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Google's Barge Is a Marketing Showroom

timothy posted about a year ago | from the william-gibson-arms-apartments dept.

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Dave Knott writes "The mysterious barge docked in San Francisco Bay that has been fueling intense speculation the past week will serve as a luxury showroom for Google products and a floating, modular venue for the company's private events. The large structure built out of shipping containers that sits on top of the barge will be used to market Google Glass, the much-hyped augmented reality headgear Google unveiled this year, and other products and to host invitation-only events and parties for clients. The structure is constructed of interchangeable 12-metre high shipping containers that can be assembled and disassembled and transported by road, rail or ship anywhere in the world."

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Correction (3, Informative)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about a year ago | (#45309595)

The structure is constructed of interchangeable 12-metre high shipping containers

12 metre long shipping containers.

Re:Correction (2)

Joining Yet Again (2992179) | about a year ago | (#45309671)

Everything's relative, man.

Do they need to go metric on this ? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310053)

Standard size of shipping containers are 20ft and 40ft, yes, imperial feet, not meters.

Is there a need to stick to metric system no matter what ?

Re:Do they need to go metric on this ? (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year ago | (#45310105)

Standard size of shipping containers are 20ft and 40ft, yes, imperial feet, not meters.

Is there a need to stick to metric system no matter what ?

How many cubits is that?

Re:Do they need to go metric on this ? (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about a year ago | (#45310471)

20 x 40 ft. 13.33 x 20.67 cubits. 6.10 x 12.19 meters.

Re:Do they need to go metric on this ? (2)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year ago | (#45310825)

Standard size of shipping containers are 20ft and 40ft, yes, imperial feet, not meters.

Is there a need to stick to metric system no matter what ?

How many cubits is that?

Mycenaean? Or Old Kingdom?

Re:Do they need to go metric on this ? (1)

contrarywise (1981398) | about a year ago | (#45318431)

Feet and inches were Borged by the metric system a long time ago. Look up the US definition of an inch.

Re:Do they need to go metric on this ? (1)

Zanadou (1043400) | about a year ago | (#45322503)

That's what she said.

Re: Correction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45309791)

Maybe the way you stack them

Re:Correction (1)

Megane (129182) | about a year ago | (#45309853)

Way to go, eh, CBC?

To be fair, although there aren't really good reference objects for size in the pictures, it does look like the whole thing is indeed four stories tall. But the individual containers sure aren't 12 meters high, or there would be trouble trying to transport it "by road".

Re:Correction (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310389)

" But the individual containers sure aren't 12 meters high, or there would be trouble trying to transport it "by road"."....

Simple... lay them on their side.... ;-)

Re:Correction (1)

mirix (1649853) | about a year ago | (#45310039)

Well, technically they're 40' long.

Re:Correction (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310491)

Yeah, like an american is going to notice the difference...

Government & Stealth Malware (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45309639)

** PLEASE COPY AND SHARE THIS ARTICLE **
** ESPECIALLY ON THE #BADBIOS - BADBIOS - bad bios - DISCUSSION WHICH MAY HAVE STATE ACTORS SAYING IT IS BUNK **

Nobody Seems To Notice and Nobody Seems To Care â" Government & Stealth Malware

"In Response To Slashdot Article: Former Pentagon Analyst: China Has Backdoors To 80% of Telecoms

How many rootkits does the US[2] use officially or unofficially?

How much of the free but proprietary software in the US spies on you?

Which software would that be?

Visit any of the top freeware sites in the US, count the number of thousands or millions of downloads of free but proprietary software, much of it works, again on a proprietary Operating System, with files stored or in transit.

How many free but proprietary programs have you downloaded and scanned entire hard drives, flash drives, and other media? Do you realize you are giving these types of proprietary programs complete access to all of your computer's files on the basis of faith alone?

If you are an atheist, the comparison is that you believe in code you cannot see to detect and contain malware on the basis of faith! So you do believe in something invisible to you, don't you?

I'm now going to touch on a subject most anti-malware, commercial or free, developers will DELETE on most of their forums or mailing lists:

APT malware infecting and remaining in BIOS, on PCI and AGP devices, in firmware, your router (many routers are forced to place backdoors in their firmware for their government) your NIC, and many other devices.

Where are the commercial or free anti-malware organizations and individual's products which hash and compare in the cloud and scan for malware for these vectors? If you post on mailing lists or forums of most anti-malware organizations about this threat, one of the following actions will apply: your post will be deleted and/or moved to a hard to find or 'deleted/junk posts' forum section, someone or a team of individuals will mock you in various forms 'tin foil hat', 'conspiracy nut', and my favorite, 'where is the proof of these infections?' One only needs to search Google for these threats and they will open your malware world view to a much larger arena of malware on devices not scanned/supported by the scanners from these freeware sites. This point assumed you're using the proprietary Microsoft Windows OS. Now, let's move on to Linux.

The rootkit scanners for Linux are few and poor. If you're lucky, you'll know how to use chkrootkit (but you can use strings and other tools for analysis) and show the strings of binaries on your installation, but the results are dependent on your capability of deciphering the output and performing further analysis with various tools or in an environment such as Remnux Linux. None of these free scanners scan the earlier mentioned areas of your PC, either! Nor do they detect many of the hundreds of trojans and rootkits easily available on popular websites and the dark/deep web.

Compromised defenders of Linux will look down their nose at you (unless they are into reverse engineering malware/bad binaries, Google for this and Linux and begin a valuable education!) and respond with a similar tone, if they don't call you a noob or point to verifying/downloading packages in a signed repo/original/secure source or checking hashes, they will jump to conspiracy type labels, ignore you, lock and/or shuffle the thread, or otherwise lead you astray from learning how to examine bad binaries. The world of Linux is funny in this way, and I've been a part of it for many years. The majority of Linux users, like the Windows users, will go out of their way to lead you and say anything other than pointing you to information readily available on detailed binary file analysis.

Don't let them get you down, the information is plenty and out there, some from some well known publishers of Linux/Unix books. Search, learn, and share the information on detecting and picking through bad binaries. But this still will not touch the void of the APT malware described above which will survive any wipe of r/w media. I'm convinced, on both *nix and Windows, these pieces of APT malware are government in origin. Maybe not from the US, but most of the 'curious' malware I've come across in poisoned binaries, were written by someone with a good knowledge in English, some, I found, functioned similar to the now well known Flame malware. From my experience, either many forum/mailing list mods and malware developers/defenders are 'on the take', compromised themselves, and/or working for a government entity.

Search enough, and you'll arrive at some lone individuals who cry out their system is compromised and nothing in their attempts can shake it of some 'strange infection'. These posts receive the same behavior as I said above, but often they are lone posts which receive no answer at all, AT ALL! While other posts are quickly and kindly replied to and the 'strange infection' posts are left to age and end up in a lost pile of old threads.

If you're persistent, the usual challenge is to, "prove it or STFU" and if the thread is not attacked or locked/shuffled and you're lucky to reference some actual data, they will usually attack or ridicule you and further drive the discussion away from actual proof of APT infections.

The market is ripe for an ambitious company or individual to begin demanding companies and organizations who release firmware and design hardware to release signed and hashed packages and pour this information into the cloud, so everyone's BIOS is checked, all firmware on routers, NICs, and other devices are checked, and malware identified and knowledge reported and shared openly.

But even this will do nothing to stop backdoored firmware (often on commercial routers and other networked devices of real importance for government use â" which again opens the possibility of hackers discovering these backdoors) people continue to use instead of refusing to buy hardware with proprietary firmware/software.

Many people will say, "the only safe computer is the one disconnected from any network, wireless, wired, LAN, internet, intranet" but I have seen and you can search yourself for and read about satellite, RF, temperature, TEMPEST (is it illegal in your part of the world to SHIELD your system against some of these APT attacks, especially TEMPEST? And no, it's not simply a CRT issue), power line and many other attacks which can and do strike computers which have no active network connection, some which have never had any network connection. Some individuals have complained they receive APT attacks throughout their disconnected systems and they are ridiculed and labeled as a nutter. The information exists, some people have gone so far as to scream from the rooftops online about it, but they are nutters who must have some serious problems and this technology with our systems could not be possible.

I believe most modern computer hardware is more powerful than many of us imagine, and a lot of these systems swept from above via satellite and other attacks. Some exploits take advantage of packet radio and some of your proprietary hardware. Some exploits piggyback and unless you really know what you're doing, and even then⦠you won't notice it.

Back to the Windows users, a lot of them will dismiss any strange activity to, "that's just Windows!" and ignore it or format again and again only to see the same APT infected activity continue. Using older versions of sysinternals, I've observed very bizarre behavior on a few non networked systems, a mysterious chat program running which doesn't exist on the system, all communication methods monitored (bluetooth, your hard/software modems, and more), disk mirroring software running[1], scans running on different but specific file types, command line versions of popular Windows freeware installed on the system rather than the use of the graphical component, and more.

[1] In one anonymous post on pastebin, claiming to be from an intel org, it blasted the group Anonymous, with a bunch of threats and information, including that their systems are all mirrored in some remote location anyway.

[2] Or other government, US used in this case due to the article source and speculation vs. China. This is not to defend China, which is one messed up hell hole on several levels and we all need to push for human rights and freedom for China's people. For other, freer countries, however, the concentration camps exist but you wouldn't notice them, they originate from media, mostly your TV, and you don't even know it. As George Carlin railed about "Our Owners", "nobody seems to notice and nobody seems to care".

[3] http://www.stallman.org/ [stallman.org]

Try this yourself on a wide variety of internet forums and mailing lists, push for malware scanners to scan more than files, but firmware/BIOS. See what happens, I can guarantee it won't be pleasant, especially with APT cases.

So scan away, or blissfully ignore it, but we need more people like RMS[3] in the world. Such individuals tend to be eccentric but their words ring true and clear about electronics and freedom.

I believe we're mostly pwned, whether we would like to admit it or not, blind and pwned, yet fiercely holding to misinformation, often due to lack of self discovery and education, and "nobody seems to notice and nobody seems to care".

##

Schneier has covered it before: power line fluctuations (differences on the wire in keys pressed).

There's thermal attacks against cpus and temp, also:

ENF (google it)

A treat (ENF Collector in Java):

sourceforge dot net fwdslash projects fwdslash nfienfcollector

No single antimalware scanner exists which offers the ability to scan (mostly proprietary) firmware on AGP/PCI devices (sound cards, graphics cards, usb novelty devices excluding thumb drives), BIOS/CMOS.

If you boot into ultimate boot cd you can use an archane text interface to dump BIOS/CMOS and examine/checksum.

The real attacks which survive disk formats and wipes target your PCI devices and any firmware which may be altered/overwritten with something special. It is not enough to scan your hard drive(s) and thumb drives, the real dangers with teeth infect your hardware devices.

When is the last time you:

Audited your sound card for malware?
Audited your graphics card for malware?
Audited your network card for malware?

Google for:

* AGP and PCI rootkit(s)
* Network card rootkit(s)
* BIOS/CMOS rootkit(s)

Our modern PC hardware is capable of much more than many can imagine.

Do you:

        Know your router's firmware may easily be replaced on a hacker's whim?
        Shield all cables against leakage and attacks
        Still use an old CRT monitor and beg for TEMPEST attacks?
        Use TEMPEST resistant fonts in all of your applications including your OS?
        Know whether or not your wired keyboard has keypresses encrypted as they pass to your PC from the keyboard?
        Use your PC on the grid and expose yourself to possible keypress attacks?
        Know your network card is VERY exploitable when plugged into the net and attacked by a hard core blackhat or any vicious geek with the know how?
        Search out informative papers on these subjects and educate your friends and family about these attacks?
        Contact antimalware companies and urge them to protect against many or all these attacks?

Do you trust your neighbors? Are they all really stupid when it comes to computing or is there a geek or two without a conscience looking to exploit these areas?

The overlooked threat are the potential civilian rogues stationed around you, especially in large apartment blocks who feed on unsecured wifi to do their dirty work.

With the recent news of Russian spies, whether or not this news was real or a psyop, educate yourself on the present threats which all antimalware scanners fail to protect against and remove any smug mask you may wear, be it Linux or OpenBSD, or the proprietary Windows and Mac OS you feel are properly secured and not vulnerable to any outside attacks because you either don't need an antivirus scanner (all are inept to serious attacks) or use one or several (many being proprietary mystery machines sending data to and from your machine for many reasons, one is to share your information with a group or set database to help aid in threats), the threats often come in mysterious ways.

Maybe the ancients had it right: stone tablets and their own unique language(s) rooted in symbolism.

#

I'm more concerned about new rootkits which target PCI devices, such as the graphics card and the optical drives, also, BIOS. Where are the malware scanners which scan PCI devices and BIOS for mismatches? All firmware, BIOS and on PCI devices should be checksummed and saved to match with others in the cloud, and archived when the computer is first used, backing up signed firmware.

When do you recall seeing signed router firmware upgrades with any type of checksum to check against? Same for PCI devices and optical drives and BIOS.

Some have begun with BIOS security:

http://www.biosbits.org/ [biosbits.org]

Some BIOS has write protection in its configuration, a lot of newer computers don't.

#

"Disconnect your PC from the internet and don't add anything you didn't create yourself. It worked for the NOC list machine in Mission Impossible"

The room/structure was likely heavily shielded, whereas most civvies don't shield their house and computer rooms. There is more than meets the eye to modern hardware.

Google:

subversion hack:
tagmeme(dot)com/subhack/

UPDATE on tagmeme domain - 11/2013 - You'll have to use Archive.org to recover and view pages and files from the tagmeme domain as it has been abandoned and the content removed.

network card rootkits and trojans
pci rootkits
packet radio
xmit "fm fingerprinting" software
"specific emitter identification"
forums(dot)qrz(dot)com

how many malware scanners scan bios/cmos and pci/agp cards for malware? zero, even the rootkit scanners. have you checksummed/dumped your bios/cmos and firmware for all your pci/agp devices and usb devices, esp vanity usb devices in and outside the realm of common usb devices (thumbdrives, external hdds, printers),

Unless your computer room is shielded properly, the computers may still be attacked and used, I've personally inspected computers with no network connection running mysterious code in the background which task manager for windows and the eqiv for *nix does not find, and this didn't find it all.

Inspect your windows boot partition in *nix with hexdump and look for proxy packages mentioned along with command line burning programs and other oddities. Computers are more vulnerable than most would expect.

You can bet all of the malware scanners today, unless they are developed by some lone indy coder in a remote country, employ whitelisting of certain malware and none of them scan HARDWARE devices apart from the common usb devices.

Your network cards, sound cards, cd/dvd drives, graphics cards, all are capable of carrying malware to survive disk formatting/wiping.

Boot from a Linux live cd and use hexdump to examine your windows (and *nix) boot sectors to potentially discover interesting modifications by an unknown party.

#
eof"

Treasure Island with its storied history... (0)

KrazyDave (2559307) | about a year ago | (#45309655)

Now reduced to hosting corporate elite crapware traveling circus for Brin and Page's toys. Thanks to SorObama & Co. the great divide is accelerating with a politboro elite and the prole rabble. Between are government employees and petty bureaucrats. Oh, joy!

doesn't make sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45309661)

Stacks of containers to make a showroom?

Seems a bit of a stretch. Maybe it all looks better through Glass?

Re:doesn't make sense (1)

SeaFox (739806) | about a year ago | (#45309677)

I'd like to see them demonstrate the Glasses' ability to interact with the Internet from inside a structure made of metal shipping containers.

Re:doesn't make sense (1)

Bazman (4849) | about a year ago | (#45309741)

Never mind that, what about the human's ability to breathe inside shipping containers?

Re:doesn't make sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45309871)

Never mind that, what about the human's ability to breathe inside shipping containers?

Unless it's filled with water it isn't a problem breathing inside a shipping container - in the short term. For longer term there's this thing called ventilation. Just because it's made of shipping containers it doesn't have to be hermetically sealed. Try searching for 'container house' on youtube...

Re:doesn't make sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45309809)

WiFi router or pico-cell inside, connected to the world outside by wire? There is this thing called drills that can make holes, suitable to påull wires through, even in metal... seems like magic, but that's technology these days.

Re:doesn't make sense (1)

dottrap (1897528) | about a year ago | (#45309915)

Maybe you're on to something. Since this is invitation-only, presumably VIP guests, maybe the real purpose is to build a "tin foil barge" to prevent snooping from the NSA and even Google itself. (nah)

Re:doesn't make sense (2)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year ago | (#45309919)

that's surprisingly not a problem.

but what they need is rooms that have been crafted to show ar possibilities...

The limit of any company far enough up its own ass (1)

Joining Yet Again (2992179) | about a year ago | (#45309675)

...is probably Apple. But Google are getting there.

Re:The limit of any company far enough up its own (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310597)

...is probably Apple. But Google are getting there.

If earning billions of dollars in profits counts as having your head up your ass, count me in any day!

12-metre high shipping containers (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#45309679)

Just the thing when you need to move a 30' smurf [youtube.com] .

My God, It's Full of Stars! (1)

Tablizer (95088) | about a year ago | (#45309733)

Obelisks. Google fucked with Europa while making EuropaMaps.Google.com

A showroom? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45309759)

Out of all the things a mysterious Google barge could be, I have to say a marketing platform has got to be one of the most boring options imaginable. Unless they're using these to demonstrate somehow illegal hardware in international waters, I hope I never hear about this Glasshole ad campaign again.

That's the cover story (2)

gijoel (628142) | about a year ago | (#45309833)

They're actually trying to raise a Russian sub. [gwu.edu]

Re:That's the cover story (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45309869)

Everyone knows they're really just smuggling chinks into the country for future sweatshop labor. These 12 containers are just stacked together to clean out the smell after a several week trip. Just wait a few more years when the US rescinds minimum wage.

Re:That's the cover story (1)

intermodal (534361) | about a year ago | (#45329649)

Oh, come on. Glomar Explorer aside, It would be cheaper to just buy one from Russia.

hahaha (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45309849)

hahahahahahahaha! whoahhahahahahahahahaha, ohw ha, sniff, sniff, hihihihahahaha hahaha hahhahahaha

So, It's a Mobile Launchpad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45309893)

They probably decided to be shy about the (intentionallly) submersible part. Just the thing as a mobile post to control .... kaiJu-killer Sharks with Lasers on their heads? It does seem to be scalable, at least as a hypothesis. I'd be guessing modular, interactive, and networked.

It would be neat as a mobile AWS base for marine radiation monitoring. ... hm. But that would actually be in the public interest and (possibly) for the public good. So, naaah, that's not it! :-/

Re:So, It's a Mobile Launchpad? (1)

JustOK (667959) | about a year ago | (#45310321)

Google wouldn't use sharks. They always use Betas.

Creepy Uncle Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310009)

"Pssst! Hey, kid! Yes, you! Wanna see something awesome? Come with me into this shipping container! You'll like it, believe me."

Cool idea, too bad it's so ugly (1)

davide marney (231845) | about a year ago | (#45310027)

I love the idea of modular, transportable structures, but do they have to look like a pile of garbage bins with pins sticking out of the top? That's not industrial-cool, or retro-cool, that's just plain ugly. Makeover!

Re:Cool idea, too bad it's so ugly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310559)

You just need to wear your Google Glasses, citizen. It's true beauty will then be revealed as you become a True Believer, unlike the followers of the False Prophet, Job.

Re:Cool idea, too bad it's so ugly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310613)

Kinda like this [youtube.com] , backwards?

Fill it with hipsters... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310061)

...tow it out to sea and sink it. Nothing of value would be lost.

Re:Fill it with hipsters... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45320227)

No. That means they would lose the container and can only do it once. Use poison gas, push the dead hipsters out into the sea, then wait for the next batch to show up.

Google's Barge = Traveling Salesman (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310079)

So they're trying to recreate one of the classic problems in computer science...lol...

It would make for some unnerving footage... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310093)

...should this thing ever sink during a Glass presentation.

My bet is on a telco competitor. (1)

deviated_prevert (1146403) | about a year ago | (#45310227)

Combine these barges with tethered balloons and presto you have one hell of a great ground plane for a wifi and high speed phone communication tower device that can sit in any harbor. Bring it up the Mississippi and you can cover most of the central US. Put a few on the Great Lakes and boom you cover huge populations in both Canada and the US. Put smaller versions of the same thing in strategic places and you can have a North American wide network that is not dependent upon the telcos or the cable companies like commie cast and the likes.

The first ones logically will be experimental but my bet is Google has already done all the logistics and it will just work. Que the anti Google lobbying in Washington and why the hell else would Microsoft be so hot to sponsor Rockstar right now to take out the Android platform with patent lawsuits unless they knew that Google was about to change the game? My bet is also that these barges will double as data centers using HP tech Moonshot servers so that the power consumption will make them viable as well. Notice also that HP, Oracle and IBM are conspicuously absent from the blood hungry zombie list of of contributors to the Rockstar patent troll consortium. Though I doubt very much that there is any love between Oracle and Google considering Oracle's failed attempts to torpedo Android. I just wonder how much Microsoft and Apple were involved in the original move to push Oracle into a law suit against Google.

This guy [typepad.com] might say that the Annunaki are behind the Google barges but floating showrooms are about as sensible an explanation as using these barges for that purpose. It has to be something revolutionary otherwise Google would have leaked it already.

Rich dude party barge (1)

globaljustin (574257) | about a year ago | (#45310257)

will be used to market Google Glass.....and to host invitation-only events and parties for clients.

/. friends, this is how billionaires party these days...they buy a boat and sail it into international waters and do w/e they want

these are probably Brin's old models...he upgraded to a bigger party barge & decided to sell his old one to his company

The Spy Boat (1)

AHuxley (892839) | about a year ago | (#45310309)

Surveillance, exciting and new
Contractors Aboard. We're rewarding you.
Data, life's sweetest via a telephone cord.
Let it split, it tunnels back to you.
The Spy Boat soon will be making another splice
The Spy Boat promises to link every optical telco device
Set a course for legality,
Your mind on a new locality.
Domestic spying won't be illegal anymore
It's on open source offshore.
Yes Surveillance! It's Surveillance!

Was there ever any doubt? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310521)

Google with a comical false mustache and trenchcoat: Hey press, what's that mysterious barge over there?
Press: OOOOOOO What is it?????
Google: We're not tellllllling you! It's totally not important and it isn't Google Glass related.
Press: But wouldn't the Port Authority have to be aware of it?
Google: Yes, but if you go and say that right away, then it's not MYSTERIOUS!
Press: So what you're looking for is a fluff piece to so how cool and unique you are?
Google: like.... our....
Press: PRODUCTS!
Google: Thank you!
Public: OOOOOOOO What is it???
Google: candy... from... a... baby

Fancy that (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45310797)

It's the raft.

I've got an idea (2)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year ago | (#45311155)

We should invite all the google glass enthusiasts to it on one day and then sink it.

Re:I've got an idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45320303)

That's not very sporting of you. Beating them up [livescience.com] is much more fun.

Not intense speculation (1)

gelfling (6534) | about a year ago | (#45311191)

Outside of the small circle of bloggers and 'journalists' who were hoping it was an antigravity battle station. Because they're morons.

Maybe... (1)

jbwolfe (241413) | about a year ago | (#45311259)

Google's first attempt at a holodeck?

Virtual Light again? (1)

kheldan (1460303) | about a year ago | (#45312329)

I realize this may be only me, but whenever someone mentions Google Glass, I think Virtual Light glasses from the Gibson series of novels -- where the Bay Bridge was no longer used as a bridge, and squatters were living on it instead, which for some reason I was reminded of again by having Google's floating structure in the Bay..

Makes no sense (1)

Animats (122034) | about a year ago | (#45313025)

Why build a demo space out of shipping containers? The dimensions are awful.

The floating data center isn't a great idea, either. You have all the headaches of salt water corrosion. It's hard to get bulk power and data offshore. It's not cheaper than building on low-value land. The only justifications would be political. It might be useful if you had to bring up a big data center in a primitive area with little infrastructure.

Re:Makes no sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45319347)

I can't believe the /. crowd's BS meters aren't going off the scale with this lame cover story.

Putting on my tin foil hat: with the level of secrecy and red herring PR it smells of something more along the lines of Project Azorian. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Azorian

An obvious front for something else (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45313837)

This is obviously a trial project for something else they want to build in shipping containers, to see if it will work. Just another dot-com company burning money doing something silly! In a year or two, they'll be working on whatever it really is that they want to purpose this stuff for.

The Modern HOPE Ship? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#45314889)

The Affordable Health Care Barge. A wireless connectivity travelling software center version. A Travelling Signup Center Version. And a Hospitality Version. No one likes to mention the Disposal, er, Unplanned Rescision Version.

Comparatively, the local armed forces in the Amazon (Forest) Region usually carry out yearly health campaigns, aided by student volunteers from universities. The navies usually send hospital ships up the Amazon and a few major tribitaries.

Glass isn't augmented reality (1)

riffzifnab (449869) | about a year ago | (#45315869)

It's a heads up display, totaly different.

Oh that can't be right!! (1)

Nov8tr (2007392) | about a year ago | (#45318377)

This has to be fake! Google would never use anything massive and over bloated!
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