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Microsoft adventures in Arctic Norway: how to save a Source Code

Arctic cave of Norway is ready to store another bee’s knees, already keeping in its secret tunnels plant seeds and data platters, in case of some nuclear or biological shit happening.

Probably Microsoft, after acquiring of GitHub for billions of dollars, decided to insure against some apocalyptic crap. Just to be sure, that the original source code of the GitHub library will be saved.

This fabulous place, named Arctic World Archive, is located deep inside mountains in the coal mine on Svalbard, not far from the North Pole, being an allegedly nuclear safe place.

Nat Friedman, CEO of GitHub shared his emotions about this place, saying something like: “I am slightly gobsmacked!”

The company, which developed data storage devices, Piql, promised, that super-durable material of the film can keep all that info for more than 700 years. But then they added, that they do not flog some shit, so let it be 2,000 years in cold and dry conditions.

So, who is the biggest renter of the cave? Right! GitHub will be the biggest one with hundreds of data platters, storing more than 100 gigabytes of open source software code and thousands of different applications (e.g. systems’ code for Android).

Sod’s Law for hackers: the info is maintained offline. The vault itself is totally protected from any dodgy cases, being the most secure place on Mother Earth. That “magical location” contains Vatican secrets, KFC mystery recipes, enigmas of Pyramids, photos of UFO… and so on…(JK).

Well, all that may look like a gimmick, however, GitHub is really proud of its open-source code, one of the most important developments of modern software.

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