Payback? Perhaps. With the National Security Agency in the wrong kind of spotlight of late, this is probably sweet for many to read. What's being described as "chronic electrical surges" at an NSA data-storage facility have "hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of machinery and delayed the center's opening for a year." Yes, a full year.
In what has to be one of the most bizarre stories to come out of this whole NSA
saga, there have reportedly been ten meltdowns in just the past 13 months at the Utah center, with arc fault failures causing all sorts of havok for engineers. The actual cause of the continued issue remains unsolved, with an NSA spokesperson suggesting that "the failures that occurred during testing have been mitigated. A project of this magnitude requires stringent management, oversight, and testing before the government accepts any building."
The center itself has a cost pegged at $1.4 billion, but it's classified information as to how much data the NSA will be able to store there. That said, it's supposedly larger than even Google's largest center, if you care about which entity carries around the biggest yardstick. Of course, Google's largest data center hasn't melted down, so there's that...