Feeds

BBC dumps Gulf oil spill on Middlesbrough

Also drops Luftwaffe bomb on Croydon

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

In case you've ever wondered just how far a Mars rover might have wandered if it had set out from your front door, or indeed the exact area covered by the Chernobyl radiation cloud, if that ill-fated nuclear facility had been built at your mum's house, then look no further than BBC Dimensions.

Auntie's "experimental prototype" is designed to "bring home the human scale of events and places in history", and "simply juxtaposes the size of historical events with your home and neighbourhood, overlaying important places, events and things on a satellite view of where you live".

Yes, it's Google Maps a-go-go, and here's what happens when you dump the 2010 Gulf oil spill on Middlesbrough, which is a not unattractive idea:

BBC Dimensions grab showing Gulf oil spill centred on Middlesbrough

Alternatively, why not ask the Luftwaffe to drop a bomb on the offices of the Croydon Advertiser:

Blast radius of a German WWII SC500 bomb if it landed at CR0 1XX

Lovely. We have to say we're disappointed that the Beeb hasn't included its favoured measurement in Dimensions, viz: the orbital height of the International Space Station in one dollar coins. It is, though, a work in progress, so we look forward to seeing that and just how many Olympic-sized swimming pools it would take to cover Wales in due course. ®

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files
Printable genitalia fall foul of 'obscene material' laws
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.