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Startling spam

July 16th, 2009 (09:02 am)
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"Everybody Needs An Oscilloscope".

It wasn't just a misleading Subject:, either; that's actually what the message was about.

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Posted by: lauradi7 (lauradi7)
Posted at: July 16th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)

Instead of regular year-round CRT etc collections, Lexington used to have one morning per quarter when people would come and drop off such stuff plus other electronics. As one of the volunteers checking people in, I grew to expect several oscilloscopes each time. Apparently not everybody needs one.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: July 16th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
Non sequitur

Apparently not everybody needs one.

Maybe they were getting rid of their spare oscilloscopes. Or maybe they needed oscilloscopes, but had decided they didn't have the means to keep their oscilloscopes in the style to which they'd been accustomed.

Posted by: metahacker (metahacker)
Posted at: July 16th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
statistic

But it's true!

I just need to figure out how to get one on my iPhone. Surely there's an app out there for it, and it can take input through the microphone...of low-frequency signals...

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: July 16th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)

Yeah, the microphone quality is the big question. It can probably output at 44kHz, but what about input?

Posted by: blue shark of friendliness (ckd)
Posted at: July 16th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
cpu

I feel like that spam should talk about "increasing your wavelength" or something.

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: July 16th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)

Ooh...too many NSFW meanings for that one...

Posted by: Alexx Kay (alexx_kay)
Posted at: July 16th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)

From Walter Jon Williams' _This is Not a Game_: The protagonist has just discovered that her office has been being surveilled by an uber-geeky fanboy. Having been caught, he gives her a tour of his spy van, full of off-the-shelf high tech equipment:

"I've even got some oscilloscopes," he said. They don't really have any function or anything, but I think they're cool." Green standing waves hummed in the displays.

"Nice mad-scientist decor," Dagmar said. "All you need is a Tesla coil."

"Thanks!"

Posted by: Who, me? (metageek)
Posted at: July 16th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
No function?

No function? He should've fed his surveillance microphones into the oscilloscopes, to spot the difference between live speech and recordings.

(Might not work, but he should've tried it, at least. Insufficiently geeky. :-)

Edited at 2009-07-16 05:22 pm (UTC)

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