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Opera CEO Prepares to Swim across the Atlantic

Hemos posted more than 9 years ago | from the stop-submitting-this-stupid-story dept.

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rRogta writes "Previously reported on slashdot here, Opera CEO boldly promises to swim across the Atlantic should the new Opera browser be downloaded a million times in the first four days after it's release. Well, they reached their goal and in this press release it says he's now preparing for the long swim."

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How the heck? (5, Interesting)

beatdown (788583) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336099)

I'm not sure it is possible to pull this off. Isn't the north Atlantic cold at this time of year?

Re:How the heck? (2, Interesting)

Freexe (717562) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336194)

I think you will need opera to see this one, but it doesn;'t look too hard to pull off

Re:How the heck? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336203)

A good semi-dry suit would do it. Just a wet suit with decreased water flow through it, for colder water. The problem is that he's gonna need a life-jacket too, because there's no way he's swimming that much.

Re:How the heck? (5, Informative)

mikael (484) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336268)

I'm not sure it is possible to pull this off. Isn't the north Atlantic cold at this time of year?

From this surface temperature map [wunderground.com] it would appear that if he swam at a latitude of 30 degrees North, the temperature is around 70 Fahrenheit or 21 Centigrade all the way to Spain. From Spain to South America it's even warmer (85 Fahrenheit/28 Centigrade). Up beside Norway, it's only 55 Fahreheit (12 Centigrade), so he would probably need a survival suit.

Re:How the heck? (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336320)

What about water and food?

1st post (-1, Offtopic)

Nrlll9 (677130) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336100)

1st post

What about sales? (4, Funny)

colmore (56499) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336102)

Given Opera's business model, shouldn't he have tied this stunt to sales rather than downloads?

Re:What about sales? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336134)

Given Opera's business model, shouldn't he have tied this stunt to sales rather than downloads?

Yes, he should have offered to have the sales director forced to swim across the Atlantic, rather than himself.

Re:What about sales? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336217)

As ad revenue is part of their business model, I don't see why.

Re:What about sales? (5, Interesting)

MoonFog (586818) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336240)

You realise this was said during an internal meeting and was released by the Opera people more or less without his concent. I suspect they did it as a joke rather than a publicity stunt even though it has turned into something like that now.

Re:What about sales? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336266)

I would say this is a marketing decision to expose the Opera branding and increase product awareness in the marketplace.

In the last 30-40 years everything has become about the "brand" and how many people are aware of it.

Sales follow suit through natural course of action.

-SJ53
I think Opera is just trying to make sure Firefox doesn't chew away at it's marketspace as an IE alternative regardless of the fact that the full version of Firefox is free and Opera is not.

What About Bill Frist: the U.S. Jihadist ? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336315)



Who [sfgate.com] supported Justice Sunday: Protest Against The Filibuster Against Those Faith.

If the IRS is doing its job, it would remove the tax exempt status of any "church" (any affiliates in in the U.S.) participating in Justice Sunday.

Of course, Bill Frist is the faithful drone for the
world's most dangerous and inarticulate "leader" [whitehouse.org]

Regards,
Kilgore Trout

Re:What about sales? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336328)

Given Opera's business model, shouldn't he have tied an anvil to his waist?

hurrumph (-1, Flamebait)

R.D.Olivaw (826349) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336104)

That was funny the first time we heard about it. Now I think the joke is being overused. Kina like a slashdot meme.

Isn't this lots and lots of miles? (0)

tquinlan (868483) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336112)

Isn't this quite a long swim? Even if he goes from whereever he is to Iceland to Newfoundland? I seem to recall people having trouble swimming the English channel (23 miles, iirc). I think it's commonplace now, but it seems to me this is a signficantly longer trip.

Re:Isn't this lots and lots of miles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336156)

He's not actually stated anywhere it's non-stop, so he'll probably just nap in a boat overnight.


Still a very impressive feat if he does it though.

Re:Isn't this lots and lots of miles? (5, Funny)

mav[LAG] (31387) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336193)

Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.

Re:Isn't this lots and lots of miles? (0)

tquinlan (868483) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336278)

Says the man with "smegma" in his sig.

Re:Isn't this lots and lots of miles? (-1, Offtopic)

Miriku chan (168612) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336304)

his sig is actually a reference to a rather famous tv show...

Re:Isn't this lots and lots of miles? (3, Funny)

mav[LAG] (31387) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336321)

Wait till I get going!

Nice... (4, Funny)

WidescreenFreak (830043) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336377)

The Princess Bride quotes with a Monty Python sig. That's the kind of humor that I needed on a dreary, Monday morning. :)

But you would have known that I would have responded to your post, so I clearly cannot mod the comment in front of me.

Re:Isn't this lots and lots of miles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336198)

I think he is going to be swimming the whole way and crossing the atlantic - but maybe not swimming in the atlantic.

Just a guess.

Re:Isn't this lots and lots of miles? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336221)

You must be american

It's not a compliment

You must be European. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336244)

You smell.

Re:Isn't this lots and lots of miles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336282)

Isn't this quite a long swim?

Not really. On my map, it looks like it's only about 12 inches from right-pond to left-pond.

don't you think.... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336118)

this is one of the big problems with 'good' software. we always try to promise about 500000% more then we can deliver.

Two Words of Advice (5, Funny)

Deinhard (644412) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336124)

Life Jacket

Re:Two Words of Advice (1)

plj (673710) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336167)

Survival suit

Re:Two Words of Advice (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336191)

Two more words: No Way.

And two final words: Luxury Cruise.

Re:Two (other) Words of Advice (3, Funny)

mobiGeek (201274) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336361)

Don't doit.

( or maybe "dont doit" for those nerds who will attempt to point out that don't is not a single word... )

Seems fishy to me (2, Funny)

penguinoid (724646) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336130)

This seems incredibly fishy, as if it were a marketing ploy. At any rate, von Tetzchner will be smelling fishy very, very soon!

Re:Seems fishy to me (2, Informative)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336218)

This seems incredibly fishy, as if it were a marketing ploy.

Fishy? It is absolutely impossible that he could swim across the Atlantic, a stop in Iceland or not. This is so over the top that it's amazing that anyone doesn't get the joke. Quite apart from the cold, and the giant waves, there's the little problem of the massive distance [google.com] .

Obviously it's a marketing ploy (albeit all he managed to do was jack up their bandwidth bill - most of those Slashdot downloads went to /dev/null). He'll sit in a pool on a luxury yacht while it crosses the Atlantic or something.

Re:Seems fishy to me (3, Informative)

Freexe (717562) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336260)

Techinacally the embassy in Iceland isn;t that far away from a lake which it't self isn;t that far away from the American embassy.

Sometimes you have to think outside the box!http://people.opera.com/nicolasm/opera_ch05.sv gz [opera.com]

Re:Seems fishy to me (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336227)

He'll be swimin' with the fishes and Abe Vigoda before he knows it.

Re:Seems fishy to me (0)

jmrobinson (660094) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336242)

I love marketing stunts... Now if only we could get Linus to shave his head for a 1000 debian downloads....

Security (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336132)

Let's hope he doesn't swim into any one of those pesky blowfishes.

download it (4, Interesting)

diegocgteleline.es (653730) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336135)

Well...despite of being closed software, I must admited Opera knows how to support linux - if you go to their download page they have packages for the main distros, ej: they've separated packages for debain woody, sarge and sid, different versions of fedora, etc...in fact I'm a a debian user (in case you haven't noticed) and I've the following line in my sources.list:

deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stable non-free

Re:download it (1)

digidave (259925) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336316)

Thanks, I've just added that repository. They really cover all the bases for Linux installs. I usually end up using alien to convert rpms to debs when trying to install commercial software.

Hats off (5, Funny)

janek78 (861508) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336137)

Wow, you got to admire that man. I suppose he's not going to do it in one run, the journey seems quite long. Very nice map, though. :)

I guess he could also get a Krusty burger at one of those abandoned shore oil platforms :)

Re:Hats off (1)

Klivian (850755) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336324)

The worst part are going to be the temperature. The weather in Oslo (where opera HC are) have been rather nice the last week, with high temperatures around 15C. But still cold by night, downwards to 2-3C. So you can say it's not summer yet, and not weather to recommend a nice swim. Guess the water temperature are something like 4C or thereabouts:-)

Tragedy in the making (2, Informative)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336138)

Swimmers with lots of experience have trouble crossing the relatively narrow English Channel. Attempting to swim from Europe to North America is out of the question, for the most part.

Without even considering the difficulties posed by currents like the Gulf Stream, the water exposure will dehydrate him severely and the constant cold temperatures will push him to hypothermia.

I wouldn't want to be him. At least unless I was swimming in a pool aboard a luxury liner.

Re:Tragedy in the making (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336208)

swimming in a pool aboard a luxury liner

I do believe you just gave him the out he needed...

Re:Tragedy in the making (1)

janek78 (861508) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336225)

Did he actually say he will swim it in one go? I don't think that would be physically posible. But with rest stops at a supporting ship, why not? It could take days, or weeks, I don't he was specific about the timeframe.

Re:Tragedy in the making (3, Insightful)

digidave (259925) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336339)

"It could take days, or weeks"

Or months. Have you any idea how big the Atlantic Ocean is?

Re:Tragedy in the making (1, Funny)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336232)

"I wouldn't want to be him. At least unless I was swimming in a pool aboard a luxury liner."

Maybe a hot tub?
All kidding aside I have to wonder how much money they make on there add supported software.

wetsuits drysuits (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336241)

i could be mistaken but i think for official channel attempts even wetsuits are not permitted let alone drysuits.

i'd imagine a drysuit would deal with most of those issues though it may have problems of its own (boyancy springs to mind)

a wetsuit would alleviate the cold problem you mention but some of the others may still be issues.

Re:Tragedy in the making (5, Funny)

mickyflynn (842205) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336373)

Beowulf swam the North Sea!! In chainmail! fighting sea monsters with a sword!

this can't be all that more difficult

how he'll pull this off (4, Interesting)

keithmoore (106078) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336139)

charter an aircraft big enough to put a large water tank inside, and swim in the tank while the aircraft is flying to Iceland and thence to North America.

nice PR stunt!

Re:how he'll pull this off (4, Funny)

dfn5 (524972) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336230)

charter an aircraft big enough to put a large water tank inside, and swim in the tank while the aircraft is flying to Iceland and thence to North America.

I would hardly consider a hot tub with 3 hot flight attendents "swimming". But maybe that's how he got the idea past the wife.

If he's only started training now (1)

Mel (21137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336140)

He'll be either emergency rescued or dead long before he gets the hot chocolate

At the same time, at Microsoft HQ... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336151)

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer both agreed to cross the United States territory up to Washington D.C. by crawling like two salamanders should the number of bugs in the soon-to-be released version 7 of the (in)famous Internet Explorer reaches 2000 in the first 2 hours of its release.

Vikings are coming (-1, Offtopic)

Nazi Pope (878657) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336153)

They used to rape and pillage in that order.

I call shenanigans! (5, Insightful)

REggert (823158) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336157)

From TFA:

Jon is assisted by Opera's PR manager who will be rowing alongside the adventurous CEO in the company inflatable raft on the trip across the Atlantic as an act of guilt after making the CEO's statement public. The fearless crew is currently on its way to an undisclosed location in the Oslo fjord to begin the long journey toward America in the true spirit of the Vikings before them.

The author busted his cheek with his tongue, I think.

How He'll Do It (5, Informative)

Anyletter (875753) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336158)

I figure he's going to swim from the Norwegian Embassy in Iceland, go to his mum's house, then swim to the US Embassy. Like this: http://people.opera.com/nicolasm/opera_ch05.svgz [opera.com]

Re:How He'll Do It (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336212)

And here is the original journal entry with some background and possibility to comment on the plan. But keep it secret eh.

http://my.opera.com/nicomen/journal/2

I hope he has thermal underwear... (1)

LegendOfLink (574790) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336161)

...and quite possibly anti-shark spray, although I don't think that actually exists.

Must be some kind of trick... (1)

Andrewkov (140579) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336163)

Is there an offshore US embassy near by or something? :-)

Obligitory proclamation of doom (-1)

fudgefactor7 (581449) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336164)

Yousa CEO gonna die?

From the "Mysterious Future" (1, Funny)

eno2001 (527078) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336165)

eno2001 submits: "News Lark Republic is reporting today that Opera CEO has successfully completed his swim across the Atlantic promise by contsantly doing laps in a Princess Lines cruise ship swimming pool as it travelled across the Atlantic. When asked if this was a compromise of his promise, the CEO said, 'I really don't see the point in this line of questioning. I did what I said I woud do. I swam continuously while crossing the Atlantic'."

Man am I thirsty!

Re:From the "Mysterious Future" (2, Funny)

digidave (259925) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336375)

Actually, it's doubtful he could continue doing laps all the way unless he was really dedicated and trained hard for several months. I suspect he will float in a chair the whole way while some bikini-clad waitress brings him bottles of beer and lathers sun screen on his body.

At least that's how I would do it.

Cries (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336170)

I just switched to Opera because with 8.0 Gmail works and the client on linux is quite responsive... But now the CEO is going to die and Opera will be lost among the waves??

What is the world coming to!!! *sobs in a corner*

Good for him... (5, Funny)

Pyroskankic (851069) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336173)

Well, now that this mission has been accomplished... *Switches back to Firefox when no one is looking*

A record? (0, Offtopic)

northcat (827059) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336174)

Is this some sort of record?

Ummm... (5, Informative)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336178)

Somehow I don't think he will be able to complete it:

http://www.didyouknow.cd/aroundtheworld/swimming .h tm


Possibly the greatest triumph of endurance is Benoit Lecomte swimming across the Atlantic ocean.

Lecomte, born 1967, immigrated from France to Austin, Texas, at age 23. When his father died of colon cancer in 1992, it spurred him to do something extraordinary to raise awareness of and money for cancer research. With the help of Edward Coyle, director of UT Austin's Human Performance Lab, and dieticians, Lecomte trained to build his endurance, swimming and cycling 3 to 5 hours a day, six days a week for two years. On 16 July 1998 he set out from Cape Cod with 8 wet suits, a snorkel and some flippers into turning weather.

Navigated through the 40th and 50th latitude by two French sailors on a 12m (40 foot) sailboat and protected by an electronic force field, Lecomte swam 6 to 8 hours a day at two-hour intervals. He mainly used the crawl stroke, switching occasionally to a mono fin and using an undulating dolphin kick to carry him over the 5 600km (3 736 nautical miles) of relentless waves. 72 days later, on 28 September, he swam ashore exhausted but heroic at Quiberon, France.

Re:Ummm... (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336353)

protected by an electronic force field

1. What's that about?
2. Where can I get one?

Re:Ummm... (5, Funny)

BaudKarma (868193) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336372)

You're underestimating the power of postitive thought! All those million people who downloaded Opera are behind this effor 1000 per cent! In fact, I'm downloading Opera again, just to show my support! I predict he'll make the swim in record time, just due to the power of positive thought!!!

Since this is obviously not possible... (0, Redundant)

mfender9 (725994) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336180)

...I'd personally do it by swimming up and down in a nice warm swimming pool on the back of a cruise ship all the way across.

Will be intersting to see how he gets out of it. Maybe he wants to feign his own death...

Is this really frontpage stuff for /.? (2, Funny)

GunR (246697) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336183)

Can you say publicity stunt?
I wonder how many more downloads /. will give them before calling it quits.

Now, if MS would do the same, at least we could hope for sharks...

Sharks... (1)

GroeFaZ (850443) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336243)

with LASERs on their heads...

Re:Is this really frontpage stuff for /.? (0)

Denyer (717613) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336290)

Of course it's a publicity stunt... and the next installment will probably be photos of a man face-down in water just off the shore, and something press friendly such as a charity donation.

Gulfstream (1)

Senor_Programmer (876714) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336184)

IV with a hot tub and a couple of bunnies. Yep, that's gonna be one tough swim.

In other news (3, Funny)

GroeFaZ (850443) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336187)

Bill Gates and Steve Balmer promised to swim across their bath tubs, should 1 million bugs be found in IE7 within 4 days after release.

Murderers (5, Funny)

darkmayo (251580) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336195)

You cold hearted bastards have just sent this man to his death.. hope your happy.

Re:Murderers (0)

Ziviyr (95582) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336341)

I'm proud to have downloaded it, just to delete it afterwards.

Re:Murderers (0)

Grey Ninja (739021) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336362)

Oh, we are. I'll have you know that 6 of those downloads were from me.

Re:Murderers (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336394)

I helped to kill a man using a small shell script.

one timer (2, Insightful)

dhuv (241988) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336205)

When will these people realize that you can only make these kinds of statements once. If you cannot follow through, the next time you make a statement like this, no one will care.

Re:one timer (1)

erikharrison (633719) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336336)

Well, it worked this time.

Once is better than never.

He better watch out for the dupes, though (0, Offtopic)

Novacat19 (811614) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336209)

Those suckers will eat you alive.

A Bet for all of you... (3, Funny)

waldoiverson (608278) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336211)

if the ISS lands on him as he swims, I will give you all a Taco Bell taco.

Hahaha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336236)

ROFL! These Opera guys are awesome, typical insane north Europeans! :P

We need more crazy people like this :D

This quote cracked me up:
"I take this challenge very seriously, but after three laps at Bislett Bad on Saturday I realized, as I was heaving like a whale, that I should probably have started the training a little bit earlier," says a slightly nervous Jon S. von Tetzchner. "I am hoping that my extra pounds of excess body fat will create enough buoyancy to keep me afloat and insulation to keep me warm."

But it got me thinking...

"Slashdot Followup - More proof that obese nerds are not as unhealthy as previously thought!"

PR Manager??? (1)

notherenow (860367) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336245)

Jon is assisted by Opera's PR manager who will be rowing alongside the adventurous CEO in the company inflatable raft on the trip across the Atlantic as an act of guilt after making the CEO's statement public.

The funniest thing about this is that the company even has an inflatable raft!

Re:PR Manager??? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336333)

No, there is something far funnier about it, but you wouldn't get that either.

modified headline (0, Redundant)

v1 (525388) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336274)


Opera CEO Prepares to SINK in stupid publicity stunt.

As if he has a chance of making it...

RTFA! Its a joke! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336279)

Read the press release!
Jeez. It's a joke.
He's not really going to do it; he's figuring out a way to honorably get out of it.

Please learn to spell "its". (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336307)

It's = "it is"
Its = "belonging to it"

Cruise (1, Redundant)

gtog (582100) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336313)

I would recommend von Tetzchner to take a cruise from Norway to the U.S.A. and spend his time swimming in the cruise ship's swimming pool.

Headline should read (5, Funny)

Microsift (223381) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336357)

"Browser company seeks new CEO"

Don't worry, I'll save you. (1)

Ride-My-Rocket (96935) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336358)

Since I don't want this nice gentleman to die horrible water-y death, I will abstain from downloading Opera.

Ok.... (0, Redundant)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336359)

He'll swim in a pool on a cruise ship...

Something tells me.. (2, Insightful)

phuturephunk (617641) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336369)

That he should wait until spring..Ya'no, because that whole North sea leg (not to mention the stretch in the north Atlantic) would be somewhat chilly..to say the least.

Simple solution (-1, Redundant)

Mr Silly (878789) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336376)

Take a cruise ship - swim in the pool the whole time it is underway.

like water skiing. . . except without skis. (1)

AcidLacedPenguiN (835552) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336380)

swim the atlantic? more like tied to the back of a boat. . .

Going on public record... (2, Funny)

BMonger (68213) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336382)

In the case of "Opera Downloaders being charged for the murder of Opera's CEO" I would just like to state on record that I did not download Opera.

Just remind him to bring along Billg (0)

514CK3R (875865) | more than 9 years ago | (#12336387)

He'll need a bit of hot air to keep him afloat after the first few hours

i did a bad thing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12336392)

Did anyone else download then immediately delete (or download to /dev/null) Opera just to see if the CEO would do it?

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