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Brown, Dan. Digital Fortress


St. Martin's Press, New York, 1998

Topics: code, cryptography
Themes: privacy
Motifs: the super computer, subterranean computer

the super computer, subterranean computer
This was TRANSLTR, the single most expensive piece of computing equipment in the world--a machine the NSA swore did not exist.

Like an iceberg, the machine hid 90 percent of its mass and power deep beneath the surface. Its secret was locked in a ceramic silo that went six stories straight down--a rocketlike hull surrounded by a winding maze of catwalks, cables, and hissing exhaust from the freon cooling system. The power generators at the bottom droned in a perpetual low-frequency hum that gave the acoustics in Crypto a dead, ghostlike quality.
p 18-19


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