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Yahoo's Time Capsule Project

kdawson posted about 8 years ago | from the hello-we're-here dept.

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eldavojohn writes, "Yahoo is compiling a time capsule (Flash required). This massive project, which accepts donations from anyone, is no ordinary time capsule, though. This time capsule will be digitized and beamed into space from the ancient pyramid of Teotihuacan in Mexico. From the article: 'Starting on Tuesday, enthusiasts from around the world will have a chance to submit text, images, video and sounds that reflect human nature to be included in the message.' I highly doubt this 'time capsule' will reach anyone, but it is a neat idea. After browsing through some of the pictures posted, I would hope extraterrestrial life would be more hesitant to exterminate us — if not for anything else than curiosity. We constantly strive to have our legacy live on in the galaxy." Yahoo worked with Internet artist Jonathan Harris on this project.

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Desperate Publicity Ploy (5, Insightful)

ackthpt (218170) | about 8 years ago | (#16381535)

I highly doubt this 'time capsule' will reach anyone, but it is a neat idea.

No this is not neat>, this is just stupid. This is so incredibly stupid it's left me speechless ... nearly:

So they're going to beam it into space via a laser from atop a ruin from a vanished civilisation. Are they going to rotate this laser to maintain RA and DEC, to keep it as one continuos beam or will they just fire it straight up (for maximum theatric effect) and thus have it whipped by the spin and orbit of the earth? Carl Sagan's record has a better chance. It's an opportunity for Yahoo to do something utterly useless to get their name in the news, just like it now appears on Slashdot. Applause, applause. It certainly is fodder for some comedy, maybe Mel Brooks will have someone in Spaceballs The Animated Series say, "what is that annoying glare?" while flipping down their pair of Spaceballs The Sunglasses.

meanwhile, picked up in orbit, the stream is immediately recognised and decoded by a Zygorthean ship. After reviewing the contents, the focus down upon the the pyramid of Teotihuacan and one says to another, "well, we certainly know what killed that civilisation!"

Aye (1, Funny)

paranode (671698) | about 8 years ago | (#16381587)

Maybe they'd be better off using the sunshine that shoots from your arse as a vehicle?

Re:Desperate Publicity Ploy (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16381727)

Even if they should correct for all the different factors, one assumes an alien civilization would find little value in the inevitable copies of tubgirl, goatse and mr. hands.

Re:Desperate Publicity Ploy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16381815)

It's no more useless than Google buying YouTube. Or Apple announcing yet another iPod. Or Paul Graham pandering to even more people.

Re:Desperate Publicity Ploy (5, Funny)

hcob$ (766699) | about 8 years ago | (#16381827)

I don't know... It could be a massive legal ploy. Since they will undoubtably send music (In DIGITAL form no less), they can draw all the RIAA lawyers to an Aztec Pyramid. Hopefully, the will re-instated human sacrifice at that point!

Why "Troll"? (4, Insightful)

Moraelin (679338) | about 8 years ago | (#16381839)

The guy has a point. A laser beam pointed straight up will sweep at _incredible_ speed over any receptor situated a couple of tens of lightyears from here. Even if that civilization were looking this way at the right time, had receptors strong enough for the task, had the luck of not having the beam blinded by our or their sun's light (there's a reason we have trouble detecting even Jupiter sized planets by their reflected light, which is higher than this laser will send), etc, it's something that will sweep over their sensor in milliseconds. At most you can say "oh, there's a bleep of light", but not even "oh, it's modulated". Much less have time to figure out what's being sent or how to decompress it.

And speaking of which, ffs, who got the stupid idea of sending encoded images? How about something as simple as morse codes, or train of pulses whose count are the prime numbers or Fibonacci's numbers? That's something that any civilization with even elementary maths knowledge and a primitive telescope can figure out quickly. "Hey, this can't be natural!" By comparison, a short faint burst of noise (which is what an alien data format would look like to you too) is likely to be written off as noise or as some unknown one-off cosmical phenomenon.

All in all it _is_ a stupid publicity stunt, and nothing more.

Re:Why "Troll"? (1)

grumpyman (849537) | about 8 years ago | (#16382589)

Hmm... that prompts me to think if this idea is as stupid as SETI idea...

Re:Why "Troll"? (2, Insightful)

danpsmith (922127) | about 8 years ago | (#16382675)

All in all it _is_ a stupid publicity stunt, and nothing more.

I'd argue that there is a possibility that it is more than a publicity stunt, but rather an overall attitude of not only American, but human sentiment in general.

Someone once answered the question about why people do the things they do in a way that makes sense, why we are so different from the other animals. "We know we die," she said, "and most of what we do is primarily motivated by this knowledge. I believe that honestly comes into play here. Because we know we all die, we have to come up with some way of extending our longevity and our mark on the universe, because we feel we "live on" through this. This Yahoo! stunt, as ridiculous and publicity stuntish this all feels, I believe, is just keeping with this trend.

People seriously need to realize that yes, you are in fact a "mere mortal" and a tiny dot zit on the face of a small planet in a small galaxy of the universe and that yes, you probably aren't the most significant, or at least the only significant thing to happen to the universe and that yes, someday you will die and through the wonder of decay all traces of you and your loved ones will vanish.

People point to history, art, etc. to try to escape these facts. William Shakespeare still lives on, they say. We'll see what use his plays are in a million years. =P

In my honest opinion it is for this reason that we should probably stop kidding ourselves with stunts like this and except the inevitable truth, trying to have a bit of fun and stop being so serious about our worth. Especially trying to beam interplanetary messages from pyramids of ancient civilizations. Am I the only one that first entertained the thought of reading this as "this must be a joke, nobody is that stupid"? Seriously childish.

Re:Why "Troll"? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#16382857)

Even if it was beemed with are spin taken into account, it still has all thr other spins to account for.

OTOH, a race capable of picking up sucj=h a weak signal might also know to look arounf the initals 'blip' and look for more blips. 5 blips and you ca calcualt how the signal mover and back track it to the sourse.

Sure, it's a stunt, and while it isn't likely to happen, it's fun to think about.

encoded images have a patterns. Of course the signal itself can have the method to decode the signal 'embedded'

Re:Desperate Publicity Ploy (1)

kfg (145172) | about 8 years ago | (#16382015)

No this is not neat>, this is just stupid.

This is not stupid, this is marketing.

Oh, wait. I guess you're right after all. Nevermind.

However, as I've already noted once today, there's a lot of money to be "made" in stupid.

KFG

MOD PARENT UP (1)

ViaNRG (892147) | about 8 years ago | (#16382071)

This is completely impossible, and a waste of resources from Yahoo and everyone involved. Sounds cool though.

Re:Desperate Publicity Ploy (1)

alewar (784204) | about 8 years ago | (#16382121)

how long are their going to transmit this message?
Are they trying to continue Sagan's work on SETI?

Re:Desperate Publicity Ploy (5, Funny)

Flashbck (739237) | about 8 years ago | (#16382343)

I hope that the intended alien intelligence also has the flash plug in that is required.

Re:Desperate Publicity Ploy (1)

nametaken (610866) | about 8 years ago | (#16382903)

It's probably best that this garbage doesn't make it out of the galaxy. Every category is whining and bitching about things that don't describe humanity with any usable context... crying about relatively small current events, with geographic locations and politicians referenced by their proper names.

Such a waste of time and money.

Should i send goatsecx (1)

Cartack (628620) | about 8 years ago | (#16381559)

In jpg or png?

Re:Should i send goatsecx (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382199)

Scenes from Star Trek we'd really like to see....

Spock: "Captain!! we've intercepted a digital signal from the blue planet in the alpha quadrant!".

Kirk: "Put it on screen!"

Sulu: "Oh my!"

Aliens have Flash? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16381567)

How can it require Flash?

Re:Aliens have Flash? (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 8 years ago | (#16381617)

How can it require Flash?

Perhaps that's the true genius of it... The aliens will have to register with Macromedia to download the plug in and that's how we'll make alien contact! After that we'll defend ourselves against any hostiles with blasts of spam and junk faxes.

Re:Aliens have Flash? (1)

Skynet (37427) | about 8 years ago | (#16381671)

Didn't you see Independence Day? They also use TCP/IP!

Re:Aliens have Flash? (1)

Gulthek (12570) | about 8 years ago | (#16381745)

Wrong! *We* use whatever the aliens call their design for computer network protocols.

That's because we (in the movie) designed TCP/IP and even digital computers themselves based off an examination of their alien technology!

For the millionth time:

The laptop. Was connected. To the Spaceship.
Which _itself_ was. Connected. To the mothership.

Yes, it was a cheesy action movie. No, their easy alien computer connection was not an error in the context of the movie.

Re:Aliens have Flash? (1)

MS-06FZ (832329) | about 8 years ago | (#16382053)

The laptop. Was connected. To the Spaceship.
Which _itself_ was. Connected. To the mothership.


Are you Shatnering? 'Cause I don't think he was in that movie.

Re:Aliens have Flash? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#16382117)

It's is irritating.

They studied the technology for 50 years, but for some reason it would be impossible to build a emulator that runs on a mac.
sheesh.

Re:Aliens have Flash? (1)

wired_LAIN (974675) | about 8 years ago | (#16381715)

Good point... How will the aliens know how to decode the signal?

Re:Aliens have Flash? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#16382641)

in a signal, you can make sine wave change in a regular pattern, which then builds on a slightly more complex pattern, and so on.
It does assume that the reciepent understands RF electronics.

I don't think this is possible (3, Funny)

Quaoar (614366) | about 8 years ago | (#16381603)

How are they going to build a tube that high?

Re:I don't think this is possible (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | about 8 years ago | (#16381747)

Don't be stupid. It's obviously going to be part of the space elevator.

Why Mexico? (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about 8 years ago | (#16381619)

Are lasers cheaper there too?

Still, I found this comment interesting:

Archaeologists say a culture centred in Teotihuacan, known as the City of the Gods, dominated Mesoamerica for hundreds of years during the first millennium. It is unclear what led to the society's collapse.

The History Channel did a show on this- and suggested it was a lack of fuel & food (based on the fact that Teotihuacan is in the middle of a small mini-desert, which itself is in the middle of a jungle).

Re:Why Mexico? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16381701)

Because they'll talk to aliens even blacks won't talk to.

Re:Why Mexico? (1)

zenithcoolest (981748) | about 8 years ago | (#16382019)

Lol... I wonder they will dig into archaelogical facts before starting this project

Re:Why Mexico? (1)

ElleyKitten (715519) | about 8 years ago | (#16382333)

It was also disease from the Europeans. Same thing that killed much of the rest of the other Native Americans, just more effective in Teotihuacan and other cities because disease spreads faster in denser populations.

Re:Why Mexico? (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about 8 years ago | (#16382501)

Except- the original inhabitants of Teotihuacan abandoned the city in approximately 300 A.D.- long before the Aztecs, about 700 years before Europeans discovered Newfoundland. The mystery is in that original evacuation of the city, not the later Aztec renaming of Teotihuacan and die off in 1500.

Re:Why Mexico? (1)

Reaperducer (871695) | about 8 years ago | (#16382531)

It was also disease from the Europeans. Same thing that killed much of the rest of the other Native Americans, just more effective in Teotihuacan and other cities because disease spreads faster in denser populations.

I'm sure that's what they teach in Revisionist History class in politically correct schools these days, but it doesn't hold up. Teotihuacan collapsed a thousand years before the first European arrived there.

Random one I clicked on (1)

TubeSteak (669689) | about 8 years ago | (#16381633)

http://advision.webevents.yahoo.com/timecapsule/zo om.php?imgurl=http://us.i1.yimg.com/timecapsule.ya hoo.com/content/words//lg/3321.jpg&l=en [yahoo.com]

Die Religion ist das Opium des Volkes...
Religion is the opium of the people...
La religión es el opio del pueblo

Re:Random one I clicked on (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382103)

Wow, misquoting in 3 languages! You must be mega-super-smart!

Re:Random one I clicked on (3, Funny)

Garabito (720521) | about 8 years ago | (#16382141)

another one: [yahoo.com]


Don't kill us. Thanks.

Re:Random one I clicked on (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382233)

I thought it was supposed to read "No Kill I"

A few thousand years later... (5, Funny)

creimer (824291) | about 8 years ago | (#16381645)

Those stupid @#$% Earthlings are spamming us again!

Re:A few thousand years later... (5, Funny)

SydBarrett (65592) | about 8 years ago | (#16381743)

or its gonna get forwarded all over the universe as "FWD: FWD: FWD: LOL FUNNY EARTHING PICS"

Re:A few thousand years later... (1)

mamer-retrogamer (556651) | about 8 years ago | (#16382037)

Not unless Spamhaus gets an intergalactic domain name by then...

Re:A few thousand years later... (2, Funny)

reverseengineer (580922) | about 8 years ago | (#16382119)

Them: "Our people have spent generations traveling the void of space in order to reach the fabled Earth, home of our greatest god. Take us to the Almighty Yahoo!"

Us: "Should we tell them that Google bought their god 900 years ago?"

Summary of message: (1)

r_jensen11 (598210) | about 8 years ago | (#16381653)

All your base are belong to us

Wow (1)

paranode (671698) | about 8 years ago | (#16381657)

They are just loaded with political statements under 'anger', kind of funny. Lots of kiddie speak about Bush, North Korea, Iraq, anarchy, etc. Quite entertaining.

You know it's going to happen. (2, Funny)

monkeypoo (981042) | about 8 years ago | (#16381669)

This sounds like a fun idea until you realize that someone is going to submit goatsex. I can only imagine the aliens reaction to this.

Re:You know it's going to happen. (1)

Gleng (537516) | about 8 years ago | (#16381869)

I can only imagine the aliens reaction to this.

"He's wearing a wedding ring!"

Re:You know it's going to happen. (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#16382087)

Alien: "Hey look, we can impregnate the "males" too!"

Re:You know it's going to happen. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382097)

Alien thought, "Hmmm, looks like a great place for a probe."

It takes an artist do do some real bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16381677)

Oh well, I hope they don't pay the guy much.

Re:It takes an artist do do some real bullshit (1)

ackthpt (218170) | about 8 years ago | (#16381713)

Oh well, I hope they don't pay the guy much.

Perhaps they should also have contracted Christo to wrap the swathe the pyramid in lemon vinyl.

Fine, but for God's sake (4, Funny)

Phoenix666 (184391) | about 8 years ago | (#16381697)

DON'T forget the last episode of 'Single Female Lawyer.'

Re:Fine, but for God's sake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382045)

Just don't spill anything on the transmitter

Re:Fine, but for God's sake (1)

Daemonstar (84116) | about 8 years ago | (#16382355)

This could be what the brain spawn were waiting on all along!

Here's a Better Title... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16381703)

Time Capsule? Can You Say Yahoo!?

digital time capsule? (5, Funny)

192939495969798999 (58312) | about 8 years ago | (#16381719)

Yeah, because there's evidence in that pyramid that the aliens who built it used digital communication also...
Maybe it would be easier to communicate, albeit more expensive, if we shot up a big rock with stuff written on it, say maybe 10 rules that we consider important? I can't imagine that would be misinterpreted somehow by an early desert people on another planet.

Re:digital time capsule? (3, Funny)

MS-06FZ (832329) | about 8 years ago | (#16382115)

Better make it 15, in case they drop 'em.

Re:digital time capsule? (1)

rodericj (823518) | about 8 years ago | (#16382835)

I don't think the mods caught what you were saying. That was funny. Both of the above posts.

HAHA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382945)

Hilarious! Moses... Ten Commandments... too much! Where is your next performance?

Pre-emptive strike (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 8 years ago | (#16381721)

After browsing through some of the pictures posted, I would hope extraterrestrial life would be more hesitant to exterminate us -- if not for anything else than curiosity.
Hiroshima, famine in post-colonial Africa, the Killing Fields, the Trail of Tears... you get where I'm going with this? Is that stuff being included?

With any foresight, they'll go Vogon on our asses.

Though, perhaps if we can get them to hold off for a bit, we'll be in better position to take advantage of their technology and separate them from their resources.

Re:Pre-emptive strike (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#16382047)

sigh.

The human race has also don't some wonderfull things.

There reaction depends soly on their nature. Hopefully it's benevolent.
If it is hostile, then as our last act, I hope we put something long lasting on the moon that tells the next race about our folly.
Or even a very large orbit around the sun. Maybe attached to the Halley's Comet so we can nhide it from the incoming hostil aliens.

Of course, the odds of there being aliens, that can travel through space in a reasonable time, and stumbly upon this message is very, very, very low. about 1/Googol

Re:Pre-emptive strike (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | about 8 years ago | (#16382287)

Of course, the odds of there being aliens, that can travel through space in a reasonable time, and stumbly upon this message is very, very, very low. about 1/Googol
Well, I was partly being sarcastic, but I wonder if the 'time capsule' will indeed capture the worst as well as the best of what the human race has to offer.

If so, I think this could be a neat project not just for the slim chance of an alien race receiving it, deciphering it, and understanding it, but also for humankind to recognize what we are. Kind of like a massive introspection that can help us transcend our violent and uncaring ways.

Oh wait, it appears that some optimism has crept into my usual cynicism, excuse me while I go watch the news for a few minutes to recover :)

Re:Pre-emptive strike (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#16382785)

Good news! Most people care, and are not violent.

there is not best or worse the human race has to offer. Only the human race.

in other words... (1)

brunascle (994197) | about 8 years ago | (#16381723)

yahoo made a real-life /dev/null

"Hey everybody, throw your digital crap in here!"

Not gonna work, skippy.... (2, Funny)

Pharmboy (216950) | about 8 years ago | (#16381725)

The first line says it all: "Yahoo is compiling a time capsule (Flash required)."

With our luck, aliens will be using Amiga OS or DOS and never see it. ;)

Re:Not gonna work, skippy.... (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | about 8 years ago | (#16382011)

No, aliens use MacOS. [wikipedia.org]

WiFi Spam (2, Funny)

Peter Trepan (572016) | about 8 years ago | (#16381765)

After browsing through some of the pictures posted, I would hope extraterrestrial life would be more hesitant to exterminate us -- if not for anything else than curiosity.

Lord Emperor, the Imperial Armada has exterminated the last of the hydrogen-band spammers. At last we can enjoy a reliable communication infrastruc... wait a minute, WTF is this coming from ZZ9 Plural Z-Alpha!?

Sell copies of it. (1)

BigGar' (411008) | about 8 years ago | (#16381767)

From the article I highly doubt this 'time capsule' will reach anyone, but it is a neat idea.

Why not sell copies of the "capsule" for a few bucks. It would be kind of neat. Copyrighted material might be a problem I guess, but I'm sure there'd be ways to work with that.

Yes, the protocol is universal (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 8 years ago | (#16381771)

Someone at yahoo misunderstood the context when they heard that "TCP/IP protocol is univesally adopted everyone supports them". Yahoo, please sit down, or you might hurt yourself. Those real Klingons and Vulcans and Deltans are not likely to "get" the communication protocol.

Re:Yes, the protocol is universal (1)

moco (222985) | about 8 years ago | (#16381951)

There was a poster from cisco once that showed a flying saucer and had the legend: "If they have a computer on board we can communicate with them". You mean it was false advertising?

Re:Yes, the protocol is universal (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#16381973)

probably, bnut a properly encoded signal could tell a race that can recieve it how to decode it.

Trivial, really.

Another proof of YHOO mental dilution? (1)

zitintheass (1005533) | about 8 years ago | (#16381785)

Beaming nonsense into the void? It feels a little better to be a GOOG shareholder again.
No wonder their stock is dropping like a rock.
http://finance.google.com/finance?q=YHOO [google.com]

Re:Another proof of YHOO mental dilution? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382699)

Yes a drop of a little more then a dollar! Catastrophe! Yahoo will go bankrupt! The world will end!

Who wants to be that it'll climb right back up there in a few days?

Re:Another proof of YHOO mental dilution? (1)

untree (851145) | about 8 years ago | (#16382929)

Wouldn't a fine-tuned sense of irony have used http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=yhoo [yahoo.com]

So, what if we send along a picture of... (0, Redundant)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | about 8 years ago | (#16381853)

I wonder if a picture of Goatse will be making the timecapsule: How vulgar it is, it -does- reflect human nature... or at least that what is displayed on the Net.

And if it -does- make the timecapsule, and somehow this message reaches aliens; Would they assume we're very open to their supposed anal probing?

Questions... Questions... Questions...

Re:So, what if we send along a picture of... (1)

jo42 (227475) | about 8 years ago | (#16382069)

ET will either be extremely fearful of goatse or immediately dispatch a war fleet to destroy the home of goatse...

this is a bad idea - where the Teotihuacan went (1)

Wizzerd911 (1003980) | about 8 years ago | (#16381855)

Oh great, Yahoo is doing it. That means I bet they won't be able to resist adding some ads into the "transmission" that they're sending, and I use that word loosely. You never know if those aliens want to meet sexy singles.

Archaeologists say a culture centred in Teotihuacan, known as the City of the Gods, dominated Mesoamerica for hundreds of years during the first millennium. It is unclear what led to the society's collapse.


hmmm, maybe they built a giant laser and beamed annoying ads into space so aliens came and obliterated everyone.

Oh, what's the point? (1)

MrPerfekt (414248) | about 8 years ago | (#16381893)

Re:Oh, what's the point? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382143)

Ah, it should hold up at least as long at the Crypt of Civilization time capsule at Oglethorpe University [oglethorpe.edu] . That time capsule is scheduled to be opened in the year 8113.

Whats with the hubris? (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#16381935)

How come everytime a "sending something into space" people assume that huimans are wierd? Or more violent then aliens? or less kind?

I have a feeling life out there might see us and go "No wonder they can't travel through space , look how nice they are!"

Overheard in a spacecraft orbiding Earth... (0, Troll)

inviolet (797804) | about 8 years ago | (#16381975)

Green bug-eyed monster #1: "Listen to this transmission! Do you believe this?!"
Green bug-eyed monster #2: "WTF?"
Green bug-eyed monster #1: "This is one f***ed-up species!"
Green bug-eyed monster #2: "Word."
Green bug-eyed monster #1: "I say we blast off, and nuke the site from orbit."
Green bug-eyed monster #2: "It's the only way to be sure."

Re:Overheard in a spacecraft orbiding Earth... (1)

bohemian72 (898284) | about 8 years ago | (#16382771)

Green bug-eyed monster #1: 'Sombody just shot us, dog!'
Green bug-eyed monster #2: 'WTF?'
Green bug-eyed monster #1: 'Oh wait. Get this it's a "laserrrr!"'
Green bug-eyed monster #2: 'No f***in' way!'
Green bug-eyed monster #1: 'Hang on, I'll crank up the Floyd!'
Green bug-eyed monster #2: 'Groovy.'

Interesting distribution (3, Insightful)

Incongruity (70416) | about 8 years ago | (#16382023)

(at the moment) Love - 273 items Beauty - 119 items Fun - 100 items You - 99 items Hope - 98 items Faith - 59 items Now - 58 items Past - 47 items Sorrow - 28 items Anger - 24 items --- Kinda makes me like humanity a bit more.

Re:Interesting distribution (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382123)

(better formatting)
Love - 273 items
Beauty - 119 items
Fun - 100 items
You - 99 items
Hope - 98 items
Faith - 59 items
Now - 58 items
Past - 47 items
Sorrow - 28 items
Anger - 24 items

Guess the ISS needs more porn... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382029)

I guess this is clever way for NASA to beam the Internal Space Station new porn. Yahoo will be encrypting porn into their video feeds and then the ISS will decode it. The ISS people already used up all of their other stuff. This is the true cost of prolonged missions in space.

If it were a real time capsule (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382033)

They'd find something to bounce it off of x light years away, then pick up the signal in 2(x) years. I'm not saying it would be easy, but at least it would be a real time capsule effort.

text, images, video and sounds that reflect humans (2, Funny)

blindd0t (855876) | about 8 years ago | (#16382073)

So basically they're beaming up decades of porn into space?

Send It To Ourselves (4, Interesting)

cybrpnk2 (579066) | about 8 years ago | (#16382091)

Something like this was proposed in the David Gerrold novels of his Dingilliad [gerrold.com] series. The sum total of human knowledge was constantly being shot around the solar system on a laser beam that bounced off of various retroreflectors on the different planets. If you waited some finite amount of time (an hour or so) for the next pass of Item X, anything you wanted could be siphoned off of the stream by setting up a telescope receiver and picking up part of the "spillover" laser beam that hit your colony location but missed the retroreflector. This dynamic "storage medium" was used at the time of the story instead of a "static medium" like physically immobile hard drives or memory chips.

As I recall, Gerrold presented some mumbo-jumbo that said the storage capacity of such an arrangement - a billions-of-miles-long laser beam - was truly enormous. Sounded like a pretty good idea. Anybody think it would really work - and better yet, be practical?

I collect donations (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | about 8 years ago | (#16382137)

I collect donations, you guys. Here's my plan:

1. Collect massive quantities of information
2. Record them into expensive as hell piece of hardware
3. Throw it out in space and lose it forever

I swear it makes a hell of a sense!

Honestly. Let's see what we have here to communicate with unknown being from outer space. No really, let's ignore that those artifacts will never really hit anything remotely alive out there (hey the Universe is really huge you know? And most of it is just empty space).

We can try with light (video, images?), sounds, shapes, materials. Of course there's no guarantee that our space friends wil have ears or eyes or if they do, they'll use the same range or see the same patterns. They may also be too small or too big to realize what the hell hit 'em.

And no, beaming NTSC into space is not helping either.

But let's do it, if it helps us build brand loyalty here! Oh, did I mention I've a search engine. yadoodle.com... or something like that.

Re:I collect donations (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 8 years ago | (#16382735)

NTSC is a regular pattern, with sidebands.

"3. Throw it out in space and lose it forever"
If I submit something, it is not lost forever. A copy is lost forever, but big whoop.

If they are to small, then they're not sentiant. So they are not the target demographic.(see, I recognize marketing when I see it!)

Is it not dangerous? (1)

Max_W (812974) | about 8 years ago | (#16382165)

I mean we live quietly on Earth, no problems.

Why to beam out voluntarily any info about ourselves? How do we know that those extraterrestrials will not use this info against us?

I would suggest that we listen more carefully instead to the outside world and try to understand what is out there.

Send the full IRS Code. (1)

lrohrer (147725) | about 8 years ago | (#16382217)

Someone should send the full IRS Code complete with all of the case law. They will annaliate us for sure!

I forget the author I borrowed that from...

Someone submit Goatse!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 years ago | (#16382267)

Show those alien's how strange humans are!

Beam back to earth? (1)

BytePusher (209961) | about 8 years ago | (#16382413)

I've often wondered if there are gravity lenses, what about gravity mirrors? With the proper calculations and precision I imagine one could send a beam of light from Earth to Earth and it would be a real time capsule. I imagine using this black hole would be our best shot. Send the light just close enough that it bends around the black hole and comes directly back to us... then wait however many light-years away it is times two. The thing I'm wondering is if the information would be distorted beyond recognition or if anyone would be listening once it came. Could an earth based telescope with a high powered laser be used in reverse for this?

Aliens... Flash... Windows (1)

Ice Wewe (936718) | about 8 years ago | (#16382513)

Yahoo is compiling a time capsule (Flash required).

...And we'll include a link where the aliens can go to download the latest version of flash (Windows required).

Flash required? (1)

GroeFaZ (850443) | about 8 years ago | (#16382581)

Let's hope those communist aliens don't ALL run Linux or they'll be out of luck.

Craigslist (1)

sugarmotor (621907) | about 8 years ago | (#16382617)

Craigslist did this a while ago. There was a connection to an ebay auction. Jim Buckmaster (craigslist ceo) won the auction. (see http://www.dvorak.org/blog/?p=1552 [dvorak.org] ) The second time around this is not that funny is it? Or did Yahoo add something substantial?

Stephan

oblig (1)

christus_ae (985401) | about 8 years ago | (#16382665)

I wonder if the extra-terrestrial beings will reconsider their decision to not annihilate us when they hear something along the lines of "YOU'RE THE MAN NOW DOG...NEDM!"

Sir. We're receiving a transmission! (2, Funny)

Chas (5144) | about 8 years ago | (#16382743)

[Captain Kirk] So Ensign Shortskirt, what was that transmission?

[Ensign Shortskirt] It took a little while to reconstruct the message, but it appears, from the predominance of nude photos, to be an invitation for sex...

[Captain Kirk] Woohoo! Plot a course to the source!

[Ensign Shortskirt] Uhm. Sir, the origin point is Earth, as of about four hundred years ago...

[Captain Kirk] DAMN...IT...I...NEED...TO...GET...LAID!

[Ensign Shortskirt] Your cabin or mine sir?

[Captain Kirk] Mine. Five minutes. Bring friends...

Nice idea, but... (1)

einnar2000 (985070) | about 8 years ago | (#16382797)

.. by opening it to contributors, you know any alien that gets it is going to be flooded by popup ads.

They'll rush right over here and exterminate us soooooo fast.....

Good thing it's not in India... (1)

darthservo (942083) | about 8 years ago | (#16382809)

Otherwise Yahoo would have to pay a 12.5% tax [slashdot.org] on sending this message via light.

Funny one I saw (1)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about 8 years ago | (#16382843)

Windows BSOD.
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