Thursday, May 11, 2006

Social Networks to catch criminals

The USA Today has an article which brings to light some of information regarding the so-called “Illegal Wiretaps” being conducted by the NSA. This is not your typical “Wiretap” where there is a human listening to your phone conversations.

This is a massive collection of data being analyzed from many different perspectives looking for social networks. These social networks can be scored to identify the likelihood of someone having a connection to a terrorist.

The technology is fascinating and can be used to save lives. This may be one of the greatest law enforcement innovations of the decade. It is too bad the media is spinning this as an invasion of our privacy.

"It's the largest database ever assembled in the world," said one person, who, like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA's activities, declined to be identified by name or affiliation. The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders, this person added.

The data are used for "social network analysis," the official said, meaning to study how terrorist networks contact each other and how they are tied together.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Playstation 3 on November 17!

Sony has just announced the PlayStation 3 will be released on November 17.
There will be two different versions, one with a 20GB hard drive and one with a 60GB hard drive option. The 20GB will retail for 499 and the 60GB for 599.

The PS3 will offer different hardware options, depending on which version you buy (20/60 GB). Options include ports for memory cards (Sony Stick and SD Cards) USB ports, WiFi and Ethernet.

The Playstation 3 will be the first consumer product featuring the Cell processor from IBM/Toshiba/Sony. This may truly usher in a new era of technology for the home.

On November 17, home digital convergence will begin.

Sony Press Release

About the Cell…
From IBM