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The hardware behind Echelon

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 The hardware behind Echelon2004-10-18 21:00
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Article at TechWorld, explaining the hardware behind the Echelon system. You know, the system that is listening to and analyzing all your phonecalls, and which used to be a well-kept secret. It isn't any longer, in part because the companies that made it like to brag about their accomplishment. Aside from the satellites, a teraFLOP of processing power and 32GB of RAM for its buffer. Which apparently does the trick. They might have several of those, of course. Anyway, the next time you call somebody overseas and say "nuclear device" in a middleeastern accent, you can be sure that a recording of your call is set aside for further examination. Or maybe "bomb" in a French accent.

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19 Oct 2004 @ 08:42 by jstarrs : Well,
"bomb" with a french accent comes out like "bum", so avoid also talking about this part of your anatomy.

19 Oct 2004 @ 16:32 by ming : dere's a boehm oen de plane
Hey, that was an Inspector Clouseau reference. But, yeah, just to be sure, we'd better also be tracking Brits with a pain in their bum.  

20 Oct 2004 @ 00:20 by ming : Tracked
Damn, I thought if I said it really quickly, with a rag over my mouth, it would slip by.  

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