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(Gawker)   Things we learned from the guy who invented the bar code: elevator music was controlled by the mafia   (gawker.com) divider line 20
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2012-12-14 01:53:18 PM
I woud've assumed it was Satan, not the Mafia.
 
2012-12-14 02:00:31 PM
I wouldn't fault a guy for confusing SESAC, ASCAP, BMI, et al for the mob.
 
2012-12-14 02:01:07 PM
What Mafia Elevator Music may look like.
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/la clemenza di Clemenza
 
2012-12-14 02:02:04 PM
I love this story: Boy Scouts, Muzak, The Mafia, Morse Code, Hanging out on a beach instead of school. expired patents. It's the quintessential American story, culminating in the quintessential American thing - the Barcode
 
2012-12-14 02:04:12 PM
i like the circular thing, that actually makes a lot of sense since a scan just takes basically a 1 dimensional cross section, but i guess now for most things instead of having to rotate the barcode we have the lasers at a bunch of crazy angles or rotating or something
 
2012-12-14 02:04:19 PM
I blame Frank Sinatra.
 
2012-12-14 02:06:32 PM
Bar Code: If you keep tapping your empty glass on the bar I will ignore you.
 
2012-12-14 02:14:40 PM
Makes sense to me.
 
2012-12-14 02:14:54 PM
Yeah right, he's just trying to distract us from all the plans that he's cooked up with the Illuminati.
 
2012-12-14 02:30:29 PM
 
2012-12-14 02:53:21 PM
the mafia also controls the international used tire market from what i heard working with a cement company trying to find a greener fuel source for baking lime.
 
2012-12-14 02:54:04 PM
Actually, elevator music is controlled by the Worldwide Mad Deadly Communist Gangster Computer God!
 
2012-12-14 02:56:47 PM

Marquis de Sod: Actually, elevator music is controlled by the Worldwide Mad Deadly Communist Gangster Computer God!


computerized god, it's the new religion. program the brain and the heartbeat
 
2012-12-14 03:38:12 PM

Cyno01: i like the circular thing, that actually makes a lot of sense since a scan just takes basically a 1 dimensional cross section, but i guess now for most things instead of having to rotate the barcode we have the lasers at a bunch of crazy angles or rotating or something


Actually, the circular thing sounds like a bad idea. One of the advantages of the current rectangular barcode is that it's surprisingly tolerant of damage/stains/smudging/etc.; as long as there's some horizontal path across the barcode that isn't damaged, a decent reader can still read it. In contrast, if the code had been circular, at least a few of the bars would probably be very small, meaning that a small amount of damage could make the code unreadable. Or, in order to make sure the lines had sufficient size to be damage-resistant, the whole code would have to be impractically large -- the sort of thing you could put on a shipping carton, but not on a milk carton.

Of course, now we're getting "3D barcodes" (don't get me started on the name), which have small pixels that seem like they should be vulnerable to damage for the same reason. But now barcode readers have gotten sophisticated enough to work around this problem; the 3D barcodes just contain error correction pixels spread out across the code, so that as long as a relatively small area of the code is damaged, the data from the missing area can be reconstructed by the barcode reader based on the rest of the code. You couldn't have done that in 1970.
 
2012-12-14 03:42:06 PM
I don't know the full story but my great-grandparents were forced out of Milwaukee because the mob wanted to control the jukebox business they ran

It would make sense for the mob to commander elevator music businesses, access to buildings and steady incomes

//sadly no Wurlitzer stuff stayed in the family :-/
 
2012-12-14 04:10:15 PM
Best elevator scene ever?
Under the Rainbow
Terrible movie, funny bit
 
2012-12-14 04:39:33 PM

KickahaOta: Cyno01: i like the circular thing, that actually makes a lot of sense since a scan just takes basically a 1 dimensional cross section, but i guess now for most things instead of having to rotate the barcode we have the lasers at a bunch of crazy angles or rotating or something

Actually, the circular thing sounds like a bad idea. One of the advantages of the current rectangular barcode is that it's surprisingly tolerant of damage/stains/smudging/etc.; as long as there's some horizontal path across the barcode that isn't damaged, a decent reader can still read it. In contrast, if the code had been circular, at least a few of the bars would probably be very small, meaning that a small amount of damage could make the code unreadable. Or, in order to make sure the lines had sufficient size to be damage-resistant, the whole code would have to be impractically large -- the sort of thing you could put on a shipping carton, but not on a milk carton.

Of course, now we're getting "3D barcodes" (don't get me started on the name), which have small pixels that seem like they should be vulnerable to damage for the same reason. But now barcode readers have gotten sophisticated enough to work around this problem; the 3D barcodes just contain error correction pixels spread out across the code, so that as long as a relatively small area of the code is damaged, the data from the missing area can be reconstructed by the barcode reader based on the rest of the code. You couldn't have done that in 1970.


Yeah, thinking about it i guess the inner circles would be pretty small compared to the outer circles.
 
2012-12-14 05:32:20 PM

NuttierThanEver: Best elevator scene ever?
Under the Rainbow
Terrible movie, funny bit


Blues Brothers

do do do do do do-do-do-do do do do do do do do-do-do-do...

huthuthuthuthuthuthuthut...
 
2012-12-14 06:47:22 PM

NuttierThanEver: Best elevator scene ever?
Under the Rainbow
Terrible movie, funny bit


best elevator scene ever was from Devil. when the old lady tries to annoy the heck out of the guy and then tries to fire pepper spray
 
2012-12-15 12:41:43 PM
The mafia can bury a body faster than Gawker's website can upload.
 
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