Google Plans "Data Barges" At Sea, Away From National Laws And Taxes
Google may become the first corporation a country decides it must go to war against.
How long before Google's security men become an army? How long before we the people attack and destroy Google?
From the London Times:
Google may take its battle for global domination to the high seas with the
launch of its own “computer navy”.
The company is considering deploying the supercomputers necessary to
operate its internet search engines on barges anchored up to seven miles (11km)
The “water-based data centres” would use wave energy to power and cool
their computers, reducing Google’s costs. Their offshore status would also mean
the company would no longer have to pay property taxes on its data centres,
which are sited across the world, including in Britain.
In the patent application seen by The Times, Google writes: “Computing
centres are located on a ship or ships, anchored in a water body from which
energy from natural motion of the water may be captured, and turned into
electricity and/or pumping power for cooling pumps to carry heat away.”