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The Ultimate Reset Button

CowboyNeal posted more than 7 years ago | from the no-not-the-cosmic-nullifier dept.

Hardware Hacking 184

Gary writes "The gigantic red switch looks more like a mushroom straight out of Super Mario. It can be connected easily using two wires and can be activated in any direction. To get rid of the blue screen of death all you have to do is hit it with something (like, a fist)."

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184 comments

Just amazing (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363535)

Wow, this is just amazing....almost rivals the development of the polio vaccine.

Re:Just amazing (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363827)

This is the lamest 'hack' I have ever seen on Slashdot. You can get industrial panel/remote buttons from just about any industrial or electrical supply store. Then you wire up two leads to your reset button.

I can't wait to see what innovative tinkerer's project comes next on Slashdot. Maybe an LED with brightness control?

Re:Just amazing (0, Offtopic)

duguk (589689) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363887)

Maybe an LED with brightness control?


Ok, this is a weird question and completely off-topic but I've been wanting to build one for ages.

A PC controlled LED with brightness control - more than 32 levels please. If someone can come up with a parallel or usb controlled variable brightness LED (without a stepper motor, you cheater) then I'll be your friend! :D

Re:Just amazing (3, Informative)

Petronius.Scribe (1020097) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364075)

Actually they're dead easy to make. Get a digital potentiometer (variable resistor) and connect it as a current source. Hook your LED up to the current source and there you have it. If you want schematics, try this article [elecdesign.com] .

Re:Just amazing (3, Funny)

anethema (99553) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364185)

A stepper motor to control LED brightness?? Stop breathing the solder fumes.

Options. (2, Funny)

mulvane (692631) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363545)

Could I get one of these fashioned as a Colt 45 or other such instrument of death? I gotta tell ya, sometimes just beating the hell out of something doesn't leave you with the cold, hard final satisfaction that you killed something.

Re:Options. (5, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363591)

Your parents must shit themselves every time they hear you coming up the stairs from the basement.

Re:Options. (5, Funny)

mulvane (692631) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363637)

I don't have parents anymore. They had an untimely accident tied to a series of unfortunate events.

Re:Options. (4, Funny)

nine-times (778537) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363813)

whose basement do you live in, then?

Re:Options. (5, Funny)

mulvane (692631) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363845)

I inherited it my current living arrangements.

Re:Options. (5, Funny)

swillden (191260) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364313)

I don't have parents anymore. They had an untimely accident tied to a series of unfortunate events.

Just because they're in the freezer doesn't mean they're not still your parents.

Re:Options. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363761)

Colt 45 or other such instrument of death

Lando would be so insulted.

Re:Options. (1)

Original Replica (908688) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364503)

I don't know about the instrument of death part, but "BSoD? Have beer!" Sounds like a good plan to me.
Lando: Haveing problems with your droid?
Han: No... No problems.

Re:Options. (1)

zodiaccat (897450) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364141)

It shouldn't be too hard. You'd pretty much just rig up the switch to a target, and fire away.

(If you really want to, you could also shape it like an animal/person, and fill it with stage blood.)

Re:Options. (3, Funny)

halcyon1234 (834388) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364461)

Better yet, hook it up to an accelerometer, which is hooked up to a small monitoring CPU. Put the accelerometer into a punching back. Then right it to send a signal once it reaches a certain acceleration (ie: when you hit it long enough).

Then, set the monitor to start a timer once it registers a high enough average acceleration. Set the time for, say, 10 seconds. If you manage to sustain the average acceleration for a long enough time, the monitor will reset the computer for you.

It's not enough to hit something. It's not enough to hit something hard enough. It's only enough to hit something hard enough, repeatedly, for a period of time. Only then will you have worked out your rage. =)

Link? (1)

Southpaw018 (793465) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363551)

It's a button that is used in industry for stopping various machines

Can anyone provide a link to where one can be bought? The blog and linked source blog provide no info, not even a name to Google.

Re:Link? (4, Informative)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363583)

http://www.automationdirect.com/ [automationdirect.com] is one good supplier. This kind of industrial grade hardware is expensive, so eBay might be the best choice. What you want is commonly called a "mushroom head emergency stop pushbutton". If using it for a PC reset switch, you want normally open contacts, whereas most E-stop systems would use normally closed.

In addition (4, Informative)

WillRobinson (159226) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363705)

The common variety of E-Stops are locking, you want the momentary type, as said by poster, with open contacts.

Some links (2, Informative)

WillRobinson (159226) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363737)

Google for momentary e-stop.
But here is one that would do http://www.automationworld.com/view-3183 [automationworld.com] , you can order momentary, locking, with proper contacts. But I agree, ebay would be best for a cheep one. Here is one on ebay with locking key so toddlers don't reset your system http://cgi.ebay.com/E-STOP-MOELLER-RPSR-S-EMERGENC Y-KEY-ENCLOSURE-BOX-NEW_W0QQitemZ300116926899QQihZ 020QQcategoryZ42898QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZVi ewItem [ebay.com]

Re:Some links (1)

Ellis D. Tripp (755736) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363793)

If that Moeller unit is like the other locking Estops I have used, the key doesn't prevent it being PUSHED, but the button won't pop back OUT without the key. I believe that requiring a key in order to activate an E-stop is an OSHA violation. Requiring a key to reset a tripped button is OK, and sometimes helpful in knowing which button was pressed when there are many installed.

Re:Link? (1)

Provocateur (133110) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364343)

I am looking for one that resembles the EMP switch from the original Matrix movie. If it has bugs (like actually bringing the entire electronic grid down in your neighborhood), I wouldn't mind paying it at half price.
 

Re:Link? (1)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363771)

Google images using:
emergency button

That will give you plenty of "cute" options.

Re:Link? (0, Troll)

Tickletaint (1088359) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363881)

ACs are modded -6. I don't read you, I don't mod you, I don't see you. Don't like it? Don't be a coward.
Yeah, because Slashdot usernames are so much less anonymous. :-P

Not to mention, if you don't want to be exposed to anything but common wisdom and orthodoxy, I hear there's an opening at the White House...

RadioHack (1)

notanatheist (581086) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364103)

RadioShack has some nifty "big buttons" you can buy. I found a lovely large green one there that I modded a case to use it as the power button. They also have quite the selection of smaller momentary switches in case you want something a little more child resistant. Personally, I prefer the lighted bulgin vandal switches from frozencpu.com.

Re:Link? (1)

Southpaw018 (793465) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364371)

Rather than posting individual replies, thank you, everyone. I'll look around :)

Yet another excuse... (4, Funny)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363567)

... to buy Windows! ;)

Page was /.'d, or perhaps they used the button on their webserver?

Re:Yet another excuse... (4, Insightful)

Brandybuck (704397) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364251)

Nah. Just run Linux with the fglrx driver...

Unix guys prefer... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363571)

Thats for Windows users. Unix guys would rather like to have a pedal under their desk that is mapped to Escape. Imaging how much fun vi could be...

Re:Unix guys prefer... (2, Interesting)

mulvane (692631) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363585)

If I could get one pedal for escape and another for ":", I think vi could rival most anything for speed.

Re:Unix guys prefer... (1)

duck0 (1073338) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363651)

Brake, clutch, now you just need enter for the gas pedal.

Re:Unix guys prefer... (2, Funny)

Rakshasa Taisab (244699) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364021)

Well, he did place the button at a perfect position for a good head slam.

Re:Unix guys prefer... (2)

Nimey (114278) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364499)

Heeeyy... get one of those rudder-pedal or car-pedal sets and rig it up for Emacs. No! Even better -- jigger up an old pipe organ console for Emacs.

As to the amount of fun: I remember reading back in the old days of foot-powered sewing machines, a woman who positioned herself just so could be masturbating just from the movements of her leg. So yes, your idea with the pedal *could* be fun for geek girls. :-)

Already down (1)

ushering05401 (1086795) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363577)

That site stayed up all of what... two minutes? There has to be a better way.

Re:Already down (4, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363649)

The webmaster is checking out his new button.

Wow. (0, Flamebait)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363581)

Is this the most blatant slashvertisement we've had yet?

Re:Wow. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363631)

Considering there's no link to buy the thing and no specific manufacturer mentioned: no.

This is just some guy(or girl) who decided to use an emergency push-button in what they thought was a novel and funny way. You're free to say it's an advertisement for emergency push-buttons in general, of course, but that would be pretty silly.

Re:Wow. (1)

kie (30381) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363693)

well they may not be providing details for purchasing but they have certainly
identified the target market...

from the article,
> The best part is when you have lost your cool with the blue screen of death,
> just hit the button with your fist to reboot.

Awesome! (1)

perlhacker14 (1056902) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363599)

I hope this can be installed on any computer! Just think, rather than coming to the network admin to take out their frustration, the users could take it out on the reset button. So much less trouble for the rest of us, with an easy frustration reliever and simple reset. Awesome!

Re:Awesome! (4, Funny)

ktappe (747125) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364129)

I hope this can be installed on any computer! Just think, rather than coming to the network admin to take out their frustration, the users could take it out on the reset button.
Nooooo!

I don't know about you, but a notable portion of my day is spent responding to users' woes with "Did you try rebooting?" If users learn to reboot their own computers, that would cut the need for us admins in half. This button thingie will lead to mass unemployment. It's evil! Kill it! Kill it!

Other uses (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363611)

TFA is slashdotted.

Can I rig it as a USB device that restarts or clears firefox cache when memory consumption exceeds 600MB?

the ultimate? (4, Funny)

ArcSecond (534786) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363613)

You ever wonder if servers have thoughts and feelings? Sometimes I think it is cruel the things Slashdot does to them.

Reset button indeed. More like LITTLE BLUE LINK OF DEATH.

Re:the ultimate? (1)

mulvane (692631) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363659)

I fear the possibility my servers can think and have feelings. My must think I am the most sex depraved individual person on the face of the planet with a tendency towards violence to undressed women.. Geez!! I hope it doesn't get smart enough to learn how to phone someone for help.

Re:the ultimate? (1)

LoudMusic (199347) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364159)

Reset button indeed. More like LITTLE BLUE LINK OF DEATH.
It's green on my screen, YOU INSENSITIVE CLOD!

Slashdotted in Record Time (1)

DrRevotron (994894) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363615)

Only 6 comments in and the page has already been /.ed. Go team!

As always, Mirrordot (4, Informative)

Necroman (61604) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363629)

Since the website is already starting to die:
http://mirrordot.com/stories/32d28c3271b0bc44f0124 8f67896ca8f/index.html [mirrordot.com]

Re:As always, Mirrordot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363671)

Woohoo Necroman! I can actually see the link.

methinks mirrordot should be included in all links to prevent server carnage

Re:As always, Mirrordot (1)

froggero1 (848930) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363723)

methinks mirrordot should be included in all links to prevent server carnage

Sounds like you want the slashdotter [mozilla.org] extension for firefox.

Re:As always, Mirrordot (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363971)

Because, of course, a Firefox extension that only a few slashdotter use is MUCH BETTER than actually modifying Slashdot so that ALL links use mirrordot in order to prevent actual slashdotting of web servers world-wide.

Re:As always, Mirrordot (1)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364389)

Mirrordot isn't a Firefox extension, although I have no doubt there is one available. I use IE and can view mirrordot just fine... get it right.

WHACK-A-MOLE (5, Funny)

no_pets (881013) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363639)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these.

Re:WHACK-A-MOLE (1)

mulvane (692631) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363707)

Imagine the uptime of said computer with a beowulf cluster of these attached.

Re:WHACK-A-MOLE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363717)

The perfect solution to a Windows NOC.

in soviet russia..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363663)

giant mushroom punches YOU!!!!

Bad Idea if... (1)

Wicko (977078) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363681)

... you or someone living with you has that urge to press big shiny buttons.

Funny but stupid (1, Insightful)

phasm42 (588479) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363689)

To get rid of the blue screen of death all you have to do is hit it with something (like, a fist).
Or... you could just fix the problem. Really, a hard reset will only fuck things up in the long run.

Re:Funny but stupid (1)

Wicko (977078) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363715)

Fixing problems are overrated. It's become standard practice to just ignore them.

Re:Funny but stupid (1)

Compholio (770966) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363841)

Fixing problems are overrated. It's become standard practice to just ignore them.
Be careful, people might start confusing you for a doctor.

Re:Funny but stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363831)

Or... you could just fix the problem. Really, a hard reset will only fuck things up in the long run.

My problem is a fucking bluescreen of death. A hard reset seems to fix it just fine. Do you have a suggestion for dealing with a BSOD that doesn't involve resetting?

Re:Funny but stupid (2, Interesting)

duguk (589689) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363905)

Do you have a suggestion for dealing with a BSOD that doesn't involve resetting?
Linux?

Ok ok! I joke!

Or you could find out how to automatically reboot on blue screen of death [wintipz.com] .

Kernel Memory Space Analyser (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364261)

Can sometimes put you onto the component that caused the BSOD. (It looks at the dump, that must be turned on.)

Other times it's not much use.

If you have regular bluescreens you should look into it.

In any case you'll need the reset button. But perhaps not so much in the future.

Re:Funny but stupid (3, Insightful)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364117)

It's not a reset button, it's an anger management tool.

Re:Funny but stupid (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364237)

Agreed, install Windows in VMware or Qemu on Linux and always copy the image file from backup before starting the virtual machine. That way you have a fresh system every time.

I have one of those... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363727)

I have one of those, it really is neat!
Only drawback is that my cats think it's a toy and every once in a while one of them sneaks towards it an(*#djweSHDFHf... LOST CARRIER

Oh no! (1)

zygwin (1091281) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363745)

Poor thing got /.ed and dugg at the same time.

Slashdot = Garbage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363749)

It's a BUTTON, this is not a hack, who gives a shit about a BUTTON

Hey!! I have one of these! (3, Informative)

Khyber (864651) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363765)

*looks at the big "OFF" switch on his power strip.*

I think we already had these for a couple decades, now...

Two wires? (1)

AJWM (19027) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363777)

TFA says "it uses just two wires". So how come the bottom picture shows four? (Red, yellow and two black.) Decoration?

Re:Two wires? (2, Insightful)

Sparr0 (451780) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363805)

I am going to hazard a guess that the two blacks are both grounds and the red and yellow are opposite signals, one for when the switch is pressed and one for when it isnt. This opens up more possible uses, since some hardware wants momentary-open for reset instead of the PC standard of momentary-close.

Re:Two wires? (1)

GIL_Dude (850471) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363867)

Maybe that's so it can reset two PC's at once? I have to admit, I was scanning the comments to see if there was a "two wires?" one and if there wasn't I was going to add one. Got beat to it though.

I don't know much about emergency stop buttons, but maybe this one is multiple pole and has two for normally closed and the other two close when the button is pushed? For example the NC would complete a circuit for normal operation and the other two would activate an alarm? Otherwise, "I got nothing".

Re:Two wires? (1)

NeilTheStupidHead (963719) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364147)

Two blacks are ground, the red and yellow are momentary open and momentary closed respectively (if I remember correctly). The pushbutton can function in either capacity and saves having to keep a stock of two different types of buttons (and saves using the wrong one and spending hours trouble shooting the entire system to find out it's your own screw up).

Re:Two wires? (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364165)

Perhaps he used one of his four-pin power cables?

Guard (2, Interesting)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363787)

You should really add a mushroom-head pushbutton guard [rockwellautomation.com] to this, so you don't frob it accidentally.

Re:Guard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19364415)

Frob?!

Re:Guard (1)

tylernt (581794) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364537)

Frob?!
It's a perfectly cromulent word.

Oops (2, Funny)

cfvgcfvg (942576) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363835)

Looks like someone hit the Ultimate Reset Button on the webserver.

thinking too small (1)

Jeek Elemental (976426) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363871)

as a complement, one could put an old-school 3 phase knife-type circuit breaker on the psu, you get them pretty much as large as you can imagine.

bonus, your pc will be protected from 1000+ amp short circuits.

Online version (2, Informative)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363907)

Use with caution [turnofftheinternet.com] , as it will shut down the internet.

How long can cadet Stimpy last? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19363911)

Ren: See that button?

[Stimpy looks at button. He moves his hand to press the button but Ren smacks his hand away.]

Ren: Don't touch that button!! It is the history erase button, you fool!

Stimpy: What does it do?

Ren: Maybe something good, maybe something bad. We'll just never know, because you are going to guard it. You are not going to touch it, are you?

Re:How long can cadet Stimpy last? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19364193)

You mean the jolly, candy-like button [fortunecity.com] !

Re:How long can cadet Stimpy last? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19364345)

The cartoon [youtube.com]

How often do you hit reset? (1)

bcmm (768152) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363935)

It would be more fun to make this do some arbitrary software thing. You could do this by wiring it to the power button or something (on ACPI systems under Linux, at least, it isn't hard to make that do whatever you want - just have a program watching /proc/acpi/event).

It might be fun to bind it to "skip track" and hit it hard whenever that song you meant to delete ages ago comes up.

Griffin Powermate (1)

mccalli (323026) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364539)

It might be fun to bind it to "skip track" and hit it hard whenever that song you meant to delete ages ago comes up.

For such things, might I recommend a Griffin Powermate [griffintechnology.com] ? Excellent device.

Cheers,
Ian

C+A+Del (1)

kemo_by_the_kilo (971543) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363943)

wow, control alt delete in one magic button!

Good news everyone! (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 7 years ago | (#19363947)

No wait, that sucked. Why is this news? Most unintresting Slashdot news item ever.

"OMG LOOK SOMEONE HAVE HACKED TEH RESETBUTTON!11ONE!", wow, the crazy ideas, connecting a reset button between two wires! What else might they come up with?

More impressive (3, Interesting)

stg (43177) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364035)

I think http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/accessories/911 6/ [thinkgeek.com] would be much more impressive, if it could be set as a reset button.

I'd be a bit worried about being arrested as a terrorist, if I had one of those in a office, though...

The ultimate GDO (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19364043)

The switch looks pretty dumb sitting on a desk. Realistically whos computer not suffering from hardware problems spontaneously crashes anymore?

Wire this sucker up in your garage instead and you have a very cool looking and very useful garage door opener. I might even replace my door bell with one. Although it would look painfully stupid outside my front door it might give the javahoas and dish network goons second thoughts about pressing my ESO.

Also if your going to bother making a computer reset switch like this I'd damn well make it useful. Instead of taking 5 minutes to wire it to the reset pins on your motherboard...

There should be a watchdog driver to go with it, if it stops sending keep-alives to the switch it should have an option to press itself. It could also light up in different colors or patterns to indicate various error conditions...

Low/No mem, something spinning the cpu, Disk I/O queue full, watchdog failure, drive timeout, network down..etc.

There should be an "enterprise" edition of the same switch only it would be ethernet based using SNMP traps and host MIBs to monitor servers and devices and then issueing reset signals to a managed RPB when pressed.

Is anyone interested in a cell phone that looks like a mineature DHD? The first 100 people who hack the neilson database in order to dramatically improve SG1's ratings get a complimentry DHD phone with lighted chevrons and big red glowing button in the center in their choice of unlocked GSM/UMTS or CDMA models.

This is lame... better would be... (1)

ZorinLynx (31751) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364121)

One of those switches you see in movies to trigger some major event. Typically they have a molly guard, sound an alarm when the guard is opened and you have to turn two keys at once within one second and mash the button to activate it.

Now THAT would be cool. Imagine having an industrial grade alarm go off as you open the molly guard, red WARNING: RESET ACTIVATION lights coming on, and the final silence as you push the button...

Heh. I'm such a geek.

I remember when ..... (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364125)

...your computer didn't have the reset switch (hardwired power supply on/off switch) due to the over engineering of it to be a software controlled power switch. That is where this button could have been really handy. Giving back the fundamental power switch so grandma doesn't have to climb under the desk to unplug the power plug.

Even better how about a clapit switch. Then everyone can applaud blue screens of death while MS use the applause are a positive sign of acceptance.

VMware buttons (1)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364171)

I think the buttons in the VMware management utility are big enough. A virtual machine on Linux is the only sane way to run Windows.

One problem... (1)

Chabil Ha' (875116) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364189)

The big red button is too much of a temptation for my 18 mo. old child. The power button doesn't do anything if simply clicked when the computer is on, and the reset switch is this tiny innocuous button that (to him) doesn't look like it does anything. This, on the other hand, screams "PRESS ME!".

Slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19364267)

Wow, kudos for this one :
"Error executing error template."

not in my house (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19364369)

My cat would sit on it.

It Really Works! (1)

Aaron_Pike (528044) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364393)

Clicked the link, got an SQL/DB error. It really works!

That's not a mushroom... (1)

The tECHIDNA (677584) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364447)

...that's a Press Your Luck [wikipedia.org] buzzer [wikipedia.org] .

"No crashes, no crashes, no crashes...STOP!!"
Crap! {{Foghorn noise}}
(Animation of Steve Ballmer throwing chair and breaking monitor, Ballmer head pops up with a {{boing}} noise)

looks like something out of a game show (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364475)

BIG BUCKS! BIG BUCKS! No whammys! No whammys! STOP

I misread it as (1)

Cafe Alpha (891670) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364487)

To get a of the blue screen of death all you have to do is hit it with something. That would be a strange sort of reset.

Heh, that's one advantage I saw when playing with virtualization. I could blue-screen windows in my virtual machine and the host operating system (linux) would keep chugging away. It's a pretty good feeling when BSOD no longer requires a reboot.

Normal for anything with real power. (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 7 years ago | (#19364505)

We, and everybody else in the DARPA Grand Challenge, had big red EMERGENCY STOP buttons all over the vehicle. Everybody with robots of non-trivial size uses those things.

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