Regarding the nighttime computer shutoff idea: I don’t think it will be feasible to power-off computers under the current software management scheme, but if the USG were to create a Government cloud (using software from Google, Salesforce, etc.), that would greatly reduce operational costs and allow us to more easily access resources using personal computers, laptops, etc. The hardware requirements would be lower than they are now because software would be run through a browser (or similar) and sit on remote servers. Netbooks would be adequate. So long as the servers are administered centrally by the USG, the approach should also reduce overall risk because we would not have to store information on our own computers.
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