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      CommentAuthorthom_wong
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
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    From PSFK

    Google has filed a patent application for water based data centers. The proposed idea is to have ships full of servers, storage systems and networking gear, anchored up to 7 miles offshore. They could also be mobilized when needed to serve regions where it’s not feasible to build a data center on land. The data barges would be powered by the motion of waves and cooled by the ocean water. Added bonus: the offshore status means no more property taxes.


    Add this to Google's plans for geothermal energy and can you say Next Bond Villain?
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    Islands in the net.
    • CommentAuthorRyan C
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
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    Along with the taxes, couldn't they store "illegal" data. Someone at Google read Cryptonomicon is what I am thinking.

    I wouldn't call them a villain though. It seems to me our villians are being bailed out by a certain country this week.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
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    Oooh....the possibility of "Data Pirates" is in the air now. yar.
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      CommentAuthorDasai
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008
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    Didn't some guy already do that with an abandoned drilling platform?
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      CommentAuthorstsparky
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2008 edited
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    The Onion had this prediction in 2007 - appropriate for tomorrow.



    It's not Sealand or the Crypt though.
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    4chan can finally lease that CP data haven.
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    What happens when the pirates come for their gold and copper?