Saturday, July 14, 2007

Climate Cuttings #5

Bishop Hill's fifth roundup of interesting stories from the climate change front—Climate Cuttings #5—is now up.

A couple of amusing stories there, including this one. [Emphasis mine.]
Eske Willerslev, described in Science how he and his team had used recovered DNA to show that the Greenland ice sheet was forested in the past, but that the ice sheet made it through the last interglacial when temperatures were up to 5°C higher than today, the implication being that we may not be doomed after all.

And this story is just fucking hilarious!
Not too long ago, there was a small furor in the local media about a major disaster at The State's Technology Services Division. The details were a bit sketchy – mostly because The State was “unable to comment on an ongoing investigation” – but what was reported was that, for two full days, employees of The State were unable to logon to their computers or access email, and that this caused business within The State to grind to a halt.

When employees of The State came in to work following a three day weekend, they found their workstations overloaded with "cannot logon" and "Exchange communication" error messages. The Network Services folks had it even worse: the server room was a sweltering 109° Fahrenheit and filled with dead or dying servers.

At first, everyone had assumed that the Primary A/C, the Secondary A/C, and the Tertiary A/C had all managed to fail at once. But after cycling the power, the A/Cs all fired up and brought the room back to a cool 64°. At the time, the “why” wasn’t so important: the network administrators had to figure out how to bring online the four Exchange Services, six Domain Controllers, a few Sun servers, and the entire State Tax Commission’s server farm. Out of all of the downed servers, those were the only ones that did not come back to life upon a restart.

They worked day and night to order new equipment, build new servers, and restore everything from back-up. Countless overtime hours and nearly two hundred thousand dollars in equipment costs later, they managed to bring everything back online. When the Exchange servers were finally restored, the following email finally made its way to everyone's inbox, conveniently answering the “why”
From: ----- -----------
To: IT Department
Re: A/C constantly running.

To whom it may concern,

I came in today (Monday) to finish up a project I was
working on before our big meeting with the State
----- Commission tomorrow, and I noticed thatthere
were three or four large air conditioners running the
entire time I was here. Since it's a three day weekend,
no one is around, why do we need to have the A/C
running 24/7?

With all the power that all those big computers in
that room use, I doubt it is really eco-friendly to
run those big units at the same time. And all
computers have cooling fans anyway, so why put the A/C
for the building in that room?

I got a keycard from [the facility manager’s] desk and
shut off the A/C units. I'm sure you guys can deal
with it being warm for an hour or two when you come
in tomorrow morning.

In the future, let's try to be a little more
conscientious of our energy usage!


As for the employee who sent it, he decided to take an early retirement.

What a pompous twat.

Anyway, go and have a look at Climate Cuttings #5. In the meantime, I have been sent a couple of new papers on the solar theory to examine, so I shall report on those in due course.


O'Neill said...

Ah yes you may have the facts on your side, but you better watch out Mr Devil, even the Vatican is turning green...

John Trenchard said...

May i be so rude as to ask the esteemed Devil from my gracious self, that you could , perchance, add my good self to your blogroll, for we are of a similar mind when it comes to the principles of liberty and freedom.

Your humble servant,
John Trenchard

Mark Wadsworth said...

I completely disagree with what Neil Harding says (see below).

Lord Straf-Bilderberg said...

A lovely Sunday read.

Neil Harding

guido faux said...

Not sure what is funnier: the fact he switched off aircon in the server room or the fact he was allowed into the server room in the first place.

Oh yeah? So what has happened for the last ten years, exactly?

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