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207 comments

First Post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28531161)

Gay Nigger Association of America.

Help me Rob Malda, you're my only hope! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28531463)

Slashdot I need your help desperately! Me and my gay lover Steve Jobs were dildoing each other's asses with each others iPhone 3GS while jerking each other off. The problem is that when I came my iPhone slipped up and got stuck in my rectum. Steve ran out after this happened and isn't returning my calls. I'm so scared and I don't know what to do. Can you help me?!?!?!

BTW Rob Malda has a tiny wang.

Re:Help me Rob Malda, you're my only hope! (2, Funny)

koreaman (835838) | about 5 years ago | (#28531579)

No wonder he's not returning your calls. He can't hear a word your saying on the messages, since your phone is stuck in your rectum.

I think the solution is to just buy a new one. Along with a MacBook Pro and some Apple t-shirts and bumper stickers. Rock on!

The other %1? (2, Interesting)

basementman (1475159) | about 5 years ago | (#28531203)

Anyone know last 1% isn't mapped? Is it just hard to access or is it part of a top secret organization?

Re:The other %1? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28531249)

It's the area of land upon which your incredibly fat mamma sits, and is therefor impossible to accurately map.

Re:The other %1? (0)

MrNaz (730548) | about 5 years ago | (#28532593)

Yo momma so fat that when she sits down NASA's topographical map has to be changed to allow for the enormous fucking dent she puts in the Earth!

Re:The other %1? (5, Funny)

sunking2 (521698) | about 5 years ago | (#28531255)

That's the Cobra secret base.

Re:The other %1? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28531763)

That's the Cobra secret base.

You mean Dick Cheney's home?

Re:The other %1? (5, Funny)

Scaba (183684) | about 5 years ago | (#28532383)

You mean Dick Cheney's lair?

Fixed that for you...

Re:The other %1? (1)

2names (531755) | about 5 years ago | (#28532837)

Best. FTFY. EVER.

Re:The other %1? (5, Funny)

Scutter (18425) | about 5 years ago | (#28531263)

It's the hole at the North Pole that leads to the center of the Earth.

Re:The other %1? (2, Funny)

tj111 (1275078) | about 5 years ago | (#28531653)

Shhhhh!

Re:The other %1? (2, Funny)

elcid73 (599126) | about 5 years ago | (#28532415)

I believe it's Mt. Sneffels in Iceland. At least that's what Arne Saknussem led me to believe

Re:The other %1? (1)

NevarMore (248971) | about 5 years ago | (#28532447)

Is that the one you throw people down with the high school physics problem?

Re:The other %1? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28532805)

Nah, it's where the giant brass bits are that let the globe turn on it's axis

Re:The other %1? (4, Funny)

192939495969798999 (58312) | about 5 years ago | (#28531309)

It's the area around the topographical mapping equipment building. if they point the equipment at itself, it creates a paradox and the universe implodes.

Re:The other %1? (1)

TooMuchToDo (882796) | about 5 years ago | (#28531887)

Damn it! You divided by zero!

Re:The other %1? (5, Funny)

Divide By Zero (70303) | about 5 years ago | (#28532115)

You rang?

Re:The other %1? (5, Insightful)

jnaujok (804613) | about 5 years ago | (#28531363)

It's probably the portion of the poles that the orbital inclination didn't allow to be mapped.

Re:The other %1? (5, Informative)

aniefer (910494) | about 5 years ago | (#28532017)

Yes. From here [nasa.gov] :

The new ASTER data expands coverage to 99 percent, from 83 degrees north latitude and 83 degrees south. Each elevation measurement point in the new data is 98 feet apart.

Re:The other %1? (3, Interesting)

MadCow42 (243108) | about 5 years ago | (#28532073)

If you simply look at the image, it seems like a few random streaks in the image file. I'd guess systems issues / data corruption, or other collection faults before I'd guess super-secret military bases.

Ideally they would combine this with previous data (relatively adjusted to this baseline) to fill in the gaps.

MadCow.

Re:The other %1? (1)

furby076 (1461805) | about 5 years ago | (#28531413)

It may be top-secret areas (e.g. military installations). It would not be unheard of to institute those restrictions.

Re:The other %1? (4, Interesting)

Daimanta (1140543) | about 5 years ago | (#28531415)

"or is it part of a top secret organization?"

My guess, most unmapped terrain is not secret. WHy? Because 1% of the surface of the earth is absolutely huge. THe surface area of earth is 510.072.000 km. 1% would be 5.100.720 km, which is 2258x2258 km. Such a large area can't be secret in its entirety.

Re:The other %1? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28531495)

I find it highly likely, with a 0.25.512% chance or error, that you failed your math classes as a child.

Re:The other %1? (5, Informative)

koreaman (835838) | about 5 years ago | (#28531625)

In most of Europe, periods are used as thousands-separators in the same way we Americans use commas.

Re:The other %1? (1)

localman57 (1340533) | about 5 years ago | (#28531873)

I'd hate that. My regular expressions have too many backslashes as it is...

Re:The other %1? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28532183)

Do they also measure surface area in linear distance units?

Re:The other %1? (1)

thirty-seven (568076) | about 5 years ago | (#28532327)

In most of Europe, periods are used as thousands-separators in the same way we Americans use commas.

Generally, not in places where they primarily speak English. If I was communicating with people using the French language, I would express my numbers with commas for decimal separators.

Re:The other %1? (1)

JorDan Clock (664877) | about 5 years ago | (#28531643)

Some parts of the world use decimals where us Americans use commas, and vice versa.

Re:The other %1? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28532441)

Some parts of the world use decimals where us Americans use commas. and vice versa,

FIFY

Re:The other %1? (2, Funny)

barzok (26681) | about 5 years ago | (#28531517)

10 sq km here, 10 sq km there, pretty soon you're talking about real surface area.

Re:The other %1? (5, Funny)

click2005 (921437) | about 5 years ago | (#28531703)

1% would be 5.100.720 km, which is 2258x2258 km

It could be 40075.02km long and 127.28km wide.

In fact I'm guessing its the part of the earth covered by the big red stripe that marks the equator.

Re:The other %1? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28532305)

5.100.720 km

To put that in perspective, it's about the size of Australia.

Re:The other %1? (5, Funny)

localman57 (1340533) | about 5 years ago | (#28531423)

The other 1% is what geographers call the "edge"; the area at which the two sides of the flat earth meet. Mapping both sides of a flat object is easy. Unfortunately mapping the edge is much harder. Just be glad the Earth is flat, not round. Otherwise, there'd be no accurate way to project it onto a piece of paper.

Re:The other %1? (1)

kbob88 (951258) | about 5 years ago | (#28531555)

It's the area around the LHC. When they turned it on, it really did create small black holes, which of course don't let any light or other EMR escape. So the satellites can't see in past their event horizon. Or something like that.

Or maybe they just got lazy, blew off work, went home, and cracked open a few beers. "Come on, Seiji, no one will notice that we didn't map the last 1%; it's just a measly 5mm km2. Let's hit the bar!"

Re:The other %1? (2, Funny)

eln (21727) | about 5 years ago | (#28531757)

Anyone know last 1% isn't mapped? Is it just hard to access or is it part of a top secret organization?

It's Barbra Streisand's house.

Re:The other %1? (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | about 5 years ago | (#28531785)

This obviously can only be settled via a Slashdot poll. My suggestions for options:
- Dick Cheney's undisclosed location
- The North Pole
- Cobra base
- R'lyeh
- Google's secret undersea base
- CowboyNeal's home

Re:The other %1? (1)

thedonger (1317951) | about 5 years ago | (#28531865)

I'm writing in "Earth's anus."

Re:The other %1? (2, Funny)

nickruiz (1185947) | about 5 years ago | (#28531953)

I heard that they had originally mapped 100% of the Earth's surface, but once Chuck Norris found out that they were mapping his house, he went over to NASA and proceeded to roundhouse kick each scientist until they removed the entire state of Texas.

Re:The other %1? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 years ago | (#28531973)

It's Oprah's ass, and do we really want to see that?

Re:The other %1? (1)

Archfeld (6757) | about 5 years ago | (#28532319)

C'mon it is Dick Cheney's house of course :)

Free? How do they do the math? (-1, Troll)

bogaboga (793279) | about 5 years ago | (#28531243)

"...Apparently, the data will be free to download and use."

How do these folks break even if the data will be free to download and use? A small nominal charge for use or download would not hurt for sure...or would it?

Re:Free? How do they do the math? (1)

Jurily (900488) | about 5 years ago | (#28531361)

How do these folks break even if the data will be free to download and use?

As it stands right now, the US government won't.

Re:Free? How do they do the math? (1)

stpere (450329) | about 5 years ago | (#28531447)

Hmm, tax payers already paid for it, no? I know that you can get topographical data from several government agencies already for free (NASA, USGS, etc...)

Re:Free? How do they do the math? (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | about 5 years ago | (#28532803)

Hmm, tax payers already paid for it, no?

Actually, considering the size of the national debt, no, they haven't. Their grandchildren will.

Re:Free? How do they do the math? (5, Funny)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | about 5 years ago | (#28531537)

How do these folks break even if the data will be free to download and use? A small nominal charge for use or download would not hurt for sure...or would it?

What are you, some kind of RIAA mobster?

Re:Free? How do they do the math? (5, Insightful)

DragonWriter (970822) | about 5 years ago | (#28531709)

How do these folks break even if the data will be free to download and use?

They break even by people finding profitable uses for it, which then produce tax revenue. Remember, the agencies doing this are US and Japanese government agencies.

Re:Free? How do they do the math? (1)

ImOnlySleeping (1135393) | about 5 years ago | (#28531885)

but the government is evil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re:Free? How do they do the math? (1)

kms_one (1272174) | about 5 years ago | (#28532747)

That proves it. Obama is a communist!! Run for the hills! Without a profit motive this cannot exist. The sky is falling. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Re:Free? How do they do the math? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 years ago | (#28531949)

They have already been paid for it, by the taxpayers. That is why it's available at no further cost, something most sane people refer to as being free when talking in general terms.

In other news, Google claims prior art... (1)

Ann O'Nymous-Coward (460094) | about 5 years ago | (#28531259)

Duelling lawsuits in 3... 2... 1...

Re:In other news, Google claims prior art... (1)

furby076 (1461805) | about 5 years ago | (#28531467)

NASA's been doing this longer. To prove their point - how did google get those satellites up into space? But even if Google won todays lawsuit...NASA just says "O'RLY?" and powers off the satellite signal "oops...sorry about that guys, don't worry it's on our list of things to do....right after our colonization of mars project is over"

Re:In other news, Google claims prior art... (1)

Ann O'Nymous-Coward (460094) | about 5 years ago | (#28531699)

Ah, but since when did mere facts get in the way of IP lawsuits? ;)

Re:In other news, Google claims prior art... (2)

confused one (671304) | about 5 years ago | (#28531773)

you do realize that those are commercial satellites launched using commercial launch vehicles operated by commercial companies. Yes, the US government does have some say in the matter since they're often (but not always) launched from government owned launch facilities and the data is sensitive in nature; but, these are commercial entities, not owned by NASA or DOD.

Re:In other news, Google claims prior art... (1)

furby076 (1461805) | about 5 years ago | (#28532449)

I thought all things launched into space were from NASA. Maybe the satellites are owned by someone else, but getting them there and maintenance was the job of NASA. I guess I was wrong....

I don't like this idea but I will post my thoughts (-1, Troll)

Smidge207 (1278042) | about 5 years ago | (#28531319)

Rob Malda is a 26-year old white male with a stocky build and a beard. His head is shaved. He responded to my ad to be interviewed for this article wearing only leather pants, leather boots and a leather vest. I could see that both of his nipples were pierced with large-gauge silver rings.

Questioner: I hope you won't be offended if I ask you to prove to me that you're a nullo. Just so that our readers will know that this isn't a fake.

Rob: Sure, no problem. (stands and unbuckles pants and drops them to his ankles, revealing a smooth, shaven crotch with only a thin scar to show where his genitals once were).

Q: Thank you. That's a remarkable sight.

(laughs and pulls pants back up). Most people think so.

Q: What made you decide to become a nullo?

(pauses). Well, it really wasn't entirely my decision.

Q: Excuse me?

The idea wasn't mine. It was my lover's idea.

Q: Please explain what you mean.

Okay, it's a long story. You have to understand my relationship with Michael before you'll know what happened.

Q: We have plenty of time. Please go on.

Both of us were into the leather lifestyle when we met through a personal ad. Michael's ad was very specific: he was looking for someone to completely dominate and modify to his pleasure. In other word, a slave.

The ad intrigued me. I had been in a number of B&D scenes and also some S&M, but I found them unsatisfying because they were all temporary. After the fun was over, everybody went on with life as usual.

I was looking for a complete life change. I wanted to meet someone who would be part of my life forever. Someone who would control me and change me at his whim.

Q: In other words, you're a true masochist.

Oh yes, no doubt about that. I've always been totally passive in my sexual relationships.

Anyway, we met and there was instant chemistry. Michael is a few years older than me and very good looking. Our personalities meshed totally. He's very dominant.

I went back to his place after drinks and had the best sex of my life. That's when I knew I was going to be with Michael for a long, long time.

Q: What sort of things did you two do?

It was very heavy right away. He restrained me and whipped me for quite awhile. He put clamps on my nipples and a ball gag in my mouth. And he hung a ball bag on my sack with some very heavy weights. That bag really bounced around when Michael fucked me from behind.

Q: Ouch.

(laughs) Yeah, no kidding. At first I didn't think I could take the pain, but Michael worked me through it and after awhile I was flying. I was sorry when it was over.

Michael enjoyed it as much as I did. Afterwards he talked about what kind of a commitment I'd have to make if I wanted to stay with him.

Q: What did he say exactly?

Well, besides agreeing to be his slave in every way, I'd have to be ready to be modified. To have my body modified.

Q: Did he explain what he meant by that?

Not specifically, but I got the general idea. I guessed that something like castration might be part of it.

Q: How did that make you feel?

(laughs) I think it would make any guy a little hesitant.

Q: But it didn't stop you from agreeing to Michael's terms?

No it didn't. I was totally hooked on this man. I knew that I was willing to pay any price to be with him.

Anyway, a few days later I moved in with Michael. He gave me the rules right away: I'd have to be naked at all times while we were indoors, except for a leather dog collar that I could never take off. I had to keep my head shaved. And I had to wear a butt plug except when I needed to take a shit or when we were having sex.

I had to sleep on the floor next to his bed. I ate all my food on the floor, too.

The next day he took me to a piercing parlor where he had my nipples done, and a Prince Albert put into the head of my cock.

Q: Heavy stuff.

Yeah, and it got heavier. He used me as a toilet, pissing in my mouth. I had to lick his asshole clean after he took a shit, too. It was all part of a process to break down any sense of individuality I had. After awhile, I wouldn't hesitate to do anything he asked.

Q: Did the sex get rougher?

Oh God, yeah. He started fisting me every time we had sex. But he really started concentrating on my cock and balls, working them over for hours at a time.

He put pins into the head of my cock and into my sack. He attached clothespins up and down my cock and around my sack. The pain was pretty bad. He had to gag me to keep me from screaming.

Q: When did the idea of nullification come up?

Well, it wasn't nullification at first. He started talking about how I needed to make a greater commitment to him, to do something to show that I was dedicated to him for life.

When I asked him what he meant, he said that he wanted to take my balls.

Q: How did you respond?

Not very well at first. I told him that I liked being a man and didn't want to become a eunuch. But he kept at me, and wore me down. He reminded me that I agreed to be modified according to his wishes, and this is what he wanted for me. Anything less would show that I wasn't really committed to the relationship. And besides, I was a total bottom and didn't really need my balls.

It took about a week before I agreed to be castrated. But I wasn't happy about it, believe me.

Q: How did he castrate you?

Michael had a friend who was into the eunuch scene. One night he came over with his bag of toys, and Michael told me that this was it. I was gonna lose my nuts then and there.

Q: Did you think of resisting?

I did for a minute, but deep down I knew there was no way. I just didn't want to lose Michael. I'd rather lose my balls.

Michael's friend restrained me on the living room floor while Michael videotaped us. He used an elastrator to put a band around my sack.

Q: That must have really hurt.

Hell yeah. It's liked getting kicked in the balls over and over again. I screamed for him to cut the band off, but he just kept on going, putting more bands on me. I had four bands around my sack when he finished.

I was rolling around on the floor screaming, while Michael just videotaped me. Eventually, my sack got numb and the pain subsided. I looked between my legs and could see my sack was a dark purple. I knew my balls were dying inside.

Michael and his friend left the room and turned out the light. I lay there for hours, crying because I was turning into a eunuch and there wasn't anything I could do about it.

Q: What happened then?

Eventually I fell asleep from exhaustion. Then the light switched on and I could see Michael's friend kneeling between my legs, touching my sack. I heard him tell Michael that my balls were dead.

Q: How did Michael react?

Very pleased. He bent down and felt around my sack. He said that it felt cold.

Michael's friend told me that I needed to keep the bands on. He said that eventually my balls and sack would dry up and fall off. I just nodded. What else could I do at that point?

Q: Did it happen just like Michael's friend said?

Yeah, a week or so later my package just fell off. Michael put it in a jar of alcohol to preserve it. It's on the table next to his bed.

Q: How did things go after that?

Michael was really loving to me. He kept saying how proud he was of me, how grateful that I had made the commitment to him. He even let me sleep in his bed.

Q: What about the sex?

We waited awhile after my castration, and then took it easy until I was completely healed. At first I was able to get hard, but as the weeks went by my erections began to disappear.

That pleased Michael. He liked fucking me and feeling my limp cock. It made his dominance over me even greater.

Q: When did he start talking about making you a nullo?

A couple of months after he took my nuts. Our sex had gotten to be just as rough as before the castration. He really got off on torturing my cock. Then he started saying stuff like, "Why do you even need this anymore?"

That freaked me out. I always thought that he might someday take my balls, but I never imagined that he'd go all the way. I told him that I wanted to keep my dick.

Q: How did he react to that?

At first he didn't say much. But he kept pushing. Michael said I would look so nice being smooth between my legs. He said my dick was small and never got hard anymore, so what was the point of having it.

But I still resisted. I wanted to keep my cock. I felt like I wouldn't be a man anymore without it.

Q: So how did he get you to agree?

He didn't. He took it against my will.

Q: How did that happen?

We were having sex in the basement, and I was tied up and bent over this wooden bench as he fucked me. Then I heard the doorbell ring. Michael answered it, and he brought this guy into the room.

At first I couldn't see anything because of the way I was tied. But then I felt these hands lift me up and put me on my back. And I could see it was Michael's friend, the guy who took my nuts.

Q: How did you react?

I started screaming and crying, but the guy just gagged me. The two of them dragged me to the other side of the room where they tied me spread eagled on the floor.

Michael's friend snaked a catheter up my dick, and gave me a shot to numb my crotch. I was grateful for that, at least. I remember how bad it hurt to lose my balls.

Q: What was Michael doing at this time?

He was kneeling next to me talking quietly. He said I'd be happy that they were doing this. That it would make our relationship better. That kind of calmed me down. I thought, "Well, maybe it won't be so bad."

Q: How long did the penectomy take?

It took awhile. Some of the penis is inside the body, so he had to dig inside to get all of it. There was a lot of stitching up and stuff. He put my cock in the same jar with my balls. You can even see the Prince Albert sticking out of the head.

Then they made me a new pisshole. It's between my asshole and where my sack used to be. So now I have to squat to piss.

Q: What has life been like since you were nullified?

After I got over the surgery and my anger, things got better. When I healed up, I began to like my smooth look. Michael brought friends over and they all admired it, saying how pretty I looked. It made me feel good that Michael was proud of me.

Q: Do you have any sexual feeling anymore?

Yes, my prostate still responds when Michael fucks me or uses the buttplug. And my nipples are quite sensitive. If Michael plays with them while fucking me, I have a kind of orgasm. It's hard to describe, but it's definitely an orgasm.

Sometimes Michael says he's gonna have my prostate and nipples removed, but he's just kidding around. He's happy with what he's done to me.

Q: So are you glad Michael had you nullified?

Well, I wouldn't say I'm glad. If I could, I'd like to have my cock and balls back. But I know that I'm a nullo forever. So I'm making the best of it.

Michael and I are very happy. I know that he'll take care of me and we'll be together always. I guess losing my manhood was worth it to make that happen for us.

Re:I don't like this idea but I will post my thoug (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28531581)

As disgusting as that troll is it does have some nostalgic value just due its age.

Also did you you forget to post anonymously?

Re:I don't like this idea but I will post my thoug (2, Funny)

Endo13 (1000782) | about 5 years ago | (#28532869)

Also did you you forget to post anonymously?

Smidge207 is a troll poster. I believe the real Smidge is Smidge204.

As noted... (5, Funny)

slack_justyb (862874) | about 5 years ago | (#28531333)

Re:As noted... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28531401)

Haha!

Re:As noted... (1)

Eccles (932) | about 5 years ago | (#28532699)

As noted by some. This also has been the most detailed fail.

Don't tell me they left the lens cap on *again*!...

If it is what I think it is then... FAIL (4, Funny)

Inf0phreak (627499) | about 5 years ago | (#28531385)

http://blogs.thehumanjourney.net/oaubuntu/entry/world_s_most_detailed_fail [thehumanjourney.net]

This error message sums it up pretty well:

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '80040e4d'

[Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] Too many client tasks.

/index.asp, line 3

Acess?! Really?!

Re:If it is what I think it is then... FAIL (2, Funny)

idji (984038) | about 5 years ago | (#28531983)

and I got this error message many hours before slashdot ran the story. So it was slashdotted long before being slashdotted

Re:If it is what I think it is then... FAIL (1)

euxneks (516538) | about 5 years ago | (#28532165)

I doubt that's the actual location for the dataset. I was able to access their site and they linked off to another place for the ASTER data, to here:
https://wist.echo.nasa.gov/~wist/api/imswelcome/
I cannot access the data however.

Re:If it is what I think it is then... FAIL (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | about 5 years ago | (#28532793)

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error '80040e4d'

[Microsoft][ODBC Microsoft Access Driver] Too many client tasks. /index.asp, line 3

Aw man. I was hoping the error message would include a graphic of the Fail Shuttle.

Original Sources (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | about 5 years ago | (#28531483)

Apparently, the data will be free to download and use.

You know, it never ceases to amaze me that CNN, BBC, Fox News, everybody who's a major player can't link to the original source of information [nasa.gov] (and Japan's site [ersdac.or.jp] ). One might find the warehouse inventory search tool [nasa.gov] (note registration required for ASTER global digital elevation model) interesting to play around with if they are interested in the story.

Re:Original Sources (2, Informative)

Daemonax (1204296) | about 5 years ago | (#28531849)

Uhh... The BBC link to this page. http://asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov/ [nasa.gov]
Over on the right hand side, under 'related internet links'.

Re:Original Sources (1)

rotide (1015173) | about 5 years ago | (#28531957)

Sadly, you assume that the American media cares about journalism. Last I checked it was nothing more than biased sensationalism.

Ya, I live in the USA.

How often... (1)

rehtonAesoohC (954490) | about 5 years ago | (#28531529)

...will they update it? With all the movements throughout the globe from earthquakes, volcanoes, tectonic movement, etc, you'd think this data would be invalidated in 5-10 years.

IANAG though.

Re:How often... (3, Funny)

CarpetShark (865376) | about 5 years ago | (#28531639)

Actually, the data is stored on write-once media, so they've decided to just go out every Dec 31 and push the continental shelves back to their Jan 1 position.

Re:How often... (2, Funny)

rehtonAesoohC (954490) | about 5 years ago | (#28531727)

Good plan. So once California falls off the edge of the US, we can watch it over and over and over again!

Re:How often... (2, Funny)

Mesa MIke (1193721) | about 5 years ago | (#28532817)

... from a nice observation window at The Restaurant at the End of California.

Importing ASTER to Google Earth (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | about 5 years ago | (#28531593)

Seems the project name for this data is ASTER. Of course, what everyone (like me at least) wants to know is how can we import this stuff into Google Earth or NASA World Wind so we can picture the slopes on that mountain bike trail?

As far as I can tell (from very briefly scanning the Exercises ASTER [wimsoft.com] document earlier), you can do this by downloading some tool that comes from the project itself, and then using it to generate a KML file.

Not too hard, but does anyone know more, or have a simpler way? I'm sure Google Eearth and WW will want to get this data incorporated ASAP, if they haven't already done so.

Re:Importing ASTER to Google Earth (3, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 5 years ago | (#28531701)

you can do this by downloading some tool that comes from the project itself, and then using it to generate a KML file.
Not too hard, but does anyone know more, or have a simpler way?

You know, posting this sort of comment on a geek site, where you're really expected to not only be able to download files and load them into existing programs, but you're also expected to (in extreme cases at least) be able to hack into the ftp site using a whistle made from old Pringles containers and then write the downloader and application file in 6502 assembly, while creating run on sentences in Slashdot, is likely to get somebody to tell you to go back to Digg.

Re:Importing ASTER to Google Earth (1)

CarpetShark (865376) | about 5 years ago | (#28531877)

Yeah well, the reason I haven't been able to do those things is that I have work to attend to. But I suppose there are a few unemployed slashdotters who might not understand.

Re:Importing ASTER to Google Earth (3, Funny)

thedonger (1317951) | about 5 years ago | (#28531939)

you can do this by downloading some tool that comes from the project itself, and then using it to generate a KML file. Not too hard, but does anyone know more, or have a simpler way?

You know, posting this sort of comment on a geek site, where you're really expected to not only be able to download files and load them into existing programs, but you're also expected to (in extreme cases at least) be able to hack into the ftp site using a whistle made from old Pringles containers and then write the downloader and application file in 6502 assembly, while creating run on sentences in Slashdot, is likely to get somebody to tell you to go back to Digg.

So, are you finished with it yet, or should I go back to reading Digg?

Re:Importing ASTER to Google Earth (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about 5 years ago | (#28532807)

I'm still working on the Pringles, you insensitive clod.

Re:Importing ASTER to Google Earth (1)

richlv (778496) | about 5 years ago | (#28532815)

i'm more interested in how this could be gotten into openstreetmap. instead of pushing data into another restricted system, getting it out to as many people as possible would be more beneficial.

Gaming on the Earth (1)

TheGothicGuardian (1138155) | about 5 years ago | (#28531685)

This, combined with Google Maps or the like, could help in making a nice video game or two.

Do it again in 50 years (1)

Blixinator (1585261) | about 5 years ago | (#28531715)

It would be neat to have this done again in 50 years and have an overlay comparison of the two.

Oh my gosh! (1, Offtopic)

tjstork (137384) | about 5 years ago | (#28531717)

I pulled an all-nighter, and I saw the dual headlines - carnivorous bugs, NASA and 99% of the earth, and I was nearly ready to head for the hills thinking that some astronauts had just made a terrible, terrible mistake.

Digital Elevation Map (DEM) (1)

phyr (586855) | about 5 years ago | (#28531831)

This is a digital elevation map at 30m resolution. The only other global DEM freely available is SRTM from a shuttle mission a while ago. It's only available at 90m globally and 30m for the US. This will be used for orthorectifying images and interferometry of satellite data among other things.

Most Complete Topographical Map of Earth Complete (3, Funny)

spdiscus (810661) | about 5 years ago | (#28531845)

Isn't that always true?

Re:Most Complete Topographical Map of Earth Comple (1)

gsgriffin (1195771) | about 5 years ago | (#28532071)

It's actually an oxymoron... completed a "most complete" map? Aren't you complete when you have completed it?

Re:Most Complete Topographical Map of Earth Comple (1)

qzak (1115661) | about 5 years ago | (#28532283)

Most Complete Topographical Map of Earth Complete

Brought to you by the department of redundancy department.

And yet (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 years ago | (#28531895)

you can still get a PhD in Geography~

"Apparently, the data will be free to download..." (1)

neonux (1000992) | about 5 years ago | (#28532023)

Maybe there will be at least one use for the new Pirate Bay then.

Seattle area is the 1% not mapped (1)

gsgriffin (1195771) | about 5 years ago | (#28532031)

to image the earth you must have a cloudless day...they're still waiting.

Re:Seattle area is the 1% not mapped (1)

dkh2 (29130) | about 5 years ago | (#28532489)

Must be a problem scheduling sat fly-overs of Seattle.

Flight simulator users rejoice! (1)

flowerp (512865) | about 5 years ago | (#28532049)

Getting an accurate world elevation map essentially for free is really cool. Previously you had to get one of the commercial scenery DVDs that would set you back at least $50.

After all, having realistic mointain terrain makes flying much nicer and recognizing land features will be much easier. Then map some Sat terrain on top, for example with the Tileproxy application and everything will look just real.

i'm glad they amalgamated the data (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | about 5 years ago | (#28532109)

it just wouldn't feel right if they consolidated or incorporated the data, or, heaven forbid, unified or merged the data

Damn right it is! (1)

macbeth66 (204889) | about 5 years ago | (#28532461)

 

Apparently, the data will be free to download and use."

My tax dollars already paid for this info.

Remarkable domestic news coverage (3, Insightful)

dkh2 (29130) | about 5 years ago | (#28532465)

Did anybody else notice that the report of a newsworthy task by U.S. and Japanese agencies was reported by the BBC? Not ABC, NBC, CNN, or any other U.S. based news agency and certainly not by a Japan based agency. It's coverage like this that keeps me going back to the BBC.

This must be stopped! (2, Troll)

Minwee (522556) | about 5 years ago | (#28532509)

A completely accurate topographical map of the whole Earth? Including possible locations of military installations, elementary schools and donut shops? That's madness!

You know who would want this kind of information? Terrorists, that's who. If they figure out what the Earth looks like, they might blow it up! Clearly this 'Japan' company is a front for free-lance international terrorists like Hans Gruber, and they must be stopped.

Keep this dangerous terrorist tool off the market before the children are hurt by it! Pass new laws restricting access to this kind of sensitive topographical information. Make it a crime to even talk about possessing a "map", even if it's of a fictional place. Only then can we truly be safe.

Limited vocabulary? (1)

TropicalCoder (898500) | about 5 years ago | (#28532541)

Most Complete Topographical Map of Earth Complete

They invented the Thesaurus [reference.com] so we could avoid situations like this.

Main Entry: complete
Part of Speech: verb
Definition: carry out action
Synonyms: accomplish, achieve, actualize, cap, close, conclude, consummate, crown, determine, develop, discharge, do, effect, elaborate, end, equip, execute, fill, finalize, finish, fulfill, furnish, halt, make up, perfect, perform, realize, refine, round off, settle, supplement, terminate, ultimate, wind up*, wrap up*, bring to fruition, bring to maturity, call it a day, carry off, do thoroughly, effectuate, get through, go the limit, go through with, go whole hog, make good, put to bed, round out, sew up

POV-Ray (1)

dkh2 (29130) | about 5 years ago | (#28532597)

How many raytracing nerds will pull this into POV-Ray as source data for a spherically warped height field?

Down for maintenance? (1)

holmstar (1388267) | about 5 years ago | (#28532615)

* Tue, 30 Jun 2009 04:00:00 UT to Wed, 01 Jul 2009 04:00:00 UT:
We will be performing maintenance on the LAADS' system on Tuesday, June 30 between 11am and 1pm. There will be intermittent connectivity problems during this time.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Only 99%???? (1)

ewenix (702589) | about 5 years ago | (#28532781)

I believe that is what is commonly referred to as: "close enough for government work."

Not so great (1)

xav_jones (612754) | about 5 years ago | (#28532897)

I mean, 70% of the surface is trivially described as smooth and blue.
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