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Google's Rogue Internet Balloon Test Spurred UFO Reports Nationwide 65

Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "The hardest thing about Google X's Project Loon hasn't been the engineering challenge of beaming high-speed internet down to the far-flung corners of the world: It's trying to control all those freaking balloons. Project lead Rich DeVaul just revealed the 'Falcon 11,' a 120-foot long transparent mylar balloon made in-house at the secret Google X lab that spurred UFO reports nationwide after the company lost track of it: 'We tracked the balloon by outsourcing to the internet UFO community, it drifted all the way across the country,' he said."
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Google's Rogue Internet Balloon Test Spurred UFO Reports Nationwide

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  • UFOs exist (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Cederic ( 9623 ) on Tuesday May 20, 2014 @09:34AM (#47045611) Journal

    Any unidentified flying object is a UFO. I just despair at people immediately assuming that means it's extraterrestial in nature.

  • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <dadinportland AT yahoo DOT com> on Tuesday May 20, 2014 @11:06AM (#47046441) Homepage Journal

    "According to eyewitness testimonial, sighting was with clear, blue, cloudless skies, no aircraft in sight, altitude unknown but definitely above airliner cruising altitude."

    So no reference but thew new the altitude?
    The testimony is worth exactly nothing. This is a common problem with 'UFO seekers' they have no idea that they can't actual give a distance with any accuracy without reference.. So the 'distance' they see something is set at whatever the bias of the viewer wants it to be.

    The person who took the video refuses to believe it's acutally a Balloon and thinks Google is lying. So idiocy abounds.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982