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The NSA and Me (2014) (theintercept.com)
44 points by DigitalJack on Aug 16, 2016 | hide | past | favorite | 5 comments

Bamford's latest article (less than two weeks ago) is about the US "Cyber" army:


"The NSA cyberspies have merged with the cyberwarriors of U.S. Cyber Command, which controls its own Cyber Army, Cyber Navy, Cyber Air Force and Cyber Marine Corps, all armed with state-of-the-art cyberweapons. In charge of it all is a four-star admiral, Michael S. Rogers."

"Now under construction inside NSA’s secret city, Cyber Command’s new $3.2- billion headquarters is to include 14 buildings, 11 parking garages and an enormous cyberbrain — a 600,000-square-foot, $896.5-million supercomputer facility."

It was already posted a few times on HN but got effectively no comments.

It seems like a good article overall, though I'm skeptical of some of his assumptions, and a few of his characterizations are decidedly more sinister than I think is warranted.

11 parking garages AND an enormous cyberbrain?!

Off topic but these nothing-above-the-fold pages are really dumb. It's like they want to shove in your face how much bandwidth they're wasting. That picture is 406KB, other articles have even bigger pictures. It has no purpose and forces me to scroll. I know this article is old, but I suspect the layout is new. Articles from medium.com seem to use a similar layout.

I actually prefer the nothing-above-the-fold design. Bandwidth usage isn't really an issue for me on desktop, and it provides a nice characterization of the article without having to read more than the headline. It helps me decide whether I want to invest in reading more.

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