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  •  it's very much like global warming, (13+ / 0-)

    in that most people don't have any sense at all of the magnitude of what is happening, or what it means.  Their "worst case" comparisons are to J Edgar Hoover, when they should be thinking "The Matrix".  Or "the Borg".

    Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

    by Deward Hastings on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 12:54:34 PM PDT

    •  Yeah. Side But Fun Story (9+ / 0-)

      One of my former clients made the software that flies satellites. Yes you have to fly them. They had a demo center that was a huge 360 degree room in all glass with stadium seating around it. Something like 50 Silicon Graphics workstations networked.

      They would explain they'd run a "real world" simulation for potential client. I will admit seeing it I almost got physically aroused as a tech nerd (well no not really .....).

      I was always told any COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) products a Fortune 50 company could buy the DoD was buying stuff 5+ years better. Heck they paid for the R&D, which these companies loved.

      I shutter to think what the NSA has.

      •  "what the NSA has" (4+ / 0-)
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        nchristine, kyril, DRo, blueoasis

        I would suspect that the facility in Utah could not be dismantled like a typical datacenter. They wouldn't want anybody to get their hands on the tech so it couldn't be sold at government auction. We probably couldn't sell the building lest somebody see how top secret facilities are built.

        It will probably be cheaper to call in a bombing mission and obliterate it equipment and all. Heh your tax dollars at work.

        I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

        by JML9999 on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 01:17:33 PM PDT

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    •  For many, comparisons will be to WWII (2+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, DRo

      movies about British Secret Services, with sweater-clad ladies working in the background.  With maybe some 1950s-60s imagery thrown in.  But for most the mental imagery will be of individual workers perusing papers and making notes by hand or on typewriters.

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