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  •  A few thoughts on this: (4+ / 0-)

    1.  Holy shit.

    2.  Obviously China has been doing this to global internet traffic for a long time, and I don't like the idea of that particular government being the dominant force in information.

    3.  An information arms race is no more productive than a literal one, but unilateral disarmament obviously doesn't work where China is concerned.  Everything an American puts on a computer somehow seems to end up being manufactured under Chinese labels five seconds later.

    4.  This system will be horribly abused and used to attack American freedoms unless and until we elect a Congress that strictly monitors it, and a bar that isn't full of rich corporate lawyers.  Not sure what to do about the latter, but the former is no mystery - although given the record of all concerned, I doubt anyone cares enough to change it.  So-called constitutionalists on the right just vote for Antitaxitarians who would consider Fascism legitimate as long as it's funded with corporate donations rather than taxation, and on the left civil liberties - like all issues - are just item #4,917 on the laundry list.

    Nothing makes a Republican angrier than a smile on a poor child's face.

    by Troubadour on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 11:48:00 AM PDT

    •  I'm guessing that this center, and the programs (5+ / 0-)

      it supports, will be about much more than anti-terrorism, but also anti-serious crime, and for conventional espionage and counter-espionage against both our adversaries and allies, including industrial espionage and counter-espionage, where our biggest rivals are China, South Korea, Japan, India, Israel, France and Russia. Plus, to one extent or another, spying on Americans that the feds suspect are up to no good, on the left and right. It may not have been meant for all this, but no way will such massive processing and storage power be used solely against relatively low-tech terrorists. Once the government has its toys, it finds new ways of using them.

      Perhaps they should outsource it all to Google and Facebook?

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 12:34:22 PM PDT

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      •  It's awful, but the economic future belongs to (2+ / 0-)
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        whoever has the superior algorithm that can extract a fraction of a second of quicker and more accurate data than the competition.  Just a couple of years ago there was that corporate scandal with Goldman Sachs making all that money by just trading stock fractions of a second faster than its competitors, and undoubtedly they're still doing that, only more so.  Frank Herbert's prediction was prescient: Machines are at first liberating, but then they liberate malicious people to be even more effective at enslaving others.

        Nothing makes a Republican angrier than a smile on a poor child's face.

        by Troubadour on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 12:57:31 PM PDT

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