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Firefox Crop Circles Prove Intelligent Alien Life

CmdrTaco posted about 8 years ago | from the that's-the-way-we-like-it dept.

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This past weekend, the OSU Linux Users Group descended on a field in Oregon to create a 45,000+ square foot crop circle of Firefox. The photos and write-up are worth checking out.

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Bonus geek points for not using GPS (5, Funny)

XorNand (517466) | about 8 years ago | (#15913879)

Bonus geek points for using an HP graphing calculator and string instead of GPS. Though I'm not quite sure why the farmers would give permission for parts of their crop to be destroyed (even if he/she's an OSS advocate).

Re:Bonus geek points for not using GPS (2, Interesting)

Zentac (804805) | about 8 years ago | (#15913937)

I read a peace about some crop cicles in Germany that seemed pretty much the same size as this one and the damages where about EUR500, I'm not sure what a field dos but I can imagine its less than a percent of the total harvest.

Re:Bonus geek points for not using GPS (2, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | about 8 years ago | (#15914024)

A field of dos would be quite fertile, however you might have some trouble growing lotus flowers on it.

Re:Bonus geek points for not using GPS (1)

Richard Steiner (1585) | about 8 years ago | (#15914637)

A clever boy, but those lotuses'll grow quite nicely if you spread sheets of them on the ground.

Or is it sheet-loads? :-)

Re:Bonus geek points for not using GPS (4, Funny)

Rakshasa Taisab (244699) | about 8 years ago | (#15913939)

Probably something about getting the kids out of the basement, even for just a couple days.

Re:Bonus geek points for not using GPS (2, Insightful)

Tweekster (949766) | about 8 years ago | (#15913942)

maybe the crop was already in bad shape to begin with...not much to salvage etc. OR he is letting that field lay fallow (or grow a different crop but not harvest it) so he doesnt care if it is messed up a bit.

Allowing one's products to be destroyed... (-1, Offtopic)

ivi (126837) | about 8 years ago | (#15914077)

I got the impression (eg, from the dumping and/or destruction of
Apple's Lisa & (more recently) GM's EV1, after release to market)
that destruction was / is a new tradition in some countries

(Even "Green" makers like Honda & Toyota are said to have crushed
their early electric vehicles, ie after California stopped requir-
ing Zero Emission Vehicles, or allowed them to be hybrids)

---

Background: 'just saw PBS NOW's "Who Killed the Electric Car?" show

The crops are valueless. (4, Insightful)

Colin Smith (2679) | about 8 years ago | (#15914164)

"Though I'm not quite sure why the farmers would give permission for parts of their crop to be destroyed (even if he/she's an OSS advocate)."

Because of the subsidies the crops have been overproduced into worthlessness. In the case of corn it fetches something around $2 per bushel on the open market, but $3 per bushel to grow the stuff. You the taxpayer, well, essentially burn money to keep farmers buzzing around on their big tonka toys feeling productive.

Oh and in the process, devastating the economies and agricultural markets of third world countries causing widespread famine and poverty.

 

Re:The crops are valueless. (1, Interesting)

pavon (30274) | about 8 years ago | (#15914322)

Oh and in the process, devastating the economies and agricultural markets of third world countries causing widespread famine and poverty.
That is bull. We may not be supporting third-world economies as much as we could by buying thier crops exclusively rather than a mix of domestic and imported agriculture, but that does not equate to devistating them. Furthermore, all the major recent famines have been due to lack of rain or corrupt local governments - not the first-world countries.

Re:The crops are valueless. (5, Insightful)

vidarh (309115) | about 8 years ago | (#15914418)

You miss the point. By exporting heavily subsidized food the industrialised countries are not only depriving third world countries of farming revenue from export, but as a result also upsetting their trade balance and making it hard for third world farmers to compete even in their own markets. One of the results is that a lot of third world farming have changed from focusing on foodcrops to crops that are higher income because the industrialised countries aren't subsidising them or aren't growing them, such as coffee, tobacco etc.

A significant effect of this is that many third world countries are far more vulnerable to things like drought than they used to be, as their own foodcrops are small to start with, and droughts now for many countries both devastate their revenues - affecting their ability to pay for food imports - and reduce the yields of their already too small food crops. Whereas with mainly food crops, drought would mean reduced exports and revenue, but still leave them with significant food reserves.

There are certainly examples of mismanagement too, such as Zimbabwe, but corruption is rarely a major factor in affecting the levels of food production.

Re:The crops are valueless. (3, Insightful)

gkhan1 (886823) | about 8 years ago | (#15914487)

Actually it does. Large scale agriculture, the kind that turns the 3rd world to the 1st world is 100% reliant on trade. If they cannot sell it, they cannot grow very much of it. Ergo, make no money and they cannot develop to the point where they can survive a drought. Ergo, they starve. By so heavily subsidizing 1st world agriculture (like the US and the EU does), they are indeed devastating many economies that could become quite fruitful. And for what? Making sure that 2% of the population will vote for them? This is not a "Well, it's not like we are making the situation worse" scenario, this is a "My neighbours house is on fire, but I don't want to spend a little money for water from my hose" kind of a situation.

Re:The crops are valueless. (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#15914339)

thats right, because if they could grow corn and sell it they could feed themselves... wait.

Why don't they sell/barter it locally?
They do not need to enter the American market.

Where do you think your overproduction goes? (2, Insightful)

Colin Smith (2679) | about 8 years ago | (#15914624)

That's right, with the subsidies, the american produce is cheaper than they can produce in the developing and third world. Imagine that, you have a farmer with American wages to pay, capital investment in equipment, debts to the banks and with the subsidies it's still cheaper to ship the stuff half way round the world.

The farmers in the third world can't enter the American market, the American market is busy dumping the produce on their market.

 

Re:The crops are valueless. (2, Interesting)

triffid_98 (899609) | about 8 years ago | (#15914693)

I believe the issue is that if it's cheaper to buy corn from overseas than to produce it locally in your african desert region of choice, then there is no money to buy things that cannot be produced by the farmer and are needed for farming (e.g. fertilizer, seed, tools), therefore you have yet another african family of 12 to stare at in the latest Sally Struthers 'save the children' infomercial.

Of course, since no one is forcing said country to buy corn from overseas at the expense of their own people you can just as easily place the blame there.

thats right, because if they could grow corn and sell it they could feed themselves... wait. Why don't they sell/barter it locally? They do not need to enter the American market.

WTF Are you talking about you fool? (1, Flamebait)

Khyber (864651) | about 8 years ago | (#15914535)

My grandfather gets paid $7 a bushel for his corn crop - wherever you get your resorces is BULLSHIT, because I get a cut of the profit every year as a farm-hand in Mississippi and Alabama. I even cut my hands on the cotton bolls when I go to harvest my grandpa's shit. Whatever you're talking about, you're not a farmer - and before any economist idiot can come by with "Standard" prices - depends upon the grower's reputation/quality of the grown product as to what makes the price - don't you ever fucking forget that. Remember that nice cashmere sweater that costs 200 bucks as opposed to the same plant material that's only judged inferior going for 300 because it's a more recognized name? Bingo - it's all about the name, pal. People will pay more for Name-brand cotton than corporate-cheapass name cotton. It's been proven thruout the times , and it will almost always work until the general population gets smarter and discovers this simple truth - untiul then, we're still stucvk with the capitalist ideal of "More expensive is better," even though I paid *NOTHING* for my 64-bit AMD 3000+.

Re:WTF Are you talking about you fool? (4, Funny)

bellebouche (942377) | about 8 years ago | (#15914587)

I suspect an overabundance of sugar in your diet.

Re:Bonus geek points for not using GPS (3, Insightful)

RingDev (879105) | about 8 years ago | (#15914186)

I didn't look to close, but it was either grass hay or weat. ~43,000 square feet = 1 acre. 1 acre = what, like 60 bushels of wheat? A bushel of wheat is probably under $4. Even if the crop was completely unsalvagable, which is unlikely, the farmer is out $240 gross proffit. After associated costs per acre (seed, fuel, time, etc...) the farmer is probably turning $40 per acre if he's lucky.

Not exactly a huge loss, or anti-green movement.

-Rick

Re:Bonus geek points for not using GPS (4, Informative)

vidarh (309115) | about 8 years ago | (#15914316)

The article says it was oats, and wikipedia lists a typical yield as 100 bushels an acre, and a quick Google search indicates a per bushel average price for oats around the $1.50 mark, so it seems like it's even lower. Considering the large unfilled parts of the symbol, even if all of the stomped on parts are unsalvageble the real lost revenue would be unlikely to be more than half that.

Re:Bonus geek points for not using GPS (-1, Troll)

Khyber (864651) | about 8 years ago | (#15914596)

Acre = 43,560 square feet, which equals to about 722 bushels of wheat. Nowhere near the 60 you claim, and I've done this for a living with my family. I suggest you get out of the Geek Squad and join the FFA.

Re:Bonus geek points for not using GPS (3, Informative)

gordonel (995589) | about 8 years ago | (#15914347)

It was an 80 acre field - we only stomped down a very small portion of it (perhaps half an acre). They'll be harvesting the whole thing in a week or two.

Real geeks... (1)

raehl (609729) | about 8 years ago | (#15914606)

Real geeks would have used string and a slide rule.

Wiat, real OLD geeks would have used string and a slide rule.

auto generated crop circle... (5, Interesting)

aapold (753705) | about 8 years ago | (#15913895)

Not implying that this is, but... how hard would it be to make a web gadget that would auto-generate an image of a crop circle based on a simple 2-color bitmap.... (image only, don't want something that hacks into automated tractors)...

Re:auto generated crop circle... (1)

Senzei (791599) | about 8 years ago | (#15913923)

(image only, don't want something that hacks into automated tractors)...
Aww, well take all the fun out of it why don't ya? As for your question, probably not very hard to get something working, much more difficult to make it look convincing. You could pretty easily make something that looks decent provided the crops in the picture are roughly consistent in color though.

Re:auto generated crop circle... (5, Interesting)

Tx (96709) | about 8 years ago | (#15914152)

Check this worth1000 contest [worth1000.com] , a few entries are oustanding. Mid-to-high level Photoshoppery, but not outstandingly hard stuff.

Re:auto generated crop circle... (1)

novus ordo (843883) | about 8 years ago | (#15914307)

How about programming a robot using GPS to do the same? Would be a hell of a project.

Re:auto generated crop circle... (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#15914311)

(image only, don't want something that hacks into automated tractors)...

I don't know, if you craeteed a machinf that made the crop circles automatically, then farmers maigh be able to sell there fields to advertisers

This just in! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15913897)

Slashdot headline disproves intelligent human life.

Oh yeah! think that's cool? (-1, Offtopic)

buswolley (591500) | about 8 years ago | (#15913907)

The Wii is going for $170 dollars. http://www.revolutionportal.com/1/article/277.html [revolutionportal.com] How much is Firefox going for?

Huh! Huh!

Oh.

Re:Oh yeah! think that's cool? (1)

williamvergara (753363) | about 8 years ago | (#15914124)

Within the report though was also the statement that the financial institution is forecasting that the Nintendo Wii will retail in for 19,800 yen.

Uhh... sure.

Re:Oh yeah! think that's cool? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15914430)

hype it up mister.

At least these make sense. (5, Funny)

Humming Frog (995557) | about 8 years ago | (#15913915)

It makes sense that geeks would be the ones making crop circles. Aliens surely have better things to do.

Re:At least these make sense. (1)

Kelson (129150) | about 8 years ago | (#15914722)

Aliens surely have better things to do.

If nothing else, the upkeep on their cloaking devices has got to keep them busy.

Firefox Ad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15913921)

ET prefers Firefox!

The Aliens use open source? (2, Insightful)

FortKnox (169099) | about 8 years ago | (#15913926)

Maybe that's how Jeff Goldblum uploaded the virus to the mothership [imdb.com] ...

Re:The Aliens use open source? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15914028)

Seeing as how Jeff Goldblum used an old Apple powerbook, I think it's a safe assumption aliens used the Appletalk protocol. No wonder the aliens were defeated so easily...

This might make me switch from Opera (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15913927)

But I have a life.

Oblig. M. Night Shyamlam (1)

vnangia (730425) | about 8 years ago | (#15913934)

"I see crop circles..."

Re:Oblig. M. Night Shyamlam (1)

bernywork (57298) | about 8 years ago | (#15914160)

I think you mean "M. Night Shyamalan"

Permission (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15913936)

While it may be fun and games, doing this without permission causes great losses to farm land. It can cost on the order of tens of thousands of dollars in damage when people go out in hopes of creating one of these hoaxes.

Glad they got permission for this one.

Oregonian Entertainment (4, Funny)

NoData (9132) | about 8 years ago | (#15913949)

I guess that's how you amuse yourself when you live in Idaho's Portugal [youtube.com] .

Re:Oregonian Entertainment (1)

Moofie (22272) | about 8 years ago | (#15914452)

Hey, Colbert can laugh all he wants. I'm loving the fact that it's a beautiful, sunny, 68 degree day in the middle of freakin' August.

This is just way cool.... (1)

FlyingGuy (989135) | about 8 years ago | (#15913977)

This just shows the dedication to OSS!

I would imagine they got permission from the farmer or at least I would have. Farmers up that way tend to carry guns!

Great pics, especialy the good looking lil geek babe in pic #77. Bonus!

The fox will eat the explorer and spoil the opera.

Re:This is just way cool.... (5, Funny)

kfg (145172) | about 8 years ago | (#15914359)

Great pics, especialy the good looking lil geek babe in pic #77. Bonus!

At the moment; viewed 98 times

Close up of tape measure; 73 times

Out of focus closeup of oats; 68 times

Geek guy; 47 times

Well, there you have it guys, you're less interesting than an out of focus picture of oats.

KFG

Re:This is just way cool.... (1)

gordonel (995589) | about 8 years ago | (#15914553)

This is her blog. [blogspot.com] And I'm pretty sure she's single. :D

Re:This is just way cool.... (2, Interesting)

pennyher0 (852359) | about 8 years ago | (#15914686)

Actually, that's my OLD BLOG. Don't GO THERE.

I'm at pennyhero.net now. my blogspot one is going bye bye.

This proves what life? (3, Funny)

27,000 (987534) | about 8 years ago | (#15913982)

It proves a collection of browser zealots have plenty of free time and not much else to do with it. I mean, cool advertising, but some extraterrestrial's gotta be laughing at us.

Re:This proves what life? (1)

Tweekster (949766) | about 8 years ago | (#15914034)

Wait, you think they will start laughing at us FOR this?

please, Planet Earth is the Alabama of the universe.

Re:This proves what life? (1)

Aadain2001 (684036) | about 8 years ago | (#15914131)

They have free time because it's Summer. There are no classes at Oregon State University right now (at least, not many), which is where this group is based (go Beavers!).

Re:This proves what life? (1)

MoOsEb0y (2177) | about 8 years ago | (#15914608)

Oh come on! You can take such exciting classes as HHS 231 and HST 203 during the summer! That's WAY better than say.. an internship at a mega tech firm.

Re:This proves what life? (1)

DaveM753 (844913) | about 8 years ago | (#15914320)

...but some extraterrestrial's gotta be laughing at us.

Why, because he/she uses Opera?

:P

I tried to make a funny IE joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15913988)

But there's nothing funny about a shitty browser.

Interstellar Support (1)

hiroller (994761) | about 8 years ago | (#15913992)

Just goes to prove that aliens are for OSS too...

Bonus for getting permission from the farmer. (3, Funny)

Frumious Wombat (845680) | about 8 years ago | (#15914006)

Otherwise, I'd have to suggest the perpetrators be sentenced to muck-out a feedlot or two.

"Use Open-Source on My FARM!?! That's what did more damage to my oats than a hailstorm followed by locusts last year!"

How about permission from the logo's *author*? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15914187)

I wonder if they bothered to ask Jon Hicks [hicksdesign.co.uk] , the graphic designer who drew the Firefox logo [actsofvolition.com] , for the original vector outlines.

Since drawing that logo, incidentally, Jon has dumped Firefox in favor of Safari, which integrates much better with its host OS, has superior support for standards, and is in general much more asthetically aware (as is its core development team). What does Jon know that thousands of rabid Firefox fans don't?

Re:How about permission from the logo's *author*? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15914229)

Yes, homosexuals tend to love Macs.

That's why I avoid both.

Dumb (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15914011)

How is this news? What a waste of time and resources

Just what Firefox needs (4, Interesting)

ZachPruckowski (918562) | about 8 years ago | (#15914027)

This makes the local news (and maybe gets picked up somewhere), and a few pissed off IE6 users might hear "Firefox, firefox, firefox" a few more times. And that might be all it takes for a few hundred more converts.

Nice to see... (3, Insightful)

Alioth (221270) | about 8 years ago | (#15914032)

Nice to see at least someone wearing a kilt.

Also, as for the naysayers, I suspect the farmer gave permission because:
- that many people milling around the farm would have been noticed
- taking off a light plane AND a Robinson R22 helo off the farm would certainly get noticed by the farmer.

Re:Nice to see... (5, Informative)

pennyher0 (852359) | about 8 years ago | (#15914072)

The farmer DID give permission. It says so right in the write up. She seemed really excited to have us and was sad that her husband was out of the state and might not see it before the circle goes away.

Re:Nice to see... (1)

KlomDark (6370) | about 8 years ago | (#15914251)

Boy her husband is gonna be PISSED when he gets back.

You let a bunch of geeks do WHAT??

Re:Nice to see... (1)

gordonel (995589) | about 8 years ago | (#15914394)

Naw, he was really excited about it too. :)

Re:Nice to see... (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#15914280)

Putting some pleets in a piece of cotton does not a kilt make.

It's a skirt. Which is fine, buy it is not a kilt.

So much fun! (5, Interesting)

pennyher0 (852359) | about 8 years ago | (#15914044)

This was probably the most fun I ever had in my life. And now it's on slashdot! It can't get any better!

I challenge others to come up with other ways to creatively promote the stuff they love. Try and beat this! muahahaha. :)

TAKE BACK THE [insert your geek-dom here].

Re:So much fun! (-1, Troll)

PitaBred (632671) | about 8 years ago | (#15914185)

Most fun you've ever had? Try sex sometime ;) With someone else, that is...

Re:So much fun! (5, Funny)

Ponga (934481) | about 8 years ago | (#15914286)

Hey, which one are you in the photos? Also, there was a GIRL present? A REAL one??
Thanks,
--Ponga

P.S. - Nice work!!

Re:So much fun! (1)

Tacvek (948259) | about 8 years ago | (#15914594)

Based on annother comment, it sounds like the female is the farmer or wife of the farmer.

Re:So much fun! (1)

gordonel (995589) | about 8 years ago | (#15914621)

Nope, we're two girls from the OSLUG.

Re:So much fun! (5, Funny)

pennyher0 (852359) | about 8 years ago | (#15914649)

me and gordonel!

*does the girl geek dance*

Re:So much fun! (1)

gordonel (995589) | about 8 years ago | (#15914293)

We are basically awesome, Emily.

Re:So much fun! (1)

pennyher0 (852359) | about 8 years ago | (#15914719)

but YOU got to FLY IN THE HELICOPTER!

OMG! We made a Firefox crop circle, Beth!

Take Back The... (-1, Troll)

Khyber (864651) | about 8 years ago | (#15914638)

People who have fucking common sense to learn the basics in high school to where if everything goes to shit they don't *NEED* to rely upon technology in order to fucking survive, PLEASE!!!!

I'll bet more than 75% of Slashdot couldn't survive in the real world without that basic knowledge, which I bet was forsaken by the US Gov't to keep people from knowing "too much." How many of you know how to properly graft to ensure better survival of a plant species?

In related news ... (5, Funny)

eck011219 (851729) | about 8 years ago | (#15914091)

... one Washington farmer reported a complete loss after IE enthusiasts recreated a blue screen of death across his soybean field.

Re:In related news ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15914466)

Ok, try this [imageshack.us] .

Re:In related news ... (4, Funny)

Kelson (129150) | about 8 years ago | (#15914691)

one Washington farmer reported a complete loss after IE enthusiasts recreated a blue screen of death across his soybean field.

Sure, anyone can flood a field with water!

trigger happy photographer (5, Funny)

binarybum (468664) | about 8 years ago | (#15914099)

man, talk about beating the magic out something - that's a hell of a lot of pictures.

    but I guess sometimes it's just really hard to decide between posting this shot [oregonstate.edu] or this one [oregonstate.edu] on your website.

Re:trigger happy photographer (1)

LunaticTippy (872397) | about 8 years ago | (#15914190)

This is the tragedy of digital imagry. When you had to burn film to take photos, and burn paper to make a print there was less temptation to serve up thousands of repetitive pictures.

Now, with cell-cameras everywhere and no cost with taking or posting an image expect things to get worse and worse.

Re:trigger happy photographer (2, Interesting)

Ponga (934481) | about 8 years ago | (#15914341)

I agree with you generally, but this is not always a bad thing. It's only bad when EVERY SINGLE PHOTO taken gets posted or printed or whatever. Photographers nowadays need to become editors/critics as well, weed out the wheat from the chaff. So what if you take 1000 photos? Just be sure to only post the 100 best and discard the rest! (which this guy obviously did not do.)
--Ponga

Re:trigger happy photographer (1)

arodland (127775) | about 8 years ago | (#15914607)

The point is this. Suppose you're taking a picture of something that's not not staying static; take three on burst, and it's less likely that they'll all be marred by a shake or a passing shadow or a bird, or... who knows what. If you're taking a picture of something that's going to stay around a while, take 5 or 10 or 20 shots, whatever you've got time for, because your intuition about exposure could be wrong, it might look better from three inches to the left, or your memory card could get eaten by a grue.

The point is that once you've done all that, you should throw away between 75% and 90% of all of the shots you've taken. You have the flexibility to choose the absolute best images of any given subject, and not show the world your subpar crap. It's the last bit that's missing more often than not ;)

Re:trigger happy photographer (1)

MrFebtober (922100) | about 8 years ago | (#15914670)

The most amusing part of the gallery for me was noticing which pics got the most views. It is pretty evident to me that the shots with the females in them have gotten a bit more attention than the shots just containing dudes.

Just a humorous observation.

In other news... (1)

steveo777 (183629) | about 8 years ago | (#15914122)

The multiple T1 internet connection that keeps students and faculty plugged in to the net was lost for over four hours, says an OSU student. Apparently after half an hour without it caused mass hysteria. People fled to the "out of doors" in droves, and hospitals are reporting epidemic level cases of sunburn. Back to you Burnie...

Missing component (5, Funny)

Zildy (32593) | about 8 years ago | (#15914166)

Isn't the tail in the logo supposed to be on fire?

Re:Missing component (1)

cp.tar (871488) | about 8 years ago | (#15914231)

What, you wanted them to set the whole field on fire?

These young ones, such destructive personalities...

OMG! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15914206)

Look at the size of that thing! It's almost as big as Firefox' memory footprint!

What a waste... (-1, Troll)

creimer (824291) | about 8 years ago | (#15914227)

These people should be spending their time contributing to the FireFox source code instead of destroying the enivornment for a logo. Now the people in Redmond will stop working on Windows Vista to create crop circles from the Windows logo. Now that's destructive to the environment.

Re:What a waste... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15914734)

Huh? How would this "destroy the environment" any more than actually harvesting the damned oats? Not to mention the plowing and planting of the field to begin with. And if you're against any of that, good luck finding some wild berries to snack on, because nothing you pick up at the local Safeway or buy from Taco Bell has impacted the environment any less. Damned hippies.

Google Satellite Image (3, Interesting)

oskard (715652) | about 8 years ago | (#15914275)

"Maybe the google earth cameras picked it up! "

Hope they will soon!

The location of the crop circle is somewhere in the vicinity of here [google.com]

Re:Google Satellite Image (2, Informative)

emsearcy (882199) | about 8 years ago | (#15914422)

er, no. Try 45.124N by 123.113W [google.com] . Not that you can see it (yet).

Re:Google Satellite Image (1)

swaq (989895) | about 8 years ago | (#15914692)

I go to OSU and I am friends with a few of the guys at the OSL. I just talked with Eric Searcy, who used to be my roommate, and he gave me this link for the Google Maps location: http://maps.google.com/?q=45.12402N+123.113008W [google.com] (it's not up yet, but that's where it'll be)

Well... (1)

behindthecamera (964294) | about 8 years ago | (#15914317)

...I for one welcome our new flaming genus Vulpes overlords!

Vulcan captain: "Prepare for landing+First Contact (1)

D4C5CE (578304) | about 8 years ago | (#15914377)

...by uninstalling IE they've shown to everyone in orbit that finally this world is ready."
(See Star Trek VIII [imdb.com] for details...)

fanatic fanboys w/ no lives (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15914388)

I mean, I swear-by firefox as my web browser, but c'mon, get a life people.

And a couple fangirls... (1)

warith (121181) | about 8 years ago | (#15914595)

Hey, this was done by fanatic fanGIRLS [google.com] too, you insensitive clod.

Ref [slashdot.org]

Not that intelligent (0, Offtopic)

QuantumFTL (197300) | about 8 years ago | (#15914395)

If the aliens were really intelligent, they would have left an Opera circle [lylix.net] .

Error in title (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#15914417)

Hi,
I think you meant to call it a Firefox Crop Sign.
Thanks,
M. Night Shyamalan

Re:Error in title (1)

B3ryllium (571199) | about 8 years ago | (#15914469)

Despite depicting crop circles as a sign of a coming invasion, they actually had almost nothing to do with the usage of the word "Signs" as the title of the film.

Swing Away, Merrill.

Enthusiastic users (5, Insightful)

sunny256 (448951) | about 8 years ago | (#15914554)

Really awesome stunt. Would any MSIE users do something like this to show their enthusiasm for the product? Probably not. This stunt is somewhat the same principle as when geeks on Linux meetings bring their penguins with them in all shapes and sizes. I mean, you don't see MS Windows users arrive with big amounts of glass...

Really cool (0, Troll)

fedthedawg (993364) | about 8 years ago | (#15914714)

I love the way some of you have bad mouthed these students for taking sometime to do something that required team work and a fair amount of ingenuity. Let them enjoy the moment.
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