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Friday, September 18, 2020

In This Edition:
Microsoft underwater data centre, $88Tn world economy, the plastic recycling lie, down for eveyone or just me, hot Irish music, and underwater feeding flamingos!

This week Chuck Feeney disolved Atlantic Philanthropies. During the organisation's lifetime it invested $8 billion,  $1.3 billion of which was in Ireland. Chuck Feeney is responsible for Ireland's world class third level education sector, the impact of such on Ireland is immense and continuing. He also brokered the first IRA ceasefire. Read the excellent story about how he made it and gave it all away in The Billionaire Who Wasn't by Conor O'Clery.

Microsoft Underwater Datacentre

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In 2018, Microsoft submerged a datacentre in the waters off Orkney in Scotland. The tube held 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage and was intended to test the resilience of operating a data centre 117 feet in the ocean. It has now reached its end of life and has been resurfaced to begin the recyling stage of the project. During its time operating underwater, the datacentre encountered a one eighth failure rate compared to land based data centres with the same components.

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The $88Tn World Economy

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Howmuch.net created this fascinating chart that visualises the entire $88 Trillion world economy based on country GDP figures.

The Plastic Recycling Lie

Image: Laura Sullivan, NPR

"It's pure manipulation of the consumer"
NPR's Planet Money expose on how big oil misled the public into believing plastic would be recycled.

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Down For Everyone or Just Me

Image: downforeveryoneorjustme.com

downforeveryoneorjustme.com is a very handy tool to check if your site is really down.

Hot Irish Music

Image: The Irish Times

Lauren Murphy and  Power compiled a list in The Irish Times of The 50 Best Irish Music Acts Right Now. As with the nature of lists like this, there are a few notably exceptions and even more notable hangers on, but nonetheless, this list is exceptional and really showcases the best that Irish music has to offer! Check out the Spotify playlist based on the list below.

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Underwater Flamingo Feeding

Image: YouTube, San Diego Zoo

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Found This Week is a curated blog of interesting posts, articles, links and stories in the world of technology, science and life in general.
Each edition is curated by Daryl Feehely every Friday and highlights cool stuff found each week.
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Daryl Feehely

I’m a web consultant, contract web developer, technical project manager & photographer originally from Cork, now based in Scotland. I offer my clients strategy, planning & technical delivery services, remotely & in person. I also offer freelance CTO services to companies in need of technical bootstrapping or reinvention. If you think I can help you in your business, check out my details on http://darylfeehely.com



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