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i'll slice you (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962855)

mother fucker

SLICE ME THEN, YOU MOTHERFUCKER (-1, Offtopic)

(TK18)Dessimat0r (736369) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962993)

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Aww, dude, who cut the cheese? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962857)

Any psychiatrists? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962858)

I had a dream last night where I tried to install Debian Linux on an ant nest... is this a healthy sign? Thanks
-- Troubled 26464

Re:Any psychiatrists? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962881)

That's not healthy at all. NetBSD has a much better anthill port. Next time try that instead.

BRING FORTH THE PENIS (-1)

(TK)Dessimat0r (668222) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962863)

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Well darn (4, Funny)

DarkHand (608301) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962864)

"Basically, the cutting process is cold laser ablation, like that in laser eye surgery," said Li. "At 266 nm it gives a very good clean cut, although going deeper than 10 mm is difficult."
Now how am I supposed to cut my 10 pound wheels into Valentines decorations?

Re:Well darn (4, Funny)

roseblood (631824) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962991)

If you put it on the head of a shark you can go 20cm deep, 10 cm from each side. And to think that people said that sharks with frigging laserbeams on their frigging heads would never see any practical application!

A Raclette Laser (3, Funny)

TheMidget (512188) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962870)

At first, Li tried using a traditional commercial laser that uses heat to cut by melting or evaporating; it fried the cheese.

Hehe!

"It smelled really bad," he said.

Don't tell that a Swiss!

Re:A Raclette Laser (-1, Offtopic)

John Courtland (585609) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962934)

Every time I go to a greek restaurant and hear "OPA!", it smells like someone evicerated a cow's bowels. Fried cheese smells EXACTLY like shit, I really want to know what it has in it that is so similar to feces to make it smell so damn bad.

Useless (1, Troll)

narcolepticjim (310789) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962872)

The thing is useless. It takes forever and a day to do any slicing, and it won't slice through anything too thick.

All I want is a frickin' cheddar block laser-carved into a Borg cube. Is that so hard?

Who Cut the Cheese... (5, Funny)

mcasson (738882) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962875)

I can see the advertisement now...it's how the civilized cut the cheese.

Re:Who Cut the Cheese... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7963097)

Obviously, it was Darl McBride...

OPEN LETTER TO CMDRTACO AND SLASHDOT MODERATORS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962876)

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I Think I Can Sum It Up Like This (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962884)

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Hahaha

Ha

heh :phew:

As they say, only in Wisconsin

Re:I Think I Can Sum It Up Like This (3, Funny)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963065)

As they say, only in Wisconsin

This is why California will never overtake Wisconsin for cheese production. We take our cheese seriously! Sure, California may be producing more milk thanks to their farming factories, but their cheese is weak. Take their pepperjack for instance. In Wisconsin, that stuff has bite. In California, it tastes like those stupid shredded cheeses. Weak man, weak.

Oh, and don't believe all those commercials you see about how cows are happier in Sunny California and are so glad to get away from frigid Wisconsin. Those cows are roasting inside their factory farms [themeatrix.com] where they have to stand on cement all day. At least in Wisconsin, we keep our cows in pastures.

Bets (4, Funny)

saden1 (581102) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962894)

Someone is going to lose a finger within the first week it is out on the market.

Re:Bets (1)

fafaforza (248976) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963063)

Someone will try to look straight into the laser, thinking its like the one at the supermarket checkout.

sicko mod (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7963081)

mutilation is funny?

Yeah that's great..... (5, Funny)

whiteranger99x (235024) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962897)

we just need to get some frickin sharks to put the frickin lasers on their frickin heads!!

Re:Yeah that's great..... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962984)

I REGRET TO INFORM YOU OF THE FOLLOWING:

YOU FAIL IT

Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.
Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

Interesting Idea (4, Interesting)

ReTay (164994) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962898)

But for home use?
Not going to happen in the us at least.
The legal ramifications and potential misuse will make it unlikely (as cool as it would be)
to ever to be offered to consumers.

Damn (1)

2names (531755) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963108)

I wanted to modify it so I can be the first kid on the block to have a real LIGHT SABRE!!!

Hey, I'm for anything that saves washing dishes! (2, Funny)

MissMarvel (723385) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962900)

Bring it on!

Now if they'll just invent a laser-powered washing machine we'll be making some real progress.

Much better than Stainless wires (5, Interesting)

The_Systech (568093) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962908)

Man, this would have been great back a few years ago when I was working at a plant that packaged natural cheese. The most automated process we had was using pnuematic cylindars to push a 40# block of Cheddar through a frame with criss-crossed stainless steel wires. I can just imagine how much closer we could have hit the weight tolerances using lasers... Plus you don't have to stop and clean a laser beam every once in a while..

Re:Much better than Stainless wires (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7963101)

I think the wires don't have to worry about losing their jobs for a while.

According to the article, they've focused (no pun intended) on 2.5 mm thick slices. To go up to a few inches would be a much different task. It requires a much longer focal length, if it is possible indeed.

I would suspect in this scenario that water-jet cutting would be the better solution. It can cut inches of steel, so I doubt even the most aged of cheddars would pose a problem ;-)

I wouldn't want that job (1)

2names (531755) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963129)

Health Inspecor: "Who cleans your laser cheese cutter in this facility?"

Foreman: "Bobby 2-fingers."

But what about the expenses (1)

Via_Patrino (702161) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963130)

The expenses of buy a laser and feeding it with energy don't cover the costs of cleaning the blades once in a while.

And where all that dirt that need to be avoid comes from, the only thing you're cutting is cheese

Ultraviolet lasers and cheese (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962910)

I've always wondered about the smell when one of my co-workers said "awww, who cut the cheese?"
and now I know it's because someone was using the wrong frequency of laser. If I use ultraviolet lasers, my farts won't smell.
Thanks for the informative article.
(...or have I missed something completely?)

TDz.

Cold Laser (3, Funny)

wrax (570032) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962916)

That laser, known as a cold laser, cuts by blasting apart the molecular bonds that hold materials together.

Now all we need is a corkscrew that doesn't leave floaty bits in the wine and we're all set.

Re:Cold Laser (3, Interesting)

CrankyFool (680025) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963044)

Terminally incapable of detecting a joke, CrankyFool replied ...

What you're looking for is a 'twistup corkscrew,' or the 'ah-so cork puller.' See here [epinions.com] for a good picture. It doesn't damage the cork at all, and it's a very good idea for wines with older corks. It takes a bit of practice to do right, but I only screwed up one cork (pushed it in rather than pulling it out) before getting it. The other advantages include the fact it's one of the smallest corkscrews (if we redefine corkscrew to be "things you can open wine with") you could carry and the fact it's cheap. They sell for $3-$4 around here, and everything here (SF Bay) is expensive.

Re:Cold Laser (1)

Lordrashmi (167121) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963046)

Actually this corkscrew [avalonwine.com] is pretty freaking amazing. I have never seen it leave the little floaty bits. It works much better then your swiss army night.

Re:Cold Laser (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7963053)

If you're getting bits of cork in your wine then the bottle was not stored properly. The cork should be pliable enough that it does not shatter when the corkscrew is inserted.

Also, don't put the screw all the way through the cork.

A bottle of wine should be stored on its side in a dark, cool space. As a rule white wines should be drunk within two years of their date, roses a tad longer and reds, depending on what type of red, for several years if not decades.

oh, this is just cruel... (1, Funny)

tuxette (731067) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962918)

It's bad enough I'm seriously addicted to cheese. And to cool kitchen gadgets. And now they're making a cheese slicing laser. I'm never going to get cured! Never I say!

Must have...must have...must have...must have...

[OT]Jan 14th, Ezine Daemonnews is STILL on Dec 03 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962923)

Seeing that, how is it possible for anyone to deny that BSD is dead: its' community comprised mostly of marginalised elitist malcontents?

Oh, btw, OS X is mach, not BSD: so don't go there.

Sorry for the stink.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962924)

At first, Li tried using a traditional commercial laser that uses heat to cut by melting or evaporating; it fried the cheese.

"It smelled really bad," he said.


Yeah, it smells really bad when I cut the cheese too.

Smell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962926)

"At first, Li tried using a traditional commercial laser that uses heat to cut by melting or evaporating; it fried the cheese.

"It smelled really bad," he said."

Well duh..

Thats what you get for cutting the cheese.

Smut and Eggs (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962927)

the ultimate gift for those high-tech wine and cheese connoisseurs

This is from Wisconsin... Madison at that. No connoisseurs of anything within 100 miles of that city. Except for maybe pr0n. There's a restaurant there nicknamed "Smut and Eggs" that features a nice hearty breakfast, and big screen porn.

Did anyone else read ..... (5, Funny)

MajorDick (735308) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962930)

Maybe it was just my eyes jumping around but did anyone else read "Chinese slicing laser"
I think it was Xiaochun Li and Cheese slicing laser ....had me worried there for a second

Re:Did anyone else read ..... (1)

TheMidget (512188) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963056)

Maybe it was just my eyes jumping around but did anyone else read "Chinese slicing laser"

Would certainly help against spam <duck!>

My favorite quote from the ABCNEWS article... (1, Funny)

jmertic (544942) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962935)

"At any other university, people would have just laughed. But this is Wisconsin. It's cheese. And this is no laughing matter"

Just imagine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962938)

all the "cut the cheese" jokes that are bound to pop up in this thread.

i prefer fresh cheese curds myself... on fries, with gravy on top.

Somewhere, a George Carlin sketch is referenced... (5, Funny)

whiteranger99x (235024) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962950)

"In a country where you can buy cinnamon dental floss, cheese in a spray can, and edible womens panties, are people really breaking their balls to save nine cents on a fucking phone call?!"

Well, now we can add cheese cutting lasers to that list.

As a student at UW-Madison... (1)

starvingcodeartist (739199) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962952)

I'm glad to see that research funds are being used to develop a frickin' CHEESE SLICING LASER. What a great way to apply technology! In addition, this GREAT new invention will continue to propagate the belief that everyone in Wisconsin is a cheese obsessed hick working on the farm all day!

Re:As a student at UW-Madison... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7963136)

Get back to work. You've got cows to milk buddy.

Finally... (-1, Redundant)

Hornsby (63501) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962954)

Science has come up with a new way to cut the cheese.

Re:Finally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7963062)

"Science has come up with a new way to cut the cheese."

And,

"It smelled really bad," he said.

Case Closed :)

This is really cool. (3, Interesting)

Omegaunit (672138) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962955)

I have a cheese slicer that is one the old wire kind and its a bitch to keep clean. Those old chees slicers are a health risk to a certain extent because there is always trace slivers of cheese embedded in the wood and along the pivot joint for the slice wire. Of course the component isnt dishwasher safe and the parts where the cheese sticks are too small for even one of those green scrubbies. so I say BRAVO LASER CHEESE SLICER INVENTOR PERSON!

Re:This is really cool. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7962980)

I can't wait until some kid tries "Laser Eye Surgery" at home.

Somebody's got to point it out.... (-1, Redundant)

mark*workfire (220796) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962963)

"It smelled really bad," he said.

It usually does when you cut the cheese...

No Laughing Matter, Indeed. (1)

LazloToth (623604) | more than 10 years ago | (#7962998)

"At any other university, people would have just laughed. But this is Wisconsin. It's cheese. And this is no laughing matter," said Xiaochun Li, a mechanical engineering professor and laser expert.

If you could see some of the guys and gals where I work, you'd know that cutting the cheese can indeed be a very serious matter. The server room is, shall we say, a bit "close."

Gold-fingahhhh (4, Insightful)

ThePretender (180143) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963000)

Now I want one! All I can think of is reenacting the scene from Goldfinger where they attempt to kill Bond with the laser that would slice him up the middle starting with his naughty bits. The plan is foiled (of course) but you get the idea!

Re:Gold-fingahhhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7963075)

his naughty bits

'naughty bits' ...?

I don't think you need to pretend any longer. I'd say the cat is pretty much out of the, eh....sack.

Safety? (5, Interesting)

marshac (580242) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963006)

Li tried again using a new class of laser that emits light in ultraviolet, and therefore shorter, wavelengths. That laser, known as a cold laser, cuts by blasting apart the molecular bonds that hold materials together.

By breaking molecular bonds in the cheese, wouldn't that alter the chemistry of the cheese where it had been cut? Could this inadvertently produce carcinogenic compounds (like when you burn meat)?

Re:Safety? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7963087)

probably, but you already run a higher risk of cancer from all the contaminants/pesticides/herbicides/veterinarian drugs/etc passing through the cow and ending up in milk and concentrated in the cheese...

so I wouldn`t worry about cheese laser cutting ccarcinogenic by-products.

People Slicer (1, Funny)

absolut_kurant (152888) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963007)

Call me when they have a people-slicer. No more waiting in queues with my new light sabre (I wonder if the name is taken?)

That can me more harmful than regular lasers (1)

Via_Patrino (702161) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963008)

tried again using a new class of laser that emits light in ultraviolet

Using a non-visible laser can generate much more accidents that regular lasers because operators and people around may not see where laser is beaming to until the damage is already done

Re:That can me more harmful than regular lasers (2, Informative)

and by (598383) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963110)

You should keep in mind that even a visible laser is invisible unless a) you're looking right at it, or b) it's scattered off of something. I don't think that making it visible would really help much in terms of safety, although it would make it easier to aim.

fast food industry (3, Insightful)

perly-king-69 (580000) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963015)

"One motivation is the ability to cut cheese into fancy shapes that appeal to kids, such as a dinosaur or letters. The fast food industry is very interested in that idea."

Nice. And people wonder why US obesity rates are so high?

Re:fast food industry (1)

LordArathres (244483) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963152)

I dont really wonder. My roomate is like 300 lbs+, claims she is on a diet, yet fries up half a pound of bacon for breakfast. Eats junk food all day, eats out at fast food all the time. I know why she is fast, she eats TOO much and the wrong things. Everyone does to a certain degree, the ones who are fat dont know when to stop eating, or eat because they are bored, sad etc...

The industrial use is most important (1)

graniteMonkey (87619) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963031)

What many people miss here is that such a laser would be used in an industrial setting, not in the home. The upshot of all this is we get better sliced cheese for a lower price - and hey, not getting sick from contaminated cutting wires is a bonus!

and that folks is why (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7963035)


Perhaps if you spent more time actually learning at school than playing you wouldnt be as far down on this list [nationmaster.com], but who cares about statistics right ?

comercial (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7963040)

"Patterns such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison motif were drawn on CAD software and then transferred to a workstation consisting of a flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG laser and an xy table holding the cheese. The laser produced 10 ns long pulses with an average power of up to 10 W at 355 nm and 3.5 W at 266 nm." And this will work in TV Shop?

ho hum... (2, Informative)

hyperstation (185147) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963054)

"At 266 nm it gives a very good clean cut, although going deeper than 10 mm is difficult."

make it slice chunks from a 20 lb wheel of baby swiss, and i'll be happy. 10mm thick cheese is not that impressive.

pah!! - invent something useful (2, Interesting)

AmericaHater (732718) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963059)

A cheese slicing laser is all very well but what America hating linux using pinko drug smuggling pedo terrorists like me need is a cutting laser in a watch.

I mean for fuck sakes geeks! How many Bond movies do you need to watch to get a hint that there is a market demand? I've totally lost count of the times the DEA MI5 or FSB have had me manacled to a post kicking the fuck out of me and I'm thinking like "shit ... if only I could use my Rolex to slice off these handcuffs I beat you round this cell motherfucker"

So they do invent it and whats it used for 'CHEESE'!!. For fuck sake - I'm going to hunt the inventor down and whack him - the stupid fuck.

Education Tax dolars at work (1)

jonathanduty (541508) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963061)

Ahhh... our education tax dolars at work. And they say higher education is feeling the pinch of state debt.

Innovation, Shminnovation (2, Insightful)

greenhide (597777) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963093)

I'm up to here with articles on Slashdot that oversell an item.

Saying that it makes a great gift made it sound like something already in production, or at least imminently so.

If it can't yet slice through a block of cheese, then it's hardly a cheese slicer, is it?

Granted, I suppose there's something to be said for having slices of cheese cut into neat shapes. Oh, wait, my bad. There really isn't. As far as I'm concerned, shaped cheese is just one luxury that kids today will have to do without. When I was young, I got a normal square piece of cheese put in my sandwich, and that was if I was lucky!

Why only cheese? (5, Insightful)

addie (470476) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963103)

I'm no laser expert, but by the description in the article, it sounds like this kind of technology could be applied to all sorts of food. If it isn't actually burning a slice, but rather "blasting" the molecules apart, couldn't it be used for meat, bread, whatever else has similar issues with bacteria?

Seems to me the higher energy costs in these factories would be offest by the gain in work hours that would have before been used for cleaning, disinfecting, sharpening, replacing etc of the blades.

cheese laser == wrong tool (4, Interesting)

AFirmGraspOfReality (689182) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963104)

Cool as this might be, it's the wrong tool for the job. Waterjets are waaaaay better for things like this. Faster and no smell. Have a look at: http://www.flowcorp.com/

Not good. (1, Funny)

frinkster (149158) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963122)

My co-worker that graduated from UW-Madison already gets made fun of too much. Today is going to suck for him.

Waste of time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7963137)

Fricken' sharks don't eat cheese.

Lots of food processing uses (2, Insightful)

sfprairie (626602) | more than 10 years ago | (#7963138)

A laser cutter is good for food processing in general. No blade to clean, no blade for bacteria to cling to. I can see uses in other food processing besides cheese. Anything that can cut with out the possibility of contaminating anything else, cheese or otherwise, is a good thing.
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