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Beer-Coated CDs are Optical Biocomputers

CowboyNeal posted more than 11 years ago | from the fancy-liquor-spills dept.

Music 298

commodoresloat writes "A DJ and scientist in Melbourne whose research is in the area of communication through biological cells, serendipitously created an 'optical biocomputer' when he spilled beer on his CDs and left them over night. The resulting fungus that formed distorted the sound of the CDs in interesting and meaningful ways. Here's some of his research, and some media samples which include mp3s of the distorted music." Yes, the term biocomputer is used in the loosest sense.

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This is an Evil Plot by RIAA blackhats (5, Funny)

trolman (648780) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940317)

Jones says that he has yet to damage any of his discs or players with his pioneering work, but warns that the technique does crash CD players on computers because the software cannot cope.

This is an obvious attempt by RIAA [uiuc.edu] blackhats [blackhat.com] to get everyone to buy new CDs while simultaneously destroying computer CD-RW. Time to grep for a good lawyer [harvard.edu] .

It's even more insidious! (5, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940354)

I have reason to believe that this is a joint venture between the RIAA and the MPAA to...

COPYRIGHT BEER! Yes, 12 year old girls are not enough! Now they want to sue us for drinking beer!

Those SOBs! If only Rainbow Brite were alive. She would know what to do.

Well, back to my beer...er, research. *hic*

Re:It's even more insidious! (2, Funny)

fuzzix (700457) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940502)

Rainbow Brite was a SHE?! You mean I'm not gay? This is confusing...

Money-saving copy protection by the RIAA (1)

Tokerat (150341) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940362)


The RIAA has invested millions into this guy: If he succeeds in his research, the RIAA can continue their practice of being raving, jealous alcoholics and the expense can be written off for business; The beer was to foil computer CD-ROM drives to not play the discs.

Re:This is an Evil Plot by RIAA blackhats (1)

phalse phace (454635) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940427)

Screw the computer CD-RW. It's the beer that's important. Sweet delicious beer. *Mmmm... beer*

And what would happen if we didn't have anymore beer? As Homer Simpson said, "I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer."

It's the RIAA's way to get us to kill one another, thereby reducing the number of file swappers.

Re:This is an Evil Plot by RIAA blackhats (5, Funny)

afidel (530433) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940469)

Just use the stuff packaged by Annheiser Bush or any of the other major US beverage distributors. It's not really beer so no harm done.

Further reading (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940318)

There's an article on Cnet [com.com] about this, too.

great example! (4, Funny)

craigtay (638170) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940319)

This is another good example of how beer benfits our lives. First I found out if I drink a beer a day it somehow helps my heart, but now... now.. my life is complete.

Re:great example! (1)

Mjlner (609829) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940406)

Actually, beer is a wonderful subject for research if you want to learn chemistry. From the malting to the mashing and the fermentation you learn all the basics of proteins, starches, enzymes, bacteria and more.

I often wish that I had been into brewing beer (as I am now) during my high school years. My grades would've been much better.

Re:great example! (1)

phalse phace (454635) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940439)

So, in other words, Homer was right!

" Alcohol. The cause of and solution to all of life's problems."

Now at least one mistery is solved... (2, Insightful)

Thomas Miconi (85282) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940520)

No need to wonder about who will reap the next IGNobel [improb.com] prize in biology... :-)

Thomas Miconi
=============

Hrm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940323)

Methinks the humor icon coulda been used for this one too...

Music? (1)

davejenkins (99111) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940325)

Where does the "art" enter into this? Are you we to assume that the DJs who are varnishing, scratching, and otherwise farking up the media actually know what they will get when they do this, or are they just screwing around and hoping something comes out?

I realize this is the natural progression from Jimi setting his guitar on fire-- but you won`t catch me at a concert.

Re:Music? (2, Insightful)

borbyu (706599) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940341)

since when has an artist been required to make art on purpose. Some of the greatest music ever were created by accident... its knowing that your accident is cool is the real talent!

Re:Music? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940472)

words? no proof? who cares?
provide us an example
else, you are a troll

even in 5-7-5

Re:Music? (2, Insightful)

Enoch Root (57473) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940381)

Haven't you heard of progress through experimentation? Do you really think ANY musician in the world comes up with a perfect song off the top of their head?

Consider Jimi Hendrix trying to compose a song... He hits a few chords, and it sounds cool. He created something artistic out of random attempts, by using his artistic mind to discrimate between interesting sounds and uninteresting sounds.

If THAT doesn't fit in your definition of 'art', then your definition excludes half of Mankind's works of art.

Re:Music? (4, Funny)

xkenny13 (309849) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940409)

Hmmmm ... gives new meaning to the term, "Moldy Oldies".

Re:Music? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940481)

He created something artistic out of random attempts, by using his artistic mind to discrimate between interesting sounds and uninteresting sounds
Are you sure that it didn't go like this?: "He created something artistic out of drug-induced randomly firing synapses, by using his sober periods to discriminate between interesting sounds and uninteresting sounds."

I really think you gave the back of that album cover a little too much credit...

Re:Music? (1)

fordboy0 (547958) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940450)

Hey... This stuff is Fungus-ART. It's what you do after you drink Aussie beer.

-FB

Re:Music? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940515)

Where does the "art" enter into this? Are you we to assume that the DJs who are varnishing, scratching, and otherwise farking up the media actually know what they will get when they do this, or are they just screwing around and hoping something comes out?


I think thats exactly how Jackson Pollock figured it to be.

Re:Music? (4, Insightful)

blincoln (592401) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940606)

Formal music created through random, pseudo-random, or mathematical processes is almost a century old at this point. Check out some Schoenberg or John Cage. It may not be your kind of thing (I'm not really into it myself), but it is an interesting branch of art.

Obviously... (1)

Quaoar (614366) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940328)

...the submitters are using beer for other things besides ruining their CDs. Such as drinking it and forgetting that this story already was on the main page.

Whew. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940332)

As long as the fungus is on the cd and not actually ON Britney Spears, I'm fine with it. I need my baby to be tip-top for her man.

Re:Whew. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940386)

+1 Sad Wanker

Warning (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940333)

Coating CDs in beer, wine, whiskey, or any other hard or malt liquor/liquer is a violation of the DMCA.

Allowable liquids:

Windex
Water
Pepsi (One, Blue, Vanilla)

Re:Warning (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940380)

Actually, Pepsi Cola was the official fluid of choice recommended by Corning to unstop stuck glass stoppers and fittings. I remember reading it in a Corning glassware manual when I worked at ASU chemstores years ago.

Mmmmmm, beer... (4, Funny)

xkenny13 (309849) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940334)

Beer, is there anything it can't do?

Re:Mmmmmm, beer... (2, Funny)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940433)

"Beer, is there anything it can't do?"

So far it hasn't been able to get you laid. The experiment's still running though...

Re:Mmmmmm, beer... (3, Informative)

Soul-Burn666 (574119) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940526)

Enough beer and you can get laid with a beautiful and hot woman... The only downside is that you will wake up by the loch-ness monster...

Apt (4, Funny)

samj (115984) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940335)

It's precisely beer o'clock down under (17:18 Friday), so while this article is otherwise a complete waste of 1's and 0's, at least it's aptly timed.

Re:Apt (1)

beredon (454896) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940424)

I was actually enjoying a Cascade [fosters.com.au] when I heard this on 774 AM (ABC Melbourne).

Re:Apt (2, Funny)

modme2 (630194) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940576)

this was on abc.net.au a couple of days ago, i was going to submit it, but then i thought who on slashdot would be interested in a story about beer and cd's? ;)

Trust us Aussies (2, Insightful)

sjwt (161428) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940336)

It would have to be an Australian
to mix beer and CDs..

Now finaly we can prove which
beer is the best musicly..!

Re:Trust us Aussies (1)

Enoch Root (57473) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940423)

It would have to be an Australian
to mix beer and CDs..


You guys DID invent the 3X PC beer holder!

Better not try this on a Linux distro (1, Funny)

narratorDan (137402) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940338)

or the next thing you know SCO will own beer too.

SCO Sues Miller For Copyright Violations

SCO: See! The beer and fungus are derived from Linux which is derived from Unix which is owned by us, so pay up!

NarratorDan

Re:Better not try this on a Linux distro (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940390)

How in fuck is this funny? What does beer have to do with Linux? What does fungus have to do with Linux? What do music CD's have to do with Linux? Does just mentioning "SCO" in a story comment -- ANY story comment -- make it deserving of a funny moderation?

Man, not only are some people incredibly unfunny, but some people are also incredibly stupid to perceive such unfunniness as BEING funny.

Re:Better not try this on a Linux distro (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940414)

What does beer have to do with Linux?

Most Linux users consume alcohol irresponsibly.

What does fungus have to do with Linux?

Most Linux users don't shower often and they sit in the same chair for far too long. In such instances, fungus has the potential to develop.

What do music CD's have to do with Linux?

Most Linux users listen to music.

Does just mentioning "SCO" in a story comment -- ANY story comment -- make it deserving of a funny moderation?

No, but unfortunately slashdot is full of moronic moderators, and the M2 process isn't much better.

Man, not only are some people incredibly unfunny, but some people are also incredibly stupid to perceive such unfunniness as BEING funny.

Indeed.

Re:Better not try this on a Linux distro (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940440)

Most Linux users consume alcohol irresponsibly.
Uh, attempt at humor?
Most Linux users don't shower often and they sit in the same chair for far too long. In such instances, fungus has the potential to develop.
Ahh, I see....middle school level humor.
No, but unfortunately slashdot is full of moronic moderators, and the M2 process isn't much better.
And since the moderators are just a sampling of the community...

Re:Better not try this on a Linux distro (1)

robbyjo (315601) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940399)

Not only that... If the fermented Linux CD is thrown into the dirt, the fungus would cause the dirt to form compost. Thus, SCO would sue compost maker too. Including us, who contribute it through septic tanks... :-)

Re:Better not try this on a Linux distro (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940418)

Score: -2, HIGHLY overrated

Re:Better not try this on a Linux distro (1, Funny)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940444)

"SCO: See! The beer and fungus are derived from Linux which is derived from Unix which is owned by us, so pay up!"

By using these jokes, aren't you deriving work from SCO's previous works? (And those of about 3 million other Slashdotters with +4, Funny's next to their names?)

Re:Better not try this on a Linux distro (1)

narratorDan (137402) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940495)

I don't know about you but I give a +1 bonus to "Funny" and "Interesting"; +6 to "Informative"; -1 to "Off Topic" and "Redundant"; -2 to "Flamebait"; and -6 to "Troll"

So from where I'm sitting I see (Score: 5, SCO Joke)

NarratorDan

Re:Better not try this on a Linux distro (1)

canning (228134) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940510)

I agree, beating a dead horse. Read the article and post something relatively close to what it talks about.

Re:Better not try this on a Linux distro (1)

narratorDan (137402) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940549)

And the MS, RIAA, AAPL, Cowboyneal, beowolf, insensitive clod, jokes are beating a live horse? I read the article, and I have tons of these CD laying around. About 95% of my CDs have scratched or some mystery goo on them making them unplayable...so I piss off the RIAA and download replacement tunes.

NarratorDan

PS. I'm a slashdotter, why else would I be posting at 3:30 am? I suck.

Re:Better not try this on a Linux distro (1)

canning (228134) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940568)

It's all beating a dead horse. PS. You're a rebel.

Re:Better not try this on a Linux distro (1)

narratorDan (137402) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940600)

It's all beating a dead horse

I agree, but if it weren't for Slashdot these (fr/g)eeks would be out doing things! One of them might actually change the world!

PS. You're a rebel.

Are you hitting on me?!? I'm not that kind of Narrator!

This just can't be believed at all (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940339)

Aussies don't have any beverages that could be regarded at beer.

As the Monty Python Joke goes:

What is the difference between making love in a canoe and Austrailian Beer?

Nothing. They are both fucking close to water!

Re:This just can't be believed at all (2, Informative)

samj (115984) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940373)

You obviously haven't tried Coopers [coopers.com.au] Sparkling Ale [australianbeers.com] .

Pale ale is better (0)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940388)

Green label any day of the week. (I'm suffering withdrawl symptoms.... I'm an expat)

Re:This just can't be believed at all (5, Informative)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940435)

Try a Tooheys Old, it is a good full bodied black ale.

Anyway, that line was said by an Australian in "Live at the Hollwood Bowl" about American beer, not about Australian beer itself. If you don't believe me look here. [utwente.nl]

You really need to get your Monty Python sorted out before you use it to pick on the calibre of Aussie Bruces you will find on Slashdot.

I hope to god this guy isn't american. (1, Offtopic)

SeanRMR (673218) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940474)

Being australian I am extremely fond of beer but and don above was quite right that monty python joke was done as them playing australians and goes" american beer is like making love in a canoe they're both fucking close to water." this joke was done after they said we have brung some australian beer along. and by the looks of the green cans I say it would be VB which is a low beer not as low as XXXX or fosters all of which is above budweiser which I do say is close to water. German and Belguim beers are great aswell as good old guiness the beer thats a meal. But yes you will find many a good australian beer espicially at the national beer festival in brisbane next weekend over150 australian beers on tap.

Re:I hope to god this guy isn't american. (1)

modme2 (630194) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940582)

ive only ever heard it about american beer too at least we can agree beer should be COLD! ;)

what brand beer? (1)

narkotix (576944) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940342)

im guessing Vic Bitter...each sat nite that makes my biocomputer say colourful words and sounds ;-)

Re:what brand beer? (-1, Troll)

hayden (9724) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940548)

im guessing Vic Bitter
Nahh. Even micro-organisms have more sense than to drink that shit.

Aussies and beer. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940345)

This is precisely the kind of thing that makes excellent grist for the great Aussie joke mill, and allows Yahoo Serious to star in feature films.

Wisdom from Homer Simpson.... (2, Informative)

tktk (540564) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940351)


Beer--the cause of and solution to all of life's little problems.

Waster (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940352)

Look I spilled some beer on my CD's and now they sound different so I have discovered a biocomputer and I'm a rocket scientist.

Newsflash you are a waster who is too lazy to clean up after himself. Its not a bio computer, its interference. Go but yourself a mixing deck if you want your CD's to sound different.

Nothing new here... (5, Funny)

Solo-Malee (618168) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940355)

...I've had Beer on my AOL coasters for 10 years now.

Late? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940357)

Fark reported this like two days ago. Maybe we could be a bit more on top of the news if we weren't so busy with SCO NEWS UPDATE #1347612!!!!!1!1!!!

That seems impossible to me. (1)

LinuxMan (3590) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940361)

He claims it did not destroy the CD, but really, the data side is the side where the label is. He might be talking about the clear glass side. If so, that is fascinating. I would figure the laser would not be able to focus on that. One has to wonder what if different types of bacteria from things other than yogurt or beer would create even more interesting types of sounds.

I don't have a regular CD player. Someone should do this, record it, then post it up here for those of us without regular CD players!

Seal: new self titled album [amazon.com]

Re:That seems impossible to me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940392)

advertising in signatures should be banned, you fucking prick.

Re:That seems impossible to me. (1)

rowanxmas (569908) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940405)

I have sigs turned off, which means this dude is pasting in his advertising every time. Very annoying.

Re:That seems impossible to me. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940412)

He might be talking about the clear glass side.
Hmm? Glass, eh? Just because it's clear doesn't make it glass. Is it really that easy to mistake plastic for glass?

(Rhetorical question, no need to reply. The presence on /. is enough confirmation.)

beer is food! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940364)

Leave it to them kangies, eh, mate?

No visuals? (2, Insightful)

cloudless.net (629916) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940366)

"...he spilled beer on his CDs and left them over night. The resulting fungus..."

I was expecting to see what the fungus looks like, and whether it could survive the high-speed spin in the CDROM drive, however all I found was a lame stock photo.

Re:No visuals? (2, Interesting)

robbyjo (315601) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940457)

There IS visuals... See the paper here [swin.edu.au] (see page 5). It's a 9 MB PDF file. That paper also mentions that the fungus DID impact the error correcting part of the CD. And it mentions on page 7:

To begin with, each computation was started by placing one disc into a stand-alone CD or DVD player and pressing play. In all cases so far, placing treated discs into computer-based, CD, CD-RW and DVD players has caused the computer or laptop to crash. For this reason, this study focused only on CD and DVD players that are modular. In most cases the disc was recognized and begain playing. If the player failed to recognize the disc, it was necessary tor emove some cell material using soft cloth [...] Note that cells were completely removed from the innermost region of data at the beginning of the disc, since this is header information necessary for the player to mount the disc.

Then it goes on the snapshot of the "treated" DVD playback on figure 6 at page 9.

Re:No visuals? (1)

robbyjo (315601) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940480)

Before people condemn the paper as lame, read the paper at the parent post. Probably the most important results to us are that the author suggests:

  • It smooth the audio partition, so it's ideal for audio mixing. (see pp 11 & 12)
  • It has a "natural" error code in the sense that the fungus improve the error code robustness over time.


I may be wrong, but read the paper yourself.

Go Slashdot (-1, Troll)

afidel (530433) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940367)

Only 24+ hours behind fark.com
Maybe eventually Slashdot will get some mods who care again (Hemos and Taco used to, I think they burnt out at some point)

Australia's booze is under threat (0, Funny)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940371)

Another reason I am proud to be an Austrailan

However this part of our culture is under threat from the tea totaling anti-Australian premier of NSW [theage.com.au] .

I am calling apon all Australians to fight this anti-booze sentiment to restore the nationalistic pride of the only country to have ever used rum as a national currency, and who's national food: vegimite is made from beer extract.

Victorians, remember that your scientific research as well as your VB swilling nature is under direct threat so even if us New South Welsh people are overcome with soberity I beg you to fight on.

I couldnt give a XXXX mate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940372)


but if it involves beer im interested

Australians and Beer (-1, Offtopic)

ergonal (609484) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940374)

I'm Australian, and I don't like beer. Is there something wrong with me?

Re:Australians and Beer (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940400)

I'm Australian, and I don't like beer. Is there something wrong with me?

Yes, you probably drank Foster's.

Yes! -nt (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940436)

no text

I'm afraid so (2, Funny)

hayden (9724) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940599)

I'm Australian, and I don't like beer. Is there something wrong with me?
This is a serious condition you're suffering there. Fortunately help is at hand. An important step in your recovery is to find yourself a support group (otherwise known as a bunch of piss heads). Gatherings are usually carried out on regular basis (especially on occasions known as sporting events, BBQs, birthdays hard days at work, good days at work, indifferent days at work, having visitors around and generally any day ending in the letter y).

You'll also need a supply of the beer itself. While most Australians would drink tray slops if that's all that was available, it takes many years of practice to achieve this level of sophistication. I'd suggest you start out with something more mainstream but only the good stuff. I'd recommend Boags Premium or Coopers Pale Ale. Get the full strength stuff. Light beer is un-Australian and vaguely suspect.

Once you have your gathering the tough work begins. Start drinking. Push on through the taste for the first half dozen and you'll be there! If you are completely unable to start drinking beer then you may have to start with some other girlie drink for the first couple of hours and then move on to the nectar of the gods later in the evening (afternoon or morning depending on when the support group gathered).

A couple of sessions such as this and you'll be able to stand proudly at the bar at your next public engagement and say "Beer thanks mate".

can you influence the fungus (3, Interesting)

jlemmerer (242376) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940375)

the more interesting question would be:
can you influence the fungus that it does something useful and not only distort the data randomly...
might be useful for encryption if you could find a way to restore the original data with a secure "key"/method/anti-fungus-spray/whatever.

B-ear Goggles? (1)

HarryCallahan (673707) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940377)

So does it make the ugly artists sound better?

Sounds like a skipping CD to me (2, Insightful)

eggmit (685782) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940396)

Is this where our research dollars are going? :)

Somehow I knew..... (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940421)

Somehow, just somehow, I knew that the biocomputing was coming. And that the person who brought it to us would be a drunk DJ/Scientist who accidentally spilled his beer on a cd.

Yes, the key to biocomputing has been unlocked,

and it is beer.

All behold and bow down before the oncoming might of the free (as in beer) biocomputing technology.

Here in Bavaria... (5, Funny)

Advocadus Diaboli (323784) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940428)

... it is a sin to spill beer. Beer is a basic food and people should drink it and not spill it. This separates the tourists from the real bavarian men at the Octoberfest.

Caution: Be aware that beer contains a lot of female hormons. If you drink too much you start takling nonsense and you're unable to drive a car.

Too sad (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940429)

Pizza Guy [elliotinthemorning.com]

media samples (1)

cyrax777 (633996) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940455)

Oh s*** better hope the RIAA doesnt find out about them

I felt a disturbence. (1, Funny)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940463)

I felt a disturbence in the music. Allmost as if a million yeast cells cried out in pain and then were silenced as they were lasered to death.

So now we know why skynet wants to whipe out the human race.

Re:I felt a disturbence. (0)

goatan (673464) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940487)

Yes. My stomach is an optical bio computer. sweet.

What a load of shit. (0)

Ritontor (244585) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940483)

Did anyone actually listen to the audio samples? I tried out the Beastie Boys one, and well, all i can say is that if you want to listen to a skipping cd, leaving it lying about in the bottom of your car has to be a lot easier than coating it in "organic pigments, titanium dioxide, carbon black, aluminium or bronze powders; butane/propane propellant + aluminium chlorohydrate 17.5% w/v".

beowulf cluster of beer? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940496)

what would a beowulf cluster of beer be able to accomplish? with some cd's... I must gather some fellow scientists to see what can be accomplished

Re:beowulf cluster of beer? (-1, Offtopic)

hashwolf (520572) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940523)

Beowulf cluster of beer?
Just wait until the system admin is alone with the cluster.

MP3 samples arent that weird (1)

aardwolf204 (630780) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940505)

The MP3 samples of the audio cds dont sound that weird, just like a 486/33 trying to play a 44.1Khz 128Bit MP3.

sandpaper (1)

Madcapjack (635982) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940514)

I downloaded the mp3 of the distorted Chili Peppers Song on their website. I wasn't impressed. As far as I could tell, I would get the same effect by lightly scraping sandpaper over my cd.

Hitchhiker's reference (1)

panurge (573432) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940522)

Reminds me of the discovery of the Infinite Improbability Drive. About the same probability that this could result in anything actually worthwhile. Though it is said that people used to pour beer down the back of bar pianos to "improve the sound".

Beer ... computers ... it's a wrap! (5, Insightful)

the bluebrain (443451) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940530)

The only "maningful" change results from the error correction logic in the CD drive.
  • [...] the way fungus and bacteria [grow] can shape the sound in weird ways.
Tosh. It's flipping some of the bits in a bitstream which represents audio encoded with an arbitrary codec. Dude - there are more interesting ways of flipping bits, and ones that might just tell you a bit more about bacteria, fungi, music, life, the universe, and everything.
What's this guy on? I want some.

/beer, you say? Good. I can do that.

Hey, I've got an idea... (1)

trudyscousin (258684) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940532)

...maybe this guy could spill beer on The Roches' "Big Nuthin'." On second thought, that would probably be redundant.

Hoax (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940533)

Sorry folks, it's a hoax. The pits of a CD are embedded well within the plastic and aren't available for the fungus to be doing anything "intelligent" with. He might as well have held his underwear up to the night sky and claimed the bacteria on the brown stains thereon were performing interesting transmogrifications of the constellations.

Those samples a dumb. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940540)

All it is, is skipping CDs. It's something we want to move away from. The DVD "innovation" is merely static that messes up the output so it looks like VHS-quality bad tracking. This is the kind of "scientific breakthru" you get when you mix beer and science.

Doesn't seem all that impressive (5, Interesting)

AaronStJ (182845) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940543)

Ok, so this sounds a lot like a troll, but...

I don't see that this is terribly impressive. I mean, he's done a fair bit of research, wrote several papers, and uses big words like "nanoscale chemical filter" and "Boolean string re-arrangements," but in the end, all he seems to have done is pour chemicals on CDs and make them skip. I could do the same with a brillo pad. Why is that impressive? He makes a lot of noise about computing, but is any usefull computing actually going on? What are the practical applications of this "technology"?

Taking a look at the media samples, it doesn't strike me that he's stumbled on a cool new artistic technique at all (it should be mentioned that the artist Oval [allmusic.com] has been scratching up CDs in the name of art with much better results for years). This is the same thing anyone has gotten when they accidently scratched up a CD or DVD. There's no art to it, and frankly it sounds terrible.

I can understand why this would be important if his techniques yielded predictable, useful results, such as achieve a specific, desired audio or visual effect. But basically all that he gets in a broken file. The same could be done by randomly flipping an arbitrary number of bits inside a mp3. Nothing usefull is being computed or done at all. So why is this important, or even relevant?

old movie plot rehashed (-1, Offtopic)

erroneus (253617) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940564)

When I was a kid, there was a movie about a guy who accidentally spilled champagne into his computer. It came to life somehow after that and fell in love with a cellist. (Cellists do it with their legs spread apart you know!)

Anyway, methinks hoax.

Re:old movie plot rehashed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#6940575)

Hey Rocky.... watch me bring this computer to life!

Again?!?!

AOL disks., (1)

adeyadey (678765) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940573)

So this is what happens to all those AOL disks Ive been using as coasters..

Let me know.. (1)

john_smith_45678 (607592) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940583)

Anybody wanna buy some beer bio-keyboards? I also have them available in coffee and cola models.

In related news... (5, Funny)

PimpNinjaWannaBee (513315) | more than 11 years ago | (#6940587)

"A student and teenager in Australia whose research is in the area of communication
through pick-up-lines, serendipitously created an 'optical biocomputer' when he spilled
beer on down his throat and left it there for a couple of hours. The resulting drunkeness
that formed distorted the sound of his voice in interesting and meaningful ways. Here's
some of his research [tig.com.au] , media samples which include mp3s of the distorted "music" coming soon."
Yes, the term biocomputer is used in the loosest sense.
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