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Yet another cool thing I made note of awhile back. So far back, in fact, that the NSA thing hadn’t been made public yet. I did, however, already have the immediate reaction of “Well, now google will be able to know, see, and WATCH everything, eeevveerryyywhhheeerrreeeeee.”
Google continuing to fail at “don’t be evil [overlord]” aside, and, frankly, my predilection for OMG CONSPIRACEH!!! aside (I mean, really, why are they doing this? Is it because information is power? Is it a PR thing? Where’s the money? Because it’s never *really* about philanthropy), this is, frankly, pretty dang neat.
I am kind of entertained to see on their Google Plus page that lack of direct sunlight at southern latitudes was something that kinda threw a monkey wrench into their plans. I’m not sure why it amuses me. Maybe it’s just pure schadenfreude. Maybe it’s just me nerding out on the coolness that is doing a test pilot and seeing what needs to be tweaked. It will be interesting to see if they’re able to make whatever adjustments they need to.
Also, it must be said: It’s cool, but it *is* also a rather loony idea.