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A reader in North America, who must remain nameless, sends us the following photograph of his company's IT nerve center.

"I thought you might like to see our company's server room," he writes.

Uh-huh.

"Those two big buckets are to catch the water from the air conditioner. Notice they balance right above our company servers. good design?"

Ctrl-Alt-Niagara

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Well, if you have a water cooled computer that's OK. The temperature rises, the air conditioner activates, and gallons of cooling water are dispersed onto the overheating PCs below.

On the other hand, given the lack of FTC regulations on water egress, and the utter absence of water cooled PCs, it probably isn't.

We see what you mean.

So as a completely fatuous sideline, if you have a ludicrously dangerous server installation, send us a photograph. Does life imitate the excesses of BoFH?

Be careful: switches don't count: and as we're expert at spotting phoneys, don't even think about staging an elaborate stunt that involves perching a Sun rack on top of a dog kennel. Scott's probably already done it, in a keynote. ®

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