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(Boing Boing)   Hidden pint-glass QR code is only visible when filled with Guinness. There *is* one major flaw in that design   (boingboing.net) divider line 40
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2012-05-20 04:24:52 PM  
It looks like not enough whitespace around the QR code to me but scanning it with my cellphone reveals that QR codes have a lot more tolerance for that!!

The site it directed me to, livepint.com, is a parked site with no content.
 
2012-05-20 05:45:27 PM  

MadSkillz: The site it directed me to, livepint.com, is a parked site with no content.


Yup, same here.
 
2012-05-20 05:54:01 PM  
At work we received new labels for a customer product and out of curiosity I scanned them and they went to misspelled parked sites. I immediately called the boss and said "hey, they farked up their QR codes!!" to which he replied "don't say 'fark' at work."
 
2012-05-20 06:12:17 PM  
The flaw is that Guinness sucks

/long live Pilsner Urquell!
 
2012-05-20 07:12:29 PM  
"it tweets about your pint, updates your facebook status, checks you in via 4 square, downloads coupons and promotions, invites your friends to join, and even launches exclusive Guiness content."

a picture of a towel?
 
2012-05-20 07:12:45 PM  
Thanks, I'll use (local obscure dark beer you've never heard of) to read the code!
 
2012-05-20 07:21:37 PM  

ArkAngel: The flaw is that Guinness sucks

/long live Pilsner Urquell!


please post addy. i need to go.
 
2012-05-20 07:23:16 PM  

divgradcurl: a picture of a towel?


error 500 Guinness_bar_towel.jpg not found

is what you should get
 
2012-05-20 07:33:50 PM  

divgradcurl: "it tweets about your pint, updates your facebook status, checks you in via 4 square, downloads coupons and promotions, invites your friends to join, and even launches exclusive Guiness content."

a picture of a towel?


Oh, just what everyone needs, QR codes spamming ads on Facebook. Since they're coming from 'friends' they're not going to be flagged without dropping the friend.

fark me, FB finds new and interesting ways to suck daily.
 
2012-05-20 07:37:38 PM  
"There *is* one major flaw in that design."

It tried to update my nonexistent facebook status every 5 minutes?
 
2012-05-20 07:38:15 PM  

kroonermanblack: divgradcurl: "it tweets about your pint, updates your facebook status, checks you in via 4 square, downloads coupons and promotions, invites your friends to join, and even launches exclusive Guiness content."

a picture of a towel?

Oh, just what everyone needs, QR codes spamming ads on Facebook. Since they're coming from 'friends' they're not going to be flagged without dropping the friend.

fark me, FB finds new and interesting ways to suck daily.


They need to find a way to make money now. Before it was a "eh... as long as we have enough to keep some staff, pay the bills and have some throwaway money" (not saying they were poor by any means), as compared to now where they better damn well find a way to make money, or else go under.

..speaking of which, what the hell is their business model? Seriously... There's no way they can have "we're a social site that has little ads on it" as a business model, is there?
 
2012-05-20 07:44:27 PM  

kroonermanblack: divgradcurl: "it tweets about your pint, updates your facebook status, checks you in via 4 square, downloads coupons and promotions, invites your friends to join, and even launches exclusive Guiness content."

a picture of a towel?

Oh, just what everyone needs, QR codes spamming ads on Facebook. Since they're coming from 'friends' they're not going to be flagged without dropping the friend.

fark me, FB finds new and interesting ways to suck daily.


Its not really possible. A QR codes link to URLS. While a URL can try to tweet/facebook for you, you'll get a confirmation box, same for all the other stuff.
 
2012-05-20 07:50:39 PM  

MindStalker: kroonermanblack: divgradcurl: "it tweets about your pint, updates your facebook status, checks you in via 4 square, downloads coupons and promotions, invites your friends to join, and even launches exclusive Guiness content."

a picture of a towel?

Oh, just what everyone needs, QR codes spamming ads on Facebook. Since they're coming from 'friends' they're not going to be flagged without dropping the friend.

fark me, FB finds new and interesting ways to suck daily.

Its not really possible. A QR codes link to URLS. While a URL can try to tweet/facebook for you, you'll get a confirmation box, same for all the other stuff.


I really, really resent this. It's becoming increasingly common.

I want to play a game. By myself.

Game: in order to play, please submit your Facebook/Twitter login!
Me: fark off, game.

Facebook: To access this article, please add [newspaper] app to your account.
Me: fark off, article.

Website: Before reading this article, please enter your Facebook login to share with your friends!
Me: fark off, Cracked.
 
2012-05-20 07:56:23 PM  
I don't care, I want one.
 
2012-05-20 08:24:54 PM  

scarmig: I don't care, I want one.


Me too. I fill it up with Genesee Cream Ale and not a single fark will be given. I am sure they will become collectors items for some nerdy twit facebooker.
 
2012-05-20 08:38:34 PM  
Maybe if I fill the glass with Pepsi, it will direct me to a working website.
 
2012-05-20 08:38:52 PM  
If it worked, it's marginally better than most QR code use.

"Hey, I know, let's put the link to our website in a format that no human can read!"

When I heard my company did this, I think the facepalm was heard around the office.
 
2012-05-20 08:46:43 PM  
I wish it would, upon scanning, send me my f-ing bar towel. It has been 5-6 years now. Slowest delivery evah!!!!
 
2012-05-20 08:48:36 PM  
I was expecting the barcode to be on the bottom of the glass.
 
2012-05-20 09:26:50 PM  
Is the problem "filled" or "Guinness"?

\both sound bad
 
2012-05-20 09:40:01 PM  

divgradcurl: "it tweets about your pint, updates your facebook status, checks you in via 4 square, downloads coupons and promotions, invites your friends to join, and even launches exclusive Guiness content."

a picture of a towel?


I have my towel, quit yer biatchin.
 
2012-05-20 09:47:20 PM  

mudpants: divgradcurl: "it tweets about your pint, updates your facebook status, checks you in via 4 square, downloads coupons and promotions, invites your friends to join, and even launches exclusive Guiness content."

a picture of a towel?

I have my towel, quit yer biatchin.


You must be a hoopy frood then.
 
2012-05-20 10:25:34 PM  
QR codes seem like a great way to steer people to malware sites. You don't know what the code is gonna do until it's too late.
 
2012-05-20 10:26:53 PM  

ArkAngel: The flaw is that Guinness sucks

/long live Pilsner Urquell!


Slides 8" of Toledo steel out of sheath; invites miscreant formerly known as ArkAngel to step outside.
 
2012-05-20 10:34:45 PM  
Do people actually use those stupid QR codes? They seem to me to be, in a marketing sense, on par with robocalls.
 
2012-05-20 10:47:54 PM  

divgradcurl: "it tweets about your pint, updates your facebook status, checks you in via 4 square, downloads coupons and promotions, invites your friends to join, and even launches exclusive Guiness content."

a picture of a towel?


Why do I want a picture of one when I can just go get the one Guinness sent me?
 
2012-05-20 10:59:00 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: QR codes seem like a great way to steer people to malware sites. You don't know what the code is gonna do until it's too late.


Yep. I also wonder if one could be encoded to exploit a buffer overrun in a common mobile browser or underlying URL handling, should one be discovered by people more interested in exploitation than disclosure.
 
2012-05-20 11:26:17 PM  

RoxtarRyan: kroonermanblack: divgradcurl: "it tweets about your pint, updates your facebook status, checks you in via 4 square, downloads coupons and promotions, invites your friends to join, and even launches exclusive Guiness content."

a picture of a towel?

Oh, just what everyone needs, QR codes spamming ads on Facebook. Since they're coming from 'friends' they're not going to be flagged without dropping the friend.

fark me, FB finds new and interesting ways to suck daily.

They need to find a way to make money now. Before it was a "eh... as long as we have enough to keep some staff, pay the bills and have some throwaway money" (not saying they were poor by any means), as compared to now where they better damn well find a way to make money, or else go under.

..speaking of which, what the hell is their business model? Seriously... There's no way they can have "we're a social site that has little ads on it" as a business model, is there?


Generally speaking, I believe they're data aquisition, mining, and analyzing. All that information people love to put up, etc.

MindStalker: kroonermanblack: divgradcurl: "it tweets about your pint, updates your facebook status, checks you in via 4 square, downloads coupons and promotions, invites your friends to join, and even launches exclusive Guiness content."

a picture of a towel?

Oh, just what everyone needs, QR codes spamming ads on Facebook. Since they're coming from 'friends' they're not going to be flagged without dropping the friend.

fark me, FB finds new and interesting ways to suck daily.

Its not really possible. A QR codes link to URLS. While a URL can try to tweet/facebook for you, you'll get a confirmation box, same for all the other stuff.


...yes, because that stops people from spamming games, articles, etc. I'm willing to bet it'll be some post-load checkbox that basically says 'click here after scanning!' or something equally innocent and fairly unclear.
 
2012-05-21 12:34:00 AM  
fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net
 
2012-05-21 12:50:22 AM  
or you could fill it with actual shiat, pooped fresh from your ass, the glass and your phone can't tell the difference...

Other things that will work.
Dried Blood
Bad Coffee
Wet Dirt
Vomited Chocolate Cake
Fake Maple Syrup

So, predominately - and we can say so to the exception of the original product endorsement idea - the glass works with a large number of things you shouldn't drink.
 
2012-05-21 01:00:45 AM  
So what's the problem, Subby? American pussies won't buy real beer?
 
2012-05-21 02:17:19 AM  

PlatinumDragon: BarkingUnicorn: QR codes seem like a great way to steer people to malware sites. You don't know what the code is gonna do until it's too late.

Yep. I also wonder if one could be encoded to exploit a buffer overrun in a common mobile browser or underlying URL handling, should one be discovered by people more interested in exploitation than disclosure.


I wonder how many strokes with a thick black marker would be needed to render a QR code useless.
 
2012-05-21 04:05:03 AM  

ArkAngel: The flaw is that Guinness sucks

/long live Pilsner Urquell!


You're nuts. While Pils is great; Guinness is even better.
 
2012-05-21 07:33:13 AM  
Guinness is nasty shiat.
 
2012-05-21 09:59:41 AM  

ComicBookGuy: Guinness is nasty shiat.


Philistine!
 
2012-05-21 11:06:55 AM  
I must be slow this morning... what is the one major flaw?


wrenchboy: I fill it up with Genesee Cream Ale and not a single fark will be given.


Okay...did Genny become trendy when I wasn't looking, or are you a fellow Upstater? Grew up drinking the stuff, so I still get it from time to time here in PA. I've been noticing radio/print ads for it around here all of a sudden, and it's freaking me out.
 
2012-05-21 01:32:39 PM  
The problem, as I see it, is that it requires the glass to be FULL of Guinness.. For me, it won't stay full for long.

/love me some Guinness
 
2012-05-21 02:40:25 PM  
Guinness is tasty stuff. Also highly overrated.
 
2012-05-21 08:10:18 PM  

stappawho: Guinness is tasty stuff. Also highly overrated.


I like Guinness.

/in the same way I like drinking whole loaves of pumpernickel bread.
 
2012-05-21 09:17:48 PM  

brianbankerus: stappawho: Guinness is tasty stuff. Also highly overrated.

I like Guinness.

/in the same way I like drinking whole loaves of pumpernickel bread.


You two are missing the point. Guinness isn't overrated and it doesn't taste weird. It just happens to be the best mass-produced full stout on the world market. Yeah, it isn't Down Town Brown, but you can go anywhere on earth and find the same fine Guinness on tap in any quality pub, and drink it knowing you won't be drinking some hipster brew with "just a touch" of formaldehyde.
 
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