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Comment: No permit for Google to park the barge near SF (Score 1) 115 115

According to this CBS Local article, construction stopped a few weeks ago due to a lack of permits:

The reason: Google does not have a permit for a floating anything. “Google has spent millions on this,” said an insider close to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. “But they can’t park this barge on the waterfront without a permit, and they don’t have one.” A BCDC official confirmed the agency has held discussions with Google about “hypothetical operations” on the water, but he complained the tech giant has been vague about how the barge would be used.

Comment: No permit (Score 1) 115 115

According to this CBS Local article, construction stopped a few weeks ago due to a lack of permits:

The reason: Google does not have a permit for a floating anything. “Google has spent millions on this,” said an insider close to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. “But they can’t park this barge on the waterfront without a permit, and they don’t have one.” A BCDC official confirmed the agency has held discussions with Google about “hypothetical operations” on the water, but he complained the tech giant has been vague about how the barge would be used.

Comment: OTEC works in warm waters (Score 1) 115 115

If you read through the Wikipedia article you quoted, you'll learn that OTEC only really works in warm waters, where the heat difference between surface and depth is large enough. The best US location for OTEC is Hawaii, and there's only one functioning OTEC plant in the world, near Japan. So Google is most likely not building an OTEC plant, or they'd do so in a very different shipyard instead of on Treasure Island.

Comment: Invest in hardware? How about a boat? (Score 2) 222 222

Steve Blank should stop lamenting and instead invest in Blueseed. Now THAT's hardware.

Blueseed is a visa-free startup community located on a cruise ship 30 minutes from the coast of Silicon Valley, in international waters outside the jurisdiction of the United States.

Comment: Re:Crime and security (Score 1) 332 332

Crime will be handled the same way it's been handled on cruise ships that have transported tens of millions over the past 30 years. http://www.blueseed.co/faq.html#laws

Also, it's one thing to steal someone's wallet on a cruise, knowing you won't see them again, vs. on the ship that's practically the town you both live in.

Comment: You don't quite understand VCs (Score 1) 332 332

VCs aren't after "offshore talent". They're looking for high-growth startups. Plus, Blueseed wasn't started by VCs, but by immigrant entrepreneurs (look at the bios of the founders). And please drop the silly argument about "enslaving". If someone doesn't like it on the ship, they leave. Do you realize the amount of press the ship will get? If anyone is in the least unhappy, that would lead to a PR disaster to Blueseed. Slavery? Please.

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