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   Things we learned from the guy who invented the bar code: elevator music was controlled by the mafia

14 Dec 2012 01:50 PM   |   7701 clicks   |   Gawker
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Cyberluddite    [TotalFark]  
I woud've assumed it was Satan, not the Mafia.

14 Dec 2012 01:53 PM
ringersol     
I wouldn't fault a guy for confusing SESAC, ASCAP, BMI, et al for the mob.

14 Dec 2012 02:00 PM
MBooda     
What Mafia Elevator Music may look like.
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/la clemenza di Clemenza

14 Dec 2012 02:01 PM
Aquapope    [TotalFark]  
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

14 Dec 2012 02:02 PM
Cyno01    [TotalFark]  
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

14 Dec 2012 02:04 PM
Fark Reddit or bust     
I blame Frank Sinatra.

14 Dec 2012 02:04 PM
uncleacid     
Bar Code: If you keep tapping your empty glass on the bar I will ignore you.

14 Dec 2012 02:06 PM
lenfromak    [TotalFark]  
Makes sense to me.

14 Dec 2012 02:14 PM
Arkanaut    [TotalFark]  
Yeah right, he's just trying to distract us from all the plans that he's cooked up with the Illuminati.

14 Dec 2012 02:14 PM
Vorpal     

14 Dec 2012 02:30 PM
manderx     
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.

14 Dec 2012 02:53 PM
Marquis de Sod     
Actually, elevator music is controlled by the Worldwide Mad Deadly Communist Gangster Computer God!

14 Dec 2012 02:54 PM
Jon iz teh kewl     

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

14 Dec 2012 02:56 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.

14 Dec 2012 03:38 PM
zedster    [TotalFark]  
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 :-/

14 Dec 2012 03:42 PM
NuttierThanEver    [TotalFark]  
Best elevator scene ever?
Under the Rainbow
Terrible movie, funny bit

14 Dec 2012 04:10 PM
Cyno01    [TotalFark]  

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.

14 Dec 2012 04:39 PM
Day_Old_Dutchie     

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...

14 Dec 2012 05:32 PM
Jon iz teh kewl     

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

14 Dec 2012 06:47 PM
BolshyGreatYarblocks     
The mafia can bury a body faster than Gawker's website can upload.

15 Dec 2012 12:41 PM
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