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It's so crazy that a CD/DVD/CD burner drive is only $20.

Optical drives have a laser assembly that not only tracks inward and outward to follow the microscopic "groove" in the CD, but the lens shifts up, down, in and out on a tiny electromagnetic assembly, to adjust for warped disks and imperfections.

The motor speed is tightly controlled, and it reads and writes to a magic disk with lasers.

This thing is a miracle of engineering. And it costs less than a steak.

@jk i love the classic debussy song Hit Me Baby One More Time

claude debussys the only person whos ever written music

windows 98 experts, I need help.

I have an old thinkpad that came with a blank hard drive, i managed to install an old version of xubuntu on it for fun a while ago, how do I install windows 98 on this? It has a floppy and CD drive. Just obtain a copy of win98 on CD?

Shapeways' 3d model viewer doesn't use 3d rendering in your browser, it literally sends a 3d transform and some parameters over to a server which sends back a rendered image of the object., that gets put in an <img> tag. This is wild.

If I ever see an Amazon delivery robot on the sidewalk I will personally vandalize it

here's the worst twitch clips i've ever created of that time i was watching a barnyard the game stream, lewd without content but also,,, Show more

Ten reasons why MASTODON is stuck in the PAST-ODON (number 8 will shock and arouse you)

Watched this on the flight(Happiness Road). Pretty relatable and also interesting! It was being voiced in both Taiwanese(hokkien) and mandarin. Also grandmas on flying chickens is a thing I didn't know I needed. For the dream sequences they switched atyles of animation!

sriracha?? whats that..?

oh you mean gamer ketchup????

@envgen @Shonalika they can always play violin. nobody can play violin. its impossible to play one. thats the main proof that the whole thing is fake

Margaret: i have this dog, who is both long and good, and it needs a name

The Scooby Doo episode of Supernatural is peak TV

I ranted for a solid 20 minutes at work on how IBM's "food trust" has nothing to do with a blockchain but they use the word "blockchain" an unbelievable number of times in their marketing material

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Octodon is a nice general purpose instance. more