While in exile in Russia, Edward Snowden has been kind enough to offer some fellow Twitter users with the tech support they so desperately need. Or at least, he’ll give you a hand if you have a significant online presence.
For example, CUNY Journalism professor and techfluencer Jeff Jarvis—not to be confused with the parody Twitter account, @ProfJeffJarviss—had a technological inquiry for the NSA whistleblower. The Jarv was wondering how long it’d take to “dedupe” (or remove duplicate entries) from Clinton’s 650,000 emails after Trump said in a campaign speech, “You can’t review 650,000 emails in eight days.”
Hey @Snowden, for context, how long would it take the NSA to dedupe 650k emails?
— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) 7 November 2016
*ring ring* “Hacker tech support, this is Edward speaking. How may I help you today sir?”
@jeffjarvis Drop non-responsive To:/CC:/BCC:, hash both sets, then subtract those that match. Old laptops could do it in minutes-to-hours.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) 7 November 2016
Of course, not all of us are self-important media professor who expect transparency activists in exile to answer basic questions. But you can always throw a tweet Snowden's way and see what he says.
I’ll start: sometimes my iPhone just randomly dies when it’s at like 25%. What’s up with that? [H/T Rusty Foster]