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Google data center spies on ITSELF: 'Like a boring version of Doom'

Reveals Stormtroopers, propellerheads, ravenous blondes

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Google has drawn back the curtain on one of its US data center complexes, with a Street-View-style tour of its tentacle in Lenoir, North Carolina.

One Reg reader described the whole experience as "like a boring version of Doom", and an initial shufti appeared to confirm this analysis:

Google data center with empty chair and desk

Rows of computer racks in data center

However, we are treated to an eyeful of the standard Google entertainment/chillout zone, just to make sure those of us not fortunate enough to work for the Great Satan of Mountain View know exactly what we're missing:

Chillout area in Google's data center

In case you're wondering, there were actually a few people knocking about when the spymobile, or more likely an Orwellian snoop Segway, came calling. Try this Imperial Stormtrooper, presumably part of the security team protecting slurped Wi-Fi data from enraged foreign governments...

A Star Wars Imperial Stormtrooper on guard

What really caught our eye, though, were a couple of members of Google's own staff, including this propellerhead...

Bloke sitting at computer in Google data centre

...and this ravenous blonde, rushing to what we assume is an al fresco Teletubbies fantasy garden for spot of lunch:

A woman caught exiting Google data centre

Evidently, Google's famed face-erasing algorithm was taking time off to play table-tennis when these images hit the servers. It's nice to know that not even your name on the Google payroll can protect you from the company's all-seeing eye. ®

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