And in the "Just because you can doesn't mean you should" department...



  • This.

    Sure it works. As long as you have a conventional CD tray and not one of those newfangled slot-loaders.



  •  Is this the first time you have seen a CD not shaped as a circle?

     

    This shit has been around for years...

    Unless I am missing something.



  • No, you're not missing anything, I just thought it was a really stupid design. And I didn't know there had been that many others like it.



  •  http://www.multishapecdrom.com/faq.html

    It is common, although IMO stupid.

    Not a wtf though...



  • @curtmack said:

    This.

     

     

    You are right. Just because you can put something on a wooden table and take a picture of it does not mean you should. 



  • @Gamma said:

    You are right. Just because you can put something on a wooden table and take a picture of it does not mean you should. 

    Except on TDWTF where the wooden table is now mandatory.



  • Wonder what'd happen if he had just scanned the CD...



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    Is this the first time you have seen a CD not shaped as a circle?

     

    This shit has been around for years...

    Even worse, there was shaped vinyl. Although no slot-loading players as far as I know... (and I don't want to.)

     

    As requested, the mug



  • You realize there's a whole industry of making CD business cards just like the one you have there.  The benefit is they can fit into a wallet, the drawback is slot loading drives can't play them.  But if its a business card, then being able to read the disc is secondary anyways, your business info is already printed on the front. 



  • @Soviut said:

    You realize there's a whole industry of making CD business cards just like the one you have there.  The benefit is they can fit into a wallet, the drawback is slot loading drives can't play them.  But if its a business card, then being able to read the disc is secondary anyways, your business info is already printed on the front. 

    Yes, exactly this. I really wanted to find a place that would sell me/make me some of these, but I hadn't had any luck. This was several years ago, maybe there's been a resurgance.

    But, yeah, you're about 15 years too late on the "wow what's going on here" train.



  • But if they were business-card shaped Blu-Ray discs, that would be a worthy complaint.



  • @Volmarias said:

    @Soviut said:

    You realize there's a whole industry of making CD business cards just like the one you have there.  The benefit is they can fit into a wallet, the drawback is slot loading drives can't play them.  But if its a business card, then being able to read the disc is secondary anyways, your business info is already printed on the front. 

    Yes, exactly this. I really wanted to find a place that would sell me/make me some of these, but I hadn't had any luck. This was several years ago, maybe there's been a resurgance.

    But, yeah, you're about 15 years too late on the "wow what's going on here" train.

    You could ask where the DSL guys get them: http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/cd.html

    I have a bunch of blank square ones, but they only hold 38MB of data, which is a bit low.



  • TRWTF is that in the using the photograph, you can clearly OCR all the information on the disc and have your OWN x-men game for free!



  • There is an important additional point that has been missed. 

    The newfangled slot-loaders are an incomplete implementation of the CD and/or DVD specification.  Both specifications allow for both 12cm and 8cm discs.  



  • The Wii slot load drive works with both 8cm and 12cm discs



  • @stordoff said:

    The Wii slot load drive works with both 8cm and 12cm discs

     

    The size has nothing to do with it, it is the shape.



  • Why is that? I don't know the exact mechanics of a slot-loading drive (and I can't find them either), so I'm curious



  • @dtech said:

    Why is that? I don't know the exact mechanics of a slot-loading drive (and I can't find them either), so I'm curious
     

    Perhaps because the mechanics of loading/playing/ejecting a circular object and one shaped like a heart or something equally as dumb is a bit different?



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    @stordoff said:

    The Wii slot load drive works with both 8cm and 12cm discs

     

    The size has nothing to do with it, it is the shape.

    Technically, it's not impossible that the Wii could handle the different shape as well - it is, to the best of my knowledge, still the only slot-loading drive to even handle more than a single size - but since no one would ever make business-card shaped discs for it, it's a bit hard to know for certain.



  • @Pidgeot said:

    Technically, it's not impossible that the Wii could handle the different shape as well - it is, to the best of my knowledge, still the only slot-loading drive to even handle more than a single size - but since no one would ever make business-card shaped discs for it, it's a bit hard to know for certain.
     

    Again, many cd players can handle different size, but that has NO logical connection to it handling other shapes.

     

    You logic seems to be faulty.



  • @Pidgeot said:

    Technically, it's not impossible that the Wii could handle the different shape as well - it is, to the best of my knowledge, still the only slot-loading drive to even handle more than a single size - but since no one would ever make business-card shaped discs for it, it's a bit hard to know for certain.

    Somebody who thinks it'll work should volunteer their Wii by putting an odd-shaped disc in it. If you can eject it afterwards, there should be a good chance the drive will read the disc. If not, well, Nintendo have good customer support...

    If nobody is willing then the nay-sayers will have a de-facto win, don't you think?



  • I root for the "I bet it can go in, but ejected is another issue".

    ontopic: I still remember my wtf-ace when I was first handed a personal-cd-card, I personally hate them and onsider them the worst possible investment ever, those things are really easy to break and have some useless space available, I mean, wtf can you offer to people worth putting into one of those cd-cards? your resume and a pic? host a fucking website you <insert bad adjetive/noun>face.



  • Am I the only one who thinks that slot-loading drives are just a retarded gimmick? They are way too vulnerable. Do they serve any purpose at all?

    Sheepmen consumers:LOOK! shiny!



  • These have been around for a real long time. I remember music sites touting these as a great way to produce demo CDs.

    The real WTF about this design isn't anything to do with aesthetics but physics. 

    You can try this at home. Take a perfectly round disc, center it on a pole/pin of some sort and spin it. It's fairly stable. Now take a rectangular shape and do the same thing.

    Now try to get your circle and rectangle spinning at 25,000RPMs or so ...

    You should get the point 😉 



  • @CapitalT said:

    Am I the only one who thinks that slot-loading drives are just a retarded gimmick? They are way too vulnerable. Do they serve any purpose at all?

    Sheepmen consumers:LOOK! shiny!
     

    Well I know I would be disappointed if my car had a tray drive...



  • IMO trays aren't that bad (and they could double as cup holders too!).

    Speaking of car CD players, I saw some cars with stickers on the players that say "Insert only one CD at a time" when the player will gladly accept six. WTF?



  • @CapitalT said:

    IMO trays aren't that bad
     

    I seriously hope you are not really recommending tray cd loaders in car stereos....

    @CapitalT said:

    Speaking of car CD players, I saw some cars with stickers on the players that say "Insert only one CD at a time" when the player will gladly accept six. WTF?

    Again... I really hope you are joking.



  • @CapitalT said:

    Speaking of car CD players, I saw some cars with stickers on the players that say "Insert only one CD at a time" when the player will gladly accept six. WTF?
    You can insert 6 CDs one-by-one. You should be able to work out the rest by yourself.



  • Plz email me teh code for the unicode tag



  • I always wanted to know what happens if you put in more CDs when it's full, but I don't have a spare to try it on.



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    I seriously hope you are not really recommending tray cd loaders in car stereos....


    I guess I'll take that back. (I can't remember when was the last time I played an audio CD)
    @ender said:
    You can insert 6 CDs one-by-one. You should be able to work out the rest by yourself."


    I was paraphrasing the label (it said something like "one cd inside only"), but I think they meant what you said. It made me scratch my head the first time though.



  • @CapitalT said:

    It made me scratch my head the first time though.
     

    I think that says more about you than the CD player.



  • There is a reason why they get paid to do such shaped discs, it requires planing to make sure that the disc doesn't act like a fragment grenade if played.



  • @henke37 said:

    There is a reason why they get paid to do such shaped discs, it requires planing to make sure that the disc doesn't act like a fragment grenade if played.

    Isn't weight-symmetry enough?



  • @MasterPlanSoftware said:

    I think that says more about you than the CD player.


    Yes, yes it does. I didn't imagine that people have to be told not to put two cds in a slot that barely fit one. It's like failing the IQ test in the movie "Idiocracy", the IQ test was "put each shape in the it's corresponding hole".

    I'm young, naive, and optimistic.



  • @dtech said:

    @henke37 said:
    There is a reason why they get paid to do such shaped discs, it requires planing to make sure that the disc doesn't act like a fragment grenade if played.

    Isn't weight-symmetry enough?

     Yes, it is. Weight symmetry would mean the integral over mr (r as a vector) is a zero vector. The disc being able to spin means the resulting force from the spin, which is the integral over mr*w² is the zero vector. They just differ by a factor of w².



  • @fourchan said:

     Yes, it is. Weight symmetry would mean the integral over mr (r as a vector) is a zero vector. The disc being able to spin means the resulting force from the spin, which is the integral over mr*w² is the zero vector. They just differ by a factor of w².

    consideringyournickname A typical 4chan fellow has spoken.

    Should I test my Wii for compatibility with insanely shaped discs?



  • @dtech said:

    @henke37 said:
    There is a reason why they get paid to do such shaped discs, it requires planing to make sure that the disc doesn't act like a fragment grenade if played.

    Isn't weight-symmetry enough?

    No, you also need to make sure the tensile forces from the disk spinning aren't greater than the tensile strength at the weakest point. Consider a balanced heart-shaped CD: if the cleft of the heart is too deep, the remaining material won't be able to resist the load from the lobes of the heart.


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