Wednesday, June 8, 2011
While the stunt took place more than two years ago, its effects coincided with satellites taking photographs of Hamilton for Google Earth, meaning web users cop an eyeful whenever they view Fairfield College.
Local resident David McQuoid told the Waikato Times he was online searching for a property when he came across the crude etchings, some of which measure almost 15 metres (50 feet) long.
"At first I thought it was a large piece of art work," he told the newspaper.
The school's acting principal Gerhard van Dyk was less convinced of the symbols' artistic merit, telling the Times he had been unable to catch the pranksters, who burned the phalluses into the grass on a weekend in May 2009.
By the time he arrived at the school the next Monday, the grass was already dying and giant penises were emerging all over the property.
A total of six became apparent in subsequent days, as school authorities scrambled to cover them up.
"There's not really much we could do about it," he said. "The caretaker took some more weedkiller and tried to camouflage it a bit."
Van Dyk said he would contact Google about removing the etchings but the Internet giant told the Times that they could not be blurred, as Google Earth images came directly from satellites, unlike those used for Google Street View.
Online reaction to the stunt on Fairfax Media's stuff.co.nz website was mostly positive, with one reader commenting: "A funny harmless prank, much better than the kids robbing houses or burning down buildings."
However, there was some outrage, including a reader who posted: "This is not funny, what a sick sense of humour you people have... This shows the twisted minds of today's youth."
DStv deploys secure content to iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone Read more: DStv deploys secure content to iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone | News | Rapid TV Ne
At the heart of the deployment has been the need to secure effectively the content that such devices will run and so the Multichoice Africa Group subsidiary is offering the service via a dongle from Korean partner company Valups onto which is embedded security hardware and software from Irdeto.
In particular, DStv is using Irdeto’s Conditional Access System 3 (CAS3) solution for cryptography, which in combination with the dongle is claimed to ensure that DStv can provide its customers with TV programmes via safe in the knowledge that the content is protected.
Accounting for the technology decision making process, Francois Theron, CEO DStv Mobile said, “DStv Mobile was tasked with the challenge of taking Africa into the innovative, exciting and very important realm of mobile TV. An increasing number of Africans can now access broadcast mobile television and Multichoice Africa wanted to be the first to ensure our subscribers could watch their favourite content however and wherever they like.
“After much research, we chose to work with Irdeto and Valups to develop our mobile dongle as the combination provided us with cutting edge technology that would ensure we could protect our content and provide an excellent customer experience. We launched the Drifta in December 2010 to allow viewers to access multiple live TV channels on their mobile devices for the first time.”
The Drifta is available already in South Africa and is set for launch in Ghana, Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria.