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Humphreys
Jan 26, 2013

We conceived a way to use my mother as a porn mule







Der Luftwaffle posted:

Holy poo poo, all these years I've thought that was just an ill-conceived cyberpunk prop cooked up for Johnny Mnemonic.

Sharpen the edge of a CD and it still IS an ill-conceived cyberpunk prop weapon!

EDIT:

New page so content.

SIM cards sure have changed a lot:

Humphreys has a new favorite as of 02:21 on Apr 20, 2014

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mrkillboy
May 13, 2003

"Something witty."

Humphreys posted:

SIM cards sure have changed a lot:



Considering how little of the card is actual circuit it makes me wonder why they didn't start off mini or micro sized in the first place.

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

Lager beer is proof that god loves us


Pillbug

I'm fine with the size it is right now, I don't want to accidentally inhale it when switching over to a new phone.

Sham bam bamina!
Nov 6, 2012

ƨtupid cat




Humphreys posted:

Sharpen the edge of a CD and it still IS an ill-conceived cyberpunk prop weapon!
The prop wasn't a weapon; it was just a very silly-looking CD drive.

Zemyla
Aug 6, 2008

I'll take her off your hands. Pleasure doing business with you!

Ensign Expendable posted:

I'm fine with the size it is right now, I don't want to accidentally inhale it when switching over to a new phone.
You just outlined why I never have "loose" micro-SD cards anywhere. They always have to be in something, or else they vanish.

Sunshine89
Nov 22, 2009


GWBBQ posted:

Everything


Philco

(credit: wipikepdia user Visitor7)

made


is awesome and all of it obsolete as hell (unless you consider the digital-analog TV converters made under the Philco name recently, but those don't really count.)

I really want a Predicta

I do too now!

SchultzeWorks did a really cool design of what a desktop PC made by Philco might have looked like. It won a contest to showcase the abilities of Rhino rendering software.
If this actually existed I would want to buy the poo poo out of it:



Apparently Schultze had several people asking where they could buy one!

Ensign Expendable
Nov 11, 2008

Lager beer is proof that god loves us


Pillbug

Zemyla posted:

You just outlined why I never have "loose" micro-SD cards anywhere. They always have to be in something, or else they vanish.

My micro-SD cards are all in adapters that convert them into regular SD cards.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

E:\FILES>quickfli clown.fli

Someone's actually retrofitted a Philco Predicta a few years ago.

Humphreys
Jan 26, 2013

We conceived a way to use my mother as a porn mule







Sunshine89 posted:

I do too now!

SchultzeWorks did a really cool design of what a desktop PC made by Philco might have looked like. It won a contest to showcase the abilities of Rhino rendering software.
If this actually existed I would want to buy the poo poo out of it:



Apparently Schultze had several people asking where they could buy one!

That is beautiful - pair it with an orange version of this keyboard and I think it would be perfect!

Tracula
Mar 26, 2010

PLEASE LEAVE


That keyboard is pretty drat nice and it's something rather steampunk in design without looking like utter poo poo or as though it'd give you tetanus if you held it wrong.

Tracula has a new favorite as of 04:59 on Apr 20, 2014

Humphreys
Jan 26, 2013

We conceived a way to use my mother as a porn mule







Tracula posted:

That keyboard is pretty drat nice and it's something rather steampunk in design without looking like utter poo poo or as though it'd give you tetanus if you held it wrong.

Yeah the steampunk movement is usually very fedora laden and horrible.

In case you were interested - here is the full build log of the keyboard:

http://steampunkworkshop.com/keyboard.shtml

Ofaloaf
Feb 15, 2013



Tracula posted:

That keyboard is pretty drat nice and it's something rather steampunk in design without looking like utter poo poo or as though it'd give you tetanus if you held it wrong.
Using more typewriter-ish keys there looks like it'd make it a lot easier to clean up the keyboard and all the inevitable gunk and cruft that accumulates underneath.

WITCHCRAFT
Aug 28, 2007

Berries That Burn


Humphreys posted:

These wonderful places



Less than 5 minutes down the road from my house, there's a strip mall called "Lakeside Drive-in Plaza" or something like that. There used to be a drive-in there, but it was taken down to make the parking lot and strip mall before I was born (1980s). I think it's kinda funny that a quarter of a century has passed (at least) since it was a drive-in but god damnit it's still called 'the drive-in' you drat kids!

UnfortunateSexFart
May 18, 2008

𒃻 𒌓𒁉𒋫 𒆷𒁀𒅅𒆷
𒆠𒂖 𒌉 𒌫 𒁮𒈠𒈾𒅗 𒂉 𒉡𒌒𒂉𒊑




Humphreys posted:

These wonderful places



I had to look up if there were any left in my city, and found one 65km/40 miles away on the edge of suburbia. Even their web site is a relic

http://members.shaw.ca/twilightdrivein

Looks enormous though



The idea of drive-in appeals more to me than theatres where people seem to have lost all common courtesy towards one another.

Ron Burgundy
Dec 24, 2005
This burrito is delicious, but it is filling.

Sunshine89 posted:

drat, that is one beautiful TV. Love the sunburst dials! Would you be able to tell us more about it, and what year it's from?

Thanks! It's a 1964 Australian made Kriseler 121-82A. By this point Kriesler was owned by Philips so all the valves/tubes inside are Philips branded, including the AW 59-91 59cm/23" CRT which is one of the last CRT tubes to NOT HAVE AN IMPLOSION RIMBAND meaning that you needed to have a separate plastic shield in front of the CRT because they were even more bomb-like.

It's also amazing in that 1964 printed circuit boards were not universally used. Apart from the fairly basic PCB in the upper right it's all point to point wiring, by hand.

Someone did this, by hand, in a first world country. Until the abolition of tariffs meant that Australia was overtaken by cheaper goods from overseas then the manufacturing sector pretty much died overnight.



GWBBQ posted:


I really want a Predicta

To call the Predicta a barely functioning rats nest of components would be a very kind assessment. But the design is timeless.

eddiewalker
Apr 27, 2004


leidend posted:

The idea of drive-in appeals more to me than theatres where people seem to have lost all common courtesy towards one another.

There's a whole lot more distraction at a drive-in. The group next to you with lawn chairs out having a rowdy barbecue, completely oblivious to the movie. The swarm of giggling kids constantly walking back and forth, shining their little flashlights into windows. The rusty Civic with fogged up windows and a subwoofer blasting something entirely different than the movie audio. The truck that showed up late with a busted muffler who circles the lot for half the movie, then leaves the engine idling for the rest.

Not to mention the fact that it's still too bright outside to see the screen for half of the first feature.

Humphreys
Jan 26, 2013

We conceived a way to use my mother as a porn mule







Ron Burgundy posted:

Thanks! It's a 1964 Australian made Kriseler 121-82A. By this point Kriesler was owned by Philips so all the valves/tubes inside are Philips branded, including the AW 59-91 59cm/23" CRT which is one of the last CRT tubes to NOT HAVE AN IMPLOSION RIMBAND meaning that you needed to have a separate plastic shield in front of the CRT because they were even more bomb-like.

It's also amazing in that 1964 printed circuit boards were not universally used. Apart from the fairly basic PCB in the upper right it's all point to point wiring, by hand.

Someone did this, by hand, in a first world country. Until the abolition of tariffs meant that Australia was overtaken by cheaper goods from overseas then the manufacturing sector pretty much died overnight.


There is a real possibility my grandfather at least touched that TV in the manufacturing process...cannot believe I forgot about TVs and family history.

sleepy gary
Jan 11, 2006



eddiewalker posted:

There's a whole lot more distraction at a drive-in. The group next to you with lawn chairs out having a rowdy barbecue, completely oblivious to the movie. The swarm of giggling kids constantly walking back and forth, shining their little flashlights into windows. The rusty Civic with fogged up windows and a subwoofer blasting something entirely different than the movie audio. The truck that showed up late with a busted muffler who circles the lot for half the movie, then leaves the engine idling for the rest.

Not to mention the fact that it's still too bright outside to see the screen for half of the first feature.

And people landing their planes next door.


To be fair, that airport is a piece of poo poo and it gets hardly any use. Incidentally, that theater waits until it is actually dark to even start the previews. It's fun landing there at night with movies playing.

sweeperbravo
May 18, 2012

AUNT GWEN'S COLD SHAPE (!)


Humphreys posted:

That is beautiful - pair it with an orange version of this keyboard and I think it would be perfect!



I can hear the clackalacking and now I know my life's dream

Grumbletron 4000
Nov 30, 2002

Where you want it, bitch.

College Slice

I'm lucky enough to have a drive in right up the road from my house. Nostalgia aside its a great place to watch a movie. They have a nice modern projector for good image quality and if you have a decent car stereo the sound is awesome. My car has nicer seats than most theaters and on a nice night the fresh breeze makes for a relaxing experience. The only downsides are the aforementioned roving packs of I'll behaved screeching kids and the unpredictability of the weather.

Sunshine89
Nov 22, 2009


Ron Burgundy posted:

Thanks! It's a 1964 Australian made Kriseler 121-82A. By this point Kriesler was owned by Philips so all the valves/tubes inside are Philips branded, including the AW 59-91 59cm/23" CRT which is one of the last CRT tubes to NOT HAVE AN IMPLOSION RIMBAND meaning that you needed to have a separate plastic shield in front of the CRT because they were even more bomb-like.

It's also amazing in that 1964 printed circuit boards were not universally used. Apart from the fairly basic PCB in the upper right it's all point to point wiring, by hand.

Someone did this, by hand, in a first world country. Until the abolition of tariffs meant that Australia was overtaken by cheaper goods from overseas then the manufacturing sector pretty much died overnight.


To call the Predicta a barely functioning rats nest of components would be a very kind assessment. But the design is timeless.

Thanks! That's really interesting, especially the shot of the wiring job!

I read that back in the late 1950s, Predictas were slow sellers. They were more expensive than most TVs of the time, and they weren't well positioned in the marketplace- early adopters stayed away due to their smaller screens and lack of a colour model, and most consumers found the design to be too avant-garde, preferring wood cabinet TVs.

Grumbletron 4000 posted:

I'm lucky enough to have a drive in right up the road from my house. Nostalgia aside its a great place to watch a movie. They have a nice modern projector for good image quality and if you have a decent car stereo the sound is awesome. My car has nicer seats than most theaters and on a nice night the fresh breeze makes for a relaxing experience. The only downsides are the aforementioned roving packs of I'll behaved screeching kids and the unpredictability of the weather.

My favourite thing that Cineplex has introduced are their VIP theatres. For an extra $5, you get better seats, more legroom, a lounge to wait in, and before the movie starts, you can check off a menu and have an usher bring food or beverages to your seat. They also serve alcohol, so no under 19s are allowed in. No screeching kids, or texting teens to contend with, and people are usually better behaved with upgrades, because they paid more for their ticket and would rather see their movie than talk or text through it. I will never see a movie in a theatre in a mall for that reason too.

Sunshine89 has a new favorite as of 17:57 on Apr 20, 2014

mobby_6kl
Aug 9, 2009

"You are the best poster... do not let anyone say otherwise."


DNova posted:

And people landing their planes next door.


To be fair, that airport is a piece of poo poo and it gets hardly any use. Incidentally, that theater waits until it is actually dark to even start the previews. It's fun landing there at night with movies playing.

So have you ever just flown in circles to watch a movie?

Pilsner
Nov 23, 2002



mrkillboy posted:

Considering how little of the card is actual circuit it makes me wonder why they didn't start off mini or micro sized in the first place.
I imagine they made it credit card sized just for the sake of, but I also wonder why they had to take three more iterations to cut it down to the bare circuit, or why they haven't just made the circuit area tiny...

When I bought my iPhone 4, I cut my mini SIM with a scissor so it'd fit.

Tracula posted:

That keyboard is pretty drat nice and it's something rather steampunk in design without looking like utter poo poo or as though it'd give you tetanus if you held it wrong.
Ugh, so tired of the tetanus this tetanus that clich. You don't get tetanus from touching clean brass, dummy. Read up on it on Wikipedia.

dissss
Nov 10, 2007

I'm a terrible forums poster with terrible opinions.

Here's a cat fucking a squid.

The older SIMs had a bit bigger circuit area - while going from mini to micro is usually okay I wouldn't want to try and cut my card down to nano size.

As for why you have to remember that phones were giant back when the spec came about so space wasn't an issue, and a credit sized card is much more convenient for carrying about when it's not in the phone

dont be mean to me
May 2, 2007

I'm interplanetary, bitch
Let's go to Mars




That, and:
1) IEC 7180 (credit card/ID card) is a really common format in materials and processes amenable to economies of scale - in fact, your SIM card, even if it was a nano-SIM, was probably delivered as a semi-punched part of one;
2) SIM cards were originally intended to be exchanged a lot more than they ended up being (for most cases; granted, people who do a lot of travelling still probably switch cards a fair bit);
3) SIM cards were probably intended to be used in a lot more places than just cell phones - such as public terminals - which would have made even mini-SIMs a pain in the rear end.

Tracula
Mar 26, 2010

PLEASE LEAVE


Pilsner posted:

Ugh, so tired of the tetanus this tetanus that clich. You don't get tetanus from touching clean brass, dummy. Read up on it on Wikipedia.

That's well and good and all but I mean a lot of steampunk garbage looks like it's rusty metal randomly crammed together with a few gears and hoses hanging off of it.

BogDew
Jun 14, 2006

E:\FILES>quickfli clown.fli

That Sim card debate reminded me of some video I saw in 1998 where Olympic swimmer Suzie O'Niell and morning kids show host Jade Gatt were given the "challenge" of getting to the swimming center with Gatt armed with a $100 note and O'Neill; a Telstra Smart Card.

Gatt was shown to be presented with the impossibility of being allowed on a bus with a $100 note and having to find a corner shop to get it broken in order to buy a bus ticket while O'Neill just strolled through Sydney with her Smart Card opening up doors and paying for busses with little or no fuss.
I can't recall if a taxi was attempted.

But the idea for a one size fits all wondercard was stymied for years in Australia over privacy concerns as it was to be pretty much an identity document that revealed all and was open to rampant amounts of identity theft.

PayWave in recent times has pretty much filled the desire to not run around around with tons of shrapnel in your wallet.

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3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

BENIS


Tracula posted:

That's well and good and all but I mean a lot of steampunk garbage looks like it's rusty metal randomly crammed together with a few gears and hoses hanging off of it.

Luckily brass doesn't rust.

titties
May 10, 2012

They're like two suicide notes stuffed into a glitter bra



Tracula posted:

That's well and good and all but I mean a lot of steampunk garbage looks like it's rusty metal randomly crammed together with a few gears and hoses hanging off of it.

Steampunk is lame or whatever, but I've been seeing this "most steampunk stuff looks rusty and will kill you" opinion a lot lately though it never comes with an example.

Here, please point out which bits will make you sick:

Tracula
Mar 26, 2010

PLEASE LEAVE


Nah, really, y'all are right about that and I was being overly flippant about the whole thing. It's just kind of an overplayed nerd thing to do I guess and it generally rubs me wrong just to see someone glue gears on it and call it steampunk or do a pointless mashup of (insert popular geek IP here) and steampunk.

Grumbletron 4000
Nov 30, 2002

Where you want it, bitch.

College Slice

I don't know much about steampunk but I do know that's a rockin' set of tits.

fleshy echidna
Apr 11, 2010


titties posted:

Steampunk is lame or whatever, but I've been seeing this "most steampunk stuff looks rusty and will kill you" opinion a lot lately though it never comes with an example.

Here, please point out which bits will make you sick:



dude corsets are kind of hosed up






edit: and so this post isn't completely useless here's something that was a pretty bad idea



SKANNERZ

Cool idea in concept basically turn Pokemon into an arg for kids to play at the supermarket, only problem was that all the creatures had instant death and no revives so unless you wanted your kid bawling there eyes out for losing a monster you'd just have them keep on scanning all the groceries over and over again, and getting more and more upset as they kept losing.(well maybe that was just me as a kid vv)

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Pilsner
Nov 23, 2002



fleshy echidna posted:



SKANNERZ

Cool idea in concept basically turn Pokemon into an arg for kids to play at the supermarket, only problem was that all the creatures had instant death and no revives so unless you wanted your kid bawling there eyes out for losing a monster you'd just have them keep on scanning all the groceries over and over again, and getting more and more upset as they kept losing.(well maybe that was just me as a kid vv)
Am I the only one who sees Terran, Protoss, Zerg?

Sir_Substance
Dec 13, 2013


Speaking of old kids toys, here's what I really want to know:

The original digimon handheld things had two metal plates at the top that you pressed togather to start battling. I seem to recall that once the battle started, you could separate them.

Do I remember correctly? If so, what kind of wireless did they use?

moller
Jan 10, 2007

Swan stole my music and framed me!



I'm sort of sad that MBA Action 2004 doesn't appear to exist.

Dr. Tim Whatley
Jun 25, 2012

after an incredibly unsettling dream that involved my bf and a bat and subsequently waking up shaking. I'm done with this show.


Sir_Substance posted:

Speaking of old kids toys, here's what I really want to know:

The original digimon handheld things had two metal plates at the top that you pressed togather to start battling. I seem to recall that once the battle started, you could separate them.

Do I remember correctly? If so, what kind of wireless did they use?

Haha, clearly no wireless and the outcome had already been decided.

Humphreys
Jan 26, 2013

We conceived a way to use my mother as a porn mule







fleshy echidna posted:

dude corsets are kind of hosed up






edit: and so this post isn't completely useless here's something that was a pretty bad idea



SKANNERZ

Cool idea in concept basically turn Pokemon into an arg for kids to play at the supermarket, only problem was that all the creatures had instant death and no revives so unless you wanted your kid bawling there eyes out for losing a monster you'd just have them keep on scanning all the groceries over and over again, and getting more and more upset as they kept losing.(well maybe that was just me as a kid vv)

I read that as Skankerz

Breetai
Nov 6, 2005

Mah spoon is too big!


WebDog posted:

PYF obsolete and failed places of conception.

I was under the impression that homegrown was frowned upon.

Zopotantor
Feb 24, 2013

...und ist er drin dann lassen wir ihn niemals wieder raus...


Jerry Cotton posted:

Luckily brass doesn't rust.
Does nobody read the classics any more?

Mark Twain posted:

Huckleberry was filled with admiration of Tom's facility in writing, and the sublimity of his language. He at once took a pin from his lapel and was going to prick his flesh, but Tom said: "Hold on! Don't do that. A pin's brass. It might have verdigrease on it."

"What's verdigrease?"

"It's p'ison. That's what it is. You just swaller some of it once -- you'll see."

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Krispy Wafer
Jul 26, 2002

I shouted out "Free the exposed 67"
But they stood on my hair and told me I was fat



Grimey Drawer

axeil posted:

Okay as someone who actually works with this stuff I'm gonna stop you right there and say you're wrong.

Almost every large business finances itself with paper because keeping mountains of cash around is pointless when you can get a basis point or two making a short loan. You set up a 24 hour (or week or other extremely short time frame) loan, use the interest to fund your operating expenses and roll the loan over again.

In a financial free-fall when people were wondering whether or not people would open for business the next morning the rates on paper climbed to the point that companies weren't able to roll the loan over. You also had some people not paying back these short term loans because their assets all went to poo poo. This is a problem.

Additionally, the Fed buying paper did nothing, it was really the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program the FDIC ran that insured commercial paper that saved the market. And the FDIC made a pretty penny on that deal for the taxpayer. All the data is on their website if you ever want to see how the financial system got saved and how much money the US government made doing it.

edit: links: http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/res...TLGP/index.html


Only 6 default events and a total return of $9.3B to the FDIC's funds. Not a bad return for saving the economy. The was then used to help replenish the Deposit Insurance Fund, which is what the FDIC uses instead of tax money to resolve failed banks.

Mountains of cash isn't pointless when you wake up one morning and no one wants to loan you any money. GE had a large exposure to the financial crisis due to their consumer lending arm and were horribly unprepared for what happened. They were doing stock buybacks at $60 a share in 2006 when their stock price plummeted to $5 a share in 2008.

As for obsolete tech, any charger that's not USB. drat it's a hassle trying to figure out which random AC adapter goes to what device.

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