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NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass Into Space 115

ByronScott writes "Early this morning NASA kicked off Operation LENS, an ambitious plan to concentrate and collect solar power using a giant magnifying glass in outer space. Long speculated to be a rumor, the 7,000,000 ft. wide lens was fabricated over the course of the past three years and launched from Cape Canaveral much to the dismay of almost every scientist in the world. While the first phase went exactly as planned, the plan hit a major snag when the magnifying glass began to work a bit too well, and ended up scorching large regions in the western hemisphere."
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NASA Launches Giant Magnifying Glass Into Space

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  • LOLOLOLOL (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Just make it stop. Next headline:

    Slashdot Completely Worthless For a Day
    • by Nadaka (224565)

      For a day? You must be new here.

    • by arielCo (995647)

      I don't mind silliness, but please do it smartly.

      I still remember the OMGPONIES edition (2007?), when the theme was changed to pink and a few insightful jokes were posted. (Anyone knows how I can find those stories? I can't and I'd really really like to bookmark them)

    • by vikstar (615372)

      Posted by CmdrTaco on Friday April 02, @06:17

      CmdrTaco fails again.

  • Please Stop (Score:5, Informative)

    by oldspewey (1303305) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @03:20PM (#31702582)
    Please stop now.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      Please stop posting "Please stop" comments. If you don't like it, stop reading Slashdot for the day.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Flea of Pain (1577213)

        Please stop posting "Please stop posting "Please stop" " comments. If you don't like them don't read the comment section on stupid stories. You know there will be at least one.

      • Re:Please Stop (Score:4, Insightful)

        by oldspewey (1303305) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @03:40PM (#31702756)
        When the 3-word post "please stop now" gets rated +5 informative, it's time for the /. editors to take note.
        • by feepness (543479)
          They need to watch the Spongebob episode "Ripped Pants".
        • When it happens every single year it's time for the whiners to take note.

        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by geekoid (135745)


          I have had Chuck Norris jokes mod +5 informative.

        • Honestly ppl, it's just silly news for a day. The world will still be here in all its boring splendor tomorrow. You won't miss anything important.
        • you must be new here. I bet if you look back on the last 5 years on 1st April, you will see the same old comments:)
          "Please stop",
          "/. worthless for a day",
          "see you tomorrow",
          "im not coming back",
        • Re:Please Stop (Score:5, Insightful)

          by AcidPenguin9873 (911493) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @03:55PM (#31702884)

          Slashdot has been doing stupid April 1 shit for more than 10 years, and hasn't heeded any negative comments about 1) the fact that they do it at all, 2) the style/type/content of the jokes, or 3) the amount/length of time that it goes on. Everyone should be well aware of this by now. If you can't stand it, leave. Or start your own tech/politics site that doesn't do stupid April 1 shit. The editors here obviously don't care about any opinions about April 1 shenanigans, and will continue to do as they please.

          Additionally, posting a "Please stop" comment on April 1 is karma whoring. It's a +5 Insightful for what amounts to a first post.

          • by Tetsujin (103070)

            Additionally, posting a "Please stop" comment on April 1 is karma whoring. It's a +5 Insightful for what amounts to a first post.

            Posting anything that people will agree with is karma whoring! So stop playing up to the masses all the time! If your comments aren't constantly being modded "overrated" or "troll" then you're just karma whoring!

          • by 517714 (762276)

            Additionally, posting a "Please stop" comment on April 1 is karma whoring. It's a +5 Insightful for what amounts to a first post.

            Thanks for the tip!

          • The day they did OMG Ponies was great. All the jokes had a theme (ponies), everything reported on had ponies on it. It was easy to tell what was fake, the site was sparkly pink, and as things got more and more ridiculous through the course of the day it became more and more funny.
            The last few years have been far less coherent. They would be better served by posting a few funny joke stories, instead of a deluge of mediocre ones. Brevity being the soul of wit and such. Failing that, come up with a theme. It
      • by pushing-robot (1037830) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @03:41PM (#31702770)

        stop reading Slashdot for the day.

        Ah, I remember when I could do that.

    • I like it.

      You should just go away.

      • by Bigjeff5 (1143585)
        Mod parent up!
      • I like it.

        You should just go away.

        You're not alone. I'm a fan as well.

        Talk about having no life. If slashdot doesn't post anything these people like, do they really have that much trouble finding something else to do? At the very least find other sites to visit...for one...fucking...day. The internet is a big place.

    • Re:Please Stop (Score:5, Insightful)

      by GargamelSpaceman (992546) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @03:54PM (#31702878) Homepage Journal
      April fools joke stories in past years have taken a bit of thought to distinguish from the real ones. When they don't fool anyone, they pretty much suck as April Fools jokes.
  • by mr_flea (776124) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @03:20PM (#31702584)
    I hope someone sheds some light on this problem.
  • Humanity is Dead. Here comes the Death-ray.
  • by KDN (3283)
    Doesn't this sound like a plot device from a recent James Bond movie?
  • April Fools Jokes get old when 100% of the stories on your site consist of them. I enjoyed the days of past when you found it fun to try and figure out which stories were jokes. Now every damn story is a "joke". Stops being cute/funny really really fast.
    • by bastion_xx (233612) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @03:31PM (#31702676)
      Same burning complaints back in the early 00's and even the 99's. At least now we have tags that shed light on the subject (so to speak).

      Tomorrow will a brighter day, especially on the Left Coast.
    • This is not 1/1000 as bad as the Year of OMGPOnies. Figure approximately 120 stories, all in a horrible pink color scheme and done with a stereotypical valley-girl dialect. About half were ThinkGeek advertisements, and the other half ridiculous april fool stories.
    • The jokes have to be really outlandish, otherwise certain people take them seriously.


      Headline: Apple invents iDead - Apple unveiled today a revolutionary, magically device that kills people.
      Result: Obviously a joke, no one will take it seriously.

      Headline: Apple invents iEye - Apple today unveiled a revolutionary, magically device that integrates with the optic nerve to restore sight to blind people.
      Result: People believe it, Apple stock goes way up. People get rich. Once it is found to be a joke (it

    • Likewise, I too thought it was cool, when 1 in 5 was a joke, but now, it is way too many, I almost stopped reading /. altogether today because of it....and I really don't like giving up my /.

  • ...these goddamn videos are the worst. At least the folks @ /. are having fun, I guess.
  • Full moon (Score:4, Funny)

    by Stenchwarrior (1335051) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @03:29PM (#31702656)
    I'm going to go to the roof of my house and Moon NASA.
  • ... after magnifying glass 2.0 is launched in the fall.
  • posts they can make in one day?

    I get cut off at some point for too much posting, why the fuck don't you bastards cut yourselves off for being retarded too?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    ...should have a surface vaneer of plausibility. This doesn't.

  • by Locke2005 (849178) on Thursday April 01, 2010 @03:34PM (#31702706)
    They did say "From here those guys are so small, they look like ants!"
  • My brain is getting repetitive strain injury from all this April fool jokes. If the next news is about the Ubuntu security update setting up a bot-net, I might just ignore it.

  • OMG! The roulette! ZOMG. Too damned funny.

  • that NASA is finally going to defend us from a future of giant ant overlords.

    I'm loving the 4/1 stuff, keep it comin'

    • Welcome our new insect-overlord-destroying overlords.

      Seriously, something along the lines of your comment was the first thing I thought of when I saw the story.

      Not sure what that makes me, but what the hell...

  • I get it. I get jokes.
  • Keep it comin'

  • When the entire site is nothing but "pranks", it sort of defeats the whole purpose of the day. Cya tomorrow slashdot.
  • This would have been a lot funnier if it was even remotely realistic. How much would a 7.000.000 ft glass lens weigh anyway? Good luck getting a rocket big enough.
  • At least it's good to see Dr. Honeydew found a new job after the Muppet Show was cancelled...

  • Beware ET, "Somebody's watching meeee!'

  • The Canim community frowns upon your shenanigans.
  • Just from the headline, I knew it was prank. And that was before I remembered today is April Fool Day. What is really funny about attempting to trick people? So they might look stupid .... and that would make you look smart? To whom?
  • Wow. Thats a big contact lens, imagine the size of the eye.
  • It's April 2nd here, you insensitive clods!
  • The magnifying glass is scorching only the Western Hemisphere because it's been placed in a geosynchronous orbit. NASA is rumored to be preparing to reposition it to LaGrangian Point L1 to provide a greater degree of stability, provided that they can account for positional oscillation resulting from the moon revolving around the Earth. Meanwhile, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is preparing to return the Hubble Space Telescope's COSTAR lens to NASA for refurbishing and redeployment to corr

  • The article claims that the lens scorched areas in Western hemisphere while the picture shows it burning things in Eastern hemisphere (though still pretty close to the Greenwich meridian).

  • Good thing I couldn't get online for too long yesterday, and thus missed reading the Slashdot stories. I can read those now instead of the useless unfunny overdone crap we're getting today.
  • I know it's an April Fools prank, but the lady down the street thinks this has already happened to the World Trade Center! She has been posting flyers for about 2 years now. She also thinks my dog (black lab) is a member of the CIA in disguise keeping an eye on her. Oh man, I am laughing so hard just thinking about it again.

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