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#YourVoiceNow Sound the Alarm: The Little Black Box Is Coming
PJ Media ^ | 10/29/2013 | Janine Turner

Posted on 10/30/2013 8:56:33 AM PDT by rktman

Never has your voice been more important and never has your voice mattered more. Your voice is necessary. Your voice is needed — now. Engineers have created a vast array of exciting and pertinent technologies that have revolutionized the way we communicate, work, and play. Yet they have also opened gaping loopholes for tyranny. What’s the latest one? The little black box.

On a daily basis, we are discovering the invasions of the federal government into our private lives. They are using the very tools we crave, value, and refuse to relinquish: cell phones, e-mails, Google searches. The government now listens to what we say, reads our e-mails, harvests our e-mail contacts, and analyzes our Google search habits. Even stores target our shopping habits, thrusting delegated ads onto our screen. A dinnertime conversation at a restaurant isn’t even safe. With every bite we chew we are vulnerable to strangers who may be videotaping us.

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TOPICS: Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: bigbro; noprivacy
Even though this is way behind the power curve, Ms. Turner makes some valid points. They've been putting "black boxes" in cars for years now. My owners manual for my truck even makes a statement about the data recorder installed in the truck. Nothing is secret of private any longer. If you don't want "it" read, never write "it" down. It you don't want "it" heard, never say "it". If you don't want "it" video'd, don't do "it". Sucks don't it?
1 posted on 10/30/2013 8:56:33 AM PDT by rktman
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To: rktman
I say we put little black boxes on each and every government agent/employee and all elected officials.

Just to be sure they aren't up to something.

2 posted on 10/30/2013 8:58:26 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: rktman

Farady invented a lock box for these.


3 posted on 10/30/2013 8:58:49 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: rktman
Here in the USA, cameras have been quietly installed along the interstate highways, usually near signs with important information such as exit info or speed reduction notices, so the cameras are not usually spotted.
Gathering info and watching...
4 posted on 10/30/2013 9:11:19 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: Paladin2
Farady invented a lock box for these.

They're data recorders, not transmitters.

5 posted on 10/30/2013 9:11:44 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: grobdriver
These days they are likely working with GPS signals.

I have an EZPass that likes to be interrogated when not in its box.

6 posted on 10/30/2013 9:15:28 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: rktman
If you don't want "it" read, never write "it" down. It you don't want "it" heard, never say "it". If you don't want "it" video'd, don't do "it". Sucks don't it?

That has kind of been the standard for Christians and for honest professionals since time immemorial ("Good news in writing, bad news in person.") Welcome, newbies!

7 posted on 10/30/2013 9:28:57 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: rktman

These plans go far beyond just recording data to be examined in the case of a crash, however. This is for tracking you wherever you are on earth. You can expect to show up on video or in photos if you travel major routes that are covered with cameras, but new black boxes will tell Them where your car is at every moment.

I imagine someone could develop quite a lucrative business in disabling or miscalibrating these.


8 posted on 10/30/2013 9:45:12 AM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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...someone could develop quite a lucrative business in disabling or miscalibrating these.

Black box "swap meets" could be the wave of the future. Just show up, pay a fee, and your black box is swapped with one out of the next car in line, totally at random. The swap would never be discovered until Uncle Snooper actually tried to track you...

9 posted on 10/30/2013 10:29:14 AM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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I don’t understand your post.
Why would I want the vehicle computer out of some other random car?
It’s immediately going to spit fault codes because the VIN is incorrect.


10 posted on 10/30/2013 10:33:00 AM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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How could a computer read the VIN plate under your windshield?
How would it know it's been installed in a different car?

I know, there are practical hurdles to consider - different cars, different makers, different engines, different options - won't swap. But I can dream, can't I? You won't get the car makers to stop installing them, and you won't get the gov't to stop accessing them. Disabling them only draws attention and is probably illegal. Let's find a way to make the data useless.

11 posted on 10/30/2013 10:55:23 AM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: rktman

Facebookers voluntarily gave away facial recognition data by the terabyte, along with personal/political/religious data.

States w/o front licenses plates on cars are now adding them.

Websites/search engines pop up ads related to past searches.

Doc’s ask non-medical lifestyle questions.

Cell phones are not really off when off.

Wonder who will most use Google Glasses and why...


12 posted on 10/30/2013 11:21:26 AM PDT by polymuser
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To: nascarnation
It’s immediately going to spit fault codes because the VIN is incorrect.

There probably is not a discreet black box. It will be software spread across multiple systems. Just as an example, the ABS/TRAC ECM receives speed data from each wheel sensor. Then it passes it along to the Powertrain Control Module, then over the CAN bus to the dash computer to drive the speedometer. Nothing stands alone in a 21st century car.

13 posted on 10/30/2013 11:22:36 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: ZOOKER
How could a computer read the VIN plate under your windshield?

It does not. The VIN is programmed into the PCM at the factory. When replacing the PCM one must input the VIN in the new unit with a laptop. There is a fault code for incorrect VIN.

It's not your fathers Oldsmobile.

14 posted on 10/30/2013 11:25:45 AM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
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To: ZOOKER

Many computers in your vehicle these days, communicating with each other.

Believe me, your idea is flawed.

If you want to try it, grab a controller from a similar vehicle to yours from a salvage yard or ebay and report back.


15 posted on 10/30/2013 11:59:08 AM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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