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(Mainichi Daily News)   Scientists make 10 optical discs from single corncob. Sony surrenders. Time to buy some stock   ( mdn.mainichi.co.jp) divider line
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2003-09-26 03:37:50 PM  
If they named it MiniDisc, I'm guessing that rather than surrender, Sony will sue.
2003-09-26 03:38:25 PM  
Sony did this as a copyright protection for it music; if you try to rip and burn this, it turns into popcorn.
2003-09-26 03:39:35 PM  
"MildDisc" ...
Does this mean it only records Kenny G songs?
2003-09-26 03:41:09 PM  
Also soon to be released, mediumDisk and HotDisk...
2003-09-26 03:41:45 PM  
/me can't read...
2003-09-26 03:42:22 PM  
Ah, who am I kidding? Sony will probably sue for the hell of it anyway.
2003-09-26 03:43:13 PM  
I'm sure there's not a kernal of truth in it...
2003-09-26 03:43:30 PM  
Can't wait for the corny music.

/got nothin'
2003-09-26 03:44:24 PM  
So now when I nuke my cd's in the microwave I can eat them with butter and salt?
2003-09-26 03:44:25 PM  
Not even if I...smoke this corncob pipe?
2003-09-26 03:45:04 PM  
Ethanol and now RIAA music.

Is there nothing corn can't do?
2003-09-26 03:45:14 PM  
I'm torn between believing Mainichi news and enjoying the cool news.

2003-09-26 03:45:22 PM  
That headline, as well, sounds faintly "wrong" somehow...
2003-09-26 03:48:33 PM  
This has no effect on the boom in the Japanese EJACULATION INDUSTRY

/tilting at windmills to generate a fark cliche
2003-09-26 03:50:21 PM  
Shouldn't the headline say "Time to buy some stalk."?

2003-09-26 03:50:21 PM  
Making things from nature? That's no way to build a civilization. More dead dinosaur products!!!
2003-09-26 03:50:56 PM  
2003-09-26 03:51:39 PM  
Not just for the outhouse anymore!
2003-09-26 03:54:10 PM  
When it's heated to 110F inside the CD player in my car will it:

1. Merely smell funny
2. Really smell funky and get sticky
3. Goop my Xplod
4. This stupid crap will cost too much and why should I pay extra for CornDisk.

I vote both 1 and 4. But it was fun to type 3.
2003-09-26 03:57:10 PM  
Obvious question: Is there any chance of these CDs accidentally degrading?

/good in theory, probably not-so-good in practice

2003-09-26 04:01:29 PM  
Mainichi reports somehthing that does not have to do with sex?? odd, maybe they just left out the Special Prep work done with the cobs by struggling co-eds and prison girls
2003-09-26 04:06:22 PM  
Step 1: Corncobs
Step 2: ????
Step 3: Profit!
2003-09-26 04:07:10 PM  
Great. Now the cost is gonna skyrocket, and toilet paper will be cheaper. There goes my budget.
2003-09-26 04:07:47 PM  
So Japanese companies companies innovate, while U.S companies sue to maintain the status quo. I see.

/completely off topic
2003-09-26 04:10:16 PM  
Mcgiver did it better when he added a tampon and two toothpicks to create a nuclear warhead.
2003-09-26 04:10:23 PM  
Do they stay crunchy in milk?
2003-09-26 04:11:28 PM  
I am Cornholio.

It had to be said.
2003-09-26 04:13:43 PM  
Behold: The power of Corn!
2003-09-26 04:14:17 PM  
What an a-MAIZ-ing article....
2003-09-26 04:14:27 PM  

Not offtopic, as far as I'm concerned. Your point is valid. It used to be that Japanese firms would send camera laden people to a variety of trade shows, so that they could get ideas from us.

I suppose that we need to send some cameras over there.

I'm not sure that their stock market works the same way that ours does, in that the emphasis is on the quarterly reports. (finance people feel free to interject).

In an environment such as ours, I can see IBM developing something like this, and then getting sued by some chowderhead that ate it, because it was made out of corn.

"They didn't tell me not to."

Your point is valid.
2003-09-26 04:15:40 PM  
So I can buy the new Eminem CD and when i realize he sucks, ill be left with a tastey treat?

In other news, the RIAA filed a lawsuit today against the farmers of america due to the fact that CD sales are dwindiling because people would rather eat Ruffles.
2003-09-26 04:15:51 PM  
I was hoping Korn had broken up.
2003-09-26 04:18:01 PM  
Oh, well. No more trying to reattach the kernels to the cob the hard way.

2003-09-26 04:20:13 PM  
Pluvius, I was thinking the exact same thing. I bet they dont last for more than 1 year without significant degredation to the data that is on these things. In any case isnt the actual data on a CD contained on a super-thin piece of metal on the top of the dick under the art/label of the said CD?
2003-09-26 04:22:37 PM  
Consumers: Great idea, guys!
Scientists: Aw, shucks.
2003-09-26 04:23:38 PM  

We are having a degradation problem with current media, anyway.

/you said dick... tee hee
2003-09-26 04:24:26 PM  
*pictures Mikenolike with a data-laden super-thin piece of metal on top of his dick*

*chuckles insanely*
2003-09-26 04:25:22 PM  
Nightsweat, there is something corn can't do, provide actual nourishment for an entire civilization, and have them live. If all you eat is corn, you will die. Look at the Aztecs.
2003-09-26 04:27:43 PM  
So when the RIAA goons come knocking at my door, I'll be trying to eat all the CDs I've burned.
2003-09-26 04:31:50 PM  
MildDiscs can be degraded into the harmless soil by using micro-organisms

So, uh, are these special microorganisms or can I just toss 'em out into the compost?

*fearing that in addition to recycling bins for paper, plastic, green, brown and clear glass, and aluminum; I'll have to add another one for mild corn dicks.
2003-09-26 04:31:59 PM  
The Japanese do so many things with corn. Ahem. First it was copious corn on pizza (yuck). And now this.
2003-09-26 04:32:12 PM  
Won't rats and roaches want to eat your cd's? If they do, will they gain knowlege of all the data on the cd's by some sort of osmosis as they digest the corn goodness? If they do, will they become super-intelligent and try to take over the world while singing bad pop tunes?

(I didn't read the article, but that's what it was about, right?)
2003-09-26 04:32:19 PM  
So the player will be made out of grits?
2003-09-26 04:38:03 PM  
Sufferin' succatash!
2003-09-26 04:40:18 PM  
Does this mean I'm living in the new "tech capitol" of the world?

I mean if corn = high tech then we're up to our asses in it here.
2003-09-26 04:46:58 PM  
So now we are no longer doomed to be buried under the eventual avalanche of AOL CDs? I can just use them as lawn fertilizer.
2003-09-26 04:50:02 PM  
Gardener 1: Your garden looks very healthy! What do you as fertilizer?
Gardener 2: AOL CDs

</may actually be true some day>
2003-09-26 04:50:03 PM  
Feh, I'll stick with my dried onion meal Hi-Fi's.
2003-09-26 04:50:11 PM  
I see this as a boon to disposable CDs. All those AOL CDs can be wrapped in photodegradable plastic in cardboard wrappers containing MildDisks.

Or on the flip side, all CDs are transitioned to MildDisks. Suddenly the RIAA thinks they've created a new revenue stream by "forcing" people to upgrade every couple of years to whatever Digital Rights laden form factor they're pushing.

And don't forget Microsoft. Add time bomb CDs to a subscription format for software and the tech call end with "Well, we're sorry your CD is dead, but you are past your license period. We can repalce it with the latest version if you purchase a new annual license for the low price of $789.95"

"But all I want is the OS!"

"And it will be another $245 to recover your DMA data from our servers. You will need your DMA data to read any files or databases you created with your previous copy."
2003-09-26 05:00:22 PM  
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