That * seems to say something else, though; I can only distinguish "* In a matter of ??????. Probably."
We need a better zoom!!!
Judging by the length and shape of the word, it probably says "minutes". It's certainly too long to be "hours", "days", "weeks", "months" or "years" and it doesn't appear to have any full-height glyphs, so "seconds" is probably out.
Can anyone tell me who manufactured that fan?
If it was supporting critical system for few years working 24/7 then I'd be very interested in getting the same one for myself. It could last for few generations :)
For a start, there is no 'automatic system' - the letters are on physical cards, selected by Carol Vorderman (that's her in the picture) on instructions from the contestants. Also, Channel 4 at 4pm is not prime-time !
That countdown thing is wrong (apart from it being bunkum) - a computer doesnt pick the letters, the contestants take it in turns to pick by asking the lovely carole vorderman for a "consernant" or "vowel" until all spaces are filled.
It's 7-9 characters, and there don't appear to be any descenders, so it's not "speaking"
There may be an Ascender for the third character, which means it might be a t,l,d or b. I'd go with t or l.
What we need is an English person. There's probably an English phrase similar to the Canadian/American "In a manner of speaking" that we're not familiar with.
Doesn't look like "seconds" or "minutes" to me. I would say that it has more to do with the word-play on "turn off the air" and "on-air" phrases. But, in the end, the resolution is simply not sufficient to be sure.
Fake. Firstly, Coundown is shown at 4:15pm, hardly prime-time. Secondly, that combination of letters never came up.
However, during one episode a contestant did spell the word "WANKERS", see the Wikipedia entry.
You forgot the part where it's calling Carol Vorderman a computer, since she would pick up the cards from the stacks at the bottom, and place them on the chart. Is that picture just demonstrating how much fail one person can make when editing a photo? And of courseanything too bad would simply be cut from the broadcast since it wasn't live
Except that it's even funnier, because it means that the woman on the right (Carol Vorderman) would have pulled the letters out of the boxes "VOWEL" and "CONSONANT" in an order defined by the contestant who had the choice that round.
So someone could have fixed it (by arranging the letters in a standard order of selection favoured by contestants)
I can't believe no one thinks of the EM interference an AC fan such as this causes and the effect is has on electronics when in such proximity.
When I lived in the dorms all those years ago, we didn't have air conditioning, so I used to keep a much smaller fan than that about a few feet from my desktop. That is until I realized the wavy lines I was seeing on my monitor were only there when the fan was off. I did have some data corruption on my HD, as well. You live, you learn, you place the fan farther away.
used to be what fits in one rack space now fit in two or three 7-foot racks full of tubes back when I was a broadcast brats. when The Slide went up in my day (or worse, when the easel in the studio got lit up and a camera picked up a placard painted in 1953,) it meant that several engineers were using pencils to rap on tubes. when they hit the bad one, usually, a monitor on the wall would break out in multiple fits in multiple dimensions. or a tube would break. or it would short inside and go bright red.
replace and continue until picture is restored cleanly.
Psshh, I see someone needs a better zoom algorithm.
To my eyes, I had thought it looked like minutes, but still, I call cheating!
I tried a variety of resample algorithms on the "original" posted to this article, before actually looking at the pixels... there is no way to get this: