Early Briefing: The Data Center Power Play

* Electricity might be a vital commodity to technology firms, but many in Northern Virginia are ambivalent about a Dominion Virginia Power project to bring additional power to the region. Among those staying on the sidelines are most of the area's data center operators. See story.

Dominion says the region is headed for shortages, and possibly rolling brownouts, by 2011 if capacity is not increased. It is proposing a $243 million plan to build a 500 kilovolt line through a 65 miles stretch of Northern Virginia. What do you think about the plan? Does Northern Virginia need more power? Are there technical solutions? Is the cost worth it?

* One of the government's longest and most topsy-turvy corporate fraud cases is nearing a conclusion as prosecutors tried to heap doubt on the credibility of a software executive by using the words of his former lawyers against him. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria are urging a judge to convict former PurchasePro chief executive Charles E. Johnson Jr on fraud, conspiracy and witness-tampering charges stemming from an investigation into the company's business dealings with America Online. See story.

* CSD Architects of Baltimore and Meyer, Scherer and Rockcastle, which is based in Minnesota and has a Hyattsville office, were declared co-winners of a competition to design the mixed-use Port Towns project on the Anacostia River in Prince George's County. See story.

* Anne Arundel County is taking steps to bolster transit services for the thousands of workers expected to be added to Fort Meade as part of the base relocation and closure program. See brief (second item).

By Dan Beyers  |  December 11, 2007; 7:27 AM ET  | Category:  Dominion
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On logic, electrical theory, the use of power and the effect of power on culture. Power is defined as, work done over time. Work is defined as moving a mass over a distance. Electricity is a product of matter and energy in a dynamic which can do work by the application of power. Ok, so what is actually "work" in data processing? The transfer and transformation of information in a material form moved by energy as power. Remebering that electricity is both matter and energy. An electron has a mass and an energy potential (emf). So, without digressing into the discipline of Physics any further, moving on to the work of data processing as a system of evaluating the logic of statements. Logic has now finally found a field of battle to wage its mettle on.

Searching for posts on the web turned up the following:

Many programming languages (eg. Fortran) provide a logical data type

and a set of logical operators. For example, Fortran logical variables

can take values ..TRUE. and .FALSE. and support the logical operators

.AND., .OR. and .NOT., according to the rules of Boolean arithmetic.

So, for example

(.TRUE. .AND. ..FALSE.) evaluates to .FALSE.

(.TRUE. .OR. ..FALSE.) evaluates to .TRUE.

(.NOT. .TRUE.) evaluates to .FALSE.

-http://www.dfanning.com/code_tips/bitwiselogical.html


However, on examination, one can also make the following assumptions...

TRUE AND FALSE evaluates to MAYBE

TRUE OR FALSE evaluates to ABSURD

NOT TRUE evaluates to FALSE or LIE

So, is the bottleneck in information technology merely a matter of homogenizing the liberal arts to be produced in wide mouth bottles instead of narrow longnecks?

Literature in any culture has more variation in the use of logical operators than any current machine interpretative language with the possible exception of Python and fuzzy logic capability.

Where is the genie? Looking at the bottle waiting for himself to appear? Happy Holidays.

Posted by: hillhopper | December 12, 2007 3:24 AM

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