US space agency NASA, one of the few organisations with probe craft operating beyond Earth orbit (for instance upon the surface of Mars and above planets and moons still further-flung) has stunned the world by releasing photos of a huge, four-toed footprint dating from more than 100 million years ago. Footprint at undisclosed …
Nah - Two digits too few for Norfolk
Probably had one of his toes bitten off in an argument.
don't you mean two of his toes bitten off?
Without a wide angle shot, just looks like erosion to me...
That was taken in a studio, just look at the shadows on the ground and why is the flag fluttering?
According to myth busters, the flag fluttering was simply the pole shaking/moving from where it was pushed into the ground.
Personally I thought it looked a lot more like the batman Symbol than anything else. So is this proof that Batman really exists ?
Others might also be able to perceive their personal Jesus / Mother Mary YMMV.
Batman used to exist, but has been extinct for millions of years...
This also proves evolution, as we can deduce from this image that The Batman once had 4 horns instead of two...
The 'sensitive' nature of the location is most likely due to the roaring trade in illegally-ripped-out-of-the-ground fossils presently happening around the globe.
I for one welcome our four-toed non-human overlords.
Can Tony and Gordon take off their disguises now?
The register is going down hill, this should have been post number 1. Maybe I am getting old but I thought the comments section was all about welcoming overlords of one sort or another. I kinda thought it was like spreading your bets, much in the same way as being a multi-faith atheist (or does that translate into believing in nothing in a lot of different ways? - you get my point anyway I'll assume).
In summary, you must all try harder next time lest you wish to feel the wrath of a four-toed super-being with an as yet undetermined amount of mounted lasers!
Blunderbuss +1 from me
P.s. I want more "laser" comments too. That is all.
laser sharks, no less!
So any chance this was created by, for instance, a robot lander that, for instance, delivered "30 pulses of its laser during a 10-second period. Each pulse delivering more than a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second. The energy from the laser exciting atoms in the rock into an ionized, glowing plasma?"
Or, for instance, a shark?
Its was actually taken from a plane above the Arizona dessert. It's *miles* not inches. Since its a dessert, linguine is not an appropriate yardstick.
Does anyone else think they haven't put much effort into this? It looks as though they just had a foot ruler handy and couldn't be bothered to measure it any more accurately.
dessert? what kind? strawberry mousse?
Dunno why you have to pull mice into this discussion?
don't trifle with him.
I came here to make another half-baked dessert pun, but... oh wait. Carry on.
AC therefore "don't trifle with him/her/it Shirley.
From your Article: "In an unusual twist, the space agency refuses to divulge just where in the solar system the massive footprint was found: according to a NASA statement this information is "sensitive", which would naturally lead to speculation that the US government is hushing up information on nonhuman life forms for one of a variety of reasons."
The title of the NASA news report that this article is 'reporting': "Cretaceous Footprints Found at Goddard"
The first text of the NASA news story that this article is 'reporting': "Dinosaur tracker Ray Stanford describes the cretaceous-era nodosaur track he found on the Goddard Space Flight Center campus this year. "
Typical - I proof read my comment, but forgot to check the title!
@GettinSadda: Yes, quite. But, further down the article:
'Goddard Facilities Manager Alan Binstock said the agency considers the footprint and its location “sensitive but unclassified.”'
So Lewis is quite correct they haven't to stated the precise spot in the solar system where the print is located. The approximate spot is in the headline, but they're not telling where on the facility's grounds exactly.
Don't worry GettinSadda, you still spent more time on your post than Lweis did!
"refuses to divulge just where in the solar system the massive footprint was found"
What he wrote is totally correct. If something, it was a trifle misleading.
The post is required, and must contain letters.
Given that it's not April 1st, this non-story is worthy of an apology and correction. If I want to waste my time reading rubbish I'll go visit the Daily Mail site.
The Daily Mail site is just a pile of cruelty-to-kittens stories in between the "skanky asylum family trashes £££M mansion, is to get another", and down the right hand side a hundred people I've never heard of who don't seem to deserve to be beside so-called news (I mean, "kiddies mauled by geriatric pit bull" might be a newsworthy story, some tosh about designer lettuce diet isn't).
heyrick is right! The Register is the only place you can get proper rubbish these days!
Surely if it was really being secretive and attempting to not panic the general public - not telling the public it has found a footprint and not releasing a photo of said footprint would be a much better way of being secretive?
This is an article all of whose interest and excitement is based on consciously obscuring the critical piece of information that would make it boring. It toys with the readers, leading them up the garden path with the insinuation that it might be on Mars or something. Offering advice to NASA based on this story is, well, about a light-year off-course.
"Cretaceous Footprints Found at Goddard"
Oh... yeah, because they'll try and extradite you to the US to spend the rest of time in jail.
To be fair, you'd deserve to be extradited for going on some wild hacking mission before clicking the link in the article.
Forget the hacking - just port scan theier IP ranges for PC Anywhere and try the default password. That's what McKinnon did.
So not being a rocket scientist, is it possible to hack into any of the probes elsewhere in the Universe?
OK, so one would need access to a dish and some other stuff, but would one still be hacking NASA in the USA? Does Mars count as US territory (I know the US probably thinks it does, but what does the rest of the world think).
And I'm fairly sure there's laws and precedents about leaving your vehicle unattended on land you don't own?
Hacking the NASA servers by penetration testing port 80, I've found the secret documents that reveal both the location and the nature of the prints. And a movie-file disclosing the individual who found them.
It turns out, NASA has used an old but neigh unbreakable form of encryption that we used to know as README.TXT-encryption (the most secure method of hiding useful information) but is now modernised by the HREF (or linked article)-encryption standard. Even Real Haxxors have trouble with those.
Anyway, the noise of those black helicopters is starting to drive me crazy and I hear footsteps on the roof. I think I'm off to the US of A!
"Oh... yeah, because they'll try and extradite you to the US to spend the rest of time in jail."
Yup. Their total lack of extradition application and no charges levied against it means that it *must be true*.
"It turns out, NASA has used an old but neigh unbreakable form of encryption"
You're absolutely right, I couldn't break it no matter how hard I whinnied!
Or similar dinosaur.
Or a Tyranid bioform
Or that. I guess that's equally likely.
obviously, someone's doctored the original press releases to include all Goddard location references to try and cover this up. there's skulduggery afoot here! and it's a giant armoured alien dino sized afoot too!
Vanessa Feltz/Susam Boyle/Chris Moyles footprints found on another planet
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at a time when "the bright, barred spiral galaxy NGC 3259 was just forming stars in dark bands of dust and gas"
at a time when lots of things more relevant were happening e.g. New Zealand separating from Antarctica
"NASA is of course well-known in some circles* for having staged the Moon landings of the 1960s and 70s here on Earth for one of a variety of purposes,
There. Fixed that for you.