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CVS Disposable Camcorder Hacked

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the intentionally-left-blank dept.

Hardware Hacking 182

ptorrone writes "We've been watching this on MAKE closely- and the king of the one-time digital camera hacks/analysis finally got his hands on a CVS Camcorder on Friday, the 24th via someone shipping him one FedEx. Within 18 hours, he had slurped the flash memory and has the unencrypted, XVID codec, 320x240, 30fps movies stored in the camera on his computer."

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Hours of crappy goodness (4, Interesting)

gbulmash (688770) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910011)

If you don't hack the camcorder, you're paying $2 and change a minute to buy it, record 20 minutes, and have those 20 minutes put on DVD. Considering how many obvious artifacts were in the demo scene from the DVD, I am ready to boycott CVS just on principle. Charging that much money for such crap!

Now the obvious answer is "hack the camcorder. Then it doesn't cost so much and you get more value for your money." Hmmmm... I can get a 16 ounce sh*t-flavored milkshake for $3, but with a little trick, I can turn that into a gallon. What a bargain, so long as I don't mind that it's still sh*t-flavored. If I want more sh*t-flavored goodness, then darn, I better learn the trick. If I want a milkshake that doesn't taste like sh*t, I think I'd better save my pennies.

The ONLY reason I can think of getting this is to get a camcorder for your kid. If they break it, big deal.

It also sort of reminds me of that old Mattell video camera that recorded grainy B&W on audio cassettes. Though crappy, it has its own kind of retro cool if you can find one now. Perhaps these cameras have value as collectors items.

- Greg

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (1)

SmartyFartBlast (894670) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910024)

It was a Fisher-Price camera and they were kinda neato :-)

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (3, Informative)

tepples (727027) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910040)

Fisher-Price being part of Mattel, of course.

Anyway, the camera was called "PXL-2000" and the format was called "Pixelvision". Read More... [michaeloreilly.com]

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (2, Informative)

Jafafa Hots (580169) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910635)

Fisher-Price was not part of Mattel when the PXL was sold - it was a division of Quaker Oats. Later was spun off, then bought by Mattel, but not for years after the PXL was discontinued.

I worked for FP for years, I could tell you some wild stories about the PXL.

PXL (1)

QuietRiot (16908) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910918)

Please. Do tell.

I used to have a few friends down the street with one. I don't think they ever really fully appreciated it. My first impression was : "Wow. On audio tape. Audio tape."

Size does matter (1)

a_greer2005 (863926) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910056)

It may not be as good as an XL-2, but it is like 30$ and it weighs a couple of ounces v $4000 and 20 lbs...

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910132)

This is Slashdot. You can say "shit" here. Hell, shit is practically all that ever gets posted around here.

What's wrong with shot-flavored? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910138)

I flavor my milkshake and icecream with vodka shots and I like it.

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (2, Funny)

KidHash (766864) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910144)

I think we should boycott CVS too!

Subversion is the way forward!

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (2, Interesting)

slashdot.org (321932) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910161)

Considering how many obvious artifacts were in the demo scene from the DVD, I am ready to boycott CVS just on principle

Huh. I just watched PICT0004.AVI (didn't want to download more so other people might get a change to access his site). I didn't think it was all _that_ bad. In fact, I don't believe it's much (if any) worse than my Sony DCR-PC9. Sure that's an oldy, but fuck, I paid like $900 for it or something.

I think there's use for video of this quality. To bad there's no CVS around here...

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (2, Insightful)

Speare (84249) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910245)

  • The ONLY reason I can think of getting this is to get a camcorder for your kid. If they break it, big deal.
  • Film events which are too dangerous to risk your real camera.
  • Film from many vantage points at once, without massive cost.
  • Film from vantage points which might be at risk of vandalism or theft.

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (4, Interesting)

Council (514577) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910260)

Like this [xkcd.com] .

Any other examples of too-damaging-for-a-real-camera photography?

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (5, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910340)

Considering how many obvious artifacts were in the demo scene from the DVD, I am ready to boycott CVS just on principle. Charging that much money for such crap!

Wow, if you don't like a deal someone is offering, just don't take it. Show me a store that isn't charging too much for something or that offers something that doesn't present a value proposition that you accept. You're going to have to be self-sufficient if you start boycotting all of 'em.

I'm thinking of getting a weather balloon and tying one of these on to see what happens. $30 sounds good.

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (-1, Troll)

ltbarcly (398259) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910657)

So if something is bullshit he should put his head down and shutup about it?

No my friend, fuck you.

Spell "shit" properly, fuckwit. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910397)

That asterisk isn't helping anybody.

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (2, Insightful)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910517)

The video really isn't quite as bad as you're describing. Pict0004.avi is actually fairly decent (shot at the highest datarate) and is about the same quality as a VHS tape recorded at extended play.

Maybe that kind of quality isn't usefull to you, but for many people that kind of quality is decent enough to be usefull. For someone on a small budget, $30 ($20 with coupon) is actually affordable, where $200-$300 for a real digital camcorder isn't at all.

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (1)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910591)

For someone on a small budget, $30 ($20 with coupon) is actually affordable, where $200-$300 for a real digital camcorder isn't at all.

Yeah but you can only use it for 20 minutes unless you steal it from CVS. If you're going to do that, just go to rent-a-center and get a nice camcorder for free.

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (1)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910926)

By my calculations 417 kilobits/sec in 128 megabytes of flash would leave enough room for 42 minutes of video. That's pretty decent.

I guess I'm not sure what you mean by "steal it from CVS". Is CVS only renting the camera, and you're expected to return it? I don't see any references to that anywhere. Unless you have to sign something when you buy it saying you'll return it, that camera is yours to do with whatever you please. Don't blame hardware hackers if CVS chose a bad business model.

Re:Hours of crappy goodness (2, Funny)

noidentity (188756) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910751)

I can get a 16 ounce sh*t-flavored milkshake for $3, but with a little trick, I can turn that into a gallon. What a bargain, so long as I don't mind that it's still sh*t-flavored. If I want more sh*t-flavored goodness, then darn, I better learn the trick. If I want a milkshake that doesn't taste like sh*t, I think I'd better save my pennies.

<verifies that this isn't a children's message board>

Man, the marketing company that came up with a flavor called "sh*t" realls sucks. Honest, but I mean, wow.

oh yeah! (5, Funny)

bigwavejas (678602) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910012)

Getting a used Pure Digital / CVS Disposable Camcorder shipped to you... $15 dollars
Taking the day off work to be at home for the Fed-ex delivery... $140 dollars
Spending 18 hours hacking the camera for 30secs of video... Priceless!!!

Re:oh yeah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910594)

Actually.. FedEx doesnt require a signature for home deliveries.. They will just drop it on your front door. I got an email from them as a policy change saying you would actually have to pay for that service instead..

Nothing?! (0)

EvilMonkeySlayer (826044) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910013)

Nothing for you to see here. Please move along.

I beg to differ!

FUCK YOU! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910016)

n/t

more infos @ http://doskir.de.vu (-1, Troll)

doskir (894079) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910017)

more infos @ http://doskir.de.vu/ [doskir.de.vu]

Re:more infos @ http://doskir.de.vu (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910129)

go to that link if you want ads, popups and some stupid mafia site

Hacking Cameras... (4, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910018)

... isn't nothing sacred anymore? The next thing someone will hack will be the Hubble Space Telescope.

Re:Hacking Cameras... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910041)

The preview button should have your name on it.

How the fuck do you expect to troll when your sentences aren't even coherent?

Re:Hacking Cameras... (2, Insightful)

creimer (824291) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910117)

Funny. I didn't think trolls had to be coherent. Beside, if the preview button has my name on it, it should be link to my website [creimer.ws] . :P

and then... (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910130)

...some other dude would read /., get that hacker's tips, and point the Hubble at the Sun, ruining the fun for us all.

I hope not, 'cause NASA would kill me if they heard that I found a classified technique for downloading Hubble images to my CVS camc9waryv8at0 *muffled screaming as shotgun blasts*

Re:Hacking Cameras... (4, Funny)

ari_j (90255) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910213)

... isn't nothing sacred anymore?

Evidently, nothing is sacred anymore. Not even grammatical rules against double negatives in the English language.

Re:Hacking Cameras... (1)

jcuervo (715139) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910768)

"I dropped out of school in the fourth grade and I ain't not no undumber!"

Re:Hacking Cameras... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910489)

If someone does, I want pictures of the first astromers to receive high resolution images of the C322-Goatse.cx black hole.

The question is... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910025)

...do they completely reformat the flash every time one of these is returning for processing. This could become a strange form of voyeurism.

Mod Up (1)

Baricom (763970) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910682)

An excellent question. Even if they do format it, there's still the question if the data is still there. I don't know enough about flash technology, but on magnetic disks a format just overwrites the tracking information, not the data itself.

Regardless of whether they're formatting, I have a feeling they're not doing a security wipe.

XviD codec? (2)

EvilMonkeySlayer (826044) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910034)

I wonder, if these people based their camcorder MPEG-4 encoding using the actual XviD codebase, where's the code? (not sure, but is XviD LGPL or GPL?)
I also wonder if they paid the MPEG-4 licensing fee too. (probably on that one)

Re:XviD codec? (1)

bhtooefr (649901) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910112)

I do believe that it uses a Hitachi microcontroller with an MPEG-4 encoder built in, and I'm sure that Hitachi paid the MPEG-4 licensing fee.

Re:XviD codec? (1)

ziplux (261840) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910145)

XviD is licensed under the GPL. If they link with it at runtime they must provide the code not only for the version of XviD they used, but also for any parts of their application that link with XviD.

The blogging applications of this are endless. (3, Interesting)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910037)

Such cameras will bring a new dimension to bloggery. The extreme portability of these cameras, often smaller than the smallest commercially available MP3 players, will allow people to document their everyday lives in a very visual way. It will take videobloggery to a new dimension: a teatherless webcam, of sorts.

Re:The blogging applications of this are endless. (1)

btgreat (895041) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910062)

Any camera that small has its uses.. I have a feeling a new wave of sextapes is going to flood the internet

Visualbloggery at the next level. (1)

CyricZ (887944) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910081)

Indeed, like I said, this will take videobloggery to the next level. Yes, people will start posting on their blogs videos of themselves performing the sexual rites. That's just part of the liberalization of the youth of America and Europe. This is the technology that'll allow the social changes to bloom.

Re:Visualbloggery at the next level. (1)

Randseed (132501) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910555)

Indeed, like I said, this will take videobloggery to the next level. Yes, people will start posting on their blogs videos of themselves performing the sexual rites. That's just part of the liberalization of the youth of America and Europe. This is the technology that'll allow the social changes to bloom.

Well, more free porn, I guess. We all know there isn't enough of that on the Internet now. :)

Re:Visualbloggery at the next level. (1)

JLF65 (888379) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910737)

Less than the day before with the new rule change on porn here in the states.

Re:The blogging applications of this are endless. (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910088)

What we will need if this is going to occur is a peer review system , so those few brave pioneers with too much time on their hands can wade through the crap and find the pure quality so the rest of us can enjoy the good stuff.
lets call it voging (video web log) or vogoning (in tribute to hitchikers)

Re:The blogging applications of this are endless. (1)

myowntrueself (607117) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910552)

"Made in Scotland from Girders , But im not Irn Bru"

The first time I actually heard a Scotsman say that "Made in Scotland from Girders" my response was "Girdles? Tastes more like its made from used panties!"

(Non Scots/Englanders will have to appreciate the Scottish accent to understand the confusion).

Re:The blogging applications of this are endless. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910595)

;) what i wear under my kilt is my own business :S oops you were joking um ignore my last statement and don't look at my underwear *Whistle*.
Fcat

They already do (1)

oliverthered (187439) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910208)

it's called happy slap

"a new craze amongst London youths: slapping random commuters in the face and filming the result on mobile phones with video cameras. The resulting 'Happy Slap TV' clips are then shared amongst friends (via MMS?), causing much hilarity."

ahh, the children of the children of thatcher.

Re:They already do (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910225)

;) thatcher ruled from 1979-1990 , so there is a fair chance these are the children of thatcher still.
I myself shall never forgive the women for stealing my school milk , not to mention the poll-tax , the coal miners thing or most of her carrier .
but these are still most likely the children of thatcher , but could also be the children of the children of thatcher and the children of thatcher.

Re:They already do (1)

oliverthered (187439) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910265)

I figure that there parents didn't make it much past the age of 13 before they conceived.

Re:They already do (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910643)

Betcha they wouldn't be doing that too much once one of them got blasted by someone carrying a legal concealed weapon, or perhaps eviscerated by some ninja in a business suit. Never know when one of them will flip out.

It'd serve 'em right, too.

Re:They already do (1)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910691)

Never mind weapons. A couple hundred pounds of pissed-off guy should do it.

Re:The blogging applications of this are endless. (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910209)

That'll go well with the new iSophagus [sluggy.com] .

Re:The blogging applications of this are endless. (2, Interesting)

xmod2 (314264) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910244)

My cell phone takes 30s grainy videos that I can upload to the web or email, as long as I have service. Seems a little more tetherless than having to find an internet capable box to post from.

Re:The blogging applications of this are endless. (2, Insightful)

nonymous Covvard (889283) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910583)

Because blogs aren't gay enough already.

Really, I don't care that the bitch at McDonalds gave you attitude, or how your day at work went, or your opinion on anything. And I definitely don't want to see the video.

The few blogs I can think of that are marginally useful (like http://www.artima.com/weblogs/index.jsp [artima.com] >Artima.com ) wouldn't benefit from video anyway.

Blogs are like personal webpages 10 years ago. For a little while, everyone had one. Then they realized other than 2 or 3 of their friends, nobody cared. I give blogs about a year before all the bloggers realize that the vast majority of people still don't care.

I just wish it'd hurry up and die. If I see another fucked up word like "videobloggery" I'm going to scream.

Re:The blogging applications of this are endless. (2, Funny)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910875)

Because blogs aren't gay enough already.

No kidding. I mean, I came across this one blog once that was just a whole ton of dorks sitting around talking about "penguins" (must be code for something) and "hacking" things...What a bunch of losers...

Article Text (4, Informative)

MooseGuy529 (578473) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910054)

Disposable Digital Camcorder Interfacing

Pure Digital's Single Use Camcorder for CVS

[PureDigital CVS camcorder]

Introduction
This web page is a little raw because I just got the camera and I'm leaving on a trip soon. So, I'll be brief and hopefully informative.

If you're not familiar with the camera, here is a good review.

Disassembly
Here's a photo gallery of the disassembly of my unit.

Similar in constructioon to the PV2, this unit is rugged and can be easily recycled.

Preliminary Analysis
Others found that pressing the Record and Delete buttons while turning on the camera yields a special diagnostic page. Mine said:

FW-VERSION: 03.40
CAMERA ID:
6B7051xxxxxx
PCB VER: B2

FLASH Memory Analysis NEW
I was able to get my videos out of the camera and onto my home computer by removing the 128MB flash memory chip and putting it into my home-built flash reader. I originally built the system for the PV2 camera -- here's some more info on it. The only modification I had to make was for the increased memory size of the new part. The reader is nothing special -- just a cheaper (and slower) version of comercially available units.

I've placed my analysis of the camcorder's flash memory on its own page. That page also has sample videos I have recovered from my camera.

Resources
The most current discussion that I follow is on the Camera Hacking message board. There is also discussion on Dakota PV2 discussion board.

contact me: my email address is my first name (john) at my last name (maushammer) dot com.

Is this legal? Yes.
Info on the original most recent still disposable digital camera
other systems I've played with
visit my homepage

Re:Article Text (1)

Skynyrd (25155) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910467)

This web page is a little raw because I just got the camera and I'm leaving on a trip soon. So, I'll be brief and hopefully informative.

Yes it was brief.

Server's down.

Oh, the humanity. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910074)

Is it really too much to ask that people know when to use JPEG and when to use PNG? The person behind this article ought to know, but... I mean, just look at it [maushammer.com] , it's the Screenshot From Hell.

Re:Oh, the humanity. (5, Interesting)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910156)

I figured someone would criticize me. You're seeing low-res version for slashdot - sorry, bandwidth trumps aesthetics today. Tomorrow the pretty pictures will go back up.

Check the file sizes:
-rw-r--r-- 38000 Jun 24 21:09 PICT0001-info.png
-rw-r--r-- 13343 Jun 25 12:36 PICT0001-info.jpg
-rw-r--r-- 10958 Jun 25 12:38 camcorder-icon-full.jpg
-rw-r--r-- 2334 Jun 25 12:38 camcorder-icon.jpg
-rw-r----- 4547 Jun 25 13:02 index.html
-rw-r----- 23960 Jun 25 13:25 flash.html

My low-res pictures are 13k vs 38k, and 2.3k vs 11k. Overall, loading flash.html is 40k instead of 73k. That means (roughly) 80% more visitors for the same bandwidth!

I also tried GIF and TIFF - they were pretty close in size to the original PNG.

Re:Oh, the humanity. (1)

Automattik (895047) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910178)

Makes all the difference in everyone seeing it.......or not. Actually most people would have never thought to preserve bandwidth like that. As I predicted last night, you made /. quickly.

Re:Oh, the humanity. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910187)

>You're seeing low-res version for slashdot

Yeah, I'm seeing an ugly "low res" version for no good reason at all, that's what I'm seeing.

The only reason the PNG would be larger than the JPEG is if you're doing it wrong (for instance, not paletting the image where it wouldn't make a visible difference, or getting it dithered somewhere on the way to PNG by mistake, etc)

Oh, poor baby has to look at a bit of grain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910266)

Not everyone has time to bother with that shit. Stop your bitching.

Re:Oh, the humanity. (1)

morcheeba (260908) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910281)

Ha ha! Ok, you've shamed me into it! I reduced the palette to 32 colors and posted it as a png. It looks a lot better, thanks. [maushammer.com] It's also only 7628 bytes.

Apple had a lot of decoration in the window - antialiasing, plus textured background, plus multi-colored candy buttons that ate up colors. Normally I would have thought PNG would have been better, but guis are getting more picturesque all the time.

Re:Oh, the humanity. (1)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910329)

That's awesome. I wish people's complaints to Congress would get solved this quickly.

Re:Oh, the humanity. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910389)

Great! Now everyone's happy.

Yeah, it's only going to get worse too, soon we'll have pixel-shaders 'animating' our GUIs :-\

Re:Oh, the humanity. (1)

Adult film producer (866485) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910549)

love the nickname, just heard them on the local NPR station (live session, recorded a few years ago I think.) Think they were doing a song called Sao Paulo.. awsome stuff, she's got one hell of a voice.

anti-slash congratulates alan thicke (0, Offtopic)

10110100 (891439) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910079)

--
ALAN THICKE WEDS

US TV

LATEST: Beloved US TV dad ALAN THICKE married for the third time at the weekend (07MAY05) when he exchanged vows with 30-year-old TANYA CALLAU.

The former GROWING PAINS star, 58, and his new bride were married in a beach ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, northern Mexico.

The bride, groom and ushers all wore white, while Thicke's wedding band was the same one he wore on TV hit Growing Pains.

He explains, "My ring wasn't engraved on time."

Thicke's pop star son ROBIN performed at the reception.
--

Anti-slash salutes you! [anti-slash.org]

Max Zoran and Mayday are gonna get ya! (2, Funny)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910107)

Zoran Corporation
COACH
COACHWare 1.0
2002:01:13 12:06:00


Better call in 007 for protection on this one!

Re:Max Zoran and Mayday are gonna get ya! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910136)

Zorin Enterprises actually. I have an employee t-shirt. green on white of course

Interesting.. (3, Funny)

Thomas DM (895043) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910123)

This will finally enable you to create your own cheap sextapes, without the chance that some curious CVS employee(s) will see your work..

Re:Interesting.. (5, Funny)

jackcarter (884148) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910314)

This will finally enable you to create your own cheap sextapes, without the chance that some curious CVS employee(s) will see your work..

And the fact that it only works for 30 seconds is perfect for Slashdot users!

Re:Interesting.. (2, Funny)

Thomas DM (895043) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910355)

It's 20 minutes - just enough for the foreplay ;)

Re:Interesting.. (1)

mmkkbb (816035) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910375)

OK, you're the second person I've seen say this. Where do you get "30 seconds"? That isn't mentioned in the article or in the summary. Perhaps you are misinterpreting 30fps?

Re:Interesting.. (1)

jackcarter (884148) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910421)

Oops. I remembered 30 seconds from the last /. article on this.

link has been (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910158)

slashdotted

On Sale in two weeks (4, Informative)

Cow4263 (312716) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910210)

As a current CVS employee, I can tell you that these camcorders and their digital camera like brethren are going on sale the week of July 4th. They are going to be 19.99 but you get $10 in "ExtraBucks" back. As the ad flyer says, "Its like paying $9.99".

The ExtraBucks print from the register 2 days after the qualifiying purchase and although you do need your own ExtraCare card, the information you provide can be as false as possible. ExtraBucks are good on anything in the store excluding tobacco, alcohol and prescriptions.

Re:On Sale in two weeks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910334)

I dont think this was offtopic.

Re:On Sale in two weeks (2, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910386)

ExtraBucks are good on anything in the store excluding tobacco, alcohol and prescriptions.

But that doesn't leave anything! Hmmm .. wait, chocolate!

Re:On Sale in two weeks (1)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910900)

Lubricant and condoms.

Re:On Sale in two weeks (1)

Reaperducer (871695) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910846)

although you do need your own ExtraCare card

Do I really, or can I use the cashier's? Yesterday at CVS I told the checkout guy that the dog ate my card, and he just scanned his.

Good thing this person isn't in high school (4, Funny)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910223)

He might have gotten charged with a felony.

Re:Good thing this person isn't in high school (1)

m50d (797211) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910518)

That comment is made infinitely funnier by your sig

Re:Good thing this person isn't in high school (1)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910577)

In case you don't know, that's a quote [slashnet.org] from hemos, followed shortly by CmdrTaco saying "I wish people wouldn't steal."

Light, breakable cameras (4, Informative)

Council (514577) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910247)

A use for hacking disposable cameras: They're disposable. That is, they're cheap enough that if you break them, you haven't lost much. That's useful for this kind of thing:

http://www.xkcd.com/kite/ [xkcd.com]

I was so confident of my engineering skill and my insistence on multiple safety measures that I sent my nice, $150 digital camera up the kite line. It worked for a few hours after the 70-foot fall, but hasn't since.

Re:Light, breakable cameras (1)

Quarters (18322) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910308)

A use for hacking disposable cameras: They're disposable. That is, they're cheap enough that if you break them, you haven't lost much.

A good use for redundant statements: They're redundant. That is, if you say the same thing two or three different ways, they still all convey the same message.

Re:Light, breakable cameras (2, Funny)

Council (514577) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910333)

I couldn't have said it better three times myself.

Re:Light, breakable cameras (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910415)

A good use for redundant statements: They're redundant. That is, if you say the same thing two or three different ways, they still all convey the same message.

Green Hills, oh irony! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910313)

From TFA:
And there are plenty of strings!

Here are some clues about tools used to build the project:

Copyright (c) 1996-2001 Express Logic Inc. * ThreadX LX4180/Green Hills Version G4.0.4.0 *
G-GB-GL-M-D-DL-KML-CMR-HMR-ML2-GZ-KH2-CM-RP-TC- NH- TD-AP-HA-GF-DD-AT-MF-MS-DW-USA-CA-SD-SDSU

Copyright (c) 1996-2004 Express Logic Inc. * FileX LX4180/Green Hills Version G3.1a.3.1a *


I find ironical that the reverse engineered firmware was built using tools from the same Green Hills Software [ghs.com] that spread that FUD [ghs.com] about Linux not so long ago.

Prepositions are your friends (1)

edittard (805475) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910318)

someone shipping him one FedEx
That's nothing, last week somebody shipped me two UPSs. What's more, they shipped them by FedEX, how funny is that? At least as funny as timothy's concept of English grammar, it seems.

WTF is CVS? (4, Informative)

mike.newton (67123) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910371)

Sure I could Google it, but my point is that I don't know what CVS cameras are, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. An explanatory link like this one [cnn.com] would be nice.

For the rest of us, CVS is a chain of pharmacies, they're selling a small, locked, one-time use digital video camera for $30 and charging $13 to get the data off it and onto DVD.

Re:WTF is CVS? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910473)

They're for taking CVS snapshots.

Re:WTF is CVS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910526)

Thank God someone finally said it.

Re:WTF is CVS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910710)

original message follows this WTF comment:
"Slashdot requires you to wait between each successful posting of a comment to allow everyone a fair chance at posting a comment.

It's been 6 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment"

WHAT THE FUCK?
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original message:
i dont know about the person who submitted this article but maybe, if hes like me, he forgets not everyone knows what CVS is

ive been going to CVS since i was a child, it's all we have

it wasnt until a few years ago when id see commercials that i found out what a walgreens is (even though we dont have any), and theres some other big pharmacy chain ive never heard of but its mentioned in a prank call at blackout.com

Re:WTF is CVS? (1)

kosmicki (770049) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910923)

Walgreens had $37 billion in sales last year, and opened 436 new stores. Currently they have 4,805 locations. Founded in 1901. Sorta suprised you had not heard of them. They are pretty big.

CVS sucks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910531)

CVS sucks hardcore.

Worked at one for nine months. Made me never want to work at a pharmacy.

Think about it. Why do most people come to CVS? To pick up their medication and/or their make-up.

In short, most people who shop at CVS are middle-aged nutcase mothers who have nothing better to do than argue with me for 30 minutes on an expired 30 cent coupon she feels she's entitled to use.

Re:CVS sucks (-1, Offtopic)

MrP- (45616) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910598)

what about the people who get medication? whenever i go there its usually because im sick (or to get a card for someone, which makes me sick)

everyone there is dripping/sneezing/coughing/dying

did you get sick a lot during those 9 months?

Re:CVS sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910761)

how is that a troll? it's a serious question

im recently unemployed and theres a cvs nearby and if, for some strange reason, employees dont get sick there, i may apply

jesus christ i should start metamodding

Site is slowing... here's a Coral Link (2, Informative)

WoTG (610710) | more than 9 years ago | (#12910534)

Link [nyud.net]
Hmm... I'm really starting to like Coral.

Re:Site is slowing... here's a Coral Link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910592)

I would like Coral mirrors too.. cept all my /. reading as work and 8090 isn't getting out of this firewall.

Site seems slashdotted, Here's the article text... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12910565)

fucking lameness filter wont let me post it, fine fuck you, heres some random shit i was trying to use to defeat the filter but it failed but i might as well post it anyway,assholes!!

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