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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

tippe Re:So it runs Doom ? (68 comments)

Well duh, the next logical step is obviously to add sound by modulating the movement of the print head somehow (sort of like how you could on old HP ScanJet scanners in order to play music). Who'd want to play doom on their printer unless it also had sound?

7 hours ago

TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

tippe Re:Not so sure it's harmless (251 comments)

Is it a linux VM? Or better yet, a VM that runs olde-tyme UNIX V7 on emulated PDP-11 hardware. Now that would be classic...

about three weeks ago

The 2014 Hugo Awards

tippe Re:Informative winners list (180 comments)

Most people are idiots.

You forgot to add "present company excluded"..., right?

Anyway, reminds me of a George Carlin quote that I saw in somebody's sig once:

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.” -- George Carlin

about three weeks ago

Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

tippe Re:I couldn't go to a war zone... (419 comments)

Not sure if the one you watched was "WWII in Colour" (by the History channel) on Netflix or not, but I watched that one and it was absolutely amazing, both in terms of its content, as well as the video production. Some of the film clips were still of poor quality even after restoration, (IIRC, a lot of clips they would have gotten from Russian archives were really bad), but in general the quality was phenomenal, all things concerned. You can also watch it for free online, apparently. Definitely worth your time, and I also plan on (re) watching this with my kids when they get a little older, too.

about 1 month ago

My degree of colorblindness:

tippe Re:Very genetically linked (267 comments)

What he basically said was that all of the ancestors *on his side* of the family are all pure and without fault, but that his wife screwed everything up because she had an instance of colourblindness on her side. He probably didn`t even know about the impurity of her genes until the damage had already been done. Reading between the lines a bit, you definitely get the sense that the guy is a little pissed off about the whole thing and is annoyed at his wife...

about a month ago

California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

tippe Re:You go girl (286 comments)

On the other hand... I just bought a monitor that Tigerdirect advertised as 22", but when it was delivered the box says 21.5", and I don't think that's really worth paying my lawyer $250/hr to handle.

I wonder if that sort of thing harkens back to the CRT days, when you were usually quoted the tube size (not the actual visible size). For example, the brand new, large-screen 24" TV you bought back in the 90's probably only had a 22" viewing size if you were to actually measure it. In your case, I wonder if Tigerdirect online was quoting the LCD panel size, while the box the monitor came in was referring to the viewing size...

about a month ago

With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

tippe Re:Chinese telecom billionaire (322 comments)

I'm totally just guessing here, but perhaps it's only communist for those who can't afford to grease the right palms...

about a month ago

How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

tippe Re:I don't assemble computers. (391 comments)

Congratulations on your attempt. I'm not sure that having a functional drive would be any more spectacular, or would have gotten you any closer to total annihilation, though. All you blew was probably some protection diodes, which pretty much always go in the way that you describe (a pop and some smoke). You could have make the pop bigger and produced more smoke if you had powered your drive from a higher voltage supply, but I think that would be the extent of it. I once saw a youtube video of somebody destroying a hard drive using thermite. If you're going for total annihilation, you probably can't get much better than that.

For me, the next time I have a drive go and I need to destroy it, I think I might try and find an electronic motor controller and connect it directly to the spindle motor. I wonder how fast you can get a 10k RPM hard-drive to spin before it dies....

about a month ago

The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

tippe Goatse (131 comments)

Couldn't he have just displayed a Goatse and have been done with it? What he did was in poor taste; don't security researchers have any professionalism any more? Seriously, there should be a law against this sort of thing...

about 2 months ago

Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

tippe Re:like donut holes (91 comments)

I believe that effect is also called "Timbit drag"; discovered by the great Canadian scientist Tim Horton. Incidentally, he was also the individual who discovered the effect of non-uniform doughnut hole decay; that is, the tendency of old fashioned plain doughnut hole variants to persist for hours or even days after the glazed or chocolatey variants have long since disappeared.

about a month ago

Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

tippe Re:Alien Spacecraft (144 comments)

Hey, that's it! Thanks man.

about 2 months ago

Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

tippe Re:Alien Spacecraft (144 comments)

This post made me remember an old short-story (whose name I've now forgotten) written by Larry Niven. The gist of the story was that some time way in the future when humans had colonized space and things were so peaceful and hunky-dory that they no longer fought wars or weaponized their spaceships, a human spacecraft came upon an alien ship manned by an unknown aggressive and warlike species (the Kzin, maybe), which began to attack them without warning. Despite lacking any weapons with which to defend themselves, the humans were nonetheless able to win the battle and return home to warn the rest of humanity by basically turning their ship around and allowing their thrusters (based on some sort of ion drive like you described in your post) to slice completely through the enemy ship like a giant laser.

Anyone else remember the name of the story or from what book it came from?

about 2 months ago

Norway Scraps Online Voting

tippe Negative Vote Button (139 comments)

I bet you they could have improved voter turnout if they had introduced a negative vote button, like the "Thumbs Down" button on youtube. Sometimes you just don't know who to vote for, but would be glad to use your vote as a form of protest, and to send a well-deserved message to some cretinous politician or political party.

about 3 months ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

tippe Re: waste of time (380 comments)

I've personally never gotten this response from anyone. On the couple of occasions in the past where I've challenged people regarding their poor use of the passing lane, the response I got was "but I was going above the speed limit!". These same people also seem to call the passing lane a "fast lane" and are firmly of the belief that if they travel even a little above the speed limit they should be in that lane, regardless of what the average speed of traffic is around them, because they are going "fast". Getting a response like "because I pay taxes and it's my right" would be an improvement as far as I'm concerned, because it shows that they understand what they are doing and are conscious of it, even if they are being complete jerks.

about 3 months ago

New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

tippe Re:waste of time (380 comments)

Around where I live, a lot of drivers already seem to be bosons... Especially the ones that camp out in the passing lane on the highway, oblivious to those that pass them on the right. Seriously, I wish those bosons would just get off the road already. Maybe having them all drive through a diffraction grating is a good idea after all...

about 3 months ago

Hackers Ransom European Domino's Customer Data (including Favourite Toppings)

tippe Extra anchovies (100 comments)

I wonder how many customers ask for extra anchovies on their pizza?

about 3 months ago



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