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DataStorm V1.0, a Full-Auto Floppy Disk Cannon

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the tres-bouchee dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 153

Bob Loblaw writes "I ran across a huge stash of floppies at our office, and after some discussion, it became clear that rather than throw them away, we should build a gun that fires floppies. I had just bought a welder so this was a challenging first project. After about a month of work in my garage at night the DataStorm was born. It was constructed of scrap metal, a kid's bike, a weed-eater motor, and an electric screwdriver. The most difficult task ended up being how to add spin to the disk without significantly reducing its velocity. After a week and a half of trying different options, a stack of zip ties was found to work best. Since we had so much time in it we elected to shoot an infomercial showcasing the device, and had to learn to shoot & edit video as we went. It was basically an office joke that spiraled out of control. My wife is not amused. At all. I hope you like it."

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153 comments

Great (5, Funny)

amrik98 (1214484) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374576)

Lock and load those Windows 95 floppies!

Re:Great (1)

LaTechTech (752269) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376626)

Yeah, laugh it up. We still use floppies at work for one old PC that is not allowed on the network. We are also having a lot of budget cuts that do not allow for new floppy disks. I have been forced to use old Windows 95 floppies because the current floppies are failing. Yeah, we actually had some in a drawer in the original plastic. So, while you think this is funny...it just depresses me.

Re:Great (1)

Talderas (1212466) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376676)

Yeah, laugh it up. We still use floppies at work for one old PC that is not allowed on the network. We are also having a lot of budget cuts that do not allow for new floppy disks. I have been forced to use old Windows 95 floppies because the current floppies are failing. Yeah, we actually had some in a drawer in the original plastic. So, while you think this is funny...it just depresses me.
What in the world is that PC doing? Why does it live? What could it possibly be doing that would warrant its existence?

Re:Great (1)

smaerd (954708) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376748)

So this computer doesn't have a USB drive? It's using a windows operating system older than Win95?

If not, then why the hell can't you use a USB Flash Drive (or Dongle, or Disk-on-key, or whatever they're called at your workplace)?

You can find these for about $5.00 at your local discount store check-out line.

Together with "don't copy that floppy"... (4, Funny)

sznupi (719324) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374604)

...this could form really fun mash-up.

Hmm...at the end of shortened old video, sequence of somebody walking in "Terminator 2 flower box"-style and shooting at the kids/Mac?

Re:Together with "don't copy that floppy"... (5, Funny)

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374668)

I can see the preview right now...

As Arnold shoots a bad guy with the gun he says, "Bad Sector"

Re:Together with "don't copy that floppy"... (1)

tristian_was_here (865394) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375118)

more like "format this bitch"

Re:Together with "don't copy that floppy"... (1)

pisto_grih (1165105) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375188)

more like "you've got to get out of here" (because of your terrible jokes)...

Re:Together with "don't copy that floppy"... (5, Funny)

OldManAndTheC++ (723450) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375760)

FORMAT B: if you want to live!

Re:Together with "don't copy that floppy"... (1)

bezza (590194) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376188)

That was very clever, I don't think anyone got it

Re:Together with "don't copy that floppy"... (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376092)

Copy, THIS, Floppy.

Re:Together with "don't copy that floppy"... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23376104)

"Red sector"
Reference Total recall demo on the Amiga.
Really "Red Sec-tor" and said in a really deep voice.
They should have done more of those, Arnies head bobbing up and down to the music, classic.

That's funny (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23374632)

Whenever I come across large amounts of anything, my first thought is "I should build a gun to shoot x." This has led me to my pencil gun, paper gun, paperclip gun, staple gun (turns out this already existed), trash gun, concrete gun, and co-worker gun. I'm currently working on a car gun.

Re:That's funny (3, Funny)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374658)

Go with a trebuchet [youtube.com]

Re:That's funny (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374720)

Wait, I meant to post this one [youtube.com] .

Re:That's funny (2, Insightful)

lakeland (218447) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375144)

Out of curiosity, how did the co-worker gun work out? I imagine it would have to be almost as big as the car gun.

Re:That's funny (4, Interesting)

Boricle (652297) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375160)

I'm currently working on a car gun.

Great thing about the internet - almost everything has already been done

Scrapheap Challenge - Car Flinger [channel4.com]

Remember, physics is the winner here...

Re:That's funny (3, Funny)

aurispector (530273) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376298)

The internet: The same crap, over and over, forever.

Re:That's funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23375194)

Sounds like you've got a large amount of guns sitting around taking up space... ...need I finish this thought?

Re:That's funny (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375420)

He should call it Jar-Jar

Drive gun (5, Interesting)

Garridan (597129) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374634)

In 1997, I had a number of floppy drives sitting around, so I stole the ejector springs from some, and made a floppy drive that would shoot a disk about 10 feet. Incredibly, it didn't harm the drive itself, so I installed this into my home computer. Scared the hell out of my friends the first time they'd retrieve their disk. The only giveaway was that it got difficult to push the disk in.

Re:Drive gun (1)

fsterman (519061) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375046)

Anyone remember the first USB Zip drives? They would actually pop out.

Re:Drive gun (1)

threephaseboy (215589) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375190)

All the internal Mac floppy drives could auto eject as well.

Good, bad, and ugly (4, Funny)

eggman9713 (714915) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374644)

Good - Floppy warfare and all around destruction.
Bad - Sure, you can buffer those floppies into a pile at 2.88MB/s, but can your drive read the data that fast? Methinks not.
Ugly - Damn those evil girl scouts and their cookies. The spawn of satan they be! FIRE AT WILL!

Re:Good, bad, and ugly (1)

Technician (215283) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374968)

Ugly - Damn those evil girl scouts and their cookies. The spawn of satan they be! FIRE AT WILL!

How about the girl scout's mom who happened to be carying a loaded shotgun in the car?

Funny video.

Re:Good, bad, and ugly (4, Insightful)

SeekerDarksteel (896422) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375166)

Bad - Sure, you can buffer those floppies into a pile at 2.88MB/s, but can your drive read the data that fast? Methinks not.

Sure it can. Just build a floppy drive raid [8k.com] and you're all set.

Re:Good, bad, and ugly (3, Informative)

Bert64 (520050) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375400)

We did this on the Amiga years ago, but with only 4 drives...
The floppy controller was fully DMA, so it worked quite wel with all 4 drives spinning at once, the built in floppy controller on most x86 machines is garbage but i guess the USB ones should be a bit better.

Re:Good, bad, and ugly (3, Informative)

An Ominous Cow Erred (28892) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375986)

Well, that's not quite true. The Amiga's floppy bus did indeed support 4 devices (as opposed to 2 on the typical IBM/Intel controller), and it was DMA (as opposed to Intel PIO). In fact, it used the same DMA controller as the audio system. =) ...but it was only capable of transferring to/from one drive at a time. Traffic destined for other drives would be scheduled in a round-robin fashion. So running 4 drives at once wouldn't give you 4X speed -- just 4X capacity.

Re:Good, bad, and ugly (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376314)

> We did this on the Amiga years ago, but with only 4 drives...

If you've got an Amiga, you're better off actually playing Datastorm - the best game released on that platform:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datastorm [wikipedia.org]

We didn't have Raiden - we didn't want Gradius, because we had Datastorm. Someone ought to do a version for reasonably modern PC.

I was just wondering (4, Funny)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374646)

what to do with the box of floppy disks I found when cleaning the garage this weekend... hmmmmm

There seems to be no video evidence of it's efficacy against marauding home invading Homeland Security driven police.. but it looks like it might be some sort of deterrent to unwanted guests who are unarmed.... hmmmm

That long forgotten subscription to PC World and all the free disks will come in handy after all :-)

Seriously, does anyone know of a website with plans for a gun like this that shoots tennis balls? My pit bull is waiting tirelessly for a machine to play fetch with. It seems the basic parts are similar here.

Shame they offered no officially sanctioned Hasbro scoring method!

Re:I was just wondering (4, Informative)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374744)

Seriously, does anyone know of a website with plans for a gun like this that shoots tennis balls? My pit bull is waiting tirelessly for a machine to play fetch with. It seems the basic parts are similar here.
Homemade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PcL6-mjRNk [youtube.com]
Retail: http://www.buygodoggo.com/ [buygodoggo.com]

Re:I was just wondering (5, Funny)

antic (29198) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375226)

> Retail: http://www.buygodoggo.com/ [buygodoggo.com] [buygodoggo.com]

Blasphemy! God Oggo is not for sale!

Re:I was just wondering (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375438)

Don't worry, this is God Og Go.

Re:I was just wondering (1)

asifyoucare (302582) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375396)

pit bull?

Just use your children.

Re:I was just wondering (1)

pecosdave (536896) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376148)

Not to long ago I was cleaning up at work. I found an unopened box of 8 INCH floppies. I still know where they are. Still unopened.

Just don't show that to Ballmer (0, Redundant)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374660)

..He might get evil ideas.

Chairstorm v1.0 - "It'll f***ing kill Google!... LITERALLY."

What the hell (5, Insightful)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374666)

What's up with Slashdot and the Videos lately? I was hoping to be taken to a page with drawings schematics, etc of a floppy gun. Instead it was a straight to video.

The video was obviously shot directly for Fark, one big fark cliche (the B&W picture of the chick with White Teeth) 'Photoshopped' in.

I like both sites and for different reasons. If I want stupid internet videos I'll get them on Fark.

Re:What the hell (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374818)

At least put them in the "idle" category, which we know to avoid as the new Myspace/Digg bastard child.

Also, where'd my d2 go? No more AJAX comments?

Re:What the hell (1)

Tacvek (948259) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374900)

There have been intermittent problems with the server side components of D2 recently (parts of the template were not getting filled out properly by the Perl scripts). On Friday, D2 was dead for me, as was the related article function. It might that one of the servers has run out of space on a partition. Since multiple servers are probably used, that would explain why the problem is intermittent.

Re:What the hell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23375496)

Like, whatever.

Re:What the hell (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23374822)

What's up with Slashdot and the Whiny Malcontents lately? I was hoping to read a comment with humorous anecdotes, etc of other crazy office jokes. Instead it went straight to the angst.

The comment was obviously written directly for Slashdot, one big slashdot cliche (the value judgement of the Internet Video) 'Keyboarded' in.

I like both the article and the comment for different reasons. If I want whinging blowhards, I'll get them in the comments.

Re:What the hell (3, Insightful)

zwei2stein (782480) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374870)

Like whatever you want, videos directly linked from Slashdot (autoplaying, stupid and loud ones especially, not marked NSFW) are not amusing. Not at all.

There are sites for people who like this stuff. On slashdot, something like this should never get through moderation and firehose.

Re:What the hell (5, Insightful)

Mikachu (972457) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374906)

Hey, come on now. No one RTFA anyways, so what difference does it make? They can link to a picture of goatse, and everyone would just be arguing about how great/bad of an idea it is.

Re:What the hell (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23375298)

Now if they can design one that shoots CD's, then I have 15 years worth of AOL discs to contribute to the effort >:)

Re:What the hell (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23375796)

A goatse that shoots CD's? What a disgusting idea.

Re:What the hell (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376904)

No way! What a great idea!

Re:What the hell (5, Insightful)

Quantum Jim (610382) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375282)

Like whatever you want, videos directly linked from Slashdot (autoplaying, stupid and loud ones especially, not marked NSFW) are not amusing. Not at all.

There are sites for people who like this stuff. On slashdot, something like this should never get through moderation and firehose.

Why isn't it amusing? If a transcript of this video was created, and pictures demonstrated the device, it would be ok? Why? What if it had links to the demos and just had the "padding" as text? Would that be ok? So why not the entire thing? The article is entirely entertainment, and the video was not only funny but also presented the topic in an entertaining way. This /. article was actually written a lot better than most others. I really hate those stories that copy the first few paragraphs from the source. It shows no creativity and is borderline plagiarism. (One even had a dangling footnote still in the /. summary.)

If you are angry because you got caught at work, well that sucks for you. But don't blame us. I have my browser set up not to autoplay flash unless I specifically allow it. This not only blocks spam, but also prevents this issue. You are already playing around. Why do you have your speakers on? Why do you not check the address first (which is not hidden - the domain is Revver.com aka a well-known video site). Why do you not take precautions when browsing /. at work? Especially for an article clearly marked for entertainment.

You are at work. It is your responsibility to take precautions when you are doing non-work related stuff on your computer. You don't have to be an robot slaving away - I can understand browsing /. on your off time. But you should be smart about it and take precautions like using the mute button or using headphones at very least when at work. Personally, I am not amused by coworkers who keep their speakers on so everyone else can hear Windows startup, beep, alert, and shut down.

Re:What the hell (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376436)

Why isn't it amusing?


Because (a) it plays an audio clip without warning, which should never happen, and (b) not every one has Flash.

If a transcript of this video was created, and pictures demonstrated the device, it would be ok?

Yes, that would be much better.

Why?

Because it would suffer from neither of the two problems cited above.

What if it had links to the demos and just had the "padding" as text?

Not as good, as you're still shutting out people who don't have Flash or don't want to hear audio, but better, since the user is not presented with an audio/visual clip without warning.

Would that be ok?

Acceptable but not perfect.

So why not the entire thing?

See the first answer above.

Re:What the hell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23375288)

There's no point in labeling anything (.+)FW when obviously no one is trolling /. at work.



There's just certain things we don't do around here, mister.

Re:What the hell (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375444)

I liked the targeted ads:

solve your backup problem
speed up windows xp
copy data to computers
Hehe :)

Great timing for Win2K8 server ad... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23374830)

Just when the guy's vomiting, the ad changes to Windows 2008 server! They should've used Vista instead!!

Re:What the hell (1)

rm-ce (1274516) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374852)

Not just a video either, a *flash* video.

Being on a platform where Macromedia Flash is unavailable (and gnash still a WIP) and being adverse to proprietary software, I'm wondering if perhaps it might be a good idea for /. to have the following submission requirement:

Able to be viewed without requiring undue work or non-free software.

Re:What the hell (3, Funny)

Andrew Kismet (955764) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374916)

without requiring undue work
And you use Linux?

Re:What the hell (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23374940)

Ditto, really. I'm only posting this because it needs saying. It'd suck to see slashdot go in the direction, I like it too much.

Re:What the hell (1)

Skylinux (942824) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375178)

Very true, I thought that the video was made for entertainment only and not to show off their cool design or teach somebody how to make their own.... this video does not belong on slashdot but on the front page of youtube or similar.

Datastorm 2.0 (5, Funny)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374676)

Don't lose hope. I'm sure you can find a way to amuse your wife with the second revision.

Re:Datastorm 2.0 (1)

mrbluze (1034940) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374932)

Don't lose hope. I'm sure you can find a way to amuse your wife with the second revision.
Isn't there a website with videos of women enjoying these?

Re:Datastorm 2.0 (3, Interesting)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374938)

The logical next step is a CD-firing weapon... oh, wait, that's been done before. [klov.com]

Re:Datastorm 2.0 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23376702)

Perhaps his wife likes YAOI. Two of the three male actors were reasonably good looking. Flip a coin for which will be Seme and which will be Uke, and do lots of fanservice for the win!

That may appeal to the several actual women on /. who like YAOI.

Gay /.ers probably outnumber them, so they could do a YAOI-porn hybrid. The producer-director sure loves jarring transitions (they're a heavily-used device in TFA film, and in several of the films and tv shows in TFA film's shout outs), so that seems almost natural. There should obviously also be a goatse moment, as a shout out to /.

Porn for nerds! Stuff that matters!

I thought they'd shoot from a drive... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23374716)

Shooting them out of a 3.5" drive housing is clearly the only elegant way to do this.

Therefore this story earns a +5 Lame.

Re:I thought they'd shoot from a drive... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23376030)

But how would you make a machine gun out of a 3.5" drive? It'd be like those old-timey front-loader guns - you need a breach-loader if you want to make a machine gun. If they started over with trying to shoot it out of a 3.5" housing, they'd end up just building this machine but with a hollow floppy housing glued on the front - just an aesthetic change.

tl;dw (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23374754)

Subject says it all.

when i was in the army... (4, Funny)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374792)

...it became clear that the ultimate weapon would project dead AA batteries a few thousand feet per second. We were never in short supply.

But yeah, now that I work for a school district, it's quite clear that a microfloppy cannon is the way to go. For anti-armor purposes, maybee a zip-disk launcher.

Re:when i was in the army... (1)

Nathrael (1251426) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375276)

...it became clear that the ultimate weapon would project dead AA batteries a few thousand feet per second. We were never in short supply.
I made such a thing in Physics once, it's pretty easy, but I wasn't really satisfacted with it's shooting range. It was in a lesson on magnetism; if you inserted the battery from the wrong direction in the inductor (and did a couple of other things to it), and then powered it, it worked like a (not very sophisticated) miniature railgun. At least, doing something wrong was funny one time.

Skip to the good bit (4, Informative)

Thornae (53316) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374810)

If you're going to watch the video, let it load, then skip to about 3 minutes in, then stop watching once you've seen the machine do its thing.

The rest is padding.

Re:Skip to the good bit (4, Funny)

Free the Cowards (1280296) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374846)

I dunno, the little girl hoisting the shotgun over her head and saying "This is my boomstick!" was pretty awesome.

Re:Skip to the good bit (4, Funny)

tloh (451585) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374912)

I think we should offer that girl, credited as Raven, a complementary slashdot account.

Raven is my hero! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23375788)

I loved the way in which the film went from the anonymous girl scout as victim, to the characterful Raven as a "Don't mess with me" heroine.

A very well produced, directed, and acted film.

Well done guys and gals!

This could be turned into a great series, with Raven terminating the nonsense in each episode with her shotgun, as a standing joke. Great potential. :-)

Re:Skip to the good bit (2, Funny)

Atario (673917) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375038)

The rest is padding^W stupid.
Fixed that for you.

Netflix Brick (1)

bigtangringo (800328) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374868)

I love the Netflix Brick. BSG S1E1 - 383 floppies.

Thank pasta storage technology has advanced.

Re:Netflix Brick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23375514)

Your FLOPPYDISK is evolving...
Your FLOPPYDISK turned into a USBSTICK!
Your USBSTICK fell down the back of the couch!

too bad about the sound (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23374882)

Sound levels on this video suck.

The closing music level is just fine but the guy at the beginning-- I have no idea what he was trying to say.

Amazing Video (4, Funny)

dunezone (899268) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374918)

I never thought that a video about a weapon that fires floppies would start off talking about abortions.

Poke in the eye to PC'ism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23376440)

I never thought that a video about a weapon that fires floppies would start off talking about abortions.

You missed the best part though, the fact that he was screwing his mom and wanted her to abort.

Funny as hell, and a breath of fresh air in this PC-ridden society.

Need more ammo? (1)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374934)

My roommate has a box of over 500 AOL CDs that I will gladly donate. You may have to rechamber from 3.5" to 120mm, though :)

Re:Need more ammo? (1)

TavisJohn (961472) | more than 6 years ago | (#23374962)

Just make a crossbow device to fire the CD's. That is what I did when a friend of mine got 3 cases of AOL cd's dropped off at his door... It would make a nice clean slot in the front of the melon... But the back was always missing. lol

tell the bitch to get back in the kitchen (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23374972)

Your wife isn't amused? Just smack the bitch in the mouth and tell her to shut up and get back to the kitchen wherein she belongs.

your wife was not amused? (5, Funny)

the brown guy (1235418) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375078)

It was constructed of scrap metal, a kid's bike...

Your kid won't be amused either.

law blog (1)

cobryson (957109) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375086)

so Bob Loblaw...do you have your own law blog?

DUMBESTFUCKINGTHINGEVER tag needed! (-1, Flamebait)

EETech1 (1179269) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375106)

WOW! This is the only thing new for two hours, and it sucks ass big time! That is the 5 seconds of content padded with 6 or 7 minutes of the stupidest video ever produced... REALLY Slashdot What the FUCK! The dumb-ass starts out the video rambling on about an abortion! Like he's funny! Maybe WTFV (watch the fucking video) before putting it on the front page! For sure remove the HUMOR tag!

Re:DUMBESTFUCKINGTHINGEVER tag needed! (1)

EETech1 (1179269) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375158)

I agree totally. (TOO lazy to make a new user account just to "Twitter" myself a little)

Re:DUMBESTFUCKINGTHINGEVER tag needed! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23375174)

Somebody needs more nap time.

Re:DUMBESTFUCKINGTHINGEVER tag needed! (1)

EETech1 (1179269) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375220)

I would venture a guess that many here do!

6:46 (2, Insightful)

catdevnull (531283) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375128)

6 minutes 46 seconds of my life I'm not getting back.

Maybe next time somebody invents a office product canon, they'll just make a one-part video: the part that doesn't suck.

Seriously, a highlight reel of this thing would have been so much easier to make (and so much more satisfying) than whatever that was. The thing about a "parody" movie is that don't have to have a working model of whatever you're featuring--people just assume it's special FX.

A tech video of how to make it and showing it in use goes pretty far amongst the geekerati here at /.

ps. Kudos to the girl for her righteous Ash impression, tho.

Better uses for your time (0, Flamebait)

Perf (14203) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375132)

Great. Myanmar has 1 million dead and dying and you spend your energy designing a floppy launcher.

Why not do the world a favor and design a evil dictator launcher?
Make it a repeater do deal with juntas.
X-Prize anyone?
Bonus points for low earth orbit.

Re:Better uses for your time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23375232)

Jeez, man, chill out. If they hadn't made the floppy launcher, the people in Myanmar would still be dead.

Re:Better uses for your time (4, Insightful)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375252)

It could have been worse; instead of building a toy gun whilst he could have been solving world problems, he could have been complaining about somebody else building a toy gun whilst he could have been solving world problems.

Re:Better uses for your time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23375314)

oh snap!

Re:Better uses for your time (1)

Nathrael (1251426) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375294)

Well, this AC's co-worker [slashdot.org] gun might probably also work with evil dictators. Just let us give it a try.

Re:Better uses for your time (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375772)

Look, if some dictator killing one million people precludes having any kind of fun to you, here's a simple idea: Get the necessary material, build a cobalt bomb and set it off in Myanmar. The dictator will almost immediately stop being much of a concern to the area.

Re:Better uses for your time (1)

Artuir (1226648) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375914)

Hey! I bet he's one of those EVIL people that run seti@home instead of folding@home! Oh noes!

Just to let you know, Bob (1)

Khyber (864651) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375162)

Your video editing is a little off. All of the sound was in the left channel. Otherwise, it was neat. I'd do somethign like that, but I'm somewhat banned from owning any weapons.

undo mod (0)

ploss (860589) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375336)

tegescesc ce c es

Geek or Darwin awards? (1)

tokul (682258) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375450)

Looks like one of them is possible nominee for Darwin awards. Geek or funny mod points for creating machine that shots floppies and Darwin award for standing in front of that machine.

*sigh* (1)

htnprm (176191) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375490)

Well there is 3 minutes and 46 seconds (That's all I could get through) of my life I'll never get back...

Tag this myboomstick (1)

I kan Spl (614759) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375588)

Please add the tag for awesomeness.

Oblig. (1)

Argos (173864) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375592)

Is shark-head-mountable?

Wow ! (1)

chrysalis (50680) | more than 6 years ago | (#23375646)

Can you imagine a Beowulf cluster of floppy disk cannons?

Darn You Websense! (1)

FurtiveGlancer (1274746) | more than 6 years ago | (#23376114)

I really wanted to see this baby in action! Maybe when I get home. I have a copy of Flight Simulator for Mac on over 25 floppies that are ready to fly!

ridiculous (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23376576)

A week and a half of your company's time for evidently more than one employee, to create something with no value other than to entertain an apparently overpaid and easily amused group of employees. Good grief, I have not worked anywhere within the past 26 years where such a waste of company time would be tolerated. Not even in that stupid government job I once had. God bless you for finding such morons to work for- I'd have wasted no time sending you packing.
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