* Posts by Dave Daurelle

7 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Apr 2008

NSA plans massive, 65MW, $2bn data center in Utah

Dave Daurelle

Not a secure location

This is being sited about ten miles from the major fault in the Salt Lake area, and if I remember correctly, is sitting it on one of the smaller ones. The last major slip in the area included (still visible) a 50 foot (~16 meter) vertical displacement along the Wasatch front.

Like Seattle, Salt Lake is waiting for "the next big one". Placing such a large facility within this proximity to the fault is, perhaps, not that wise a decision.

Hacks and IT workers boozing themselves silly

Dave Daurelle

@AC - Real Estate

"Real Estate" is as useless an expression in the U.S. as you seem to find it in the U.K. Mineral rights are almost always excluded in the transaction. Water is considered a mineral (at least in the western states), so many agricultural practices are controlled by someone other than the title holder as well.

Google Chocolate Factory patents Data Center Navy

Dave Daurelle

200 miles isn't a problem

They simply tap into the undersea cables - lots of bandwidth there.

Profs: Human race must become Hobbits to save planet

Dave Daurelle

Just a rehash of an old idea.

I first heard about this approach in a series of panels by Al Capp in the 1960's. Per person, 3 foot tall people will use less energy, but there will be a lot more room for all their children. It will all even out.

Windows XP SP3 leaps into the tubes

Dave Daurelle

@Anonymous Coward - MD5

I've got the same MD5 sum.

The terror dam of doom that looms over Boise, Idaho

Dave Daurelle

You've mis-represented the problem

Jihadi are only one group of terrorists. Idaho is home to several different groups of terrorists, from the far-right specturm of American politics. And these are people who have used large explosives in the past - think Oklahoma City.

It's not uncommon in the U. S. west to find a large, un-maintained dam sitting upstream from a city of 10,000 plus people, governed by people who's primary method of protecting the citizentry from a dam failure is praying.

El Reg celebrates 10th birthday

Dave Daurelle
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I've loved your work for many years. Good to see you celebrating it as well.