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Identifying People Using Cell Phone Location Data

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The two people who shut down four Washington power stations in December were arrested. This is the interesting part:

Investigators identified Greenwood and Crahan almost immediately after the attacks took place by using cell phone data that allegedly showed both men in the vicinity of all four substations, according to court documents.

Nowadays, it seems like an obvious thing to do—although the search is probably unconstitutional. But way back in 2012, the Canadian CSEC—that’s their NSA—did some top-secret work on this kind of thing. The document is part of the Snowden archive, and I wrote about it:

The second application suggested is to identify a particular person whom you know visited a particular geographical area on a series of dates/times. The example in the presentation is a kidnapper. He is based in a rural area, so he can’t risk making his ransom calls from that area. Instead, he drives to an urban area to make those calls. He either uses a burner phone or a pay phone, so he can’t be identified that way. But if you assume that he has some sort of smart phone in his pocket that identifies itself over the Internet, you might be able to find him in that dataset. That is, he might be the only ID that appears in that geographical location around the same time as the ransom calls and at no other times.

There’s a whole lot of surveillance you can do if you can follow everyone, everywhere, all the time. I don’t even think turning your cell phone off would help in this instance. How many people in the Washington area turned their phones off during exactly the times of the Washington power station attacks? Probably a small enough number to investigate them all.

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sness
27 days ago
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my dexcom complicates this
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LinuxGeek
28 days ago
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More and more frequently, we're seeing stories that can be summarized as "Law Enforcement is finding ways to skirt the protections that were guaranteed by the constitution." My advice: if you have to own a phone, wake up to the fact that you don't have to carry it ALL the time. Take time to be disconnected and enjoy living in the present.

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And more optimism.

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HOWTO: Avoid temptation -- why avoiding temptation is harder than you think

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The ability to avoid temptation is a modern superpower.

With temptation ubiquitous, avoiding it is essential in fighting procrastination; keeping finances healthy; managing diet and weight; boosting productivity; and maintaining healthy relationships.

Avoiding temptation hard because before you are trapped – while you are becoming trapped – you still have self-control.

The problem is that you feel like you have self-control right up until the moment you no longer do.

And, then, of course, it’s too late.

This article models temptation as a field in the same way that gravity is a field.

In short, an object of temptation creates a pull on you in the form of urge, and the urge varies with your “distance” – physical or psychological – to the object.

As a result, three regions emerge around every temptation:

  1. the akratic zone, where willpower alone can’t save you anymore;
  2. the danger zone, where willpower will eventually falter if you stay too long; and
  3. the safe zone, where willpower is stable enough to resist indefinitely.

(Your behavior is akratic when you act against your better judgment through weakness of will. For more on akrasia, see my article on self-control.)

The core consequence of this model is clear: to avoid temptation in the long term, it is not enough to avoid the object of temptation; you must avoid the need to exert unsustainable resistance to it in the first place.

The goal of this article is to reframe your perspective: to allow you to explicitly see rather than implicitly feel all of the temptation fields that surround you.

Click here to read the rest of the article

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sness
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i found that news of my imminent death helped my self control immensely. now i have a sweet treat once a week and i'm happy. if you dont like life, just consider the issues with the alternative. life now is pretty ass compared to before.

nothing serious just diabetes and coronary artery disease. massive life change got the diabetes under control and that will help the coronary artery disease.
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Try Not To Resist

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“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?”
– Rumi

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Boy, I hurried…

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“Boy, I hurried… I hurried for a long time. I’m sorry I did. All the time you’re hurrying, you’re not really as aware as you should be. You’re trying to make things happen instead of just letting it happen. You follow me?”
Bob Dylan

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Crisis

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“Bad companies are destroyed by crisis, Good companies survive them, Great companies are improved by them.”
— Andy Grove

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