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Investigators Stumped by What's Causing Power Surges That Destroy Equipment at NSA data center
10-08-2013, 03:55 PM #1
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Chronic electrical surges at the massive new data-storage facility central to the National Security Agency's spying operation have destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of machinery and delayed the center's opening for a year, according to project documents and current and former officials.

There have been 10 meltdowns in the past 13 months that have prevented the NSA from using computers at its new Utah data-storage center, slated to be the spy agency's largest, according to project documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

One project official described the electrical troubles—so-called arc fault failures—as "a flash of lightning inside a 2-foot box." These failures create fiery explosions, melt metal and cause circuits to fail, the official said.

This summer, the Army Corps of Engineers dispatched its Tiger Team, officials said. In an initial report, the team said the cause of the failures remained unknown in all but two instances.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424...78398.html

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10-08-2013, 04:58 PM #2
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10-08-2013, 05:07 PM #3
Octo Mother Superior
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10-08-2013, 06:33 PM #4
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Ahhh, I have arrived.
And screw the nsa. May it all blow up like a Bruce Willis movie

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10-08-2013, 07:35 PM #5
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Arc Faults are caused by defective wiring (the installer did a bad job). Arc Faults are intermittent shorts.

Government work is done by the lowest possible bidder. Sometime you get what you pay for.

The Investigators are either government employees (not very bright) or there is something else going on. The cause should be bad workmanship and not very mysterious.

For a 1.4 Billion dollar installation they would expect better - and it has to be fixed before they contractually assume control of the building.
10-08-2013, 09:31 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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(10-08-2013, 06:33 PM)MEDUSA Wrote:  Ahhh, I have arrived.
And screw the nsa. May it all blow up like a Bruce Willis movie

Good! Glad you were able to get here. I just sent you an email but you can ignore that if this ordeal is over. whew.gif

From the article:
Quote:The first arc fault failure at the Utah plant was on Aug. 9, 2012, according to project documents. Since then, the center has had nine more failures, most recently on Sept. 25. Each incident caused as much as $100,000 in damage, according to a project official.

It took six months for investigators to determine the causes of two of the failures. In the months that followed, the contractors employed more than 30 independent experts that conducted 160 tests over 50,000 man-hours, according to project documents.

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