I don't quite know the criteria by which stories get to be hidden on the other side of the paywall at the NBR and which ones aren't, but Chris Keall's on Kim Dotcom and the cable seems too good to be free. Which is apropos.
"They [Hollywood] have what everybody wants. They just don’t know what to do with it. Guys like [movie mogul] Sumner Redstone – he's in his 80s and does everying with a pen. They don’t see it. "They pick up the phone and they say, 'F**k you Joe Biden, I’m not giving you another cheque unless you take these f***kers down and that’s how this all went down."
Kim fumes, "The political interference in this whole case is quite significant."
It's a lengthy and interesting piece on Kim Dotcom's intentions towards a NZ-US internet cable and a Mega data centre. Keall (and the others at the meeting at the Dotcom Mansion) clearly don't buy the hype. The problem for Kim is exactly as he describes it - it's all politics - and for that reason alone any venture he is involved with that touches upon the jurisdiction of the USA will be toxic and he ought to realise this.
The discussion with Kim around the resurrection of Mega is informative in itself, but there are gems everywhere:
Eighteen months ago, the Pacific Fibre co-founder wrote a white paper on New Zealand as a giant data centre destination. This week, he delivered it to a data centre conference in Sydney.
"We looked at Hamilton, it’s geologically stable, near a river for water, near geothermal, near Auckland enough for a [cable] landing. That’s a good location – you’d really invent Hamiltron," he says.
For those old enough to remember the early days... the internet link for the country (and it was just emails then pretty much in the early 90s) was at Waikato University - it was the portal to the world. Now the experts reckon it could be that way again.
But Humphrey's white paper is looking at a centre on the scale of Google's largest server farms; one that would have its own power station and consume up to 500 megawatts of electricity.
Dotcom add that if the Bluff alumuninium smelter is closed, the Manapouri power station could be redeployed to power a massive server farm.
If that happened I would gladly take a lowering of the price of electricity through the resulting over-supply than to use it all on a server farm. Or is that just naive? What about putting the centre in Bluff - on the Tiwai Point site? iBluff?