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OMG WIRELESS EXTENSION CORDS!!! LOL!!!

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the now-thats-what-i'm-talking-about dept.

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True ChAoS writes "Using the latest in microwave energy transmission technology, the Wireless Extension Cords (WECs) 'beam' power right where you need it. Broadcasting in the 7.2GHz range, the WECs will not interfere with wireless networks, phones, or Bluetooth components. Be sure to heed all the warnings in the instruction manual; the microwaves used are relatively safe, but you don't want to cook your computer (or coworkers) by mistake." ThinkGeek is also owned by OSTG.

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Nigger (0, Flamebait)

TheSpoogeAwards (589343) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039441)

I don't get it is this a troll article or something?

Re:Nigger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039603)

Indeed, my good chum. Best we go elsewhere, as the editors apparently think today is April 1st.

If you think today is April 1st, chances are I don't much care for you as a person.

Now, had it actually been April 1st, I would have been more touched by the slightly creative april fools pranks. Well, Not that touched. This is weak. Where's the panicking fanbase? A shame, really.

Re:Nigger (1)

MikeFM (12491) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039736)

I was a bit annoyed because I wanted to buy those wireless extension cords. Damn them!

1Up Mushroom (1)

StingRay02 (640085) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039756)

Never mind the wireless extension cords, I wanted the 1Up Mushroom. I nearly tried ordering one, but it was actually the wireless extension cords that gave the joke away.

Re:Nigger (1)

zodiaccat (897450) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039751)

Mind you, it's April 1 in Europe, I think.

Re:Nigger (0, Flamebait)

BinLadenMyHero (688544) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039793)

1. The thinkgeek stuff is april fools of the thinkgeek part.
2. The OMG!!! LOL!!!! stuff is, along with the pink color, part of the april fools joke from the last "article".

OMG!!! (3, Insightful)

iced_773 (857608) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039448)


GURLZ HAVE INVADED TACO'S BRAIN!!!

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

Nice to see the lameness filter is still normal.

Re:OMG!!! (1)

chrisatoremus (956200) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039503)

a whole day of bad jokes...oh dear...

you have me worried that flowers will sprout out of my compy.

Re:OMG!!! (0)

Cpt_Kirks (37296) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039676)

Yeah, fuck me, but they really jumped the gun.

Later, see ya'll Sunday...

Re:OMG!!! (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039690)

They must have been going out tonight, it is Friday! But WTF Pink, I can't even read the front page. It hurts my eyes.

Re:OMG!!! (1)

G)-(ostly (960826) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039670)

iF THE lAMENEss FILteR Is STill aroUNd, hOW do You EXPLain THe facT ThaT thEY'rE sTILl pOStIng apRIl fOOlS STOries?

Re:OMG!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039832)

HAVE YOU EVER READ A GIRL'S EMAIL?!?! 90% OF WHAT THEY WRITE IS IN CAPS!!! It's FABULOUS!!! OMG!!!
!

*LOVE* the PINK!!

This also just in.. (5, Funny)

jamesjw (213986) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039449)

Flying toasters sighted migrating south for the winter..

Yeah, right... (3, Informative)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039633)

Migrating south... for winter... in April?

Everyone knows toasters migrate north in April!

What do they teach in these schools?

That would be European toasters. (2, Funny)

CFD339 (795926) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039816)

Not African toasters, they could do it.

Re:This also just in.. (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039638)

Rotate the screen 180 degrees: that'll confuse 'em.

Re:This also just in.. (1, Funny)

glass_window (207262) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039640)

This just in: It's not even April Fools Day yet.

Seriously, they couldn't wait a few hours? Now I get to go to bed with nightmares of pink slashdot pages.

Re:This also just in.. (1)

stuffman64 (208233) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039721)

I think they start celebrating when it's 00:00 GMT...

Re:This also just in.. (2, Funny)

sconeu (64226) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039725)

This Just in... it's April 1st in places east of the US.

Re:This also just in.. (1)

Hrodvitnir (101283) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039754)

It's not April Fool's Day where YOU live, you insensitive clod!

Re:This also just in.. (1)

Xymor (943922) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039749)

OMG, they are spreading the Toaster flu.

Old technology (4, Informative)

Rojo^ (78973) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039450)

Bubs' Concession Stand has sold wireless extension cords [homestarrunner.com] for a long time.

Re:Old technology (4, Insightful)

mesach (191869) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039514)

Nikola Tesla tested this out even longer ago. I believe he has prior art.

Re:Old technology (2, Insightful)

smokeslikeapoet (598750) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039594)

Mod this up! Informative. Tesla actually invented radio and thought himself a failure because his intent was to broadcast power. This idea is nearly 100 years old.mi

Re:Old technology (1)

Rojo^ (78973) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039568)

I forgot to mention that Bubs' plugging his Wireless Extension Cords is an easter egg, appearing when you click the right side of Strongbad's screen_savior at the end.

Re:Old technology (1)

TommyBlack (899306) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039583)

Didn't wireless electricity [april-fools.us] come out years ago?

Re:Old technology (0, Redundant)

mesach (191869) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039604)

If you look up Nikola Tesla you will see that it came out over 100 years ago.

Hmmm. (1, Redundant)

Chrispy1000000 the 2 (624021) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039451)

I think this might be an april fools joke.

Re:Hmmm. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039476)

I was about to say the same thing, but I saw this on think geek's site a few days ago, before april fools.

Re:Hmmm. (1)

KWhat4 (939530) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039498)

Its just like the easy bake oven for your drive bay last year.... I was disappointed.

Re:Hmmm. (1)

PenisLands (930247) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039757)

Are you sure?

April Fools (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039452)

April Fools

OMGz LOL (5, Funny)

bmecoli (963615) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039453)

Now I can tranfer all of my My Little Pony MPGs from even further away! OMGOMGOMG i'M SO0OOO EXCITED XDXDXDXD 3

I liked last year's better (0, Offtopic)

winkydink (650484) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039460)

the iCopulate, IIRC. And also, IIRC, it was annouced about 12 times.

Hmm (0, Redundant)

P2PDaemon (723609) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039463)

I think I speak for the majority of /.'ers when I say: ...

This is good! (1)

mikerm19 (809641) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039470)

Finally, you know how long I've always wanted a wireless house? I mean, now I can have my padded walls without those pesky wall sockets getting in the way.

Re:This is good! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039559)

Yeah, well, at least my friend's 3 year old won't be able to pee on the wall sockets any more.

Re:This is good! (2, Funny)

mikerm19 (809641) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039611)

I hope that is just a phase. I'm sorry. I apologize for that horrible joke.

Awesome! (5, Funny)

Hamster Lover (558288) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039473)

Now I can power my Rainbow Brite (tm) oven from across the room without a cord! I can't wait until the court order expires and I can tell all the girls at the elementary school!

Re:Awesome! (1)

danfromsb (965115) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039618)

Get with it man, it's not the 80's anymore! I'm gonna power my life sized my little pony. You can come over if you are cool enough.

Power Rating (1)

iamlucky13 (795185) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039671)

Maybe I missed it, but did anyone see a power rating (at least estimated for a particular distance)? I somehow doubt it will power a Rainbow Bright.

OMG! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039477)

ThinkGeek is also owned by OSTG.

To think I first saw this on digg earlier today... Pink hurts!!!111oneoneoneeleveneleven(10/9)

Re:OMG! (5, Funny)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039616)

Pink hurts!!!111oneoneoneeleveneleven(10/9)

No kidding!!!11onemillionfourtyeightthousandfivehundr edseventyfiveinbinary

-1 Talk to the mod, the user ain't listening (2, Funny)

Dante Shamest (813622) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039486)

I'm modding the article using the new mod options [slashdot.org] .

I mean, there's nothing in it about ponies!!! In fact it sounds more like news for nerds. =(

Re:-1 Talk to the mod, the user ain't listening (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039643)

+1 You GO, Girl!

Just curious (1)

mattmacf (901678) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039492)

Any chance this [slashdot.org] will be compatible?

Re:Just curious (1)

tech_guru5182 (577981) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039844)

Amazingly, yes. This device regenerates the entire signal comming over the power line, so it will work with all forms of BPL, Homeplug, even the phone phone jack extensions that plug into any power outlet.

Seeking LTR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039496)

I've got one window open here and one window open in a chat.

The conversation there is scintillating by comparison.

It's freaking me out, man.

That's hot! (2, Funny)

neo (4625) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039497)

I wonder if I get like fifty of these and point them all at the guy next door that stole my toolbox if I could get ... um... his wife.

I know the perfect place to buy these (2, Informative)

scwizard (941758) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039509)

BUBS' CONCES5ION STAND [imageshack.us] . The number one supplier of wireless extension cords since a few weeks ago or something.

Scared away users (1)

Kuku_monroe (753761) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039511)

Some slashdotters are just afraid of posting anything at this time
I like pink though..

To disable the CSS pink abortion (1, Informative)

linzeal (197905) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039516)

Disable slashdot_fool.css. If I told you how to do that you wouldn't need google or be a geek, so blah!

Re:To disable the CSS pink abortion (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039775)

I dunno, I'm sorta starting to like it.

Sucks (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039520)

I remember back in the day when April Fools news stories were discreet and you had to spend a couple of seconds/minutes looking at them to see whether they were fake or not.

Bring back the old days!

Not to say April Fools day sucks, because everyone thinks they're a comedian.

Re:Sucks (1)

MasterPuppeteer (962029) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039629)

Just be glad they aren't duping last year's stories.

Re:Sucks (1)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039686)

Well, if you want to get technical, it is possible to use microwaves to beam power between two antennas. However, the things they show on that link are not the right shape to do it, nor would they be able to handle the amount of power they're talking about transferring. It would require a fairly high power microwave transmitter, and you'd have to align the two dishes together very precisely. It would also be very inefficient, the transmitter would use a lot more power than you could ever hope to recover at the other end. Also, it would likely be very dangerous to stand in between the dishes, you'd likely receive severe burns. I can actually see this technology being used in orbit...satellites with lots of solar panels "beaming" power to a ground station (in this case the ineffeciency wouldn't matter so much, because the energy you're capturing is "free" from the sun), but the amount of power this would provide would be negligeable compared to what we already generate. You would need an absolutely huge number of satellites and ground stations to make any appreciable amount of power, and the ground area this takes up could be used far more efficiently for other things. Okay, that's enough of a rant there...I agree, when they do stuff like this on Slashdot, they make it WAY too obvious that it's an April Fools joke.

I'm always saddened by April Fools (1)

GuitarNeophyte (636993) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039732)

It actually makes me a little bit sad for the first few posts of April 1st. I tend to be one of those idealistic people that just really want to believe people (until they give me reason not to), and so I hear about all these cool techs and stuff and then, I figure out that they're all not real. *sigh* I used to try that on a friend of mine though -- tell them a bunch of potentially-real-sounding things that turned out not to be true, and then tell them a true-but-not-real-sounding thing, and they'd just sit there, trying to decide whether it was true or not.

Man, when y'all told me (I think it was last year) about those playable two-headed Ogres for WOW, I thought it was so cool... then I figured it out... *sigh*

That whole laughs last==thinks slowest thing and all.

WOW (0, Offtopic)

usafdcc (872586) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039524)

WOW!!!! Is it April Fools already?

NOOOOOOOO!!! (1)

OSDever (792851) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039527)

OH GOD! WHERE WILL IT END!! I'd have more !s. Damn lameness filter...

Here, take some: !,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,!,! (1)

HishamMuhammad (553916) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039542)

You can pay me back next year.

jumping the gun (0)

TheAardvarkSong (868537) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039531)

Aren't you guys jumping the gun for 4/1/2006? Hopefully that is all that is going on here.

Three words: (4, Informative)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039645)

Greenwich. Mean. Time.

Re:Three words: (1)

jibjibjib (889679) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039856)

Three better words:

U (?). T (?). C (?).

yay, woop

btw, i wonder what google will to today?

Missing the point (4, Insightful)

AC-x (735297) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039532)

Is it just me, or has slashdot completely missed the point? Didn't April fools used to be about SUBTLEY making up BELIEVEABLE stories to try and trick people?

This pink color scheme isn't even funny and adding "aprilfools" to the articles is just defeating the point.

April fools used to be about clever wit, not just being as stupid as possible.

At least think geek have the vaguely right idea, tho have perhaps got a bit overexcited and again missed the subtlety part.

Re:Missing the point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039572)

old people pine away about the old days

Re:Missing the point (4, Funny)

Atzanteol (99067) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039605)

I'm just curious, do you look like this [google.com] too? Or just have the up-tight anal personality he has?

Worst. April Fools. Ever!!!! (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039658)

At least, that's what I'm imagining him saying...

Re:Missing the point (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039776)

Rough day at the office huh?

Wardrobe requirements (1)

GaryOlson (737642) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039536)

I suggest implementing protection [drct.com] before installation.

April Fool's and their Money are Soon Parted (1)

Derling Whirvish (636322) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039540)

Wasn't that the old saying? Something like that anyway.

AF!

Tesla did it! (3, Informative)

cyber_rigger (527103) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039547)

Nothing new to see here folks.

Move along.

Re:Tesla did it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039753)

Tesla did it like 100 years ago. So why couldn't get a consumer level wireless extension cord from kmart (wal-mart for the yanks) till now??? WHY WHY OH WHY

oh dear (God|Linus), run and hide everyone! (1)

bigmaddog (184845) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039551)

Sweet Fancy Moses, it's not quite April Fools yet and the internet's going shit-retarded already. Soon Oracle will buy MySQL, Microsoft will aquire Ubuntu, and Theo de Raadt will be seen playing footsies with Steve Jobs at a gay bar in San Francisco. Or something. Why-o-why does the entire internet have to turn into The Onion with such unmitigated predictability each and every year? Waaaaaah.

Re:oh dear (God|Linus), run and hide everyone! (1)

David_W (35680) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039770)

Why-o-why does the entire internet have to turn into The Onion with such unmitigated predictability each and every year?

Uh, because it's the internet, duh. ;)

Are we sure it's meant as an April Fools story? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039565)

Bogus product or not, it's less silly than some of the psuedoscience that regularly makes the cut here.

It's not even April 1 yet... (1)

Angst Badger (8636) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039578)

...but somehow, they've managed to make it annoying already.

Re:It's not even April 1 yet... (1)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039763)

GMT or if you use linux `date -u`

omg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039580)

wow if this isnt a sales pitch riding on the back of SlashDot...... Has Slashdot sold out?

Re:omg (1)

V2-V3 (762961) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039615)

I agree :)

Joy (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039584)

And now after a great start to the big 04/01 with the color scheme and the Hemos bday dupe story the dumb joke stories begin. Come on, you guys, you're more clever than that....don't let this be a dupe of last year's lame April Fools stories.

tags (4, Interesting)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039585)

Could we fix the tags please. I love the April fools stories, but the tags sort of ruin it. I know they are made so we can search but why not use an anagram instead? Something like "Parol's foil", maybe even do a story on how awesome Parol's latest foil is for tin foil hats.

Tomorrow you can switch all the tags for April fools, but today we should make them so blindly obvious we don't need them pointing out to us.

Hopefully the editors will read this and sort it out.

April Fools day articles on Slashdor are teh ghey (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039596)

Had to be said.

In other news... (2, Informative)

rdoger6424 (879843) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039632)

Netcraft is dying- BSD Confirms It!

Study: In Korea, Only The Very Old Use Hanja

Ballmer to Develop! Develop! Develop! Develop! Develop! Develop! Develop! Develop! a new ad campaign

Script Kiddies considered respectable hackers

Putin: In Soviet Russia, April fool YOU!

Slashdot April Fools has lost its appeal. (0, Redundant)

ninja_assault_kitten (883141) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039657)

It was much more fun when you had to think twice about whether or not a posting was an April Fools prank. For the last few years it's been just idiotic.

/. Dig at Digg (1)

Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039659)

How long before a story is posted with the summary "Title says it all!"?

At least they could have faked some action shots.. (2, Interesting)

pennystinker (548132) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039667)

Could you imagine the action shots that could be faked for this thing?

- Pointing the "transmitter" and "receiver" through a fish tank.
- "Cooking" co-workers through cubicle walls
- Powering my microwave with microwaves!
- Seeing how many metal surfaces you could bounce the microwaves off of and still power your Xbox.
- Turning on fluorescent lights in your neighbor's house.

Tag (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039672)

Please tag as "sterilization".

What a day to have mod points (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039714)

I can't even make out the text on half the screen.

Obligatory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039716)

OMG TGS!

http://www.homestarrunner.com/tgsmenu.html [homestarrunner.com]

Dear Slashdot (0, Redundant)

everettpf3 (880595) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039726)

for chrissakes this isn't just obvious; it's fucking lame. the pink burns

OMG, LINUX TORVALDS IS SO CUTE!@!@#!@#)* (3, Funny)

merc (115854) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039730)


*giggle*

[ Reply to This [localhost] ]

Cool! (2, Funny)

Perseid (660451) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039748)

If I get a girl and put her in between two of these things I can make that superherpmutantgirl I've aways wanted. Now all I need is the girl.

...damn.

Very Cool... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039774)

... can we call this technology Wi-Fry?

Disclaimer needed (1)

Toxicgonzo (904975) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039785)

They could have also added a warning to warn users about tripping over the extension cords. I almost died falling down the basement stairs.

BIG PINK /. IS GHEY!!!!! U PHUQRS!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15039798)

cowboy neil likes pink.

PtP or PtMP? (1)

nathana (2525) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039799)

So, one question that the ThinkGeek site does not address is whether or not these units are Point-to-Point only, or if I can have multiple power satellite units talking to the main power access point, all being fed power at the same time?

Point-to-Point, or Point-to-Multipoint?

-- Nathan

P.S. -- Just play along, everybody. Okay?

Neighbour (1)

gazpa (863326) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039829)

Wow! Now we can also steal neighbours power!

OMG!!!! IT KILLED THE KITTEN!!!! (0, Troll)

Tsu Dho Nimh (663417) | more than 8 years ago | (#15039842)

It's like I tried the wireless cords for my blow dryer so I cuold like read ./ (you geeks are like SOOOOOOOOOOO HOT) and my kitten was like playing with the cord when I turned it on and it like EXPLODED THE KITTEN.

IM me, I'm like so bummed about this. My mom's making me clean up the mess and like it wasn't even my fault.

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