Volunteers Find Working USB Stick in Leopard Seal Feces

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  1. AlphaAtlas

    AlphaAtlas [H]ard|Gawd Staff Member

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    Ever lost a USB stick? I know I have, and apparently, those lost drives can end up in the most unlikely of places. The Guardian reports that volunteers working for New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research found a working USB stick in frozen leopard seal scat. The drive contains some photos and videos, some of which the NIWA uploaded on their Twitter account. If you've ever had otters swim up to you while Kayaking, you might want to take a look and give the NIWA a call. Thanks to cageymaru for the tip.

    "It is very worrying that these amazing Antarctic animals have plastic like this inside them," said Jodie Warren, a volunteer who was working in the lab of marine biologist Dr Krista Hupman when she recovered the USB stick. Warren left the stick to dry for weeks, curious to see if any data could be recovered. The research team are keen to find the owner of the USB stick – and recruit the keen seal watcher to their volunteer army combing the beaches for “golden” poo. A spokesperson for Niwa said there are been “no serious leads yet” on finding the owner, but it would keep trying.
     
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  2. ir0nw0lf

    ir0nw0lf [H]ardness Supreme

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    If I was the manufacturer of said USB stick, wouldn't I want to toot my own horn about how the device was durable enough to survive this ordeal? :p "Takes a crappin' and keeps on workin'!"
     
  3. mullet

    mullet [H]ard|Gawd

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    Keep digging there is a nerd in there some where.
     
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  4. zkostik

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    ...Other videos and photos were NSFW and contained information that PETA may find offensive...

    Would be hilarious if that flash drive contained some malware to make this finding ever more exciting. Seriously, why were these guys combing through seal crap? Looking for their lost flash drive?
     
  5. THRESHIN

    THRESHIN 2[H]4U

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    Nothing on that drive but a bunch of shit
     
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    CAD4466HK [H]ard|Gawd

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    Dohhh! You beat me to it!
     
  7. Zumino Zufeilon

    Zumino Zufeilon Gawd

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    One of the easiest ways to figure out what a high level predator is eating, is looking at their crap.

    People who don't understand science, often make it obvious that they don't understand science. . .
     
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  8. ir0nw0lf

    ir0nw0lf [H]ardness Supreme

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    What a crappy comment... :p:ROFLMAO:
     
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    Was going to say "is that what you call a Nerd Turd?" o_O
     
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  10. Puterguru

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    So the drive was Sealed? :D
     
  11. modi123

    modi123 [H]ardness Supreme

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    Some kid in 2007 probably had to use the excuse "OS X 10.5 Leopard (seal) ate my homework!".

    It better be plugged in and scanned for.. science.
     
  12. Galvin

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    Would of been more epic if bitcoin was found on it
     
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    modi123 [H]ardness Supreme

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    That's all a species needs - to have the rumor start that they are all full of bitcoin.:whistle:
     
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  14. RogueTadhg

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    This is not what I had in mind when I told my friends to dispose of my adult collection.
     
  15. Exavior

    Exavior [H]ardForum Junkie

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    didn't these guys ever learn to not plug in random thumb drives.
     
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    What do you do for a living? Well, I walk around the beaches of the world looking for shit.
    No, really ,what do you do for a living?
     
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    I hope that there are no fines or penalties waiting if they locate him/her.
     
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    "Even when Poo'ed, It keeps workin' for You!" :shame:
     
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    Pretty sad that this happened. The amount of trash and plastic in the ocean is jaw dropping.
     
  20. p.i.m.p

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    why didn't they shoot it for eating someone who had a concealed usb stick wearing spandex
     
  21. The Mad Atheist

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    Well well well, the unexpected shit you find.
     
  22. zkostik

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    Certainly, I just didn't think seals are considered a high level predator. Now we know they eat flash drives! ;)
     
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    The Company can now add a "Seal of Approval" to their website! o_O
     
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    I just think of the poor bastard digging through seal crap. At what point do you question your life story that led you to this...
     
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  25. Killerxp100

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    I've had a few go through the wash & dryer. They all still work.
     
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    Ever seen a leopard seal? They ain't the normal seals you see at your beaches and definitely a high level predator in it's environment, right next to the orca.
     
  27. zkostik

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    Yes, these things are big and mean. They don't have any natural predators either other than orcas.