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house Bill H.R. 874

Does The U.S. Need To Build The Ultimate Super Computer?

Argument in favor

America’s computing power is stagnant. Building a exascale system will have major benefits for national security, health care, engineering and other fields of science — bringing the U.S. back to its rightful place as the world's supercomputing innovator.

Lomeli's Opinion
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05/19/2015
Science drives a country's development and improvements. A single breakthrough by one scientist on one experiment can trigger a massive wave of new technologies bettering our entire wellbeing and prosperity.
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Steve's Opinion
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05/19/2015
I for one welcome our publicly funded computer overlords. In all seriousness, it *SHOULD* be the job of government to use taxpayer money to fund scientific and technological innovations. Government is the expression of what we can build together; let's use it to make the world a better place.
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Spider-Man's Opinion
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05/19/2015
I say yes. Regardless of the time it takes, we need to get back in the game when it comes to STEM. We also need to get rid of common core and over-testing students.
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Creating an exascale system would require a comprehensive and costly transformation in computing that could take years to implement, and even longer before taxpayers will see tangible benefits.

Allen's Opinion
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03/10/2015
Let private enterprise do it if it is needed. Stop government involvement as they will only use it to further infringe on our liberties.
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RobertAllport's Opinion
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03/09/2015
The U.S. needs to feed the hungry children on the streets, dismantle the computers already in use to violate our privacy, resolve immigration, settle a 17 trillion debt, amend relations with Israel, reaffirm Religious Liberty and family values. That's what America needs to do. I see no need for the expenditure of 10 billion dollars for another info collection database.
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/23/2015
It is not the role of the government to do this. I can just see it now: as soon as they finish, they will have spent a fortune, and the technology will be a decade outdated.
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    Science drives a country's development and improvements. A single breakthrough by one scientist on one experiment can trigger a massive wave of new technologies bettering our entire wellbeing and prosperity.
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    Let private enterprise do it if it is needed. Stop government involvement as they will only use it to further infringe on our liberties.
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    I for one welcome our publicly funded computer overlords. In all seriousness, it *SHOULD* be the job of government to use taxpayer money to fund scientific and technological innovations. Government is the expression of what we can build together; let's use it to make the world a better place.
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    The U.S. needs to feed the hungry children on the streets, dismantle the computers already in use to violate our privacy, resolve immigration, settle a 17 trillion debt, amend relations with Israel, reaffirm Religious Liberty and family values. That's what America needs to do. I see no need for the expenditure of 10 billion dollars for another info collection database.
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    I say yes. Regardless of the time it takes, we need to get back in the game when it comes to STEM. We also need to get rid of common core and over-testing students.
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    It is not the role of the government to do this. I can just see it now: as soon as they finish, they will have spent a fortune, and the technology will be a decade outdated.
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    This is where we should draw the line between where the government funds research and development verse the private sector funding it to be able to make a profit.
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    It is particularly important to maintain US prominence on the forefront of computer advancement; computers are the future so by maintaining a leading role in that sector we also maintain leadership for future generations.
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    The growing trend across 1st world countries is to digitalize. It could be from moving things from a hard disk storage to the "cloud", increased automation in mundane proceses, or computational power to get things done quicker. Weither it is now or later, an advancment needs to be made on our end that allows us to keep up. Scientific advancments, such as this, are what allow a country to move forward presenting opportunities that were not even an option (or theorized) before.
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    The US federal government does not have to have it's finger in everything. The prestige of the accomplishment is sufficient for private enterprise.
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    Get back to constitutional priorities, please.
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    Do they have a bathroom here, or do they put their turds up in the cloud?
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    Want to see a cost estimate first
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    Invest in tech and you will get a return on that investment. Worst case we know not to pursue that avenue again. But the best case results might not be fully understood for years, while spurring innovation and progress. That's a risk well worth taking.
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    While in theory this seems a wonderful idea when looking at who is backing this bill and understanding the scale of the research and the potential uses of this computer, i have to say no.
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    And then it might be able to teach us how to have a productive government
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    Let's get our costs under control BEFORE spending in this area.
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    No more borrowing! Cut the budget and stop welfare. Work for your pay or die!!
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    Better than money spent on the f-35. The Chinese will probably end up stealing the plans and building it for 10% of the cost.
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    Because we need for our research
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