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116 comments

Fooling yourself (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566349)

To think we are fooled with this one

Re:Fooling yourself (5, Interesting)

Ticklemonster (736987) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566469)

For just once, I'd like to see the higher brain function kick in and see people run with a gag. Surely there's enough people here at /. that can come up with enough technobabble to really play along with even the most obvious prank and run with it. What a great brain workout it would be to try to come up with enough total hogwash to support some of the gags people come up with on A1.

It takes one brain cell to post that it's a prank, but it takes a host to try and perpetuate the bullshit. And in the spirit of A1, would that not be more fun anyway?

So um yeah, I wonder how they deal with harmonics on long runs of pipe, eh?

Re:Fooling yourself (1)

saboola (655522) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566537)

Thanks!

Re:Fooling yourself (2, Funny)

Burnin' Bush (871724) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566781)

I have just developed a Unix device, using Signetics' "Write Only Memory" chips, which not only collects unwanted bits, but also actually flushes them down the toilet. Simply "pipe" unwanted data to "\dev\toilet" eg: > more foo.txt | toilet. Also, for Mac & PC users, it comes with a more appropriate icon to replace the Trashcan icon - it's the new "Toilet" icon, and with it you can flush those no-longer-needed files down the drain! We are currently in alpha test, and users should beware of one small problem currently being debugged: occasionally, when un-deleting a file (OS-X cmd-Z), the file comes back with a few extra bits of dark matter stuck to it which can stink up your system.

Re:Fooling yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567055)

Ticklemonster? THE Ticklemonster? THE UT legend of BL fame and lore? THE man I tell stories about with children huddled around my feet as smoke rises from my wooden pipe? How's the ubudoobie distro working out for ya bro?

\\//_

Re:Fooling yourself (2, Funny)

fbjon (692006) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567275)

And what about security? Anyone could hijack someone else's sewage pipe to capture the flow traffic. Perhaps you could discourage such practices by sending packets with a particularly evil bit set.

Also, their logo is cool: TiSP [google.com]

Sanitary... (5, Funny)

adamziegler (1082701) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566353)

For years, data carriers have confronted the "last hundred yards" problem for delivering data from local networks into individual homes.
Hmm... suppose this mean I am still going to get shitty service.

Re:Sanitary... (2, Funny)

sgant (178166) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567219)

Now it's LITERALLY a series of "tubes"!

Re:Sanitary... (1)

adamziegler (1082701) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567741)

Wow... I got "first post" with my very first registered account post, on the first of April. Think that is a Slashdot first?

April 1st (5, Insightful)

bcmm (768152) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566355)

Could you mod me up please?

Re:April 1st (2, Informative)

kdemetter (965669) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566839)

i would if i had mod points .

Re:April 1st (1)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567511)

At 3:Insightful that's the most overrated comment ever to appear on /.

Re:April 1st (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18568205)

Oh yeah, people handing out free mod points on April 1st! That's brilliant, and I want in.

Folks, please mod me up. I was careful to post this using the account I post with most often on Slashdot. Thanks in advance. Ta ta!

This could cause a great many plumbing bills... (2, Funny)

Cheerio Boy (82178) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566359)

As hackers attempt to hack Google TiSP into their toilets and install Linux on the public "water treatment servers". ;-)

Re:This could cause a great many plumbing bills... (5, Funny)

linguizic (806996) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566385)

Once you've got Linux on it it won't be to bad. I don't remember that last time I flushed iptables.

Re:This could cause a great many plumbing bills... (5, Funny)

Cheerio Boy (82178) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566417)

Once you've got Linux on it it won't be to bad. I don't remember that last time I flushed iptables.

This could bring a whole new meaning to "buffer overflow exploit". :-)

Re:This could cause a great many plumbing bills... (1)

linguizic (806996) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566455)

Let's just pray that it's 64 bit buffer.

Re:This could cause a great many plumbing bills... (1)

Cheerio Boy (82178) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566557)

Let's just pray that it's 64 bit buffer.


As long as it doesn't allow the dreaded "Goatse Xploit" we'll be fine.

Re:This could cause a great many plumbing bills... (1)

bhtooefr (649901) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566637)

Nah, the Tubgirl exploit would be worse. *shudder*

Re:This could cause a great many plumbing bills... (1)

kaboing (597431) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567519)

I usually just dump the core.

Re:This could cause a great many plumbing bills... (1)

vraddict (653878) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567155)

And I fear the day we have to call in the "plumber" to repair the system.. Geek a$$ crack.

Series of tubes (4, Funny)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566373)

See, the internet really *is* a series of tubes, after all! I know this is an April Fools joke, but that just had to be said. Coincidentally enough, the word I have to type to log in to reply to this message was "blockage".

Re:Series of tubes (1)

Aprile Pazzo (1082687) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566561)

It is not a joke.

Re:Series of tubes (1)

Sancho (17056) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566905)

Sure it isn't. And Gmail wasn't also "launched" on April 1st.

Re:Series of tubes (1)

Aprile Pazzo (1082687) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567129)

Sure it isn't. And Gmail wasn't also "launched" on April 1st.

But MTV was.

Re:Series of tubes (1)

skoaldipper (752281) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567133)

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Al Gore
Al Gore who?
Al gore your blockage from my tubes for a dollar.

We need Digg's ability to mark stories as lame (1)

ip_freely_2000 (577249) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566379)

It'll save time.

Re:We need Digg's ability to mark stories as lame (1)

supremebob (574732) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566473)

What we REALLY need is the ability to post a story with words "Apple iPhone" in the title! That will be guaranteed a bazillion Slashdottit points no matter how bad the story is :)

Fool me once... (4, Insightful)

B5_geek (638928) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566387)

One of these days I will realize that going to _any_ website on April 1st is a complete waste of time.
I hope it happens soon.

Re:Fool me once... (1)

kamapuaa (555446) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566465)

In the meantime I hope you and other keep posting that going to website on April 1st is a waste of time. Really I can't enough of it.

I can imagine the busy exciting life you must normally have on Sundays, where you are incredibly productive and can only afford the 10 seconds it takes to read Slashdot articles when you're assured that it will not, in fact, be a waste of time.

Re:Fool me once... (1)

Akaihiryuu (786040) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566877)

It's not a complete waste of time. It gives me something to do while I'm stuck at work today. It's fun speculating the night before what kinds of jokes will be posted on April Fools. I was mainly curious about what Blizzard would put up...except theirs were kind of lame this year. Tinfoil hat that makes you immune to mind control, an announcement for a "new" game called WHOA that shows doctored Warcraft 3 boxes, unedited Warcraft 3 screenshots, and a description that is Warcraft 3 exactly...they could've been more creative than that. I personally would rather see them implement a "world event" in-game (like with Midsummer Fire Festival), complete with NPC's that play jokes on you and send you on wild goose chases. It'd take more effort than putting up jokes on their website, but it'd be appreciated more I think. Also, amusingly enough, today wowwiki.com is meowwiki.

Groan (4, Funny)

ericrost (1049312) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566389)

Google is trying too hard today.

Previous TISP Beta Tester (4, Funny)

DrLudicrous (607375) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566395)

I've been a beta tester for Google TISP for the last 3 months. Without any reservations, it simply beats the shit out the competition. And it's free! Only caveat- you might have difficulty taking a dump and surfing the net at the same time, unless you have more than one bathroom (I've got 1.5, so no problems).

Re:Previous TISP Beta Tester (1)

Cheerio Boy (82178) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566529)

I've been a beta tester for Google TISP for the last 3 months. Without any reservations, it simply beats the shit out the competition. And it's free! Only caveat- you might have difficulty taking a dump and surfing the net at the same time, unless you have more than one bathroom (I've got 1.5, so no problems).

And I"m sure you've hired support people from the Nation Insurance [youtube.com] call center too... ;-)

Re:Previous TISP Beta Tester (1)

The-Ixian (168184) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566683)

Did you have any problems with the nanobots?

I, unfortunately, did not read the fine print and happened to be dropping the kids off at the pool when my service was hooked up.

On the bright side, my hemroids are a thing of the past.

Re:Previous TISP Beta Tester (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566701)

You have to love the illustration of the PHD in the sewer. I wish I could flush out most of my college professors.

Enough already! (1)

mustafap (452510) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566397)


stop all this nonsense, or I will be forced to turn the tap off

Obligatory (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566409)

INSERT "DOWNLOAD" JOKE HERE

Can I be +5 Redundant? (-1, Redundant)

Bozzio (183974) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566423)

Come on. Come oooooooooooon!!
Please?

MOD THIS POST UP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566425)

It contains relevant information with insightful commentary, and was printed using 100% recycled material. On top of that, the poster is anonymous and has NOTHING to gain from karma whoring. Thank you for your consideration.

And the optimist said... (obligatory) (2, Insightful)

SpzToid (869795) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566429)

Ponies!!! There's just gotta bed pink ponies underneath all that dark fiber.

Re:And the optimist said... (obligatory) (1)

6Yankee (597075) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567063)

If you want to bed pink ponies, that's fine - just don't tell the rest of us.

I love it! (2, Funny)

saskboy (600063) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566433)

I could sit on the Internet all day now!

And even better, my rural home has a toilet, so it ought to get broadband now! I just hope it's septic tank compatible.

Re:I love it! (1)

turbobrat (1040672) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566583)

It didn't work for me so I looked in the FAQ and it doesn't work in septic tanks. I got excited and already flushed my fiber optic so now both my cable and the toilet is broken.

Roto-rooter is going to be busy today.

Re:I love it! (1)

Twomby (812955) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566591)

Apparently, it is not yet ready for septic tanks : http://www.google.com/tisp/faq.html [google.com]

Can I use TiSP if my home uses a septic system?
Sorry, but no -- TiSP requires the use of a central sewer system to connect your home to the Internet.

Guess you're gonna have to stick with dial-up.

Re:I love it! (1)

saskboy (600063) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566621)

"Guess you're gonna have to stick with dial-up."

SHIT!

Pinkdot.org (4, Insightful)

lolocaust (871165) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566439)

We need to have the pink slashdot theme back, even as an option. OMG ponies!!

Re:Pinkdot.org (1)

celardore (844933) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566833)

You could always install the Slashdotter extension for FireFox. You could even go wild and set your theme to OMGPonies every single day!

Wireless? (1)

Guanix (16477) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566445)

How does this count as wireless? You have to stick a wire down your toilet...

Re:Wireless? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566517)

Can't a wire down the toilet cause the system to crap out ?

Re:Wireless? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566595)

Maybe sticking the head will do...

Re:Wireless? (1)

Crudely_Indecent (739699) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566597)

You see, fibre isn't wire. Wire is used to conduct electrical currents while fibre transmits light. So, technically, it is wireless....although the presence of fibre makes it appear to be wired because of the similarities in appearance of both.

Ok, it's a stretch......I haven't had my coffee yet.

PipeRank - Google's New page ranking algorithm (5, Funny)

robotsrule (805458) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566449)

Along with the plumbing connection, Google has added a new web page ranking system called PipeRank. Where as Google's original PageRank algorithm worked to boost pages to the top of their search engine results, PipeRank penalizes pages. PipeRank is measured by counting the number of people that flush the toilet while visiting a web site equipped with Google's plumbing based wi-fi system. Using Google Toolbar enabled laptops as they sit perched on the throne, Google has announced that this is their best new weapon in preventing crap on the Internet from affecting their search results.

Re:PipeRank - Google's New page ranking algorithm (1)

narad (800373) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567737)

It's not called piperank, it called TiSR (Toilet in service Ranking)

Google's April 1st tale? (1)

itz2000 (1027660) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566453)

Do you remember 2 years ago, April 1st, 2004.
Google had announced that they will offer 1GB email, and the size will continue to increase? You've probably forgotten, and you might even didn't believe them... 1GB e-mail, for free?! and it's April 1st, it had to be a joke.
Now, after we actually know it was real, and most of us hold a gmail account, we believe it was real.
Today, April 1st, they have announced this, and you know what? I believe them, maybe it's a little bit different, it's not in our plumbings \ whatever, but I believe it exists and I'd more then happy to use that service!

Google, once again, had shown that they are taking care of the man-kind, or atleast, we, the nerds, in the human population.

Happy April's 1st day

Re:Google's April 1st tale? (1)

Peyna (14792) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566527)

Gmail being announced on April 1st was a coincidence more than anything, and it was much more believeable and not written as an obvious joke like this and other Google April Fool's jokes.

Re:Google's April 1st tale? (1)

Rakishi (759894) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567967)

Google free internet already exists, granted only in Mountain View but it is free wireless that covers almost the whole place.

Re:Google's April 1st tale? (1)

kasperd (592156) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568197)

Do you remember 2 years ago, April 1st, 2004.
No, I can't say I remember that. I do however remember April 1st 2004 three years ago.

Does this mean... (1)

mysqlbytes (908737) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566463)

Google is going down the toilet?

People will fall for this (1)

CTYI_Student (1039478) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566485)

People will fall for this - I mean it. I got my friend to believe this, he was about to "order". He really thought it was true. You should try tricking your friends with google's april fools jokes it is great fun. - Oh no, linux wont run on my toilet!

april fools (1)

easyEmu (977903) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566487)

This is one of the most gross April Fool's jokes ever; like a person is really going to take poops with this wire coming out of their toilet.

Re:april fools (1)

DaveM753 (844913) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566653)

Hmmmm...maybe you could subnet through your shower.

No?

Re:april fools (1)

easyEmu (977903) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566885)

:) You may be on to something there!

Back door hackers? (1)

mtmra70 (964928) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566505)

I for one am worried about geting hacked from the back door!!!!

yah right... (1)

mysqlbytes (908737) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566511)

Flush the cable... hmmm... yeah right... Has they gone and employed sewer rats now to hook up the cable? Hmmm, are they monitoring everyone that uses this service, cause I 'cat /var/log/dump > /dev/toilet/'

And one more service (1)

Movi (1005625) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566543)

I actually RTFA and noticed that you have to install the Google Toolbar for it to work. This probably means sooner or later i will have to view Google ShitAds for the service to work. Also, it doesnt run on Linux (Linus doesn't accept binary-poop in the kernel) or on a Mac (Macs are too clean shiny and the Google ShitAds just slide off. Those that don't take shitload of work to scrub off)

aw crap (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566569)

So now on top of the alphabet soup of computerese technobabble, we gotta add plumbers jargon, too?

I bet there's seventeen different ways to say "shit" in plumberese...

What a waste? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18566617)

Productive Google engineers wasting their time to prepare such cra^Wjokes? See where my AdWords money goes.

Damn... (2, Funny)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566647)

I'm on septic

Installing procedure (1)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566655)

I take it this is a bog standard installation procedure?

Effects on Avian Carriers (1)

slashbob22 (918040) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566691)

Google TiSP sounds amazing. I am curious though as to the impact on RFC 1149 [ietf.org] - A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers.

I realize that these pigeons could travel down the tubes, but this could create severe blockages of their own. The only benefit I can see is that the pigeon would die in a gaseous environment which could signal a pending DoS attack - or depending how far the infrastructure a Distributed DoS (DDoS) attack.

Groggy on a Sunday morning... (1)

Brad1138 (590148) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566695)

Just woke up, a bit groggy, and I see free wireless broadband! I am stuck with crappy (no pun intended) satellite [wildblue.com] broadband and was very exited about an alternative. Oh well will keep waiting for Clearwire [clearwire.com] .

No Mac/Linux Support (1)

frankmu (68782) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566725)

Those bastards! No mac or linux support as usual.

Oatmeal (3, Funny)

tinrobot (314936) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566739)

If you eat oatmeal the day before, you'll have all the dark fiber you'll need.

Does this use TP/IP networking? (1)

colin_s_guthrie (929758) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566769)

I wonder if I can run VoTP applications?

Re: it's IP/TP, not TP/IP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567291)

It's IP over toilet paper, which is only slightly less reliable than IP over avian carrier. Sometimes the packets get constipated and you end up with a shitty link.

Now I get it - (3, Funny)

schlumff (942706) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566779)

That's why they bought YouTube !

BMG Inspired? (1)

strredwolf (532) | more than 7 years ago | (#18566949)

I heard that the Blue Man Group was the first to examine the built-in network of modern plumbing. It looks like Google was intrested in building apon the idea.

I feel the bubble is rising (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567149)

Seriously say the bubble did say burst, where would we be without google?

do not believe anything you read today (1)

gelfling (6534) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567175)

April 1

Obligatory Remark (2, Insightful)

avirrey (972127) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567177)

Brings new meaning to the phrase, "You have got to be sh*tting me!"

~A
X's and O's for all of my foes.

And no doubt they'll be changing their name to: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567181)

LOOgle?

Doncha just LURVE April 1st?

Talk about a shitty service.... (1)

yokem_55 (575428) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567205)

I'd hate to find out what happens when you try to upload too much....

love the faq (2, Funny)

farker haiku (883529) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567233)

Why is TiSP in beta?
When things go wrong with TiSP, they go very, very wrong. Let's leave it at that.


Priceless.

Don't forget about GMail Paper (2, Funny)

neuro.slug (628600) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567273)

Wireless internet is great and all, but GMail Paper [google.com] promises to revolutionize the way we store email.

Hmmm, trunking? (2, Insightful)

ddusza (775603) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567311)

Ok, so since my place has two toilets (data interfaces), does this mean I can use a Cisco 72xx or higher series router to double my throughput with trunking? Hmmmm, must start looking on eBay.... Does it reboot the connection when the data interface is flushed?

the only place to do - (1)

lyberth (319170) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567331)

This is the only right place to do a core dump.

And In Other News (-1, Redundant)

coyote4til7 (189857) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567355)

And in other news readers notice that (once again) every Slashdot posting on 4/1 is an April Fool's joke. Since April Fool's jokes arn't funny when you see them coming, no one is fooled. Commander Taco continues to laugh.

It's the little details! (1)

Chalex (71702) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567387)

From the FAQ: "Google TiSP ensures reliable throughput through the power of fiber, which has been proven through extensive research to effectively facilitate consistent data flow with minimal latency."

Brilliant!

Doesn't work with septic tanks? (1)

ElvisGump (1018396) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567693)

Why is Google anti-septic?

No Linux/Mac suport yet.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18567699)

From the http://www.google.com/tisp/faq.html [google.com] :
What are the system requirements?

        Windows XP/Vista (Mac and Linux support coming soon)

Damn...

water modem (1)

C0vardeAn0nim0 (232451) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567835)

http://br.geocities.com/francasite/waternet_index. html [geocities.com] (site is in portuguese)

the "water modem" is already an old joke here in the tropics (the website was created in november 2001).

some of the seling points:

- sharing internet connection was possible, as long as every PC had access to a faucet;
- optional "waterwall" to protect your computer
- WaterNet(tm) pressure gauge

and more. it came with 2.000 liters/month (256 kbps), 6.000 liter/month (768 kbps) and 12.000 liters month (1.5 Mbps).

i laughed my ass of the first time i saw it. the worst is that the 1st coworker i showed it to believed the thing was real, to the point of filling the ordering form.

SWEEET (1)

treak007 (985345) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567851)

I've been waiting for Google to do this for forever!

System Requirements? (1)

EvilSurfinCow (763679) | more than 7 years ago | (#18567915)

Dang. No support for WindowsPP. Kind of a shitty deal. Guess I'm out of luck.

The technology behind Google's great results (1)

mv3r!ck (978669) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568129)

The newly introduced Google Tisp Beta must be one that use similar technologies like Google's patented PigeonRank(TM).http://www.google.com/technology/pi geonrank.html [google.com]

Btw: Happy Fool's Day.

Project Teaspoon (1)

Slipgrid (938571) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568249)

Project Teaspoon [blogspot.com]

The only good thing about April fools day (1)

night_flyer (453866) | more than 7 years ago | (#18568339)

this year is it falls on a Sunday... Im off to do some yard work
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