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Spamming Google Maps

CmdrTaco posted more than 7 years ago | from the already-getting-lame dept.

Google 225

An anonymous reader writes "Google organized a flyover of Sydney, Australia last Friday for Australia Day. The images taken on the day will be posted to Google Maps in a few weeks. A number of dotcoms spent hours making huge signs that would be visible from the air. It will be interesting to see whether Google will repeat the event in other cities. If they do, get prepared early. What sign would you make?"

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None (4, Insightful)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789736)

None, because it ruins the entire point of maps if you turn them into nothing but billboards.

Re:None (5, Interesting)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789780)

None, because it ruins the entire point of maps if you turn them into nothing but billboards.
Does it, though? I could see, for instance, fast food chains getting in on the action. Imagine, if you will, if all of the KFCs got together and on the roof of each of the KFC restauraunts is a huge image of Colonel Sanders at the time Google is doing the fly-by photos. You'd know right where get your Original Recipe(tm) Bucket of Chicken without even searching!

Re:None (1, Insightful)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789856)

None, because it ruins the entire point of maps if you turn them into nothing but billboards.

This is easily solved by the online maps simply not announcing where they'll shoot next week. Unless you have the money to spam the entire world, for an year...

Re:None (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789922)

This is easily solved by putting in place a corporate policy to include roof decoration for all franchises.

Much like all police cars now having a decal highlighting the car number (for identification by the helicopter).

Re:None (4, Insightful)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790298)

This is easily solved by putting in place a corporate policy to include roof decoration for all franchises.

You can't actually be against people doing what they want with their own roofs right? In fact, putting readable symbols on your own roof will make the building easily recognizable in a map, so it's a positive thing.

The problem in my opinion is people like those in the article which "spammed" a public park.

Re:None (1, Offtopic)

SQLGuru (980662) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790508)

Of course, my HOA won't let me do anything to my house that makes it deviate from a socially accepted norm.....which basically means that I can't be first, but I can be next.

Layne

Re:None (1)

SCHecklerX (229973) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789878)

I'm only replying because the parent was modded 'insightful'. You don't need to spam images. The query 'KFC near whereveriam' works just fine. That's the powerful thing about google doing maps in the first place. Heck, I use google maps as my primary phone book these days.

Bullseye (5, Funny)

krygny (473134) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789888)

If you look at the roof of the Target store in College Point, NY, there's a huge logo. Not such a good idea.

Re:Bullseye (5, Informative)

ortholattice (175065) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789980)

If you look at the roof of the Target store in College Point, NY, there's a huge logo. Not such a good idea.
For those too lazy to look it up: Target store in College Point, NY [google.com]

Re:Bullseye (5, Funny)

maxwells_deamon (221474) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790358)

So if I am flying over this is a hot air balloon, do I have permission to drop things on that roof?

Re:Bullseye (2, Funny)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790366)

If you look at the roof of the Target store in College Point, NY, there's a huge logo. Not such a good idea.

Why isn;t it a good idea?

Terrorists? Martians? Pigeons?

Re:None (1)

FienX (463880) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790108)

Really this might not be too bad for what you say - I don't know how many times I look for something (say Taco Bell) on Google Maps and they say "its at this intersection" with the arrow pointed dead in the middle of an intersection with strip malls on all four corners! The satellite/plane images only help if the building is easily distinguishable from the roof (some restaurants have a visible design).

Of course didn't KFC already do this as a publicity stunt? [google.com]

Re:None (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17789924)

But a giant goatse.cx recreation would be funny.

Re:None (1)

tigerd (890439) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789994)

stop this big brother shit, or ill sue you!

Re:None (5, Interesting)

Score Whore (32328) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790000)

None, because it ruins the entire point of maps if you turn them into nothing but billboards.
Ummm. This is Google we're talking about. The guys who do everything they can to convince people to place ads on every page on the internet? (As an fyi, Google's ads frequently make up 20-30% of the data transfered when you load up a page with their ads.)

Have you ever put something like "Mt. Rainier" into Google maps? Does it seem fucking stupid that Mt. Rainier is not one of the returned results? Maybe Google has already "ruined the entire point of maps."

Re:None (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790326)

Try it without the period after Mt. You should find what you're looking for

Re:None (2, Insightful)

Spacezilla (972723) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790514)

As an fyi, Google's ads frequently make up 20-30% of the data transfered when you load up a page with their ads.
I think you just made up that number in your head, but I guess if you found some REALLY small web pages with no images at all, you might be right.

Re:None (1, Informative)

Quixote (154172) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790314)

From Google's page [google.com] on the event:

So when you see the Google branded plane flying overhead this January 26th, hoist a sign, arrange your family into a fun formation or just get a bunch of friends together to wave.

If you want to put the blame somewhere, put it on Google. They're the ones spamming the Internet with ads everywhere (Google AdSense anyone?).

Re:None (1)

Hogwash McFly (678207) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790478)

What is the point of a map? How is a map with a logo in a field any less of a map than one with a plain field?

It would seem to me that the point of Google Maps is to provide a fairly current snapshot of the Earth. If the reality is that people erect a sign, why should it not be included in Google Earth? If it were meant to be a political map with physical relief, like the one on the wall beside me, then the whole of France would be purple.

Of course (4, Funny)

LlamaDragon (97577) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789744)

"Hi Mom!"

She always loves that.

Re:Of course (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17789820)

Troll? WTF?

Sometimes you really have to wonder about the moderation system...

Chimpeach! (0)

Camel Racer (134168) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789754)

Chimpeach! -- or some other note that not all US citizens favor the policies of George W. Bush.

Re:Chimpeach! (1)

ShieldW0lf (601553) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789840)

That's clever... I was going to go with "Kill Bush", but yours is punnier.

Re:Chimpeach! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790142)

That's clever... I was going to go with "Kill Bush", but yours is punnier.

We will be along very soon. I take my coffee black, by the way.

Signed,

The Secret Service

RTFA (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17789760)


they had to pack up and leave before the "event" (even a homeless man helped remove the litter)
and to top it off they where 800$ out of pocket,

there is a price for stupidity after all

Maybe you should... (2, Informative)

mdobossy (674488) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789884)

... the park ranger stopped by, but was nice and "turned a blind eye". They were there for the "event", and were not $800 out of pocket.

But yes, a homeless man did help them pick up.. AFTER the event.

Canadian Sign (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17789766)

eh?

Naughty naughty (5, Funny)

rawket.scientist (812855) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789770)

An arrow pointing to my asshole neighbor's house with the caption "Unsecured wireless network here!!"

Re:Naughty naughty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790488)

An arrow pointing to my asshole neighbor's house with the caption "Unsecured wireless network here!!"
Or you could print a giant goatse poster and cover his lawn with it. They say a picture is worth 1000 words.

How did you know? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17789776)

So far I've only heard of new data when it became available. Does Google leak that kind of information in advance now?

Re:How did you know? (1)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789948)

I've heard about a couple of them now, it increases public awareness of google and their maps in general.
I quite like the idea of the maps cataloguing large events as they occur rather than just getting a blank field or empty stadium.

Re:How did you know? (1)

vlad30 (44644) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790338)

I've heard about a couple of them now, it increases public awareness of google and their maps in general.
I quite like the idea of the maps cataloguing large events as they occur rather than just getting a blank field or empty stadium.
However in this day and age of backpack carrying nutters I think I'll avoid those crowded fields next year

"Here's your sign" (5, Funny)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789782)

There's only one thing to put on such a sign:

"Mostly Harmless"

Re:"Here's your sign" (1)

curlynoodle (1004465) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790130)

He he he

Good one.

Re:"Here's your sign" (4, Funny)

SkyDude (919251) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790476)

There's only one thing to put on such a sign: "Mostly Harmless"

C'mon, we're geeks here: "Hello world" is what belongs on the sign

We apologise for the inconvenience (2, Funny)

nietsch (112711) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790510)

If we're doing hitchhikers guide the sign should be in big flaming letters saying 'we apologise for the inconvenience'

Wouldn't that be a nice message from dog?

Btw: Hey Wow where is my insult?

All Your Base Are Belong To Us (2, Funny)

Fuyu (107589) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789792)

All Your Base Are Belong To Us

Re:All Your Base Are Belong To Us (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790342)

why oh why? i don't understand /. i read at -1 and this is the first "all your base" post and its marked as redundant. Only here on /. can such bullshit mod could be made. I feel sorry for the poster hopefully they got the karma to burn. Since some dumb ass thought that 1 time is redundant since they don't grasp the fact that you need something to happen more then once to make it redundant.

example:

not redundant: 1,2,3

redundant: 1,1,2,3

(the 1 is redundant. notice how there are two of them)

I'm still waiting for this area to be updated (4, Funny)

markh1967 (315861) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789802)

Where I live right now is just a very low-res blur on Google Earth and Maps. We've had a banner on the roof of our garage that reads "Fuck off Google!" in 3' high letters for the past two years just waiting for the day they update their imagery. We're still waiting...

Get a life (1)

kevin_conaway (585204) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789810)

or GBTW

Help, I'm stuck in GoogleMaps (0)

Fred_A (10934) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789814)

and I can't get out !

(how unoriginal)

I guess spam's cool now (1)

solevita (967690) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789830)

Over the last week or so there's been a lot of Slashdot stories about spam, but I guess now it's cool!

1: Get your preppy nerd mates to spam google about your blog
2:Spam /. about your blog
3: ???????
4: Profit!

Who cares if we have to wait an age to see if Google actually took your photograph? The important thing is that, as with most weekends, news articles are hard to come by and someone who probably describes themselves as "whacky" or "insane"* managed to spam Google and /.. Cool.




*If you're the type of person that introduces themselves as whacky, or insane, please feel insulted by this post. Thanks.

Re:I guess spam's cool now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17789906)

I am insane, you insensitive clod!
  I am insane, you insansitive crod!
    I am unsane, you insansitile crod!
      O am unsane, you insansi tile crop!

The best part. (2, Interesting)

Eevee (535658) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789832)

The signs were too small. All you'll see in the final resolution is a thin white line. You're talking about possibly four or five pixels wide.

Nah, you can see penis drawing from space (4, Funny)

Mr. McD (166893) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789908)

This fine rooftop example for instance:

http://googlesightseeing.com/maps?p=1211&c=&t=k&hl =en&ll=54.506361,-1.35223&z=19 [googlesightseeing.com]

Or this gem in Arizona:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=85022&ie=U TF8&z=17&ll=33.634542,-112.059485&spn=0.004582,0.0 13475&t=k&om=1 [google.com]

As long as they had a ballpark sized ad, they should be ok.

Ryan-

Re:The best part. (1)

robaal (1019298) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789930)

You can see blurry cars on the second highest magnification, so the eye should be visible.

But yeah, they should have used at least 2-car high font.

Re:The best part. (1)

earnest murderer (888716) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790520)

Considering the quality of Google Maps other airplane based imagery [google.com] I think they'll be alright.

the final frontier (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17789866)

I remember a poem I read as a kid about Coca-Cola turning the moon into a giant advertisement.. is that feasible?

The awful thing is, I can actually imagine that happening soon. How horrific.

CHA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790166)

Coke Adds Life! [wikipedia.org]

Nothing to see... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17789886)



What else would a /. reader put up if not:

"Nothing to see here, move on"

(preferably in ASCII art)

Penis Spam on GoogleMaps (2, Interesting)

blantonl (784786) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789892)

There is even Penis Spam on google maps:

The Yarm School in the UK (Kids Drawing a Penis on the Roof)

http://googlesightseeing.com/maps?p=&c=&t=k&hl=en& ll=54.506361,-1.35223&z=19 [googlesightseeing.com]

.. and of course the classic Penis-on-the-frozen-lake:

http://googlesightseeing.com/maps?p=1211&c=&t=k&hl =en&ll=41.049308,-73.600947&z=18 [googlesightseeing.com]

Re:Penis Spam on GoogleMaps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17789976)

Ah! Penal facilities!

Re:Penis Spam on GoogleMaps (1)

ZorinLynx (31751) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790046)

What's the obsession with penises in public anyway?

It's like the idiots that parade around Second Life with huge wangs strapped on.

What is this, 7th grade? These things aren't funny and they never have been!

-Z

Re:Penis Spam on GoogleMaps (2, Funny)

kleptonin (901871) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790206)

You're just jealous because they're bigger than yours.

Re:Penis Spam on GoogleMaps (1)

Le Marteau (206396) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790218)

What's the obsession with penises in public anyway?

Obviously, you have never read any Freud.

These things aren't funny and they never have been!

Who said they were supposed to be funny? Obviously, you have never watched "Fight Club" where the Durden character spliced sex scenes into family movies in order to be subversive.

So my advice is: Read some Freud, watch Fight Club, and take that pole arm out of your arse.

Re:Penis Spam on GoogleMaps (1)

icebrain (944107) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790286)

"These things aren't funny and they never have been!"

On the contrary... they are. Not for the content, but rather because some people get so fucking upset about it. "Oh no, it's vulgar and obscene!" Well, 50% of the population (give or take) has one, and every one of us came out of one in some form or another.

This isn't to say I agree with drawing it on say, the school mentioned in another post, or on the wall of someone's house--that's vandalism. But drawing one in the snow on a frozen lake, or covering your friend's car in penises (drawn with shaving cream)--THAT's funny.

Re:Penis Spam on GoogleMaps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790354)

"Oh no, it's vulgar and obscene!"

Where's my swoonin' fan? I do declare, I've got a case of the vapours. Mammy, please bring me a cushion, for my delicate ears cannot take such crudeness... my delicate ears are not used to such vulgarities. I do declare. And it's not funny! Where do these ruffians get off putting forth their gigantic hardware in front of decent folk? Where's my swoonin' fan, woman?! The vapours, the vapours!

Re:Penis Spam on GoogleMaps (1)

SkyDude (919251) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790502)

I think the penis can be very funny as long as it's someone else's being laughed at......

Does it matter... (4, Funny)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789902)

Does it really matter when google has spammed first?

For example, look
here [google.com] . It is off the california coast, near LAX.

Grump

Re:Does it matter... (2, Insightful)

pla (258480) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789986)

For example, look here. It is off the california coast, near LAX.

Sorry, I don't get it - I see you got modded funny, but unless the joke comes from getting people to follow the link for no reason, I just don't know what you meant to link to.

Do you mean the Google watermark on all their images, which shows up better on smooth water than on varied terrain?

I tried zooming both in and out, but see nothing.

Re:Does it matter... (1)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790196)

Yes, I do mean the watermark.

But the first time i noticed the watermark I thought why does google have their name on a parking lot? I gotta drive out there and check it out.

Grump

What sign would I make? (0, Flamebait)

alexhard (778254) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789938)

"Dead Nigger Storage"

Re:What sign would I make? (1)

euice (953774) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790082)

She'll come home early if you do this :)

Not flamebait (1)

glesga_kiss (596639) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790322)

Offtopic maybe, but it's a line from Pulp Fiction:

Jimmie: "Now let me ask you a question, Jules. When you drove in here, did you notice a sign out in front that said, "Dead nigger storage"?"

Jules: "Jimmie..."

Jimmie: "Answer the question! Did you see a sign out in front of my house that said "Dead nigger storage"?"

Jules: "Naw man, I didn't."

Jimmie: "You know why you didn't see that sign?"

Jules: "Why?"

Jimmie: "'Cause storin' dead niggers ain't my fuckin' business!"

Pacman (1)

i, Podius (1051904) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789950)

I actually made a giant Pac-Man and Two Pac-Ghosts, and put them out in a street near my house. I waited 3 hours, well past the time the plane was supposed to fly over. I didn't see it, but I'm hoping maybe I missed it while being distracted by something. In the end, the police showed up and told me to move it to the footpath, which I took as a cue to get out of the sun and go back to bed.

Mt. Fuji Cherries (1)

F34nor (321515) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789952)

I just want them to fly over when the cherry blossoms are out.

this field is... (3, Funny)

picob (1025968) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789970)

Intentionally Left Blank

My Sign? (1)

Hitman_Frost (798840) | more than 7 years ago | (#17789998)

"I lack an original comment."

Already done? (2, Interesting)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790006)

Don't know if it's on Google's maps, but GeoEye has done it already.

http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_5047747 [denverpost.com]

[John]

nig6]a (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790010)

I'm sick of iT. And executes a

Who wants to bet... (0, Offtopic)

Ant P. (974313) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790028)

...that they'll just diff the images against the old ones and manually sort through big changes, leaving the spammers' areas of the map outdated and blurry? Serves them right if they do.

Giving Seti@home a hand (1)

Kizor (863772) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790030)

"FREE HOT BABES FOR ALIENS"

When the tentacle monsters break in, it will be a small price to pay for the advancement of human knowledge.

Get Prepared? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790036)

I'm already prepared. I've had my "No More Anal Probes" sign out for years!

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be working.

Many of you are missing the point (5, Insightful)

Syde (1047152) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790058)

Its kind of hard to be calling it spamming when Google actually asked people to do this... If you think its stupid, then call google stupid, not the people that participated. http://www.google.com/intl/en_au/events/australiad ay2007/index.html [google.com]

Heh, just like in Second Life (1)

vadim_t (324782) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790102)

In SL the map shows objects on the land. People used that to create pictures and ads visible on the map. For example:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Palomarian/128/128/128 / [slurl.com]
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Omidyar/128/128/128/ [slurl.com]
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Clementina/128/128/128 / [slurl.com]

These are usually made by using large colored blocks high in the air, so they can't be seen from the ground.

What sign would I make? (1)

hondamankev (1000186) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790110)

One that conveys truth, honesty, and deep convictions: "Mars Needs More Women."

new spin on old news (4, Informative)

thekm (622569) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790114)

Many companies have invested a lot of money/effort into putting signs on the rooftops of warehouses and large buildings. This is just that there's a "new" reason to put a sign on the roof, one that has companies without warehouses wanting to do it (like a .com). Sydney's a great example... take a train from western sydney into the city, and you'll pass a half dozen places with truly enormous signs on their rooftops. Arnotts is one of them.

...these signs have been around for many decades. My father (a signwriter) explained them to me on my very first trip into sydney as a kid. He actually made one for a tractor parts distributor that had a huge shed under a flight path (regaled me with how interesting it was to create such a big layout accurately). So, it's certainly not time now to be getting all bent out of shape because there's just one more reason to make signs for a higher viewpoint.

When the pics finally make it up to google maps, you'll see all the signs that have preempted this article by probably more than my life time. Anyone mad about rooftops becoming big billboards... you'll need to find something actually "new" to whinge about :)

goatse (4, Funny)

smoker2 (750216) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790132)

see subject (if you're exceptionally unlucky ! )

An old nostalgic favourite... (3, Funny)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790134)

"Here be dragons!"

- RG>

Disneyland Paris has already done this! (1)

KNicolson (147698) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790172)

Look at the Palace of Versailles [google.com] and you can see Mickey Mouse grinning out at you, if you squint hard enough.

Microsoft too... (1)

Lord Satri (609291) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790188)

The Slashgeo.org story [slashgeo.org] :
All Points Blog tells us Google unexpectedly acquires data over Sydney [smh.com.au] , for Australia Day 2007. From this other article [smh.com.au] : "On Friday, an aircraft hired by Google will be doing a series of low-level swoops over parts of Sydney, photographing the ground and waters below. [...] "It's a bit of an experiment and if it's a success, we'll probably do it in other places [around the world]," Mr Rasmussen said, indicating that Google would work on organising similar flyovers in places like Paris on Bastille Day or over cities in the United States on Independence Day." Update: 01/26 16:40 GMT by S [slashgeo.org] :The Google Earth blog tells us [gearthblog.com] Microsoft too [smh.com.au] will acquire data over Sydney.

Shocked at the negative comments (5, Insightful)

gary gunrack (956165) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790212)

People (slashdotters?) left some really vitriolic comments on their blog. It would be a completely different situation of soulless corporations were making the ad. But this is just a geeky couple doing something creative that took alot of their time and energy, and was obviously done out of love, not greed.

Re:Shocked at the negative comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790448)

love and not greed?? so your saying that advertisement is done for free and out of love if its done by geeks? thats such bullshit all advertisements have evil get rich side to it hell thats why they are ads! They probably got some sort of kick back since no one in this world does stuff just for shit and giggles unless its just a concept and has no use to the everyday person or if it does have a use its such a pain in the ass to use that most people will never even glance at it.

I am not walmart.... (1)

gmby (205626) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790228)

but I want to paint a big happy face on my BUD
(big ugly dish.) [wikipedia.org]

I just need to know when/if google will photo houston again.

I am Here! [google.com]

A little hard to see but I can say "It's a big one!."

SF (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790234)

San Francisco.

"If you lived here, you'd be a homo by now."

Fuck Google you thieving bastards (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790258)

Fuck Google you thieving bastards.

That would be my message after having tried to use Google Adwords. Extortion would not describe it.

Stupid Spammers... (1)

WK1 (987981) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790270)

Ch@3p V1agr@ 0nLIn3!!!! NO pRe5cr1pt10n N3c355@rY!!!!!!

My sign would read... (1)

thewiz (24994) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790274)

Beam me up, Scotty! There's no intelligent life down here!

Heinlein's "Man who Sold the Moon" (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790284)

...mentions the possibility of inexpensively turning the Moon into a billboard, by using rockets which scatters carbon black on the surface of the moon in patterns.

It's only a matter of time.

As a Seahawks fan.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790306)

A giant "Quiet! Eli can't think!" sign would be something I'd like to see immortalized from aircraft if not space.

I'd get all my neighbours involved (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790318)

"NO FAT CHICKS"

Wouldn't it be... (1)

Hymer (856453) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790320)

...a great practical joke if Google took those pictures a couple of days earlier than announced ?

Sign?! (1)

Eastree (719351) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790352)

Hell, I'd have sex in the back yard! I mean ... at that resolution, no one could tell it was a Real Doll. it would just look like a flesh-colored spider!

Ceiling Cat!! (1)

EsJay (879629) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790356)

A 200x200 foot Ceiling Cat!! [ceilingcat.com]

My sign (1)

JoshJ (1009085) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790360)

"I, for one, welcome our Google Maps overlords!"

Sign (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17790454)

BILL SUX

Douglas Adams (2, Funny)

smilinggoat (443212) | more than 7 years ago | (#17790486)

So long, and thanks for all the fish.
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