from the spend-more-money dept.
"Built in 1932 by the Goodyear Zeppelin Corporation, Hangar One was one of the largest free standing structures in the world and is now a familiar landmark in Silicon Valley. The building, covering 8 acres (3.2 ha), is large enough to fit 3 ships the size of the Titanic side-by-side. It is so large that it generates its own microclimate, with fog forming in the upper reaches and falling 17 stories to the ground as rain. NASA took over Hangar One from the Navy in 1994 but it had little use and fell into disrepair. In 2012 Google offered $US33 million to repair the facility and has now taken over the lease.
There has been widespread speculation on what Google plans to do with Hangar One, ranging from testing planetary rovers and other space or aviation technology to high altitude balloons, or simply for use as an elaborate hangar for Google's executive planes.
In a statement on Monday, a Google spokesperson simply said, 'We are delighted to move ahead in the selection process and we are looking forward to working with both GSA and Nasa to preserve the heritage of Moffett Federal Airfield.'"
So, as I write this, day one has officially come to an end. I'm still somewhat in shock over it. Last night when I was editing the database to change over hostnames and such, I was thinking, man, it would be great if we got 100 regular users by tomorrow. Turns out I was wrong. By a factor of ten. Holy cow, people. I'm still in a state of disbelief, partially due to the epic turnout, but also because our very modest server hardware hasn't soiled itself from the influx (the numbers are, well, "impressive" is a way to put it). Anyway, I wanted to do a bit of a writeup of where we stand now, what works, and what doesn't. Check it out (and some raw numbers) after the break! Warning, it is a bit lengthy.