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Server In A Fly

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the fly-falutin' dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 403

Tablespork writes "These guys have implanted the world's smallest webserver-on-a-chip into a dead fly! From the site: "Fly, grants us the ability to virtually possess the body of a dead, preserved fly via web-based technology." There is a webcam monitoring the fly, so you can watch as you blink the LEDs." And don't worry if something goes wrong with it -- "Several pre-programmed and wired flies will be on hand in case of technical malfunction."

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suck it, bitch (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431585)

first post

In SOVIET RUSSIA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431588)

In Soviet Russia, dead flies implant web servers in YOU!

I get to see it! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431594)

Sweet. For the first time, I get to see something neat before it gets totally slashdotted.

WHO GIVES A MOTHERFUCK???? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431595)

SLASHDOT SUCKS!

Re:WHO GIVES A MOTHERFUCK???? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431600)

Uhm, a fly too far up your butt this morning?

Hmm, an idea... (2, Funny)

yjanse (650664) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431598)

Cool, this might spice up someone geeks sex-life, if they manage to get it into spanish-fly as well!

(and yes I know it's a beverage...)

Waiter! (5, Funny)

valentyn (248783) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431599)

Waiter! There's a server in my fly!

(sorry, couldn't resist)

Re:Waiter! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431651)

Waiter: Um, sorry sir, I don't swing that way.

Re:Waiter! (5, Funny)

tsa (15680) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431664)

There's a computer program in my bug!

Re:Waiter! (1, Funny)

valentyn (248783) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431694)

There's a server in my soup! ;-)

Re:Waiter! (2, Funny)

$$$exy Gwen Araujo (654821) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431728)

There's a web-server in the bug -- makes a nice change from Microsoft :)

in soviet russia.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431732)

the computer is in the bug!

Re:Waiter! (2, Funny)

infront314 (598911) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431669)

Normally, flies get caught in webs, but these guys put the web in a fly! Weird.

Not very user friendly (1, Funny)

peterpi (585134) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431601)

Check the picture halfway down the page. The viewer has to bend over to look at the fly.

Why didn't they mount it at head height so you can see it while standing upright?

Re:Not very user friendly (2, Insightful)

Night0wl (251522) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431642)

Because I can't stand up ;)

Re:Not very user friendly (1)

billybob2001 (234675) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431657)

That's no "viewer", that's Jeff Goldblum, having his chip "installed".

He's in the other tank - the one they didn't show you, across the room.

Can you imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431603)

...a beowulf cluster of these? har har har

Also, can you imagine what happens when it get /.ed? >:D

Re:Can you imagine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431610)

/-swotted, you mean. Har har.

Is this not... (0)

cs02rm0 (654673) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431604)

...WEIRD!

Move it! (1)

phil-trick (24853) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431606)

Now if you could move its legs or its wings, that would be worth posting!

Evil (4, Funny)

e8johan (605347) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431607)

Ahh... First we kill a fly to embedd a webserver in its corpse, then we put it on slashdot and watch the webserver die... My evil plan has been fulfilled!

Technically pointless (5, Insightful)

esanbock (513790) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431608)

That's nice. Besides the fact that the chip is small, I see no point in sticking it in a dead fly. In fact, that seems quite pointless and the main focus of the article should be on the tiny chip, not the fact that it happens to be inside a dead fly. That's not impressive whatsever.

Elegant nevertheless (5, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431623)

The impressive part is that they killed the fly by catching it in the air with chopsticks.

Re:Technically pointless (4, Informative)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431686)

In fact, that seems quite pointless and the main focus of the article should be on the tiny chip

That has already been done [d116.com] .

Re:Technically pointless (5, Funny)

questamor (653018) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431690)

It's a lot more elegant than my attempts at dead-web-servers. The smallest I've been able to manage before this was a small dog.

I did have experiments in the mid 90s with webservers inside dead bodies, but they only led to dismal failures

(RIP Trevor, my flatmate 1992-1995)

Re:Technically pointless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431759)

Heathen... It's art, not science - stop looking for technical meaning in everything...

Re:Technically pointless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431781)

No shit sherlock. Did you notice that it was an art exhibition? Or would that require you to RTFA?! Meh...

So where can I buy one of these? (1)

Max Romantschuk (132276) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431609)

1. Make a webserver-fly-implant
2. Sell it over the web
3. Profit!

Re:So where can I buy one of these? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431764)

4.Go to step 1.

funny... (0, Funny)

brmic (651682) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431611)

... LEDs in a fly, which supposedly can be switched via ethernet. Great, just what we needed, gonna solve a lot of the world's current problems.
Take the time to admire this scientific breakthrough.

Re:funny... (4, Insightful)

Afrosheen (42464) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431673)

It's not science, it's a fusion of science and art. You've got to actually read the site prior to the typical /. knee-jerk-reaction-for-funny-karma to actually get it.

That said, from an art standpoint it's interesting. From a science/tech standpoint it's a yawn.

woops (4, Funny)

Max von H. (19283) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431613)

"Hey Bob, I finally slammed that big fly that's been buzzing on-and-off my sandwich all day!"

"Why do I get a 404 on the project's page? Bob?"

Re:woops (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431634)

404 is the error code for 'file not found.' If the fly was the whole server, then there wouldn't be any sort of response, which incidentally is what I am getting with the IP given on the link.

Slashdot... the giant flyswatter (3, Funny)

TheMidget (512188) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431720)

(n/t)

Seeking cheap karma... (4, Funny)

shivianzealot (621339) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431615)

Imagine a beowulf swarm of those!

This raises an interesting possibility! (2, Funny)

whoisvaibhav (654143) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431618)

It will be impossible to trace a bug in that webserver... because the bug is outside the webserver. Ha Ha Ha.

Sick. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431619)

Enough said!

Argh! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431620)

This is sick! Someone call the fly rights movement! How would you like a webserver shoved up your ass?

Slashdotted? (3, Funny)

krmt (91422) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431621)

The site linked is up fine right now, but the IP they give at the top as being the actual server on the fly isn't responding. Is it slashdotted? I'm picturing a smoking fly in the middle of the plastic cube. I'm just glad I don't have to smell it.

Fly Server Admin: Damn you slashdot! Damn you! You killed my baby!

Re:Slashdotted? (3, Informative)

Vendekkai (121853) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431652)

Doesn't ANYONE read the article? It clearly says at the top
"Installation Date: June 1 to September 3rd, 2001"
That means that this art exhibit was displayed between the above dates. It was taken down more than a year ago. So the IP displayed will not respond.

Re:Slashdotted? (3, Informative)

Lshmael (603746) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431699)

Well, their new experiment (involving an earthworm [soilmedia.org] ) is a bit more disturbing, but just as interesting. Supposedly, there is a webcam up here [24.72.34.115] , but I only get darkness...

Re:Slashdotted? (1)

TheVidiot (549995) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431758)

Wormy is sleeping...

Re:Slashdotted? (1)

constantnormal (512494) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431750)

and I thought we had Slashswatted the flyserver...

Re:Slashdotted? (3, Insightful)

VEGx (576738) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431779)

Doesn't ANYONE read the article?


This must be your first post. Welcome! It looks like you are new to ./ :)

Re:Slashdotted? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431672)

It's a fly with a light in it. Another artist, come to save us from out ignorance and folly. Whatever will they think of next? I feel so useless beside them.

hello (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431622)

I am going to add a statement to my will saying that, after I die, someone can implant a web server in my small intestine.

PETA (4, Funny)

phunhippy (86447) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431624)

Damn.. Peta is'nt gonna be happy about this..

1. Killing poor flies..
2. Implanting Chips in dead flies..

Re:PETA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431646)

I would hope that the fly was already dead.

Re:PETA (3, Funny)

Stuart Gibson (544632) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431718)

3. Profit?

Re:PETA (1)

IncarnationTwo (457191) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431737)

[flame_filter]
[bad_joke_mode]
What, People Eating Tasty Animals?

Who the fsck told you flies were tasty anyhow. And mind you, some of us like like our food 404'd
[/bad_joke_mode]
[/flame_filter]

Somebody just had to say this. Sorry.

I've got no good jokes for this story... (1)

heldlikesound (132717) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431625)

I'm a pretty funny guy, no I take that back, a REALLY funny guy, but other than the obvious "waiter there's a server in my fly," I just can't think of any good ones.

Of course it is 5:30 in the morning and I haven't slept in two days.

Re:I've got no good jokes for this story... (1)

I am Emmitt Smith (632062) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431648)

Indeed. This seems ripe to be a comedy gold mine of epic proportions, yet, as the cliche goes, I got nothing.

Re:I've got no good jokes for this story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431700)

Get some sleep, you owe it to yourself.

wtf? (1)

gomerbud (117904) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431626)

This is by far the strangest thing I have ever seen. I am almost offended by the idea of using a dead fly for decoration of an IC. What is this world coming to? If I didn't know any better, id think that this was the work of a plan9 user.

Time to watch more Cowboy Bebop.

Re:wtf? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431740)

Spike dies at the end and no one gets to 'do' Faye.

Re:wtf? (1)

Max von H. (19283) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431775)

You don't know any better. There aren't any plan9 users left. Thank gods.

Just had to... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431627)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these...

I think I'm gonna be sick :|

I suppose (4, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431630)

I suppose it gives a new meaning to building pages on the fly...

had to do it (1, Funny)

I am Emmitt Smith (632062) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431631)

In Soviet Russia, flies....do something to you. Servers...lights. I don't know, leave me alone.

my body is my blog (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431632)

Actually... why couldn't I have one of these installed in my body somewhere, so I can host my own blog for all to see.

Beowulf swarm (1)

WebfishUK (249858) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431636)

The next step has to be to get wireless on the chip and put the lot on a live fly (might need to upgrade to a bumble bee). Then we could have a beowulf swarm!

How to slash(dot) a dead fly (2, Funny)

lhuiz (614322) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431638)

Imagine this: you are flying around, minding your own business, maybe having a nice sip of that fresh little rotting piece of meat on the counter, when suddenly you die. You are barely dead, when someone sticks a webserver up your ass, which kinda hurts, and then installs some LEDs on your back, drilling right through your well maintained exoskeleton.
Then, when you have been online for just a few days, some hord comes down to slashdot your fine new webserver, and the lights go out.

If I were that fly, I'd be pissed.

Which reminds me of superfly. Know him? Check him out somewhere on www.shockwave.com.

Gotta love art-speak... (5, Informative)

Elledan (582730) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431639)

In short, what the page is trying to make clear is that these guys put a tiny IC, capable of functioning as a webserver, together with a LED in a dead fly (with some more, identical cyberflies as backup).

The webserver (1K of space) shows a simple page, and the visitor of the page can turn the LED on/off.

Further, the 'surgery' on the fly had to be carried out within 24 hours after its death, or it would have become too brittle, though the author noted that it's possible to rejoin broken off legs &c. with some glue. Provided you can find the bodypart in question :)

The reason for this project? It's art, you insensitive clod!

Wow (4, Funny)

archeopterix (594938) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431640)

... and I thought that "Adapting applications on the fly" was an article about hot-swappable modules!

This project is not gona fly (1)

LucidBeast (601749) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431647)

Eh eh, they flie is dead...

WIRELESS????? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431650)

Wow.
Brings a whole new meaning to 802.11!!!!

-dave

Security (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431653)

Do you keep hackers out with a firewall or fly-paper?

Hello? RTFA? (4, Informative)

SlashChick (544252) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431654)

Did anyone (including the person who posted this story) actually read the article?

If you read the article, the first thing that jumps out is the date: June 1 to September 3, 2001. In fact, if you'll notice, the IP address they refer to (http://139.142.46.159) is long gone.

Reading further, it is revealed that this was a museum exhibit at the Mendel Art Gallery in Canada in 2001. The link cited shows the proposal they sent to the museum, which is why it reads rather oddly ("This will ideally allow for gallery staff to replace the fly.") The museum accepted the proposal, as can be seen here [mendel.ca] , at the museum's website.

Please, editors, do your homework before posting these stories. It's an interesting story, but quite dated.

Bossy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431683)

Please, Slashchick, do your homework before criticizing these stories. It doesn't matter if they're dated.

TIMOTHY MUST BE VOMITED ON (-1)

I VOMIT ON FAILURES! (652124) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431684)

As he failed to read the article and acquire the basic clue that this link is horribly out of date (on top of it being lame)! Hey Timothy, PREPARE FOR CHUNKS!

Re:Hello? RTFA? (4, Funny)

Zayin (91850) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431698)

Did anyone (including the person who posted this story) actually read the article?

Hi, you must be new here. Hope you find this site interesting.

But does it... (2, Interesting)

FullCircle (643323) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431655)

run a time server?

I'll make my computer watch time fly ;-)

Re:But does it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431705)

You'll need an arrow to get the insect's interest...

Wait (1)

Rutje (606635) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431656)

The world has been waiting for innovations like these... too bad there's animal cruelty involved

damn (5, Funny)

bjpirt (251795) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431660)

some people will casemod anything.

Won't be long now... (1)

en4ca (543233) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431661)

A fly-sized webserver? I'm suprised it lasted long enough for me to see it. Or maybe its something to do with the fact that its early morning in the US...

The fly is dead ! (1)

FullClip (139644) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431665)

Anyone into hardcore here ? ;)

Well, not exactly me, but this "song" was the first tot pop in my head while reading the article.

Yes, I read it (*gasp*).

Obligatory mirror (1)

thunderbee (92099) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431670)

Mirror here [jorune.net] , without the video. Not sure if my home page will stay up longer than the original though ;)

Followed shortly by... (2, Funny)

ChangeOnInstall (589099) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431671)

The first slashdotting of a fly:

139.142.46.159 [139.142.46.159]

Re:Followed shortly by... (1)

$$$exy Gwen Araujo (654821) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431708)

D'oh! You killed it!

Bugs (1)

StealthSock (634668) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431674)

Wow not only are there bugs in software, now there is software in bugs. *ducks*

But does it run Linux? (1)

ufoman (544261) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431675)

But does it run Linux?

future of insecticide (1)

hgp (543012) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431676)

I can see it now. All you need do is submit the url of that pesky fly hovering over your lunch as a story (don't forget to mention beowulf, M$, preferably the latest cpu/graphics card, and maybe RMS) and, hey presto, no more fly. SLASHDOTTED.

(may take a few days though, and get posted/swatted a couple of times.)

/. death (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431680)

Did the fly die before or after beind slashdotted?

hmmm (1)

Lshmael (603746) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431685)

If wireless networking devices eventually get small enough, they could install a webserver in the fly while it was still alive. Or they could do it with bees (one hive = Beowulf cluster). Does anyone (human) have a webserver chip installed in them?

Re:hmmm (1)

DongleFondle (655040) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431771)

If this has not already been done, I would like to voulenteer to be the first. I have finally realized why God put me on this earth . . . Wireless will undoubtedly have to be used, I couldn't possibly be tied down by cables all day. I think my only stipulation is that I would like some say as to where the LED's would be placed . . . I will be the prototype for the future of the internet where everyone will be able to instantly collaborate what they know and they are thinking via TCP/IP . . .

I'm waiting for... (1)

bryhhh (317224) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431687)

An 802.11b version inserted into a live fly.

Shhh! I think I hear it saying something... (5, Funny)

slashdot_commentator (444053) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431701)

help meeeee... heellp meeeee...

Multitasking on the fly (3, Funny)

palindromic (451110) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431703)

Isn't that what it says during the Windows 98 install? Press any key to continue...

Slashdotting does unto webserver: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431713)

"your fly's undone!"

Of course it runs NetBSD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431719)

how long before NetBSD is ported to the .FLY platform?

A first .. (1)

SirFlakey (237855) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431725)

There's a Server in your Bug ...

How about implementing it in a life fly... (1)

TheMidget (512188) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431727)

... and make the thing into an excellent spy tool!

Isn't it Fruit flies that live a day ? (1)

SirFlakey (237855) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431733)

think of the irony considering what happened to that server after it's been posted here ...

IN SOVIET RUSSIA.. (-1)

Sex_On_The_Beach (621587) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431745)

the fly is in the server!

Yeah but..... (1)

echucker (570962) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431763)

.... what if an old lady swallows it?

Whats next (1)

captainclever (568610) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431767)

Next, I want to see a webserver inserted into a live fly, connected via bluetooth.

The fly has to then be seen buzzing around in that glass box, not stuck on a stick :P

i don't get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5431768)

so they stuck a microchip in a dead fly? what's the fly got to do with anything?

Mendel? (1)

Reservoir Penguin (611789) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431777)

>Alexandra Stratulat
>Programs Facilitator
>Mendel Art Gallery

What next a webserver implanted in dead fetus? I'm glad that Mendels legacy is alive in well...

real purposes? (1)

lingqi (577227) | more than 11 years ago | (#5431783)

okay, sorry to ruin all the fun here, but if they have chips *that* small that will serve pages, why not put one in one of those stomache-camera-pills, along with an RFID type low-power broadcaster, so you can webcam your interior?

sorry I find no other reason why you'd do this kind of things.
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