be required to track and watch every person using an Intel CPU is astounding on its own, much less that someone could PAY others just to monitor what the populace is doing. It's just not a possibility."
The sheer amount of manpower is in fact very small. The design was completed by Intel, and accomplishes the creation of the backdoor. The data acquisition and storage also requires a reasonably small amount of man power, considering the NSA annual budget of 52 billion dollars. The feasibility of their use of ME as a method of data acquisition in conjunction with the cutting edge storage facility we already know they have, isn't exactly far fetched. The ambition of the NSA when it comes to data acquisition and monitoring is pretty transparent now. We also know that the director of the NSA has committed perjury in more than one instance, when being asked about the kind of data they collect, who they collect it from, and what they use that information for. If that isn't valid grounds for open speculation, I don't know what is.
If you can't see that, I can't help you.
Second off, you're not a graphene expert and neither am I. The experts do, however, say that it will likely replace silicon some time in the near future for use in computers. Major corporations like IBM are investing in this endeavor. Excuse me for finding their notions more believable than your skepticism. Large corporations might not be the most honest organizations, but you can usually rely on them to spend their money with an intent to make money. You might want to direct your skepticism towards an organization like the NSA, whose officials who can lie to Congress while under investigation with no legal repercussions.
As far as not being "afraid" of government corruption in a modern world where they have the legal and technological capability to gather and use big data in whatever way they secretly decide, that's fine. Don't try to pander that ideology as anything other than faith, though. You can presume that the integrity of the government is unwavering, unsubvertable, and undeniable if you like, but my counter argument is history and it speaks for itself.
I don't even know where to start with a person who doesn't understand the inherent value in privacy on the national scale. I know there's very little point in trying to explain it, here, because it's too far off-topic. I can only refer you to all of human history.
I think members of this forum have a good understanding of what can be accomplished with intelligent data analysis. Someone who has a basic understanding of psychological analysis, statistical analysis, and what kind of data is now open for use with large scale computing in those kinds of endeavors.. Those are the people who can conceive of vulnerabilities beyond having their "10GB furry collection" exposed.
All I can really say to you is that you lack the faculties necessary to participate in this conversation in an informed way. There's more to this than your own personal privacy. It effects you in the same way that prejudice effects you, regardless of whether or not you're the person being segregated at any given moment. There are inevitable, inherent consequences that you just seem incapable of fathoming.. and you're not the only one.