Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 21:35 UTC
Microsoft Documents released by Snowden show the extent to which Microsoft helped the NSA and other security agencies in the US. "Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal; The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail; The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide; [...] Skype, which was bought by Microsoft in October 2011, worked with intelligence agencies last year to allow Prism to collect video of conversations as well as audio; Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a 'team sport'." Wow. Just wow.
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RE[6]: Intranet
by Alfman on Fri 12th Jul 2013 05:17 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Intranet"
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I'm not sure that would be possible, isn't GSM an asymmetric protocol? The hardware may not be cable of communicating to other peers without using a base station.

Something which may be of interest are femtocells, which are actually for sale today to enable cell phones to connect locally instead of through the carrier's towers.

I like the mesh network idea, but it seems likely that consumers would need to roll out hardware specialized for the purpose.

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