[e2e] a means to an end
David P. Reed
dpreed at reed.com
Fri Nov 7 17:34:32 PST 2008
Fred Baker wrote:
> I'm not at all sure what you're talking about. AFAIK, IP addresses are
> not assigned to people.
They are assigned to devices carried by people, and it is well known how
to correlate observations of humans with observations of their radio
emissions. (one can track bluetooth UIDs associated with phones quite
easily, even when not in "discoverable" mode - and QinetiQ recently
bought a company whose only skill is doing just that task efficiently
and cheaply. Tracking the WiFi addresses of iPhones Androids, etc. are
even more trivial). Should tracking become a "network layer" function?
I don't honestly know, but one should question whether aggressive
tracking is essential to communications, I think. It's not just
philosophy of no consequence.
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