Skip to comments.Massive Barge On San Francisco Bay Likely Secret Google Facility
Posted on 10/26/2013 7:15:23 AM PDT by mandaladon
SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) The U.S. Navy had its share of secrets on Treasure Island, but few were better kept than whats taking place on a mysterious barge just off the island.
The barge, with a four-story stack of shipping containers, is out in the open for all to see. But the projects purpose has been kept under wraps, and virtually no one wants to talk about it for the record, from the harbor office at Clipper Cove to the Treasure Island Development Authority to the U.S. Coast Guard. I dont know anything about it, honestly I dont, a voice on the intercom at the Clipper Cove told KPIX 5. Its a complete mystery to me.
There has, of course, been speculation about the barges purpose, much of it centering on the belief that its a water-based data center for Google.
KPIX 5 has learned that Google is actually building a floating marketing center, a kind of giant Apple store, if you will but for Google Glass, the cutting-edge wearable computer the company has under development.
Although Google wouldnt respond to requests for comment for this story, sources close to the project told KPIX 5 that Google hopes to tow the completed structure from Treasure Island across the Bay to San Franciscos Fort Mason, where it would be anchored and open to the public.
But as mysteriously as the barge-and-container structure began appearing several months ago, work on the project suddenly stopped a few weeks ago.
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Just another evil appliance secretly operated by our central socialist government.
It could be a device to convert aborted fetuses into a delicious entrée. Later, added to the mix, will be Obamacare created corpses of the elderly.
mmm mmm mmm Obama!
Giant portable server farm. Google is preparing to expatriate WTSHTF.
Treasure Island— formerly US property now in the hands of Pelosi and company... seriously theft by takings.
Yep... the size seems to fit the need--
As they have to take... all Pelosi's sh!t somewhere to store it!
It’s a new app called “Google Barge”.
“Google is actually building a floating marketing center”
The “floating turd” division of NSA.
Google = NSA.
Prison barge like they used in NYC.
Concentration camp and reprogramming center for Christian conservatives.
You mean the “hulks.” Appropriate term.
For the Coast Guard’s sake it better not be some islamist crap.
What kind of antenna farm is that on the top?
Much as I suspected. That used to be the distance to international waters but I think they've changed it to 12 nm. Could be some graduation of laws. What is so important that google has to build sailing vessels for their sofware? It's not like these huge barges travel at a fast enough clip to avoid becoming targets so mobility isn't the reason and sinking would be a huge concern. So, imo, that leaves US laws.
Same thing in Portland Maine, looks like they are hitting us coast to coast. One of the barges is parked in the Portland Harbor as we speak.
Oh, I thought they were talking about Portland Oregon. Portland Maine puts a whole different light on it.
I think disaster recovery is a more likely scenario. Data Centers are incredibly hardened against flood, earthquake, fire, and assault, but they can be taken down. Companies like Google have geographic diversity, so fail-over to another location occurs if one DC is taken down. These “mobile” DCs could be towed to locations needing fast restoration.
“mysterious structure” on east coast too -
Interesting coming on the heals of this info:
BRICS countries building new internet to avoid NSA spying
It’s got a LOT of latency but the bandwidth is incredible!
Also lots of cooling water for a data center.
A giant see-through monitor shaped like glasses?
I’m thinking something out of the movie “Waterworld”.
“The U.S. Navy had its share of secrets on Treasure Island”<>P
Oh, really? I froze my butt off there in 1969 waiting to be discharged and walked all over the island. Not a damn thing there that looked remotely secret.
I saw a google released article about these over a year ago.
They ARE floating data centers designed to use the rising and falling of the waves to generate electricity to operate the massive computer servers installed inside.
They are also built to utilize the water they float on to cool the computers and the data centers themselves.
Being located offshore and outside any legal boundaries they also avoid the extremely taxation imposed on them by the various states as well as the federal government.
Being offshore also exempts them from any attempts by the NSA or other agencies from forcing them to reveal user account and other data.
Using the shipping containers also help “hardens” them from EMP pulses (to a degree) as well as providing for easier and cheaper construction.
Used shipping containers are widely used to build cheap affordable housing as each individual container being large enough to serve as a private bedroom or when attached together will be able to serve as much larger rooms as well.
see the following link for info from a Google patent application filed back in 2008-2009:
Another article: http://mashable.com/2013/10/25/google-floating-data/
That strikes me as a good thing. Gov wants to snoop your Gmail account? Google can tell em to get stuffed, if they’re outside of that line.
Google is perfectly happy to give the government anything they ask for.
Something is being hidden in plain sight — and it’s probably NOT computer servers cooled by saltwater.
You have a point. OTOH, google has been playing on their team and not our.
A Google Glass marketing center. ???
On a barge??? One structure for each coast???
You know, I remember the stories we used to hear about the Glomar Explorer, that Hughes built on the surface to be an offshore oil exploration vessel...
Built around a vehicle (lift) system to recover a sunken Russian submarine...Built in the same area as well...Under the guise of a civilian apparatus...
I hope in about 30 years we get to see a National Geographic special on cable on what these things really were...
Where’s “Snake” Pliskin when you need him???