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Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:05 • by frits
Re:Laser Chase
Obviously that's a picture of a lizard.

A terrible lizard.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:12 • by highphilosopher (unregistered)
Turns out a simple laser pointer can distract a T-rex long enough to get away. This will all be in the next Jurassic Park movie.

Captcha: minim. the amount of brain needed to write the web banner in this post. The banner was written by someone with minim thought process.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:13 • by a programmer (unregistered)
a mighty and terrible lizard, of the likes of which will ravage japan

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:13 • by jspenguin
You're supposed to attach the laser to the shark's head.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:13 • by upsidedowncreature
That's not February 30th, it's the 2nd of Trigintember

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:18 • by oheso (unregistered)
Who cares if it's right or wrong: that elevator indicator is gorgeous!

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:26 • by Lorne Kates
Why is there a crease in the CD? did you fold it in half? You do know that also voids the warranty, right?

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:27 • by Lorne Kates
And as far as "open hear" goes-- note to designers: Do not give a voice to any product that is destined to be sliced open. Think of the psyche of the poor shipper/receiver.

"You still wake up sometimes, don’t you? Wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the boxes."

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:31 • by dkf
All praise the WTF van, ready to transport Alex and Irish Girl around the world!

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:36 • by wonkoTheSane
Hp need to sort there boxes out....

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:40 • by anon (unregistered)
There is a patent on laser chase: US Patent number 5,443,036.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:41 • by Verm (unregistered)
Amusingly, none of the 'pets' on the laser pointer package look like they are actually enjoying it. The owl looks particularly p*ssed off =D

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:43 • by Docta Jonez (unregistered)
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Triple Flip Projector?

2010-03-26 09:43 • by Robert Kosten (unregistered)
Er... am I missing something with the projector? It is upside down (probably due to some overheating issue), there is a flip-gizmo, that should return the image to normal (good idea)... Then there is a laptop which is configured to flipped output, resulting in a flipped image? I think something is not right with that particular tale...

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:45 • by md5sum
Ooh... can I set something up that looks stupid, take a picture and claim I saw it somewhere else?

(c'mon, really, who's actually stupid enough to turn their projector upside down on a table AND smart enough to know how to flip their screen???)

Re: Triple Flip Projector?

2010-03-26 09:47 • by Spivonious (unregistered)
303744 in reply to 303740
Robert Kosten:
Er... am I missing something with the projector? It is upside down (probably due to some overheating issue), there is a flip-gizmo, that should return the image to normal (good idea)... Then there is a laptop which is configured to flipped output, resulting in a flipped image? I think something is not right with that particular tale...


The gizmo isn't hooked up; it's just being used to prop up the projector.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:47 • by BentFranklin (unregistered)
303745 in reply to 303730
jspenguin:
You're supposed to attach the laser to the shark's head.


I want to be on your team. Pick me, pick me!

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:48 • by Anonagain (unregistered)
Anon at 09:40 is right: the patent specifically applies to laser-chase and cats. So, don't use cats on your packaging.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:50 • by tim (unregistered)
Having bought RAM from G.Skill before, I don't think they outsourced that one.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:50 • by meh (unregistered)
I was a bit baffled by the projector (other than: haha someone did a funny) until I read the comments and people seemed to get part way there in an explanation. Possibly... projector overheats, someone decideds to turn it upside down for better airfow out the bottom vents, and uses the upside-down gizmo... then gets a newer laptop with decent graphics drivers that allow you to flip the image anyway, so they unplug the new redundant gizmo, keeping it there cos it improves the airflow, or cos they're lazy. Not very amusing, but there ya go.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:51 • by just me (unregistered)
303749 in reply to 303743
md5sum:
Ooh... can I set something up that looks stupid, take a picture and claim I saw it somewhere else?

(c'mon, really, who's actually stupid enough to turn their projector upside down on a table AND smart enough to know how to flip their screen???)

My guess is the person who turned the projector upside down was not the same as the one who flipped the laptop's screen.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 09:59 • by Lincoln (unregistered)
The "VGA Flipper" is a bit of a WTF in and of itself.

Prety much every not-a-cheap-toy-for-home-use projector manufactured in at least the past 10+ years has the the ability to flip images both horizontally (for rear-projection aplications) and vertically (for ceiling-mounted applications) built in, as in not needing an external box or screwing with video card settings....

Including the NEC shown in the picture.

Most projectors (It's been long enough since I've seen that particular projector, I'll be general) either do airflow front-to-back or side-to-side so it's unlikely that overheating would be a reason for using the projector in the pictured state.

Lincoln.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:01 • by Douglas (unregistered)
Clearly the roadworks sign is using M/Y/D or D/Y/M formatting. And giving advanced warning of some works in 2029 - 2030.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:01 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
I love my custom AdBlock filters.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:08 • by CPFC (unregistered)
"Needless to say, I don't agree to the license agreements terms," writes Thomas Alexander Dark, "I'm not sure what's the bigger WTF, that you have to agree with an agreement you can't see or that this CD came with my Legal Studies textbook."

Or that it's called "Access and Justice" when access is what's causing the problem...

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:10 • by CPFC (unregistered)
Isn't "Open Hear" just another marketing slogan? It's as meaningful as any HP slogan I've seen.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:13 • by Marc B (unregistered)
Comment hear? No, comment read.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:18 • by heretic (unregistered)
Whiteout fail! (What does the *side* of the van say?)

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:20 • by aristos_achaion
303758 in reply to 303746
Anonagain:
Anon at 09:40 is right: the patent specifically applies to laser-chase and cats. So, don't use cats on your packaging.


But only if the cat moves at a speed between five and twenty-five feet per second. So maybe you could use a fat cat on the packaging.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:33 • by Iie (unregistered)
Don't be silly. The ramp is closed from the 11th day of the 29th month to the 30th day of the 30th month. C'mon, people.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:37 • by justsomedude (unregistered)
303761 in reply to 303747
tim:
Having bought RAM from G.Skill before, I don't think they outsourced that one.


Shortly after DDR2-800 was the new hotness, I picked up 4GB of gSkill and ran it overclocked by 25-30 MHz on the FSB (before the multiplier) for years without a problem.

Or should I say...

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Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:38 • by Anonymously Yours (unregistered)
303762 in reply to 303734
That first one up there:
"Needless to say, I don't agree to the license agreements terms," writes Thomas Alexander Dark, "I'm not sure what's the bigger WTF, that you have to agree with an agreement you can't see or that this CD came with my Legal Studies textbook."
Maybe it was a memory test from the legal studies department to see who remembered contract law from their last semester. One of the requirements for holding a contract as binding is that any person who agrees to a contract understands it. Since there is no way you can understand something you can't read, that text is little more than a meaningless blurb of wishful thinking to scare people who don't know any better into complying.

Lorne Kates:
And as far as "open hear" goes-- note to designers: Do not give a voice to any product that is destined to be sliced open. Think of the psyche of the poor shipper/receiver.

"You still wake up sometimes, don’t you? Wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the boxes."
It's been a while, but, "So you think that if you save this girl... you will finally stop hearing them? That you will silence the boxes?"

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:50 • by Cheddar (unregistered)
1 2D image, flipped, flipped again, flipped yet again.

DOES JAMES CAMERON KNOW?

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:53 • by mulli (unregistered)
303767 in reply to 303765
Cheddar:
1 2D image, flipped, flipped again, flipped yet again.

DOES JAMES CAMERON KNOW?



He invented it.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:54 • by sammy baby
303768 in reply to 303753
The makers of that textbook must be hoping that their clients are stupid. I would hope that most law students know that you can't be bound by the conditions of a contract you can't read.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 10:58 • by Cad Delworth
303770 in reply to 303748
meh:
projector overheats, someone decideds to turn it upside down for better airfow out the bottom vents

Unless the projector is on a Stupid Surface like carpet or leather, which it clearly isn't in the photo; or it's surrounded by papers and Other Stuff which cramps the airflow, overheating probably isn't the reason. Maybe it was done to 'stop people pressing the buttons on the top,' thereby switching inputs or switching it off?

As to the 'laser toy,' that frankly worries me. Good way to blind someone or otherwise stuff their eyesight IMHO, regardless of how 'low-powered' it is. OTOH … a good game to play late at night is to shine one of those on to a) the pavement ('sidewalk' for you Colonials) about three feet in front of a drunk, or b) the back of someone's coat, if their friends are walking a few paces back. Then switch it off if the 'victim' tries to investigate it. Hilarity typically ensues. ;)

Finally, the 'licence sticker outside' phenomenon has existed since at least the mid-1980s to my certain knowledge, although I thought it had died a death by now. As others have correctly stated, you can't enforce a contract which one of the parties hasn't read yet. How old did you say that textbook was, exactly? :D

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:00 • by vent conio (unregistered)
303771 in reply to 303751
Douglas:
Clearly the roadworks sign is using M/Y/D or D/Y/M formatting. And giving advanced warning of some works in 2029 - 2030.


I was thinking in the lines of years 2011-3002

The Westerlund's WTF is overfeeding your tyrannosaurus rex.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:00 • by Abdiel


FTFY.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:02 • by ted (unregistered)
303773 in reply to 303733
Lorne Kates:
Why is there a crease in the CD? did you fold it in half? You do know that also voids the warranty, right?



That crease looks like the same crease you see in CD labels that are applied by hand. Surely that is not an adhesive label applied by hand?

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:06 • by vent conio (unregistered)
303777 in reply to 303730
jspenguin:
You're supposed to attach the laser to the shark's head.


So it can play with the mutant sea bass?

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:07 • by Randy Snicker
Cad Delworth:

That's amazing!
I was thinking the exact same thing!

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:16 • by Evo
303781 in reply to 303773
ted:
Lorne Kates:
Why is there a crease in the CD? did you fold it in half? You do know that also voids the warranty, right?



That crease looks like the same crease you see in CD labels that are applied by hand. Surely that is not an adhesive label applied by hand?


If you watch closely you'll see it's not an actual CD but just a container for the CD with a CD printed on it. The seal covers the opening.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:24 • by Dr. Evil (unregistered)
303782 in reply to 303730
jspenguin:
You're supposed to attach the frickin' laser to the frickin' shark's head.


FTFY

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:26 • by dtobias
What, no subthread here on floor numbering systems, a perennial topic for geek arguments? That elevator seems to be in a building with more negative floor numbers than positive; is it mostly underground?

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:30 • by PITA (unregistered)
303786 in reply to 303729
a programmer:
a mighty and terrible lizard, of the likes of which will ravage japan
GODZIRRA!!!

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:32 • by Dr. Evil (unregistered)
303788 in reply to 303730
jspenguin:
You're supposed to attach the laser to the shark's head.

You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:33 • by imMute (unregistered)
I am quite certain that the "video flipper" switch thing is actually an 8-port Linsys Gigabit Switch. I have one that looks *exactly* like that.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124258

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:35 • by Raymond Burr (unregistered)
303790 in reply to 303786
PITA:
a programmer:
a mighty and terrible lizard, of the likes of which will ravage japan
GOJIRA!!!


FTFY

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:43 • by Adam (unregistered)
The projector is easy to explain. A lot of projectors can only project horizontally or upwards, so if this one is on a shelf or ledge high up you have a choice of turning the projector itself upside down, or pointing it downward and getting a distorted image that requires keystone correction.

The inverter was probably an earlier attempt to solve the problem by someone who really misunderstood what was wrong.

Re: Sponsor Appreciation: Agreeable EULA, Laser Chase, & More

2010-03-26 11:45 • by RBoy (unregistered)
303792 in reply to 303739
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