OT: RE: Collecting, Hacking and the Spooks (was: Gulf War,

From: Zane H. Healy <healyzh_at_aracnet.com>
Date: Wed Feb 5 15:23:00 2003

> At 08:37 AM 2/5/03 -0700, you wrote:
> >New York Times
> >June 11, 2001
> >
> >Court Restricts Heat-Sensor Searches
> >By David Stout
> >
> >WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court today reiterated the right of privacy in the
> >age of technology, ruling in an Oregon drug case that the police cannot use
> >a heat-seeking device to probe the interior of a home without a search
> >warrant.
> They restricted the use of HEAT SENSORS but they did not restrict the
> police from using estimates of exceesive power usage by the power
> companies. That's how they "caught" Zane. The thermal imaging sensors
> would have probably shown that the source was a computer and not growing
> plants. BTW they also use both technologies for detecking stills built
> inside of homes.

I didn't know I'd been "caught", that was Sridhar and his IBM ES9000. I'm
the one that asked how long before some of us do run into this problem due
to power usage or heat output, and it looks like the answer is it has
already happened thanks to power usage. I do know though, that with having
4-5 computers running 24x7, I've got to have abnormal power usage (not to
mention how hellish my electric bills are getting).

Received on Wed Feb 05 2003 - 15:23:00 GMT

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