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(YouTube) Video On 22 November 1987, an unexplained transmission took over two TV stations in Chicago. To this day who did it and why remains a mystery   (youtube.com) divider line 72
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2007-11-20 07:02:41 PM
Wow, that is truly weird.
 
2007-11-20 07:03:40 PM
 
2007-11-20 08:00:59 PM
Sucks that someone would go through the trouble to do that and not be funny or interesting while doing it.
 
2007-11-20 08:02:54 PM
cool stuff. That is one creepy lookin dude, tho
 
2007-11-20 08:05:52 PM
If I had a rocket launcher...
 
2007-11-20 08:05:56 PM
I can't access You Tube from work, but is this the infamous "Max Headroom" prank, where they hacked into a PBS station during Doctor Who?
 
2007-11-20 08:07:57 PM
Interesting.
 
2007-11-20 08:09:57 PM
Never mind... crypticsatellite already answered my question while I was asking it.
 
2007-11-20 08:18:41 PM
One bizarre coincidence that I don't see mentioned (and being an American incident, it probably is just that... a coincidence) is that it occurred on the night before the anniversary of Doctor Who's 1963 premiere.

Kinda calls to mind the movie Pump Up the Volume, with Christian Slater.
 
2007-11-20 08:21:50 PM
 
2007-11-20 08:29:40 PM
Anyone have a transcript?
 
2007-11-20 08:40:06 PM
Now wait just a Goddamn minute. What the hell is this? Is this a 1974 Mercedes 450SL for *twenty-four thousand dollars*? That's too farking high.
 
2007-11-20 08:41:54 PM
www.horrordvds.com

Long live the new flesh.
 
2007-11-20 08:43:30 PM
Confabulat: Sucks that someone would go through the trouble to do that and not be funny or interesting while doing it.

QFT

/"Grzzzzlbssz shhzzpkkkkzzllz tllorgzzhhhhahhsss..."
 
2007-11-20 08:57:39 PM
BKITU: Confabulat: Sucks that someone would go through the trouble to do that and not be funny or interesting while doing it.

You kidding? The very fact that it was pulled off, with nobody getting busted 20 years later, is funny and interesting.

The dudes who did that know who they are, and are probably still laughing their ass off about it.

Jesus. Some sorry-ass people will shiat on anything.
 
2007-11-20 09:16:04 PM
Did he use a Sonic Screwdriver?


/K9
 
2007-11-20 09:20:48 PM
Every ham radio enthusiast who was active in the Chicago area at the time knows who this guy is. You'd be amazed as to how quickly that they'd give up his callsign and/or name. The guy wrote several articles in some obscure ham radio publications detailing his interviews with the Chicago FCC engineers. He was also quite happy to read you one of said articles on the air if you'd ask. He had quite the reputation for a while in his circle of acquaintances.

/evil genius, I tell you
 
2007-11-20 09:25:17 PM
Death to Videodrome!
 
2007-11-20 09:31:18 PM
hey good looking
i'll be back to pick you up later
 
2007-11-20 09:33:32 PM
It was the last dieing act of the infamous hacker, Captain Crunch.

.

//not really
//?but maybe
///2600
 
2007-11-20 09:46:55 PM
Norad: You kidding? The very fact that it was pulled off, with nobody getting busted 20 years later, is funny and interesting.

The dudes who did that know who they are, and are probably still laughing their ass off about it.

Jesus. Some sorry-ass people will shiat on anything.


The fact that whoever pulled it off at all is amazing. Downright legendary.

That's true.

What I think BKITU is more or less trying to say is just about any Farker worth his snark could come up with something better to fill that two-minute or so timeslot.

===========================

That said, the pirate could have done much worse with his brief time in the spotlight. The moving/swinging background was a clever mimic of the Max Hedroom thing. And the naked ass spanking at the end-- wow.

It seems like the guy was stoned out of his gourd when he did it-- and I'm guessing the "performance" was done live.

Overall, it was a pretty farking bizzare performance that just might give me a nightmare tonight.

=============================

Farkers in general:

If YOU had the chance to do a 2 to 5 minute pirate video broadcast that would break in on some massively popular prime time TV show today, what would you put on?


/this should be good.
 
2007-11-20 09:49:52 PM
static.flickr.com

Amateur.
 
2007-11-20 09:52:13 PM
Riche: If YOU had the chance to do a 2 to 5 minute pirate video broadcast that would break in on some massively popular prime time TV show today, what would you put on?

A nice long gripe about the state of the country. I wouldn't mention any candidates I support, though. It'd do them more harm than good.

If I wanted to keep it non-political? Oh, I dunno. Do we get to choose when the interruption occurs? If so I'd do a satire of the show I was interrupting.
 
2007-11-20 10:05:12 PM
What's that little tune he's singing when he says, "I stole CBS"?

That sounds eerily familiar.
 
2007-11-20 10:12:58 PM
Son of That Guy: What's that little tune he's singing when he says, "I stole CBS"?

That sounds eerily familiar.


"Clutch Cargo" theme.
 
2007-11-20 10:14:12 PM
Riche: Farkers in general:

If YOU had the chance to do a 2 to 5 minute pirate video broadcast that would break in on some massively popular prime time TV show today, what would you put on?


/this should be good.


This sounds like a great excuse to get Drew to start up a "Video Edit" Contest category. Those of us with the urge to purge our demonic wit in video form could really make this type of contest rock.
 
2007-11-20 10:15:35 PM
Son of That Guy

the theme to the 1950s tv show Clutch Cargo, grandpa
 
2007-11-20 10:54:11 PM
nodhg: Now wait just a Goddamn minute. What the hell is this? Is this a 1974 Mercedes 450SL for *twenty-four thousand dollars*? That's too farking high.



"...where we're lowering inflation not only by fighting high prices, not only by murdering high prices, but by blowing the living shiat out of high prices!!"
 
2007-11-20 11:05:15 PM
flavor of the month: Son of That Guy

the theme to the 1950s tv show Clutch Cargo, grandpa


Is that something that was on in the '80s? I'm only 28 ("only," heh).
 
2007-11-20 11:19:14 PM
Riche: What I think BKITU is more or less trying to say is just about any Farker worth his snark could come up with something better to fill that two-minute or so timeslot.

Yar.

That could have been legendary lulz, but they just weren't funny. +1 for pulling it off, -100 for spending the time being dull.
 
2007-11-20 11:54:22 PM
Control_this: If I had a rocket launcher...

Some son of a biatch would die? You'd make somebody pay?
 
2007-11-21 12:08:57 AM
BKITU: That could have been legendary lulz, but they just weren't funny. +1 for pulling it off, -100 for spending the time being dull.

Well, that's assuming there's no hidden message in what he's saying...
 
2007-11-21 05:06:01 AM
BKITU: lulz

back to /b/ with you!


Anyhow, this was in the 80's funny then, is not funny now. Back then mullets were in, and not funny. Back then, it wasn't gay for men to be, well, gay (not in the homosexual sense, that was still gay) the 80s were weird, and this may have actually been amusing then, now its a bit odd, creepy, and the humor is somewhat lost.
 
2007-11-21 05:15:38 AM
I can't even remember all the items worthy of culture hacking in 1987.

- height of the AIDS crisis
- Iran-Contra
- The Unabomber
- Stock market crash

And "Your love is fading" made the cut?

Seriously!
 
2007-11-21 06:30:30 AM
Latch: Control_this: If I had a rocket launcher...

Some son of a biatch would die? You'd make somebody pay?


Some dude barricaded himself into a radio station in Canada back in the 80's and played that song straight for 24 hours.
 
2007-11-21 06:46:25 AM
That was definitely...odd.

Anyone know if there is a statute of limitations on that crime? I would love to hear from the original hackers what that was all about, but it would suck for them to be punished so long after the fact...
 
2007-11-21 07:04:32 AM
Youtube has made widespread broadcast pirate TV possible, and here it is showing what hacker phreaks were doing back in the day utilizing our public airwaves for some light hearted anarchy.. now the circle is complete.
 
2007-11-21 07:27:33 AM
www.lazydork.com

Interrupted during a sports broadcast you say? What sport?

"We've gaht to get too tha satalite upklink!"
 
2007-11-21 07:59:37 AM
Latch: Control_this: If I had a rocket launcher...

Some son of a biatch would die? You'd make somebody pay?


I LOL'ed.

I would retaliate...
 
2007-11-21 08:38:59 AM
HA HA! Imagine being drunk or really really sleepy when this happened.
 
2007-11-21 08:51:03 AM
can you imagine trippin and watching the Dr. Who show and bam, right into that!! AHHH! I would have nightmares for years!
 
2007-11-21 08:54:49 AM
We need more air-wave piracy.
mattsingley.typepad.com
 
2007-11-21 08:57:15 AM
I remember when this happened.
 
2007-11-21 09:12:05 AM
Well, the Videodrome reference has already been made, so there's nothing left for me.
 
2007-11-21 09:29:58 AM
Greatest moment in hacker history. When was the last time YOU hijacked an entire tv station?

What was he saying about newspaper nerds?
 
2007-11-21 09:40:36 AM
Control_this: Latch: Control_this: If I had a rocket launcher...

Some son of a biatch would die? You'd make somebody pay?

Some dude barricaded himself into a radio station in Canada back in the 80's and played that song straight for 24 hours.


Wow, I never knew that. Thanks.

/hears the old NBC "The More You Know" tune play in his head.
 
2007-11-21 09:50:44 AM
mamoru: Anyone know if there is a statute of limitations on that crime? I would love to hear from the original hackers what that was all about, but it would suck for them to be punished so long after the fact...

I dunno, I betcha the Patriot Act has some ex-post-facto coverage for this type of thing... to keep us safe, of course.

I'm with the "badass prank, but content could use improvement" mob. Sounds like the guy was pretty much just improvising; that the only planned portion was that weird flyswatter spanking at the end.
 
2007-11-21 09:51:20 AM
If I remember correctly, there was speculation at the time that this was in protest to the canceling of Max Headroom.
 
2007-11-21 10:14:43 AM
For those of you not familar with the characters mentioned.

Max Headroom on Letterman, part 1(pops)
Max Headroom on Letterman, part 2(pops)


Clutch Cargo (pops)
 
2007-11-21 12:09:02 PM
That was nightmarish.
 
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