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Euro biz bosses have donated a cloud to top scientists at CERN, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Cambridge-based European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) - to accelerate their boffinry breakthrough rate. The infrastructure donated by 18 businesses - including SAP, Telefonica and Interoute - will be used to store, share and …

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Black Helicopters

Hadron?

Thank fuck I can still make some sort of stoopid penis title comments jokes references now and again? Shit - maybe I'm wrong - I forgot to do what? Helicopter? Now? Please don't:)

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Facepalm

A bit off-topic, but...

"The idea at the ESA is to stick satellite measurements of the earth's surface - garnered from 20 years of readings accurate to within a centimetre - into the cloud, allowing more scientists to analyse the data."

They could use this data andt tell the nepalese how tall the Everest is, couldn't they?

( http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/29/everest_appeal/ )

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Anonymous Coward

BEING OF SIMPLE MIND

With all the money being pumped into this project how will these experiments benefit our lives?

Everyone and his aunt are getting excited, the press are jumping up and down but for what?

How will it change our lives in any practical way?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: BEING OF SIMPLE MIND

Hopefully it will lead to a cure for simple minds

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Big Brother

Re: BEING OF SIMPLE MIND

It will change our lives for the worse, by pushing more "cloud" mentality (aka the "WE control and can delete and modify your data as we see fit, and/or bill you every time you access your own files" mentality) rather than proper onsite data storage solutions. See, this "donation" gets well publicised and allows the cloud-pushing companies behind it to say "See, cloud storage really works, these scientists are making good use of it, etc, etc".

But once everything is in the "cloud", Orwell's slogan, "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past" will become fully realisable by those whose interest it is to do so.

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Big Brother

Stats

Roughly 1-10,000 concurrent processors, at least 10TB bandwidth a month and under 10Petabytes of storage.

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