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(Yahoo)   Mysterious floating barge in San Francisco Bay could be secret new Google Glass facility (or a Bond villain base still under construction)   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 67
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2013-10-28 06:16:06 AM  
Blumpkin.
 
2013-10-28 06:17:11 AM  
Google is in the meth making trade now?
 
2013-10-28 06:18:37 AM  
Google got a patent for a floating data center a few years back. I'd wager dollars to donuts that's what this is.
 
2013-10-28 06:24:34 AM  
How does the sea-based generator work? It makes me wanna get all Water World in this piece.
 
2013-10-28 06:31:31 AM  
...or it could be the transport from Isla Sorna, or SeaQuest DSV mkI, or an infected boat like in the beginning of Zombi 2, or...
 
2013-10-28 06:36:16 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Google got a patent for a floating data center a few years back. I'd wager dollars to donuts that's what this is.


nice research
 
2013-10-28 06:42:37 AM  
Die An Under Day
Underball
Under Majesty's Secret Service
 
2013-10-28 06:43:36 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Google got a patent for a floating data center a few years back. I'd wager dollars to donuts that's what this is.


www.gorestruly.com
 
2013-10-28 06:52:09 AM  
How boring. A proper lair should be in a hollowed out volcano.
 
2013-10-28 07:05:21 AM  
If it launches an airship then you can worry.
 
2013-10-28 07:10:48 AM  
There's one in Portland Maine too.
 
2013-10-28 07:12:09 AM  
Pffft.

Microsoft is planning an orbital station with lasers and photon torpedoes....
 
2013-10-28 07:18:09 AM  
Here's the article about said Portland facility. Nobody knows what's going on. Made the front page of the Sunday paper.
 
2013-10-28 07:19:12 AM  

HighHardOne: There's one in Portland Maine too.


Yeah, and that makes it more and more interesting.  Why have one on each coast?
 
2013-10-28 07:21:51 AM  
It's a streetlight.
 
2013-10-28 07:35:07 AM  
They'll need a bigger permit.
 
2013-10-28 07:39:55 AM  

Macular Degenerate: Here's the article about said Portland facility. Nobody knows what's going on. Made the front page of the Sunday paper.


The newspaper here has been following that one.  It was built right down the street from my house.  It was kinda neat to see it float away.
 
2013-10-28 07:41:08 AM  
I guess using the Bay's typically frigid water for cooling makes the extra costs worth it.
 
2013-10-28 07:50:06 AM  

State_College_Arsonist: I guess using the Bay's typically frigid water for cooling makes the extra costs worth it.


There are some pretty strict laws regarding using a living water source for primary cooling and dumping waste heat back into the source. I hope they've worked that out ahead of time.
 
2013-10-28 08:00:48 AM  
I lived on coastal MA for years. The salt air melts metal. Not sure I'd want my server farm that close to the weather.
 
2013-10-28 08:06:32 AM  

LoneVVolf: State_College_Arsonist: I guess using the Bay's typically frigid water for cooling makes the extra costs worth it.

There are some pretty strict laws regarding using a living water source for primary cooling and dumping waste heat back into the source. I hope they've worked that out ahead of time.


Tow it out into international waters, crank it up and to hell with regulations.
 
2013-10-28 08:07:48 AM  

thekingcobra: Google is in the meth making trade now?



Maybe for the plebes. All the cool kids will be smoking iMeth.
 
2013-10-28 08:14:23 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-10-28 08:16:09 AM  
San Fran bay is now an 'e-bay'...
 
2013-10-28 08:28:43 AM  
Elon Musk is gonna have to step it up a notch now.
 
2013-10-28 08:30:59 AM  
How is the population of seabass near the facility ?
 
2013-10-28 08:31:07 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Google got a patent for a floating data center a few years back. I'd wager dollars to donuts that's what this is.


WTF is wrong with the patent office that something like that is patentable?
 
2013-10-28 08:33:24 AM  

SlothB77: Elon Musk is gonna have to step it up a notch now.


He's already planning a data center on the Sun.
 
2013-10-28 08:36:27 AM  
Here's the link to the Portland Press Herald article about the barge. Short answer, no one knows what the damn things are. I guess we'll find out when they get to their final destination.

/tinfoil hat
I guess Obama is finally getting around to building those FEMA prison camps.
 
2013-10-28 08:37:23 AM  

MalyKvetos: How is the population of seabass near the facility ?


Ill tempered.
 
2013-10-28 08:41:05 AM  
"'The law is crystal clear in this case: The Bay is not to be used for something that can be built on land,' BCDC director Larry Goldzband told the station. "

No problem. No real need for the server farm to be in San Francisco anyhow. I expect it's pricey compared to other locations that would like such an employer around.
 
2013-10-28 08:42:32 AM  
It's a terrorist launch platform.

I can't get on an airplane without being searched but someone can build a huge facility down at the dock without disclosing what it is? I'm missing something somewhere. What has a greater potential for endangering mankind, me with a ball point pen or a mysterious floating barge.
 
2013-10-28 08:51:39 AM  
I'm not sure why you'd want to make a floating data centre in the first place.  Tsunami anyone?
 
2013-10-28 08:58:06 AM  
Remember... the pen IS mightier than the barge!!
 
2013-10-28 09:00:05 AM  
As opposed to a mysterious sinking barge?
 
2013-10-28 09:00:54 AM  
Any  chance it ties into their balloon-based series of internet repeaters?

/Would like to think its a quantum entanglement com system./
 
2013-10-28 09:24:04 AM  

zelet: MalyKvetos: How is the population of seabass near the facility ?

Ill tempered.


On the plus side, though, the clavichord they installed is just the opposite.
 
2013-10-28 09:28:06 AM  

SmokinTrees: As opposed to a mysterious sinking barge?


Those have been made also, and for secret purposes.
 
2013-10-28 09:33:12 AM  
img.fark.net

What does God Google need with a starship barge?
 
2013-10-28 10:03:42 AM  
Maybe they'll tow it into the Pacific, set it adrift, and begin creating The Raft.  Anyone have antennas sticking out of their heads around there?
 
2013-10-28 10:05:52 AM  
FTA: According to online documents, both are owned by By and Large, LLC

No one sees that this is actually just Pixar's next render farm (and a huge tie in to Wall-E 2)??  Really?  Am I the only one?

/adjusts tinfoil
 
2013-10-28 10:16:19 AM  
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2013-10-28 10:30:23 AM  
Mysterious floating barge in San Francisco Bay ...

Wow, that IS an odd species of barge...
 
2013-10-28 11:03:58 AM  
s3-ec.buzzfed.com

I didn't post this. You did not see it.
 
2013-10-28 11:08:10 AM  
This is just a test bed for their floating barge patents. Any actual production they're making, is just being secretive to get some buzz going. Why make a secret out of something that everyone has already seen?

I suspect the Port Authority and Coast Guard knows what's going on on those boats just fine.
 
2013-10-28 11:08:39 AM  

dittybopper: HighHardOne: There's one in Portland Maine too.

Yeah, and that makes it more and more interesting.  Why have one on each coast?


First rule in government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price? Only, this one can be kept secret. Controlled by Americans, built by the Japanese subcontractors. Who, also, happen to be, recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiaries...
 
2013-10-28 11:10:26 AM  

Voiceofreason01: WhyteRaven74: Google got a patent for a floating data center a few years back. I'd wager dollars to donuts that's what this is.

WTF is wrong with the patent office that something like that is patentable?


Yeah, allowing someone to patent a giant machine that's never been made before and which presents all sorts of unforeseen challenges? What's next, granting a patent on a medicine or new metal alloy? Hmmph!
 
2013-10-28 11:21:07 AM  
grmmmie.smugmug.com
 
2013-10-28 11:44:43 AM  
Another challenging facing any such enterprise would be in justifying why Google would need the new operation to be water-based.

"The law is crystal clear in this case: The Bay is not to be used for something that can be built on land," BCDC director Larry Goldzband told the station.


"So we can move it." is not the type of simple answer this kind of over-empowered martinet local environmental commissioner in California will accept, so Google's influence with the judge who does accept it will be instantly decried.
 
2013-10-28 11:44:51 AM  
That's one way to get around immigration law.
 
Biv
2013-10-28 11:45:27 AM  
mimg.ugo.com

/approves
 
2013-10-28 11:59:38 AM  

Clemkadidlefark: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x395]

I didn't post this. You did not see it.


Hubbard was a hoot, he used to be one of my pen pals back in the 70's. I absolutely love SCIFI.

His followers are a bit extreme though.
 
2013-10-28 02:22:06 PM  
It's full of these:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_8KKe0i5xA
 
2013-10-28 02:28:24 PM  

Theaetetus: Voiceofreason01: WhyteRaven74: Google got a patent for a floating data center a few years back. I'd wager dollars to donuts that's what this is.

WTF is wrong with the patent office that something like that is patentable?

Yeah, allowing someone to patent a giant machine that's never been made before and which presents all sorts of unforeseen challenges? What's next, granting a patent on a medicine or new metal alloy? Hmmph!


Seriously. WTF is Voiceofreason01 on about? There are plenty of ridiculous patent applications for things that should not be patentable (human genes, for example), but knowing what little I do know about this facility, it seems very patentable to me.

/just authored and filed a provisional patent earlier this month
 
2013-10-28 03:00:28 PM  

gremlin1: [grmmmie.smugmug.com image 600x338]


Wrong Galaxy.
 
2013-10-28 03:08:53 PM  

Kahabut: gremlin1: [grmmmie.smugmug.com image 600x338]

Wrong Galaxy.


Actually, didn't that one end up in San Francisco Bay in the series finale?
 
2013-10-28 03:09:04 PM  
"mysterious floating barge" only a little bit less mysterious than "mysterious sinking barge"
 
2013-10-28 03:20:25 PM  

Macular Degenerate: Here's the article about said Portland facility. Nobody knows what's going on. Made the front page of the Sunday paper.


From that article:
The one in San Francisco Bay was built on top of a barge with the registration "BAL 0010," while the one in Portland harbor is on a barge with the registration "BAL 0011."
...
Now the question is, if there's one in San Francisco Bay and another in Maine, are there more out there?

Well, there's a bal0001 and a bal0100, which are both in San Francisco.  Doesn't appear to be a bal0101 or higher though.
 
2013-10-28 03:32:32 PM  

SmokinTrees: As opposed to a mysterious sinking barge?


Came here to say this, also:  I'm pretty sure the mysterious sunken barge (if it has people coming and going to it) is the one with the Bond villain in it.
 
2013-10-28 03:39:01 PM  
noazark:
Underball

Underverse

images4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-10-28 03:45:20 PM  
Maybe it is a floating health care platform.
 
2013-10-28 03:54:24 PM  
Just call the Port Authority or whoever's in charge of keeping track of boats in US waters.
 
2013-10-28 04:08:15 PM  

recoil47: Kahabut: gremlin1: [grmmmie.smugmug.com image 600x338]

Wrong Galaxy.

Actually, didn't that one end up in San Francisco Bay in the series finale?


it did end up here. I think the cloaking device failed
 
2013-10-28 04:10:56 PM  
If the Jedi find out what they are up to then they are all doomed.
 
2013-10-28 07:22:14 PM  
 
2013-10-29 01:01:05 AM  

upload.wikimedia.org


They had a large barge with a radio antenna tower on it that they would charged up a discharge.


They had a large barge with a radio antenna tower on it that they would charged up a discharge.


They had a large barge with a radio antenna tower on it that they would charged up a discharge.

 
2013-10-29 08:39:01 AM  
The sweet sad queen of the grazing isles.
 
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