Meltdowns plague NSA center

The Wall Street Journal reports that recurrent electrical failures have undermined the mammoth new data-storage facility central to the National Security Agency's spying efforts. In what WSJ colleague Danny Yadron is calling "a scoop supreme" for fellow reporter Siobhan Gorman, the article details how repeated meltdowns have ruined machinery and set back the center's opening by at least a year. "The NSA data center in Utah has major electrical problems and basically isn't working," summarized Kashmir Hill with Forbes.

"Wow. This WSJ article gives you a pretty good sense of the size of the NSA program," marveled Chris Dall at Minnesota Public Radio. Putting it into even more mind-boggling perspective, Washington Post's Justine Maki quoted, "An exabyte is roughly 100,000 times the size of the printed material in the Library of Congress."

That concept is enough to make most anyone's head hurt.




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