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The US National Security Agency is open sourcing a distributed "NoSQL" database based on Google's proprietary BigTable platform. Known as Accumulo, the platform has been in development at the NSA for over three years, and it's built atop Hadoop, the open source distributed file system and distributed number-crunching platform …

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BigTable, without the piles of money.

'The NSA believes this may be of interest to government and health care operations and other outfits concerned with privacy. It acknowledges, however, that the access labels do not constitute a "complete security solution".'

Might work. I think a "complete security solution" regarding personal privacy would have entailed apprenticing Eric Schmidt to a Plumber or Carpenter many years ago. Seems a bit late for that.

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Too late

Might work. I think a "complete security solution" regarding personal privacy would have entailed apprenticing Eric Schmidt to a Plumber or Carpenter many years ago. Seems a bit late for that.

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Not too late to give the man a gimp mask and apprentice him to Mistress Keepa Hitten. She'll learn him.

Mines the one with the .... sod it, just let me out.

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Huh?

"Though the agency has little experience with public open source work..."

Do you mean with applications or just in general?

Because Flask aka SELinux, which is a mainstay security enhancement on most distributions of Linux and BSD used in Enterprise (RHEL is the best example, I believe Ubuntu has it, and all of the major versions of BSD also have it), was developed and implemented at NSA/CSS* with cooperation from the University of Utah. Utah provided a research version of the GNU/Linux OS called Fluke and NSA/CSS provided the enhancement.

So when it comes to pure applications, no NSA/CSS really hasn't done much public open source work. Im sure there are classified programs that are open-sourced inside the Agency but if its classified, does it really make the code open source?

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*NSA's proper name is NSA/CSS, it means National Security Agency/Central Security Service. The CSS isn't as well known, its mostly a fusion agency for COMINT and MASINT collected by the various Military Intelligence Agencies, like US Army Intelligence and Security Command, the US Naval Security Group, Coast Guard Intelligence, US Marine Corps Intelligence, and the US Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency.

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The NSA as a vendor...?

Caveat emptor...

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Caveat emptor ?

Oh come on, take off your silly little tin-foil hat.

It's not like you can trust anything coming out of Google's doors these days is it ?

Or various open source code repositories that have been demonstrated that they can be easily tampered with ?

Or how about the your hardware that's made in China ? Can you trust that ?

Seriously, unless you write your own assembly code and build your own computers/servers (from individual components, not ready-made parts) you eventually have to trust someone to some degree.

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Documentation

"According to the NSA, its project now spans over 200,000 lines of (mostly Java) code and hundreds of pages of documentation."

With comments every second line, and every class method tediously documented, but no real information on how it works, no doubt.

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