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'Xtreme' Equipment That You Have Borrowed?

Cliff posted more than 9 years ago | from the overkill-but-fun dept.

Technology 216

djupedal asks: "What's the most extreme type of equipment you've used from the lab/office/university, etc. for your own projects, etc.? Have you ever taken a piece of unknown lint into work just to check it out under the nuclear microscope? Ever used the UV curing oven on the production line to make custom wheels for an R/C car? Ever used the 100,000 ton press in the lab to meld a dime into a nickel just to have a present for your gf/bf on Valentine's Day?""Ever drop by the house on the way home from work and use your company's nuclear density gauge to check for hardpan in the backyard?

Was that you I saw driving a 50 ton crane into the sub-division just to have a platform to install a 3 meter dish on the roof of the garage?

Ever hog a T-3 so you could loop-logon on to your own box....after networking thru a minimum of 25 repeaters near the equator...just to see how much delay there is when going around the planet?

To get you started -- we used to work the night shift at a ski area - and when we found spare time, we would fire up a few of the $200,000.00 Kässbohrer PistenBully's and run off into the trees and play hide & seek in the dark, when it was snowing heavy and your tracks would be covered quickly. All lights out and nothing but iPods online, we would play tag until we either got lost, stuck, bored or the sun came up.

What's your best example of trivial use of some very expensive gear that wasn't yours?"

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First Post? (0)

lmpinto (148989) | more than 9 years ago | (#12319860)

Is this it?

Secretary (4, Funny)

$exyNerdie (683214) | more than 9 years ago | (#12319865)

I once borrowed my boss's secretary!

Re:Secretary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320098)

For what?

Re:Secretary (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320099)

"I once borrowed my boss's secretary!"

"... I asked her for an updated phone list."

Re:Secretary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320693)

And how is ol' Steven doing.

freeze drying (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12319866)

I can't go into specifics ... but I once used the vacuum chamber of a sophisticated scientific instrument to freeze-dry a bouquet of flowers. Inside the clean room. A big ice-jam happened in the inlet to the vacuum pump. I also used the milling machine and lathe to make a smoking pipe.

Well.... (1)

keeleysam (792221) | more than 9 years ago | (#12319875)

I borg (install SETI@home) on very box I can lay my hands on, and I guess the total value of all those machines is weel into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I also installed a Counter-STrike server on a server at my high school, and I think its been running for like 7 months and noone has noticed yet :-)

Re:Well.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320089)

Uh huh... High school student? You're going to get reamed royally when they find out you've been installing all this unauthorised stuff on the crappy Windows PCs in the labs.

Only install stuff on machines you're allowed to. If they suddenly discover SETI@Home running on machines it shouldn't then it'll give the project a bad name. Besides, if you can install all this stuff and not have anybody notice then they've got other security problems fix first.

Re:Well.... (1)

keeleysam (792221) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321869)

Uh huh... High school student? You're going to get reamed royally when they find out you've been installing all this unauthorised stuff on the crappy Windows PCs in the labs. Only install stuff on machines you're allowed to. If they suddenly discover SETI@Home running on machines it shouldn't then it'll give the project a bad name. Besides, if you can install all this stuff and not have anybody notice then they've got other security problems fix first.

MANY of the computers already have it on there at my school, I just change the account fromk the sysadmin's to mine. They will NEVER notice, as its the CLI version. And for the ones that DON'T have it, the sysadmin doesn't really know that they don't already.

Oh yeah, and for some real fun, install it on a bunch of G5's at the Apple store.

Re:Well.... (4, Interesting)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320112)

"I borg (install SETI@home) on very box I can lay my hands on, and I guess the total value of all those machines is weel into the hundreds of thousands of dollars."

Careful! There was a story here a few years back about a guy who installed SETI on a network. He was then billed for all the run-time SETI used. The owners of the network used math a lot like yours to arrive at an outrageous number.

My advice? Watch your ass. I was nearly fired from a job once simply because I sent a text message over the network.

Re:Well.... (1)

gumbi west (610122) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320515)

" I was nearly fired from a job once simply because I sent a text message over the network."

Details please...

Re:Well.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320671)

>>" I was nearly fired from a job once simply because I sent a text message over the network."
>Details please...

I'll bet you 5$ that he used the "net send msg" or similar command on windows, and accidentally misdirected it so it sent a message to all the computers on the network, or at least to the computers used by some less-technical-people-in-power. I once kinda did that at one job I had; when people see a "funny" message you sent pop up in the middle of their screen, they think you cracked their computer or something and they get *MAD*.

Re:Well.... (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321019)

I sent a message to a friend of mine in another aisle asking if he wanted to get a pizza. An orbitting supervisor saw the message pop up. Before long I was in his office 'explaining myself'.

Not a very interesting story, but the very next day I bought the first of my comprehensive Dilbert collection.

Re:Well.... (1, Funny)

Aphexian (29497) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320170)

on very box I can lay my hands on, and I guess the total value of all those machines is weel into the hundreds

Careful! There was a story here a few years back about a guy who had no command of the English language.

Internet connection for porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12319905)

I used my employer's T3 line to download "Fuck Pigs 5". That was really a nasty video. I recommend you only download nice, soft Andrew Blake "couples-porn" movies when you are at work.

One of Extreme's finest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12319949)

See also: Ass Clowns 1-3, Ghetto Bitches 1 and 2, and Cock Smokers 1-50(!)

Cryogenics (3, Funny)

pipingguy (566974) | more than 9 years ago | (#12319932)


I recently used liquid helium to freeze the memories of thousands of Slashdotters.

The answers are:

-yes
-maybe
-only if hamsters are involved
-no

you missed: (1)

roseblood (631824) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321045)

- Cowboy Neil
- Breasts
- 1?2?3?4Profit

Re:you missed: (1)

Moray_Reef (75398) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321390)

Hot grits.

Cryo - for real. (2, Interesting)

Shag (3737) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321521)

When "outreach events" like international astronomy day come up, a few of the "younger" (read thirtysomething) and "not quite as professional-looking" (read: myself included) sorts at the Institute are deposited behind a pair of tables with a dewar of liquid nitrogen and... hmm. Our current list includes flowers, tennis balls, pennies (and a metal block, plastic bags and ball-peen hammer), graham crackers, wire springs, balloons, and... hmm. I don't think the marshmallows worked. They got crunchy, but did nothing else interesting. The gummi bears at least shattered interestingly.

As the one who first brought the graham crackers, I have a bit of a reputation now. Of course, this past week one of our eager young participants was on the news statewide, appearing to exhale clouds of smoke while to munching an unusually cold cracker. :)

The hard part arises when we're asked to explain the scientific relevance of this. We can, of course, but we're more getting the kids interested in astro as a field where they can do crazy weird cool stuff. :)

I still have to learn to run an instrument or two on the scope I operate, so I can get some actual images of stuff in the very rare spare moments.

Slashdot needs (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12319943)


Slashdot needs a general/open forum area for things like this and a lot of other garbage "news" posts.

The amount of noise here has increased dramatically over the last 12 or so months.

Re:Slashdot needs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12319971)

Seriously, slashdot really ought to consider an open forum to let people talk about whatever. Oftentimes, the most interesting discussions are Offtopic and not directly related to the news item posted. You'd have to do something to make sure that AC's didn't create GNAA threads or something but I'm sure there is some way to ensure quality. Right now, if there is a topic you want to dicuss you either have to find a news item that is somehow related or cast it as an Ask Slashdot question.

Re:Slashdot needs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12319999)

Seriously though... what's the most XTREME!!! offtopic post you've ever read?

Eh forget it, let's go get some fucking mountain dew.

Haha. (nt) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320105)

nt

Re:Slashdot needs (1)

spiralscratch (634649) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320904)

Isn't that why Fark exists?

Compute power count? (3, Interesting)

photon317 (208409) | more than 9 years ago | (#12319958)


Back when it used to seem like a lot (~1997?), we used to "steal" all the processing time on 4 Sun E10Ks and 7 frames of IBM SP/2 nodes and do SETI and Distributed.Net work on them when they idle between real projects.

What about cool home science gear that doesn't belong in a home? A guy at my office has 2 and a half electron microscopes in his garage he uses to peek at anything and everything that interests him around the house. I believe between the 2.5 microscopes worth of parts, one is actually running at the moment.

Re:Compute power count? (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320054)

Heh, I used to do the same thing. About the same time too. I got to play with a couple E10K's before we put them into production.

To be honest I thought they pretty much sucked performance-wise. I mean, they had lots of processors (32 or 64 each, I can't remember) but each processor was slow as hell. My regular PC was as fast as like 5 of those SPARC procs. Pffft, all that money. Sun will say it's all about I/O performance not CPU performance.

Re:Compute power count? (1)

gumbi west (610122) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320531)

You know, you could say the same thing about the Blue Gene. Each proc runs at about 400 MHz, or about 1/10 of a modern PC processor.

Re:Compute power count? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320687)

Leave it to a high user-id to equate clock frequency with cpu performance.

Re:Compute power count? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320868)

Well, we can't all be user 666... or can we??

Desk (4, Funny)

EnderWigginsXenocide (852478) | more than 9 years ago | (#12319987)

My wife and I have used her bosses desk to do a little photo shoot we submitted to a mens magazine (and a little something else that didn't get photographed.) Sadly, they(the photos) were rejected, like all of the informative articles I've submitted to slashdot.

Re:Desk (5, Funny)

Penguin (4919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320040)

.. but have you tried submitting the photos to slashdot?

Re:Desk (-1, Redundant)

fmaxwell (249001) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320323)

That's him in the goatse.cx photo!

Re:Desk (4, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320123)

" Sadly, they(the photos) were rejected,"

Ermm.. When you combine a Slashdotter, a woman that a Slashdotter could attract, and 'rejected photos' into a post... Ugh, I can't finish this sentence.

Mirror?! (1)

binaryspiral (784263) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320197)

Okay - so let the slashdotters be the judge.

Re:Desk (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320713)

Try http://www.watchersweb.com/ [watchersweb.com]
They are all amateur porn, but I don't think they pay.

For everybody else they do provide decent free nekkid women -- 25% will kill your boner dead, 50% won't do a thing for you or to you, 20% are worth a few looks and about 5% will rekindle that hope you had as a teenager that a regular slob like you could possibly make it with a super-model quality girl, yow-za.

Re:Desk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320739)

I think you have to have a large penis to get those types of pictures published in a magazine.

I tried that too, but they rejected the prints and mentioned something about a zoom level they couldn't render images with, or pixelation or something like that.

Re:Desk (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320852)

Nothing makes me want to hurl more than when I hear someone use the word "wife" in a sexual context. Seriously, I'm glad you think she's hot and all, but nobody else does.

(as you found out when you submitted those photos...)

Re:Desk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12321507)

Mike & Vanessa? was that you?

Do you know how long it took to get the smell off my desk?

Please don't spread meaningless marketing terms (0, Troll)

UnapprovedThought (814205) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320061)

Do you like your doughnuts Krispy? Or your beverages "Clean?" Then you have fallen for nonsensical marketing terms. (What's in there? Mud? It'd better be clean...)

Those words, like "Xtreme" are purely "sensual activators," but as terms descriptive of the object they are just nonsense.

Xtreme is a marketing tactic that attempts to raise your adrenaline level while you're reading the ad so you are more likely to remember the product as something out of the ordinary, but it really describes nothing special in most places it is used, just like "Advanced" has come to mean nothing, (other than that it is being advanced by the marketers) and so, that part of the lexicon now being polluted, marketing people have begun abandoning it and chosen a different word to pollute.

Obligatory ontopic: That being said, no, I haven't used someone else's expensive facilities for my own research. Except maybe using large meetings to ask questions to find out how clueless a department director might be about the work going on. That's about the most fun you can have...

bittorrents of Star Wars Revelations (2, Insightful)

Jjeff1 (636051) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320079)

Yea, last week.

hogged 1/2 a T3 for 12 hours or so.

Re:bittorrents of Star Wars Revelations (0, Offtopic)

bigtangringo (800328) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321365)

I think posting AC would have been a *really* good idea.

Dodge Viper (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320092)

I used to work at a doctor's office when I was 19 and he asked me to take his Viper to go fill it up.

I took the long way to the staton

Starbuck? Is that you? (3, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320169)

"I used to work at a doctor's office when I was 19 and he asked me to take his Viper to go fill it up."

Starbuck? Is that you? I bet those Vipers are much nicer to fly than those Cylon Raiders which are filled with wet corned beef.

sure, get us confess then blackmail us (1)

lashi (822466) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320100)

Yeah, I am on to you. Trying to get us confess about all those things. We are smart enough to realize doing things like you described would be illegal and cause for dismissal, you know.

SPE meter (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320132)

While building the subwoofer for my car, I found that I wasn't getting the desired output of the driver I had installed. I brought it into the lab at work [klipsch.com] to measure the output. Using the data I was able to find and use a driver that was better tuned to the box I had built.

Tee hee (1)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320134)

Once I borrowed my boss's laser cannon and vandalized the moon! I won't tell you what CHA stands for, though...

The Alan Parsons Project (2, Funny)

AtariAmarok (451306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320152)

"Once I borrowed my boss's laser cannon and vandalized the moon!"

How long did you work for Dr. Parsons? Did he complain when he caught you humping the "laser" ?

Charisma! (2, Funny)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321100)

Every Slashdotter knows CHA stands for Charisma.

I hate Bush, mod me up! (0, Offtopic)

Anonvmous Coward (589068) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320147)

Ooo! I hope Dubya chimes in!

Re:I hate Bush, mod me up! (2, Funny)

Kanpai (713697) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320192)

I can see his response clearly.

"I once used the American people to push my and my friends' own financial objectives! LAWL!"

Re:I hate Bush, mod me up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320290)

"I once used the American people to push my and my friends' own financial objectives! LAWL!"


Is there any actual proof that GWB benefitted financially from the war in Iraq?

Re:I hate Bush, mod me up! (1)

Kanpai (713697) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320719)

Why do people automatically think of Iraq when GWB is mentioned, when his economic policy is just as heinous? Oh, because the war was the distraction FROM the economic policy, which was where all the financial benefit was happening. The above is case in point.

Re:I hate Bush, mod me up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12321029)

"Why do people automatically think of Iraq when GWB is mentioned..."

Pardon me for noticing the protestors carrying signs that read "blood for oil".

Re:I hate Bush, mod me up! (0, Offtopic)

a whoabot (706122) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320729)

Bush Sr. had and probably still has non-ownership equity stakes in Carlyle group. He was also a senior advisor for the group until October 2003 after a number of groups(Judicial Watch, NYT) decried the connection. After Bush Sr. resigned from the position, the Carlyle Group started to widely proclaim that Bush did as much and that he "holds no other positions at Carlyle." They have not said anything about the current state of Bush's investments in the company. Even if he cashed out his stakes on October 2003 when he left the company, he was still employed as advisor and until way past when G.W. declared the "end of major combat operations" in May 2003.

Carlyle group benefitted from the war in Iraq because they invested in and control arms manufacturers. For example, United Defence Industries, a major contractor for the Pentagon. They supply the Bradley troop carrier vehicle which is used in Iraq for just one example. Carlyle is the main shareholder in United Defence.

I would say that awarding money to his father probably benefits him financially. He will most likely inherit a large amount of money from his father at some point.

Re:I hate Bush, mod me up! (1)

Martin Blank (154261) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320876)

Carlyle Group took a big hit when the Crusader was cancelled on the orders of the current President Bush, but we don't hear much about that. I wonder if it's because it doesn't fit in with the conspiracy theories?

Re:I hate Bush, mod me up! (1)

a whoabot (706122) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321285)

Crusader wasn't cancelled as far as I know. They decreased the order from the original projection of 1100 to 480. The contract was still worth 11 billion dollars. They took a "big hit," of cash.

Or maybe what you're saying is that if he makes an order for 435 trillion dollars worth of arms and then decrease it to a few billion, then all of a sudden that's taking a gargantuan chunk out of that arms manufacturer? I guess you could look at it that way. And maybe you have some other information.

Carlyle is not a secret group that exists in the shadows, and neither is the the military nor the Bush family. There's no secret groups, and there's no dispute to even theorize about, so no conspiracy theory. Carlyle profited from the Iraq war; Bush's father was employed by Carlyle. He was employed by and held stakes in Carlyle through the war until over 4 months after the military claimed "Mission accomplished" in Iraq. So through the entire war? I'm not sure, is the war over? Or have we always been at war with Asia?

Not as much "borrowing" as "hijacking"... (5, Interesting)

Pig Hogger (10379) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320183)

I once "hijacked" a whole steam train.

More than 20 years ago, a $MAJOR_CLASS1_RAILROAD celebrated it's 100th birthday. To celebrate, they borrowed one of their old steam trains from $MAJOR_SCIENCE_MUSEUM.

They had to ferry the train about 200 miles each time. Luckily, they sold tickets for those ferry trips, so we could enjoy riding the train.

At that time, my grandfather died; he lived in $RAILROAD_TOWN about 1/4 of the way between the museum and the rail office. He was a civil engineer, and one of his pet peeve was about railroaders calling themselves "engineers" because they ran the engines...

The day of his funeral, there was a steam trip scheduled. I was on the inbound trip a few days earlier, and I went to see the museum director (whom I have known for years before), and I told him that when they'll get back home, at $RAILROAD _TOWN, there would be my grandfather's funeral.

"We'll take care of it", the director said.

So, when the funeral procession went out of the church, there was the steam train, with crew at attention, saluting my grandfather... Later, at the cemetery, everyone was suspecting that I had a hand in that...

Not as much "Stole" as "Borrowed" an Army M915 (1)

EtherAlchemist (789180) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320612)


An M915 is a tractor trailer, think an International or Freightliner you see on the highway but painted OD green.

While I was in a class at AIT an instructor told me to find a truck with a working battery.

He failed to say where from.

The one I found was on the other side of the school and, as it turns out, was one that another class was going to use that day. When they got to their bay, the truck was gone and so all the instructors were called to find it.

My instructor knew where it was because he had gotten tired of waiting and found a 2000lb Skytrak on his own. Which he then proceeded to use in raising the back end of "my" truck up off the ground in case I "decided to run" with it.

This happened on a Friday. Over the weekend, my drill sergeant's IROC was stolen. Guess who she grilled about it on Monday. In formation. In front of the whole company.

High "C"s (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320266)

"What's your best example of trivial use of some very expensive gear that wasn't yours?"

It involves a tugboat, a large ship, and plenty of beer.

I took a pen once (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320296)

Once, I'd lost my Bic pen, so I snuck into the supply closet and took another one. I just needed to sign something.

I felt pretty bad about it, so I filled out the form to have my original pen replaced, and then I put the pen back in the box.

But then I thought about all the ink I used filling out that form. I thought to myself "did I really need to fill out all that stuff on the second page? They know me here.. but it's better to err on the side of caution".

So I wrote out an apology and attached it to the pen with a rubber band, then put it back.

Well, after a while I got to thinking.. they can recognize my handwriting, can't they? And then they'll put two and two together... how many people have filled out requests for new pens in the last week? I could really get in trouble.

So I snuck back into the closet.. except.. Jones was there. He was looking for staples, thank God, which are on the other side. I tried to act cool but I'm sure he knew *exactly* what was going on. Could he see my eyes darting toward the box of blue Bic pens? Just stare straight ahead. Thankfully, he just grabbed his staples and left.

I grabbed the pen and the note, ran back to my office, and wrote out my resignation explaining the whole thing. In Word this time.. by this point just *touching* a pen made me nervous.

Quite a crazy episode in my life, I tell you.. but sometimes you gotta go a little "wild" sometimes, eh?

"Xtreme"??? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320309)

I totally do not understand what the word "Xtreme" means here? Do you mean expensive? Do you mean "extreme"?

Wait, I know, you're a marketing person???

"It's a huge frickin' LASER!" (3, Interesting)

TheCamper (827137) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320360)

My roommate at college is an architecture student at UNC Charlotte. He recently used the college of architecture's 50 watt laser cutter to make a valentines gift for a friend of his. 50 watts doesn't sound like much, but it is. A 100 watt light bulb puts out only 2 watts of light.

Re:"It's a huge frickin' LASER!" (1)

bergeron76 (176351) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320758)

This is kinda OT, but have you seen "versalaser"? I've been drooling over it for a while; but I'm not sure how well it works.

I've only seen it advertised in PCmag (pron: ueber-biased), but at least the laser seems too cool.

IF it does what it advertises.

Re:"It's a huge frickin' LASER!" (1)

coolcold (805170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321778)

apparently ur friend is very lucky if he was blind by the laser. some stray reflection should be able to take out his eyes @_@

Couple misuses of college property.. (1)

SocialEngineer (673690) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320382)

Most recent thing is taking our 64 bit servers and installing UT2k4 on them for the latest lan party.

Also, we used to generate rainbow tables using our tech lab servers. I'm thinking about doing it again before I leave (next semester is my last semester) and selling the tables on eBay or something.

Re:Couple misuses of college property.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320575)

what's a rainbow table?

Re:Couple misuses of college property.. (1)

magefile (776388) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320920)

I believe there was a /. article a few months back about a server you could telnet into for free to get rainbow hashes of alpha-only passwords. Assuming we're talking about the same rainbow, that is.

Re:Couple misuses of college property.. (1)

SocialEngineer (673690) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321985)

Yeah, there was - however, it wasn't very complete. I'm looking to generate tables with support for 12 character passwords, mixed case alpha numeric, with a few extra symbols (haven't decided what yet).

Trivial use of expensive gear (2, Funny)

unitron (5733) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320409)

"...What's your best example of trivial use of some very expensive gear that wasn't yours?"

Well, there's all those years I spent as an announcer at various AM and FM stations. :-)

At my University (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320420)

I used the virginal quiet little Chinese librarian at my University as a cum receptacle. Tell you one thing... her reserved manner turned into screams of "fuck me!" when I stuck my love rod into her slip 'n' slide.

Re:At my University (0, Offtopic)

kneecarrot (646291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320426)

"love rod"? "slip 'n' slide"? You are totally a virgin yourself, aren't you?

Re:At my University (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320438)

No way, Jose! I just didn't want to use the more formal "cock" and "cunny". This is a rather whimsical article.

One thing about the girl that was funny was her insistence on licking my balls afterwards. Now that I've never had happen before. I let her, too. I figure I might as well keep her occupied while I watched Jon Stewart's opening bit.

Re:At my University (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320447)

Very classy. You serve as an example of gentlemanly behaviour to all.

"Xtreme equipment" you say... (-1, Troll)

Jorkapp (684095) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320497)

The most Xtreme thing I've probably ever had was being left alone inside the headquarters for the local militia. Funny how the militia trusts cadets more than the cadets' officers trust the cadets.

Some sergeant arrived while I was outside waiting for the officers to open the place, and unlocked the doors. He trusted me to keep an eye on the place until either he came back from his meal at Tim Hortons, or officers arrived.

To make matters more interesting, I know the locations of all the weapons and ammunition in the building. Pellet guns, .22 Lee-Enfields, 5.56mm C7 Assault Rifles, and 5.56mm C9 Light Machine Guns. Of course, all these weapons have at least 5 locks between their storage room and the rest of the facility at all times.

Still, given a chain-saw and 20 minutes...

Re:"Xtreme equipment" you say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320937)

WTF is your militia doing with such a puny arsenal ?

Big Computers (3, Funny)

Tr0mBoNe- (708581) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320528)

I work for a large telecom in the back end software devision and the team I work on develops the operating software for the network. My usual test environment is a cluster of 64 Sunfire servers with each of those servers containing 8 processors and 32 Gb of RAM. Including the infrastructure, Myranet optical lines, and NetApp storage boxes this brings my setup from the uber to the l33t.

The other day, I wanted to see how fast this cluster could encode The Matrix... it took 4 seconds... I was pleased.

We're upgrading to 256 IBM Blades soon so it should get fun then. I'm a big fan of blades... the Sun blades we use are tremendously fast and perfect for what we do. need more processing power? chuck in another 64 blades into that rack and there you go... Those blades are the same that are used in the MareNorstrum cluster in Spain... that would be the 5th most powerful supercomputer in the world (and is at par with the Earth Simulator, costing 10% as much heheh)... damn I can't wait to get those going...

For some reason, when I get home, not having all that power and an internet connection to match just feels wrong.

Re:Big Computers (1)

Tr0mBoNe- (708581) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320552)

Sorry, that's the IBM blades being the ones in that supercomputer... my bad.

Sun blades are great too... smaller form factor but less CPU and more KW needed. and equal number of processors in traditional pizza box units consumes 3 times as much power and releases 3 times as much heat. not to mention it fills an entire rack, while the IMB blades take only half or less (I can't remember the exact unit size, and i'm too lazy to dig out the info...)

For an enterprise setup, you'd be a dumbass not to go with blades... it's cheaper, easier, and more space efficient... and if you have a bad blade, replacement is a snap...

military grade laser (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320598)

we "borrowed" it and lazed a hole into our boses engine from an impressive distance.

then the fire started.

1996 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320621)

Back in 96, I hacked into a bunch of SGI's at the university I was going to (a nice, well-known university for computer science and other engineering stuff). I cracked about 40 of them, and my friend used them to serve out pirated software.

Needless to say, we got caught, the FBI came, and we were kicked out. The school let us back in after a stern talking to and a promise not to do it again. :)

When it's 1996 and you have 40 SGI's at your disposal, it's a pretty damn cool thing. Well, until the FBI comes after you and sits in front of your house for 3 days in a black suburban.

very cold ice cream (3, Interesting)

lawpoop (604919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320631)

My dad used to work at a nuclear pharmacy. There was a very cold freezer there, somewhere aroun -200 F. One time he stored some ice cream in there before he brought it home. They were as hard as bricks.

Re:very cold ice cream (1)

unitron (5733) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320743)

"One time he stored some ice cream in there before he brought it home. They were as hard as bricks."

They? Both the ice cream and your dad?

Re:very cold ice cream (1)

dpilot (134227) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321810)

Good first step for making fried ice cream or baked Alaska.

Google. (2, Funny)

TheLink (130905) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320647)

Clusters of computers. More than 100K computers. For trivial use.

They even give you an API.

Doh :).

microscope & Civilization (1)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320656)

I work at a company that makes LCOS devices (liquid crystal on silicon), so we've got some fancy microscopes custom-made for looking at pixel arrays under a wide variety of lighting conditions. I also happen to be hacking the PV2 disposable digital camera [maushammer.com] and didn't know the sensor resolution. So, we popped it in and found it was a 1.3 megapixel camera, even though it was claimed to provide 2 megapixel quality [slashdot.org] .

We've got a laser that can cut metal traces in IC's; I've been dying to find a use for it. Or the NMR machine.

I also used to work at a small startup company that decided, for some interesting good reasons, instead of programming, they should play Civilization on-line 8 hours a day, for 2 months. So, if you lost to three really good players in early 2002, they weren't cheating -- just really determined and on company time. Too bad that was a couple months before I started there.

Re:microscope & Civilization (1)

rkrabath (742391) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320754)

I also work at a small startup company and would be very interested in these "interesting good reasons".

Re:microscope & Civilization (1)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320898)

It was a couple of months before I got there, so I don't have the whole story. Basically, they had only one product and one customer, and that customer was slow on the payments. So they stopped work until they got paid. That, and they had been working really hard... Maybe two months was a little much rest & relaxation, but I wasn't there. I personally would have picked a fun project and started on that, but the company's technologies were all kindof similar, so it may have been hard to get away from that... Great guys and plenty productive.

haven't done this yet, but... (1)

blackcoot (124938) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320755)

...amongst the many fun toys at work is a truck with about 20U rack space in the trunk, power generators, etc. --- the perfect venue for the world's fastest lan party...

RF Home cooking (4, Interesting)

Glacian (674566) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320765)

Using the 700lbs LOA(low observable antena) use for ground following radar on the B1-B to cook hot dogs while it was hooked up to an anochoic chamber.

Moral of the story,800+ watts = burnt hot dog in under 1 sec.

Semiconductor Fab (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12320889)

I've spent a lot of time working in a few physics-research type semiconductor fabs. Because yield is typically not a big target, they tend to be a bit down-and-dirty.

Needless to say, this makes it easy to make a few (carefully degreased) [gold,platinum,irridium,palladium] evaporated [coins,paperclips,ants], and the chance to make a copy of your favourite logo 1um x 1um in metal on silicon never goes astray. It's provided countless tiny presents for S.O.'s, etc, complete with, in the later case, micrographs taken with the machines they were beamwritten in.

What we really can learn here (2, Funny)

slashdot_commentator (444053) | more than 9 years ago | (#12320973)

Ever used the 100,000 ton press in the lab to meld a dime into a nickel just to have a present for your gf/bf on Valentine's Day?

Geeks really need to address the mental disability that hinders their ability to procreate.

Remember those old SGI o2... (2, Interesting)

pruneau (208454) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321010)

We had a cluster 15 of those expensive beast in the automation lab, and they were commonly delivered with a networked flight simulator.

Su root, uncomment the entry in /etc/services and lo ! Friday night were turned into combat-mode flight simulator lan parties.

That was of course 10-15 years before lan parties were invented, of course.

Re:Remember those old SGI o2... (1)

green pizza (159161) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321320)

Dogfight! Lots of fun. BZFLAG was also another good SGI staple.

We had a cluster 15 of those expensive beast
O2 was the cheapest SGI workstation ever sold! The prices only went up from there! Octane, Onyx, Origin $$$

Heavy trucks... (2, Interesting)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321199)

I have a part-time job driving heavy trucks, and it's kind of amusing to use those 3 or 4-trailer 120-tonne monsters to collect small loads at garden or hardware shops; the rig usually stretches across the entire car-park and blocks both gates, and parking inspectors won't issue infringement notices because it'll take them ten minutes to climb up and stick it on the windscreen... ;-)

Electronics production gear (1)

Squant (652554) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321512)

Well some of my more complex electronics projects require BGA packaged style FPGA's. These are almost impossible to solder at home so i usually do that at work.

First baking them for 48 hours at 40 degrees in a large oven of about 20.000 euro's. Thats to prevent from moisture to violently evacuate the package, cracking the packaging.

Then it goes in their new brandspanking reflow oven that costs about 150.000 euro's. Not to mention the liquid nitrogen the oven uses (special atmosphere needed when reflowing with lead free alloys).

But usually i just take a lift of a currently running production run. It would be madness (and get me a lot of problems) just to run the machines for one little PCB with a BGA432 on it.

I am a bartender (3, Funny)

sithkhan (536425) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321515)

Well, does ethanol count? Especially if you add in a hot college girl every now and then? That's a yes? Good!..

Solid Vodka = Vodka + Liquid Nitrogen (3, Interesting)

martyb (196687) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321742)

When in college in the Late 1970's, we brought some liquid nitrogen from the main science lab back to the dorm. After pouring (IIRC) 150 proof vodka into ice cube trays, we used the LN to create "vod-cubes". These, when added to a class of Collins Mixer, made for an interesting drink - the longer we waited the stronger it got! Also used some of it to freeze popcorn and Fig Newtons(TM)... It sure was neat to see a Fig Newton *shatter*!

At the laser lab... (2, Interesting)

Hank Reardon (534417) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321748)

...where I used to work, I borrowed their huge laser powersupply to try experiments with nonstandard lasing devices.

I also borrowed a toothbrush, some of the boss' expensive pens, his chair, and his desk lamp.

We discovered that, given enough energy, you can make just about anything lase.

Back in 96 I acquired a very sophisticated (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12321933)

spook radio receiver that a govt. agent had shipped instead of hand carrying as required. Naturally the shiping company lost it and it ended up as freight salvage.

Long story short.
It could do things that commercially available products of today can't. Two agents flew out from Langley and collected it from me.

They were very surprised that I'd figured out to operate it well enough to pick individial phone calls off commnications satellites.

If I told you any more, I'd have to kill you.

Navy Helicopter (2, Interesting)

pease1 (134187) | more than 9 years ago | (#12321937)

I once wanted to be the first guy ashore from a seven month deployment on an aircraft carrier. I talked the chain of command into letting use one of the helos to shoot pix of the ship going pierside at NOB Norfork, then talked the helo crew into dropping me off at the Naval Air Station.

After hitching a ride to the pier, I walked up behind friends and family waiting for me while the ship was still tieing up.

My ship, USS America, was towed out to sea last week and will be sunk this week [navy.mil] .

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