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Google may have fashioned a new-age contraption that automatically relocates data stores when one of its top-secret data centers is beset by traffic or hardware snafus. But it's still struggling to protect its data centers against hunters taking pot shots at aerial fiber connections. According to Australia's IT News, Google …


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  1. Mike Shepherd

    Why do fibres...

    Why do fibres need an insulator?

    1. LenH

      They don't need one... is a very good way to affix them to the poles.

    2. Anonymous Coward

      It's on an electricity pole

      and power lines DO need an insulator.

      1. Doshu

        indeed... what they DON'T need...

        ... is inbred rednecks shooting at them for sport.

  2. bill 36

    is that all?

    "These guys had to cross country ski for three days,"

    When i were a lad, we used to get up one hour before we went to bed............................

    1. Tom 35

      and go to school

      up hill... both ways!

    2. vincent himpe

      when is was a lad

      i had to walk for hours through the snow to get to the internet... and now them young whippersnappers just click some newfangled 'mouse' contraption and they are on it...

      aahh i remeber </end grandpa mode>

      1. Joe H.

        You got to walk?

        I had to *wait* for hours in the snow, risking hypothermia in the hope that the internet showed up long enough for me to get a good look at it as it oozed by on its slug-like trail of slime.

        If you try to tell them thar young whippersnappers about 9600 baud thing-gummies and third party tcp/ip stack doohickies they still won't realize how lucky they have it.

        <grabs sides of walker handles and shuffles away from keyboard, muttering bitterly>

        1. Ralphe Neill

          You had 9600?

          You youngsters don't know you've been born ... I actually used (and still have somewhere) a 300 baud acoustic coupler ... now ... where's me zimmer ...

          1. Alan Newbury

            300 A/C

            Wasn't a TI Silent 700 thermal-paper terminal was it?

            Megaphone 'cos my hearing's starting to go these days...

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              You Were Lucky!

              I had to write each individual bit on a piece of paper and send it by carrier pigeon.

              And we couldn't afford paper. Or pigeons. Or snow.

              1. Asgard

                No, You Were Lucky!

                @"a 300 baud acoustic coupler ... now ... where's me zimmer ..." & "You try doing that at only 1200/75 Prestel dialup." & "carrier pigeon"

                You had a carrier pigeon!, you luckly b'stard!. You youngsters don't know how easy you had it. When I were a lad, we had to make the paper to write the letter, then if we were in a hurry, we had to send tiny Tim on one leg to walk miles knee deep in snow, just to deliver it by hand!. Our idea of a faster service was wrapping the letter around a rock to throw it at someones window!

                1. Jan 0 Silver badge

                  We couldn't afford titles

                  Pah! When I were a lad I had to chew my own socks to make paper. Then cut the paper into ribbons and punch 5 hole paper tape with a snapped off drill bit and put sprocket holes down the centre using a pin. Then I had to run sockless up to company HQ and wait in a ditch for 24 hours while the data was processed in a Ferranti Orion the size of a house (whatever a house was). After eating my shoes, I ran the fabulous line printer output back to the lab so that we could hand draw a graph of the converted results.

                  Youth of today..... what do they know of Extended Mercury Autocode?

                  Mine's the one with the 5" slide rule with magnifying cursor in the pocket.

              2. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

                And the problem with the kids today

                is that when you tell them they don't believe a word you say!

              3. caffeine addict

                You Were Lucky!

                We had to use shards of glass to etch the individual bits into the shells of snails and hope they arrived in the right order.

                1. Pirate Dave Silver badge

                  lucky bastards

                  when I were a lad, we had to trudge from cave to cave for days trying to figure out which cave had the Internet drawn on its walls. All while dodging saber tooth tigers and velociraptors. We finally found the cave, only to realize a stupid cro-magnon had pranked us by smudging every other most-significant-bit on the drawing. You wouldn't think they'd be bright enough to figure that out, but they did.

                  1. Aaron Em

                    Not to be pedantic, but...

                    ...we *are* Cro-Magnon. If you want the subspecies our ancestors out-competed, try Neandertal.

              4. Arclight


                An it wur still quicker than BT t'internet

            2. Keith Williams
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              TI Silent 700 thermal-paper terminal

              I used one of those to work on a PDP-11/45

        2. bazza Silver badge

          You got the snow?

          That's nothing. Living in the UK, I had to wait years for decent snow so that I could risk hypothermia in the hope that the internet showed up long enough for me get a good look at it. You try doing that at only 1200/75 Prestel dialup.

          <encore bitter muttering...>

      2. N2


        And when I got home, our Mum & Dad would run us through wi' bread knife then dance on our graves singing alleluia!

        Ah, & yer tell that to the kids o' today & they dont believe you

    3. Anonymous Coward

      childs play... we had it rough

      and we were evicted from our hole in the ground.

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  4. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    You don't suppose...

    that the gunmen are really Microsoft hitmen?

    1. NoneSuch Silver badge

      I swear

      I do believe I saw Larry Ellison on what I can best describe as a grassy knoll just off the main trail. At least, I think it was him, but he was in a cop uniform and left the scene soon after the last shooting.

  5. Petrea Mitchell

    Laugh while you can

    But when the world is invaded by hovering fiber-optic worms, only Oregon will be prepared to defend itself!

    Mine's the USPS jacket.

  6. Aaron Em

    Fuckin' rednecks, man.

    I grew up with people like 'em, and when they're "bored" (by which, of course, we mean "drunk") they will shoot at anything that looks like being both fun to shoot at, and unable to return fire. They probably won't *hit* it -- the insulator's a big fist-sized lump of glass, and the fiber's just a skinny little cable, so there you go -- but they will definitely take pot shots at it.

    1. Captain Save-a-ho

      Rednecks in Oregon?

      You might be a redneck if you're south of the Mason/Dixon line. Can you even be a redneck where snow regularly falls in Winter?

      1. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

        Why hello there Captain Save-a-ho

        I hear you haven't heard of a country called "Canada." We have what we call "Provinces." These are both like and unlike your states. (The levels of sovereignty they have compared to the federal government differ in many ways.) Several of these provinces contain large quantities of what you would term “Rednecks.” British Columbia, My home province of Alberta, the unendingly flat Saskatchewan, The gigantic bog that is Manitoba and I know from experience there’s quite a collection of them in Atlantic Canada.

        You can most certainly then be a Redneck where the snow doth fall. I speak not here of merely metaphorical Rednecks, but actual folks whose necks are red for goodly chunks of the year from toiling in the sun all day. Canada is larger than the US, but houses less than a tenth the population. As you can imagine then, it is chalk full of farmers. From these individuals will you find both literal and metaphorical rednecks.

        If you have doubts, then mosey on up here to Alberta. I’ll throw some beef on the grill, bust out the vitamin P and be happy to show you around these here parts.

        For the record though, I do take some very serious objection to your characterisation of Rednecks. We aren’t all bad folk. Indeed…I think you’ll find that Rednecks can be among the kindest folk you’ll ever meet. Mayhap your stereotypes are as misinformed as your knowledge of geography, population concentration and occupational distribution.


        1. Anonymous Coward
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          Red Green springs to mind

          nuff said

        2. Ned Ludd

          Rednecks suck!

          "I think you’ll find that Rednecks can be among the kindest folk you’ll ever meet."

          Can be, but often aren't. I also live in rural Alberta, so I know exactly how full of shit you are.

          1. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

            @Ned Ludd

            I think that jerks exist everywhere. I live in Edmonton, but am engaged to a small town girl. I grew up on the absolute edge of the city: my community had a military base to the north, and farms in every other direction. . To the south a long ways the actual city began. I currently live in the burbs here in Edmonton. I spend a lot of time out in the bush, have a cabin out by Barrhead and get to see a lot of the province.

            By an large I’ve personally found the country folk to be far more pleasant than city folk from almost anywhere. The difference between country folk and city folk even in Alberta is noticeable: the city folk are self-centered, self-focused and lacking in many common courtesies.

            Still, even the city folk from Alberta are generally a far cry from V-Town or T.O. Both cities seem filled with contemptuous, snobby, elitist, entitled, self-absorbed yuppies. I find these people far, FAR more difficult to deal with than any hick I’ve ever met. My last visit to V-Town in fact involved running into some of the most blatant and over-the-top racism I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. I left that city ashamed to be of the same nationality as those folks.

            I can’t speak to your experience, but in my own personal experience every time I see someone out in the bush wrecking someone else’s property, driving recklessly or otherwise doing whatever the heck they want with no regard for anyone else it’s city folk. The attitude of absolute entitlement that the younger city folk seems to be hugely at play when they head out into the bush for “fun” and cause all sorts of chaos.

            The yokels on the other hand, while terribly backward in oh so many ways…they seem to have the common courtesies down pat. If I was in a spot of trouble and needed help, I’d sooner knock on the door of a farmer than random Joe from the city. The farmer would, in my experience, help first and ask questions later. The fellow from the city would wonder why it’s his problem, kick you out of the way and then drive to work whilst texting, admiring himself in the mirror and drinking his latte.

            Of course, these are all stereotypes, and they can’t possibly be applied with an absolute brush. There are certainly some real scumbags in the country, and there are some real great people in the city. My point is that overall I trust the country folk to “do the right thing” far more than I would the city folk. Certainly far more than I would someone from V-Town or T.O. Yeah, the country folk might be stuck in their little religiosity of choice…and that might lead a smallish % of them to be real doucehbags. Overall though, even when you clearly don’t agree with their bit of religion, political leaning or what not…I find the rednecks ‘round here are the people to turn to.

            if you really are from rural Alberta, I can only recommend you go spend some time in some of the bigger cities. V-Town, T.O., NY, LA…what have you. Spend a few weeks in each, and take public transit everywhere. Observe people. Learn from them, and see how they interact. I think that after that, you might well just look back on the quaint and backwards world of rural Alberta with some fondness. We might be stuck in the past…but at least most of us are nice people.

    2. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      RE: Fuckin' rednecks, man.

      Sorry to show up your petty snobbery, but I have spent many an evening with what would be kindly termed yahoos (no, look it up, I don't mean Google's opposition), and watched the rich and well-educated indulge in all types of mindless vandalism. In particular, I have watched one group of twits shooting at the isolators on power pylons in Scotland - a hit produces a neat cloud of sparks! That particular group were of the City's finest, all from what we call Oxbridge educations and pampered families, so not a "redneck" in sight.

      On the other hand, I have spent an evening around a campfire in North Texas with people you would definately label rednecks, and enjoyed a lively and humourous discussion of the finer points of American politics (some guns there but no bibles being clung to). No power lines or cables suffered as a result.

      1. W. Keith Wingate

        Do you yahoooooooo?

        I beg to differ. To paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy: You might be a redneck if.... shoot at things just for the hell of it.

        I don't care if you're from Scotland, Saskatchewan, New South Wales, South Caroliina or South Yemen, or how "well-bred" you are.

        I am not condemning hunting for meat or shooting at targets you've purchased to improve your "skills" (though here in Chicago teenagers with no training and guns smuggled in from down state regularly kill people with firearms, so really: how hard could it be?), but the wanton destruction of life and property because you've had a bad day (or a good day) is something my parents taught me was "wrong" well before I was old enough to hold a toy gun much less a real one.

        "What do the guys say when you ask them that?" -- GI Jane to military shrink asking why she doesn't quit.

        "'cause I get to blow shit up" -- GI Jane

        Yup, she's a redneck!

        1. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

          @W. Keith Wingate

          I am sorry you had a sheltered childhood, but I can't help you with that. I /was/ raised in a culture where "shooting shit for the fun of it" is part and parcel of life here. "Because I get to blow shit up" is not only an acceptable reason for a career path, it earmarks you fro free beers as one of the lucky few if you succeed in making this goal become a reality. (For example someone who gets paid to blow up buildings/bridges/etc. For that matter, out of common courtesy, no member of the Canadian Military pays for beer in any bar I’ve been to.)

          Regardless of your stereotypes or prejudices, a true Redneck wouldn’t commit wanton destruction of someone ELSE’S property. That would go against a lot of what we are raised to believe. It is one thing to do that in war, but quite another to do it for one’s own pleasure. You don’t fool around with guns excepting in a controlled environment, or while hunting with an actual expert present. (You may indeed be that expert, at which point the caution is your duty.)

          Wanton destruction of property via guns or explosions in a controlled environment is a sport. It can be very cathartic. I guarantee you however that we would look down upon (and immediately report) /ANYONE/ who was taking pot-shots at another individual’s equipment, poaching, or operating a firearm in an irresponsible manner.

          I don’t care what criteria you use to support your prejudice, but the reality of Rednecks and your vision of them are quite divergent. I propose that you obtain some actual firsthand experience with them. All societies have their failures and those who defy the social conventions of the culture in which they were raised.

          What I can tell you is that in “Redneck culture” you are raised to respect others first and foremost. That includes the property they own. As to the wanton destruction of life…I have absolutely no idea what you are on about. I know of no Redneck that would /EVER/ consider poaching. There are a great many reasons why sustainable hunting methods need to be practiced, and we are all aware of them. There isn’t enough game for us all; this is why we have a lottery system for hunting in place. Only so many members of a given species can be taken province-wide. You apply for your tickets, and you get what you get.

          If you mistakenly think that Redneck would kill an animal or human “for fun” then I respectfully submit that you shut the hell up until you have the vaguest damned clue what you are talking about. That isn’t a “Redneck” it’s a “Sociopath.” There may be “Redneck Sociopaths” but they would most certainly not be the mainstream members of the culture, nor would they be any more socially accepted than a Sociopath in any other (non-political) culture.

          I think you need to watch less TV, and spend more time travelling and meeting people, sir.

      2. Aaron Em

        Wow. Seriously?

        You're going to tell this Mississippi boy what is and isn't a redneck, you limey bastard?

        1. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

          @Aaron Em?


          1. Aaron Em

            Matt Bryant

            Certainly appears to be, at any rate. Sorry, I forgot how crap the comment nesting is here, I should've said.

  7. JaitcH

    North American hunters are intillegence challenged

    Many jurisdictions in North America issue hunting permits/licences that are printed on high intensity, bright orange card or cloth that are required to be wordn by hunters.

    You might think these would alert animals, fortunately, they are colour blind. The orange cards are intended to alert hunters that they are not alone.

    Unfortunately every year hunters shoot other hunters despite the fact that no known animal has orange fur or feathers.

    In Canada bored hunters shoot road signs. The most popular of these are the ones warning of moose which are posted to alert motorists of the areas of road where moose normally/habitually cross. A moose can easily destroy a vehicle, if hit: they are also of derailing a train.

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      Mooses, schmooses, try a camel!

      There's an example of a moose strike here: The website was introduced to me by a Yank who got a kick out of showing me the number of "big boys' toys" that ended up looking like crumpled foil.

      In the Mid-East, the most dangerous thing you could find on the motorways was a herd of camels. If you hit a camel, even in an SUV, you just hit the the legs and then the heavy and surprisingly solid body would hit the bonnet and come through the windscreen to crush you to death. We lost a young American engineer in exactly that way in Saudi. There was a tale that one of the Saud Princes was nicknamed Lucky because he escaped death by camel when he was only sixteen. Apparently, he was going so fast in a Lotus Esprit that he passed underneath the camel before it fell on the rear of the car, missing the Prince's head by inches but totalling the Lotus.

    2. Daren Nestor

      Better idea than orange cards!

      All hunters should be required to wear a cap with antlers. The more years that they've been hunting, the more points on the fake antlers!

    3. tim 4

      actually... there are anti-hunters

      hunting hunters , too , as well as the occasional drunks, or "sound-shooters". additionally, in some countries, including private preserves in the u.s. one may hunt tigers [ those are the large orange and black striped animals...] . and some animal rights activists have been known to paint harp seals and other creatures ORANGE to render them unusable commercially or as trophies......

      mines the class IIIC with the extra ammo in the pockets, as i'd shoot back! :)

    4. John Robson Silver badge

      Orange animals

      Tigers (stripy, but orange)


  8. Steve Loughran


    I used to live Oregon, this story doesn't surprise me. You don't go mountain biking when the shooting season begins. These outages were predictable

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      One step from Deliverance

      I agree. Exceptionally high concentrations of dickheads in Oregon, even in Portland itself. The state motto should be "stupid and proud of it".

  9. Anonymous Coward

    The title was shot...

    Around here the cable would be stolen / vandalized by men looking for copper cables. They are in luck that the cable is still there.

  10. Anonymous Coward
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    Fighting the Google menace

    They are in fact doing us a great service.

    Google is the biggest threat the Internet faces.

  11. Anonymous Coward

    Sounds like a cool job

    Getting paid to go skiing, even if that happens to be carrying stuff, sounds like a cool job. (pun not intended)

  12. ratfox
    Jobs Horns

    What will they say

    When they find NINJA STARS embedded in the poles?

    1. Pirate Dave Silver badge

      plural of star

      but wouldn't the presence of more than one star imply that Ninja Steve had missed? I didn't think Ninja Steve ever missed?

  13. b166er

    Night of the living rednecks

    So this is Oregon, tolerant Oregon.

    Fusion splicers are, expensive (20k), heavy, and delicate. Still, nice work I guess.

    1. Ben Hanson 1
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      Ray, is your guitar fixed yet?

  14. John Savard


    I know that when I was a kid growing up here in Canada, about 45 years ago or so, I saw public service advertisements on TV regularly warning people against shooting at insulators, as it could cause power failures that could claim lives during surgery, as it was an illegal and irresponsible act, and so on. So this is an old problem.

  15. cphi
    Paris Hilton


    surely it'd be cheaper to just put up proper targets on the pylons. give them something more interesting to shoot at (and which they might actually *hit*)

    1. Nick Ryan Silver badge

      Re: misdirection

      They've already tried that however had to abandon it as the barn broad sides kept on falling over (and not from getting hit).

  16. gimbal

    Paint it funny colors, Google

    If it looks ridiculous, I'll venture, odds are that they won't even want to look at it, let alone, to try to shoot it.

    Ever seen those orange balls they stick on power lines near runways? Paint 'em pink with crazy-looking (no pun intended) googly eyes, and put 'em all the way along the line. Candy-stripe the lines with purple ribbon. They'll be so confused, they won't be able to shoot straight enough to hit the ground with the odd shot.

    Hey, it's psychology, kind of in reverse....

    I for one proudly welcome our surreal overloards!

    1. Joe H.

      You forgot...

      ...a cheap and portable SEP,(Somebody Else's Problem) field generator to go with the weird paint job.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      In the badlands of Ohio

      We would paint "COW" in flourecent orange letters on the sides of beef cattle, so they wouldn't get shot during deer season. I mean prior to doing that, we'd lose 10-15 head of cattle a year. Last I checked, they only lose 3-5 head a year to hunters.

  17. Mephistro

    A dangerous situation indeed

    Dad: "Timmy, see if you can shoot down that big fat insulator up there"

    Timmy:"Alright, Dad - BANG"

    Google repairman: "Aaieeeeeeee!!!! - THUMP!"

    Dad:"Errr.. It's getting late, Timmy. We should be going"

    Timmy and his dad are lucky to live in a country where shortsighted and/or retarded people are not discriminated against when purchasing weapons. Hooray!

    1. David Eddleman


      Just like the internet, I say that you should pass an IQ test before you can purchase a gun. Some people doing some really stupid stuff with them on the range, like sweeping (passing the barrel over someone) and similar incidents which will eventually result in a accident...

  18. Nate Amsden

    love that M401A!

    Love that M401A pulse rifle! (aliens reference - from the picture)

  19. Morpho Devilpepper


    There are no "rednecks" in Oregon. I believe the appropriate term is "ass backward inbred militia nutsacks."

    1. Tom 13

      Your geography is as wrong as your politics.

      Militias are two states over in Montana. Oregon is Jeff Merkley (D) and Ron Wyden (D) in the Senate, so that would be Hippie an tree hugger country, not Redneck. So maybe it is ELF instead or Redneck, but what they hey, it's safer to pick on Rednecks.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        How would they get red?

        There's not enough sun in Oregon to get a tan, let alone a post-headal sunburn...

    2. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge
      Gates Horns

      Nope sorry

      the inbred ass backward militia nutsacks are from the Idaho panhandle

      A land where unless you are white, blond, blue eyed and 6' tall you are looked on as an lower class human

      Its bill gates and his crack squad of rival nobblers... after all.... Redmond is very close to Oregon...

  20. Cunningly Linguistic
    Paris Hilton

    I've heard of people...

    ...shooting their load on the internet, but never shooting their load AT the Internet.

    PH for obvious reasons.

  21. Tom 35

    They are going to have to update...

    Tom Lehrer's - The Hunting Song. Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow no longer covers the complete range of targets.

  22. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD

    A good enough reason...


    It's coming right for us?


  23. Martin Howe

    Where is Judge Dredd when we need him?

    Forgive my ignorance, but don't they have Law in the USA? OK, so it won't really be a helmeted jackbooted thug beating the shooter to the floor with a huge stick while shouting "TEN YEARS, CREEP!".

    But surely the Police out there can at least arrest these people? Surely the Courts can sentence them to a gun ban? As I understand it, for those folks that must be worse than the Death Penalty. If they violate the ban, jail them, five years per violation. When a form of criminality becomes widespread and the Law becomes disrespected, draconian measures are the only way.

    1. Alex, Leeds

      @ Martin Howe

      Me thinks that anyone shooting at power lines at the end of a three day cross country ski trail is unlikely to get caught in the act!

    2. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

      I think the point is...

      ...That by the time the police travel the three days through the snow to get to the scene of the crime, somehow the perps have vanished, leaving only a few shell casings and empty beer cans. Despite what you might see on CSI, no amount of 'zooming and enhancing' is likely to show you from whom those came.

    3. Doug Glass

      Yes We Do

      And plenty of these shooters get prosecuted. The problem is catching them. Usually they get turned in by a buddy who knows how to be responsible. But when you live in a society where nobody is held personally accountable, the fines and imprisonments are both not a deterrent.

      The facts are it only take a single "oh shit!" to wipe out a million "atta boys" so the millions of responsible, law abiding hunters get a bad name from the very few turds among us.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Paris Hilton

      Seems like kind of a harsh view to take...

      ...vs. what is essentially vandalism via bullets. You wouldn't get ten years if you crawled up the pole and cut it down with a pair of scissors; so, maybe you get vandalism causing damage plus discharging a firearm in an unsafe manner - but you're not going to, nor should you, get five years for that.

      And, of course, Paris, because she encourages people to discharge their firearms in an unsafe manner...

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Some of us here at the back of the class haven't been following the Google Saga with all due attention - can anyone briefly explain why they put a data centre at the end of a three day cross country ski trail? It may be cool but is it wise?

    1. Steven Jones

      3 days down a ski trail

      "can anyone briefly explain why they put a data centre at the end of a three day cross country ski trail"

      The availability of cheap hydro-power maybe? It's a lot cheaper and more efficient to stuff relatively few high value advertising-carrying photons down a few lengths of fibre than pumping vast number of electrons through thick conductors, losing some of the already low-value potential due to resistance, to a data centre in more populated parts. Also, such a large data centre in a populated area will attract its own security issus.

      Then there is a the reduction in air-conn requirements by placing servers at a cooler, higher altitude in more remote parts.

      Of course there must be other transport links to these places beside ski trails.

      (although I would have though snowmobiles would get you there a lost faster than sking).

      1. Petrea Mitchell

        Yup, it's the power

        Cheap hydroelectric power is the beginning and end of the explanation-- The Dalles is the site of a major dam on the Columbia River. It's not at a very high altitude.

        As to transport links, there's Interstate 84, except on the days when it's closed due to ice.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    So, umm, maybe...

    put the infrastructure centre _somewhere else_...?

  26. Shane O'Connor


    Thats the plot for the next Call of Duty game sorted then...

  27. bill 36

    for the younger members

    here it is in all its glory!!!

  28. Tigra 07

    An interesting story...

    Would be more believable if we could see it on Google Earth tho.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      That would violate...

      ...the data center's privacy.

  29. Tom 13


    Maybe the Google boffins should have studied the old phone company. I seem to recall them working out the kinks in these problem pre-1950 at least.

  30. Ben Rosenthal

    we'll blow something up

    What we gonna blow up Waj?


  31. Tom_

    with all their cash and nerd power

    Surely Google can design a reasonable auto-sentry to place on each and every tower.

  32. Matt Bryant Silver badge

    Great excuse though....

    "No, you didn't lose access to your G**glemail 'cos we have cr*p systems and sh*t admins, it was because a redneck shot the heck out of our cable lines. Honest!"

    Bet Chase will be using that one next!


  33. Doug Glass

    Not Sportsmen

    These are not hunters, these are vandals pure and simple.

  34. Joel H

    Why didn't they put the fiber underground at the start

    What aren't all cables being moved underground? Prevents an eyesore and long term it saves consumers money.

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There's nothing ore dangerous than

    a wounded insulator... Unless there is a pack of them; they've been known to take down a squirrel with ease.

  36. Asgard

    Google do have a solution... cull hunters ...

    As Google are building Skynet anyway, its time to make the electricity poles shoot back at hunters, then natural selection will help keep the numbers of hunters down. :)

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Its a cover


    - snowy wilderness [tick]

    - people on skis [tick]

    - guns [tick]

    - bit of hi-tech [tick]

    - secretive organisation intent on world domination [tick]

    .... isn't this the new James Bond film?

  38. Lockwood


    Cross country skiing. Check.

    Gunmen. Check.

    Large internation organisation viewed suspiciously by many. Check.

    Devices with the word "Fusion" in their name. Check.

    Devices with the word "Splicer" in their name. Check.

    Devices concealed in backpacks. Check.

    All you need now is a man with a white fluffy cat.

  39. Anonymous Coward

    Shoot at things just for the hell of it

    When I feel this need, I watch Time Warp and Mythbusters re-runs. They do all the blowing and shooting for me, and I don't even need to clean up afterwards. And I bet they are rednecks too.

    So far, they have blown/shot, that I already saw just on Mythbusters:

    5 cars;

    1 fully loaded cement-truck. That was beautiful, the only remaining recognizable part of the truck was a piece of the crankshaft. And they needed a 2-mile isolation line, 500kg of ANFO, and an empty quarry to do it;

    At least 10 ballistic gel dummies or parts of it;

    3 "Busters" (they favorite crash-test dummy) died in the course of the show. Died as in "destroyed beyond recovery". The dummies were shot, blown, dropped or torched at least 15 times, each.

    3 pigs, or parts of pork.

    50 carton outlines of Korean warriors. this was a bit of let-down, due poor aiming;

    1 safe;

    1 jail cage;

    1 drainage pipe;

    And at least 1 "boat", and one cut in half.

    And that is just from the top of my mind.

    Those guys that shot Google stuff aren't regular rednecks, if that much. Perhaps they were hunting real game uphill, aiming high, and it was in the way? Or just vandals, as said.

  40. chris 130

    Bloody yanks with guns story

    I suppose its better than shooting people

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