In addition to periodic think-pieces here at Shepherd’s Pi, I also contribute a monthly online column over at SIGNAL Magazine on topics relating to intelligence. This month I keyed off a recent discussion I had onstage at the 2015 AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium with Elon Musk, particularly a colloquy we had on implications of the emerging cleavage (post-Edward Snowden) between Silicon Valley technology companies and their erstwhile innovation partners, U.S. intelligence agencies.
I was home last night playing with the new Kinect, integrating it with Twitter, Facebook, and Zune. Particularly because of the last service, I was glad that I got the Xbox 360 model with the 250-gigabyte (gb) hard disk drive. It holds a lot more music, or photos, and of course primarily games and game data.
So we wind up with goofy scenes like my wife zooming along yesterday in Kinect Adventures’ River Rush – not only my photo (right) but in-game photos taken by the Kinect Sensor, sitting there below the TV monitor.
Later as I was waving my hands at the TV screen, swiping magically through the air to sweep through Zune’s albums and songs as if pawing through a shelf of actual LP’s, I absent-mindedly started totting up the data-storage capacity of devices and drives in my household. Here’s a rough accounting:
- One Zune music-player, 120gb;
- 2 old iPods 30gb + 80gb;
- an iPad 3G at 16gb;
- one HP netbook 160gb;
- an aging iMac G5 with 160gb;
- three Windows laptops of 60gb, 150gb, and 250gb;
- a DirecTV DVR with a 360gb disk;
- a single Seagate 750gb external HDD;
- a few 1gb, 2gb, and a single 32gb SD cards for cameras;
- a handful of 2gb, 4gb, and one 16gb USB flash drives;
- and most recently a 250gb Xbox 360, for Kinect.
All told, I’d estimate that my household data storage capacity totals 2.5 terabytes. A terabyte, you’ll recall, is 1012 bytes, or 1,000,000,000,000 (1 trillion) bytes, or alternately a thousand gigabytes.
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“More and more, Xmas Day failure looks to be wheat v. chaff issue, not info sharing issue.” – Marc Ambinder, politics editor for The Atlantic, on Twitter last night.
Marc Ambinder, a casual friend and solid reporter, has boiled down two likely avenues of intelligence “failure” relevant to the case of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and his attempted Christmas Day bombing on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. In his telling, they’re apparently binary – one is true, not the other, at least for this case.
The two areas were originally signalled by President Obama in his remarks on Tuesday, when he discussed the preliminary findings of “a review of our terrorist watch list system … so we can find out what went wrong, fix it and prevent future attacks.”
Let’s examine these two areas of failure briefly – and what can and should be done to address them.
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