The Washington Post has released some new slides showing that the data providers (Yahoo, Google, etc) aren't telling us the whole truth when they claim they've only received a few information requests from the NSA because the NSA has a direct line into their systems. That article is linked here, and one of the new slides released is pictured below:
What caught my "eye for the irrelevant to any important discussion?" The design of the case notation designator system.
Look at the first two characters. P seems to stand for either PRISM or provider, either of which makes sense. The second character designates the specific data provider, and that's what stuck me as silly.
Having designed numbering systems, I have never thought that only 10 identifiers is sufficient for any application because It does not allow for much growth. But that's what their original codes gave us. Just P0 through P9.
It looks like they encountered that startling revelation themselves right about the time they got to P8, which gave them cause to move to the alphabet, adding another 28 possibilities. Which is a little better, but not much.
Given the government's track record at expansion, that will probably last them until about December.
It's just poor planning. Not that we expected much else from our overlords, but it's always fun to see that we are right, even when it comes to the minutiae.