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[5]: Intranet
by zima on Thu 18th Jul 2013 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Intranet"
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if a developer of some sort who is into cell technology could figure out a way for phones to "talk" to each other without need for cell towers, we could have a winner

Radio modules aren't like that, you can't simply "hack" them via an app to work in a totally different configuration than intended when designing them. Plus, the GSM spectrum is very regulated, you'd get into trouble for attempting to (essentially) jam cell towers.

Mesh networks in general don't really scale up, it chokes up ...that's why ISPs are happy about giving you wifi routers, they choke up local spectrum.
Constantly running mesh network would also kill battery life.

The best you could hope for, when using mobiles, is something like ...but this still gets into the issue of GSM spectrum being very regulated.

Edited 2013-07-19 00:02 UTC

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