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(MIT)   MIT geeks claim potato chip bag speaks to them. Colorado residents claim this is old news, as their Funyuns have been softly whispering "Eat Me" for quite some time now   (newsoffice.mit.edu) divider line 20
    More: Obvious, high-speed cameras, frames per seconds, audio signal, vibrations, computer graphics, SIGGRAPH, rotors, Microsoft Research  
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2014-08-04 11:20:13 AM  
Funyuns....... heh
 
2014-08-04 11:25:30 AM  
They've had listening lasers since the 70's. That's why cold war era CIA and KGB buildings all had double paned glass.
 
2014-08-04 11:55:06 AM  
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Them aint yo Funyon's, Geek boy!
 
2014-08-04 12:31:38 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

There's a reason these didn't last long.
 
2014-08-04 02:42:00 PM  
The CIA/NSA and KGB/FSB are waaay ahead of them on this sort of stuff. As in, 1945 ahead. They also got their technology to pick up sounds off of non-specialized equipment, like a file cabinet, and I read somewhere that they got it down to even picking up the vibrations from people's throats. Of course, for the retro-reflectors the  NSA has improved on the idea a lot. You can also bounce a laser off the window, and hypothetically, anything else that you can bounce a laser off of. This seems like they are just using ambient light to get the vibrations instead of their own light source, which really, who cares?
 
2014-08-04 03:24:18 PM  
Threadjack question: Considering there's no actual food in a Funyuns bag (a bag is 6.5 ounces) why in the everloving hell are they so expensive? For the same cost per pound you could buy a damn sirloin steak, and this is a bag of nothing but air puffed corn meal covered in onion powder. WTF?
 
2014-08-04 03:24:38 PM  
Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe

So, researchers from MIT, and a bunch of hangers-on and project managers from Microsoft and Adobe?
 
2014-08-04 03:25:10 PM  

pdieten: Threadjack question: Considering there's no actual food in a Funyuns bag (a bag is 6.5 ounces) why in the everloving hell are they so expensive? For the same cost per pound you could buy a damn sirloin steak, and this is a bag of nothing but air puffed corn meal covered in onion powder. WTF?


Because deliciouswhenstoned...
 
2014-08-04 03:25:51 PM  
Om
 
2014-08-04 03:26:20 PM  
Well the tech used to read the vibrations in the objects tested using high speed cameras is worth caring about. You don't need lasers , just an expensive camera, to "listen" in to noise that is impossible to "hear." They are not interacting with actually sound waves, but the visual, minute, vibrations of objects being displayed on a monitor.

Seems to me that the government agencies who used lasers and whatnot to "hear" are measuring actual vibrations, not a monitor displaying said vibrations.


/I think it is kinda cool.
 
2014-08-04 03:31:32 PM  

markie_farkie: pdieten: Threadjack question: Considering there's no actual food in a Funyuns bag (a bag is 6.5 ounces) why in the everloving hell are they so expensive? For the same cost per pound you could buy a damn sirloin steak, and this is a bag of nothing but air puffed corn meal covered in onion powder. WTF?

Because deliciouswhenstoned...


I imagine so, because they're also delicious when not stoned. Doesn't mean I don't feel like I'm getting ripped off when someone in the house wants a bag.
 
2014-08-04 06:22:31 PM  

That Guy Jeff: The CIA/NSA and KGB/FSB are waaay ahead of them on this sort of stuff. As in, 1945 ahead. They also got their technology to pick up sounds off of non-specialized equipment, like a file cabinet, and I read somewhere that they got it down to even picking up the vibrations from people's throats. Of course, for the retro-reflectors the  NSA has improved on the idea a lot. You can also bounce a laser off the window, and hypothetically, anything else that you can bounce a laser off of. This seems like they are just using ambient light to get the vibrations instead of their own light source, which really, who cares?


They are using VIDEO.  It won't solve any cold cases, but as all of our phone cameras get better, everyone will be able to 'eavesdrop' on what they recorded earlier.
 
2014-08-04 06:24:16 PM  

doglover: They've had listening lasers since the 70's. That's why cold war era CIA and KGB buildings all had double paned glass.


This will work through double paned glass.
 
2014-08-04 06:41:05 PM  

PapaChester: Well the tech used to read the vibrations in the objects tested using high speed cameras is worth caring about. You don't need lasers , just an expensive camera, to "listen" in to noise that is impossible to "hear." They are not interacting with actually sound waves, but the visual, minute, vibrations of objects being displayed on a monitor.

Seems to me that the government agencies who used lasers and whatnot to "hear" are measuring actual vibrations, not a monitor displaying said vibrations.


/I think it is kinda cool.


What's the difference between detecting vibrations by changes in the light and .... detecting the vibrations by changes in the light? In video or bouncing a laser off it, you're detecting vibrations by changes in the light. The only difference is where the light is from and how it's recorded. I'm sure the NSA/CIA would care about this if they hadn't already perfectly using a radar signal to pick up the vibrations on pretty much anything in an office.
 
2014-08-04 07:12:45 PM  
You will never know privacy ever again.

Throw out the Cone of Silence--it is useless.
 
2014-08-04 08:39:39 PM  

pdieten: markie_farkie: pdieten: Threadjack question: Considering there's no actual food in a Funyuns bag (a bag is 6.5 ounces) why in the everloving hell are they so expensive? For the same cost per pound you could buy a damn sirloin steak, and this is a bag of nothing but air puffed corn meal covered in onion powder. WTF?

Because deliciouswhenstoned...

I imagine so, because they're also delicious when not stoned. Doesn't mean I don't feel like I'm getting ripped off when someone in the house wants a bag.


And yet you keep buying them.  Whatever addictive substance is in those sickly yellow-green rings must be rare and costly - probably the powdered root of the Black Lotus, which grows only in the fetid jungles of Khitai.
 
2014-08-04 09:03:58 PM  
The bag says, "Betcha can't eat just one" in Bert Lahr's voice.
 
2014-08-04 10:13:33 PM  

SteakMan: doglover: They've had listening lasers since the 70's. That's why cold war era CIA and KGB buildings all had double paned glass.

This will work through double paned glass.


So, you're telling me that after 50 years the tech has seen a small improvement?

STOP THE PRESSES!!
 
2014-08-04 11:35:56 PM  
Even my SO laughed at that one, Subby, and she thinks Fark is a silly place.
 
2014-08-05 12:03:14 AM  
See, this is how Superman's "super hearing" SHOULD work -- a side-effect of his vision powers and not this "I hear everything" that lets him "hear" faster than sound.
 
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