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3XS Isotope - 11 Sided Gamer's Computer

Zonk posted about 9 years ago | from the one-more-side-and-you-could-roll-barbarian-hit-points dept.

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Kez writes "For those who want to show off, then a undecagonal-faced prism case might be worth consideration. Scan's 3XS Isotope is certainly a very unusual system. It takes micro-ATX motherboards, so you can still use high end hardware in it. Perhaps the perfect LAN party system? HEXUS.net has a review, pointing out that this is the sort of system you will either love or hate."

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Name that movie (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12325940)

"Impossible, sir. It's in Johnson's underwear."

No Googling allowed.

Re:Name that movie (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12325967)

The Breakfast Club

I bet... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12325941)

my six year old would think this was pretty cool, but I certainly wouldn't want this beast in the living area. What's next, a one sided computer? "Why carry your computer to a LAN party when you can roll it there."

Re:I bet... (1, Insightful)

Janitha (817744) | about 9 years ago | (#12326292)

To be honest, this wasnt very impressive. Its six sided, and thats all, plus the build doesnt look very solid.

Everyone turns to slashdot, including my self, to look for new innovations and ideas. This article on the other hand, was more like comparing physical state of a chemical. Something going from Gas to Liquid to Solid is simple, it can be done by everyone, such as in this case a simple box computer is put in a multi-sided case. What would have been really nice is if it had something more to offer, such as some interesting ways of displaying the stats of the system, a easy way to add and remove components, and so on.

This is truly a childs play article, probably the most hollow of them I have seen.

Re:I bet... (2, Funny)

SilicaiMan (856076) | about 9 years ago | (#12326909)

Everyone turns to slashdot, including my self, to look for new innovations and ideas.

I lost this hope ages ago!

FIRST POST LOL OMG (-1, Offtopic)

ADOT Troll (687975) | about 9 years ago | (#12325942)

Surprised by Cock

A few hours ago, I learned that I am now (at least in theory) absurdly gay.

I was at my machine, my 386 with 4 megs of RAM running Linux, masturbating to pictures of RMS, when I got an email congratulating me on the success of Slashdot. I was working on my latest small project-- a clever little text parser that takes input from the user and puts it in a little cartoon-style word balloon coming out of-- get this!-- a giant, erect ASCII penis's bulging head! Hahaha! It's called COCKSAY. You can download it here.

"Congratulations? That's interesting," said I to myself. "I didn't think Slashdot was coming out until tomorrow." And I oughtta know; I'm on VA's Board of Directors, recruited by Larry Augustin himself, to be VA Linux's "corporate conscience," and it's public record that I hold a substantial share in the company's semen pool. I tooled on over to Linux Today, chased a link like it was a naked hippy's ass-- and discovered that Rob Malda had taken the fast action we had discussed at the last board meeting. Slashdot had come out first thing that morning with a headline on its own site-- and I had become the figurehead of the Gay Faggot Slashdot Empire while I wasn't looking.

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Trouble with the "keep it quiet" theory is that I've always solicited gay male faggot sex in a very public way. When you're already a media figure, like myself, and your name is on the Faggot Manifesto your whole organization chose to use to come out, and email from friends and journalists starts coming in like crazy as the gayness of your empire breaks records even on the first day, playing it coy swiftly ceases to look like a viable option.

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First Post? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12325946)

Why would anyone want something this lame? Don't you ever want to get laid?

Missing? (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 9 years ago | (#12325948)

We might as well talk about Family Guy, because the picture is missing from the linked page. There is, however, a huge gray area. Perhaps part of the page got slashdotted.

Re:Missing? (2, Informative)

Sparr0 (451780) | about 9 years ago | (#12325958)

Yeah, but only the first page. I saw all the other pics, including the interior ones, on the later pages just fine.

Hot damn! (1)

AtariAmarok (451306) | about 9 years ago | (#12326277)

Does this look like a prop from the movie "Silent Running"? More importantly, am I the only one who remembers that movie?

Re:Hot damn! (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | about 9 years ago | (#12326886)

Yes, and no. :)

I haven't seen it in many, many years, but I remember it, it was one of my favorites when I was a kid.

Thanks for the memory... I'd forgotten about it for a while. So I just got off my ass and bought a copy from Amazon for a few bucks. I'll have to plan seeing that with enough time to really enjoy it.

That movie was on my mind a couple years ago for some reason...couldn't find it in any library system I could search IIRC


Undecagonal (1)

Nairoz (856164) | about 9 years ago | (#12325950)

Well... I guess it's something different... after all, it's not a number of sides you see used every day!

Must give it that extra "Oooh... shiny" factor.

Thought it meant multi-monitor (3, Informative)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | about 9 years ago | (#12325955)

But it turns out that this is just a specially-shaped case [hexus.net] .

Re:Thought it meant multi-monitor (5, Funny)

civman2 (773494) | about 9 years ago | (#12325983)

I'm really underwhelmed by that. I thought the entire case would be shaped like a three dimensional geometric figure.

How many Slashdotters would buy a computer case shaped like a D20? That's where the real market is. It might be a little expensive to throw around the room, so maybe you'd just want to stick with normal dice.

Re:Thought it meant multi-monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326468)

How many Slashdotters would buy a computer case shaped like a D20?

D20? Eh. Now, an icosahedron, there's something worth buying. Even better, a tetrahedron 5-compound [wolfram.com] .

(yeah, let's see you out-nerd that! ;)

Re:Thought it meant multi-monitor (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | about 9 years ago | (#12326800)

how about rather than rolling the computer, have a digital LED display on each face which used a software RNG to "roll"

Re:Thought it meant multi-monitor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326726)

On the plus side, the d20's built-in RNG works wonders for cryptography ;-)

Personally... (5, Funny)

sznupi (719324) | about 9 years ago | (#12325959)

I'm waiting for hypercube-shaped cases.

Re:Personally... (4, Funny)

dagnabit (89294) | about 9 years ago | (#12326186)

For the overclocked CPUs, store the liquid coolant in a Klein bottle [kleinbottle.com] ... and use Moebius cables to connect all the components.

That would be so r4d d00d!

Re:Personally... (4, Funny)

brilinux (255400) | about 9 years ago | (#12326467)

You ignoramus! While stupid academics and gamers use their simple 1 hypercube shaped case, I use four simultaneous time cube [timecube.com] shaped cases!

You must admit their superiority!

Lan parties... (5, Interesting)

Eric(b0mb)Dennis (629047) | about 9 years ago | (#12325963)

With the price you'd pay for that thing, why not get a decent gaming laptop? That's what me and most of my friends use for lans now.. have the 802.11 ready, a good mouse... it's fun

Plus for the hardcore, "I ate pizza all night", bathroom breaks.. you can take the game with you D:

Re:Lan parties... (1)

kawaichan (527006) | about 9 years ago | (#12325998)

well.. i guess it all depends, you can't exactly get Athlon64 4000+ and a beefy video card on your laptop, but laptop does have its advantage (you get a screen, keyboard integrated etc)

to each of their own i guess

Re:Lan parties... (3, Funny)

NeuroManson (214835) | about 9 years ago | (#12326133)

I think it's simply for the "I want a really cool looking custom PC, but don't want to risk losing digits to my dremel" crowd.

Re:Lan parties... (1)

imsabbel (611519) | about 9 years ago | (#12326144)

Come on... digits is for noobs,real men risk eyes.
Nothing beats having a cutting wheel disintegrate into your face for ruining a day, especiall if you "only want to make that little cut, there cant happen anything...".

Re:Lan parties... (2, Funny)

jeremy_dot (734236) | about 9 years ago | (#12326181)

Plus for the hardcore, "I ate pizza all night", bathroom breaks.. you can take the game with you D:

So "taking the game with you" is what they use for an excuse these day to go into a bathroom with a computer.

Can you say... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12325965)


Re:Can you say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326132)

Why the fuck was the parent modded down as 'flamebait'??? Everyone knows that's what's really going on here..I'm getting fucking sick of it, myself.

If I want to be marketed to, I'll turn off my Adblock, thanks.

Re:Can you say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326266)


Yes. Yes, it seems I can.

Great stuff (1)

skomes (868255) | about 9 years ago | (#12325985)

I can't wait to have a computer so small that I have to use a pin to press the power button! Seriously though, I'm all for this, but only in some cases. Do we need to make stuff so much smaller? It makes it more inaccessible to most self-builders. I would like this for an HTPC though, because I want enough power to convert media, but I also want to make sure it doesn't look like I stuck a small PC in my room, rather it should look like my VCR grew up a tad.

This will be great at lan parties! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12325986)

If your goal is to kick your competitors computers to see how far they roll.

nice (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12325989)

16th post, sweeeeet

It's not 11-sided (4, Informative)

S.O.B. (136083) | about 9 years ago | (#12326000)

Not to be picky (OK I'm being picky) but it's not 11-sided. The front and back are also "sides" making this a 13-sided case.

Re:It's not 11-sided (1)

blackcoot (124938) | about 9 years ago | (#12326043)

glad to see i'm not the only person who was bothered by that statement. guess it'd be called something like a triskadecahedron.

Re:It's not 11-sided (1)

Kemanorel (127835) | about 9 years ago | (#12326061)

Having just had to teach a bit of 3-D geometry to 7th graders who didn't even know what area meant, technically that's an 11-sided prism.

Re:It's not 11-sided (1)

Omnifarious (11933) | about 9 years ago | (#12326169)

When someone said 'undecahedron', I was hoping at least for something that had sides that were all the same shape. I knew that they all couldn't be regular polygons because there are only 6 possible shapes in 3-space that can do that, and an undecahedron is not one of them. But, they could all be the same irregular polygon. I was very disappointed to learn it was a prism.

Re:It's not 11-sided (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326145)

You're an ASSahedron.

The summary has it right. (4, Informative)

ljaguar (245365) | about 9 years ago | (#12326163)

The summary has it right.

It said undecagonal prism. The article, however, says "(the shape's called a undecahedron, in case you were wondering)" That is wrong.

Polygon = 2D. Undecagon is an 11-sided two-dimensional geometric object. Three-dimensional object enclosed by generalized cylinder and two congruent polygon is called a prism. So Undecagonal prism is the accurate description of the case.

Polyhedron = 3D. Undecahedron is an 11-sided three-dimensional object. This has 13 sides. (http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Polyhedron.html) mathworld lists no name canonical name for 13 sided polyhedron.

But your point was that the computer's case as a polyhedron has 13 sides not 11. You are also right.

Re:The summary has it right. (1)

MikeMartin (614173) | about 9 years ago | (#12326368)

Looking at the site you provided, one could surmise the a 13 sided polyhedron is a tridecahedron. But who cares?

Re:It's not 11-sided (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326166)

Wouldn't all those slots and holes count as "sides" as well?

Oh yeah? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326073)

Oh yeah? well...

Mac Mini! Mac Mini! Mac Mini! Mac Mini! Mac Mini!
Mac Mini! Mac Mini! Mac Mini! Mac Mini! Mac Mini!

Looks better. Smaller. Quieter. Way better OS. Way better GUI. Doesn't need 5 fans.
RISC, not obsolete CISC. iTMS the way it was meant to run.

Local (4, Interesting)

k3v1n (262210) | about 9 years ago | (#12326076)

Just make sure your LAN party is local, don't think airport security would take too kindly to this ;)

Re:Local (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326193)

The manufacturer has thoughtfully provided a "This is not a nuclear device" sticker for just such occasions.

Re:Local (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326216)

Oh no, what if a terrorist gets hold of one of these stickers?!

Re:Local (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | about 9 years ago | (#12326196)

That would be a HUGE carry-on. Did you see how it makes a Shuttle-style case look like a pipsqueak computer? And that's not counting the necessary monitor. It's also over 10kg (~23lb), given that neither geeks nor gamers are the typical weight lifters, that might be a strain for some in the crowd.

Re:Local (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326792)

who the hell is flying on planes to go to lan parties? while i'm asking, who the hell is going to lan parties in the first place?

First thing i would do.. (1)

TheHawke (237817) | about 9 years ago | (#12326139)

Is rip out that foxconn board and put something that has a few more TEETH into it.
The second thing would be to try to clean up that wiring mess they got in there! Ich!

allure? (4, Informative)

SuperBanana (662181) | about 9 years ago | (#12326167)

Part of the allure of the ISOTOPE, to some at least, is having it pre-modified to accommodate a series of lighting gadgets, ranging from a couple of cathodes through to neon string and, would you believe, a strobe light.

Um...I thought the whole 'allure' of stupi...er, I mean, custom looking cases was that they're unique and YOU built it. You know, instead of having that dull grey case that everyone else has, you have a case with neon and cutouts and 50 fans. Just like everyone else, but at least YOU botched the installation and didn't get it quite square and so on, so it's still...uh...unique.

So how is this supposed to be alluring? Next year, everyone's going to have one of these things.

Sorry, I forgot to put in [click to read more] after every sentence...

When did?? (3, Funny)

John Seminal (698722) | about 9 years ago | (#12326191)

when did knowing what an isotope is, when did that become cool?? i got my ass kicked for being a nerd, now the stuff i liked is cool. in college, i learned to drink to make people like me, to fight to make people respect me. it almost is enought to make me want to blow shit up. why did my h.s. existance suck? i wish i knew what i now know then so i could have struck back. *crying*

Re:When did?? (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | about 9 years ago | (#12326258)

How many people that played half life knew what it meant? I think it's just one of those cool-sounding words that sound dangerous because of a link to nuclear radiation.

Re:When did?? (1)

anitha cn- (863678) | about 9 years ago | (#12326278)

People's opinion of what is cool on slashdot (and a lot of the internet in general) is not really the same as people's opinion of what is cool in high school.
However, I am currently in high school, I am somewhat geeky, and nobody seems to think any less of me for it, so perhaps things have changed.

Re:When did?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326299)

Lots of people had shitty times in high school. Lots of people got their asses kicked. Part of growing up is realizing that high school is an insignificant and restrictive part of ones life. Your horizons and opportunities are wide open the faster you move on and learn not to dwell. Feel sorry for the people with the wonderful high school experiences who look back with the fondness of their greatest times from a slowly fading life.

I Propose... (4, Insightful)

PhunkySchtuff (208108) | about 9 years ago | (#12326227)

I Propose a new categoryu for Slashdot stories:


Anything, such as this, that is nothing more than a free (?) advertisement posted to the front page of /. should be marked as such, and then subscribers (of which I am not, for this reason among others) would have the option of easily skipping it.

Re:I Propose... (1)

logic hack (800754) | about 9 years ago | (#12326414)

and then subscribers (of which I am not

Pity, then you might have actually had reasonable grounds to bitch upon. As it is, quality of stories aside, Slashdot is providing you and the rest of us unsubscribers a free service. If you don't like, save Slashdot some money and stop visiting.

*end rant*

Re:I Propose... (1)

thryllkill (52874) | about 9 years ago | (#12326444)

You might be on to something.

Of course, it is also possible that the poster saw this thing and thought, "Hey, some of the /. crowd might like to see this."

Also... blurb is pretty short. After a quick skim you could probably tell whether you were in the "interested" crowd or not.

What I think is funny is how many mod points are given out to posts which do nothing but bitch about /. on /. . If it's so bad, go somewhere else, no one is forcing you to continue reading here.

Re:I Propose... (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | about 9 years ago | (#12326893)

The sad thing is, no matter how obvious it may be to us readers, or how much we cry foul, the editors will never do anything about it because we keep reading, and they keep generating ad revenue.

Unfortunately, the only real way to let them know how you feel is to stop reading Slashdot, a decision that becomes easier to make with each passing slashvertisement that gets posted.

Not Quite... (1)

spoonboy42 (146048) | about 9 years ago | (#12326242)

As others have pointed out, the case is actually 13-sided, not 11, as the front and back count as sides. This makes it an irregular tridecahedron (which doesn't tell you a whole lot about the shape, other that the number of sides), or more specifically an undecagonal right cylinder.

Next Up: Cabbage Patch Case ... (1)

rewinn (647614) | about 9 years ago | (#12326306)

Undecagonal-faced prism cases are just another chapter of the quest to show your individuality by purchasing a mass-produced product. This can be done better ...

I used to program for Coleco, the company that made the Cabbage Patch Kids mass-market edition.The main appeal of CPK was that every kid could have something individualized that was the same thing as everyone else!

Instead of messing around with funny-faced PC cases, someone should market cases gauranteed to be unique, if only by the pattern of the eye decal or imprinted freckles. Surely this would prove that the buyer is a real hoopy frood who knows where his towel is! [hhgproject.org]

Re:Next Up: Cabbage Patch Case ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326339)

Ohhh that's what CPK stands for, I always thought it meant Chaotic Player Killer, or California Pizza Kitchen.

Re:Next Up: Cabbage Patch Case ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326871)

When I think of coleco, I always think of the home computer/game console. I still have the book from coleco LOGO somewhere, as well as the old colecovision.. my mom's favorite video game ladybug had a version that ran on our coleco... we also had dig dug, and on the tape a "buck roger's" game

XTreme(ly ugly) (1)

miyako (632510) | about 9 years ago | (#12326415)

I understand the desire to have a custom modded computer, something that someone would build themselves to make it unique, and I also understand the desire for a computer that is more asthetically pleasing than most standard towers, but I've never really understood the desire to buy gaming rigs like this.
When you buy a machine like this, it automatically takes away the first reason, personalization, to own a non-standard machine like this, and most of them are dead ugly.
Plus, the extra charge for these machines tends to be really high compared to a machine of equal specs in a standard case.

Ugh (2, Insightful)

NonSequor (230139) | about 9 years ago | (#12326487)

How do people develop such a warped sense of aesthetics that they like this sort of thing? The entire case mod "scene" has got to be one of the saddest things I've ever seen. It's kind of like when you see a car painted yellow, green and purple. I'm not claiming I have impeccable taste, but I know ridiculous when I see it.

Too expensive.. (1)

Tobias.Davis (844594) | about 9 years ago | (#12326508)

For the price of this computer, I could hire a machine shop to build the case to my specifications. Or rent a welder and do it myself.

Now if they had the case by itself for a reasonable price, I'd buy one (Not more than $200)

what's an 11 sided gamer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12326597)

And why do they need special cases?

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