Google: Secretive Mystery Barges Are 'Learning Centers'
Finally explains barge projects
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Nov 7, 2013 11:36 AM CST
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(Newser) – Google has put an end to the tech world's gleeful speculation—those barge projects are more floating classroom than floating datacenter or floating luxury showroom. A Google spokesperson told TechCrunch, "Although it's still early days and things may change, we're exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology."

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Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 8, 2013 1:07 PM CST
Seems seriously hypocritical for them to make such a thing instead of using a green space closer to the population centers like an abandoned shopping center where you can fill up the roof with solar cells. Oh sure, they can put up a couple solar arrays for show and say they use sun power. But what does that power, two computers? So what is the primary power when you are floating. First its shore power, which in San Fran is most likely gas fired. But what if they move to a place with no shore power. Then they boondock, now you know the correct use of the term. Boondocking means you are not hooked up to shore power. In Google's boondock mode, they run large diesel or jet engines to provide the 400,000 KVA needed for such a place. Talk about a carbon footprint.
kullervo
Nov 7, 2013 3:59 PM CST
That's what Scientology said...
thesecondsfade
Nov 7, 2013 11:41 AM CST
I have Newser so I don't have to watch videos for news. How about you summarize the video instead? Is there additional info in the video that is not included in the article?