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Paper Airplane Touches Edge of Space, Glides Back

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the face-of-god-next-step dept.

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itwbennett writes "Brits Steve Daniels, John Oates and Lester Haines just became the envy of geeks the world over. The trio 'built a one-wing glider from paper, lofted it to the edge of space at 90,000 feet with a helium balloon, and posted sound and video recordings from the plane as it glided safely back to the ground,' writes blogger Kevin Fogarty. The Register newspaper sponsored the stunt and reported each step of the process. And British defense-contractor Qinetiq supplied the cameras and testing chambers, says Fogarty."

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158 comments

DUDE! (2, Insightful)

cryoman23 (1646557) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213278)

that is just down right cool

Re:DUDE! (0, Offtopic)

perpetual pessimist (1245416) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213318)

Yes. That is damn cool. The naysayers and nitpickers will swarm on this story soon enough. But it's still cool.

Re:DUDE! (5, Interesting)

arth1 (260657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213382)

Sure, it's cool. But balloon stories are a dime a dozen right now, don't you agree?

And to be honest, it would have been more impressive if they didn't try to make it sound more impressive by using the word "space", but instead used the now neglected word "stratosphere".
Cause it wasn't even a third of the way up to the lowest common definition of the space "boundary", but a stratospheric paper plane? That's way cool!

Re:DUDE! (4, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213402)

Split the difference?

Spaceosphere!

Re:DUDE! (3, Funny)

Konster (252488) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213532)

...Stratospace sounds much more cool.

Re:DUDE! (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213542)

Wow, it does. Make it so!

Re:DUDE! (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213572)

Balloons and gliders predate powered flight.

Alexander de Seversky proposed an ionic drive that would need most of that altitude to work.

Re:DUDE! (3, Informative)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214026)

Balloons and gliders predate powered flight.

Alexander de Seversky proposed an ionic drive that would need most of that altitude to work.

http://www.rexresearch.com/desev/desev.htm [rexresearch.com]

Re:DUDE! (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214650)

[citation needed]

Re:DUDE! (1)

rdwulfe (890032) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213824)

Ok, I agree. I was about to disagree, then I realized they said this thing went 90k FEET up. Ye gods. Only 27.4km? 100km is considered space by most space agencies, though NASA considers anyone who goes above 80km to be an astronaut (thus some Blackbird pilots are actually Astronauts). Why do these articles keep, with such huge inaccuracies, keep getting posted?

Re:DUDE! (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213832)

...(thus some Blackbird pilots are actually Astronauts). Why do these articles keep, with such huge inaccuracies, keep getting posted?

X-15. Pot, kettle, et al ;) (I guess too many, to use the description from the headline, nerds like to think they're doing something similar to space agencies)

Re:DUDE! (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213954)

Sure, it's cool

It's not even that cool. Say "paper airplane", and everyone thinks of the folded paper planes we all made so many of as a kid.

This is just a traditional model airplane with a ton of work done to substitute paper for balsa, _just_ so they could say "paper airplane" in the headlines. It's totally disingenuous.

Vulture 1 team, turn in your Geek Badges. You are Junior Marketing Assistants now.

Re:DUDE! (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214162)

And to be honest, it would have been more impressive if they didn't try to make it sound more impressive by using the word "space"

Or "paper airplane" when most people think of a piece of folded paper.

Re:DUDE! (1)

evilbessie (873633) | more than 3 years ago | (#34215032)

Have you ever read The Register? At what point have they ever been sensible or meek? I find it more amusing that the more respected British press covered the story.

Re:DUDE! (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213396)

But it's still "another month, another helium balloon story"...

Also: http://www.members.shaw.ca/sonde/ [members.shaw.ca]

Re:DUDE! (3, Insightful)

causality (777677) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213440)

Yes. That is damn cool. The naysayers and nitpickers will swarm on this story soon enough. But it's still cool.

It was absolutely frickin' badass... the first ten times. Now it's just plain getting old. Hey look, someone used a weather balloon and sent it up into the atmosphere. Hey wow, someone uses a balloon and sent it up into the atmosphere, and THIS TIME it was a father and son. Whoa, look, someone used a balloon and sent it up into the atmosphere, and THIS TIME it has a glider made of paper! Really I'm at the edge of my seat, but it's getting repetitive.

Now I know where I am. This is Slashdot (say it like King Leonitus and kick something if you need to). It's nothing to be ashamed of, but Slashdotters have a problem. After seeing the ten millionth repetition of "in Soviet Russia" or "sharks with lasers" and modding it up to +5 Funny for the 9 trillionth time, they have a very hard time admitting when something has gotten old and it's time to move on. (Someone is tempted to reply with one of those memes thinking "hah, that'll fix him, he'll NEVER see this coming!")

Now, no one's judging anyone here. Some people are alcoholics, others have to wash their hands eight hundred times a day, while others still are just plain not nice. In the scheme of things never admitting that something is old and repetitive and redundant is pretty tame. I understand that. I'm just sayin', maybe the Slashdot crowd isn't in the best position to realize that it's OK to stop beating the dead horse. The guy who points out that the dead horse is not only dead, but also embedded in the ground, starting to decay, and really starting to smell -- well, that guy might seem like a naysayer or a nitpicker to you. That's only natural.

Just don't be too harsh on that guy. He may be trying to help you appreciate objectivity.

Re:DUDE! (5, Funny)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213482)

Would it be any better for you if we made a Beowulf cluster of them? So that you can enjoy your petrified Natalie Portman with hot grits?

Re:DUDE! (3, Funny)

causality (777677) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213588)

Would it be any better for you if we made a Beowulf cluster of them? So that you can enjoy your petrified Natalie Portman with hot grits?

Haha. I salute you, fellow long-time Slashdotter.

Of course, the hot grits need to be poured down someone's pants. And someone should link to an XKCD comic or something. Preferably the GNAA will not be involved.

Re:DUDE! (5, Funny)

Shimmer (3036) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213794)

Two six-digit accounts talking about the good ol' days of Slashdot. Precious!

Re:DUDE! (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213842)

You know, some of us were lurking a bit for a few years...too bad really, considering it started perhaps in the times of 5-digit UIDs.

Re:DUDE! (1)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214892)

True that; I remember *exactly* where and when the "beowulf cluster" meme started :D

Re:DUDE! (1)

kaizokuace (1082079) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214546)

hey old man, everyone is entitled to have some good ol' days! ;p

Re:DUDE! (2, Funny)

zmollusc (763634) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214068)

Phew! I thought you were going to mention the nazis.

Re:DUDE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213494)

"others have to wash their hands eight hundred times a day,"

If we strictly followed the guidelines that is - its called 'infection control' in the healthcare industry.
( disclaimer: IAOACNA) (I am only a CNA)

Re:DUDE! (1)

causality (777677) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213576)

"others have to wash their hands eight hundred times a day,"

If we strictly followed the guidelines that is - its called 'infection control' in the healthcare industry. ( disclaimer: IAOACNA) (I am only a CNA)

Well, I do draw a distinction between obsessive-compulsion disorder and institutional requirements grounded in a medical basis. But maybe that's just me.

Re:DUDE! (1)

IainCartwright (733397) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213530)

the only meme that springs to my mind is "sudden outbreak of common sense"

Re:DUDE! (4, Insightful)

jamesh (87723) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213688)

I think that a day doesn't go by when someone sees a "Soviet Russia", "sharks with lasers", etc meme for the first time. I discovered the joy of "all your base" many years after everyone else. And all three of those, when done well, still give me a smile.

You speak of the 'Slashdot crowd' like we all joined at the same time and we're all the same age and of the same background but it's simply not true. It's not even a valid generalisation.

And the fact that someone modded something funny means that they enjoyed reading it enough to give it a mod point. And that's how this thing works. Don't be a back seat moderator. You use your mod points on whatever the hell you want and let everyone else do the same.

Now i'm not judging anyone here, but you're all idiots :p

Re:DUDE! (3, Insightful)

causality (777677) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213780)

You speak of the 'Slashdot crowd' like we all joined at the same time and we're all the same age and of the same background but it's simply not true. It's not even a valid generalisation.

The concept you're missing is called "gestalt". It's not quite the same thing as a generalization. If you don't want to appreciate that, then you won't, and that's not really my concern. Incidentally I used the repetitive memes as a lighthearted analogy. The subject of my post was the overabundance of "balloons floating" stories out there. Deliberately or accidentally, you missed that.

And the fact that someone modded something funny means that they enjoyed reading it enough to give it a mod point. And that's how this thing works. Don't be a back seat moderator. You use your mod points on whatever the hell you want and let everyone else do the same.

Me writing a post to try and point something out does not prevent anyone with mod points from using those points as they see fit. It's possible I might pursuade someone to reconsider how they moderate, but only if they want to be persuaded. If they don't agree with me then they will moderate however they please no matter what I say.

I will use my own mod points however the hell I want, I always have, this isn't your idea, and I really don't care whether you approve. Likewise, I am not preventing anyone else from doing the same. Other mods don't need me to "let" them do anything. I am not their master. Meanwhile you're just upset that I might convince them of something you dislike and you veil that quite thinly. That's frankly not my problem. Worrying about this is beneath you, and if it isn't, it should be.

Oh, one more thing. By your very own standard there, several moderators found my comment "Insightful". They enjoyed reading it enough to give it a mod point. And that's how this thing works, or so I've recently heard. I'm sure you can demonstrate the "use your mod points on whatever the hell you want" portion of your little philosophy there. Can you model for me the part about "let everyone else do the same"? Or do you feel a need to complain about that when it doesn't go the way you like?

Re:DUDE! (2, Funny)

elashish14 (1302231) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213698)

Your right, it's getting old... someone should do it with their house next!

In Soviet Russia, sharks have lasers ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213800)

... and they launch paper planes from the edge of space to drop dead horses down on YOU!

All Your Base (1)

codepunk (167897) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213914)

All Your Base!

Ok we get it already (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213282)

Yes, a balloon can lift something high in the sky. No that isn't "space". That thing it lifts can be a camera. Great, we get it. Now that we've had about half a dozen stories like this, can we just all agree that the novelty has worn off and that it's time to put this concept to rest for a while? Please?

Re:Ok we get it already (2, Insightful)

beav007 (746004) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213562)

Actually, I'd prefer not only to see it happen more often, but striving for higher, and better. Competitions, and most of all, kids involved.

Experiments are a great way to get people interested in science. We don't need to see it reported all the time, but it would be great to see the concept continued and expanded upon.

Re:Ok we get it already (4, Funny)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213616)

Only if the stated goal is to deliver a screaming child ever higher into the atmosphere, with video and sound.

Bonus points if they come down in one piece.

Re:Ok we get it already (2, Informative)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213662)

A balloon has some fundamental limitations, a...ceiling. To which your average helium balloon is quite close and overcoming it requires pretty high tech [isas.jaxa.jp] . Once you get the hang of proper handling (ever more difficult with higher tech), what limits you is the (lack of) atmosphere and slight manufacturing faults of the balloon.

That said - yes, it's fun. Yes, we don't need to see it reported all the time.

Re:Ok we get it already (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214668)

they were outside. there's no ceiling outside.

Re:Ok we get it already (1)

eugene ts wong (231154) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213930)

Also, they aren't discovering anything really new, even though they are squandering the limited resource of helium,

Which edge (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213306)

The edge of space would be the end of the universe which is expanding until ...

wtf (5, Funny)

doughnutguy (1886640) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213322)

When you said "the edge of space" I thought you meant the border of the universe, so I was all WTF.

Re:wtf (3, Informative)

causality (777677) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213492)

When you said "the edge of space" I thought you meant the border of the universe, so I was all WTF.

Apparently a little buoyancy goes a long way.

Re:wtf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34215238)

Apparently a little buoyancy goes all the way. FTFY

Re:wtf (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213826)

I think the only questions that really matter are: Did it make it to the front of the classroom? Did the teacher see who threw it?

$13,000 (1)

Guerilla Antix (859639) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213326)

I found the $13,000 in funding a letdown as the synopsis led me to believe the whole thing was a more home grown affair.

Re:$13,000 (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213428)

I guess you'd prefer this one? http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/10/03/1945228/Brooklyn-Father-And-Son-Launch-Homemade-Spacecraft [slashdot.org]

Maybe those in need of karma can start copying the +5 comments from that story to here. I'm sure most would still apply... :)

Re:$13,000 (1)

sirrunsalot (1575073) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213490)

This isn't news at all.

Now if only the father had put the boy in the balloon....

Wait, that's no good...

Re:$13,000 (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213968)

The amount of effort and precedences counts, too... This one is nice [members.shaw.ca] , and more than a bit similar to TFA (though better)

Re:$13,000 (2, Insightful)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213432)

That is "homegrown". Some hobbyists spend that much building a single RC-aircraft. Get together with 5 or 6 like-minded friends, and you can put together a similar project no problem.

Re:$13,000 (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213442)

Most hobbiests don't have the backing of a newspaper and a defence contractor.

Re:$13,000 (1)

causality (777677) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213502)

Most hobbiests don't have the backing of a newspaper and a defence contractor.

Well, newspapers have slow news days and (though it's their own damn fault) defense contractors are always in need of good PR. Sounds like this hobbyist was ready for a little exploitation, er I mean assistance.

Re:$13,000 (1)

jmitchel!jmitchel.co (254506) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213582)

For "newspaper" read "website somewhat more professional than /."

"...Qinetiq supplied..." (1, Insightful)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213332)

Cheat.

I've been trolling it for years on /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213336)

We need to replace heavy lift vehicles with He balloon's lifting a reusable launch platform - enough He to lift the space shuttle would get it higher than it's first booster stage AND be reusable at a ridiculously smaller cost.

Re:I've been trolling it for years on /. (1)

GigsVT (208848) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213452)

I guess you are literally trolling.

The energy you save from helium lifting up is exactly the same amount of energy you need to spend to bring it back down to "reuse" it.

Not to mention, helium is really expensive. It takes about $100 of helium to lift 5 pounds (ballpark).

You'd do better just using specialized jet engines to take things up to 75,000 feet or so, even as inefficient as they are.

Re:I've been trolling it for years on /. (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213638)

Not exactly. The lift capacity of helium is how much atmosphere it can displace; Creative use of an air compressor in the lift vehicle would reduce it's volume, thus increasing density, and thus reducing lift.

Thus, to "Descend", you just turn on a solar powered air compressor, suck up the HE in the lift bag, and the whole show slowly sinks back to earth.

Re:I've been trolling it for years on /. (1)

benjamindees (441808) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213496)

If you used hydrogen, you could use it for rocket fuel as well.

Send up a hydrogen balloon along with some solar panels and a compressor. Once it reaches altitude, it starts liquifying some of the hydrogen. It would take a while, but it's cold up there so it shouldn't be too hard.

Then send up another balloon with your rocket. Once they meet, the rocket ditches it's balloon and fills up on liquid hydrogen, then continues into space.

That's pretty cool. (3, Insightful)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213344)

It seems the new cool thing is to take stuff up high in a balloon and drop it. I must say I'd love to do it too, but it doesn't seem very newsworthy anymore.

Re:That's pretty cool. (5, Insightful)

SixDimensionalArray (604334) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213538)

I would hope that we would rather consider the meaning of the fact that the general public has an interest in reaching space again, and by doing it themselves. Sure, maybe a balloon to the upper reaches of the atmosphere is not anywhere close to launching an Atlas rocket, but I for one am glad that people are still dreaming, and experimenting!

Re:That's pretty cool. (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213742)

I would hope that we would rather consider the meaning of the fact that the general public has an interest in reaching space again, and by doing it themselves.

The problem is, that's not a fact - it's an opinion.

Re:That's pretty cool. (1)

SixDimensionalArray (604334) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213894)

Sure, you're right. Perhaps it's a bit of wishful thinking showing through. Nitpicking aside, is it not a positive trend that we are getting annoyed by stories of people trying to send up these balloons? There has to be some reason multiple people have been motivated to do more of these "experiments" or whatever you want to call them. I'm HOPING it's because they are interested in space, science, and fun.

Re:That's pretty cool. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34215018)

I am a member of the general public and i can confirm that we have an interest in reaching space again.

Re:That's pretty cool. (4, Funny)

Target Practice (79470) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213546)

Well, now it just depends on what you drop from that height. Think international Lawn Darts.

Re:That's pretty cool. (1)

Vectormatic (1759674) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214862)

with slashdot reporting, the headline will probably be 'father and son build and launch orbital weaponsplatform for two weeks allowance'

I guess it didn't... (0)

Trip6 (1184883) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213394)

...burn up in reentry!

Re:I guess it didn't... (1)

lavagolemking (1352431) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213514)

Nah, paper usually reaches terminal velocity pretty fast with its high surface area to mass ratio. It would have to go pretty fast against air friction to burn up. Now getting torn apart in the wind is another matter.

Re:I guess it didn't... (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213828)

Re-entry heat doesn't come from friction. It comes from compressing the air in front of the thing doing the re-entering.

Re:I guess it didn't... (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213922)

The heat from compression is created by friction between the molecules under compression and the thing that's compressing them.

The Register newspaper...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213400)

I don't think The Register has ever been a newspaper, or has it? I have only know it as a tabloid-style IT focused news thing.

Serious question (1)

frozentier (1542099) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213418)

And I'm not trolling (honestly), but that isn't the John Oates of "Hall & Oates" is it? I ask because you never know.

When I first read that headline... (1, Interesting)

fishexe (168879) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213436)

When I first read that headline, I thought, "Impossible!" Then it gradually dawned on me that they meant the near edge of space. As in the boundary of our atmosphere. Not the far edge of space, as in the boundary of the universe.

Re:When I first read that headline... (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213480)

Maybe not impossible, if some Japanese (who else?...) have their way. [wikipedia.org]

Cue 10,000 replies (0, Offtopic)

fishexe (168879) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213446)

Cue 10,000 replies saying "That's not space!!" in 4,3,2...

Re:Cue 10,000 replies (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213472)

The edge is defined as 100Km or 100,000m or rougly 300,000feet.. So it was launched from a third of the way there. Not bad.

I smell a strange trend (3, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213466)

What's next, Slinky down side of Everest?

Re:I smell a strange trend (1)

isopropanol (1936936) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213488)

Slinky down from space!

Re:I smell a strange trend (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213516)

Slinky down from space!

We kinda already tried something like that [life.com] .

Re:I smell a strange trend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34214218)

"Slinky down from space!"

That sounds like it could be pretty interesting. As long as an attempt is made to hit someone with it before it finally makes its way to the ground.

Re:I smell a strange trend (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34214172)

I'd love to see video of that!

Jet streams? (4, Interesting)

tarantinofan (1596511) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213508)

Wouldn't this paper glider have encountered jet streams? How did it survive them? https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Jet_stream [wikimedia.org]

Re:Jet streams? (5, Insightful)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213544)

A bit similarly to how you can, in fact, breathe inside a speeding bullet-train or an airplane. Speed relative to the ground isn't everything...

Re:Jet streams? (1)

tarantinofan (1596511) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213642)

What about the points when it entered / exited the jet stream? Won't there be turbulence at the edges of the jet stream? A bit like how jumping into / out of a speeding bullet-train could cause some damage.

Re:Jet streams? (5, Insightful)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213668)

Do you really think it's a wall of speeding air, without quite gentle (especially for a very small object) transition?... (plus, think: dainty balloons survive it routinely - in fact, the story mentions one)

Re:Jet streams? (1)

tarantinofan (1596511) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213710)

Ah, I didn't think of that. I stand corrected. :)

Re:Jet streams? (2, Informative)

michelcolman (1208008) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214926)

Actually the transition is not that gentle. I'm a pilot, and we usually avoid flying near the edge of a jet stream. Not because it's dangerous or anything, just a bit uncomfortable. It won't damage a balloon, but the glider hanging underneath it will probably dangle left and right quite a bit.

Re:Jet streams? (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213834)

What about the points when it entered / exited the jet stream? Won't there be turbulence at the edges of the jet stream? A bit like how jumping into / out of a speeding bullet-train could cause some damage.

Obviously it had an exit buddy [youtube.com] .

"Remember: Rip it, Roll it and Punch it!!"

Re:Jet streams? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213848)

Balloons in a Jet Stream isn't really a new idea [wikipedia.org] .

JOHN OATES? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213604)

Glad to see he has finally kicked the drugs and smooth jams!

Newspaper? (2, Insightful)

rueger (210566) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213670)

I am more than a bit astonished that Slashdot eds, much less the poster would refer to El Reg [theregister.co.uk] as a "newspaper."

Do none of these people honestly know that The Register is one long lived, entertaining, and generally informative tech web site, and that it was the creator of the ever popular and true to life adventures of BOFH? [theregister.co.uk]

Oh right, their URL ends with .co.uk, so they're not Amurrican....

Re:Newspaper? (3, Informative)

mmontour (2208) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213772)

Do none of these people honestly know that The Register is one long lived, entertaining, and generally informative tech web site, and that it was the creator of the ever popular and true to life adventures of BOFH?

I agree with most of that, but the BOFH stories were around long before El Reg started publishing them.

Re:Newspaper? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213778)

Umm, correct me if I'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure BOFH was around long before the Register.
If anything they just gave Simon a new place to post them.
http://www.plig.net/bofh/history.html

I'd highly recommend you read the older ones if you haven't. A lot of people think the register bofh's is "all she wrote"

Which i think they're actually paying Datamation Magazine for the digital licensing (or maybe they've bought the rights outright?)

Re:Newspaper? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34213864)

The register did NOT create the BOFH...in fact, the first BOFH stores actually predate the Register.

Of course, I'm just a dumb "Amurrican", so what do I know?

Wow I always what happened (1)

NotSoHeavyD3 (1400425) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213822)

After Hall and Oates broke up and now I know.

Re:Wow I always what happened (1)

w00d (91529) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214032)

Daryl Hall never gets invited to the fun stuff.

What someone needs to do... (1)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213870)

..is take this technique meta.

Use a weather balloon to lift a weather balloon to the edge of space, then have the weather balloon release the weather balloon and then... ... uh, go to the pub and have a Bass Ale.

Re:What someone needs to do... (1)

More_Cowbell (957742) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214894)

replying to this to undo stupid moderation... since this is my first time with the new system and I had to experiment with turning various parts of noscript off...

NEXT time.... (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 3 years ago | (#34213882)

Drop a sackful of regular paper airplanes made of some fluorescent 8.5 x 11 sheets (or A4 for you Brits), with a phone number printed on them, and see who calls.

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Register (1)

LordSnooty (853791) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214414)

Ah, this 'story' is typical Register... overblown, late, with too large an idea of its own importance and not very funny. And haven't they gone to town on it, with reports on testing etc. Why so much focus? Ah, I see, sponsored by big web host and big space contractor...

UGGs Bailey Button Triplet (-1, Offtopic)

fminghao1 (1939702) | more than 3 years ago | (#34214426)

It's not a paper airplane (2, Informative)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 3 years ago | (#34215060)

Sorry to burst everyone's bubble, but it has an airframe and the skin is some kind of foil. It's not a paper airplane by any reasonable interpretation.

Headline is appropriate (1)

Posting=!Working (197779) | more than 3 years ago | (#34215250)

The headline is completely accurate for large values of edge.

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