Originally Posted by Mand12
Please. The NSA doesn't have to hide the hard drives it buys. It's not exactly secret information.
They don't have to, but they do, just like they did back with the Utah DC expansion and HDD at the time. Why? Because the NSA likes to keep everything they do secret. Also, in terms of power consumption people keep talking about, we have data centers in excess of 100MW of power usage, I believe China's primary DC is something around 150 MW of power usage.
Oh, and I went and did some Sat View digging on the plant in question, took a few minutes to get their physical location;
Not only does the plant in question have TWO power stations on site for power generation, but there is a 3rd not that far away they could easily have as a tertiary/partial supply. Does everyone want to believe they had complete power failure from THREE possible locations to the point that they would have to scrap an entire 1.5 months supply, as an "accident"?
The points being driven home here are;
1) We have the technologies to handle these levels of power consumption, it isn't terribly new, we have it in place elsewhere. In places where a 13 minute complete outage, like a core Data Center for a region, costs BILLIONS upon BILLIONS in lost revenues across the various business that require that connection; banking, stock trading, PoS machines, gas stations! Again, if you take the scale equivalent of this claimed event to our global infrastructure the amount of money lost would dwarf this NAND loss.
2) Self power generation has been a thing for nearly 100 years. In the timber industry mills had wood fired power plants that generated not only enough power for their facilities, but excess power they could sell back to the local companies for a small profit. This was going back over the last 100 years. Not on a state of the art fabrication facility with no less than 3 possible sources of power. (Edit for the dense: No, I am not claiming wood fired plants would power a new Fab)
3) If this event did happen it sure as Hell wasn't an "accident", you just don't accidentally blow through these kind of systems. Power loss in a nation that has very, very, stable power. At a Fab with two power plants and a 3rd near by? Hell, there is even a Propane supply NEXT to their building, likely generators of some fashion - not for the Fab process itself, likely the auxiliary systems in the Fab.