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France Opens Secret UFO Files

CowboyNeal posted more than 7 years ago | from the mulder-and-scully dept.

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Radon360 notes that France has become the first country to open its files on UFOs. A new website lists over 1600 sightings dating back to the 1950s. "The online archives, which will be updated as new cases are reported, catalogues in minute detail cases ranging from the easily dismissed to a handful that continue to perplex even hard-nosed scientists. Known as OVNIs in French, UFOs have always generated intense interest along with countless conspiracy theories about secretive government cover-ups of findings deemed too sensitive or alarming for public consumption."

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Moi (5, Funny)

Mipoti Gusundar (1028156) | more than 7 years ago | (#18455887)

Je, pour une, bienvenu notre nouvelle ONVI maitre!

Re:Moi (2, Funny)

jibjibjib (889679) | more than 7 years ago | (#18455923)

How do you say "Mod parent up" in French?

Re:Moi (1, Offtopic)

macron1 (971968) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456037)

How do you say "Mod parent up" in French?
Poorly translated: "Parent modéré vers le haut" (still learning)

Re:Moi (4, Informative)

BlueTrin (683373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456197)

You say:
Donnez une bonne note au parent (there's no literal translation for mod up)

or

Votez pour le parent (implied that it is up)

*Waiting for the freedom fries lovers to mod me down* :)

Re:Moi (-1, Flamebait)

tsa (15680) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456475)

O, freedom fries! What a terrific demonstration of American narrow-mindedness.

Re:Moi (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456543)

Dammit, it's not called "french fries" or "freedom fries", it's called "chips"! I fear we lost an opportunity to teach Americans real English...

Re:Moi (1, Interesting)

kestasjk (933987) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456627)

French fries are long and thin, chips (in England) are thicker and shorter.
Here in Australia you get a strange crossover between British and American English, and so chips can mean either crisps or fries depending on context.

Re:Moi (0, Offtopic)

ChameleonDave (1041178) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456583)

I really hate that cliché. All it takes is for an American to hear something about a foreign country and they say "How do you say [insert something vaguely appropriate] in [insert language of the country]?". The assumption is that nobody will actually know the answer to the question, which therefore becomes rhetorical.

Not to mention that the post that was supposed to need modding up contained nothing but another cliché, crappily translated into French. But wait, I "must be new here", right?

Re:Moi (5, Funny)

Library Spoff (582122) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456853)

What's french for cliché ?

99% of cases of visions of UFOs are false (1)

josemayor1 (1070508) | more than 7 years ago | (#18455945)

Finally the countries begin to be decided to initiate their investigations, when some great countries like the USA, initiate their investigations we will have really impressive things. But it is necessary to know that 99% of cases of visions of UFOs, are due to secret military tests. A thing is clear, if there were something interesting in those files has been erased and modified. We needed Scully lieutenant to find out it. a greeting.

http://www.dovoyeur.com/ [dovoyeur.com] Voyeur

Re:Moi (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456007)

Nature outlaws word gods. Cubeless word is a
deadly Word virus spreading within the
English Language. Unless isolated and
eradicated by your knowledge of Nature's 4-Day
Time Cube = Highest Order. Time Cube as a
spiritual unity, heavenly music of cubed sphere
could be audible on Earth that educators
refuse to acknowledge Nature's Harmonic Time
Cube is a crime against Nature and enslaves
Children.

Translation (5, Funny)

cabinetsoft (923481) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456053)

Je, pour une, bienvenu notre nouvelle ONVI maitre!
I surrender to our new UFO overlords.

Re:Translation (1)

njdube (965445) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456695)

More like... Je me rends à nos nouveaux suzerains non identifiés de vol. Yeah, my French sucks. Sorry.

Re:Moi (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456157)

pour commencer, c'est un OVNI (objet volant non identifié)
ou tu peux aussi utiliser "une secoupe volante" (flying saucer)

et le verbe est "acceuillir"

comment traduiser le phrase, je ne sais pas, je ne suis francophone non plus donc...

Re:Moi (0, Offtopic)

BlueTrin (683373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456261)

I don't want to look like a spelling freak or a grammar nazi but:
  • ou tu peux aussi utiliser "une soucoupe volante" (flying saucer)
  • et le verbe est "accueillir"

Re:Moi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456301)

whoops ^^
why did it still say secoupe, i thought i had corrected that -_-
ah well, my mistake :)

Re:Moi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456169)

I think you mean OVNI (objet volant non identifie)

Re:Moi (4, Informative)

dmayle (200765) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456219)

<Offtopic>Ok, I won't go into how bad that French is...</Offtopic>

It's OVNI for Objets Volants Non-Identifié. But the reason I'm posting is that I wanted to point out that this has been released by CNES, which is kind of like NASA in France. Not quite, as it's more of an educational institution, but it's very similar nonetheless...

Re:Moi (1)

aadvancedGIR (959466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456551)

CNES is much more than just an educational institution, they build satelites and interplanetary probes and run telescopes (and, yes, there is a lot of educational work there since there is a lot of pure academic research done there) beside their educational activities. The points NASA does and not CNES are launchers (handled by Ariane Espace) and experimental aircrafts (mostly handled by EADS).
Of course, on any of these activities, it is 10 to 100 times smaller than NASA.

Re:Moi (5, Funny)

Mjlner (609829) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456329)

Je, pour une, bienvenu notre nouvelle ONVI maitre!
You know, a "pardon my French" would be in order...

A better translation and masters (4, Informative)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456441)

Surprised by the bad translations in the comments, here's a more appropriate one (no, online translation tools are not as good as humans): Je, quant à moi, souhaite la bienvenue à nos nouveaux maîtres OVNIs.

Additionally, it's not "secoupe volante" pour rather "soucoupe volante" (flying saucer) (see other comment on parent). And if they wanted to be our masters and already made contact, since they would have the technology to reach us, I guess they'd already be our masters. (well, looking at our politicians' behavior, maybe they already are! ;-)

Re:A better translation and masters (1, Interesting)

qazsedcft (911254) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456639)

Surprised by the bad translations in the comments, here's a more appropriate one (no, online translation tools are not as good as humans): Je, quant à moi, souhaite la bienvenue à nos nouveaux maîtres OVNIs.

Yeah, except that in French a subordinate clause right after a personal pronoun is not very grammatical. Quant à moi, je souhaite la bienvenue ... would be more correct. Also, I think O.V.N.I. requires proper punctuation and can't be made plural.

Re:A better translation and masters (1, Funny)

ChameleonDave (1041178) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456705)

Je, quant à moi, souhaite la bienvenue à nos nouveaux maîtres OVNIs.

"Je" is very seldom separated from its verb.

Here's a better stab at it: Moi, je souhaite la bienvenue à nos nouveaux maîtres extraterrestres.

Or better still: Comme je suis complètement con, je passe mon temps à répéter des clichés hyper-chiants sur Slashdot.

Re:Moi (1)

jettawu (1030820) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456759)

I wonder how Fox Mulder pulled it off, does he even speak French?

Poll Troll Toll (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18455893)

What's better?

UFOs [impoll.net]
No trolls [impoll.net]

Re:Poll Troll Toll (-1, Offtopic)

ag0ny (59629) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456137)

It's almost funny how you spam every Slashdot post with useless polls in order to bring traffic to your lame polling site.

Re:Poll Troll Toll (-1, Offtopic)

jibjibjib (889679) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456243)

Actually, someone else did all the other ones. (notice how mine doesn't say anything about mares)

They wanted to abduct a Frenchman..... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18455895)

but he ran away before they could catch him!

French Response (3, Funny)

oldwindways (934421) | more than 7 years ago | (#18455897)

Honestly, if the French government though there were UFOs, they wouldn't bother to cover it up, they would just surrender.

Re:French Response (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18455933)

Then the US would invade wherever the UFOs came from, only to retreat several years later when no WMDs are found.

Re:French Response (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18455983)

And then either forget to mention they ever did it until some inconvinient comedy show sets itself there (MASH and korea)

Or write in the history books that they won despite everyone outside the US kowing they got their asses kicked (viet nam)

Re:French Response (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456343)

we didn't get our asses kicked in vietnam, we simply didn't bring enough bullets for the numbers we where facing.

that and someone didn't understand the age old bit of knowledge. never get into a land war in Asia.

Vietnam was a draw. no one won, and in the end the vietcong did what they wanted to do ten years earlier anyways.

Re:French Response (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456389)

No, you got your arses kicked. Your last people were air-lifted under fire off the roof of your embassy.

Thanks for dragging the ANZACS into it too though. Please forward the payments to our Agent Orange victims as soon as possible.

Re:French Response (0, Offtopic)

ChameleonDave (1041178) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456773)

No, the Americans won. The objective was to crush successful independent development in South-East Asia. They were indeed driven out, but only after achieving the objective.

Re:French Response (-1, Offtopic)

BlueTrin (683373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456225)

I saw the powerpoint for the attack and it said:
  • 1 - Send troops
  • 2 - ???
  • 3 - Profit FTW !



Iraq PP doc [gwu.edu]

Re:French Response (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18455943)

You mean instead of declaring victory despite actually losing, going home and rewriting the history books?

Re:French Response (0, Offtopic)

BlueTrin (683373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456211)

Come on, I am french myself and find the parent funny :)

Re:French Response (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456379)

Oh, ha ha. Someone mentions the French and then the next thing you know someone responds with a surrender joke. Quite original.

French bashing was so 2002/2003. We saw how the other items in the American gung-ho mindset worked out for that time period: French bashing, invading Iraq, Guantanamo Bay prison, restrictive anti-terror laws, waterboarding, extraordinary rendition for torture, etc. Most people recognize that the French were right in 2002 and 2003 and that the rest of the items above were grave mistakes. Why continue to bash the French then? It isn't like they haven't helped out fight against the Taliban and al Qaeda--in fact the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaule is heading out to the Arabian Gulf for another tour. The French were against a war than most Americans are now against (Iraq) and support a war that most Americans still continue to support (Afghanistan). Continuing to bash the French is worse than pointless. It is like a jock beating up the smart kid because he was right and the jock was wrong. The main reason people continue to bash the French is to hide their own shame.

Re:French Response (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456481)

When will the "it's funny because I'm ignorant!" French surrender joke finally give way to something truthful?

Re:French Response (0, Offtopic)

geoffrobinson (109879) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456533)

When the French stand up to a country without the impulse towards appeasement, the French surrender jokes will cease.

Re:French Response (0, Offtopic)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456525)

Naah, they'll prop up the Maginot line and the aliens will just walk over Belgium instead.

Re:French Response (0, Offtopic)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456619)

Naw, surrender is too active. They'd just sit passively by while the aliens took over their country. The French don't surrender...they just don't fight.

Re:French Response (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456679)

YAWN! Give me a break - how on earth is something like that funny anymore?

Link seems broken (2, Informative)

atamyrat (980611) | more than 7 years ago | (#18455919)

To visit the website: www.cnes-geipan.fr.
The article points to website http://www.cnes-geipan.fr/ [cnes-geipan.fr] , which I couldn't access.

Does anyone know the correct link?

Re:Link seems broken (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18455993)

FTA:

"The website itself -- which crashed host servers hours after it was unveiled due to heavy traffic -- is extremely well organized and complete, even including scanned copies of police reports."

Re:Link seems broken (4, Funny)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456011)

OMFG conspiracy! Either that or it's slashdotted already.

Re:Link seems broken (1, Funny)

cabinetsoft (923481) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456111)

OMFG conspiracy! Either that or it's slashdotted already.
No, they surrendered.

article also mentions link is dead (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456199)

but you knew that already because all good /.'ers RTFA's religiously.

"France has become the first country..." (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18455927)

Radon360 notes that France has become the first country to open its files on UFOs.

Because Radon360 is a twat.

May 2006:
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FreedomOfInforma tion/PublicationScheme/SearchPublicationScheme/Uni dentifiedAerialPhenomenauapInTheUkAirDefenceRegion .htm [www.mod.uk]

Re:"France has become the first country..." (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456335)

<snobby voice>Vy, yoo are right! Vee zurender zee title of virst!</snobby voice>

(Sorry, couldn't resist)

Re:"France has become the first country..." (1)

aadvancedGIR (959466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456587)

Yes, but France is the first country to do so only one mounth before a presidential election, maybe it is not a coincidence.

Since this is France we are talking about (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18455951)

will the database contain a field on whether or not the aliens looked delicious?

Re:Since this is France we are talking about (5, Funny)

Plutonite (999141) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456233)

These guys eat toads - I wouldn't land my green butt in France if I were an alien.

Re:Since this is France we are talking about (0, Redundant)

bad_fx (493443) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456259)

And perhaps another field detailing how many people surrendered to them?

Re:Since this is France we are talking about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456263)

More importantly, how much will the french [timesonline.co.uk] pay in oil bribes to iran and the aliens?

Dup (1, Informative)

toonerh (518351) | more than 7 years ago | (#18455987)

This has been out "en anglias" since 2003 French COMETA Report [physicsforums.com]

Informative? Try 'Misinformative' (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456493)

This has not been out since 2003. You're talking about a report...this is a website FULL of reports, photos, etc.

Two very different things. RTFA next time before you go karma whoring ;)

Tag zis (5, Funny)

ootykumar (996813) | more than 7 years ago | (#18455999)

Ze truth iz out zere

UFO (1)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456003)

I wonder if this means that we'll finally find out what happened to SHADO [ufoseries.com] ?

English Translation of the site (-1, Troll)

Ace905 (163071) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456009)

The site is available in english via its primary mirror:

http://douginadress.com/mirrors/omvi_new/en/ufolog y/ [douginadress.com]

Unidentified Fat Object (1)

iendedi (687301) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456057)

Funny, but quite a big letdown.

CESMs (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456039)

Upon closer examination most of the UFO's were identified as Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys (CESMs).

Unknown Flying Object (1)

netdur (816698) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456041)

It could mean some secret Russian or American military projects, not the aliens... got it?

Re:Unknown Flying Object (2, Insightful)

aadvancedGIR (959466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456621)

it many cases, it was simply clouds or optical illusions, which are not even flying objects. And then you add all those drunk peoples and the jokers to that list...
Anyway, this base is nothing more than a list of police reports, even it there really was an alien origin in one of those phenomenons, the odds that this base contains anything usefull to prove it is almost nil.

Kudos to them! (0, Flamebait)

HCLogo (1077495) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456071)

Now, with any luck the rest of the world *cough* USA *cough* will follow suit...
Haha... Good freakin' luck!

its a matter of point of view (5, Insightful)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456081)

If you consider UFO to be what it actually means, that it is an object in the sky for which there is no current explanation, then that's fine. Ball Lightening was a 'UFO' till it was explained.

To believe that these unexplained things are extra terrestrials is a huge leap, and one I would tend to scoff at. Not least because the whole 'flying saucer' and 'greys' crap only appeared in the US during the early cold war, with greys not being named till later.

I will never believe that an advanced race can travel all the way across the inconceivable distance between stars, and be dumb enough to crash. Nor that they would travel that far and buzz people on their own, which is all that has supposedly happened.

Not once have they made proper contact and opened a dialogue, or established a visible presence. That's would be like Christopher Columbus landing in America, blowing a rasberry at a native American, jumping back in his ship and heading home without another word. It's just silly.

Most alien visitation theories read like children's stories, and most 'the aliens operated on me' stories read like early memories of visits to a dentist mixed with sexual fantasies.

And yet I do believe that other life exists, to do otherwise is to be a fool, given the size of the universe.

I do not, however, subscribe to the 'aliens are morons who can't steer a ship, and like to cut on us some from time to time' line of thought.

Re:its a matter of point of view (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456127)

I will never believe that an advanced race can travel all the way across the inconceivable distance between stars, and be dumb enough to crash.
Yeah, humans definitely have the market on that particular brand of stupidity (RIP Beagle 2). :-P

Re:its a matter of point of view (1)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456183)

[koff] Well, being British I am given to ignore that particular event [koff]

Re:its a matter of point of view (2, Interesting)

BlueTrin (683373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456241)

You might want to look at the Drake equation [ufoevidence.org]

Re:its a matter of point of view (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456713)

The Drake equation is bullshit [crichton-official.com] (*), with no basis in fact. Crichton has been criticized for his conclusions but he does make some very strong points - that the Drake equation isn't scientific I particularly agree with. I think the likelyhood of extra-terrestrial life is rather good, but that's just a "gut feeling" of mine. Anyone who respects scientific principles shouldn't look to the Drake equation for answers to that question, though.

(*) "Aliens Cause Global Warming", a speech by Michael Crichton. He speaks about the Drake equation a few paragraphs down.

Re:its a matter of point of view (1)

BlueTrin (683373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456809)

Yeah it was more as a philosophical point of view that I pointed him to the Drake equation, it has no real scientific basis and when you look at it, it seems more written by some idealistic poet with alit bit of maths knowledge than a physician/mathematician ...

I find it quite interesting to look at it though ...

Re:its a matter of point of view (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456289)

Good points, except for one fact: aliens aren't humans, so they are not very likely to think like us. Their motives might even be beyond what any human can comprehend.

Re:its a matter of point of view (2, Funny)

CmdrGravy (645153) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456369)

We don't really know how Aliens thought processes would work but we do have a fair idea of the physical practicalities of manufacturing space ships and embarking on space journeys and based on that it's very hard to see why anyone would simply fly over to stick a few probes up the butts of dumb American farmers and fly off again.

However until we have any evidence that Aliens are behind UFO sightings, which we don't, we shouldn't really spend too much time trying to justify how it might happen.

Re:its a matter of point of view (1)

linvir (970218) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456617)

we do have a fair idea of the physical practicalities of manufacturing space ships and embarking on space journeys

No we don't. We know what it's like for us to do it. Another civilisation on another planet might be more advanced and have a much easier time of it. Based on that, it'd be perfectly plausible for adventurous adolescent aliens to joyride across the galaxy in a $300 used flying-saucer just to come "cow tipping" in a backwater rural solar system.

As you say, though, it's all a bit silly without any proper evidence of actual little green men.

Re:its a matter of point of view (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456303)

Unless visiting Earth and scaring humans is the alien equivalent of cow tipping...

Re:its a matter of point of view (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456341)

That's would be like Christopher Columbus landing in America, blowing a rasberry at a native American, jumping back in his ship and heading home without another word. It's just silly.

So you are saying that all those times Sneaking Badger reported seeing Unidentified Sailing Europeans, he was lying!?

Re:its a matter of point of view (3, Interesting)

teslar (706653) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456349)

I will never believe that an advanced race can travel all the way across the inconceivable distance between stars, and be dumb enough to crash.
I'm with you on the entire alien-free-planet-to-date argument, but you may want to reconsider that particular belief. Travelling distances between stars is a completely different thing from landing on a planet and this includes the mechanics involved. You may be incredibly fast in a vacuum but perhaps you've never encountered Earth-like gravity before or this Nitrogen floating around in the atmosphere so much. Looks harmless enough, but what do you know, it just happens to set the primary coil reactor on fire and corrode the entire fusion circuitboard in a matter of seconds, what an awkward time to find this out. Or maybe you just have no idea to compensate for 10 times the gravitational pull of your own home planet, maybe simply because your landing thrusters have nto been designed with that in mind. Either way, crash boom.

Basically you assume two things in your belief: (1) familiarity with the Earth environment and experience therein and (2) total absence of mechanical/electrical/whatever failures. Neither is a given.

Re:its a matter of point of view (1)

argent (18001) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456615)

Basically you assume two things in your belief: (1) familiarity with the Earth environment and experience therein and (2) total absence of mechanical/electrical/whatever failures.

And (3) sanity. What you're describing is the equivalent of trying to land on Jupiter in a Cessna. And we have a lot less experience with the Jovian atmosphere than any people capable of intersteller travel would have with rocky planets like the Earth.

Re:its a matter of point of view (3, Insightful)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456735)

1: Any race lacking in the ability to calculate the basic math of gravitational calculations would probably never get into space in the first place.

2: Any Race unable to enter the atmosphere of a planet safely in a crewed ship would also be unlikely to be inclined to do so, or they would have gathered experience. After all, we've barely got started and already we know the problems involved in landing on different planets.

Give aliens a little credit...

Re:its a matter of point of view (1)

psymastr (684406) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456783)

What a load of crap. We're evidently at a hugely inferior technology point than those aliens and we can land spacecrafts on every planet on our solar system.

Re:its a matter of point of view (1)

Yetihehe (971185) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456375)

I would believe that a race can traveel entire galaxy and crash. Suppose they are like us. They WILL have "people" that are not really smart and can't understand ALL the technology they have properly (look at typical windows user). So if it's so easy to fly entire galaxy that anybody can do it, then somebody dumb will fly here to earth and crash.

Re:its a matter of point of view (1)

carvalhao (774969) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456479)

I believe your analogy is a bit off...

An alien with a vast superior intelligence coming to Earth and trying establishing contact with humans would be similar to you going to the country side and trying to establish contact with an ant colony. The intelligence divide is just to great for you to care or for the ants to comprehend.

If aliens have visited Earth our great science achievements wouldn't amount to much more than our perception of technology in an ant colony's tunnel system

Re:its a matter of point of view (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456521)

I don't believe that. I think with time and the political stability and the resources and determination that is needed, we can make a starship. And then years later we can find a planet with beings on it that are just as intelligent as we are, but still in their Medieval period.

Re:its a matter of point of view (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456753)

I've tried that. Spotted a nice friendly pile-o-ants, crept cautiously up to their doorstep, and introduced myself with a friendly "Howdy".*

They started scurrying around, crawled all over me, and then started biting me. It stung. Bad.*

So out came the gasoline and a match. No more ants.

Take that, hu-mans.

*Texas / Fire ants

Re:its a matter of point of view (2, Insightful)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456811)

I would think a more plausable description of such behaviour would be -- analysis. Poke them, prod them, measure the results -- don't contaminate the experiment by introducing yourself into it. Pick a monkey and paint him green, see what happens (obligatory anthropology reference).

I just hope a better metaphor isn't bugs in a jar. Some kid's going to pick it up and shake it, just to get us angry...

Re:its a matter of point of view (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456721)

I will never believe that an advanced race can travel all the way across the inconceivable distance between stars, and be dumb enough to crash. Nor that they would travel that far and buzz people on their own, which is all that has supposedly happened.

Not once have they made proper contact and opened a dialogue, or established a visible presence. That's would be like Christopher Columbus landing in America, blowing a rasberry at a native American, jumping back in his ship and heading home without another word. It's just silly.
That's what they want you to think.....

Re:its a matter of point of view (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456767)

Not once have they made proper contact and opened a dialogue, or established a visible presence.
What do you think these guys [facealauteur.com] (facealauteur.com) are trying to do?

AC

Oh for heavens sake (3, Funny)

KlausBreuer (105581) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456089)

Why do people keep wanting to babble on about this idiocy? I want them to keep quiet about it - if you have to be a UFO-nut, I am certainly not interested in it.

Sheesh, ACC offered my this planet for a nice quiet vacation, but everywhere I see people babbling about UFOs...

Comment servir l'homme ? (4, Funny)

jmmerliot (248420) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456145)

Never forget,

"Comment servir l'homme ?" (How to serve man ?)

is a cooking guide....

Juste loved this old TZ episode

-- a true frog from France ^^

Re:Comment servir l'homme ? (0, Redundant)

bytesex (112972) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456213)

Stewed for a day in wine and garlic.

You mean... (1, Redundant)

FedeLebron (977157) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456177)

France surrenders to secret UFO files?

Re:You mean... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18456403)

lmao

wow! (1)

minus_273 (174041) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456465)


I didnt know people were even listening to the former canadian defense minister. Looks like the first concrete step towards solving global warming! [physorg.com] al gore should be happy.

And that's not the worst part... (3, Funny)

jpellino (202698) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456471)

The French are looking to prosecute any UFOs who aren't using open standards for their communications.

Re:And that's not the worst part... (5, Funny)

ericlondaits (32714) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456527)

Like those nefarious aliens that used AppleTalk in Independence Day!

The first country? (1)

mangst (978895) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456745)

I wouldn't say that the French are "the first country" to do this. The Brits seemed to have done something similar months ago by having the Ministry of Defense release all UFO reports it received from 2002-2006 [www.mod.uk] under the Freedom of Information Act. Though I have no links to back me up, I believe Brazil has also freed up its UFO information, or at least is in the process of doing so.

Raelians... (1)

Notquitecajun (1073646) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456815)

Oh, great. Thanks, France, for giving the Raelians a chance to get some publicity. Bet they won't be long in coming out with some claptrap about this...

Does anyone really believe this... (1)

sarlos (903082) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456857)

You'll have to excuse me for going all tinfoil hat here... but how hard would it be to say "We're releasing all our UFO files!" and only really reveal the ones that won't cause "public panic." I'm usually not the conspiracy theory type, but any time a government says they're releasing "all" the information on something, a part of me wants to cry "bullshit."

Quit with French bashing already !!! (3, Insightful)

unity100 (970058) | more than 7 years ago | (#18456861)

especially you, americans !

you should remember that the freedoms you are enjoying now were put forward in their current forms mostly by french intellectuals in 18th century, matured in this country and then were accepted by your founding fathers and incorporated into your constitution and the consequent revolution. not to mention french aiding you against the british, lafayette and all.

and i dont even need to mention the french revolution, which is the social movement that set the way to the modern civilized society by overthrowing aristocracy not only in france, but in most of europe. it was eventually messed up by a short megalomaniac who is known as napoleon, but eh - revolution still did its thing.

french are ok.

the only problem is that, they hatch on stuff TOO long, only to put the stuff into action in 100-200 year intervals. and then, major things happen. all in the meantime they sleep, ruled by egotistic megalomaniacs.
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