• frits (cs)

    Re:Laser Chase Obviously that's a picture of a lizard.

    A terrible lizard.

  • 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.

  • a programmer (unregistered)

    a mighty and terrible lizard, of the likes of which will ravage japan

  • jspenguin (cs)

    You're supposed to attach the laser to the shark's head.

  • upsidedowncreature (cs)

    That's not February 30th, it's the 2nd of Trigintember

  • oheso (unregistered)

    Who cares if it's right or wrong: that elevator indicator is gorgeous!

  • Lorne Kates (cs)

    Why is there a crease in the CD? did you fold it in half? You do know that also voids the warranty, right?

  • Lorne Kates (cs)

    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."

  • dkf (cs)

    All praise the WTF van, ready to transport Alex and Irish Girl around the world!

  • wonkoTheSane (cs)

    Hp need to sort there boxes out....

  • anon (unregistered)

    There is a patent on laser chase: US Patent number 5,443,036.

  • 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

  • Docta Jonez (unregistered)

    8$ :ɥɔʇıʍs uʍop ǝpısdn

    08$ :ɹoʇɔǝɾoɹd uʍop ǝpısdn

    008$ :(uʍop ǝpısdn oʇ ʇǝs pɹɐɔ oǝpıʌ) doʇdɐl

    ssǝlǝɔıɹd :ʇuǝɯɯoɔ uʍop ǝpısdn

  • 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...

  • md5sum (cs)

    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???)

  • Spivonious (unregistered) in reply to Robert Kosten
    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.

  • BentFranklin (unregistered) in reply to jspenguin
    jspenguin:
    You're supposed to attach the laser to the shark's head.

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

  • 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.

  • tim (unregistered)

    Having bought RAM from G.Skill before, I don't think they outsourced that one.

  • 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.

  • just me (unregistered) in reply to md5sum
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    I love my custom AdBlock filters.

  • 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...

  • CPFC (unregistered)

    Isn't "Open Hear" just another marketing slogan? It's as meaningful as any HP slogan I've seen.

  • Marc B (unregistered)

    Comment hear? No, comment read.

  • heretic (unregistered)

    Whiteout fail! (What does the side of the van say?)

  • aristos_achaion (cs) in reply to Anonagain
    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.

  • 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.

  • justsomedude (unregistered) in reply to tim
    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...

    ¢horÖly afÖer DDR2-800 wa¥ Öhe new hoÖne¥¥, I picked up 4GB of g¢kill and ran iÖ overclocked by 25-30 MHz on Öhe F¢B (before Öhe mulÖiplier) for year¥ wiÖhouÖ noÖicing any problem¥.

  • Anonymously Yours (unregistered) in reply to Lorne Kates
    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?"

  • Cheddar (unregistered)

    1 2D image, flipped, flipped again, flipped yet again.

    DOES JAMES CAMERON KNOW?

  • mulli (unregistered) in reply to Cheddar
    Cheddar:
    1 2D image, flipped, flipped again, flipped yet again.

    DOES JAMES CAMERON KNOW?

    He invented it.

  • sammy baby (cs) in reply to CPFC

    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.

  • Cad Delworth (cs) in reply to meh
    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

  • vent conio (unregistered) in reply to Douglas
    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.

  • Abdiel (cs)

    FTFY.

  • ted (unregistered) in reply to Lorne Kates
    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?

  • vent conio (unregistered) in reply to jspenguin
    jspenguin:
    You're supposed to attach the laser to the shark's head.

    So it can play with the mutant sea bass?

  • Randy Snicker (cs)
    Cad Delworth:
    That's amazing! I was thinking the exact same thing!
  • Evo (cs) in reply to ted
    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.

  • Dr. Evil (unregistered) in reply to jspenguin
    jspenguin:
    You're supposed to attach the frickin' laser to the frickin' shark's head.

    FTFY

  • dtobias (cs)

    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?

  • PITA (unregistered) in reply to a programmer
    a programmer:
    a mighty and terrible lizard, of the likes of which will ravage japan
    GODZIRRA!!!
  • Dr. Evil (unregistered) in reply to jspenguin
    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!
  • 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

  • Raymond Burr (unregistered) in reply to PITA
    PITA:
    a programmer:
    a mighty and terrible lizard, of the likes of which will ravage japan
    GOJIRA!!!

    FTFY

  • 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.

  • RBoy (unregistered) in reply to Docta Jonez
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