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Surfing on a Surfboard

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the make-sure-ankle-strap-is-securely-fastened dept.

Wireless Networking 198

JamesD_UK writes "The BBC is running an article about a surfboard developed by Intel with an embedded, solar powered, wifi capable, laptop with web cam attached. It features a 1.7GHz processor and a 80GB hard drive. The camera is able to create videos and transmit them through an access point located on the beach. Jools Matthews of Gulfstream surfboards designed the board itself and pro surfer Duncan Scot helped with the design of the board to make sure that the board still performed well with the extra weight. The board debuts at the Gold Coast Ocean Festival 2004 from 18 to 20 June at Croyde beach in North Devon."

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Breaking News (4, Funny)

Mz6 (741941) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462658)

In related news, Google reports a skyrocket in searches for the term "Learn how to surf", oddly enough the searches seem to be coming from the surfboard itself.

Re:Breaking News (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462690)

Wow... and that's almost funny, in a "you had sex last night, but it was with your mom" sort of way

Re:Breaking News (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462741)

And this is obviously a comment coming from a depressive sex-lacked person. Funny how that works huh?

Re:Breaking News (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462831)

no... I had sex with your mom last night too

OF THE HOOK FUNNY!

Re:Breaking News (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462870)

Bah... and you were supposed to be a blow job, but she couldn't get enough of me.

Re:Breaking News (3, Funny)

byolinux (535260) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463013)

Shortly followed by Google Toolbar for Surfboards..

mmm, imagine a beowulf cluster of those. ;)

For those poor (fortunate?) Flashless people (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462660)

For the Flashless people out there, a link to the actual content of the Gold Coast Ocean Festival 2004 [goldcoastoceanfest.co.uk] site. I really don't know if you want to see it though, as you'll end up seeing what seem to be Intel engineers in wet suits. That page still has some flash, but at least you can access most everything without it.

Re:For those poor (fortunate?) Flashless people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9463007)

Retard mod alert:

Posts will be modded as "overrated" if they provide links to the actual content of a site for slashdot users who do not have Flash supported by their setup and, not only that, but post it AC to avoid any karma whoring.

Re:For those poor (fortunate?) Flashless people (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9463075)

Woa someone owns a computer in North Devon. Them theres new fangled computers things, tis easier to use dat der stamp.

Interesting... (3, Insightful)

djhankb (254226) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462663)

This should be filed in the "What will they think of next" category.

Interesting idea, but I'm not sure of the real-world application besides the coolness/geekness factor ;-)

-Henry

Re:Interesting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462722)

this guy could patent it. and he'd get it too because it's non-obvious.

Real world application (3, Interesting)

doodlelogic (773522) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462867)

Seems to be a very good testing ground for durabl touch screen displays. Sun, sand, water and salt. Gotta be more fun than testing for resistance to these things in a lab.

I'd laugh if it didn't work when they got it out of the water though!

Re:Interesting... (5, Funny)

NineNine (235196) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462983)

I think that this should be filed in the "Stupid shit that should never have existed" category.

Re:Interesting... (1)

tolan-b (230077) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463095)

Surely being able to see a surfer's eye view on a big screen during competitions would be good?

Is there are purpose to this? (5, Insightful)

Dagny Taggert (785517) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462672)

Other than PR value? When do I get my wi-fi enabled rollerblades and sandals? I mean, after all, God forbid any of us be off the grid for more than a microsecond.

Re:Is there are purpose to this? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462759)

I mean, after all, God forbid any of us be off the grid for more than a microsecond.

The Matrix has you

Re:Is there are purpose to this? (1)

Tenebrious1 (530949) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462943)

God forbid any of us be off the grid for more than a microsecond.

Well, obviously you've never surfed. I'd love to have one of these while sitting out there waiting for my turn to catch a wave.

Re:Is there are purpose to this? (1)

Dagny Taggert (785517) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462968)

You're correct; I've never surfed. By I do bike and do other outdoor stuff regularly, and I do it to get away from things for a while. Then again, to each his own.

Re:Is there are purpose to this? (5, Insightful)

Quimo (72752) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462976)

The purpose of this is to show that we have the technology to integrate (wirelessly) devices into smaller and more hazardous(to the computer) places. This was by no means considered a product (except for possible the surfing video industry.) This is just to get people thinking about what else they can enable that we couldnt before.

One question (-1, Redundant)

TheRagingTowel (724266) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462679)

WHY?!

Re:One question (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462712)

because they can

Re:One question (2, Insightful)

Paulrothrock (685079) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462718)

Yes. Why not focus on miniaturizing this equipment so it can be more easily integrated into wheelchairs for the disabled?

Marketing, that's why. Nobody wants to think about being confined to a wheelchair for the rest of their life, but everyone loves surfing.

While research into this area does benefit further miniaturization, putting it into a surfboard doesn't really help anybody. I mean, we've gotten footage from that point of view without having to build it into the surfboard.

Re:One question (3, Insightful)

redled (10595) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462871)

I hate this argument. Yes, it would be nice if more people were to help solve our problems, but it's unreasonable to expect that everybody focuses thier attention on that. Besides, who's to say that this technology isn't adapted successfully for wheelchairs?

Re:One question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9463020)

Yes, it would be nice if more people were to help solve our problems, but it's unreasonable to expect that everybody focuses thier attention on that.

Yeah, but if it's that or surfboards, which one seems like it should take priority?

I mean, if they were working on something else which seemed more serious I'd agree with you. Most kinds of personal portable computing would seem more serious. Even something like shoes with a built in GPS would seem more serious than this. But surfboards?!

Re:One question (1)

Paulrothrock (685079) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463058)

This is a useless application. No one (except for gadget-freak surfers, and there's only about 3 who could afford it) will buy this.

There are millions of people in wheelchairs who need a small, waterproof, integrated communication system. My fiance's little brother will soon be one of them. Luckily, I'm smart enough to hack one together. A lot of people aren't so lucky.

So while this does help in development, it wastes time with gimickry at the cost of resources devoted to an actual need.

This isn't technology news. It's a marketing gimmick.

Re:One question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462892)

People in wheelchairs can use laptops.

Sometimes people do things for no good reason. It is their time and money to do what they wish with it.

Surfing on a beach (5, Informative)

cuvavu (111503) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462697)

In Brighton (UK) you can surf on the beach with the free PierToPier [piertopier.net] wifi connection.

Re:Surfing on a beach (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462876)

The water is so cold in Brighton that you'd better stay on the beach and surf virtually indeed ! ;)

Surf the web (1)

4volt (611357) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462699)

Hopefully the rider can surf the web and surf a wave if he/she is more talented enough. Brings a new meaning to "Surf the Web" or, Surf surf the web?

Re:Surf the web (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462724)

Sorry, but that is so fucking stupid I just want to shoot your mom.

Re:Surf the web (1)

4volt (611357) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462745)

geez.. can't take a joke evedently

Re:Surf the web (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462787)

no... I just can't take a joke that's as lame and obvious as that one

'OHOOD! Da PC is IN Da SURFboard! Wee can surF da WEB NOW! HAHAHAHHAH! OH SO FUNNY!"

SUrf Da InterweB! HAHA! LOOK at the Funny I made!

Re:Surf the web (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9463024)

congrats on making someone waste a mod point on an AC!

Re:Surf the web (1)

4volt (611357) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463018)

I just want to offically apoligige for making such a stupid joke, after being up for 32 hours that happens. Oi.

Some ask "why"... (5, Funny)

p4ul13 (560810) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462701)

While some folks ask "why bother?", I proclaim "bitchin' case-mod dude!!"

I Can See It Now (3, Funny)

Goo.cc (687626) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462706)

"What's wrong dude?"

"I was getting ready to catch this narly wave when my surfboard caught a Blue Screen Of Death."

"Bogus!"

Re:I Can See It Now (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462859)

It's the Grim Reaper, dude! Totally non-excellent!

At the beach (2, Interesting)

SYSS Mouse (694626) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462708)

I suppose while you are ar beach you are supposed to be away from your boss, work, geek collagues, and such. At least it is eco-friendly (solar powered).

Re:At the beach (0)

jmartens (721229) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462743)

This is the surest way to make sure you get beat up and have your surf board stolen. "Heh heh look the Nasdaq just dropped 2 pts. AHHHHH ROCKS!"

new slogan? (2, Funny)

theMerovingian (722983) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462711)


Dude! You're getting a centrino.

Re:new slogan? (1)

justkarl (775856) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462807)

Speaking of our freind the Dell Dude, I'll bet this was his smoked-out idea...Picture, if you will, he and 4 freinds smoking weed when he says..

"Dude, you know what's sweet? Surfing. You know what else? A Dell. You know what would be really cool? A Dell in a surfboard!! OH SWEET"

And....scene.

woohoo! (1)

SinaSa (709393) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462716)

I wonder what OS it runs? It's almost bedtime I'm just copying mp3s over to the mp3 player, no time to RTFA!

Seriously though, this is cool, but what happens when the guy falls off the board and it smacks him in the head? All that extra weight has to transfer into some kind of force on impact. This kind of thing would feature better at a tech conference or display rather than a surfing comp up north (I live in Sydney).

Why? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462721)

Just because it can be done doesn't mean it should be done.

This is just stupid.

Why? (-1, Troll)

blankmange (571591) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462729)

Can anyone genuinely give us a reason as to why this has been done? Or why it was reported? Is it truly news that someone has created something that is useless except for as a media hype?

Move along, nothing to see here....

Geeks and the Sun (5, Funny)

CompWerks (684874) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462730)

Is a recipe for disaster

Re:Geeks and the Sun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9463025)

Don't let anyone of them take there shirts of to surf either. The skin would be so white it would be like a prism and blind everyone on the beach.

Re:Geeks and the Sun (1)

Lodragandraoidh (639696) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463091)

My sole experience with English beaches consistes of Yarmouth - all I saw there were rocks and boulders and not many waves - I don't see how you could surf or even swim there...although they had a neat pier. July or August timeframe - I think the temperature may have reached 80 degrees F.

Now that I live in Texas, I really do appreciate the European climate; it hit 103 degrees here a few weeks ago, and hovers in the 90s most days - what I wouldn't give for 80 degrees on a regular basis!

Yet another... (2, Insightful)

blahlemon (638963) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462734)

...worthless application of technology. Will it help the surfers style? Will it calculate the odds of the next wave being the big one? Or will it just give a big boost to nude webcam surfing?

A better application of technology would have been to put a micronized mp3 playing into the board so you could have your own sound track playing while barreling down a wave.

Re:Yet another... (5, Funny)

javatips (66293) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462804)

A better application of technology would have been to put a micronized mp3 playing into the board so you could have your own sound track playing while barreling down a wave.

That a good way to protect the sharks. When they hear Celine Dion comming from the surf board... They will not attack because you have bad taste.

Some may decry this as useless (2, Interesting)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462735)

I however am thinking of the future. How many "surfer dudes" are going to learn about computer and science because of this? How many of them will subsequently combine their interests and become marine biologists or oceanographers? If the cause is increased understanding of our world then I say "Put those chips in surfboards!"

Re:Some may decry this as useless (0)

strictnein (318940) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462862)

those surfer dudes are too busy smoking more maui wowie to understand anything buy "dude surfs, dude, up, dude" or "RAD! dude, dude RAD!"

unless they're the surfers from Point Break... those were bad ass surfers...

Hanging ten gets a whole new meaning... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462748)

...while streaming Ron Jeremy videos from your surfboard.

Reminds me of that old movie Top Secret! (0)

PeterCook (673216) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462762)

Yeah those wacky teens were doing "Skeet Surfing" (shotguns, skeet & surfing) in that movie. This sounds just as wacky - hope that HD is shock mounted. Will the Wifi signal attract sharks? (just kidding)

Re:Reminds me of that old movie Top Secret! (3, Funny)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462858)

Will the Wifi signal attract sharks?

Yes... and even if there wasnt any WiFi, the EM from the computer would also attract them.

But in order to make sure the sharks don't mistake the surfboard shape with some prey, I think some case lighting should be added, EL wires, cold cathodes, etc. to the underside of the surfboard.

But just in case, don't leave home without your shark countermeasures.

Whoa! Like totally heinous, dude! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462765)

I'm totally filming myself catching that excellent wave! COWABUNGA!

I find the technology very interesting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462766)

But I've always thought of surfing as a great escape from the day to day grind of IT, it just doesn't seem right to mix them together...

Motorola Cable Modems? (-1, Offtopic)

timgoh0 (781057) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462768)

That sucks. My SB5100 cable modem doesn't have a 1.7GHz processor or 80gb of ram.

Oh, wait. This is an actual surfboard, right

For those who don't already know, Motorola makes a line of cable modems called the surfboard

Re:Motorola Cable Modems? (2, Funny)

strictnein (318940) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462977)

Jesus Fuck! This is, I believe, the biggest amount of lame attempts at humor I have ever seen on slashdot... and the In Soviet Russia jokes haven't even started... so here's one:

"In Soviet Russia, the surfboard logs onto you!"

And here's some others that I've seen:

"Surf the web!" HAHAHHAHAHHAH! OF COURSE THAT IS SO FUNNNY !!!!!

"COWABUGNA"!!! THE TEENAGE MUTANTNT NINJA DUCKS are here! L:OL!

For fucks sake, the "Imagine a Beowolf cluster of these" is actually a good line this time because it would actually be pretty interesting to load up a beach full of surfers with these and then use them as a massive computer.

Re:Motorola Cable Modems? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9463068)

Deos it surf linux?

You can probably use it as WEBSERVER (get it? get it? get it?)

w00t, tihs is raellay funny! I think im go tell it ALL uv my AOL buddies!!!

Mad Scientist Plot (5, Funny)

L. VeGas (580015) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462782)

This solves the problem I've had for years. How do I turn athletic, good-looking people into nerds? Once I do that, I can rule the world and get their women!

When surfers and geeks collide (1, Funny)

FerretFrottage (714136) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462798)

"Dude, that last set was l33t. I'm stoked that we decided to DP by that wifi convention so the we could haxor their train."

"yeah, their tube was way glassy...no dropped packets...so easy to shred"

Down the tube (2, Funny)

keoghp (457883) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462822)

Daft idea. I think it will go down the tube. Or, failing that it it will /.ed (wiped out).

By the way... is there a patent on it yet?

MS Toilet (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462824)

This is right up there with the M$ toilet..

infact probably even closer depending where you surf..;)

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=9293

Worthless Invention (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462826)

As a geek who also surfs, I scoff at this device. The point of surfing is to separate yourselves technology, from the daily grind, from Google, and become one with the power of the ocean. The only useful application I could see it having is weather reports and surf reports, which a cellphone can accomplish these days.

Some fairly obvious uses (1)

Millbuddah (677912) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462844)

To all those that are wondering what uses this has, the thing has an onboard webcam which can broadcast from the surfer's point of view riding the wave. Granted, the same thing could be done with the surfer holding a camera to shoot with, I could see the possibilities of some interesting footage from this board. Depending on configuration, being able to see the tube from the surf board level would be pretty cool all by itself. Is spending all that money to put all that equipment in a board practical? Nope. Is it cool? Hell yeah, and hang ten dude!

Dear god... (2, Insightful)

antin (185674) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462852)

I really wish someone at intel had anticipated all the lame jokes this is going to cause and killed the project before it began.

Good PR I guess - although you would think that the time and effort that obviously went into this could have produced better results if directed elsewhere...

Just the start of something (2, Interesting)

jupiter909 (786596) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462853)

It's a good idea, it's going to start of all bulky, and in time it will be scaled down. Anyone that lives at a prime surf spot, as I did. J-Bay, would like this sort of technology. I could catch some waves and if the boss called or I got some work that needed attention, I could read what it was and then decide to spoil my perfect surf session.

Surfing is something that you LOVE with a passion. Work sadly has to be done, and if I can avoid work by reading my mail and making choices out there on the backline waiting for the next set, then hell yeah, I'd do it.

Technology has to start somewhere. It's taken man how many years to build the 747 from the first flight, it's just a matter of time, before pda/pc surfboards are practicle.

It would be nice to see what is going on at other surf spots too, and to capture that perfect tube ride and email to friends, or post to site straight away.

Thats my 2 cents worth.

heat? tradition? (2, Informative)

Creepy (93888) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462855)

I was half expecting to find this thing was water cooled :P

Intel has a history of supporting weird uses of their chips, like these [envador.com]

I wonder if they are using the actual water (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9462998)

under the surfboard to cool the processor. If you had some heat-sink that was constantly under moving ocean water I'm thinking that would draw more heat off of the chip than just blowing air from a heat sink fan. Of course, you certainly wouldn't want ocean water on the motherboard.

Well ... (0)

RKEM (787830) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462861)

If you get an arm bitten off by a shark, at least you can email the coastguards to get rescued.

Wouldn't the Hard Drive be affected? (2, Insightful)

lion2 (779555) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462864)

If the hard drive is constantly being moved a lot wouldnt it be in danger of being damaged?

It has to be said... (1)

tha_mink (518151) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462878)

The BBC is running an article about a surfboard developed by Intel with an embedded, solar powered, wifi capable, laptop with web cam attached. It features a 1.7GHz processor and a 80GB hard drive.

Imagine a beowolf cluster of these...

the last thing i want... (0, Troll)

nikster (462799) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462879)

while bouncing up and down in the waves, endless ocean in front of me, waiting for a big(ger) one... the last thing i would want is a laptop in front of me... but apart from that, there is other limitations that make this not just pointless, but actually stupid:

1) it will be impossible to do anything while riding out in the waves. as any surfer knows, the waves, well, go up and down, and the surfboard is not exactly a stable surface. it would be impossible to see anything on the screen, let alone move a mouse pointer etc

2) if i slam into the coral the centrino will be a goner

3) if the centrino slams into my head and breaks while i surf, i will be suing intel (if i ever had one, that is, which i won't).

the best application of this technology is to put it in your room, or in a surfer hangout cafe, as some kind of geeky, not-that-funny prop.

can anybody think of a more useless location for a wireless laptop than inside a surfboard? what are your ideas?

Re:the last thing i want... (1)

dave1791 (315728) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463078)

Mountain bike. If the vibration and shock don't kill the thing, a decent crash will for sure. It is sure to put wieght weenies into hsyterics and if you have a hand free/spare attention, your are not really riding anyway.

Even better, wire the derauleurs into the computer so that you have to click a mouse to shift...

I dunno... (1)

maskedavenger (674027) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462905)

It seems like another prank like that portapotty with the internet in it...

I mean come on, a dang surf board?
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Photographer's dream (5, Interesting)

mrn121 (673604) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462912)

While I am not a professional photographer/videographer, I do know that photographing and videotaping surfing is largely restricted due to the problems related to having lots of expensive equipment in the water. Currently, a lot of the video/pictures you see of surfers are from land, and they aren't nearly as cool as the shots from the water, inside the tube.

While most people seem to be passing this idea off, this really could lead to some cool photos/videos coming from the water. Granted, the technology would probably need a lot of tweaking. It may not seem all that worthwile of a product to develop, but I do think there is slightly more use to this than most people seem to be giving credit for.

Plus, I am a geek, so I will probably be the one on those beaches trying to get onto the wireless networks that they are using.

-mike

The Board (1)

GrayCalx (597428) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462924)

Jools Matthews of Gulfstream surfboards designed the board itself and pro surfer Duncan Scot helped with the design of the board to make sure that the board still performed well with the extra weight. The board...

The board board then board after the board, board. Well, the board board the board the board only if the board board the board the board.

/the board

New Meaning to the phrase Offshoring ! (1)

cbelt3 (741637) | more than 9 years ago | (#9462936)

Something unique to good of ameri/aussie/hawaiian culture: Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore: "Charlie don't surf! " (Apocalypse Now) Try offshoring that !

War Surfing? (1)

Vlad_the_Inhaler (32958) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463001)

While I rather like the idea of War Surfing, there are not going to be too many free access-points on a beach.

One nasty side-effect will be that ships are liable to become rather more paranoid about passing windsurfers. San Diego (there is a naval base there, right?) might even have to ban them from certain areas. Not my problem, but 'thanks Intel'. NOT.

That can't be good (2, Funny)

Torgo's Pizza (547926) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463022)

I don't think that this is a good idea with all that equipment and a surfboard. I mean, wouldn't all that surfing wipeout that hard drive?

- ba-da-boom!

Yo! Perspective. (1)

mratitude (782540) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463030)

So, hey, someone put some electronics in a surf board and my opinion on that is - People must have a lot of time and money laying around and if it keeps them busy and out of trouble....

I just don't see the "Wow" factor that would justify the cost and trouble - So, here's an idea to give it a "WOW!" factor. Use it to capture a surf board's "eye view" of the rider.

Give a few of these surf boards to a group of bikini clad super model surfer gals and you can sell time on that hot spot.

In other news (1)

skinfitz (564041) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463043)

Someone has invented a chocolate fireguard, along with a special line of condoms for geeks.

Let's wifi our coffee mugs first (1)

switcha (551514) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463045)

or anything else. Please.

I still get to surf quite a bit, and I did rabidly while in college. For me at least, the whole purpose of surfing is to get away from life and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the ocean while still giving the adrenals a little workout.

To me, an internet surfboard is completely antithetical to the whole sport. I have a hard time believing that if these collaborators were indeed a "pro" and a legit shaper, they would have nothing to do with this.

I have 5 gmail accounts to give away... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9463067)

Google keeps on throwing these gmail invitations to existing account holders. I've already given one to all that asked for one, so I thought I might just as well give them away the The General Public. :-)

Send an email to wallclimber33-gmail@yahoo.com to get one...

Tom

I see three immediate uses (1)

955301 (209856) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463080)

1) When you get attacked by a shark for looking like an oddly colored hour'derve from below, you can fire off your last messages to loved ones with time to spare before you bleed to death.

2) The next James Bond movie, where a support hacker team is stationed off-shore to help James. Of course, the team is off'ed very shortly into the island-fortress infiltration by sharks with freakin' "lasers" on their heads.

3) Florida surfers can pull up video of real waves while sitting on their boards in the Lake^H^H^H^HGulf of Mexico.

oh, yeah:
4) ????
5) Profit!!!

Most surfers won't even wear a watch (1)

faster (21765) | more than 9 years ago | (#9463082)

What's the point of this? I want to be in the water, watch the waves, enjoy other surfers' rides and get my own. Unless there's some serious satellite imaging that will let me see the sets coming, this will be completely useless on the water, and even then reading the conditions is a critical part of surfing. I don't think I'd give up that challenge.

I do wear a watch, though (geek factor: it has a tide chart on it). Gotta get back home in time to get the kid to school...
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