Cory Doctorow at 1:12 pm Thu, Jan 19, 2012
ADVERTISE AT BOING BOING!
This 2009 image captures the scene on a foggy night in Odessa, Ukraine, when a digital billboard crashed and displayed a floating error warning in the night sky.
Windows Error Box Floating in the Air (5 pics)
(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
Aha! I knew this was all just a simulation! I’m quite disappointed by the choice of OS, though.
It’s when we get the blue sky of death that we need to start worrying.
There. Knew it would happen.
Holy crap. The error box appears so crisp, is this definitely real? If so, I’m amazed this isn’t a more common advertising method, though the atmospheric conditions must have been pretty advantageous.
I just hope someone saw that right after watching the Matrix on acid.The site was very slow loading for me… they might get swamped by the traffic pretty quickly.
Edit… ah, I thought it was being projected onto the clouds, not realizing it was just a screen obscured by the fog. Still awesome effect.
Oh wow, what a surreal image!
Wait… I’m sure this was in the book of revelation somewhere.
Ahh, finally – – – proof that they’re still using Windows in the Ukraine!
Oh man, the government shut down the sky because it facilitates piracy.
You can’t take the sky from me…
The sky above the port was the color of a television, tuned to a dead channel Windows, displaying an error message.
Well, it least it wasn’t hacked with pr0n.
A similar message appeared over Tunguska in 1908.
My grandfather informs me that this is not possible.
When the sky turns blue, be really afraid.
“When the sky turns blue, be really afraid. ”
Which shade of blue? Sky blue?
This would make a great submission over at TheDailyWTF…
I caught something similar (though not as surreal) in Times Square when a whole ‘building’ spontaneously rebooted, went through a series of graphics tests and then continued displaying ads.
Here is a photo
There’s no way this is not shopped. Projecting onto clouds would not give you anything like a clean image. Also the amount of power required would be ridiculous; many times more than the average searchlight. And if you were pumping out that much light, there would be an easily visible beam going up to where the clouds were due to moisture in the air.
The blurb says it’s a crashed digital billboard, not a projected image.
It wasn’t projected. The fog and clouds were so thick you couldn’t see any of the structure of the animated billboard. So it *appeared* as if its images were floating in the sky.
I knew it was the matrix! I’ll just jump off this building now! Weeeeeee…..THUD.
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