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  •  ThinThread was actually not implemented. William (6+ / 0-)

    Binney developed it for 3 million.

    Instead, private contractors were brought onboard to create the multi-billion dollar monster we have now.

    Google William Binney.  Interesting guy.

    •  Really interesting interview (9+ / 0-)

      with William Binney on DemocracyNow.  http://www.democracynow.org/...

      •  Thanks guys! (1+ / 0-)
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        I just noted it in passing, after a linear algebra class where we basically built a lightweight PageRank, and thought "great name!" -- whether it works that way or not, it would be a nifty name for something chasing eigenvector centrality.  

        ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

        by jessical on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 01:32:04 PM PDT

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    •  I wouldn't be surprised if it was (1+ / 0-)
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      implemented and denied. They have many layers of these programs.

      If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

      by AoT on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 02:10:54 PM PDT

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      •  I didn't write my comment well... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...the insight for me in the whole thing -- when we start to ask "what is that data for?" -- is the algorithmic approach.  Our political focus is on programs as named and funded things, but the sort of "math as a liberal art" way of thinking about it, for me, was in terms of "why"?   Spy google, I mean, of course they want a spy google.  And this is how you'd make one.  But assume it has been and will be called lots of things.

        ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

        by jessical on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 05:15:13 PM PDT

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