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I'd say First, but its the Last :-) (-1, Offtopic)

stiggle (649614) | more than 2 years ago | (#39184975)

First post, last tag!

No comments? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39184979)

People must be frantically looking up exactly what "records" were "broken"

Well... it's not like anyone cares... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 2 years ago | (#39186735)

Now, had he planked, batmanned and plumbked the South Pole, all at the same time...

Winter? (5, Insightful)

Eevee (535658) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185033)

staying there over winter

It may be cold at the South Pole, but it's Summer there.

Re:Winter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39185069)

... and they will be staying there over the winter...

Re:Winter? (2)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185081)

It may be cold at the South Pole, but it's Summer there.

The information would have been here sooner, but it was carried IP over Spheniscidae Carrier, and the polar bears kept eating them.

Re:Winter? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39185125)

Polar bears in Antarctica?

Re:Winter? (3, Funny)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185175)

Polar bears in Antarctica?

Yet penguins carrying data packets to mainland US is fine, right? That's what you're telling me.

Re:Winter? (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185201)

There are polar bears in the Southern hemisphere and penguins in the northern hemisphere.

True, they're all in zoos... but they exist. Maybe there are polar bears in the South Pole national zoo. I wonder how long till penguins became extinct if someone released a breeding pair of polar bears in antartica.

Re:Winter? (2)

SMoynihan (1647997) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185327)

Funnily enough, our penguins are the second of that name. The originals (now often referred to as Great Auks) lived in the northern hemisphere, and were eaten by polar bears. Unfortunately, they were also eaten by humans - who drove them to extinction.

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

Re:Winter? (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185591)

There are polar bears in the Southern hemisphere and penguins in the northern hemisphere.

True, they're all in zoos... but they exist. Maybe there are polar bears in the South Pole national zoo. I wonder how long till penguins became extinct if someone released a breeding pair of polar bears in antartica.

There are zoos in Antarctica?

Re:Winter? (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185893)

Apparently. They're at the National Zoo.

Re:Winter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39185391)

jeeze you're touchy

Re:Winter? (2)

Errol backfiring (1280012) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185517)

Off coarse not. There is a router at South Africa. There the packets are routed to swallows (African ones off course. Everyone knows they are stronger than European ones).

Re:Winter? (1)

C0vardeAn0nim0 (232451) | more than 2 years ago | (#39186413)

that they're faster is an established fact, but what's their unladden air speed ?

Re:Winter? (1)

pianosaurus (1347409) | more than 2 years ago | (#39186853)

Off coarse not. There is a router at South Africa. There the packets are routed to swallows (African ones off course. Everyone knows they are stronger than European ones).

But then, African swallows are non-migratory, aren't they? That explains your 100% packet loss.

Re:Winter? (1)

readin (838620) | more than 2 years ago | (#39188065)

Polar bears in Antarctica?

Immigration laws are notoriously weak in Antarctica .

Re:Winter? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185115)

staying there over winter

It may be cold at the South Pole, but it's Summer there.

No winter lasts from mid feb thru mid october at amunseon-scott. I donno anything about the schedule this year specifically, but its almost March... last trip out was probably a couple weeks ago and they're stuck there until almost Halloween. They have limited internet access, so I'm told, would be hilarious if someone there posted in this thread.

Re:Winter? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185133)

They have limited internet access, so I'm told, would be hilarious if someone there posted in this thread.

Dang its early in the morning here. Of course they have access, or we wouldn't have seen their uploaded picture...

Re:Winter? (1)

Kjellander (163404) | more than 2 years ago | (#39189345)

They have limited internet access, so I'm told, would be hilarious if someone there posted in this thread.

Dang its early in the morning here. Of course they have access, or we wouldn't have seen their uploaded picture...

They have very low bandwidth and only connection when a satellite is overhead so it is very spotty.

Re:Winter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39185159)

Hello... Hello... Freezing our butts off here at the South Poll. Just dug up a strange looking creature in a box that looked a bit like the devil from classical literature from the ice. There was a warning on the box in an ancient script that someone translated as "do not open this box or you will die"- we figured we would open it for a lark.

One of our crew mates are missing- we would guess he nipped off to the pub if there were any around- can't think where he has gone.

Holy Crap! Gotta go...

NO CARRIER

Re:Winter? (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185249)

I wonder if the devil from the South Pole can cross-breed with the one that will be discovered by the Russians at lake Vladivostokilokkilakkiooohahhh (or whatever it is called).

Re:Winter? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185255)

There was a warning on the box in an ancient script that someone translated as "do not open this box or you will die"- we figured we would open it for a lark.

If truth in advertising laws were enforced, that would be on engagement ring boxes.

Re:Winter? (2)

rocket rancher (447670) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185499)

There was a warning on the box in an ancient script that someone translated as "do not open this box or you will die"- we figured we would open it for a lark.

If truth in advertising laws were enforced, that would be on engagement ring boxes.

...and religions would have to find some other way to market their product.

Re:Winter? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39185573)

Wouldn't it be on basically every box everywhere?

Re:Winter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39187709)

+1 for the strange double-{geek-logic,sexual}-entendre ...

Re:Winter? (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#39187747)

There was a warning on the box in an ancient script that someone translated as "do not open this box or you will die"- we figured we would open it for a lark.

If truth in advertising laws were enforced, that would be on engagement ring boxes.

And you found a lark in it?

Re:Winter? (1)

Kjellander (163404) | more than 2 years ago | (#39189323)

staying there over winter

It may be cold at the South Pole, but it's Summer there.

No winter lasts from mid feb thru mid october at amunseon-scott. I donno anything about the schedule this year specifically, but its almost March... last trip out was probably a couple weeks ago and they're stuck there until almost Halloween. They have limited internet access, so I'm told, would be hilarious if someone there posted in this thread.

Exactly. It is still light there but the weather is so tough they can't fly in or out. So it is technically winter there already.

Re:Winter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39186237)

Although it is still Summer, the Summer staff is leaving or left already. The staff there is now down to those who will stay for the next nine months and "over winter" at the pole.

Re:Winter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39199571)

Summer, technically, but winter season has started -- the last flight for several months departed a few days ago.

Geohashing and Bikes (1)

TheNinjaroach (878876) | more than 2 years ago | (#39185629)

I forgot all about the concept of geohashing. With spring on its way, I'm daydream about getting my motorcycle back out and cruising around for hours.

Geohashing on a Saturday afternoon sounds like the perfect compliment!

Bikes != Motorcycles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39186295)

You, sir, need to begin calling them 'cycles, to prevent Bicycle Enthusiasts from having their sacrisanct 'bike' being usurpated; YOU INSENSITIVE CLOD!

TFS is bullshit. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39185695)

I took a quick glance at the globalhash [xkcd.com] page, and the category page, and it looks like "The last continent has been conquered" is false. I'm seeing other globalhash hits in Europe and North America, but none in Africa, Asia, Australia, or South America.

Re:TFS is bullshit. (1)

schitso (2541028) | more than 2 years ago | (#39187611)

From the page you linked to: Google Maps [google.de]

Re:TFS is bullshit. (1)

schitso (2541028) | more than 2 years ago | (#39187639)

Whups, that's the wrong kml file. Scratch that.

Can someone explain it to me? (1)

Pausanias (681077) | more than 2 years ago | (#39188133)

What is the advantage of geohashing over longitude + latitude.

Re:Can someone explain it to me? (4, Informative)

muridae (966931) | more than 2 years ago | (#39188589)

geohashing is creating a random lat/long pair based on data that can only be known a little while ahead of time. Take the string "YYYY-MM-DD-#" where # is the opening of the DOW stock exchange, and create a 32bit MD5 checksum of that string. Convert the first 16 bits to decimal 0.XXXXX (convert hex to decimal, prepend 0.####) and the second 16 bits to 0.YYYYY. Now, take your current location, say 37.4215 -122.0855. Well, the location for that day's gathering near you would be at 37.XXXXX by -122.YYYYY. So you can see it isn't really a replacement for latitude and longitude, it's just a way to find a random place to gather.

Globalhashing is nearly the same. Take (180*0.XXXXX)-90 for latitude, (360*0.YYYYY)-180 longitude. Greater than a 70% chance that the day's globalhash will be in the ocean.

what is the point? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39195287)

geohashing, geocaching what exactly is the point of any of them?

if you want to go out for a walk or meet at a random place why do you need GPS equipment?

it just seems retarded to me - grown-ups with toys playing at adventuring

That's... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39206685)

lame.

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