Feeds

Microsoft flying car spotted over Fishguard

We're going nowhere - but we're getting there fast

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Word of Microsoft's secret flying car project spreads - with a convincing sighting of the amphibious vehicle over parts of south of Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

Reg reader Chris Lawrence was trying to get from Swansea to Birmingham in Autoroute 2002 when he found himself mysteriously borne aloft by a vehicle which took him on this strange journey:

Take me to Dudley, via Ireland please

Click to enlarge

He's not alone.

Route optimization? We've heard of it

Colin Linahan tried to use MapPoint to get from Haugesund to Moscow and found himself in East Ayrshire, Scotland. A forgiving man, he concluded "That would be the Moscow most people would choose".

Reader Fitz Busher has an even more alarming story - as if there's anything more alarming than being stranded in Ayrshire without a return ticket. Planning to go from Peacehaven in East Sussex to Wales, he was directed to France before being shot back through the tunnel.

Get me to nowhere - and get me there quickly!

John Johnson points out some rules that Microsoft's mysterious nowhere-at-all-costs people transporter seems to follow.

"MapPoint shows no roads in Norway, at all although neighboring Sweden has them (for all those Volvos presumably). Checking the MS website we find in the specification that while MapPoint Europe covers 27% of Norway at street level, this comprises 100% of Oslo, Akershus and Ostfold and 0% of the remaining provinces and does not offer routing outside those three cities. Finland has a similar situation. Presumably the online version uses much the same database."

Any more sightings? Let us know.

Meanwhile, Chris thinks he may be on to a winner.

"The good thing is our company accept Autoroute journeys as proof of mileage." Until word of this gets out, we suspect.

Come on. We can, and must do better. A prize as yet undetermined awaits the most spectacular journey to be undertaken by Microsoft's Flying Car. Mutilations and pictures of vapor trails and hoverbots will not do.

We want hopeless optimizations - and we want them now. ®

Related stories

Briton invades France in amphibious car
Flying car less likely than flying pig
Flying car more economical than SUV
Swiss set to unleash flying car
Indian flying car shot down - Israeli rival soars
India to levitate flying car
So, where is my flying car?
Where's my flying car?

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Holy vintage vehicles! Earliest known official Batmobile goes on sale
Riddle me this: are you prepared to pay US$180k?
'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?
Plus: Flame of the Week returns, for one night only!
Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG
Stick it on the steering wheel and wait for the airbag to fire
NEWSFLASH: It's time to ditch dullard Facebook chums
Everything hot in tech, courtesy of avian anchor Regina Eggbert
'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned
Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT
Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title
Folio Society crowns fittest of surviving volumes
U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND
Crap-spouting London upstarts to get permanent road closure
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.