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Google Demonstrates Capabilities of Space Based Weapon on 50m Insect Menacing German Town All you folks saying Google wasn't out to take over the world, where are your arguments now? Google now has the capability to destroy enormous mutant bugs from space.
posted by fenriq (23 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
This is stupid.
posted by null terminated at 9:13 AM on January 5, 2007


Google did nothing. The insect belongs to the Golden Palace Casino now.
posted by Smart Dalek at 9:14 AM on January 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


That's just silly. Google's initiative to collect the thoughts, ideas, memories, desires, feelings of everyone on the planet (at which point the biological hard copies will be deleted) isn't really set to come on line for another cfive or six years. I for one welcome the opportunity to shed this buggy mortal coil and live inside a Google server.
posted by Skygazer at 9:19 AM on January 5, 2007


Hmmmm.but will we have to pay rent to live in a Google server farm?</small?
posted by Skygazer at 9:21 AM on January 5, 2007


domination.google.com is still in beta guys. apply now!

null terminated: we don't use forum sigs here.
posted by jcterminal at 9:26 AM on January 5, 2007


Hilarious sarcasm aside, did anyone ever explain the existence of the superbug? I hope I'm safely assuming it's not inside the satellite.
posted by Plutor at 9:29 AM on January 5, 2007


don't tell bush
posted by baker dave at 9:32 AM on January 5, 2007


See this AskMe thread and the actual map.
posted by sequential at 9:33 AM on January 5, 2007


So, someone at Google Maps edited out a bug that was accidentally photographed on the lens of an aircraft camera? Fascinating. I'm going to bring this up at the watercooler:

Me: "Hey Jim? You know that Google Maps photo where a bug was accidentally photographed? Get this: they *edited* out the bug!"

Jim: "No way! You better go post it to Metafilter!"

Can we make this post about Google's hiring algorithm instead? That's actually an interesting story, trying to analyze a workforce on numerous dimensions to determine what makes a good employee.
posted by jellicle at 9:49 AM on January 5, 2007


It was never on the lens though, was it? I thought it found it's way onto the film or the scanning plate.

Also, it wasn't a bug, it was a feature, wasn't it?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:52 AM on January 5, 2007


We're safe again. And now we'll know not to interfere in matters that were meant only for God to understand.
posted by QuietDesperation at 10:01 AM on January 5, 2007


my guess is that it wasn't anywhere near the plane or satellite that took the original picture. This probably happened when the photo was scanned or rephotographed for reproduction.
posted by subtle_squid at 10:17 AM on January 5, 2007


Let it never be said that Google doesn't debug their stuff.
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 10:30 AM on January 5, 2007


So yesterday I realized quite by accident that Google Maps responds to the mouse wheel by zooming exactly the same way that Google Earth does. Is this new or did it just never occur to me to try that before?

...and giant bugs aren't as cool as the "giant ipod listener" listed in the links at the end of the FPP article.
posted by caution live frogs at 10:35 AM on January 5, 2007


Hilarious sarcasm aside, did anyone ever explain the existence of the superbug? I hope I'm safely assuming it's not inside the satellite.

People decided that 1) it was aerial photography, and 2) a small bug got on the film or negative.

Also, anyone else notice that they changed the color of the grass in the shot, but nothing else?
posted by delmoi at 10:57 AM on January 5, 2007


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also, goodnewsfortheinsane wins.
posted by ulotrichous at 11:02 AM on January 5, 2007


cautionlivefrogs, that is totally kickass! I missed it when I read the article.
posted by fenriq at 11:28 AM on January 5, 2007


As sequential pointed out, we went over all this in my AskMe thread (in which I already made the "feature or bug?" quip, thankyouverymuch), and we came to the conclusion that it was a tiny bug squashed when processing large format positive film from an aerial photograph.
posted by team lowkey at 11:56 AM on January 5, 2007


I'll miss that giant bug.

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posted by Faint of Butt at 12:00 PM on January 5, 2007


Destroy the world? Looks like we were saved by Google.
posted by ColdChef at 3:31 PM on January 5, 2007


What about Amazon?
posted by niles at 4:51 PM on January 5, 2007


What's the bet that Google Watch will actually take this seriously and run it into the ground on Digg?
posted by Talez at 5:25 PM on January 5, 2007


well, I, for one, welcome our new earwig overlords...
posted by lodurr at 1:12 PM on January 7, 2007


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