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Crocodiles With Frickin' Magnets Attached to Their Heads

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the stick-one-on-the-fridge dept.

Science 304

Brickwall writes "Florida, faced with a problem of crocodiles returning to residential neighborhoods after being relocated elsewhere, is trying to solve it by affixing magnets to the crocs' heads. The theory is the crocodiles use the Earth's magnetic field for navigation, and the magnets may interfere with that. What I'd like to know is, whose job is it to put the magnets on?" So far the magnet program appears to be working, unfortunately the crocs have started to collect huge amounts of take-out menus and child artwork.

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Interesting. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26994335)

So, what happens when the tape eventually comes off? Do the croc's wander back?

Re:Interesting. (5, Informative)

RuBLed (995686) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994379)

It seems that it was only used while transporting the crocs to disorient them so that they cannot find their way back.

Re:Interesting. (1)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995253)

Yes. And now they're angry...

Why? (-1, Flamebait)

Warll (1211492) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994341)

Why not just shoot them? I can't imagine the croc being very happy about being dizzy all the time. More over how does this stop them from wondering in to town?

Re:Why? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26994375)

Please read and understand the summary before asking stupid questions.

Why not just shoot them?

Because the objective is to relocate them, not to kill them.

Also, fuck you.

I can't imagine the croc being very happy about being dizzy all the time.

They use the magnetic field for navigation, not balance. Crocodiles don't even have a sense of balance as we know it, what with having no internal ears and all.

More over how does this stop them from wondering in to town?

If they can't find the town, they can't exactly wander through it, now can they?

Re:Why? (0, Offtopic)

Warll (1211492) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994481)

What makes you think for a second that I was advocating they be shot? Yes your right I used the wrong word. As to your last point, wonder around enough and you'll wonder into a town. Anwyay its bed time. PS: Please don't swear, it serves little purpose but to hurt people's feelings.

Re:Why? (3, Informative)

tpgp (48001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994565)

I am not the AC you're replying to, but:

What makes you think for a second that I was advocating they be shot?

Maybe because you said "Why not just shoot them?"

Wonder around enough and you'll wonder into a town.

Yeah, but we're not talking about wandering into town, we're talking about them going back to the same place they've been removed from.

Honestly - if you'd read the article, you'd have had no reason to ask the questions you did.

Re:Why? (1)

Warll (1211492) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994617)

Maybe because you said "Why not just shoot them?"

I was asking why not to shoot them, not saying that they should be shot.

Honestly - if you'd read the article, you'd have had no reason to ask the questions you did.

Or I could have at least not misread the summery.

Re:Why? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26994667)

I was asking why not to shoot them, not saying that they should be shot.

Frankly, you're an idiot and someone should shoot YOU. And, it's "wander", not "wonder", you brainless twit.
Also, fuck you. :-)

Re:Why? (4, Funny)

dougisfunny (1200171) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994831)

I assume you believe, though you say someone should shoot him, that he should not be shot. That's the trend here right?

Re:Why? (4, Funny)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996233)

The people responsible for shooting the people responsible for shooting the troll, have been shot.

Re:Why? (5, Funny)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995267)

Can we adopt the:
4) Also, fuck you
as our new group meme?

Re:Why? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26994847)

I am the Anonymous Coward you replied to, and I apologize if I misinterpreted you. Please understand that when I hear a question like, "Why not just shoot them?," it's almost always being asked by a callous and willfully ignorant moron.

Pardon my indiscretion if you are, in fact, not such a moron. (If.)

Re:Why? (1)

tiananmen tank man (979067) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996083)

>I was asking why not to shoot them, not saying that they should be shot.

I am asking you, "Have you stopped beating your wife?" Not saying that you beat your wife.

Re:Why? (1)

Xest (935314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995591)

"What makes you think for a second that I was advocating they be shot?"

I'd wager a bet it has something to do with the first question you asked, the one that went like this:

"Why not just shoot them?"

But regardless I shall answer the question. For the same reason we can't just shoot people like you - many of us realise the value of life in even the most simple life forms.

Oh and:

"PS: Please don't swear, it serves little purpose but to hurt people's feelings."

Yes, I think that's generally the idea when someone says "Fuck you". Please note, if swearing offends you then the internet may not be the best place for you.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26995843)

it serves little purpose but to hurt people's feelings.

that's THE purpose you fucking retarded moron.

Re:Why? (2)

kheldan (1460303) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994625)

Heh, for once, an AC that I can agree with!

Re:Why? (2, Funny)

GreenTech11 (1471589) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995247)

All hail our anonymous logical overlord

Re:Why? (4, Funny)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994423)

"Why not just shoot them?"

Here in Australia the authorities also try to avoid shooting problem crocs, instead they send them to a croc farm for handbag breeding.

Re:Why? (1)

mrsteveman1 (1010381) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994483)

Wondering about what? Tasty house pets?

Re:Why? (5, Funny)

Zedrick (764028) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994581)

Why not shoot the people of Florida? I can't imagine people being happy about living in crowded, polluted cities all the time. The population is way too big and alligators, unlike humans, doesn't destroy the environment or to drive other species to extinction. Not to mention that they were there first.

Re:Why? (3, Funny)

Warll (1211492) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994633)

Um, alright, ah, ok I got one, they'll shoot back and bullets aren't free. Now why not go to bed?

Re:Why? (1)

troll8901 (1397145) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995117)

Now why not go to bed?

It's afternoon here in Asia, you insensitive clod! Oh, how I miss my bed... (Wait, I'm unemployed.)
Also ... aww, forget it.

Be careful not to get burned!

Re:Why? (1)

kheldan (1460303) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994687)

Why not shoot the people of Florida? blah blah blah

Would you care to volunteer to be the first for this grand experiment? Reduce your carbon footprint, shoot yourself!
Also, fuck you. :-)

Re:Why? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26994711)

Why not shoot the people of Florida? I can't imagine people being happy about living in crowded, polluted cities all the time. The population is way too big and alligators, unlike humans, doesn't destroy the environment or to drive other species to extinction. Not to mention that they were there first.

Great, let's start with you. PETA fuckwad.

Re:Why? (4, Insightful)

Zwicky (702757) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994731)

Why not just shoot them? I can't imagine the croc being very happy about being dizzy all the time.

To be honest I think they'd like being shot even less.

Re:Why the arrogance? (2, Insightful)

ssintercept (843305) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994841)

maybe you received a backlash because that kind of arrogant attitude towards other living creatures is just sickening and systemic of an unenlightened mind when it comes to the enviroment around you.
remember that as a species you are the new kid on the block.
have some fucking respect.
nite nite...
as for you mods...get bent.

Memorable Quotes in Slashdot (5, Funny)

troll8901 (1397145) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995153)

Here are the catchy one-liners from this thread alone:

  • "Why not just shoot them?"
  • "Also, fuck you. :-)"
  • "For once, an AC that I can agree with!"
  • "Now why not go to bed?"
  • "Would you care to volunteer to be the first for this grand experiment?"
  • "Great, let's start with you."
  • "As for you mods... get bent."

Someone should keep a list of memorable quotes in Slashdot. :-)

Re:Memorable Quotes in Slashdot (1)

ssintercept (843305) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995901)

You are quite right. that would be some choice reading.
after i posted i realized that i had been trolled, and trolled hard.

OUCH!

Re:Why? (2, Informative)

delvsional (745684) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995207)

Actually you can't shoot them because they're protected. There are only about 2000 of them in south Florida.

Natural selection (4, Interesting)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994345)

Not trying to troll here, but why not just shoot them? Some crocs appear to love to be around humans, some not. Kill the ones who do, and let the ones who prefer to stay away from people have the chance to breed. In a few decades, we'll have a race of human-adverse crocs.

Re:Natural selection (5, Funny)

TheLink (130905) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994449)

"why not just shoot them?"

Because most people don't like handbags with bullet holes in them. Same goes for wallets.

As for belts, it's hard to get the holes consistently in the right places.

Re:Natural selection (2, Funny)

hydromike2 (1457879) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995075)

thats why they use pitchforks

Re:Natural selection (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26995947)

>"why not just shoot them?"

that was the old administrations motto. change has come to america...

Re:Natural selection (4, Informative)

tpgp (48001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994511)

In a few decades, we'll have a race of human-adverse crocs.

In a few decades huh? Your understanding of genetics is as simplistic as your understanding of crocodile behaviour.

As a previous poster has said, the objective is to relocate, not shoot them. This species of animal is also considered vulnerable [jrank.org] (quote) or facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designates it as Endangered, or in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. The primary threat to this animal comes from habitat loss.

Re:Natural selection (5, Insightful)

ssintercept (843305) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994907)

The primary threat to this animal comes from habitat loss.

it should read- The primary threat to this animal comes from the human race.

for the record: i am not any leftie, granola eatin, moonbeam hugging retard.

however, this cavalier attitude towards destroying life because it is inconvenient is just maddening to me.

Re:Natural selection (3, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994525)

why not just shoot them?

Because you might damage perfectly good magnets, silly.
       

Re:Natural selection (5, Funny)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995203)

You forgot to end with "Also, fuck you."

Re:Natural selection (3, Insightful)

anagama (611277) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994621)

In a few decades, we'll have a race of human-adverse crocs.

Bad idea. Humans tend to find human-adverse aversive.

Re:Natural selection (1)

codeButcher (223668) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994787)

I guess as long as humans (and their pets, and their garbage) are tasty, human-adverse crocs are a pipe dream.

Well, my son.. (1)

Jeppe Salvesen (101622) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994805)

Is it proven that some specimens stay away from humans while others are unafraid of ut? What's the average lifespan of a croc? And is "stay-away-from-people" a dominant or recessive gene? Is it even a single gene?

"A few decades" is probably a bit optimistic..

But then again, if we don't kill those that get close to humans, we will effectively give the non-shy specimens an advantage. Hmh.

Re:Natural selection (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26994881)

Lets just kill everything...you and this guy http://slashdot.org/~Warll [slashdot.org] are complete douchebags.

Re:Natural selection (5, Insightful)

CarbonShell (1313583) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995061)

First, this has nothing to do with natural selection.

Actually you even show a clear ignorance for natural selection because you want to kill the ones that actually adapt and have become better hunters and can thus provide more food.
I.e. the basis for evolution under the 'natural selection' (I'm kinda keeping it simple)

Without wanting to start a pro/contra hunting argument, it is kinda like saying you are helping nature by going hunting.
Uhm, no. What you are doing is simply cutting down the healthy ones and leaving the rest.
While naturally speaking you should be hunting the sick, weak and old (like their natural predators do).
But then which hunter wants to eat that meat?

Second this is not only an issue with Crocs but with many more animals. Or should I say it is less of an animal then of a human issue.

Unlike humans, animals still need to hunt for their food and are not particularly picky when they find something they can eat.
And the easier they can get to it, the better.

This is where we come in.
* trash:
It might seem like trash for us but anything edible you throw away will probably attract animals.
Note, this does not exclude trash that is not thrown into the bin but can basically include anything we drop or store like bread crumbs or our basement food stock.

* habitat:
Rodents like mice, rats or cockroaches are typically problems in our habitats, among others to the above-mentioned trash issue.
But you might think, hey these are only mice, we were talking about Crocs, you would have to remember that there are animals out there that hunt these, f.i. snakes.

In addition to that our habitats are also warm/cool and protect us from the weather.
And if they protect us, they also protect animals.

Plus our other technological advances attract animals a well.
F.i. Tar roads that can heat up quite nicely are ideal places for reptiles.
Some animals love our hoses and wire isolation.

* pets:
Even our own pets are viable food sources to hunters and our domestication can cause them to lose their natural suspicion.
And maybe that log they are sniffing is not really a log.

* animal habitat reduction:
As humanity increases in size we stupidly also increase our habitat size in crazy proportions and thus reduce that of the animals.
This makes it easier for animals to enter our habitats.
Kinda like if you compare the distance between towns 100 years ago to now. Back then the habitat spheres were far from each other. Today these spheres are much closer, touch or even overlap.

Plus the amount of crocs might also be forcing the crocs to hunt in larger areas.

But it would probably be more of the former then the latter.

Humans are not interesting as a food source for most of the animal kingdom.
To big, tough meat, hard to catch and dangerous.
Nearly all accidents of animals attacking humans was because the humans were playing around in areas they should not be.

More humans die in Africa due to Hippoes then to Crocs.
More humans die in Australia to Jellyfish then to sharks.

Re:Natural selection (1)

gamanimatron (1327245) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995343)

First, this has nothing to do with natural selection.

Actually you even show a clear ignorance for natural selection because you want to kill the ones that actually adapt and have become better hunters and can thus provide more food.
I.e. the basis for evolution under the 'natural selection' ... What you are doing is simply cutting down the healthy ones and leaving the rest.
While naturally speaking you should be hunting the sick, weak and old (like their natural predators do).

The GP was specifically talking about artificial selection for a specific desired result - basically, de-facto breeding of shy crocs. This is interesting, though likely illegal and unworkable.

You, on the other hand, having staked out the intellectual high ground by leveling accusations of ignorance, proceed with an only vaguely coherent rant about emulating the natural circumstances under which crocs get killed, add some sweeping statements and bold (even foolhardy) assertions about the mechanics of "natural" selection [wikipedia.org] - in a world where we have taken over the top slot in pretty much every food chain, and are working on creating some new ones from scratch. This, after having completely missed the point of the post you are replying to.

Meh.

Aren't you glad... (1)

troll8901 (1397145) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995167)

Not trying to troll here, but why not just shoot them?

Aren't you glad you're not the guy above who asked the same question?

Re:Natural selection (1)

Huntr (951770) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995579)

They don't shoot the nuisance crocs because American crocs (Crocodylus acutus) are federally and Florida-state endangered. There are only like 1500-2k of them left in the US, although there are more in Central America.

Clearly (1)

assemblerex (1275164) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994347)

nothing can go wrong here.

lame (1)

emart (1343753) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994381)

the lamest thing you could possibly put on a crocs head. i mean, c'mon! at least attach a fake wig to the magnet or something.

Re:lame (2, Funny)

Hooya (518216) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994455)

> the lamest thing you could possibly put on a crocs head

Yeah, if you're affixing something to their heads, why not *airquotes* Lasers *airquotes* ?

Re:lame (2, Funny)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994873)

The magnets are clearly just there to quickly attach a laser with a metallic casing to them, then to remove it when the job is done.

This, friends, is all a cover-up. Plausible deniability and all. "Disorienting crocs". Sure.

If it looks like a croc and walks like a croc, it is abundantly clear that it is just another tool of the concspiracy!

Re:lame (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995811)

or its an alligator

Crocs? In Florida? (2, Informative)

Brissie_lad (523538) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994391)

There are no Crocodiles in Florida, except in zoo's or animal parks. There are plenty of Alligators however.

Re:Crocs? In Florida? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26994405)

That may be true now, but wait until they start putting magnets on the Crocodiles in Egypt!

Re:Crocs? In Florida? (5, Informative)

NoKaOi (1415755) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994443)

Yeah, crocodiles, in Florida. From the article:
State biologists are studying the temporary use of magnets to disrupt the internal navigation of federally and state-protected American crocodiles, which have been spotted most often in neighborhoods of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

And because every good /. comment requires a wikipedia reference: American Crocodile [wikipedia.org] : "...there is a remnant population of less than 1200 in Florida, United States"

Crocs? In Florida? Yes, actually. (5, Informative)

Tsar (536185) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994465)

There are no Crocodiles in Florida, except in zoo's or animal parks. There are plenty of Alligators however.

These are American crocodiles. [wikipedia.org]
And yes, there are plenty of alligators in Florida—which is why they aren't endangered.
The American crocodile is endangered, however, which is pointed out in article that you didn't read.

Re:Crocs? In Florida? Yes, actually. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26994865)

The American crocodile is endangered, however, RTFA.

Fixed that for you.

Re:Crocs? In Florida? Yes, actually. (1)

Atario (673917) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995083)

Read the article?? How can you expect people to actively seek out idle stories, tag them repeatedly with "idleispants", post in the comments saying how idle is stupid and should die and they never read it, and read the article? Be reasonable!

Re:Crocs? In Florida? Yes, actually. (1)

claytonjr (1142215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996035)

Yes, there are about ~1000+ crocodiles in FL. However, the article has a picture of an alligator with electrical tape on it's head.

Alligators have larger, fatter heads. While their crocodile kin have smaller, more narrow heads and longer (sometimes) mouths.

Re:Crocs? In Florida? (1)

tpgp (48001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994513)

There are no Crocodiles in Florida.

Wrong [ufl.edu] .

Re:Crocs? In Florida? (4, Informative)

delvsional (745684) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995261)

There are no Crocodiles in Florida, except in zoo's or animal parks. There are plenty of Alligators however.

Actually, the article is about crocodiles and it is correct. There are crocodiles. About 2000, the species has made a great comeback from near extinction due in large part to the cooling canals at Turkey Point power plant. There are 186 Miles of cooling canals that are 5 feet deep and 200 feet wide. If you look on google maps near the homestead raceway, it looks like a giant radiator. This area is protected from all civilian interference and the animals thrive there. Other areas that the crocodiles go to are the biscayne bay and the everglades. they travel back and forth using the canal systems.

RE: (1, Funny)

myVarNamesAreTooLon (1474005) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994393)

Magnets? What's the matter? Couldn't get lasers?
(because every creature deserves a warm meal)

I mean, throw me a frickin' bone here! (1)

Brett Buck (811747) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994659)

You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads. Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here! What do we have? Crocodiles with magnets? Are they ill-tempered?

Get sharks with laser beams. (1, Funny)

www.sorehands.com (142825) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994413)

That will take care of the crocs.

Re:Get sharks with laser beams. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26994507)

But what will we do when we are overrun by the sharks? Won't that be an even bigger problem?

Re:Get sharks with laser beams. (2, Insightful)

Soulshift (1044432) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995081)

That's what the cyborg raptors are for!

Re:Get sharks with laser beams. (1)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995379)

Will cyborg raptors freeze to death in the winter?

Shouldn't You Have ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26994473)

... submitted this to FARK first?

Go North Young Crock (4, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994475)

Now they all walk north. Alaskans will have more than polar bears to worry about now.
   

Re:Go North Young Crock (1)

tommyhj (944468) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995241)

Would depend on the orientation of the magnet while it was attached. hmm, maybe you could program animals go in a certain direction by blindfolding them and stroking their heads with magnets in different orientations?! Add lasers and we have homing-sharks!

Last Words (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994489)

"Dad, something is stuck to our bumper! I heard a clang."

If I understand this correctly... (2, Funny)

Narnie (1349029) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994523)

I could baste my old magnetic HDs in chicken broth and feed them to these "magnetically enhanced crocodiles" as a way to destroy my precious personal data?

Florida? Crocs? Huh? (1, Interesting)

Evil Pete (73279) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994647)

Alligators in Florida! Crocodiles in Africa, Asia, Australia.

I guess there is some association here with "sharks with lasers". Though here in oz I know which one I rather swim near if I had to. From most to least dangerous (relative) I'd say: Crocodiles, box jelly and then sharks. Sharks eat people more by accident, box jellies just bump into you by accident ... crocs will hunt you if they see you and pursue by water or land.

Re:Florida? Crocs? Huh? (3, Informative)

Xest (935314) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995271)

"Alligators in Florida! Crocodiles in Africa, Asia, Australia."

And er... the Americas:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Crocodile [wikipedia.org]

who will put them there? (1)

franksun (1487301) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994671)

steve irwin ofcourse... no wait

Alligators (0)

keytohwy (975131) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994677)

They're gators, not crocs.

Re:Alligators (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26995155)

Apparently not. Most know of the gators, but there are a few crocs out there, too. Read the article or use wikipedia.

why don't we put magnets on canadian geese. (1)

schwillis (1073082) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994689)

we should put the magnets on canadian geese so they can't find their way into jet turbines.

Which just goes to prove the rule (4, Funny)

hyphen76 (1227364) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994719)

That there is nothing you cannot solve with some judicious use of duct tape.

Re:Which just goes to prove the rule (5, Funny)

Gandalf_Greyhame (44144) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994789)

That there is nothing you cannot solve with some judicious use of duct tape.

Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side and a dark side and it holds the universe together

Re:Which just goes to prove the rule (4, Funny)

FinchWorld (845331) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995085)

Well as seen as these jokes are coming out, heres something I've noticed, specifically you only ever need 2 tools, WD40 and duct tape.

If it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape.

It it doesn't move and it should use WD40.

So what happens if you spray WD40 on duct tape. I've considered testing it, but I fear it might cause some sort of paradox, leading to this reality imploding.

Re:Which just goes to prove the rule (2, Funny)

Gandalf_Greyhame (44144) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995115)

I disagree - the only tool you need is a hammer. EVERY problem can be solved with a hammer, or if it cannot actually be solved, it can be reduced to a simpler form

Re:Which just goes to prove the rule (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26995827)

I forgot the password to my RSA key, I need to restore it... how to do this with my hammer?

And if it *can't* be solved with the hammer... (1)

Peter Simpson (112887) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996149)

...you just need a bigger hammer!

Like many hardcore geeks (5, Funny)

Zwicky (702757) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994773)

I don't use harddrives. I just use crocodiles with magnets stuck to their heads.

(I'll get my coat.)

Re:Like many hardcore geeks (1)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995529)

It's not like anyone will be stealing your servers...

Re:Like many hardcore geeks (1)

magpie (3270) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995661)

How do you get them to spin fast enough?

Re:Like many hardcore geeks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996213)

I don't use harddrives. I just use crocodiles with magnets stuck to their heads.

(I'll get my coat.)

Ah NAND

"Narly Aligator Neodynium Drive"

Better crocodiles with magnets (3, Insightful)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | more than 5 years ago | (#26994883)

than alligators with gun turrets.

Sounds horrible (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995017)

Why not just dump pollution into their lake? It would have the same effect making them retarded. I don't know how this could be thought of as a solution. If you cut their legs off (just 2) they wont be coming back to the city either. But will we do that? no because its cruel punishment.

Re:Sounds horrible (1)

quadelirus (694946) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995557)

From the article, "The magnets are removed from the crocodile's head when it is released." Not cruel, not punishment, just making sure they don't know how to get back to the residential area where they will probably be shot if the become a nuisance.

God Help Us All If This Becomes a /. Meme (1, Funny)

Quothz (683368) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995415)

Step 1: Tape magnets to crocodile heads.

Step 2: ???

Step 3: Profit!

Step 4: Also, Fuck you.

I don't want a croc magnet (1)

Barsteward (969998) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995471)

I want a babe magnet......

Snort (2)

dugeen (1224138) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995621)

"unfortunately the crocs have started to collect huge amounts of take-out menus and child artwork" Faulty premise. Fridge magnets work because they stick to the fridge door. Crocodiles are not made of ferrous metal so the magnets wouldn't stick to the crocs themselves, and the menus and artwork could not be held between croc and magnet in the way envisaged by the joke.

Croc shield (2, Funny)

Iffie (1410897) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995689)

So does a magnetic field deter them, so you can set up a magnetic perimeter around your garden opond and they will not want to come out?

ta3o (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26995741)

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The stingray plot is revealed (1)

Smidgin (912451) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995933)

What I'd like to know is, whose job is it to put the magnets on?

Clearly the stingrays and crocs are in cahoots.

Umm, that isn't a crocodile (1)

claytonjr (1142215) | more than 5 years ago | (#26995987)

Thats a picture of an alligator, with electrical tape on it's head.

Please take notice that crocodiles have long, more narrower shaped heads. Alligators have bigger heads, and tend to be heavier.

Where is the article ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26996059)

Where is the article ?

Better Idea (1)

wilder_card (774631) | more than 5 years ago | (#26996151)

Let's relocate the frickin' humans. Crocodiles belong in the Everglades, people don't belong in its drained and sterilized remnants.
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