The "lo-fi" sound of early hip hop was the result of producers sampling records at 45rpm, then slowing down playback in order to extend the maximum sample length available in hardware. kvraudio.com/forum/viewto…
We have left so much waste on the moon including robots, spacecraft parts, moon buggies and much more hardware. "The least charming are 96 bags for poo, urine and vomit that scientists, being scientists, are keen to get their hands on should the opportunity arise." theguardian.com/science/2…
A small NZ town worked together on a month-long search for local icon Rodney (a cat) who was unceremoniously dumped after a ten year stint at the local hardware store as greeter and mascot. nzherald.co.nz/whanganui-…
The director of GoldenEye 007 (the game) discovered an issue with the N64's hardware, prior to the console's launch. Silicon Graphics, makers of the N64 chipset, considered doing a revision with a fix, but ultimately decided not to, due to costs and the possibility of that causing another delay nintendolife.com/news/201…
Spaceballs wasn’t the first Star Wars spoof. There was a 12 minute short called Hardware Wars that was shot for $8,000 in an abandoned laundromat. The film featured toasters, flashlights, tin foil and other low budget effects. thelaughbutton.com/24-les…
The four-person video game Gauntlet had a voiceover by Ernie Fosselius, who directed several spoof movies like Hardware Wars (Star Wars spoof) and Porklips Now (Apocalypse Now spoof). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gau…
After the pandemic began, many investors purchased the wrong Zoom stock, getting shares in a defunct Chinese hardware company, instead of the calling app, Zoom Video Communications. This meant that the wrong Zoom stock price soared by 1800% before the SEC stepped in. nasdaq.com/articles/the-s…
During production the second transformers movie, the increased resolution of the characters for new IMAX footage nearly exhausted ILM's render farms: After one hard night of rendering computer-generated footage, some of the hardware actually exploded. syfy.com/syfywire/how-gia…
In 2005 two engineers at Apple help the US Department of Energy create a Top Secret iPod the looked and functioned like a regular iPod but had added hardware to record data. They have no idea what kind of data they helped the government record. arstechnica.com/informati…
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…
In order to get the fluid and cartoonish animations that 'Crash Bandicoot' required, programmers found a way to hack into the hardware of the Sony Playstation and exploited built-in code libraries to maximize the available memory for the game arstechnica.com/gaming/20…
Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc filed a lawsuit against a software company that enabled PlayStation games to run at full speed on modestly powerful computer hardware. Sony lost the lawsuit and purchased the software so it could discontinue it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
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…
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 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…
The increased speed in 'Space Invaders' was due to hardware limitations and not an initial design decision en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
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…
DVI can carry audio if DVI to HDMI adapter is used for certain hardware bluecinetech.co.uk/does-d…
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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
"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…
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-…
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…
Famous β€œTunnel of Love” found in Ukraine, originally was used to conceal the transport of military hardware businessinsider.com/ukrai…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Soviets mass produced inferior "export" versions of military hardware to sell to third world countries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
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…
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…
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…
Following the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, rope sales in hardware stores skyrocketed. businessinsider.com/fifty…
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/…
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…
Hardware Stores in Chicago Could Sell or Rent Tommy Guns (When They First Came Out), No Questions Asked blog.cleveland.com/metro/…
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…
The word Materiel refers to military objects, equipment and hardware, and is not the word Material misspelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…

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