The National Security Agency isn't spying on you... they are protecting you!
And they just requested nearly $900 million to help beef up its supercomputing capabilities near Washington D.C., so they can more effectively not spy
As the agencies data collection methods fill the newspaper headlines, the NSA is planning a $896.5 million complex complete with raised floors and
advanced alarm mechanisms. It will also need about 60 megawatts of power -- the same amount that powers Microsoft's gargantuan data center in
As its current data collection makes headlines, the National Security Agency is continuing to expand its data storage and processing capabilities. The
agency recently broke ground on an $860 million data center at Fort Meade, Maryland that will span more than 600,000 square feet, including 70,000
square feet of technical space.
Scheduled for completion in 2016, the center’s mission will be to protect national security networks and providing U.S. authorities with
intelligence and warnings about cyber threats.
The NSA is hoping to pour more than $35 million into building security and perimeter control, which would include a cargo inspection facility,
advanced surveillance, and systems designed to detect any radiological, nuclear, or chemical threats. If all goes to plan, construction would wrap up
by December 2015.
Wait a second, the 2 billion data center in Utah won't be finished until September 2013 and already we have another project underway? On Wikipedia,
it says that "one report suggested that the Utah Data Center will cost another $2 billion for hardware, software, and maintenance."
That 4 billion folks! Double what I read the last time a looked it up.
When completed, the Utah facility is expected to require 65 megawatts, costing about $40 million per year and will store data on the scale of
yottabytes (1 yottabyte = 1 trillion terabytes, or 1 quadrillion gigabytes)... but that isn't enough, now we need another one in Maryland? And what
will the finial cast be for this one? WTF!
Lets build another one in Maryland, why not?
Hey guys, do you think now is a good time for a press release?
Sure, why not, the public will put up with anything, screw it.