1,418 entrance steps (one for each day the Soviet Union fought in the WWII) of the new 95m-tall β€œMain Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces” are forged from melted-down hardware seized from Nazi troops. bbc.com/news/amp/world-eu…
Today I learned that the Russian Orthodox Church regularly blesses Russian Military Hardware, but has decided that it is inappropriate to bless weapons of mass destruction newsweek.com/russian-chur…
DVI can carry audio if DVI to HDMI adapter is used for certain hardware bluecinetech.co.uk/does-d…
Active since at least 1998, "in concert with the CIA and FBI, (NSA's) TAO is used to intercept laptops purchased online, divert them to secret warehouses where spyware and hardware is installed, and send them on to customers." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
The Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) was a group of computer hardware manufacturers, from 1989 to 2009/2010. This acronym was difficult to say and remember, and was sometimes jokingly referred to as "People Can't Memorize Computer Industry Acronyms" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
The first two toys to use electronic sound chips to make noise rather than an analogue recordings, Simon and the Speak & Spell, both got their hardware from graphic calculator maker Texas Instruments 20k.org/episodes/noiserus
Today I learned about HERA, a telescope searching for the oldest stars in the universe, from a period known as the Cosmic Dark Ages. And it is built from stuff you could buy at any local hardware store. "This is the beauty of low frequency radio astronomy: one doesn’t need custom, expensive hardware." supercluster.com/editoria…
Spaceballs wasn't the the first Star Wars parody, a 13 minute short titled Hardware Wars released in 1978 was the first. With a production cost of $8k and box office of $1million it even beat the earnings ratio of Star Wars. During a 1999 interview George Lucas named it his favorite. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The increased speed in 'Space Invaders' was due to hardware limitations and not an initial design decision en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Some malls in Los Angeles have vending machines that serve caviar. Prices range from $5 to $500. Each machine costs about $85,000 – including hardware, software, security and maintenance – and has about $50,000 worth of inventory inside. nbcnews.com/businessmain/…
Famous β€œTunnel of Love” found in Ukraine, originally was used to conceal the transport of military hardware businessinsider.com/ukrai…
The Republic of Indian Stream existed between the USA and British Canada where the border was unclear. They wrote a constitution, but attacked a British magistrate trying to collect a hardware store debt. The US and Britain resolved the border, appalled a hardware store debt almost led to war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Facebook acquired Oculus VR in 2014 and that "Although Facebook has not revealed a revenue breakdown for Oculus, it seems clear that the company is interested in capitalizing on this purchase in an attempt to dominate the virtual reality software and hardware market. investopedia.com/articles…
The Deep Note, also known as the "THX Note", was designed and synthesized in 1983 by James A. Moorer after 2 years of development using a 19" rack full of digital hardware. It is perceived as much louder than it is due to the large number of overlapping voices - the original version has 30. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dee…
In 1986, calculators still represented an estimated 41% of the world's general-purpose hardware capacity to compute information. By 2007, this had diminished to less than 0.05%. science.sciencemag.org/co…
The term β€œbug” as it pertains to computer software (and hardware), does not derive from the famous Mark II computer incident wherein a moth was trapped in a relay. The term has actually been in use in engineering and early computing since at least the 1870’s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sof…
That Moores law states that the number of transistors per square inch doubles every 18 months not the processing power of the hardware webopedia.com/TERM/M/Moor…
Using horizontal push bars instead of regular door knobs/handles is too prevent a crowd from smashing into a door and preventing its ability to open. Apparently it's called panic hardware us.allegion.com/content/d…
"Salvage 1" was a 1979 ABC science fiction series starring Andy Griffith as a salvage expert whose goal was to build a rocket from a semi-trailer and concrete mixer, fly to the moon and collect leftover Apollo hardware and bring it back to Earth and sell it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sal…
Today I learned of the Heavy Press Program, a program to develop absolutely massive presses used to form solid chunks of metal into parts essential to modern airplanes, rockets and military hardware. One such is the Mesta 50, one part pressed by the Mesta 50 weighed 657 tons itself (around 200 cars worth). youtube.com/watch?v=hpgK5…
In the Original Nintendo Games that Mario's Hat was created due to the graphical limitations of arcade hardware since hair couldn't be represented well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
An innovative computer company called InfoGear Technology Corporation combined a telephone w/the internet and pioneered touch screen hardware in 1998. InfoGear called this device an β€œiPhone.” It was on sale 9 years before Apple Inc.’s iPhones hit the market xconomy.com/san-francisco…
British hardware chain B&Q tried to sell mole repellent in Ireland, before learning that Ireland has no moles... diyweek.net/b-q-sells-mol…
Since the SNES wasn't powerful enough to emulate a GameBoy in software, the Super GameBoy actually contained all the hardware of a regular gameboy except the screen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Today I learned that Link and Samus were going to be in the Wii version of Marvel Ultimate Alliance, but Nintendo were insulted when Raven software demonstrated this to them on competitor hardware, the PS2, and banned their inclusion didyouknowgaming.com/post…
NES and SNES consoles turn yellow as they age because of a breakdown of a flame retardant chemical added to plastics used in older computer hardware. tested.com/tech/2505-why-…
In the original Silent Hill video game, the fog covering the town was put in the game because of hardware limitations. Covering the town in fog meant that only the area surrounding the player at any given moment needed to be rendered engadget.com/2012/10/31/k…
Cows can develop a condition known as 'Hardware disease' due to eating sharp metal objects. Because cows don't have a way to identify what they are eating, objects like nails and wire can hurt their insides. To treat it magnets are used to safely collect the metal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Soviets mass produced inferior "export" versions of military hardware to sell to third world countries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Today I learned of Digital Cinema Files, a type of digital file that is now used in movie theaters to display films, and comes with both encrypted content and an encrypted password that can only be decoded by a piece of secure hardware on the playback system. Not even employees have direct access to the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
Cows are fed magnets that stay in their stomach for life to collect metal objects like nails or barbed wire that the cow will occasionally eat, thus preventing the objects from getting stuck in their intestines and causing "hardware disease" en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
Farmers feed their cows large magnets that settle in their stomachs to prevent "Hardware Disease", since cows often eat nails, staples, and pieces of wire when grazing. magnetsource.com/Solution…
Today I learned about Hardware Disease, which is caused by grazing animals like cows eating pieces of stray metal on the ground. It can be difficult to conclusively diagnose, but can be prevented by the oral administration of a magnet around the time that the animal reaches the age of one year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
The word Materiel refers to military objects, equipment and hardware, and is not the word Material misspelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
The Cincinnati Library has 3D printers, audio and visual equipment, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, cameras and other hardware and software tools that patrons can use for free. cincinnatilibrary.org/mai…
Farmers feed large magnets to cows to prevent "Hardware Disease". Cow Magnets sit in their "stomach" for the lifetime of the cow and prevent accidentally eaten pieces of metal from lodging in the stomach folds causing illness. gizmodo.com/if-you-want-h…
Farmers put magnets into the stomach of cows so that they attract metal parts the cow accidentally ate to prevent them from becoming lodged in the animal's tissue(which is know as hardware disease) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Hardware Stores in Chicago Could Sell or Rent Tommy Guns (When They First Came Out), No Questions Asked blog.cleveland.com/metro/…
Noise cancelling headphones work by mutating the sound waves against what's happening outside, in addition to having hardware to get rid of the noise audio-technica.com/cms/fe…
Due to the limitations of arcade hardware in 1981, Mario was clothed in red overalls and blue shirt to contrast his arms, body, and background. The cap was added to avoid drawing his hairstyle, forehead, and eyebrows. The large nose and mustache avoided the need to draw a mouth and expressions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The F-22 Raptor's engines are designed to allow standard maintenance using just six common tools available at commercial hardware stores lockheedmartin.com/us/pro…
Most modern circuit designs aren't done by hand. Engineers use computer languages known as Hardware Description Languages to write circuits like programmers write programs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
$50 million worth of hardware shattered and burned on one day in 1995 when Samsung hoisted its β€œQuality First” banner to end it’s low quality production techcrunch.com/2013/06/01…
There are Catholic Patron Saints for caterpillars, astronauts, hardware stores, invincible people, things that go BOOM, the fear of wasps, coffee houses, unattractive people, TV writers, taking exams, and the Internet marysaggies.blogspot.com/…
Following the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, rope sales in hardware stores skyrocketed. businessinsider.com/fifty…
The faint clicking noise the scroll ball in my Apple Mighty Mouse makes is generated by a speaker inside the mouse and not the physical hardware itself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/App…
A potential reason that calculator keys and touch-tone phone keys differ in layout is because the hardware of 1950s phones could not keep up with the speed at which professionals would dial them so a new layout had to be introduced to slow them down. electronics.howstuffworks…
Today I learned of Wirth's Law: "Software manages to outgrow hardware in size and sluggishness" was formulated in 1995 by the Turing award-winner Niklaus Wirth, refers to Moor's law, which observed exponential growth in hardware cost/performance in 1965 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wir…
Today I learned that starting in the 80's there was a wild dev convention held to, among other things, create the best hacks: useless but elegant programs getting penalties for actual uity, with prizes for the best being bits bought from a local hardware store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Sega turned down an offer to make a console with Sony because Sony "doesn't know how to make hardware". usgamer.net/articles/sega…
Google is now working on open hardware platform to create first modular smartphone. Idea is 'why buy a phone for its camera when you can buy a camera for your phone' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In 2010 a 'sculpture' by Felix Gonzalez-Torres consisting of two 40-watt light bulbs, porcelain light sockets and extension cords all obtained from a hardware store sold at auction for $506,500 phillips.com/detail/FELIX…
Mario only has gloves, a moustache, and a hat because otherwise he would've looked like an amorphous inanimate blob on the Donkey Kong arcade hardware newyorker.com/magazine/20…
Tobe Hooper came up with the idea of a chainsaw as the murder weapon for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre when he was at a hardware store and was wondering how he could speed his way through the crowd. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
IE9 beat Chrome and Firefox in Tom's Hardware's 'Web Browser Grand Prix' tomshardware.com/reviews/…
Cows can get "hardware disease". To avoid that you feed a magnet to a calf. Yes, cows have magnets in them! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Charlene & Darlene Corley (Twins) illegitimately earned millions of dollars from the American Military by grossly over-charging them on delivery of small hardware components. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Farmers feed cows magnets to catch and remove metal from their digestive tracts so they don't get hardware disease. allmagnetics.com/cowmagne…
Screwfix is the name of one of the UK's biggest hardware, tools and accessories store. It's first mail order catalogue in consisted of a single page devoted solely to screws. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scr…
Hip Hop might have been catalyzed by looting of audio hardware during the New York City Blackout of 1977 99percentinvisible.org/ep…
Pixar started as a hardware company whose core product was the Pixar Image Computer, a system primarily sold to government agencies and the medical community, and made short animations to show off the capabilities of their product. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pix…
It's called 'FIRMware' because it's between 'SOFTware' and 'HARDware' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
IBM Watson's hardware is only about half as fast as the cut-off line for the global Top 500 Supercomputers list en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
There was almost a Sega Playstation. Sega Japan overruled Sega of America, saying "That’s a stupid idea, Sony doesn’t know how to make hardware." pushsquare.com/news/2013/…
Today I learned of the Republic of Indian Stream, population 300, 1832-1835, that was absorbed by the USA by force after a posse of drunk "Streamers" felt entitled to invade Canada and kidnap a British magistrate over an unpaid hardware store debt, causing a diplomatic crisis between the USA and the UK en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
There is a company in Panama making seismographs in a country with no active volcano or big earthquakes. And they use a Rasberry as the hardware solution. raspberryshake.org/
Companys include 'antifeatures' in their hardware and software products to make them less compatible and maximize profits wiki.mako.cc/Antifeatures
Ace Hardware is a co-op. I think I'll be doing more shopping at Ace from now on. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace…
Today I learned of Wirth's Law, which states that software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wir…
HP print cartridges have region codes, and don't work in printers from another region. This regional lockout is a kind of hardware DRM, basically. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
Researchers are working to run Deep Learning algorithms on a processor with programmable logic block circuitry (FPGAs). If successful, an AI would be able to alter it's own hardware, more closely resembling the human 'mind-body connection'. gigaom.com/2014/08/21/ner…
Back in 2012, Professor Simon Cox of the University of Southampton, in partnership with fellow computational engineers and his six-year old son, built first large-scale supercomputer cluster constructed entirely from Raspberry Pi hardware! alphr.com/features/378817…
There is a service that allows you to watch movies when they released to theatres. It requires a fingerprint to access content, the hardware costs $35,000 and each viewing costs $500. forbes.com/sites/geoffrey…
A 'cow magnet' can be used to prevent hardware disease en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Today I learned of the Republic of Indian Stream, which existed from 1832 to 1835, and was annexed by the USA when "Streamers" invaded Canada and shot up the home of the judge who had arrested a citizen for having an unpaid hardware store debt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Today I learned of Wirth's Law, which states that software gets slower more rapidly than hardware getting faster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wir…
The University of Florida Physics Department Radio-Tracked the Apollo 17 Flight Using a Collection of Homebrew and Surplus Hardware svengrahn.pp.se/trackind/…
Nintendo turned down hardware from Sony that was later used for the Playstation fool.com/investing/genera…
After first implementing cloud computing technology, Amazon employed "two-pizza teams" to maintain and upgrade the hardware, aka a team small enough to be fed with only 2 pizzas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Current 4K TVs sold are useless for most upcoming 4K content, due to the encryption standard requiring hardware decoding which they don't have. cnet.com/news/hdcp-2-2-wh…
The rockets designed by Soviets in the 60s space race are far more efficient than current US made rocket designs and the antique hardware is being incorporated into current satellite launch rockets. youtube.com/watch?v=rEX0I…
In the year 2000, people were worried that Saddam Hussein was planning to make military hardware by strapping PS2 consoles together. zdnet.co.uk/news/processo…
A UK charity has helped more than 1500 schools in Africa set up computer labs by donating computers recycled from redundant hardware en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Aphex Twin won a coding contest at the age of 11 by using a machine with no sound hardware to make sound. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
That, in the 1960s, NASA proposed a manned fly-by of Mars using upgraded Apollo hardware. The problem was there was too much weight in fuel to make it feasible. The NASA solution: Fly around Venus and use it as a gravity assist. Mission duration: 790 days. wired.com/wiredscience/20…
When I let my Android phone use GPS, I unwittingly agreed to let Google broadcast the Latitude, Longitude and hardware MAC address of my home WiFi router to a public database on the Internet. WTF, Google? search.slashdot.org/story…
Today I learned of an open source movement to make modular hardware that lets everyone easily build things by connecting standard parts - just like IKEA meets Lego and Erector sets! lowtechmagazine.com/2012/…
After Steve Jobs checked the computer Xerox Star, he was thoroughly unimpressed with it. A few weeks later he called one of the hardware designers on the Xerox Star team and told him "Everything you've ever done in your life is shit, so why don't you come work for me?" He joined the team. businessinsider.com/steve…
It is agreed that wiping a hard disk by writing a '0' over every bit will prevent data recovery via software methods, however there is controversy over whether the data could still be recovered by hardware analysis pcsupport.about.com/od/to…
John Madden was once better known for Ace Hardware commercials than as a Super Bowl-winning coach. He is now known more for the videogame named after him than as coach or broadcaster. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
There is a bar in Dingle, Ireland that is half Bar half Hardware Store... The only bar in the world where you can get a hammer and get hammered virtualtourist.com/travel…
In 2002 Nintendo, Sega, and Capcom teamed up to create an arcade machine based on Gamecube hardware. Games included Mario Kart GX, F-zero AX, and Virtua Striker. wiki.arcadeotaku.com/w/Tr…
Whereas Spaceballs was released 10 years after Star Wars, Hardware Wars was released the same year as Star Wars greatlittle-knownmovies.b…
A manned Venus flyby was planned in the mid 1960s using Apollo derived hardware. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man…
The time required for basic computer tasks hasn't got better due to software bloat even though current hardware is thousands times better hallicino.hubpages.com/hu…
Today I learned of the Republic of Indian Stream that was founded on contested land in 1832 and was finally annexed by New Hampshire 3 years later when a group of "streamers" shot up judge for arresting a man for unpaid hardware store debt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
After Cantor Fitzgerald was nearly wiped out in the September 11th attacks Cisco Systems shipped them a dozen 18-wheelers full of hardware to rebuild their infrastructure. This was done entirely without being asked. articles.latimes.com/2011…
Nintendo has sold approximately 669 million hardware units and 420 billion software units as of December 31, 2013 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…

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