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Giant Chinese Desert Mystery Structure Solved

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the that-settles-that dept.

China 161

Velcroman1 writes "Slashdotters read Monday about strange symbols in the Gobi Desert recently imaged and indexed by Google Maps. Alien landing zones? Some military thingy? Bizarre art project? Nope. The grids of zigzagging white lines seen in two of the images — the strangest of the various desert structures — are spy satellite calibration targets, according to one NASA scientist."

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Happy Holidays from the Golden Girls! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092220)

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a cosmonaut.

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you ever knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend.

Re:Happy Holidays from the Golden Girls! (-1, Offtopic)

TigerTime (626140) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092372)

cosmonaut?????? haha. Confidant

Re:Happy Holidays from the Golden Girls! (1)

Taty'sEyes (2373326) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093294)

this first post is something i've seen now for many weeks. it is always the same, with the same cosmonaut mistake. and sure enough, several posts correcting the mistake. my question, is this some running gag like 'in soviet russia'? just trying to keep up with any /. inside jokes. sorry no caps as i'm eating a whopper with the other hand. smile

Re:Happy Holidays from the Golden Girls! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093392)

Nope, it's just a 4chan meta-troll known as "copy pasta."

This would fall under the categories of: Troll
Copy Pasta
Forced Meme

...as forced as it is it can spread. As stupid as anyone likely thinks it is there will come a time when it will eventually become amusing. Either via the sheer absurdity of the many absurd factors involved in it's continued existence or out of spite for those same factors. I've seen it happen, it's happened to me. Revel in it. Why not? You'll laugh eventually either way. Any display of disdain will only make it more frequent anyway.

Re:Happy Holidays from the Golden Girls! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38094794)

GNAA was mildly amusing...
Then someone made an RIAA spoof complete with the ascii art and all that hit it right out of the park.

Re:Happy Holidays from the Golden Girls! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093564)

Nope :) The official lyrics are "confidant", but if you listen closely to the GG theme song, they actually did say "cosmonaut" in the third season. That was an inside joke (Bea Arthur's husband at the time was, in fact, Russian (defected) and a cosmonaut)

spy satellite calibration targets (4, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092234)

So... they correspond to something on the ground they want to match, I betcha. They may have added a few lines to mask their intent, but the drawings to the west look like airfieds and I imagine the two which look like random stuff in a rectangle do match some city roads, somewhere.

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (5, Informative)

CmdrPony (2505686) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092278)

No, they don't match any other places. They're just for calibration. US has similar ones in Arizona.

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (5, Informative)

n5vb (587569) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092318)

No, they don't match any other places. They're just for calibration. US has similar ones in Arizona.

And Texas [g.co]. (Although that one was a NASA photogrammetry calibration target, I think..)

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092550)

Luecke is used for calibration, but it was not originally intended for that.
IIRC it was done due to a land dispute with the state.

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (5, Interesting)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092332)

They're just using it as a controlled environment to test out some new radar based spy satellites and possibly to test countermeasures against similar satellites orbited by other nations. The quasi-random grid layouts are the most visually striking, but I think the fighter jet surrounded by carefully positioned radar reflectors is more interesting. In theory you could mess up the image enough to camouflage your planes from satellite based radar. I could imagine the same being true for some of the qausi-grid layouts as well, they could be testing for multi-path effects or any number of other things.

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093168)

An old friend of mine told a story of developing fake fighter jets for the Airforce. Lightweight, easily deployed, looks like a plane from 1000 feet or farther away, and must withstand winds of up to 50 knots "from any direction." Thought being, three guys in a truck could drive to an existing airfield and "deploy" a squadron of jets there in a matter of an hour or less.

The fun part came with the review by the brass... "Very impressive solution with the lightweight canvas and all, but what about the wind requirement?" "Yes, sir, General, these decoys have been tested to withstand 60 knot gusts and 50 knot continuous winds for over an hour from all sides." General looks like he's found a gotcha and says: "But what about from a 50 knot wind from underneath? The requirements say "from any direction."?"

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (4, Informative)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092892)

So... they correspond to something on the ground they want to match, I betcha.

I betcha not. I betcha they send the satellite up with an image of what to look for on the ground and where to find it, the satellite heads above it, and then orients itself until the view on the ground matches the image. The purpose is for the satellite to calibrate its own position and orientation in space. Once that's done then they can just tell the damn thing where to go to look at whatever the hell they want to look at.

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093324)

You don't have the slightest fracking idea of what you're talking about.

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093586)

that actually makes sense and explains the unusual pattern...

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092946)

Please let the target be "It's a Small World!"

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (1)

jimi1x (1105911) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093670)

Anyone know what the structure is at 40.955017,100.645925 in google maps?

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38094030)

Don't know but if you follow the "tyre" tracks north west of here there is an even more interesting structure at 41.030853,100.599484

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (4, Interesting)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 2 years ago | (#38094250)

Nope just use Google images to check out the AZ desert and White sands in NV and you'll see similar targets like bullseyes and zig zag and all kinds of other targets. It is simply a cheap and easy way to calibrate a spy sat since all you need is a piece of desert and some white paint. IIRC there are also some bombers and fighters left in the middle of the desert in NV near an abandoned runway that is used for practicing taking shots of aircraft on the ground, its easy practice since its always in the same place and same position so it is easy to compare.

If anything to me the interesting part is how much more poor the resolution on the Chinese sats are to the Americans since the Chinese targets are fricking huge and the bullseyes they have in AZ go down to some pretty tiny center targets. I'm sure in another decade though they'll have it tight enough they'll be able to read the license on a car, they'll just need a GUI in VB like the CSI guys.

Re:spy satellite calibration targets (4, Insightful)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 2 years ago | (#38094852)

If anything to me the interesting part is how much more poor the resolution on the Chinese sats are to the Americans since the Chinese targets are fricking huge and the bullseyes they have in AZ go down to some pretty tiny center targets. I'm sure in another decade though they'll have it tight enough they'll be able to read the license on a car, they'll just need a GUI in VB like the CSI guys.

The actual resolution of a spy satellite is classified. The use of smaller and smaller targets gives away the resolution of the satellite you're using it with. The fact that the targets have been getting smaller and smaller (and it's measurable) just means that they can ballpark the resolution easier.

The Chinese "huge targets" doesn't reveal a thing about the quality of their optics. It could be (as assumed) extremely bad. Or it could be extremely good and they're now focusing on parts of the design. Hell, the other test targets around the world are known - the Chinese could simply be targeting using those targets as well, and using these to throw everyone off.

Part of the role of a good spy is providing disinformation, after all.

Bombs.. (2, Insightful)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092300)

Doesn't explain why some of the structures have heavy bomb damage.

Assuming no foreign power has been bombing China- I can't fathom why China would bomb their own calibration units.

(unless it was to test what would happen- before an enemy did it to them)

Re:Bombs.. (2)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092354)

Assuming their long term plan is autonomous aircraft fighters (as is with other military superpowers), they wouldn't want entire fleets to fail because their calibration site was sabotaged or damaged.

Re:Bombs.. (1)

fragfoo (2018548) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092438)

Assuming their long term plan is autonomous aircraft fighters (as is with other military superpowers), they wouldn't want entire fleets to fail because their calibration site was sabotaged or damaged.

Yes but this way is "easy" to know were the calibration units are. If it was some random existing structure it would be harder to tell.

Re:Bombs.. (4, Funny)

demonbug (309515) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092616)

Doesn't explain why some of the structures have heavy bomb damage.

Assuming no foreign power has been bombing China- I can't fathom why China would bomb their own calibration units.

(unless it was to test what would happen- before an enemy did it to them)

Could just be for training in photo/radar interpretation for damage assessment, etc. Seems reasonable to set up a few "known" scenarios so you can train the people (or software) that will be dealing with the actual intelligence product. Probably helpful to see the results of a few known explosions when you are trying to determine how big a bomb France dropped on Libya that one time (actually, France didn't drop any ordnance on Libya; they merely surrendered it from altitude).

Re:Bombs.. (3, Interesting)

icebike (68054) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093408)

Doesn't explain why some of the structures have heavy bomb damage.

Assuming no foreign power has been bombing China- I can't fathom why China would bomb their own calibration units.

(unless it was to test what would happen- before an enemy did it to them)

Its pretty clear this is a heavily bombed area, the whole vicinity is riddled with bomb craters. Just a few clicks away from the strange lines is a
runway mock-up, with a shadow mock-up offset from it. Exploring this area [google.com] you can zoom in on this target ad see what appears to b missile booster stages laying around, generally facing east-to-west. They can't be tanker trucks, because they are narrower than the nearby dirt road tracks.

Zooming out from that link shows the two mock airfields.

I'm sure all the major intelligence agencies of the world have very much better photos than these.

Re:Bombs.. (5, Interesting)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093900)

you never repurposed anything? Perhaps the area once was a bomb range (cold war era perhaps) and they have repurposed these vast tracts of government owned land into satellite calibration areas. Hell, look at this:
http://g.co/maps/39mhb [g.co]
That is near where i live. On google earth it looks like an air base mockup. from the ground, you can't even see the thing. That *was* an air base about 50 years ago. Now its a few foundations and a crumbling runway. Things look a lot different from above.

Re:Bombs.. (1)

pclminion (145572) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093420)

Doesn't explain why some of the structures have heavy bomb damage.

It's a reasonable expectation that they would want to test how well their calibration devices work even if the enemy drops bombs on them.

Re:Bombs.. (2)

anubi (640541) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093458)

Yes. I am convinced this is a bomb target for calibration of "smart bombs".

Basically, you would feed images into your bomb, showing it the path it is to follow and exactly where it is to end up.

In the event of a war, you really cannot expect your enemy to continue to broadcast GPS and homing information for you.

I would suspect all "space-based" assistance would be quickly rendered useless by a few tons of pea-gravel launched into an elliptical polar orbit.

I could see where smart bomb guidance systems could be a by-product of the 3D video gaming industry. Since they have the foundries and production factories in China, this may pose quite a problem for countries who have exported and laid off their technical talent.

Re:Bombs.. (3, Interesting)

Martin Blank (154261) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093780)

GPS is now so heavily used by so many segments of the civilian world that no nation can afford its loss unless it was about to be annihilated. The more precise signals can be re-encrypted, as they were for a long time, but the basic signal is too ingrained for the US to completely shut down GPS (or remove all access to it).

Re:Bombs.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38094658)

(As anonymous as I've moderated here)

If China goes to war with the US, the first step is to annihilate GPS capabilities with satellite killers. A big chunk of the US war machine is GPS driven, and if you have a capability to operate without GPS and still hit your targets then you have an advantage.

Re:Bombs.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38094238)

If you were going to calibrate your secret military satellites, wouldn't you do it somewhere the military has complete control? A bombing range would be the perfect spot - and no need to worry about trespassers either.

I'm sure I'm going to get nuked for this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092310)

But don't they have cities, airfields, etc. in China already? Why not just use an existing site as a target? I'm sure it wasn't free to build all that stuff.

Re:I'm sure I'm going to get nuked for this... (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093016)

Well, it's a bombing range too, apparently.

I wouldn't doubt they used it as an exercise engineer corp as well.

Re:I'm sure I'm going to get nuked for this... (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093282)

Less intrusive emissions? A tiny National Radio Quiet Zone to test their spy sats mb?

Why Needed? (5, Insightful)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092314)

And why would these be needed. There are already many structures easily visible form space and static, so why not just use one of those?

Re:Why Needed? (1)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092386)

Also, why would need to be something that is "visible" in the first place. A few tens of randomly placed antenna arrays should be enough no?

Re:Why Needed? (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092428)

Perhaps they were worried about hacking. After all the US has had satellites hacked. It would cost more to duplicate their calibration patterns (and couldn't be put up on the fly).

Antenna arrays could be duplicated and potentially be portable.

Re:Why Needed? (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092390)

If they did that the US would spend their military budget on building weapons instead of trying to figure out what the Chinese were up to.

Re:Why Needed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092416)

great wall of china

Re:Why Needed? (5, Informative)

dido (9125) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092422)

Well, from reading the article, I gather that it's because they might have needed something bigger because the resolution on their spy satellites is not that good. FTFA: "The calibration targets are larger than might have been expected, he said, suggesting that the satellite cameras they are being used to calibrate have surprisingly poor ground resolution."

Re:Why Needed? (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092540)

But if there was absolutely nothing on earth they these poor cameras could see clearly then how are they useful in the first place?

Re:Why Needed? (3, Informative)

dido (9125) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092720)

Calibration is one thing, and actually seeing shit is something else. Maybe they just wanted to make calibration easy with a big easy target to calibrate against.

Re:Why Needed? (1)

FhnuZoag (875558) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093436)

Then again, maybe they are intended to make the US think that, when the real satellites use actually smaller targets, or calibrate using only a sub-portion of the grid?

Re:Why Needed? (5, Insightful)

demonbug (309515) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092488)

And why would these be needed. There are already many structures easily visible form space and static, so why not just use one of those?

Lots of reasons for purpose-built ones. You know exact dimensions, they can be made any size/shape/color/material necessary to test the specifics of your imaging system, and they are presumably placed in the desert because there is rarely cloud cover - so good availability. Trying to use various existing objects/places presents all sorts of additional variables that they may wish to avoid.

Re:Why Needed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092906)

Also, even with dictatorial powers in hand, trying to keep a bunch of existing structures the same for an arbitrary period of time has to be a hassle. Wang Ho hangs out his laundry or harvests the rice. The whole test is screwed up!

Re:Why Needed? (5, Interesting)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093040)

Because you have corps that build things that need exorcise too? Might as well have one big project with multiple uses.

Logistics guys get practice... logisticing?
Engineer guys get practice building.
Sat guys get free calibration and practice doing their stuff.
Bombardiers and other munitions guys get practice shooting at it.
Intel guys get practice doing damage assessments.
R&D probably gets a chance to test a bunch of stuff, too.

The list goes on. The question is "why not?"

Re:Why Needed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38094170)

The same reason we use our own calibration markings out in Arizona. Structures can catch fire, be knocked over by an earthquake, be carried away by a tornado. Lines on the ground, if wiped away by a flood, are faster and easier to replace.

It's really a pricetag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092326)

Magrathea is back in business.

I'm not buying it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092376)

I still say it's alien crop circles so they can signal each other about the coming attack. I think M Night was on to something. The one thing we learned from "Signs" is aliens can't work door nobs so I added door nobs to my car doors in case I'm caught out on the road when the attack happens. I'm still trying to figure out how to strap a closet on to the back of my car as a panic room so I can be truly safe. I already have my super soaker loaded and ready and a baby monitor so I can spy on them.

Stupid China (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092420)

In Soviet Russia, spy satellite calibrates YOU!

Expert? (1)

naturaverl (628952) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092448)

And how exactly is a NASA scientist an expert of Chinese spy satellite technology? Just wondering.

Re:Expert? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092528)

Maybe he is an expert on US spy satellite technology... which the Chinese stole?

Re:Expert? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092812)

Which the Chinese bought. /fixed

Clinton, Bush W. and Obama have all sold us out.

Re:Expert? (1)

cujo_1111 (627504) | more than 2 years ago | (#38095140)

Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, H. W. Bush, Clinton, W. Bush, Obama have all been selling you out

Re:Expert? (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092962)

Maybe he's just assuming that's what it is because he's familiar with the satellite calibration patterns that the US used with Corona in the 60s. Or maybe it's just a guess.

Re:Expert? (1)

AHuxley (892839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093352)

The US gov did have some non spy satellite too.
Map Soviet harvests, drug plantations - funded as agricultural satellites.

Re:Expert? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093590)

Um, because NASA is an instrument of the US government, and the US gov keeps track of Chinese military technologies.

Seriously? (2)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092450)

This was my first thought when seeing the pictures. It looks like a giant test pattern used for cameras, given the size, likely satellite photography.

Too bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38092452)

I was hoping it was a mass grave to hold the bodies of at least three-quarters-of-a-billion Chinese people.

Painted roads and buildings (5, Interesting)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092500)

The 'structures' are lines painted on the ground used for target practice.

Its a documented bomb range with an airport and a simulated airport to bomb as well.

If you bother to zoom out on Google Maps you can figure it out fairly quickly, oh and a few Google searchs will reveal that we've known this for years.

Re:Painted roads and buildings (2)

TWX (665546) | more than 2 years ago | (#38092792)

The 'structures' are lines painted on the ground used for target practice.

Its a documented bomb range with an airport and a simulated airport to bomb as well.

I hope they don't get the two confused! That would make for a whole helluva lot of paperwork...

I am not fooled. (5, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093058)

Thats what they want you to think. No one can stop me from imagining the most paranoid delusional scenario. It is a free country and I have the freedom to be fearful of future, gays, the 99% hippies, the mexicans. I will not be pacified, I will not be ameliorated, I will not be persuaded from using words like ameliorated, It is my time, It is my mind, and I'm gonna blow it on the most trivial stuff.

Yep! (1)

Greyfox (87712) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093264)

Thanks, China! I now know that all my spy satellites are perfectly calibrated. You can take those things down now, if you want to.

It's the queers. (1, Informative)

El Puerco Loco (31491) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093298)

They're in it with the aliens. They're building landing strips for gay martians. I swear to God.

Re:It's the queers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38094070)

Stuart!

Re:It's the queers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38094210)

and just look at what they are doing to the soil

-stewart

Lies!! Chinese are secretly Scientologists!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093380)

Long live the great Xenu! We await his return.

More (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093382)

There are lots of unusual 'structures' in that area

Two lots of crazy mosaic

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=40.458679,93.31314%09&hl=en&ll=40.45792,93.387995&spn=0.024915,0.054932&sll=40.458018,93.392587&sspn=0.0208,0.040426&vpsrc=6&t=h&z=15

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=40.458679,93.31314%09&hl=en&ll=40.451617,93.741703&spn=0.024917,0.054932&sll=40.458018,93.392587&sspn=0.0208,0.040426&vpsrc=6&t=h&z=15

Airbases on a vast scale, with no runway markings or buildings.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=40.458679,93.31314%09&hl=en&ll=40.477574,93.506269&spn=0.049815,0.109863&sll=40.458018,93.392587&sspn=0.0208,0.040426&vpsrc=6&t=h&z=14

Things that look like huge bombed mirrors

And just weird.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=40.458679,93.31314%09&hl=en&ll=40.490896,93.510714&spn=0.001556,0.003433&sll=40.458018,93.392587&sspn=0.0208,0.040426&vpsrc=6&t=h&z=19

Re:More (1)

Jarik C-Bol (894741) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093976)

the trouble with these places, is because its in the desert, and has so little around it, getting a sense of scale is rather tricky. Sure, there is the little bar that says '50m is this much' in the corner, but it is not the same as having something of a known size (like a car, or a municipal street) in the image to compare to.

Re:More (1)

strength_of_10_men (967050) | more than 2 years ago | (#38094892)

...getting a sense of scale is rather tricky.

Use Google earth. It has a measuring tool that's surprisingly accurate. For kicks I used it to measure a local (American) football field and it was accurate almost to the foot.

They're for people, not satellites... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093560)

Here's my theory about the weird assemblage of lines and angles.

They are to test the people tasked with interpreting imagery from spy satellites -- not the optics of the satellites themselves.

Here's how it would work:

1. The powers-that-be paint lines of varying lengths intersecting at varying angles, and over a non-flat surface (note the evidence of water drainage over some of the lines).

2. They use their spy satellites to capture imagery of the lines at various distances and elevations.

3. Their interpreters use these images to reconstruct the lengths/angles of the various lines.

4. The powers-that-be check the interpreters' reconstructions with what they know was actually painted on ground.

5. The interpreters learn how to accurately reconstruct measurements from spy satellite imagery, and thereby gain knowledge of what other countries are doing.

6. Profit! (or something) :-)

Great Chinese Desert Mystery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093568)

And I was all ready for an article on "fortune cookies." Maybe I need to see the eye doctor.

More explainations at SPON (1)

gentryx (759438) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093778)

I'll just quickly link to the German news site Spiegel Online [spiegel.de] where they've summarized the clues of a number of experts. Google translation here [google.de].

trusting fox news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38093944)

hahahaha wow

Saber rattling on a giant scale (1)

Lexx Greatrex (1160847) | more than 2 years ago | (#38093968)

China had better build all the infrastructure they can afford before the west defaults on their debts. When that happens, rattling a few sabers will be the only fallback China will have.

ugh! (1)

toby (759) | more than 2 years ago | (#38094608)

You linked to FOX News...

(which is, if nothing else, predictably consistent about whipping up paranoia about the Chinese Menace...wonder who benefits from that?)

Military thingy? (1)

ArundelCastle (1581543) | more than 2 years ago | (#38094984)

Some military thingy? Nope.

Tags: military

Do we distinguish government intelligence ops from the military? Even when they involve China? Even when they involve orbital satellites?

New tag: spymantics

spy satellite calibration!?!?!?! c'mooooon!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38095048)

so.. Chinese spy satellites are like joysticks in Windows '95.... they need calibration to work!!!! hahahhahaha by far the funniest thing i read this year

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  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>
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