Just wow. Awesome read. I love how the first part reads like archives of some other planet where civilization perished, set in the stargate universe.
Here are some interesting excerpts:
"How wonderful it felt when I first realized the permanent record didn't
exist. They were bluffing! Nothing I did was going to matter! We were
And then when I grew up, I helped build it for real."
"The belief in Big Data turns out to be true, although in an unexpected
way. If you collect enough data, you really can find anything you want."
"It's fairly common for someone to visit a Google
website from a Google device, using Google DNS servers and a Google
browser on the way.
This is a level of of end-to-end control that would have caused us to
riot in the streets if Microsoft had attempted it in 1999. But times
"Americans have an almost perverse faith in the rule of law. They
believe that, as long as the secret courts are making sure the secret
police obey the secret laws, our democracy is safe."
"At one point, Vertesi's husband bought a number of Amazon gift cards
with cash, and the large purchase triggered a police warning. This fits
a pattern where privacy-seeking behavior has become grounds for
"There's only one outcome allowed: collect more data."http://idlewords.com/bt14.htm