back to article Sail HO! Look out Bay Area - it's the GOOGLE GALLEON

The mysterious Google vessel floating in San Francisco Bay is to feature towering sails enabling it to cruise around exhibiting the wonders of technology to an astonished coast, it has been reported. According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, the barge will be an “unprecedented artistic structure” boasting about a …

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By and Large

By and Large was probably chosen not because it rhymed with barge but more for the origin of the phrase, which is an old Royal Navy sailing term.

A vessel that could sail close to or "By" the wind, and that could also sail away from or "Large" to the wind, was a good all rounder. Referring to "By and Large" meant referring to most circumstances.

If they're putting sails on the barges, that would be my bet as to why it was chosen!

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Or alternatively, By & Large was the name of the global mega corp in Wall-E.....

You decide which which is the most likely pun!

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Not to mention Burn-E the short film related Wall-E and well worth watching.

By the way, I think it was "Buy" rather than "By" in the films.

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Re: By and Large

Will Wykeham,

I thought the correct nautical term was Bring & Buy. And one flew a blue peter in order to signal ones willingness to engage in tat-based commerce.

This was often signalled by the well know phrase, "by the multi-coloured Swapshop of Noel Edmonds, that be a hideous jumper!"

[It's Friday, it's late. I may be becoming hysterical...]

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@I ain't Spartacus: The original explanation was the correct one, as any reader of Patrick O'Brian can confirm. (Dr. Maturin gets hoist by his own petard when he - pitiful lubber that he is - tries to use the term to impress a colleague.)

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@ Spartacus

I thought that the expression "to be well-known" was actually quite well-known.

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At least:-

"Baal is a three-headed demon with a spider's body and tonnes of spider legs,"

- it's a European conspiracy...

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Three barges?

BAL0010 and BAL0011? What about BAL0001? Does anyone know where that is?

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Re: Three barges?

They're in the computer industry, so where's BAL0000 too.

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Re: Three barges?

Maybe up the Potomac river, around Langley VA?

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"Barge 500 yards of our Port bow sir!!"......

..."Load tubes 1 and 2 and prepare to fire!!!"..........I can but dream.....

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3 barges or 3 arks???

> Google would back up the internet on the two barges, as well as an even creepier third one

Is the B "barge" where they are going to stick all the Facebook and Twitter stuff?

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Delaware, delawhen...

"Corporation Service Company" is actually the name of an outfit based in Delaware. They act as an HQ address and mail forwarding service, among other things, for Delaware companies. A lot of US corporations tend to get created in Delaware, as that state has relatively relaxed and speedy company formation laws.

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Re: Delaware, delawhen...

Every Delaware corporation must have a registered address in Delaware, which is where these agents and "Corporation Service" companies make their money.

It's the same as in the Bahamas, or Gibraltar, or the BVI, or the Caymans, or Monaco, or Nevada for that matter, which is why Delaware and Nevada are also considered 'tax havens' by the OECD.

:-)

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Another "Eye of Sauron" transport mechanism?

They could get yet another view of the world from their barges and, obviously, do some extra erm... triangulation on all those (open, obviously) wifi hotspots that they will be able to "see" along their journeys around the bay and up river.

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Re: Another "Eye of Sauron" transport mechanism?

Funny you should mention him. As BAL is also the first 3 letters of Balrog - which is what first sprung to my mind - rather than Baal.

On the other hand, it's also the first 3 letters of Balloon. Which is a far friendlier word. It's definitely better to think balloon than balrog. Life is less stressful that way. Right up to the point when a huge bloke with burning hair whips you, then sticks his sword through you.

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East coast of the US

Hurricane season is about to start...hope they can reef those sails quickly., or they'll be in deep...water.

//arrrr...sextant in me pea coat...

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Re: East coast of the US

What? It's November.

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Cape Fear River

If you're ever in Wilmington, take a boat trip up the river - it is a bit spooky, increased salinity in the river has caused many of the trees along the banks to die, so there are all these bleached skeletal trees there… (lots of them have nesting Ospreys, very cool, but distracts from the spookiness).

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Anyone else struggling to keep images of The Crimson Permanent Assurance out of their heads whilst reading about Google's new boat?

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Silly people

Baal is a Goa'uld with the greatest bad-guy accent ever.

As I recall he did build a business empire on Earth once, or a clone of him did. What happens when you tell Google to Kree?

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I would assume

They are preparing for Water World.

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Reassurance?

'...an array of sails “reminiscent of fish fins, which will remind visitors that they are on a seaworthy vessel". '

Fish swim under the suface of the water.

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For small values of "seaworthy"

I like the fact that they will take down the sails when the wind blows. Very wise with an AVS probably not more than 30%...

(good call on By and Large, Capn' Wykeham)

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Twetter

Twitter has just floated, Google have floated too.

But which is the bigger floater?

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BAL0010 and BAL0011?

That is obviously BAL 2 and BAL 3.

So where is the mothership....WHERE IS IT?!?!?!

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Preparing for battle

They plan to engage with and destroy the Crimson Permanent Assurance. It's Eric Schmidt's plan for revenge dating back to when he was a Midshipman for Bell Labs.

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"Wilmington", yes...

...but not the one in the Carolinas. Wilmington, Delaware (on a different river) is home to many corporations, because of Delaware's corporate governance laws. We used to be the "Chemical Capital of the World", too, back when that phrase didn't creep people out.

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Snow Crash

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Open the pod bay doors please, BAL

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