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http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/03/google-miner-helmet/
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Just how far will Google go to hide its custom-built data-center hardware from the rest of the world?

In one Silicon Valley data center, the company is apparently so paranoid about competitors catching a glimpse of its gear, it’s been known to keep its server cages in complete darkness, outfitting its technical staff like miners and sending them spelunking into the cages with lights on their heads.
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But if its a secret....then why do we know about it....looks like the secret about the secret is out...wth.gif
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Lol I don't know why, but I have the mental image of a worker going in the dark every time you hit enter to find the information. redface.gif
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Wow kinda excessive imo. This brings me back images of Austin Power movies, and Doctor Evil's lair.
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What if their competitors develop flashlights too?!
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Is it like those Pitch Black restaurants I keep hearing about? You know the ones where you blindly shove food into your face and spill wine everywhere?
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Is it like those Pitch Black restaurants I keep hearing about? You know the ones where you blindly shove food into your face and spill wine everywhere?

Where human is the only thing on the menu?

I went to one of those places once, my meal must have been eating sage, because the taste was terrible.
    
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Where human is the only thing on the menu?
I went to one of those places once, my meal must have been eating sage, because the taste was terrible.

Thats a genre of restaurant? I thought that was a mistake or an electrical issue. Sweet Jesus.
    
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What if their competitors develop flashlights too?!

Brilliant post, made me laugh!

Also.. now I know why its called dark fibre...
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Why light up cages that aren't being worked on? The servers don't care whether the lights are on or off.

This strikes me less as "Google is paranoid" and more as "Google is fanatical about reducing electrical usage".

If Google was really paranoid about someone else looking at the outside of their equipment, they wouldn't host it in a third-party location.
    
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