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Buy Your Own Aircraft Carrier

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the you-know-you've-always-wanted-one dept.

Toys 518

Vodalian writes "Distinction as the last surviving Aircraft Carrier built in England for WW II and commissioned as the HMS Vengeance in late 1944, this unique vessel served the British then the Australian Navy as HMAS Vengeance prior to her sale to Brazil In 1956. Undergoing reconstruction and overhaul in Rotterdam from 1957 to 1960 she was commissioned as the Minas Gerais in December of that year. During her service with the Brazilian Navy she was overhauled from 1976 to 1980 completing a 5-year refit in 1981. She was decommissioned on the 16th of October 2001 and is currently for sale."

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for teh ghoppaz (-1, Offtopic)

jay-be-em (664602) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085994)

artie lieks teh anelz!!!!!!!!!1

Build your own aircraft carrier... (4, Funny)

TheMidget (512188) | more than 10 years ago | (#6085999)

... and whack those crazy Merkins and their DMCA laws with it! We want a free Europe!!!!

Frist Psot?

Re:Build your own aircraft carrier... (2, Funny)

BriSTO(V)L (668928) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086033)

The rumour that this CV has already been secretly bought by the RIAA for an unspecified "future project" is probably no more than that: an unsubstantiated rumour... ("...Tomorrow the World!!!")

build or buy ? (5, Funny)

Spacelord (27899) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086000)

For a second I thought it said *build* your own aircraft carrier .... now that would have been a feat :)

Re:build or buy ? (2, Funny)

NineBall (627668) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086049)

Well, considering some of the other stories [slashdot.org] on slashdot, you never know.

Re:build or buy ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086152)

Would you then have a GNU/Aircraft Carrier?

Aircraft carrier HOWTOs (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086157)

How to build an aircraft carrier:
  1. Acquire necessary parts and materials.
  2. Assemble.
How to turn any boat into an aircraft carrier:
  1. Place aircraft on boat.
How to sink an aircraft carrier:
  1. Make its average density greater than water.

Re:build or buy ? (5, Interesting)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086211)

Seriously, if you're a minor country 'build or buy' is a serious issue. Building a carrier is bloody expensive, but if you do so you give at least one of your port cities a major employment boost and at the end of it you get a shiny modern carrier. Buying someone else's cast-offs is far cheaper, but you'll have to accept that it's a fixer-upper and pay for refits and awful maintenance bills.

The original owner of this carrier is currently starting work on two really _big_ carriers as part of a scheme to switch from a military geared to fight World War 3 on the Rhine to a highly mobile force capable of dropping in on people at short notice and spoiling their day. Consequently, three Falklands-vintage carriers will soon be on the market for any dictator on good enough terms with London... So if anyone's planning to buy this carrier, do remember that in a couple of years your neighbour could be planning to buy a whole fleet ;-)

Hmmm (2, Funny)

PS-SCUD (601089) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086004)

It's just a guess, but I think you'd need something bigger than a creek to sail that in!

oh yeah! (-1)

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Put that baby on eBay !!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086009)

No reserve, I'll give em' $50 bucks. Buyer pays shipping

Re:Put that baby on eBay !!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086184)

$4,500,000 reserve you idiot. But give me $5M and I'll deliver it.

Bring idea! (4, Funny)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086010)

Corporations this is your chance to become a world power by buying your very own aircraft carrier! Of course you have to fund the personnel to run the carrier and then get some fighter jets but imagine the countries you can frighten into accepting your tyrannical contracts!

Re:Bring idea! (1)

Nagatzhul (158676) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086034)

Like you want to give Micro$oft any ideas? They could actually afford to do it!

Re:Bring idea! (1)

secolactico (519805) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086135)

Quick question... Is there a corporation rich enough to become a "super power"? Say, incorporate itself in a remote island and "buy" the goverment and develop nuclear capabilities, etc? This is the stuff cyberpunk novels are often made of.

I guess money is the only obstacle, after all, Disney managed to loophole its way into having its own goverment in Reedy Creek.

Practical Uses (1)

richardmilhousnixon (515595) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086013)

That would make one kick-ass gravy boat!

reservations... (2, Funny)

inkedmn (462994) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086014)

i can't even imagine what a nightmare it'd be getting that thing wired for cable...

This story has a strange twist . . . (1)

GMontag (42283) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086191)

It *probably* has an extensive communications system already.

Also, popular literature supplies some great ideas [slashdot.org] for other applications.

Snowcrash (2, Interesting)

kiltedtaco (213773) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086015)

Sounds like something right out of Snowcrash.

Offshore computing center? (1)

Cthefuture (665326) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086040)

You could fit an entire city inside one of these things. With no airplanes the hangers would be friggin huge.

Reminds me of a Macross story...

Re:Offshore computing center? (2, Informative)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086185)

It's big, but not that big:
  • Length: 693' 3" Overall 630' Waterline
  • 690' Flight deck
  • Beam: 80' 119' 6" Flight deck
  • Draught: 23' Fore 23' 5" aft
  • Complement: 1300 (1000 Navy, 300 Air)
  • Hanger: 322' long by 52' Width by 17' 6" height

Perfect! (5, Funny)

Judg3 (88435) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086025)

This goes along with my plans.
1. Change name ti L. Bob Rife
2. Create cable TV monopoly
3. Start own religion
4. Work on meta-virus
5. Buy aircraft carrier
6. Get residents of 3rd world country to do my bidding!

Sweet!

Re:Perfect! (0, Redundant)

Imperial Tacohead (216035) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086107)

God, I can't believe I'm saying this.
How could you have possibly forgotten the last step?

7. Profit!!!

Re:Perfect! (4, Informative)

bolind (33496) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086167)

This goes along with my plans.
1. Change name ti L. Bob Rife
2. Create cable TV monopoly
3. Start own religion
4. Work on meta-virus
5. Buy aircraft carrier
6. Get residents of 3rd world country to do my bidding!


To the people not getting the above reference, go read Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash", in were a decommissioned aircraft carrier is the center of "The Raft", a shitload of floating things, well, floating around, with "refus" (refugees), waiting to get close enough to North America to get ashore to start a new life.

Yours for only... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086026)

$4,500,000(USD)

of course that is the sticker price. surely you could beat the salesperson down 15%.
well, maybe "beat" is the wrong adjective when the salesperson is saling a weapon of war.

Re:Yours for only... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086215)

Especially since "beat" isn't an adjective...

Hell of a dance floor (3, Insightful)

jhines (82154) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086027)

Great place to throw a party, cruise outside the reach of the law in internatinal waters.

Hope the weather is good tho.

Re:Hell of a dance floor (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086117)

See that ship over there? They're re-broadcasting Major League Baseball with implied oral consent, not express written consent -- or so the legend goes.

Re:Hell of a dance floor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086139)

Dude! At least give credit when you're cribbing from the Simpsons!

Slow day? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086028)

This article is proof that Saturday is always slow at the Slashdot office

I'd like to buy a concorde ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086029)

FYI, today was the last day for the cocorde flight of Air France. British Airways will also discontinue the marvelous white bird bullet lines in october :(

I want to dream again ! Let it fly ...

Bass Boat (2, Funny)

laosland (55769) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086030)

This would make one hell of a bass boat... Think of the size of the trolling motor you'd need.

TROLLING MOTOR? (-1)

(TK2)Dessimat0r (669581) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086037)

The mother-in-law stopped unexpectedly by the recently married
couples' house. She rang the doorbell and stepped into the house to
see her daughter-in-law standing naked by the door.
_______.____________
____.'___'._________ "What are you doing," the mother-in-law asked.
___/_//\\\_\________
__(_(_'\'_)_)_______ "I am waiting for my husband to come home from
___'-\_=_/-'_____//_ work," Cmdr. Taco replied.
___.-'___'-.___\__/_
_/__________\__/_/__ "Why are you naked?" asked the mother-in-law.
_|_\o_/_\_o/_\/_/___
_|_|\_____/_\__/____ "This is my love dress," Cmdr. Taco
_\__\__.__\_________ replied.
__`\_\_____;________
___|/|\#/__|________ "LOVE DRESS!?! You are naked," said the
___|__()()_|________ mother-in-law.
___\___||__/________
____(__||_)_________ "But my husband loves it when I wear this
____|__\/_|_________ dress. It makes him happy and he makes me
____;__|__;_________ happy," said Cmdr. Taco. "I would
_____\_|o/__________ appreciate your leaving now because my hus-
_____/o|_\__________ band will be home any minute," the daughter-
____ooO_Ooo_________ in-law continued.
________o___________
Soured by all of this romantic stuff, the mother-in-law left. On
the way home, she thought about the "LOVE DRESS" and got an idea.
When she got home, she undressed, showered, applied her best per-
fume, and waited by the door for her husband to come home.

Finally, the pickup truck drove up the drive way, and she took
her place by the door. The father-in-law opened the door, and
immediately saw his wife naked by the door.

"What are you doing," he asked.

"This is my love dress," his wife replied.

"Needs ironing," he replied.

_________________________________________

TrollKore forever!
I HATE YOU, I HATE YOUR COUNTRY, AND I HATE YOUR FACE!


::[ irc.freedomirc.net ]::
::[ #trollkore ]::

This is old news... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086031)

Aircraft carriers have been available for a few months now here [apple.com] .

Nice Price (5, Insightful)

jspoon (585173) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086039)

$4.5 million sounds like a steal. It probably costs more than that to keep it in port for a year, let alone what it would actually cost to operate.

Re:Nice Price (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086119)

it's 4.5m in canadian dollars, so in usd it'd be pretty much free. in fact i think they pay you to take it away.

monday on /. recommissioning a carrier to run linux and finally end the sco debacle.

Re:Nice Price (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086147)

Were you born stupid or did you have to practice?

Re:Nice Price (0, Troll)

blair1q (305137) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086206)

It probably costs more than $4.5 million to paint the fucking thing.

offtopic, i know... (4, Funny)

xao gypsie (641755) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086041)

...but man, she gets around more than my ex-girlfriend...

xao

It's already set up for soccer (3, Funny)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086043)

According to an article I read, while the flight deck elevator (that brings planes up to the top from the hangar) works, the actual hangar deck has been converted to a soccer arena.

Re:It's already set up for soccer (1)

Dyolf Knip (165446) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086055)

That's gotta get expensive in terms of replacement soccer balls.

Re:It's already set up for soccer (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086173)

Not really. Since soccer balls float, you can pay a Brazilian kid five cents to dive into the water after a ball falls over the side.

Big deal (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086045)

My uncle bought an old Russian diesel sub. in 1996 for 150k he turned it into a floating restaurant on the Mississipi river.

SHIP (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086046)

I'm gonna visit Pearl Harbour with this....

I'm in! (5, Funny)

fadeaway (531137) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086047)

If 15,000 of us put in $300, we could get this baby.

Oh, the LAN parties we could have on the SS /.!

I'm In (2)

thoolie (442789) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086132)

Although this will take away my +1 moderation to this and another post, I am in. Just get 14,999 others and we can do it.

Plus, once the final payment is made, we could put in 100$/year or whatever for upkeep (that would be 1.5M).

Any takers?

Re:I'm in! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086150)

Actually, you could have the LAN parties below decks, and we could set up one hell of an antenna farm on the flight deck and run our ham rigs to our hearts' content.

And, use the aircraft hangers for parties, or tennis tournaments or something...

Re:I'm in! (1)

physicsnerd (607860) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086179)

Count me in! It's about time slashdot had its own navy! Think of all the classic video games we set up on that thing. Oh, and we could turn the flight deck into a battle bots arena. The potential is endless. I'm so in, heck I'll even chip in $600. Hey Taco what'cha say, are you in too?

Physicsnerd

Re:I'm in! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086223)

hmm Why doesnt someone set up a PayPal account and a website with a forumn in it so we can get this thing?

Im in!

Come on, Slashdot! (2, Interesting)

Winterblink (575267) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086051)

Lets put together a trust fund to buy this thing in the name of nerd news and matter-ful stuff. With the sizable readership of this site we could probably drop in a few bucks a piece to purchase it. :)

Minas Gerais (3, Funny)

lgordon (103004) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086052)

Oh well. I thought they were selling something cool, like Minas Tirith or Minas Morgul.

Perfect prop (1)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086056)

for the next James Bond movie. I can just see the villan plotting global domination on my^H^H his carrier base....

that's cheap (4, Interesting)

luzrek (570886) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086057)

And for only 4.5 million USD. If only I had that much.

Seriously, that thing would make one hell of a house. You could just more it up to a dock. Barge on the Seine my butt. I want an aircraft carrier in New York Harbor.

On second thought that would make one hell of a target for terrorists. Better put it somewhere in New Jersey.

Re:that's cheap (1)

Superfreaker (581067) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086176)

There already is an aircraft in NY harbor, the USS Intrepid (http://www.intrepidmuseum.org)

$4.5 million USD! (5, Insightful)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086058)

So a complement of 1.300, each paying $400 a month rent...

That's easily a half million rent a month! So living aboard, for a year, would generate $6 million, which covers the cost of upkeep and purchase in 2 years, and profitable in 3!

Re:$4.5 million USD! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086071)

Yeah, but who'd want to live in an aircraft carrier? You have any idea what the "accomodations" are like?

Re:$4.5 million USD! (4, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086114)

And anyone who slacks on the rent gets shot off the catapult

Re:$4.5 million USD! (4, Interesting)

Realistic_Dragon (655151) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086144)

Thankfully new UK carriers don't have catapults, we switched to the ski jump style a while back which is much friendlier for the airframe and allows a greater take off weight, especially when coupled with BAE Harriers (or indeed a JSF).

Of course at one point we were even thinking of doing away with flight decks on carriers - there was an experimental sky hook system to catch a flying Harrier on a smaller ship. Thankfully abandoned due to sanity returning and the drugs wearing off :o)

Just need (1)

appleLaserWriter (91994) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086059)

A tailhook kit for the ole' gulfstream.

Someone call Larry Ellison! (5, Funny)

Spacelord (27899) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086062)

Someone call Larry Ellison! Would make a great addition to his MiG fighter jet.

Business Model (1)

appleLaserWriter (91994) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086070)

1. Buy aircraft carrier for $4.5 M
2. Refit with 200 luxury condos
3. basketball courts on top, leave space for helipad
4. Park near your favorite expensive city and sell units for $600 K each
5. PROFIT !!!
6. ???

Re:Business Model (1)

AceM2 (655504) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086085)

Why do you need a step after profit?.. =P

Re:Business Model (1)

appleLaserWriter (91994) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086101)

Just to keep the gnomes happy...

Re:Business Model (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086105)

Wow... Just park 12 miles off NYC and run a ferry service. You'd make a mint. 12 Mile commute to the big apple with, say, only $1200 a month in rent..plus what you would make charging rent to shops and stores...

Huh.. no taxes, no inspections, I might just be willing to chip into something like that

Re:Business Model - Already Done (3, Interesting)

Superfreaker (581067) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086193)

Our crazy NY mayor Bloomberg is actually doing this already. He is taking old cruise ships and outfitting them for low-income housing.

I just hope they got rid of those silly hyper-contaigious diseases that were going around. Some 409 surface cleaner should do it. Well, a lot actually.

Only 4.5M USD? Cheap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086075)

You'll probably have to shell out way more than that for the surplus MiG-23 jets to stick up on the deck. Let's face it, this wouldn't be much fun with no planes.

ESR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086078)

As much as ESR likes guns, this would be a great way to spend what's left of his IPO cash. Then he could launch air strikes at Redmond, Santa Cruz and Hollywood.

weapon of mass destruction (5, Funny)

koi88 (640490) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086081)

Maybe George W. should buy it and write "Saddamz aircraft carria" on it. That should convince the few unpatriotic people who still doubt the justification for attacking Iraq.

Re:weapon of mass destruction (1)

Stonent1 (594886) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086103)

Maybe George W. should buy it and write "Saddamz aircraft carria" on it. That should convince the few unpatriotic people who still doubt the justification for attacking Iraq.

Since when does George W. talk like a Kennedy?

Re:weapon of mass destruction (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086163)

Fuck you. I know I'm feeding a troll, but stupid fuckers like you make my blood boil. If I saw you in person I'd punch a hole through your fucking teeth. We have something called FREEDOM OF SPEECH in this country and in NO case is being critical of your country's policies "unpatriotic". Go pull your head out of your ASS and use it to THINK.

Status! (2, Funny)

davidc (91400) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086090)

Remember, once you got an aircraft carrier, you really somebody, you got status ! People will no longer think you are a pickled herring salesman, nossir!

(Showing my age, with apologies to de voice of John Bird, played by de honorable Idi Amin Esq.)

Apparently (5, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086091)

De-Commissioned November 2001, Sold to Private concerns 2002, Sale did not complete.

Bin Laden gets sea sick

Linux? (4, Funny)

gspr (602968) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086093)

Does she run Linux?

Re:Linux? (1)

dropoffx (648031) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086124)

Figures, Goes up for sale now just when the Browser Wars are over.

Re:Linux? (2, Funny)

Penguuu (263703) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086145)

No, SCO bought it to enforce their copyrights, but Linux users run when they see it :)

Cool, but... (4, Funny)

Scalli0n (631648) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086099)

As always, I must present the downside:

1. Do you know how to drive an aircraft carrier? I don't think it has merely a gas/brake/steering wheel.
2. Which country was going to let you bring that monstrosity into their port again...?
3. Don't these things require a crew of 1000's? Or at least 100 people I'd imagine, more if something goes wrong!
4. It costs me $20 to fill my car up at the gas station...dear god, I don't even want to think of this!!!

But beyond that, a cool purchase to be sure. It would be even funnier if it were on ebay.

floating server farm (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086104)

Stay 20-30 miles off coast.

Satellite internet access.

Web hosting outside the borders (Or DMCA laws) of any nation.

Isn't there an old oil rig that does this near britain?

Re:floating server farm (1)

heptapod (243146) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086195)

You are thinking of Sealand [sealandgov.com] . Here's an interview [slashdot.org] with the owner of HavenCo [slashdot.org] which provides (provided?) offshore servers.

Follow the hyperlinks... (2, Interesting)

SkArcher (676201) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086110)

and you will find that there is a charitable fund set up to buy this and turn her into a floating museum, as befits her place as the last surviving WW2 british aircraft carrier

A lot less interesting than the 'world domination' plans, but then, this carrier is outdated and wouldn't last 2 minutes against a modern navy, hence why it is for public sale.

Only one small problem... (1)

Executive Override (605018) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086113)

No remotely modern aircraft is capable of landing on it, because it's too small. That's why it was decommissioned.

If I'm not mistaken, Brasil bought the last planes that were able to take off and land. They're all falling apart by now.

Re:Only one small problem... (4, Informative)

Phoenix (2762) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086169)

No remotely modern aircraft is capable to land on it?

Wanna bet?

There is one aircraft that not only can take off and land on it, -but- is also the only aircraft that is permitted to take off and land while *any* aircraft carrier is docked in port.

Harrier Jump Jets are reasonably modern as I recall.

With the angled ramp as it is (or even perhaps angled a little bit more) the AV8-B would be able to take off with a minimal amount of fuel and without using the Catapults. If I'm not too terribly mistaken the British are doing that for thier light carrier fleet - harriers included.

Landings would be no problem - at least no more problem than a normal Carrier Landing (controled crash anyone?)

Phoenix

Diamond Age.... (3, Funny)

MrWa (144753) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086116)

So which billionaire Chinese man is going to buy this and raise thousands of orphan girls to raise into a karate-kicking, boot-toting army? [amazon.com]

Cheap at the price! (2, Funny)

spinlocked (462072) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086121)

$4.5m seems like a bargain until you tot up the running costs. Those admiralty drum boilers are thirsty beasts - HMS Belfast (a mere cruiser) had 4 of these, consuming ~26 tons of furnace fuel oil per hour at full steam. Plus of course the wages for your private army of mercenary sailors, uniforms, medals, rum, ex-soviet MiGs, an elaborate escape submarine - it soon adds up. It's not easy being an evil genius these days...

Scrap Metal (1)

Superfreaker (581067) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086129)

Unfortunately, most decomissioned ships that go up for sale are bought by metal scrap yards who recycle the materials. We'd like to think that some rich guys buys them and then goes sailing around in a battleship, but that is rarely (never?) the case.

A new nation.... (1)

TheOverlord (513150) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086130)

1. Buy carrier
2. Float around Pacific picking up refugees
3. Drop them off on the West coast
4. ...
5. Profit!

wait...this sounds too familiar

This and the Rusan Space Shuttle! (1)

SWTP_OS9 (658064) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086133)

Cool!

Add a launcher for your Russan Space Shuttle Braun that was on sales a while back would be fun.

What weapons are optional? Rats!

Only a Opec member or M$ could aford to run this thing!

Here, she was the proud of brazilian navy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086138)

...and, why you call it "she"??? In portuguese it was a boy. They made a gender swap on it?

Geek Cruise (1)

SphynxSR (584774) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086142)

The new Geek Cruise anyone.

Serious proposal... (2, Funny)

Uzull (16705) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086153)

set up a paypal account to gather the 4,5m USD, ship it to international waters, close to a big communication node, set up a server farm aboard of it, and say f... you to RIAA/DMCA/Whatever for the sake of freedom of speech and thinking !!! Of course no "illegal activities" like terrorism, drug trafficing etc.
What do you think about it ?

Re:Serious proposal... (1)

orakle (233985) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086166)

Where do you find a large communication node in the middle of the ocean, smarty pants?

Re:Serious proposal... (1)

garrulous (653996) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086230)

I wish that were possible, but you'd need some business savvy guy who wants to make holocaust survival kits to pull the whole thing together.

Scrap Metal Value (1)

ddimas (629883) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086161)

I'd have to double check but I think the thing is worth more than $4.5 Million as scrap metal alone. This really is a deal for someone who can swing the financing.

So who? (1)

Realistic_Dragon (655151) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086170)

My money is on a consortium of the RIAA, the MPAA and Microsoft to purcahase this...

Pirates ahoy! All hands to battle stations!

You think... (4, Funny)

dentar (6540) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086174)

If I bought that aircraft carrier, then flew in on it dressed in a flight suit with the crotch all puffed up, people might be tricked into thinking -I- was a hero too?

Thought not.

I'd go for something a little more fuel efficient (5, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086182)

Capacity: 3,196 Tons ...
Endurance: 12,000 Nautical miles @ 14 Knots, 6,200 Nautical Miles @ 25 Knots


So that's roughtly 4 nm/ton city, 2 highway.

Great for running around town, but where would you park it?

We Should Buy It !!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6086186)

All the users of Slashdot could pitch in and buy the vessel. We could rename it the "SS \." and make it run Linux. I'm going to draw up the plans right now using MS Paint.

Floating Datacenter - Mock RIAA (1)

Elik (12920) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086190)

One of the great ideas about it is that if you convert it into a floating datacenter, you can make good money off it. Like making it a haven for people who want to host contents without having to worry about being ganked off line, because you will be in the international waters, which no laws can touch you. And you can charge a bundle for it.

As for the internet connection, simple. Just get a tap into one of those underground pipes as your permanent connection and you be set. Plus due to the sheer size of that thing, it would be nearly stable and rock solid.

Brazilian navy still strong (2, Funny)

TrekkieGod (627867) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086199)

They still have 1 (one) aircraft carrier remaining...The "São Paulo".

But, heck, who needs aircraft carriers when you can have this baby [mar.mil.br] ?

LOL...and before the flame war starts...please understand this is just a joke. The list of other ships [mar.mil.br] still commissioned is quite impressive.

darn it (0)

Shutup Now (675851) | more than 10 years ago | (#6086214)

an aircraft carrier?? DARN IT!! i wanted a nuclear submarine... wake me up when someone starts selling those...
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