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Las Vegas Hotel Vdara an Accidental Death Ray

CmdrTaco posted about 4 years ago | from the staying-there-next dept.

Idle 218

evanism writes "A hotel in Las Vegas is accidentally designed to be a massive parabolic dish that focuses the suns rays into a death ray! Burns hair, plastic and causes pain." It apparently lasts for several minutes during afternoons of bright sunlight, but if you need to perform science on it, you better hurry since they plan to ruin/fix it.

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Too much money to fix, thing outside the box (4, Funny)

grub (11606) | about 4 years ago | (#33736110)


you better hurry since they plan to ruin/fix it.

Rather than paying the incredible expense of re-engineering the hotel's windows they should just rename. Simply change the stationary and signage to "L'Hotel du Auschwitz".

Hey, they could offer free tatoos, too. Tell people that they're lucky numbers.

Re:Too much money to fix, thing outside the box (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736194)

too soon :)

Or rent it out (4, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | about 4 years ago | (#33736262)

They could rent it out to a couple of boys to raise cattle.

After all, your beginners science class taught that "focus" is where the sons raise meat.

One pun over the edge (4, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | about 4 years ago | (#33736410)

Alright... that's it, that pun has to be paid for in blood...everybody dies.... I mean "Come on everyone, I'm taking you all to Vegas"

Re:Or rent it out (2, Insightful)

Majik Sheff (930627) | about 4 years ago | (#33736816)

That was a very mature pun, I can tell because it was fully groan.

Re:Too much money to fix, thing outside the box (5, Interesting)

jedidiah (1196) | about 4 years ago | (#33736534)

They should call out the Mythbusters. It looks like Archimede's death ray may have been vindicated.

Re:Too much money to fix, thing outside the box (2, Insightful)

sumdumass (711423) | about 4 years ago | (#33736674)

I'm not sure causing pain and burning hair is exactly the same Archimede's death ray. At least not from the fables I remember reading. And melting plastic, well, I'm also not sure they had much plastic back then, let alone built boats out of it.

Perhaps you could tell me more about this.

Re:Too much money to fix, thing outside the box (1)

modecx (130548) | about 4 years ago | (#33737020)

Well, this is something of an accidental discomfort ray. If they wanted death ray power levels, I'm sure they could have done it.

Re:Too much money to fix, thing outside the box (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33737116)

If you RTFA they knew this could be a problem so they put a plastic film on the windows to make them 70% less reflective.

Re:Too much money to fix, thing outside the box (1)

Abstrackt (609015) | about 4 years ago | (#33737672)

Well, this is something of an accidental discomfort ray. If they wanted death ray power levels, I'm sure they could have done it.

--
That's not a burning smell... That's the smell of freedom!

Your signature is oddly appropriate.

Re:Too much money to fix, thing outside the box (4, Funny)

pckl300 (1525891) | about 4 years ago | (#33737470)

They could take the Steve Jobs approach and just tell customers to avoid being in the hot zone

Re:Too much money to fix, thing outside the box (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | about 4 years ago | (#33737674)

Please, please don't let that thing out of the box...

Runs to Vegas (0, Offtopic)

UnknowingFool (672806) | about 4 years ago | (#33736142)

with large jar of mutant ants. Ooh crap. The jar is broken. The mutant ants are free! And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords

It's a feature (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736156)

They just haven't gotten around to installing the Sterling motors and generators yet.

Re:It's a feature (1)

RDW (41497) | about 4 years ago | (#33736646)

'They just haven't gotten around to installing the Sterling motors and generators yet.'

However, other applications of the technology can already be tested in this technically accurate simulation:

http://www.bossmonster.com/games/antcity.html [bossmonster.com]

Post a warning? (2, Funny)

crow (16139) | about 4 years ago | (#33736196)

Wouldn't the simplest solution be to post a warning? They could set up an infrared camera to monitor where the hot spot is, and have a monitor displaying it, so people could avoid it.

Re:Post a warning? (5, Funny)

red_dragon (1761) | about 4 years ago | (#33736376)

They could set up an infrared camera...

Damn engineers and their overcomplicated solutions. Why can't people just look for where the smoke and smell of charred human flesh is coming from?

Re:Post a warning? (5, Funny)

krnpimpsta (906084) | about 4 years ago | (#33736424)

Wouldn't the simplest solution be to post a warning?

"Do not look into hotel with remaining eye."

Re:Post a warning? (1, Interesting)

TheCRAIGGERS (909877) | about 4 years ago | (#33736514)

Since the building is basically parabolic, won't the spot stay mostly stationary? I mean, isn't that the whole point of parabolic focusers?

I say install a solar station at the location and let people charge their gadgets off it.

Re:Post a warning? (3, Informative)

vlm (69642) | about 4 years ago | (#33736664)

Since the building is basically parabolic, won't the spot stay mostly stationary? I mean, isn't that the whole point of parabolic focusers?

Try it some time and be surprised. Moving the sun with respect to the parabola is equivalent to moving the parabola with respect to the sun. And there is a strong microwave analogy. So, if the spot never moved, that would make radar systems rather hard to build (you'd have to use 80s era phased arrays instead of 40s era rotating dishes)

Re:Post a warning? (4, Insightful)

smooth wombat (796938) | about 4 years ago | (#33736708)

Since the building is basically parabolic, won't the spot stay mostly stationary?

Obviously neither you nor the mod who gave you insightful read the article because had either of you done so, you would have read the following:

Fixing the problem isn't going to be easy. As the Earth spins, the sun moves across the horizon. But as the seasons change, the angle of the Earth to the sun changes too, meaning shadows - and in this case the hot spot - move in a different way. Putting in one row of thick umbrellas won't solve the problem because each day they would have to be a few feet back or a few feet forward from their prior day's position.

One doesn't even need a parabolic reflector to experience this. Go to any city during a clear, sunny day and you will find hot spots being created from the nice, shiny windows on the flat (non-curved) buildings. While not focused like the rays from this building, you will feel substantially warmer.

However, stand still for a few minutes, and as the Earth rotates and moves about the sun, the hot spot will move with it.

I'm not the most brilliant person when it comes to science, but even I know what you said is wrong!

Re:Post a warning? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33737036)

He's closer to being right than you might think.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parabolic_reflector

It's mostly because the building isn't angled at the sun and isn't a perfect parabolic curve that the hotspot moves around.

Re:Post a warning? (1)

TheCRAIGGERS (909877) | about 4 years ago | (#33737666)

He's closer to being right than you might think.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parabolic_reflector

It's mostly because the building isn't angled at the sun and isn't a perfect parabolic curve that the hotspot moves around.

Guess I didn't think about it not being a perfect curve and how it would effect the focus from a ways away.

Thanks for being informative. =)

Re:Post a warning? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736892)

"won't the spot stay mostly stationary?"

"Mostly" being the key word, but not enough where a charging station would be practical. The focus point would still drift.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coma_(optics)

Re:Post a warning? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736526)

This isn't a tiny pool or hotel, this is Vegas pool party territory, where there are thousands of people at each massive pool. The pools cost over $60m each, just to gain entrance is $50/person. It's basically a big, very loud, drunken party in the midday sun.

Re:Post a warning? (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | about 4 years ago | (#33736732)

Sounds like hell.

(I hate heat.) (And I've been to Vegas in June - felt like I was in a giant concrete oven.)

Re:Post a warning? (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | about 4 years ago | (#33736844)

P.S.

However the TV show that's attached to the The Article looks pretty darn good. Can't complain about beautiful men and women, dancing around almost naked...... so long as I'm watching it from an air conditioned spot
.

Re:Post a warning? (1)

oldmac31310 (1845668) | about 4 years ago | (#33737724)

Depends on your definition of beauty.

It's not a bug, it's a feature (1)

Walt Dismal (534799) | about 4 years ago | (#33737416)

Their stated plan of getting plants and umbrellas will just result in burned dead plants and flaming umbrellas with holes. I suspect the only practical way to deal with this will be to install metal screens on posts to block the focused rays. Of course, anyone walking between the rays and (near) the blocking screen will get zapped. Alternatively, the hotel should charge extra and say "This is not a bug! It's a feature! We offer SuperQuickTan tm, the only place you can get tanned in 0.1 second! However, if you're already tanned or you're an ethnic minority, DO NOT USE this service."

Re:Post a warning? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736622)

WARNING: The hotel staff is dedicated to providing its patrons a safe and hospitable experience. In case of a situation where we cannot provide a safe and hospitable experience, we will warn our patrons of a possible hazardous condition. Standing here for to long will kill you; please try to avoid it.

Or maybe they can keep it as a more passive-aggressive way of dealing with people who win too much money (like that ever happens):

We would like to congratulate you on your enormous success at the roulette table. We are very, very, pleased with your success. Please stand here so we can start your victory candescence.

Hey, only a few short months until Portal 2 comes out!

Re:Post a warning? (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | about 4 years ago | (#33737324)

Death ray? More like a thermal discouragement beam!

Re:Post a warning? (1)

curunir (98273) | about 4 years ago | (#33736858)

The simplest thing is to dull the reflective surfaces of the offending parts of the building. This problem isn't unique, it's happened before [wikipedia.org] elsewhere.

Make focus point a moving sidewalk (1)

markdowling (448297) | about 4 years ago | (#33736896)

If you're stupid enough to want to be there, you're going to have to put some effort into it.

Re:Post a warning? (0, Offtopic)

commodore64_love (1445365) | about 4 years ago | (#33736946)

Here's a warning:

Don't RTFA. Websites that force you to load videos are obnoxious, especially for those of us who have slow connections (or are downloading in the background).

At the very least, have an automated question asking, "Would you like to load this video?" so I and others can click "no"

Re:Post a warning? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33737628)

See spot run. See spot burn.

Images (4, Interesting)

cosm (1072588) | about 4 years ago | (#33736210)

Interesting story. Dumbass images. Besides the burned newspaper bag and perhaps one obscure image of the parabolic hotel in question, every other image is just scenery or people partying in a pool. The fact that there are so many of them on the ABC website touts the true journalistic intent (or perhaps marketing, scantily clad women abound).

Re:Images (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | about 4 years ago | (#33736340)

This looks like a good one:

http://www.cherlasvegas.net/images/las-vegas-hotels-vdara.jpg [cherlasvegas.net]

Shows the curvature of the hotel along with the location of the pool.

Re:Images (1)

Brucelet (1857158) | about 4 years ago | (#33736488)

link returns a 404 for me

Re:Images (1)

afidel (530433) | about 4 years ago | (#33736852)

Because they have a webmaster that knows how to use .htaccess, go to the main page then paste the image URL so your referrer is their site instead of slashdot.

Re:Images (1)

webminer (1619915) | about 4 years ago | (#33736414)

Hey, what do you have against scantily clad women? They are part of what makes life fun!

Re:Images (2, Funny)

Nadaka (224565) | about 4 years ago | (#33737546)

Damn you, now I am going to have to read the article.

They anticipated it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736222)

What makes it unnerving is that they anticipated the problem and coated the windows with a layer which is supposed to reduce the effect by 70%, but they still built a concentrator mirror...

Map view (3, Informative)

eamonman (567383) | about 4 years ago | (#33736240)

http://goo.gl/maps/ZpTd [goo.gl]

So it looks like if the sun is high up in the sky, from probably a S or SSE angle, you'd get some good ant burning action..

So how would they fix that? Put up one of those porous billboard/shade deals that Flamingo does?

Re:Map view (1)

sumdumass (711423) | about 4 years ago | (#33737032)

The easiest way would be to dull the surfaces so they don't reflect as much light. Paint of a different color, perhaps some sort of UV screen shade, perhaps some sort of POV panel film and of course texturing the surface with something like this [softpedia.com] (which qualifies as PVO film) or anything else would break it up too.

  All you need to do is absorb some of the light or reflect is elsewhere before it focuses.

WTF is with Google Earth plugin installer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33737700)

Unrelated to the story here...

When I went to the link above I received a message that I needed to install Google Earth Plugin to view 3D maps. I was OK with installing it but what surprised me was that when I clicked the button thinking I would get either a firefox dialog asking if I want to install the plugin or a standard file download dialog asking if I wanted to open, save, run etc. it immediately started a windows installer app! Is there someone that could help me understand how that was possible? I'd really like to disable functionality that runs windows installers from a web page button with no confirmation.

PLEASE GO AWAY IDLE (-1, Offtopic)

snarfies (115214) | about 4 years ago | (#33736248)

So I noticed some time ago that my Idle filter no longer filters Idle garbage off the front page. I followed up by filtering out anything by samzenpus, but this one got by. PLEASE MAKE IT SO THE IDLE FILTER WORKS AND I DON'T HAVE TO VIEW THIS UNFUNNY NON-NEWS, kthxbai.

Re:PLEASE GO AWAY IDLE (3, Insightful)

Ultra64 (318705) | about 4 years ago | (#33736374)

Because it's just soooo hard to scroll past it without clicking on it. Right?

Re:PLEASE GO AWAY IDLE (1)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | about 4 years ago | (#33736446)

Yeah, because you know whining in a random idle story is going to accomplish so much. If there is a site bug, why don't, you know, report it? Instead of being a total whiny douchebag?

The fix is (1)

topham (32406) | about 4 years ago | (#33736250)

The fix is to rotate the windows a few degrees to remove any convergence. The possible damage from this phenomenon is significant: increased chance of skin cancer; burned retinas; severe skin burns; fire; etc.

tan now (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736266)

At least you can get your tan on fast. Cancer even faster!

Death Ray.. {sigh} (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736270)

The "Death Ray" title is a bit dramatic. Ok it gets hot. Ok, you shouldn't stand under focused light in the middle of the desert. By the title, it sounds like it will vaporize you. It doesn't even get hot enough to make the pool water boil.

    Just wait til we set up the metallized boPET reflectors. That'll make for a good death ray!

   

Fix it? That's not what I read... (1)

jandrese (485) | about 4 years ago | (#33736282)

The end of the article basically has an employee going "maybe we could get some plants to put in there or something", that doesn't sound like fixing it to me.

Death ray (-1, Troll)

Subm (79417) | about 4 years ago | (#33736292)

From the article: "Apparently there is a more scientific name for the 'death ray,' a name that the hotel's management prefers: 'solar convergence phenomenon.'"

The latter name isn't scientific. It's Orwellian [wikipedia.org] : "'Orwellian' describes the situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as being destructive to the welfare of a free society. It connotes an attitude and a policy of control by propaganda, surveillance, misinformation, denial of truth, ... The use of euphemism to describe an agency, program or other concept, especially when the name denotes the opposite of what is actually occurring. E.g. a department that wages war is called the 'Ministry of Peace.'

Re:Death ray (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736460)

It's not a euphemism, it describes exactly what it is. 'Death ray' on the other hand is a dysphemism, coined by bad journalism.

Re:Death ray (2, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | about 4 years ago | (#33736554)

It is not Orwellian. It in no way implies the opposite effect. It is the more correct term. It in no way is destructive to the welfare of anyone. If it was killing dozens of people, you might have a point.well, you wouldn't then either. Unless they where removing all references to the deaths of others from all media.

That said, the Hotel is missing a golden opportunity.

Every knows it's no actually a death ray, but they could hype it up and do a tongue and cheek promotion.

Not much of a death ray... (1)

Ender Wiggin 77 (865636) | about 4 years ago | (#33736332)

frag count is still zero.

Disney Concert Hall (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736352)

The Disney Concert Hall in LA used to have a similar problem. Part of the building was covered in mirror finish stainless steel panels (most of the surface had rough surfaced panels). At certain times, the curved surface would focus the sun onto a building across the street, raising the temperature in some rooms. The fix was to roughen up the mirror finish.

Same thing in the old Lucent building at Chicago (2, Interesting)

Magnus Pym (237274) | about 4 years ago | (#33736364)

The architect thought it would be cool to have a massive dish-like glass structure on the side of the building, shaped like an enormous microwave antenna. Unfortunately, the thing focused the suns rays like a magnifying glass. The insides got really hot, especially near the security desk! Dont' know if anyone got burned, though.

Same thing happened at Walt Disney Concert Hall (4, Insightful)

default luser (529332) | about 4 years ago | (#33736476)

This is hardly a unique event [wikipedia.org] . If you let an architect go nuts trying to make a "modern" and "unique" building, he will inevitably build a magnifying glass.

Architects are rarely versed in function, and are almost always about the form.

Re:Same thing happened at Walt Disney Concert Hall (1)

smellsofbikes (890263) | about 4 years ago | (#33737318)

Architects are rarely versed in function, and are almost always about the form.

My sample size is small, but all three architects I know were required to take a statics class and do load calculations before they got their degrees. This wasn't sufficient for doing engineering for building design, and wasn't intended as such, but they were required to know enough to not hand engineers unbuildable designs.

Re:Same thing happened at Walt Disney Concert Hall (1)

hcdejong (561314) | about 4 years ago | (#33737426)

And it's not limited to buildings. Along a nearby highway, glass screens were placed as a sound barrier. The angle of the screens is such that at certain times of day, the sun is reflected right into the motorists' eyes.

Death Ray in Hotel Vader ? (1)

martyw (1911748) | about 4 years ago | (#33736388)

It's a codeword! Everybody knows dark siders run Vegas.

Walt Disney Concert Hall (1)

Chris_Stankowitz (612232) | about 4 years ago | (#33736404)

Walt Disney Concert Hall had a very similar problem and was solved by sandblasting the the side to dull the reflection...

Search for: Microclimatic Impact: Glare around the Walt Disney Concert Hall

This happened in CA (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 4 years ago | (#33736432)

The focal area would get hot enough to melt traffic cones an the free way.

I drove through it once, and temperature in my car became uncomfortable. I don't know what would happen had I beens stopped in traffic.

They eventualy brushed the surface.

I've heard of this before. (5, Interesting)

zero_out (1705074) | about 4 years ago | (#33736474)

There was a news story several years ago about a fire that destroyed a family's patio, and damaged their house. The fire department couldn't figure out how it started, but then they discovered the dog's glass water bowl about ten feet from where the fire started. They tested their theory, and sure enough, the owners were filling the glass bowl with water at just the right time, and putting it in just the right place, that it magnified the afternoon sunlight into a spot that set fire to weather-treated wood boards.

Re:I've heard of this before. (1)

Pointy_Hair (133077) | about 4 years ago | (#33736568)

This has happened in the Atlanta, GA. area. Apparently a builder of cluster homes had oriented a few just the right way so that the sun would reflect and focus off the windows of one house and melt the vinyl siding on the adjacent one. There were about 4-5 homes like this in the subdivision IIRC. Big debate with the stupid builder doing many warranty repairs on the siding of house B but refusing to do anything with the windows on house A. What a maroon.

why do you think the builder is a maroon? (sic) (1)

Chirs (87576) | about 4 years ago | (#33736974)

I'm curious why you think the builder should be doing anything to the windows? Arguably this is either a problem with the manufacturer of the windows (deforming and causing a focussing effect) or else with the vinyl siding (being unable to handle reflections).

The only real solutions are to replace the windows with ones that don't cause the focussing effect, or else to use siding that's more durable (but more expensive) than vinyl.

Fishbowls, too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33737644)

One afternoon while working from home I noticed a weird haze near one of our bookshelves. As I walked over to investigate I smelled smoke, which I discovered was emanating from a well-focused image of the sun reflecting from the wood shelf holding a fishbowl. I'm not sure if it would have gotten hot enough to fully ignite; experiments starting fires with a magnifying glass as a Boy Scout taught me that singeing wood is far easier than igniting it. Needless to say, though, the fishbowl was relocated immediately, and I was happy that someone was working from home that day.

I suspect we'd never noticed this effect before because the fishbowl was placed on the shelf during the summer, when the sun is much higher in the sky. The fishbowl incident occurred in early October, when the sun's apparent mid-day altitude changes almost noticeably from day to day.

Science, yo! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736508)

if you need to perform science on it, you better hurry

Quick!Can anyone here perform science? We need some science ASAP!

Re:Science, yo! (1)

jedidiah (1196) | about 4 years ago | (#33736572)

Have Adam Savage deliver those lines and I think you would have an awesome viral video...

What Happens In Vegas (2, Funny)

mattwrock (1630159) | about 4 years ago | (#33736564)

apparently leaves a mark!

Architecture fail (1)

pckl300 (1525891) | about 4 years ago | (#33736590)

Why would they design a parabolic concave building? This is a huge architecture fail.

Re:Architecture fail (1)

vlm (69642) | about 4 years ago | (#33736706)

Why would they design a parabolic concave building? This is a huge architecture fail.

Well, convex ones are invariably going to be compared to female body parts, which probably embarrasses architects, so...

Re:Architecture fail (1)

pckl300 (1525891) | about 4 years ago | (#33736798)

Fair enough, but they should at least do the math to make sure their giant lens doesn't converge the sun anywhere on their own property.

Re:Architecture fail (1)

PatPending (953482) | about 4 years ago | (#33736758)

Why would they design a parabolic concave building? This is a huge architecture fail.

(Emphasis added.)

Heh. Almost as bad as your tautology fail.

Re:Architecture fail (1)

pckl300 (1525891) | about 4 years ago | (#33736878)

Yeah, I realized that shortly after hitting 'submit'

Re:Architecture fail (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 4 years ago | (#33737534)

He did indeed fail at tautologies, because he neglected to include one.

A parabola is a just a mathematical curve. Whether it's concave or not largely depends on where you're standing.

This is not the first time.. (1)

pablo_max (626328) | about 4 years ago | (#33736632)

Actually the Walt Disney Concert hall had a similar issue when they built it. It would direct the heat into cars at the stop lights and cause the people to get way too hot. Of course, it didnt melt plastic, but still!
They needed to scuff the finish a bit to kill the effect .

I accidentally a Death Ray (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33736662)

Is that dangerous?

Publicity Stunt? (1)

djdevon3 (947872) | about 4 years ago | (#33736688)

Pics or it didn't happen. I can't find any images or video of this so-called hotspot. ABC has some video but it might as well be a 5 minute long promotion of the hotel with no mention of the event written in the article next to it. In the video a party promoter says something like "anything to get revenue into the hotel". I'm thinking this might just be a publicity stunt.

Truth is stranger than fiction (1)

Veritech_Ace (870333) | about 4 years ago | (#33736806)

In the upcoming game Fallout: New Vegas, I believe that a heliostat-like death ray is available to the player. Who knew that Real Life: Now Vegas already had this?

Not My Job (1)

magus_melchior (262681) | about 4 years ago | (#33736824)

That reminds me of the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! "Not My Job" interview/quiz with the Magliozzi brothers (AKA "Click & Clack", AKA "The Car Talk guys"). One of the questions they answered was of a similar mirror sculpture in Britain that some meteorologists warned would kill birds by focusing sunlight on them. The Vegas hotel could draw upon the subsequent banter and rename the place "Click & Clack's Place of Whatever Flies By".

<plug type="gratuitous">Just one more reason to listen to public radio.</plug>

Similarly (1)

dorpus (636554) | about 4 years ago | (#33736862)

Fish bowls or glass vases placed next to windows can spontaneously start fires.

Double fail (1)

formfeed (703859) | about 4 years ago | (#33736950)

For once there are direct consequences for modern Architectures obsession with full glass facades. But the other fail is of course putting a glass box in the desert

Hooray! (3, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | about 4 years ago | (#33736984)

S'mores for everyone!

Re:Hooray! (1)

RebootKid (712142) | about 4 years ago | (#33737688)

Oh for mod points.

The BP building in Anchorage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33737014)

The BP building in Anchorage had the same problem in the mid-1970s. Or maybe it was the ARCO building. Anyway, reflective glass in a multi-story building with a curved facade. Seemed to focus on the sidewalk across the street - where it got way too warm on sunny days.

Disney Theater Redux (1)

Flector (1702640) | about 4 years ago | (#33737142)

The exact thing same happened when the Disney Theater opened in LA, which is nothing but a series of shiny curves.

Numb3rs? (1)

rjejr (921275) | about 4 years ago | (#33737194)

I think the smart brother on Numb3rs already solved this a few seasons back.

The Bacon Bakin' Beacon (1)

djdanlib (732853) | about 4 years ago | (#33737226)

Sounds like they found an environmentally friendly way to cook bacon. Just stick it on the pool deck and wait! Side effects may include cooking the chef.

Seriously though, this was probably done deliberately by some architect, who is now cackling with glee over the massive parabolic dish. This would be rather difficult to call an accidental design flaw.

Do they keep (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | about 4 years ago | (#33737232)

Do they keep sharks in the pool?

You expect me to talk? (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | about 4 years ago | (#33737252)

No, mister Bond, I expect you to die!

Rejected marketing slogan... (2, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about 4 years ago | (#33737350)

What lies in Vegas, fries in Vegas.

Re:Rejected marketing slogan... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33737554)

When people lay together in Vegas, they have a good chance of developing an uncomfortable burning sensation.

Tattoo You (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 years ago | (#33737404)

Get your solar imprinted Tramp Stamps here while you relax by the pool and sip your cocktail.

Mythbusters (1)

scharkalvin (72228) | about 4 years ago | (#33737510)

Someone tell the Mythbusters, they tried to build something like that once.

My House (1)

AmericanInKiev (453362) | about 4 years ago | (#33737594)

Yeah, I have melted vinyl siding on my own house from the sliding glass door.
it turns out that two panes of glass with a "vacuum" between makes a kind of curved mirror.

Architects should know this stuff.

Hotels in Space (3, Funny)

Cyclloid (948776) | about 4 years ago | (#33737652)

In order to circumvent the treaty to not weaponize space, the USA plans to build "Hotels" in space.

Whoa (1)

punapea (1184707) | about 4 years ago | (#33737706)

Imagine the amazing tan...
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