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The Orange Goo That Could Save Your Laptop

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the non-newtonian-novelty dept.

Technology 285

Barence writes "A British company has patented what can only be described as an orange goo that could save your laptop or iPod after a nasty fall. The amazing material is soft and malleable like putty, but the substance becomes solid instantly after impact. You can punch your fist into a ball of the material sitting on a desk and not feel a thing, according to the staff at PC Pro who have been testing the material, called 3do. It's being used by the military, the US downhill ski team, and motorcycle clothing manufacturers to provide impact protection in the event of a crash. However, it's also appearing in protective cases for laptops and MP3 players."

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Ahhhhh.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258371)

....fuck it. First post!

I've got your goo! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258373)

Right here in my cock!

Re:I've got your goo! (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258381)

But is it orange?

Re:I've got your goo! (1)

uolamer (957159) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258793)

Billy Mays here! ... but if you call now we'll send you 3 for the price of one!

Re:I've got your goo! (1)

Kooty-Sentinel (1291050) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258811)

Too early man, too early. That guy made my night everytime my earsdrums nearly broke everytime his commercial came on.

Re:I've got your goo! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29259067)

But is it orange?

Who cares what color it is? The real question on my mind is: Does it run Linux?

I don't get it.. (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258379)

Isn't the point of protection to absorb the impact? That's why bubble-wrap is squishy. If this instantly turns solid, wouldn't that mean that the g-forces, the energy of the impact is not absorbed by it and is thus transferred to the item inside?

Re:I don't get it.. (5, Informative)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258523)


Presumably the energy is absorbed by it turning solid. Similar in principle (in vague terms) to how the bonnet of a car (hood to USA people) is designed to crumple so that it absorbs the energy of a crash. Afterwards the bonnet is more condensed - harder - but the energy went into making it so, rather than getting transferred on to the rest of the car and the passengers.

Well the front of normal cars is designed to do that. SUVs are designed to kill people.

Re:I don't get it.. (5, Funny)

miffo.swe (547642) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258545)

"SUVs are designed to kill people."

SUVs arent designed, that would imply some kind of thinking behind them.

Re:I don't get it.. (5, Funny)

Shin-LaC (1333529) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258697)

Of course. They evolved to be that way, to maximize their fitness in an environment full of size queens.

Size queens... (5, Insightful)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258983)

Of course. They evolved to be that way, to maximize their fitness in an environment full of size queens.

Yes, because never in our history (cough, Great Pyramids, cough) have we humans ever been accused of having inadequacy issues.

Somehow I think this "evolution" started well before someone thought to take a truck and bolt a "trunk" on it.

Re:I don't get it.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258763)

But does it stop Linux crashing?

Re:I don't get it.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258799)

Dunno, but if they made it blue it may help stop Windows crashing.

Re:I don't get it.. (4, Funny)

kpainter (901021) | more than 4 years ago | (#29259099)

Similar in principle (in vague terms) to how the bonnet of a car (hood to USA people) is designed to crumple so that it absorbs the energy of a crash.

I always assumed that the reason for the crumple was to maximize the cost of repair ultimately necessitating the purchase of a new vehicle.

Re:I don't get it.. (0)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 4 years ago | (#29259139)

Actually, I think the point of using the goo for "US downhill ski team, and motorcycle clothing manufacturers" is to allow a solid type of protection in a crash in FLEXIBLE material such as clothing. So that normally you can move freely and easily, bending whatever parts of the clothing as you naturally would, but when there is an impact, that part of the clothing turns into a harder ridgid/solid material, offering more protection. Think of a D&D cloak of resistance geeks. Basically, it would be like wearing a normal median weight flexible clothing that suddenly turns into a suit made of shin guards, but all over the place, including joints.

Using it on a laptop is silly. The case is already a firm solid. You could get much better protection by just using a harder shell on the laptop. The spinning hard drive is the only part that truly needs a cushy landing if it stops suddenly and is not protected by a hard shell.

Re:I don't get it.. (5, Interesting)

ATMD (986401) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258533)

I guess there's a limit to the amount of shock it can absorb. I would imagine its properties have been tweaked so that it stops any impact within its own thickness. Obviously if the impacting object is travelling faster, that results in more rapid deceleration and thus more forces transferred to the delicate internally-bits of your laptop. For dropping off a table though, it probably provides the smallest possible deceleration force against the floor, compared to protection materials currently on the market.

My suspicion would be that rather than rather than causing the linear deceleration of a simple spring constant, (like most other foams, rubbers, etc.), it provides an exponential deceleration: the stopping force in a shear-thickening fluid is proportional to the speed rather than the displacement. This means that the material starts acting from the very moment of impact, as that is the point with the highest speed. A spring, (or foam, or rubber, or anything else that acts like a spring), would do essentially nothing until the impact has squeezed it enough to get a decent counter-force out of it. But by that time it might be too late, and the spring might have already bottomed out. I'd be interested to see some numbers for this gel, to back up the stuff I've just written!
 
/Disclaimer: Mechanical engineering undergraduate. Don't have my qualification yet; take above post with a pinch of salt.

Re:I don't get it.. (5, Interesting)

ATMD (986401) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258557)

Heh, glad I put that disclaimer there. Stopping force is proportional to velocity, (technically shear rate), in a Newtonian fluid such as water or oil: in a shear-thickening fluid viscosity is proportional to velocity. Viscosity is the proportionality constant linking speed and stopping force, so I guess that makes stopping force proportional to the square of the speed.

For more info, try [wikipedia.org] these [wikipedia.org] .

Re:I don't get it.. (1)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258599)

Yeah, I got to say that I am quite curious about this. I recall seeing something a while back on the tele about it being used to make new shock/impact protection, but both THAT show and this article/website seem very thin on facts and "how it works".

Don't even bother trying to watch the youtube movie they have on their website. It provides less information than picking your nose in the dark.

Re:I don't get it.. (1)

ATMD (986401) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258611)

Nice analogy =P

I'm tempted to improve that Wiki article on power-law fluids when I have a moment, so that it's more readily understood by those who haven't already learned the majority of what it's trying to explain...

Re:I don't get it.. (1)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258987)

Drag in air, water or any other normal substance is always proportional to the square of the velocity. This is because if you double the speed of an object travelling through a fluid, the particles will hit the object twice as fast, causing twice as much change in velocity, and there will be twice as many particles hitting it per second. Combine those two effects and you get the proportionality to v^2.

Re:I don't get it.. (2, Insightful)

Dekker3D (989692) | more than 4 years ago | (#29259217)

wait... "stopping force proportional to the square of the speed"
so if something impacts it twice as fast, it'll push back four times as much?

doesn't that mean it'd be perfect in some kind of new body armour? if it's not too heavy to be useful, that is. or just on the parts that need the most protection..

Re:I don't get it.. (4, Informative)

silentcoder (1241496) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258905)

Well... we all know what's in this stuff don't we ? It's custard (possibly with some orange food colorant).

The behavior described here is identical to that exhibited by custard and other liquids with low viscosity but high surface tension. The effect is that low velocity impacts are passed through easily but high velocity impact causes the surface tension to rapidly increase and prevents entry. To put it bluntly, you can run over a swimming pool full of custard, but you can't walk over one (brainiac did an episode on it, though they could have done a better job of explaining the theory about why it works that way - wikipedia is your friend here - as per their usual script, they were mostly interested in the fun-value of a swimming pool full of custard... the test subject did indeed run over it until he got to the middle, was told to stop... and then sank).

Now I'm sure it's not actually custard in this goo (well, fairly sure) but the phenomenon is certainly not new and has been known for a while. What seems new is that this is a much lower liquidity and viscosity than most of these substances (it appears to be at the level of clay or playdough rather than a flowing liquid) - which clearly makes for a whole new range of practical applications, since it won't soak into things or leak, you can make things like laptop protective cases lined with the stuff which would be impractical with custard....

Re:I don't get it.. (1)

Kuroji (990107) | more than 4 years ago | (#29259105)

Actually, by all appearances, it's just a bright orange variety of the Smart Mass that ThinkGeek sells.

Re:I don't get it.. (5, Informative)

k-sound (718684) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258635)

A squishy material just softens the impact by slowing the deceleration of your momentum. The problem is if the impact force is high you need a lot of padding to soften the blow. By turning solid on impact you material instantly distributes all this force over a large area i.e. all the force isn't released on e.g. the corner of your laptop causing it to shatter. This is similar to putting a hard cover around your object (like a motorcycle helmet). The advantage of this material is that is is flexible in it's normal state so it can met integrated in clothing etc without limiting movement.

This video has a great example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JceDaEMIHKE&feature=related [youtube.com]
They use a cap with the material to protect a watermelon from impact with a hammer. With a normal squishy material you'd need a really thick layer to soften a blow like that and a hard material would restrict movement.

It's a kind of best of both worlds solution.

Re:I don't get it.. (2, Interesting)

Another, completely (812244) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258991)

So it wouldn't save a drive head, since there will be a sudden acceleration, but it might stop the case from deforming so the screen pops out. If I can believe the hype, then we won't have drive heads for much longer anyway. If all the internal bits are well attached, I guess that could be enough.

Re:I don't get it.. (1)

Aviation Pete (252403) | more than 4 years ago | (#29259005)

Isn't the point of protection to absorb the impact? That's why bubble-wrap is squishy. If this instantly turns solid, wouldn't that mean that the g-forces, the energy of the impact is not absorbed by it and is thus transferred to the item inside?

I would guess the point is the load distribution on the laptop. The unprotected laptop will see a spike of load on one point which will easily exceed the strength of it's shell. When enclosed by a solid material, the load will act on a much larger area, and the maximum load will be proportionally lower. The g forces will stay the same, though.

I didn't know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258383)

you could ski uphill

Could it be... (1)

rcb1974 (654474) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258393)

flubber?

Re:Could it be... (1)

boliboboli (1447659) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258495)

flubber?

I have a visual of a laptop bouncing higher and higher and higher. 6lbs of PlayDoh might work better.

typo, as seen on tv (1, Informative)

stiller (451878) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258399)

First of, it's 3do (three-dee-oh): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D3o [wikipedia.org]
3DO was a video game company and console: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_3DO_Company [wikipedia.org]
This product, as applied to laptop cases, was recently pitched on Dragon's Den (BBC): http://www.bbc.co.uk/dragonsden/entrepreneurs/jasonroberts.shtml [bbc.co.uk]

Re:typo, as seen on tv (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258411)

Looks like the dyslexia is contagious today.

Aha (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258421)

So this is what they're doing with all that left over building sand from the stagnating construction industry.

I'm a little bit skeptical. (5, Interesting)

ZorbaTHut (126196) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258425)

Impact resistance is complicated, but there's parts that are very, very simple. Let's say you drop your laptop from five feet up. When it hits the ground, it'll be going at a certain velocity (I am currently too lazy to calculate it) with a certain amount of momentum. That velocity and momentum will go into crushing the impact point against the ground. If the impact point is forced to decelerate rapidly, and is a small enough point, it'll be subject to a huge amount of force. Boom, shattered plastic.

Now we add padding. The thing about padding is that it doesn't actually reduce the velocity or momentum in any way (in fact, unless it's literally weightless, it *increases* momentum.) It also doesn't change the basic physical requirements - that momentum will get absorbed somewhere. Guaranteed.

There's two ways the padding helps. First, it lets your dropped object decelerate more slowly - instead of having to go from fall to stop in a tiny distance (namely, the amount your laptop plastic deforms without permanent damage) it goes from fall to stop in a much larger distance - the distance that the padding can be compressed. (Plus the plastic deformation.)

Second, it provides - potentially - a larger impact zone, distributing the force more equally over the plastic of the laptop. A force that would shatter a corner may not do much at all distributed over a few square inches.

The first part, unfortunately, has some very basic physical limits. If the padding is an eighth of an inch thick, it will provide, at most, an eighth of an inch of extra speed reduction. There is just no way to improve this until you fit your shock absorber with little rockets and sensors to determine when it's about to impact the ground.

The second part is a lot more theoretically capable, but also a whole lot harder to solve. The ideal situation is a material that somehow deforms at the impact spot in exactly the manner that lets it stop at its maximum deformation point, without any extra jerks or impacts, while simultaneously spreading the impact over the entire surface of the protected item.

That is a damn hard thing to accomplish. If he's succeeded in it, or in anything remotely like it, I'm impressed.

The press releases seem to feel that d3o is absolutely fantastic for human garments, where the fabric has to be malleable until the impact occurs. That's quite different from electronics protection, where malleability is simply not an issue, and I'm not convinced that it will make the changeover smoothly.

We'll see.

Re:I'm a little bit skeptical. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258565)

And protecting bones is easier than protecting heads. They don't say anything about contre-coup.

Re:I'm a little bit skeptical. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258773)

If the padding is an eighth of an inch thick, it will provide, at most, an eighth of an inch of extra speed reduction.

Speed reduction is not measured in inches.

The idea is that the "impulse" (the change in momentum) is spread out more evenly over the eighth of an inch, so that the maximum force *at any single point in time* is reduced.

just need orange food coloring.. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258437)

http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Magic_mud

Re:just need orange food coloring.. (1)

JohnFluxx (413620) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258573)

BTW, I did something similar using custard powder (Which is basically just cornstarch + colouring) and it worked just as well.

Just put custard powder in a bowl then add a small amount of water. It's great fun to play with.

I saw this on TV months ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258451)

Slashdot always seems to be the slowest site to break news.

Silly Putty? (3, Insightful)

LS (57954) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258461)

And this differs from Silly Putty how?

Re:Silly Putty? (4, Informative)

supernova_hq (1014429) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258649)

It is very similar to silly putty except that it does not "run" when left sitting on a table. The last thing you want your armor to do is pool around your waste.

My guess is they somehow increased the stiffness of it at the low-velocity stage.

Re:Silly Putty? (5, Funny)

EnglishTim (9662) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258719)

It is very similar to silly putty except that it does not "run" when left sitting on a table. The last thing you want your armor to do is pool around your waste.

I don't think you'd want your waste to pool around your armour, either...

Goes hard on impact? (4, Funny)

jsse (254124) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258463)

Isn't that something every man wanted? Sounds like a perfect material for condom!

Though I'd worry orange penis would turn off sex desire.

Re:Goes hard on impact? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258947)

Though I'd worry orange penis would turn off sex desire.

Those Oompa Loompa tanning salon clients don't seem to share your worry.

Re:Goes hard on impact? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29259129)

Perfect for a condom

We don't know if it's porosity, therefore we don't know if it would be good as a johnny.
But, it might be good as a pocket pussy.

Old News (4, Informative)

SJ2000 (1128057) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258493)

14 September 2006

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EBWGbhsuws [youtube.com]

They've...created Gak? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258509)

I remember seeing this on nickelodeon.

These fluids are sometimes also called... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258513)

...Tixotropes. They have been around for a long time, and you can even make them using standard household ingredients (homemade silly putty f.e..)

Armorgel from Snow Crash? (1)

Fex303 (557896) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258525)

Does this remind anyone else of the armorgel in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash?

Liquid that hardens on impact, mostly used in body armor, looks like gritty jello... Certainly sounds like the same kinda stuff.

I hope Stephenson's getting a cut. So many things from that book have come to pass that I'm getting worried about an insane Aelut showing up with a nuke...

Re:Armorgel from Snow Crash? (1)

Barny (103770) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258607)

Yeah, he should get a cut for describing non-Newtonian fluids...

Good foresight, yes, getting a cut of something that has been around for a LONG time, no.

cool stuff, but not for this purpose (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258543)

My professor in engineering mechanics showed me a sample of a material with very similar color and characteristics sometime around october '08. Now I know, where I can get a sample for goofing around ;)

However, this won't protect your precious harddisk. It works very well for protecting humans, mainly because it adapts to the form of the pressing surfaces (aka your head and a wall) and then distributes the pressure over a bigger area. It does almost nothing though for the rate of deceleration - face it, your notebook, falling from the table goes from v^2=2*g*s (s= table height, let's say 0.8m)=4m/s to zero in about - well, let's say 1mm as this stuff gets rigid very quickly. This makes it face a deceleration of 8000g. Hell, let's say 5mm and it's still 1600g. Nope, this won't save your harddisk as they're rated for 300 to 500g in every direction and a lot less when active. Thinking about it, it seems like a good idea for the notebook to come apart on impact, as this might give your harddisk another few millimeters for controlled deceleration and thus keep it withing mechanical specs.

In other words: Yes, the surface of your precious Macbook will be scratchfree after the fall, the harddisk will still be toast.

Re:cool stuff, but not for this purpose (4, Insightful)

silanea (1241518) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258613)

In other words: Yes, the surface of your precious Macbook will be scratchfree after the fall, the harddisk will still be toast.

So? A new harddisk is cheaper than a new laptop. And since you diligently maintained your backups...

Re:cool stuff, but not for this purpose (4, Insightful)

Miamicanes (730264) | more than 4 years ago | (#29259007)

> So? A new harddisk is cheaper than a new laptop. And since you diligently maintained your backups...

Mod parent WAY up. It might be irrelevant for netbooks and cheap notebooks from Best Buy, but if you're talking about a kilobuck+ Macbook or high-end performance notebook, the hard drive isn't just one of its cheapest components... it's also one of its few components that can be easily replaced by end users, with a part that's readily-available even in small towns, often on sale, and frequently would result in improved performance over the original part. Try buying a new Thinkpad keyboard, Macbook case, or Dell motherboard at Best Buy on Sunday afternoon at some city in the midwestern US with a population of ~500k living within a fifty-mile radius. Hell, with the possible exceptions of Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, and Akihabara , I doubt whether there's anyplace you could walk into a retail store and buy stuff like that at all, let alone on a weekend.

Re:cool stuff, but not for this purpose (1)

smallfries (601545) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258759)

Does this apply to harddisks with parked heads, or just those in use? The macbook has had accelerometers for years to autopark the heads if you drop it. I expect that they've made it onto windows machines now as well. Does this change the problem, or or does the deceleration still kill the disk?

Re:cool stuff, but not for this purpose (1)

Bazar (778572) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258847)

HD's can cover about 20g while in use. So as long as there are no sudden jerks, its fine for even mobile use.
When the drive heads are parked, its about 200-300g. Which is enough for small falls, and large jerks.

For all the talk about HD's being protected, its actually the casing and the motherboard that stands to benefit. Hell, newer laptops have the HD bay easily accessible for HD replacement.
But if the case is damaged, then the whole thing needs to be repaired. A laptop with a a damaged power socket, or broken wifi antenna/wire isn't easily fixable.

Re:cool stuff, but not for this purpose (5, Funny)

Ma8thew (861741) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258881)

Continuing their history of innovation, my MacBook parks the heads of its SSD during a sudden drop. Beat that Dell.

Re:cool stuff, but not for this purpose (1)

Mia'cova (691309) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258977)

Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure IBM introduced the 'park the heads when dropped' tech for their thinkpad.

Re:cool stuff, but not for this purpose (2, Informative)

Mia'cova (691309) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258995)

To be clear, I meant IBM invented/introduced it before apple started buying hard disks featuring the tech.

Re:cool stuff, but not for this purpose (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258899)

That math is assuming a completely rigid laptop, is it not? I have never seen a rigid laptop. Most laptops have a little bit of shock absorption for the hard drives. Combine that with the added protection and it may be good enough. What would the g-forces be without the silly putty?

Re:cool stuff, but not for this purpose (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258903)

Makes a (I was going to say solid) case for a solid state drive, eh?

I mean, the more you decrease your moving parts the better.

Tech21 iBand tested on video (3, Informative)

andylim (1618383) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258567)

We have a video test of the iBand that shows how d3o works and features a drop test. http://recombu.com/news/tech21-iband-serious-impact-protection-proved-on-video-_M11064-1.html [recombu.com]

Oblig. Quotation: (4, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258675)

"His uniform is black as activated charcoal, filtering the very light out of the air. A bullet will bounce off its arachnofiber weave like a wren hitting a patio door, an excess of perspiration wafts through it like a napalmed forest. Where his body has bony extremities, the suit has sintered armorgel; feels like gritty jello, protects like a stack of telephone books."

Re:Oblig. Quotation: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258699)

God, yes. The Deliverator is my hero.

Elementary School Science (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258779)

hmmmm... So you can patent Cornstarch, milk and food coloring?

BAD SUMMARY..... (0)

IHC Navistar (967161) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258789)

"The amazing material is soft and malleable like putty, but the substance becomes solid instantly after impact."

-It's useless it if it turns solid AFTER impact. The article states that it turns solid DURING impact. "AFTER" and "DURING" are two different things.

Either way, I'd like to know what happens when it is subjected to the prolonged temperatures of systems in the field. Will it it keep its intended state and shape, or will it ooze out all over the place?

ThinkGeek has this? (4, Informative)

STFS (671004) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258805)

The behavior of this stuff sounds a bit like the Smart Mass Thinking Putty I have from ThinkGeek.com [thinkgeek.com] .

Re:ThinkGeek has this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29259211)

Look up Crazy Aaron's puttyworld. THat's apparently where ThinkGeek get's their stuff

Can only be described as... (5, Funny)

subreality (157447) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258829)

what can only be described as an orange goo

Around here, we're a technically savvy group with relatively high IQs. You can describe it as a highly viscous non-newtonian fluid containing enough long-chain polymers or waxes to prevent it from flowing freely when at rest, and most of us will get it, and the rest will be able to look it up.

Assuming you're trying to describe it to a bunch of first graders, you can also describe it as "orange silly putty", and it'll be a hell of a lot more accurate than "orange goo".

Raise the bar, people.

Obligatory refference... (1)

silentcoder (1241496) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258857)

Am I the only one who instantly thought of the "securefoam" stuff in the copcar in Demolition Man ?

Re:Obligatory refference... (1)

DemonBeaver (1485573) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258911)

Or of the mixture of the two chemicals in Grim Fandango?

Re:Obligatory refference... (1)

silentcoder (1241496) | more than 4 years ago | (#29258931)

Wait... you mean you got past the pigeons on the ceiling in that game ?

Mmmm, do I want to figure out how to make a 12 year old game run on Linux just to finally settle the score with those stupid skeleton birds...

It's Oobleck, dummy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29258997)

Could it be any more obvious??

Too bad about the drive (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29259033)

Isn't the real problem with dropping a laptop or iPod going to be the head inside the hard drive? I don't think the orange goo would help with that.

Wait a second (0, Troll)

Voyager529 (1363959) | more than 4 years ago | (#29259059)

...So some guy puts cornstarch, water, and orange food dye in a Ziploc bag around his laptop and it makes headlines?!?!?

In other news... (4, Funny)

kpainter (901021) | more than 4 years ago | (#29259135)

Microsoft announces that Steve Balmer is getting his office redecorated. All the furnishings are to be coated with a new high-tech orange "goo". No reason was given as to why.
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