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Wow, that's really cool (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239770)

I wish I could post the crap that I'm selling on Ebay to Slashdot, I'd get better sales for sure!

Great! (4, Funny)

xiangpeng (324117) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239777)

great, now i need to keep my PDA below 30C.

Re:Great! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239838)

I don't know which is weirder. The fact that someone actually made this and is selling it on ebay, the fact that someone has actually placed a bid on it, or the fact that it made it to slashdot. I think my favorite things to see sold on ebay yet though were people who were selling their virginity, or their souls. Even if you never buy anything off ebay, it's fun just to type in some random word and see what comes up.
Anyone know the freshness date on the butter palm? Or maybe the butter palm is for people who have butter for their hands and are always dropping their palm-pilot/cellphone :)

I don't know if this is a good idea.

Re:Great! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239933)

How the hell am I supposed to troll given crappy "news stories" like this?!!! I'm going to lodge a complaint the the troll high cabal.
Get some decent damn stories or I'll have to resort to crapflooding you with timecube, and I'm sure no one wants that.

a grouchy troll -- member of the troll quality assurance board -- and I moderate.

Re:Great! (2, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239936)

great, now i need to keep my PDA below 30C.


And either way it's frozen, must be all that cholesterol in the wiring...

Yeah, but... (1)

Geoff (968) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239779)

... can it run Linux?

Re:Yeah, but... (2, Funny)

Traicovn (226034) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239887)

Yes, but you have to churn your own kernel, and you have to be careful if you overclock the cpu becuase it has to be kept in a cold room so that it doesn't overheat...

Re:Yeah, but... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239903)

can you imagine a beowoulf cluster of these things?......

$50 for 50 lbs of butter? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239784)

Around here butter goes for about $4 a lb...
Who knows how high the bidding will get, but it's a good deal at the moment.

Plus butter goes great with hot grits.

Whats the point? (1)

kasek (514492) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239787)

I see no reason anyone would want this. What are you supposed to do with it when you win? surely not anything on their top ten list. The only thing to do with a big hunk of butter in the shape of a palm is to be laughed at.

Re:Whats the point? (4, Interesting)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239874)

> I see no reason anyone would want this. What are you supposed to do with it when you win?

Buy a docking station made of 200 pounds of bread, with the bonus of never having to worry about static discharge destroying your PDA?

Re:Whats the point? (1, Funny)

IP, Daily (250583) | more than 12 years ago | (#2240079)

It's going to be a prop in the new hybrid sequel "Last Tango in Jurrasic Park".

Hrm.. (5, Funny)

Bob McCown (8411) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239791)

I can't believe its not Palm!

Great scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2240010)

They can keep reselling this thing too. Just ship the winner a bucket of melted butter and say "the deliver truck must have overheated... sorry."

Piss this (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239792)

Frist postos por los dead homies! Tambien! Los butter los butter.... cmdrtaco is as easy the corpse of karen carpenter backstage at ozzfest, jeff knows it

What's scarier (3, Insightful)

Traicovn (226034) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239793)

I don't know which is weirder. The fact that someone actually made this and is selling it on ebay, the fact that someone has actually placed a bid on it, or the fact that it made it to slashdot. I think my favorite things to see sold on ebay yet though were people who were selling their virginity, or their souls. Even if you never buy anything off ebay, it's fun just to type in some random word and see what comes up.
Anyone know the freshness date on the butter palm? Or maybe the butter palm is for people who have butter for their hands and are always dropping their palm-pilot/cellphone :)

Re:What's scarier (2, Funny)

Traicovn (226034) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239812)

Thought of a good advertising campaign
It melts in your mouth, and in your Palm &copy

Re:What's scarier (1)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239889)

> It melts in your mouth, and in your Palm

Yeah, but for those purposes, I'd still rather have Claudia Schiffer.

"Simply butter."

(Besides, those anorexic model-type chix probably don't weigh more than 50 pounds anyways.)

Re:What's scarier (really scarier...) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239864)

What's really scary is that several of us stood around the display cooler and admired it for a bit.

OF COURSE somebody bid on it... (2)

jeff.paulsen (6195) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239963)

... at opening bid, that's 50 pounds of butter for 50 dollars. Have you checked your dairy case prices lately?

How big. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239794)

What are the dimensions of 50lbs of butter?

Re:How big. (0)

IP, Daily (250583) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239839)

You have to ask NIST to get an accurate response to that question.

Re:How big. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2240008)

but you might get an incorrect answer if someone hacks the 'electonic kilogram'

That's a whole lotta buttuh .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239795)

.. I can't believe it's butter.

Mac n cheese? (1)

-ParadoX- (158084) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239796)

I'm sure that using all that butter you could make and sculpt at least 3 mac n cheese palms....

goatse,cx (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239799)


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SP! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239803)

Second post!

Wiow! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239805)

Imagine a Beawolf cluster of these babies!

Cool product strategy (1)

oliverk (82803) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239818)

Butter doesn't conduct static electricity, so all hotsync'ing problems should go away :)

Sweet Hot Buttered Elvis! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239824)

The Mexicans are soggy!

jon katz butter (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239825)


The organizational meeting of the Jon Katz loves butter society has been postponed. It will be held on the slashnet IRC channel #JonKatzIsGod on Monday at 5pm.

Jon has assured me that the "boxers vs. briefs" debate will be held. There will also be a Jon Katz expert that will talk about his affect on social stuctures and economic trends in the homosexual native american tribes in the Pacific northwest.

We'll then ajourn to the private pool for "fun".

only at the MN state fair... (4, Funny)

MillMan (85400) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239826)

As soon as I read this I knew there was only one place in the world where this would be done, the Minnesota state fair. Every year there is a "beauty contest" and the winner along with the runners up get a butter sculpture in the likeness of their head (the winner represents the Minnesota dairy industry). So now there are a number of groups around who do things like this. I didn't expect people to try and make money off of it, though.

Re:only at the MN state fair... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239862)

A likeness of their head in butter? You've got to be joking. That's just, well creepy.... I mean people would be eating your head, and if you decided to give it to someone as a present, you'd be giving them head.

Hello Clareice....

Re:only at the MN state fair... (1)

thaigan (197773) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239872)

I didn't expect people to try and make money off of it, though.

I always expect people will try to make money off of everything;-)

Re:only at the MN state fair... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239882)

Actually at the Iowa state fair every year they sculpt a butter cow, and one year they even made a butter Elvis.

Re:only at the MN state fair... (1)

aozilla (133143) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239908)

Every year there is a "beauty contest" and the winner along with the runners up get a butter sculpture in the likeness of their head.


I guess in Minnesota calling someone a "butter face" is a compliment.

Re:only at the MN state fair... (1)

Foochar (129133) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239928)

They aren't trying to make money off of this, so much as trying to benifit a good cause. They say that the money from the auction is going to go to the 4H foundation, which makes a lot of sense. If it wasn't for 4H and the FFA most state fairs would be nothing more then a carnival these days. Its the kids involved in these programs that are involved in the agricultural exhibits.

This is basically an oversize version of the classic "cake auction" where a business might buy the blue ribbon cake for several hundred dollars, more to give the money to the 4H program then anything else. I'd much rather they do this then just throw the thing away.

Re:only at the MN state fair... (2)

Rupert (28001) | more than 12 years ago | (#2240077)

Princess Kay of the Milky Way is not a beauty pageant.

Of course, the winner is never particularly ugly, but the cow-handling requirements keep most of the Miss America types out of the running.

Re:only at the MN state fair... (1)

M-G (44998) | more than 12 years ago | (#2240129)

...but the cow-handling requirements...

But if we're talking about milking skills, that could be a benefit... :)

Instead of auctioning it off... (1)

kriemar (247929) | more than 12 years ago | (#2240088)

They should have the Battle Bot people outbid one another to have the privledge of cutting it up in the Battle Bot competition only a few blocks away on Machinery Hill.

Imagine that--the home-constructed battle bots competing to smash the butter PDA to bits. Butter everywhere, bots covered in butter, the fans covered in butter, the bots beating one another up.

Alas, I couldn't see anything at the Battle Bot competion because it was too crowded. Oh well.

The MN state fair is so awesome...

wow! (1)

xiangpeng (324117) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239837)

As usual..

"Imagine a Beowulf cluster of..."

I know what it would look like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239944)

1/3 of the ingredients to the world's biggest cake...

Cool ... (1)

thomp (56629) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239853)

I'll be up at the State Fair this weekend. I hope the butter PDA is still there so I can try to pass it a virus. You think it's got a port for me to 'plug in'?

BTW, the butter sculpting is one of the grand old traditions at the Minnesota State Fair, the biggest state fair in the USA. The State Fair queen gets her likeness carved out of butter every year, and I know they sent David Letterman a bust of himself a few years ago.

Even better is your bust in butter (1)

bshroyer (21524) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239859)

At the Minnesota State Fair, the regional Dairy Princesses [startribune.com] have their likenesses carved into a 90 lb block [midwestdairy.com]of butter. It's one of the big attractions every year at the Fair.

what? no fotos? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239883)

"Dairy Princess" thats code for lactating dominatrix, right?

Top Ten Lame Jokes about the Butter PDA (5, Funny)

BobGregg (89162) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239863)

10. Gives a whole new meaning to "palm oil".
9. Runs so smooth... it's like butter.
8. Stupid character recognition... I wrote "butter", but all it will say is "Parkay".
7. Gives a whole new meaning to "butter fingers".
6. And to think, they said my computer would be no substitute for a girlfriend. Boy, were THEY wrong.
5. First ever computer with a "best used by" date.
4. Would you like your PDA salted or unsalted?
3. Gives a whole new meaning to "memory churn".
2. I think heat dissipation is going to be a problem.

And the number 1, absolute LAMEST joke about the Butter PDA:

1. I think I've milked this long enough.

i'm bidding! (1)

turbine216 (458014) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239867)

i'm gonna buy this thing, melt it in a 40-gallon cast iron frying pan, and cook myself a 120-lb Windows PC made out of CHICKEN!!!

A computer my girlfriend will actually like!!! (1)

bergeron76 (176351) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239869)

At long last! She can cook my dinner with it and then when we're done I can rub it all over her and have mad kinky sex with her.

Thanks EBAY!

The Sodfather (1)

Fromeo (256304) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239876)

Reminds me of the butter sculpture of N.C's own "Sodfather", Jim Grahm, (ex-Commisioner of Agriculture), at the N.C. State Fair.

Re:The Sodfather (1)

Fromeo (256304) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239924)

Although, if I'd spelled his name correctly, he'd be even prouder of me....

Jim Graham

Shipping? (2, Insightful)

wholesomegrits (155981) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239881)

And if you win, how the hell do you ship something like this. The seller has neglected to include the most important nugget.

What major shipping carrier will ship a 50lb chunk of butter with a promise not to melt it?

Maybe this is more of a proof of concept thing -- to see if people really *will* buy any old shit on Ebay.

The Butter PDA is a Fake! (5, Funny)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239921)

Yes, that's right, it's a fake. Proof? Consider the following:

- The picture shows the words "Palm VII x" across the top, but there is no antenna visible on the right side of the unit.

- The unit itself seems to be out of proportion with real VII x's by nearly 7 millimeters width.

- The "Login" button on the front screen is missing the "send information" icon (looks like waves moving out from a point) that is the staple of almost all Palm Portal online applications.

- The front panel buttons seem to be positioned wrong. The real up and down buttons on VII x's are centered approximately 3.5 mm farther down.

- The "cradle" this unit is sitting in is cleary missing the Palm logo on the front, as well as any visible HotSync button.

- The entire unit seems to be yellow in color and made of butter. This may be a result of a bad picture, but real VII x's are made of plastic and are black in color, with the distinctive "Palm green" monochrome screen.

Cleary this is the work of someone very skilled in Photoshop. I wonder if this is a retaliation by Palm after the recent FCC screwup [palminfocenter.com] with their new i705, to try and generate more interest in the VII x? Or perhaps it is the work of Palm-knockoff pirate organizations in Tailand or China, eager to flood the PDA hungry US market with cheap, imitation Palms.

Re:The Butter PDA is a Fake! (1)

thaigan (197773) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239983)

Sounds like the ramblings of you average conspiracy theorists.

The reality here is, "There is no butter."

Re:The Butter PDA is a Fake! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2240002)

This is such a rip-off! Symbian has been making Butter Epoc devices for years! They work better and you're all stupid for not agreeing with me!

Top 10 Things to do with a 50-pound butter PDA (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239927)

10. Message & track incredibly large butter-sculpted mobile workers, field service vehicles
9. Justification for extreme refrigeration of all Best Buy stores
8. Beaming butter business card to fellow techies at networking events
7. Show up techies that purchased the Claudia Schiffer edition Palm V
6. Reading butter-Palm compatible book titles during long commute home
5. Highly unusual tech support call to Palm: "You say your PDA is melting?"
4. Healthy Midwestern snack that melts in your mouth not in your Palm
3. Cinnamon toast, lots of cinnamon toast
2. Freeze & deliver to Palm CEO, Carl Yankowski in Christmas gift basket
1. Allow cows to manage busy schedule of milking, grazing, sleeping

The best part... (3, Insightful)

glowingspleen (180814) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239929)

The best part is that they actually put a RESERVE PRICE on it. As if it's got enough shelf life for them to really wait for the best price...for a CHARITY AUCTION no less. Bwhahaha...

Re:The best part... (1)

jmauro (32523) | more than 12 years ago | (#2240007)

Errr, butter actually has a very long shelf life. Probably not the sort of shelf life that would hold the shape for a while, but it would stay good enough to eat.

eBay is slashdotted! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239931)

but I backed up their entire site to my local server!

Sheesh.... (1)

mystery_bowler (472698) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239942)

All jokes aside, you know a piece of technology has become a cultural phenomenon when some person (or people) take the time to create it's likeness in a statue of butter.

I saw this in person (1)

Publicus (415536) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239943)

It isn't that big, nor is it all that impressive. You guys should see the butter heads they have at the Fair - all of the royal court, lead by "Princess Kay of the Milky Way." [the-land.com]

I know I'm a goon for saying this, but it's a pretty cool sight. I'm disappointed because there seems to be less and less of a family farming feel to the fair every year.

About the price... (2)

mikeage (119105) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239957)

it's for charity. The money goes to 4H.. although the reserve is probably a little out of my budget.

How long before (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2239965)

Someone makes a 50LBS "Tux the Penguin" out of butter and puts it on eBay? If so, will Bill Gates buy one so he can bite the head off? What about the BSD Daemon? Butter sculptures raise serious questions.

---
Did you hear the one about the modem that short-circuited every computer it was connected to?
We called it the "serial killer"!

Priceless.... (1)

Traicovn (226034) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239969)

50 lbs. of butter : $200.00

Dry Ice : $10.00

Shipping Costs : $40.00

Being able to update your schedule and check off items on your to-do list by eating breakfast?


Priceless
Some things in life you can't put a price on, for everything else, there's the Butter Palm &copy :)

Butter. (5, Funny)

fobbman (131816) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239980)

"Rather than see the world's first, largest, and most beautiful, Butter PDA go to waste, we recognized the market demand for such an item [Emphasis personally added]and now offer it to the public in a charity auction."


Who was polled in this market study, a tub of Parkay?


Interviewer: "What sort of changes or enhancements would need to be made to handheld computers of today to make you more likely to purchase one in the future?"


Small Plastic Tub: "Butter."


Marketing Department: *ding*


Homer says: (2, Funny)

ocie (6659) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239984)

Marge: Homer, is that my good butter?
Homer: Quiet Marge! I'm trying to work. And now to write another delicious memo.
Mmmmmmmmm...memo.

Think of the peripherals to go with this PDA... (1)

mfarah (231411) | more than 12 years ago | (#2239999)

  • A bread wallet to protect your PDA.
  • a pluggable keyboard made out of cheese.
  • The credit cards will have to be made out of ham now (if you're afraid someone will steal it, eat it!).
  • The stylus should be made out of _______ (you fill it in).



Now, this is lame. When I see a PDA made out of peanut butter, then we'll talk (creamy or crunchy? Now, there's a great flame war).

this post gets in (2)

Telek (410366) | more than 12 years ago | (#2240050)

and my story submissions about athlons and p4s and new hardware and comparisons don't get posted, and I never see any other stories about them either...

if ( random(10) == 0 )
accept_submission();
else
reject_submission();

Thin Computing? (1)

resistant (221968) | more than 12 years ago | (#2240053)

I guess this means truly thin computing isn't quite here yet, at least not if the fellow who buys it uses it all on his buttered corn. :)

I saw this at the MN State Fair (4, Interesting)

Rupert (28001) | more than 12 years ago | (#2240066)

There is a business card for the sculptor in the case. It says he is immediately available. So next time I need a butter sculpture in a hurry, I'll know who to call. Or rather, I won't, because he wasn't beaming his card out of the butter PDA.

ObOffTopic: it was right next to the Unisys booth. They were demoing an electronic voting system. plover and I both voted twice (if you remove the smart card from the reader after it authenticates you at the beginning of the transaction but before you complete it lets you vote again). I hear it's already installed in Florida.

Ever given someone a Buttpalm? (0)

Carnivore24 (467239) | more than 12 years ago | (#2240069)

Its when you shove your hand up your ass like this...then you shake their hand. The smell lasts for days...

This is... (5, Funny)

carlos_benj (140796) | more than 12 years ago | (#2240122)

much butter than the one I'm using now. With the larger screen you can make notes in the margarine and not just the body of the document. And what a spread(sheet) application! Video scrolls very smoothly pasturize as you watch full screen MooPGs and PowerPint presentations.

Many pundits have had a cow over this thing, some going so far as to declare it udderly ridiculous. Others believe it will saturate the market as readily as this reporter's pants and shirt. If the producers stick to their plans, this device should pound the competition within the next quart-er. Of course, that's provided they don't let this opportunity slip through their fingers. There is some concern about keeping up with demand and they may have to farm out some of the manufacturing to avoid a melt-down if things begin to heat up.

Talk about corporate fat (2)

schussat (33312) | more than 12 years ago | (#2240134)

Man, those lobbyists will do anything to grease the palms of industry.

This kind of blatant merchandising really churns me up. I mean, you know they're skimming right off the top.

-schussat

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