Posts Tagged ‘NSA scandal’

Data Farming At Utah Data Center, With Five Zettabytes Of Storage, Hard To Wrap Your Brain Around

June 22, 2013

As privacy advocates and security experts debate the validity of the National Security Agency’s massive data gathering operations, the agency is putting the finishing touches on its biggest data farm yet. The gargantuan $1.2 billion complex at a National Guard base 26 miles south of Salt Lake City features 1.5 million square feet of top secret space. High-performance NSA computers alone will fill up 100,000 square feet.The Utah Data Center is a data farm that will begin harvesting emails, phone records, text messages and other electronic data in September.The estimated power of those computing resources in Utah is so massive it requires use of a little-known unit of storage space: the zettabyte. Cisco quantifies a zettabyte as the amount of data that would fill 250 billion DVDs. That much power generates so much heat that the computers will fry without 1.5 million gallons of cooling water a day.”They would have plenty of space with five zettabytes to store at least something on the order of 100 years worth of the worldwide communications, phones and emails and stuff like that,” Binney asserts, “and then have plenty of space left over to do any kind of parallel processing to try to break codes.”

Five zettabytes of storage, hard to wrap your brain around…



Plan B Abortion Pill Is Now Also Available To Girls Under 17, Another Background Check

June 11, 2013

The Obama administration will stop trying to limit sales of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after pill available to women of all ages without a prescription.

The US justice department said in a letter on Monday that it planned to comply with a court’s ruling to allow unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step and that it would withdraw its appeal on the matter. President’s reversal means emergency contraception drug will be available to women of all ages without a prescription. Obama attempts to push NSA scandal to the background..