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Commuters at Washington DC's Union Station were left unsure if they were coming or going on Monday, when streamed smut started to appear on digital signs during peak hour. And it appears there's a rash of such incidents taking place around the world. As Twitter users like @_joannaw recorded, “The monitors at Union Station just …
I accidentally did this in a restaurant a few months ago.
A thing popped up on my phone saying "stop streaming?", so I cancelled it...
And the restaurant background music stopped.
Obviously I should have started streaming my date's favourite music, but I didn't have any on my phone. Word to the wise - be prepared.
The complaint seems to be that it's Japanese porn instead of local porn for local people.
No, it came with pixels on the privates, if you're going to display porn in public at least display the uncensored stuff! I mean, I've heard Japanese porn is censored and has pixels on the privates, umm, so I was told by err, the next person who posted in this specific thread.
Ohh, you know Dave too? Dude told me about how the Japanese get around it with software that removes the pixels. Can't see why they would do that though when they can just go to the local train station and get the good stuff.
Unless the good stuff was posted up by one of them trolls who will now send DCMA notices to the train companies and demand $100,000,000 per viewer of their illegally obtained porn.
Dave says hi.
Yes, I believe they were assaulted by some nuts. :| *
If I were Samsung, I would just build phones that only display random pr0n, make billions and thousands of dollar bucks, and THEN they've got something!
"it's Japanese porn instead of local porn for local people."
We're a local porn shop, for local porn people, we want no porn trouble from you!
* the rare, yet magically delicious, straight-faced emoji
A bus stops at a bus station, not a road station. You can therefore catch a bus at a bus station.
I do not want to catch a "railway", I want to catch a train. Shouldn't I be going to a train station?
(I know it's a quirk of the language, so this is more a general wonderment rather than a finger-pointing exercise at you)
And have you noticed that the thing you're sitting in isn't a train any more, it's a "service". As in the next station stop for this service is Lesser Picklington...
It all started getting silly when they started calling us "customers" rather than "passengers". At least the latter implied some suggestion that the ride they were taking you for was a literal rather than metaphorical one.
 Or standing, depending on the time and location
 Or wherever
It's correctly called a railway station, as whenever i get to it there's never a train in sight. Just rails. And some old infrastructure well beyond needing a refresh (by which i do not mean overpriced,overlit retail outlets).
But very rarely a train.
I ride the commuter rail to South Station in Boston. The recorded announcements are sometimes interesting. Recently, I heard the following:
"When leaving the train, please use caution to avoid tripping at the space between the train and the platform. Thank you."
Three words would have sufficed, but this is America, and, well...
Reminds me of the time this happened in a local bar. Would have been around Feb 2008.
In all fairness if they hadn't left the computer running iTunes and connected to the TV screens where any slightly inebriated idiot could get to them I wouldn't, I mean a passerby wouldn't have had the opportunity...
I passed through a London Tube station a couple of years ago and all the escalator poster frames had been replaced by individual flat screens showing posters for London shows. They could be the equivalent of (very large) digital picture frames but my guess is they all get fed off a common server.
Now if someone gets into that things could get quite strange....
I remember seeing this done about 5 years ago in Youtube vid when big screens first appeared in stations. Couple kids managed to tap into the system and project the camera live from their mobile phone camera to the big screen, then in the background you could see the security guards running across the concourse and then the kids running from the station yelling abuse at the station security guards!
If they want to encourage more people to come on public transport, insert short bits of pr0n in between the adverts on the ubiquitous flat screens. And set up some vending machines that dispense paper tissues.
Although the limited resolution of the big dot-matrix displays may have disappointing results.
There's a huge LED matrix sign showing ads in the central reservation of a local dual carriageway. Passing it the other day the ad was running in a windows that didn't fit on the screen. I was more surprised that it's got a computer powerful enough to run paid-for Windows and that they needed a full fat OS just to run a crappy slideshow. I know the PC part of an enormous display is probably a tiny part of the cost, but considering the numbers of these things littering the road side all over the country, you'd think running a cheap SOC like a Raspbery Pi with a stripped down and free Linux would mount up the savings over a large number of devices.
I'd not put it past these ad agencies to be using a full MS Office installation so they can use Powerpoint to run the slideshow too. I wonder if they are using SMBv1 over 3g for advert updates?
Now I'm thinking of how the New Jersey Turnpike has replaced all their neon signs with digital "overhead sign structures" (NJDOT's term for them), imagine someone hacking *their* infrastructure.
Of course, being NJ, they'd probably show vids with Snooki and the rest of the Jersey Shore cast (blech!!!).
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