Skip to comments.The mystery of the barcodes painted on the ground across the world
Posted on 02/18/2013 7:42:58 AM PST by Uncle Chip
These mysterious QR code-like patterns are painted across dozens of locations in the U.S.
Although they look rather similar to something you might be shown by an optician, they are not God's equivalent to an eye test. They are meant for another kind of all-seeing eye.
The car park size patterns are used to calibrate the lenses of high-powered aerial and satellite cameras, of the kinds used by paranoid nations to keep an eye on their global rivals.
Of obscure origin, it appears that most of them were put in place in the Fifties and Sixties, as the U.S.-USSR superpower arms race led to the unprecedented fears of mutual annihilation.
Their existence has been highlighted by a recent newsletter by the U.S.-based Center for Land Use Interpretation, a group dedicated to researching 'human interaction with the Earth's surface'.
The calibration sites follow a general form established by the U.S. Airforce and Nasa, the CLUI notes.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Ummm, I forget -- back in the fifties, did we have a lot of satellites in orbit with powerful telescopes, peering down at the earth, spying on nations, and calibrating their equipment based on large painted patterns on the ground?
Don't think so.
They say "Paul is dead"
But seriously, there's some vids out there of odd stickers on the back of highway signs, that supposedly point troops to potential staging areas in case of civil unrest or war or whatever.
They started going up in the late 60s and the 70s. Prior to that it was the U2 and SR71.
WTH scanner codes are they?
Scan them with the camera in your smartphone and they take you to a website.
Really useful. Using an app, you scan them and you don’t have to fumble with typing a URL website name, and can get lots of useful information.
That’s okay if you’re getting use out of it, I admire that in this disposable society. I had one of those a few years back. Scanning codes is not a must-have, just an added feature that will be common-place someday that reduces typing and searching.
At 63, I figure if it works as a phone, addy book, calc, and 8-10 other functions (no video/camera/text), there’s no point in throwing it away to buy some $600 thingy that’ll take me 2yrs to learn. What if you scan-in a virus from one of those ink blots?