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It’s been fascinating to see the flurry of attention over the past few days for a piece of Microsoft work that was first reported months ago. The New York Times appears to have started the ball rolling, with a piece by Randall Stross. Brad Feld, Rich Miller, Heather Clancy and David Linthicum were amongst those to pick the piece up again. And the basic premise? That computers running in or near domestic properties could be used to heat those homes. So far, so good… but how do we get power and cooling to those machines, and how do we ensure that data moves quickly enough between them? There’s a reason we cram racks close together, and it’s not just to save money on the surface area of a data center building.