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US Government Upgrades RAM

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the one-ramdisk-to-find-them-all dept.

United States 445

Deep Throat writes "Techworld has the scoop on a new super-sized RAM disk that the US government has just bought for a few million dollars in order to speed up searching through huge databases. It's 2.5TB! The VP of the company that made it says it is for Washington DC and searching databases but won't say who. Techworld explains why it reckons it's the Department of Homeland Security searching in the NSA and Pentagon databases for terrorists. And apparently the government is 'very happy' with the purchase and thinking about getting more."

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FP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8513949)

FP from Washington University is ON Teh sp0ke!!

Spring Break 4ever!!!

John "Eff'ing" Kerry (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514064)

John Kerry claimed yesterday that certain "foreign leaders" have told him that they're rooting for him to defeat President Bush. "I've met foreign leaders who can't go out and say this publicly, but boy, they look at you and say, 'You've got to win this, you've got to beat this guy, we need a new policy,' things like that," Kerry told a crowd while campaigning in Hollywood, Fla.

Kerry's campaign wouldn't give any details about the identities of the leaders or the countries in his cheering section.

"It's no secret that this administration has squandered a lot of the good will that we received after Sept. 11," campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said.

Asked if the "foreign leaders" were heads of state or lower-ranking officials like ambassadors, Cutter said, "That's all I can say."

Bush campaign spokesman Terry Holt said, "Kerry's foreign friends may prefer him as U.S. president, but the election is in the hands of the American people."

Kerry also predicted Republicans would try to "tear down" his reputation, and his wife's, in the eight-month campaign.

"It's going to be hard fought, they're going to do everything possible to tear down my character personally [and that of] Teresa. That's the way they operate," referring to wife Teresa Heinz Kerry.

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I'M RICK JAMES, BITCH! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8513952)

I'm Charlie Murphy you coked up shit. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514176)

Don'y make me come kick your ass. Again.

Required line (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8513953)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of those things.

Bastard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514165)

Shit, you beat me to it.

Re:Required line (2, Insightful)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514217)

Sorry, but the best I can imagine is a RAID of those things.

All this PR0N belongs to you... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8513960)

except Europe. Attempt no landing there.

yay! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8513964)

Fuck the ragheads!!!

Google (5, Funny)

sik0fewl (561285) | more than 10 years ago | (#8513966)

Still not as fast as if they'd make the info public domain and use google :)

/bin/laden (-1)

anandpur (303114) | more than 10 years ago | (#8513967)

grep laden

Very interesting because... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8513971)

Usually the US Government rams upgrades. Iraq, Haiti, next?

Re:Very interesting because... (0, Offtopic)

SphynxSR (584774) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514113)

Yea, because the US had everything to do with haiti. I thought the island taken over by the french. But if we need someone to blame, why no the US. Afterall the UN had nothing to do with Haiti. Oh wait they did, we followed thier mandates. ANd looked what happened.

Google? (5, Funny)

powerpuffgirls (758362) | more than 10 years ago | (#8513973)

in order to speed up searching through huge database

Have they consulted Google?

Re:Google? (3, Interesting)

RickHunter (103108) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514081)

The parent post isn't just funny, the poster has a very good point. Google does this on a regular basis and, from what I understand, does it very well. And without lots of really expensive and specialized hardware. They've got a lot of really, really good graph theorists and other such people working for them, too, so I'd expect that whatever they do can be generalized quite nicely.

Re:Google? (3, Insightful)

ThogScully (589935) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514120)

While a good point, perhaps, I'm sure the government has no interest in even considering that unless they have the necessary government classification clearances, which I'm guessing would be pretty high given the assumed use of a database of this magnitude.
-N

Re:Google? (4, Interesting)

RickHunter (103108) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514192)

Google wouldn't need the clearances to be asked to supply the technology. The government just goes and says "we need to search some data quickly, what can you sell us?" and Google gives them some algorithms and code and such. Which they then pore over to look for security holes and then isolate nicely from everything else on the planet.

No classification req'd.

Re:Google? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514202)

they didn't just throw money at it, they also threw brainpower at it.

The Government likes to waste money. This was their best solution.

It's awesome and all... (1, Interesting)

Azadre (632442) | more than 10 years ago | (#8513974)

How are they going to save the data if the power goes out? That's a lot of data to store on hard copies.

Re:It's awesome and all... (2, Informative)

thefatz (97467) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514031)

Solid State Storage, .... the data is already saved.

Re:It's awesome and all... (1)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514085)

SolidData [soliddata.com] sells solid state drives. Mountable by SCSI or FiberChannel (think SANs).

Anyhow, their website has info on how the data is backed up.

Re:It's awesome and all... (5, Informative)

Maskirovka (255712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514200)

How are they going to save the data if the power goes out? That's a lot of data to store on hard copies.

This is supposed to be a caching system, not a long term archive. They also undoubtedly have both Uninteruptable Power Supplies (think racks full of car batteries) and generators to protect from power failure. The databases that it caches are more than likely mirrored at multiple locations, and backed up daily, if not in realtime to an autmated tape library system.

Big Disk (1)

DotNM (737979) | more than 10 years ago | (#8513979)

I'd even like HALF of the size of that disk!

Re:Big Disk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514024)

Sounds like you can have one for half of a few million dollars.

Re:Big Disk (1)

DotNM (737979) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514140)

I kinda meant... without paying the money.

Like google (5, Informative)

robslimo (587196) | more than 10 years ago | (#8513982)

Sounds like they're taking heed of Google's success in attaining blazing search speeds by holding all the data in RAM.

See here. [dashes.com]

MOD DOWN! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514137)

Moderate this user to oblivion. Check the username: robslimo? He's just using a name similar to roblimo to get attention. Don't give it to him.

for Pr0n!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8513984)

Someone wants INSTANT access to their ENTIRE collection of asian bikini pics!

Re:for Pr0n!!! (2, Funny)

billimad (629204) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514180)

oh man, and I thought I was the only one with a collection THAT big.

Power Failure (1)

Aurix (610383) | more than 10 years ago | (#8513985)

What happens when the power goes out? How long will it take to read all that data back into the RAM disk? Ouch.

Re:Power Failure (1)

SQLz (564901) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514055)

I think RAM disks, the kind you buy, are non volatile. If the power goes out your data is still there. The kind you make via software use your system's ram.

Re:Power Failure (5, Informative)

eric2hill (33085) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514080)

RTFA dude. "It also includes three independent internal UPS systems to ensure that no power loss or power supply failure will stop the RamSan from performing its internal backup procedures."

Re:Power Failure (1)

NickDngr (561211) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514086)

What happens when the power goes out?

Power doesn't go out in a decent data center. They have online UPS to take over short term and gas powered generators for longer outages.

Re:Power Failure (1)

tchuladdiass (174342) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514104)

If you had to reload from hard drives, then assuming your data transfer rate is 20 meg per second, then it would take about 62.5 hours to populate.

Oh no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8513990)

Tinfoil hat mode ON! It's for the HAARP antennae, man, and earthquake machines. Or maybe it involves secret Area 51 UFOs! They are probably storing all our thoughts on it. Run for the hills.

Two words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514187)

Phone police.

$4.7 million (5, Funny)

vasqzr (619165) | more than 10 years ago | (#8513992)

The list price of the system, which is made up from 40 RamSan 320 units, reviewed here, is $4.7million

Purchased from Dell's website that would have been....$12.5 million?

RAM upgrading (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8513994)

They're upgrading in time for Longhorns release you insensitive clod!

Headline (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8513995)

US to China: j00r b0x0rz suxx0rz!!

Use the correct post (4, Funny)

Shipud (685171) | more than 10 years ago | (#8513997)

I just hope they rememebr to use the USB2.0 for their new keychain disk; access time might be horrible otherwise...

Doom 3 (3, Funny)

vinit79 (740464) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514000)

My guess is that they want to play Doom3 with a fps higher than 5 fps.

Is Unreal Doomed

Re:Doom 3 (3, Funny)

irokitt (663593) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514070)

Government Official: "No, its this damn Halo demo...."

Re:Doom 3 (1)

Pike65 (454932) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514078)

Doom 3, eh? They may need more grunt.

Seriously though - what kind of RAM do they actually use in these things? Are they standard DIMMs or something more esoteric?

you quote yourself in your sig (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514220)

that's so fucking gay.

Re:Doom 3 (2, Funny)

jtwJGuevara (749094) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514216)

A little further than that actually... they will host a free Doom3 server, and then track down and convict anyone playing an excessive amount of hours on it with suspicion of terrorist activities.

They're searching for me. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514001)

They're searching for me.

Doom 3 ? (2, Funny)

MarkoNo5 (139955) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514010)

Wonder if they got hold of an early copy of Doom 3.

Re:Doom 3 ? (1)

vinit79 (740464) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514060)

Think alike, dont we ??

Re:Doom 3 ? (1)

MarkoNo5 (139955) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514198)

My thought exactly ;)

Re:Doom 3 ? (2, Funny)

Aliencow (653119) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514074)

No, longhorn.

A trivial expense (5, Interesting)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514011)

However, not that many departments could possibly want to run such vast queries regularly. It would also be extremely difficult to justify a $4.7 million investment unless that work was seen as vital and speed was a main consideration in that work. It is also peculiar that such a large purchase could be approved at a time of tightening belts.

Honestly, I wonder what the author was smoking?

* However, not that many departments could possibly want to run such vast queries regularly.

You don't think so? I think *every* DBA would like to have a few extra TB of RAM. Maybe the Department of Transportation just wants a more efficient way to keep track of US Highway routes [wikipedia.org] ?

* It would also be extremely difficult to justify a $4.7 million investment...

What country is this guy living in? If you're high up enough, it's trivially easy to justify $5 million. That's hardly enough to build one Interstate highway intersection.

* It is also peculiar that such a large purchase could be approved at a time of tightening belts.

Oh, now I know the problem. The author has been in a coma for the past 18 months. Wake up, dude, and smell the money [crunchweb.net] !

Re:A trivial expense (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514056)

In and of itself, $4.7 million is not that much money. It's when the government spends $4.7 million of taxpayer money frivilously on this and 10,000 other similar projects that it adds up.

Re:A trivial expense (1)

M. Baranczak (726671) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514184)

"A million dollars here and a million there, and pretty soon it adds up to some real money."

I think this line was attributed to Reagan, but I could be wrong.

Not for the DHS (5, Interesting)

110010001000 (697113) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514015)

This was bought by the Internal Revenue Service in order to improve the auditing of tax returns. They say that the additional revenue brought in will easily pay for the device many times over.

If it was for the DHS or NSA you would not have heard about the purchase.

Re:Not for the DHS (4, Funny)

GoofyBoy (44399) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514109)

I would feel less threatened if it was in the hands of the DHS rather than the IRS.

Re:Not for the DHS (3, Insightful)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514149)

More likely, the NSA's already got a dozen of these things and loves them...

Don't be paranoid (4, Insightful)

afra242 (465406) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514017)

Before many users start discussing the privacy laws and what not, it should be noted that the data being stored is probably not new. It's the medium on which it is stored on, which is.

Even without this, the old database could have been searched for some terrorists. Nothing has really changed.

Could be a lot of things. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514018)

Could be memory for pattern matching genomic alignments : Health and Human Services.

Could be memory for modeling Nuclear Blasts : Department of Energy.

Could be everybody's tax returns since the Truman administration : Internal Revenue Service.

WTFK.

What size is it? (0, Troll)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514022)

Did not see the reference to the actual size of it. I'm guessing a platter the size of Alcatraz (which is in between "as big as a house" and "the size of Pittsburg").

Just wait until AOL starts mailing these out.

Re:What size is it? (1)

Daniel Boisvert (143499) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514089)

The article said 3 full-height racks, which means 19 inches wide by 42U high, by however deep they bought, times 3. It would fit in your cubicle. :)

Re:What size is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514099)

Its ram you dumb fuck.

Re:What size is it? (1)

Erik Hensema (12898) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514105)

Actually it's three 19" racks.

Re:What size is it? (1)

denisonbigred (611860) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514107)

Three Full 3U Rack Units.

Re:What size is it? (1)

SunBug (31218) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514121)

From the article:

"A RamSan 320 unit holds up to 64GB of RAM in a 3U rack unit. The US government order is housed in three full height rack units."

So, about 7' tall, 10' wide.

Re:What size is it? (1)

shystershep (643874) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514159)

Just wait until AOL starts mailing these out.

Hell, if AOL would send me one of these I'd actually be willing to use their service. Well, sign up for it anyway.

US has biggest RAMdisk - any programmers left? (-1, Flamebait)

CresentCityRon (2570) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514023)

So the US pays for some big dumb RAM disk so they can snoop and take away even more liberties from US citizens and others.

And on page two I read in today's newspaper how a few thousand IT jobs have left Atlanta for India and China.

The US's power and might is built upon $$$ which buys you tech, weapons and influence. Soon we'll be in decline, without money nobody will listen to us and the sun shall set on the Empire.

Longhorn Beta Tester (2, Funny)

MooseByte (751829) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514044)


They really just needed it to beta test Longhorn.

DONG SALE (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:DONG SALE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514205)

Folks, I am asking for your full and complete coorperation as we choke and squeeze our way into the 21st century.

Unfortunately for FBI Gamers... (-1, Redundant)

st0rmshadow (643869) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514048)

It does not pass the minimum requirements for Doom 3.

Getting ready... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514049)

They're just getting ready for Longhorn.

obligatory Gates quote (4, Funny)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514053)

"2.5 TB ought to be enough for anybody."

Heck, that might even be enough to boot Longhorn!

it's neat and all... (1, Troll)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514061)

but does it really matter? they'd have spent the money on something anyway because they seem to think that it is theirs to spend and that they are some how above the citizenry that they were elected by and from. They might as well have spent it on something "cool." as for searching for terrorists and stuff, big bloody whoop. As long as they only index and infringe on non-citizens, i really don't care. of course, they are going to do that and it doesn't matter who is president because both major parties are in on the international totalitarian conspiricy.

More stats (5, Informative)

Maskirovka (255712) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514062)

A RamSan 320 unit holds up to 64GB of RAM in a 3U rack unit. The US government order is housed in three full height rack units. There are over 320 2Gbit/s Fibre Channel ports and the aggregate I/O rate is 36Gbit/s.

No comment needed.

Re:More stats (4, Funny)

vidnet (580068) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514221)

Not even about beowulf clusters? What's the world coming to!

This is a nice change of pace (5, Funny)

Lord_Slepnir (585350) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514067)

After weeks of seeing overblown headlines on slashdot (IE, Bill Gates runs over a squirel on the way to work, headline reads "Bill Gates Murders Animals as part of his Job!!!"), it's good to see one that is, well, underblown. 2.5TB is a bit more than a 'RAM upgrade'

Re:This is a nice change of pace (1)

cgenman (325138) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514168)

This coming directly after the Fox special "When Software Attacks 2!"

Come to think of it, the stories are probably linked more fundamentally than we would be comfortable admitting.

Lets see (5, Interesting)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514071)

that's about 8KB for every person in the US, including the 'terrorist' bit. You can put a lot of personal data in 8KB.

Re:Lets see (2, Funny)

bad_fx (493443) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514195)

I wonder if they also use the 'evil' bit.

Re:Lets see (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514208)

I don't think that's an issue with the Homeland Security Department.

Re:Lets see (4, Funny)

Ummagumma (137757) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514201)

the 'terrorist bit'? Thats the one right next to the evil bit [slashdot.org] , right?

=)

Don't even bother trying to figure out... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514091)

...exactly what they're going to use this for. Believe me, the US government isn't doing anything sinister now that there's a department of homeland security and we have the "post 9-11" buzzword that is any worse than what they were doing before. You just hadn't heard about it yet back then.

Let me tell you a little story.

January 2001. There are still two very tall buildings at the southern end of Manhattan. A certain three letter agency paid a *large* sum of money for me to signifigantly alter the virtual memory subsystem of the linux kernel for alpha processors. The validation testing and application of the modifications inolved benchmarks that compared large quantities of text against a large word list. The modification changed the amount of data they could pump through their (very large) cluster of machines by about 15%. Why would their motive today be any different? If this has been going on all this time, how can you say for sure what they're going to use 2.5TB of fast storage for?

Facts?? (1)

SlashdotLemming (640272) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514108)

Is Techworld a Drudge spinoff?

this came... (4, Funny)

maxpublic (450413) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514111)

...right after their purchases of thousands of those little X10 spy cameras that you can mount just about anywhere! Oops, said too much, gotta go before-------------

OMG What a mistake!!! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514123)

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I started getting solicitations from gay Slashdotters. At first just a few but, the number kept growing until it finally became a torrent. They won't leave me alone. These homo wackos are stalking me hijacking my PC and my cell phone. I've completely abandoned email because of it but, they won't stop. I've even had a few track down my physical address and now they are stalking me.

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What ever you do, beware of OSDN personals and the Slashdot homos.

Gov uses RAM to find more goats (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514132)

Washington DC -- Word has it that the United States Government has enlisted the help of numerous male sheep in Afghanistan in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

When technology advisors suggested the use of RAM to help with data searches, Atty. Gen. Ashcroft thought a similar technology could be used in the terrorist hunt immediately. Thus while the rams hunt down Bin Laden, RAM would help in bringing to light numerous new scapegoats...er...terrorists to hold blame for the administration's failures.

We'll ride the Terrorism Ticket in '04, adds Ashcroft. A vote for Bush is a vote against Terrorism.

RAM Smackdown! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514144)

From the article:

you need a monster RAM memory

I can see it now: SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! It's MONSTER RAM DISK vs. THE TERRORIST DATABASE! Get ready for a join table SMACKDOWN! Meet the sysadmin, get your picture taken with the Cisco router pinup girl of the month, and watch all the action. Kids under 12 get in free. SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

How much would this speed them up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8514148)

Aren't there other possible and far cheaper solutions? For example, a cluster of servers with lots of RAM and software architected to run parallel queries? Maybe multiple Oracle clusters? Maybe Google?


How much access time are they saving? If they went with a really big cluster, they would also be adding compute resources, not just memory. What is the tradeoff (price/performance)?

OMG my rights online (2, Insightful)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514154)

You have no idea what it's for. The list of known terrorists and their acquaitances is relatively short, I cant imagine more than a few gigabytes being needed.

Perhaps it's to store tax returns so the government can mail you your refund check faster. (Job required, sorry).

Maybe INS (or USCIS or whatever they're called) want to track the tidal wave of benifits being handed to Mexican illegals.

I'm a little tired of all this Big Brother speculation. Get over it.

SQL (0)

ziondreams (760588) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514160)

select * from suspect_list where home_page = 'slashdot.org';

430,000 records found.

Wow can they upgrade my machine to 512 mb ram? (1)

Congress (760696) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514173)

maybe I should contact my elected officials and ask them to upgrade my ram!

Bleeding Edge (5, Funny)

Embedded Geek (532893) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514175)

'very happy' with the purchase

I just hope they didn't get it at Fry's. God help them if they've got to return it.

So What? (1)

DrDebug (10230) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514177)

In 15 years (or less) people will have this much data on their Palm Pilot.

Speaking of... Cheapest way to get 16GB on 64bit? (1)

RoundSparrow (341175) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514203)

Speaking of such a project.

I'm searching for the cheapest way to get a 64-bit processor with 16GB of RAM.

There are some Opteron motherboards but you have to purchase very expensive 2GB DIMM modules with only 8 slots...

Anyone aware of a motherboard that has 16 slots and will take 1GB DIMM modules? Reliable?

For 8GB, I found the Sun Blade 1000's are pretty cheap to get on eBay. I got a 8GB dual 750Mhz system for $4500 used. However, it is maxed out at 8GB...

I figure someone in this thread would have something to share. Thanks.

SMASH THE GIANT COMPUTER!!! (2, Insightful)

Qrlx (258924) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514204)

Sure, it could be used for good. But you know and I know that it will eventually be used for evil.

Who's using it? (1, Troll)

Xeger (20906) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514209)

Maybe NSA wants to build a searchable database of SHA1 preimages. Maybe FBI wants to crack domestic terrorists' GPG keys (because, thanks to export restrictions, *no* international terrorist could ever have access to strong encryption, right guys?) Maybe NTSB wants to sort everyone's mother's maiden names alphabetically and cross-index with blood type in order to make a pretty picture.

There are a million uses for this kind of lightning-fast random access storage, so it's useless to speculate. Whichever government agency is using it, one thing's certain: they're not using it for our benefit.

How Unfair! (1)

Tremor (APi) (678603) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514215)

I pay more than enough taxes, I think - where's my giant honking RAM disk?? Of course... didn't somebody build a supercomputer out of Xserves for $5 mil? Boy, five million dollars isn't what it used to be... why, I remember when you could make a payphone call for only 35 cents!

the ram in my PC (1)

kraemer (637938) | more than 10 years ago | (#8514222)

The article says thats "10,000 times the RAM in your PC". No, thats only 2,500 times the RAM in my PC....
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