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List of April Fools' Day Announcements
592 points by conroy on April 1, 2015 | hide | past | favorite | 538 comments
Instead of cluttering the front page with fake product announcements, let's just post them in here instead. One thread where each top-level comment is just a title and a link.

MSDOS is the new mobile OS from Microsoft

Announcement: http://lumiaconversations.microsoft.com/2015/04/01/microsoft...

Product page: http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/ms-dos/

Edit: Even an app http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/ms-dos-mobile/85...

Wow, the app is really well done. SPOILERS: Can cd into a programs folder, and launch programs like sms.exe, where I get a blue DOS-style window asking for input. Can use "phone <nr>" to call someone, send e-mails. If i launch "internet" it plays an old modem sound before launching the stock OS browser.

CDing into C:\GAMES\RPS and launching RPS.exe first gives you a question about using "PC Speaker" or "Sound Blaster", and then how many colors you would like. Then the game crashes with "Error! Not enough memory, RPS needs 641KB conventional memory (...)" and then a quote "---Cortana: That's odd, 640 K ought to be enough for anyone", haha. After that, it guides you through using mem and loadhigh to get the game to run. And of course, RPS is Rock-Paper-Scissors in 8-bit glory.

The camera is an ASCII-camera, using letters with only a few colors, or CGA mode. Here are two selfies I took http://imgur.com/a/deajM

The command help gives all useable command: CD, CLS, COLOR, DATE, DIR, ECHO, EDIT (edit autoxec.bat for instance), EXIT, FORMAT, HELP, LOADHIGH, MEM, PATH, TIME, TYPE, VER.

    SET BLASTER=A220 I7 D1 T2
Ah, the memories...

Oh man, my fondest early memories with computers was modifying the autoexec.bat and config.sys files so I could play DOS games. I can only describe the feeling of finally figuring it out and getting a certain game to work as pure joy.

Conversely, the feeling when I changed something incorrectly (without backups of the original file, of course) and the system error'd out during boot - sheer panic.

did you load himem.sys? how about emm386.exe? does your sound card have an OPL3 or the OPL4 MIDI chip? Does your trident VESA card on the ISA slot have 1MB VRAM? stacker, drivespace or doublespace? choices! I just bought me a Seagate medalist 1-Gigabyte hard drive. Should I make it a master or a slave on the ATA bus? Make sure the Turbo button is pressed, if Doom is slow to load!

1 Gigabyte? Try 20 Megs...if that.

QEMM! Protected Mode! Unreal Mode! TSR! Ralph Brown's Interrupt List! Oh man!

Had so much with my friends while in high-school trying to figure out what kind of weird graphics mode this cool game called "Scorched Earth" used... It wasn't 320x200 :)

Mode X and related: programming VGA registers to do what int 10h mode 13h didn't offer. Bonus points for flipping video pages or cycling the palette as to not cause tearing.

"From Hell's heart I stab at thee..."

Of course if it was on IRQ 12 half of the games wouldn't work (long story, and yes, due to another x86 quirk)

Oh man, those IRQ nightmares! Please don't mention those extended memory settings or I will go into my basement to look for my MEMMAKER notes on how to (maybe) get a game going...

Just boot one in your browser! https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games Yes these are real copies of MS-DOS games running in MS-DOS in a JS emulator in your browser. Some of them have crack screens, but some of them are running from magnetic maps of the disk, with original copy protection schemes intact.

I once accidentally set the same IRQ for my Serial mouse and modem...The modem would only respond to commands while moving the mouse...good times.

Elaborate on said quirk?

That's beautiful, and probably an improvement on most smartphone OSes.

  cd games
  cd rps
and you'll find that it can't be run, but Cortana will guide you to "fix" it. After fixing it, Rock-Paper-Scissor game will run.

The interface is a significant improvement compared to Windows 8.

So would be Microsoft Bob!

TIL there are people on HN that use windows phone! :)

I'd love to have something like that if it ran bash or even Powershell.

Android has shells, and you can put arbitrary distributions in a chroot, if it's rooted.

But this gives access to regular phone functions, including contacts, calling, text messages, photos and other stuff.

Or a fakechroot[1] if it is not rooted.

  [1]: https://wiki.debian.org/fakechroot

Apparently WIN works too.

Awesome! Would this have happened under Balmer ? Nadella is truly changing Microsoft into a "cool" company.

Yes, of course it would have. It's not like this required executive approval to do. It was probably some WP team that wanted to have a little fun.

Has anyone tried format c: ?

But will it run Lotus 1-2-3? The saying was always "DOS isn't done until Lotus won't run..."

Haha, love it this is a briljant joke! :)

  wolf3d -goobers
If that works, I'm sold.

Is it a full DOS emulator that could run other games, or just a simple shell?

Does it do EDLIN and DEBUG ?


neither, I want BASICA and QBASIC. Do you have the 5 1/4" floppy drive. Will it read the 1.2MB disks or just the 360KB disk?

Double bluff in today's New Zealand Herald:


The "April Fools' Day special" promised a new BMW to the first person who took their car and the front-page coupon to the dealership.

Ms Marsh was first at the Newmarket car dealership this morning, arriving in her 15-year-old Nissan Avenir.

She was swiftly rewarded with a new BMW 1 Series worth almost $50,000 in exchange for the old station wagon.

That is a perfect April Fools' day joke.

The image of the newspaper front page in this article is completely unreadable (specifically the BMW coupon): is a legible version available somewhere?

How is that April Fools? The offer was serious and they honored it. It's not like e.g. offering all of YouTube on DVDs.

It was literally titled the April Fools Day Special and on a day where the pranks vary from annoying programs that mess with my keyboard input to annoying news articles that mess with my sanity. I wouldn't have driven down to that dealership it they were giving away junkers or Bugatti Veyrons not to mention a BMW.

The joke is on all the people who thought it wasn't serious.

That's fantastic!

CERN researchers confirm the existence of the Force


"...Kenobi's seminal paper "May the Force be with EU" – a strong argument that his experiment should be built in Europe – persuaded the CERN Council to finance..."

This is my favorite today so far

> With the research ongoing, many at CERN are already predicting that the Force will awaken later this year.

For being the people who created the internet their website is rather slow...

You mean, "created the World Wide Web".

https://com.google - Google showing off their new gTLD in a silly manner.

For or against gTLDs Google should not be able to squat .dev is too generic to give to one company. Infact any one company squatting any gtld that isn't their registered trademark leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

It's just a game of "we have money therefor shut up." combined with "The world revolves around the USA"

How is "squatting" .dev meaningfully different from having .dev.com?

People here give way too much importance to TLDs.

I know a lot of folks using .dev for locally running "development" instances of websites/apps. Maybe .local is now a better choice.

.local was already the standard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.local

.local reserved for special mDNS functionality http://files.multicastdns.org/draft-cheshire-dnsext-multicas...

.local is reserved for mDNS. I'm not sure why you can't just use the host's real FQDN.

Because you might want to have multiple vhosts running on localhost, separated by hostname.

If you host is, say "zeus.barrera.io" you can use:

test-service-1.zeus.barrera.io dummy-server.zeus.barrera.i

Etc. No need to create new (possible conflicting, definitely not future proof) TLDs.

It's not about shared hosts (at least if I'm understanding the topic correctly) but about /etc/hosts entries on your local machine for your local machine. As in:

Buying an actual registered domain for that sounds like it would be even more confusing than using an unregistered TLD because it makes it hard to tell which hostnames are expected to work across machines and which are strictly "works on my machine".

I used to use .foo, Google acquired that one last year:


Microsoft documents even dictate using .local, but if you have mDNS on your network you immediately start to run into problems.

I use .lan

Thought ICANN auctioned all the gTLDs.

Also, The USA invented the Internet.

I hope you're joking about that second part....

He's right though. You may be too young.

Except he's not right. ARPANET was one aspect of what would become the Internet. The public Internet as we know it is an amalgamation of technologies which were developed by the U.S., Great Britain, and France. You really can't claim that the U.S. invented the Internet.

Hasnt' Louis Pouzin invented the Internet?

I had already set up our computer to mirror-reverse all websites for today, so ironically com.google looks normal.

I always thought "do a barrel roll" was kind of stupid, but it's cool that it still works on com.google.

That actually reminded me of a bug I submitted a while ago. It appears to be fixed now, but I was pretty surprised at the answer they provided at the time. When instant search first came out, anything that auto-completed to "do a barrel roll" would initiate the animation. It's such a popular term that simply typing "Do a" was enough to trigger it as it was the first result.


Strangely "tilt" sets it back to normal but keeps the domain, then when you change the search query it flicks back to backwards mode.

tilt css probably overrides the mirror css

Zerg Rush is broken though; Zerglings attack the air, dealing damage to DOM elements on the other side of the screen.

Makes sense, it's an old animation, probably a gif or something. It even uses the old 'o'.

It's not an animation, you can kill Zerglings by clicking on them.

moc.elgoog would have been much better social commentary on the gTLD explosion.

It would have been pretty impressive if they created a whole gTLD just for an April Fools joke.

indeed because "The evaluation fee is US$185,000."


I wouldn't be so sure they wouldn't do that, after all:


"At the auction for Nortel Networks' wireless patents this week, Google's bids were mystifying, such as $1,902,160,540 and $2,614,972,128.

Math whizzes might recognize these numbers as Brun's constant and Meissel-Mertens constant, but it puzzled many of the people involved in the auction, according to three people with direct knowledge of the situation on Friday.


'It became clear that they were bidding with the distance between the earth and the sun. One was the sum of a famous mathematical constant, and then when it got to $3 billion, they bid pi,' the source said, adding the bid was $3.14159 billion.

'Either they were supremely confident or they were bored.'"

> 'Either they were supremely confident or they were bored.'

Those usually go hand in hand.

Motivation for changing the low order digits is different from the high order digits.

Not to nitpick but the lower order digits in those bids are orders of magnitude higher than the US$185,000 evaluation fee.



> 1. Purpose of TLD


> It would be funny.

One thing I noticed is that the search doesn't modify the URL as it does on google.com. Wondering why?

it's in an iframe

I get that. But still wondering why implement it like this?

Type "WTF?" in the search box and go to image search ;)

Correction. All images are reversed.

Is it me or does everyone and their mother have a gTLD these days? I would not take any company that uses a gTLD serious at all.

I was so hoping for that to be a thing.

Yes, let's not take Google serious.

You wouldn't take Google seriously? I'm sure they didn't fork out just for today, they will be using it for their products at some point.

In a few years, it will probably the standard domain for big corps. iphone.apple, macbook.apple, etc. It looks weird now (or an intranet address at best), but once people get used to it, it will be recognisable as a domain just as any.com is now.

Not to mention, an explosion of TLDs for reselling (.futbol .enterprise etc) means people will just equate . on billboards etc with a domain.

The fact that a company needs their own gTLD is silly. Sites like google have a perfectly good domain. Why use iphone.apple if apple can already do iphone.apple.com or apple.com/iphone? At the end of the day the consumer will not start guessing what domain he/she has to use to get what they want. The average consumer uses a search engine and types in "apple iphone". They don't care about iphone.apple they just want to go to the product page.

Well, it's not about need. It's about a story that goes like this:

    ICANN: Hey, has anyone noticed that our wallets aren't
           very heavy?
    Google: We have a bucketload of money just laying around
           that will fill your wallets, and wouldn't mind
           our own gTLD. It'd be cute.
    ICANN: You had us at 'bucketload of money'
We needed more gTLDs anyway. So what if a few mega-companies get their own versions?

Because ICANN set this up, and companies have to protect their trademarks.

Google isn't going to abandon their perfectly good domains.

> Google isn't going to abandon their perfectly good domains.

Good thing icann just increased the available domain-space from "limited" to "unlimited" then. That sounds good for almost everyone, or at least icann.

Basically, "" is now a TLD, and ICANN is the registrar, so it can extract the rents.

what's wrong with having gTLD? Seeing lots of this new TLD hate, I want to understand the reasoning.

The TLD system is arguably broken, because it never turned out as hierarchical as it was supposed to. All the new TLDs do is force people to shell out more money to squat on pointless domains to avoid them being used for fraud (or, worse, by the competition).

Or it makes them finally realize how silly the "we must have them all" is.

Not happening in my experience. As long as everyone in the industry is earning their share from this madness they'll happily "suggest optimizations to the domain portfolio" of their vict^Wcustomers.

Who are you to call millions of pokemon fans silly?

Adding random things at the root of a hierarchy subverts the entire idea of having a hierarchy in the first place.

This battle was lost the second people started using .net and .org for things that wheren't related network technologies and non-profit orgranizations respectively. The nail was driven into the coffin when people started using country tld's for sites that had nothing to do with that country.

If anything this might be step back in the right direction. Whereas I cannot tell anything about the nature or origin of a site based on the fact that it has a .net or .ly tld, I will be able to tell something about nature and origin of a site if it has a .google or .apple tld.

Misusing the hierarchy is different than subverting it entirely. Also, your last statement isn't true.

Or .Sony, except there is no guarantee Sony corp actually registered that TLD.

Sony does own the .sony gTLD: https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/request-2014081-...

More generally, as part of ICANN's gTLD approval process, if the gTLD being applied for is a trademark, then it can't go to anyone else besides the trademark holder. So there's actually a lot more assurances that you are dealing with who you expect to be dealing with with gTLDs versus random domain names on .com.

Honest question, trademarked according to who? The Internet is a global thing now, so who wins if there's two entities that happen to both have valid claims to a trademark?

First one to pay icann money obviously.

Hey, I remember the .sony floppy driver bug on '90s Macs!

Wow. Such nostalgia.

April fools I wanted the most:

- NSA announcing they were dropping all illegal activities,

- Water allowed on board of planes,

- ISIS converting to Christianity,

- Apple patenting the patent,

- Snapchat releasing a payment system

Note that April Fools is on December 28th in Spannish culture. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27_Day#Comparable...

> NSA announcing they were dropping all illegal activities

I was thinking of something more along the lines of "NSA brings suit against NSA after it learns that tailored operations group was secretly spying on other divisions of the NSA".

> Wired has learned that the NSA has filed a confidential request for records from the NSA due to suspected illegal activities.

@JoblessWonder and @Thriptic, you deserve upvotes ;)

Snapchat payment system doesn't look like a good idea, unless you want the payment to disappear after a certain time

Wait... snapchat did release a payment system.

That's the joke.

Actually, couldn't you do this now by snapchatting a bitcoin wallet QR code?

Well it's working out for Bitcoin.

Water isn't allowed on board planes? I usually bring an empty nalgene through security and then fill it in one of the many water fountains in the terminals. Works well!

Even metal Sigg bottles go through security fine, so long as you've shaken all the water out and keep the caps in your pocket.

Doesn't seem to matter if the bottles are visible or inside your bag.

Tested in: Canada, Ireland, USA, UK, mainland Europe.

Water is allowed on planes. Obviously, since water (and many other refreshments) are served on planes. Liquids are not allowed going through security, but as you say, it's easy to refill your water bottle once you get through security.

Cathay Pacific does a water check at the gate for flights going from HK to the US.

Psst, he's talking about waterboarding: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterboarding

Its actually a very smart topic :D

This is real though!

I love how ridiculous it is!

"Apple patenting the patent" -> hahaha, that would be a great idea, coming from any major tech company hold thousands of patents :)

waterboarding allowed on planes maybe?

(though with a 100ml limit)

Keep in mind that this has changed a lot during the last decade.

December 28th traditionally received little to no attention in Argentina, and April 1st is gradually picking up.

You may need to depend upon the Yes Men to fulfill some of those wishes, if you desire legitimate press conferences.

This comment looks even better with cloud-to-butt installed.

:) You have to be alert with the my butt extension installed though. Only a few days ago I answered a stack overflow question where I added a link with the word cloud in it. Unfortunately the extension changed the URL when I edited the raw text. Luckily I realised quickly when I double checked if the link worked and it 404ed...

You don't say...


One has to be careful with editing HN comments as well. ;).

I answered a question with the word cloud in it, and when I posted I saw 'butt' and thought I had accidentally copy/pasted wrong, so I Went back to edit, BUT THEN I SAW IT AGAIN and edited 3 more times before realizing that it just 'wasnt saving' because it was saving, I just had the extension on.

I felt dumb.

"ButtDrops™" Oh yes, I definitely don't regret installing this extension.

They even have a form to apply for a free trial!

Where does the joke end?

That's gotta be the real Cloud Platform Trial signup.

It wouldn't let me see it because I'm actually already on the trial.

It is.

Fluffy [tick]

Gentoo website makeover. https://www.gentoo.org/

And the gopher mirror, too! I don't have a good reason, but I really like the gopher protocol. Cool to see someone go to the (minimal) effort it takes to make a gopher mirror.

I am just now writing a static site generator that generates a directory based website from a folder hierarchy. It is heavily inspired by gopher. No bling, no js (well, unintrusive js to make the directory listing sortable) and a focus on getting shit online. The pages are either plain text or generated through some templates using markdown.

I am in dire need to clean the code up, but I will put it on github sooner or later. It grew top-to-bottom and bottom-to-top without meeting in the middle :(

That sounds like Apache's default directory index

Well, I could smash my head bloody against mod_autoindex to make it present things the way I want.

Or I can spend 3 hours writing something that I don't have to think about ever again.

Looks slick! Are there any templates/libraries available to build such site? The initial loading of text looks pretty nice.

Check this bootstrap theme: https://github.com/kristopolous/BOOTSTRA.386

1090+ clicks from that one comment alone ... the internet is a pretty wild place.

That's actually pretty cool

ANSI art adds 5hp

Right, I actually like it and wouldn't mind if that stayed up for a while.

"The second phase of the project to get Gentoo Linux to a wider user base will involve the creation of floppy disk sets containing a compact version of the operating system and a selection of software essentials. It is estimated that sets could be created using less than 700 disks each and sponsorship is currently being sought."

Having very recently had the, uhm, pleasure of installing MS DOS 6.22 on an old PC using floppy disks (3.5" disks, actually, which aren't all that floppy), and thus having a clear memory of how hard it was to find just three freaking disks at our company, I recoil in horror at the thought of having to juggle hundreds of disks. Or finding a recent computer with a floppy drive.

The idea is hilarious, though.

Damn, I love this. Best I've seen so far today.

I love it, want to know where the got the DOS font.

Disappointed. More than 4 colours.

Clippy is open source on Github - http://thebeebs.github.io/OfficeAssistant/

<!-- Thanks for being one of the people that read the source. This is a very basic stunt, I thought of it on a train back from an event last week. I saved my GitHub page using a browser and then made a few modifications to make it look more realistic as a Microsoft project. I then hijacked the A href clicks and used them to show the wonderfully awesome clippyjs by smore.


    I then uploaded the result to the gh-pages branch of a Git Repo
    as I felt this would trick the average user into thinking that
    the code was a genuine GitHub Project.

    Happy April the 1st :)


The "Clone in desktop" button gave it away as fake - I'm assuming it's a windows plugin for browsers or something, but I'd never seen that on github before.

Its seems to be a native Github feature visible for those browsing on a Windows device. The button simply links to https://windows.github.com/

It's there for Github for Mac users too.

No, that is a real button on the real GitHub. If you have it installed it opens the GitHub client and clones the repo

It is present for those using Github for Window/Mac whereby you can clone a repo by clicking that button.

This one got me bad, you could have even phished me into entering my GitHub password.

I was thinking GitHub and Microsoft did a collaboration in their April Fools prank because how else could Clippy popup when you click a link.

Nice trick. And is showed me how we are all sensible to phishing attempts.

That's mean. I'd love to have the source code to Microsoft Agent. :(

At least there's floppy.js

Also, spoofing GitHub.com might piss them off.

floppy.js? I meant clippy.js

It's 12.5% Objective-C - who'd have thunk?

Hahaha, that's a nice touch, I hadn't noticed that. :)

Smartbox by Inbox: the mailbox of tomorrow, today


This's gotta be the most well produced April Fools video I've seen.

Reminds me of one of the jokes they did in 2007: Gmail Paper. Loved this one!

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2007/04/gmail-paper-print-y... https://www.gmail.com/mail/help/paper/

Do you know whee the song in the end is from - "Let's do something new"?

I love the video so much. Very convincing and surreal

Was that Kelsey Grammer narrating?!

A fitting riposte, given that the site was hacked by Islamic jihadists earlier this year http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/32248/hacking/notepad-si...

It actually took some time before I realized this was a mockery of Islamic jihadist hackers.

Well done!

Support for negative number of CPUs is implemented in the Linux kernel.


I looked at that patch, it still divides by 0 when you have 0 CPUs, I hope Linus rejects it

Don't tempt physicists. Remember how it turned out last time with the semi-dead cat.

Since LKML seems to be overloaded right now: http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=142784405100723&w=2


Jeremy Clarkson joins campaign for fossil fuel divestment

More than 1.5 million Britons signed an online petition calling for Clarkson to be reinstated and for a relaxation of the laws against assault in cases that could be demonstrated to involve banter.

Practically true.

Don't know if april fools but the banner at the top: http://www.topgear.com/uk/

Systemd is forking the Linux kernel: http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20150330#community

This was simply a case of someone getting the systemdaemon name on github. It's not the systemd project.

The article is a fairly amusing April Fool's joke. Real quote from LP (on his blog from months ago) mixed in with quotes from a fictional developer. Googling the fictional developer's family name comes up with mysteriously few results...

And the fictional dev has "Gotya" in his name ;)

Funny how something that hits so close to the truth is more scary than funny.

Beautiful. Anyone know what music is playing in the background?

Darude Sandstorm by Darude

That's only if you use the HTML 5 player and click on the music note.

The german newspaper FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) claims that there is an inititiative to block cat images from the web due to excessive bandwidth consumption (article in german):


The other content to be blocked are 'theses concerning the future of journalism' ...

There's a campaign to keep California restaurants from bringing out water to drink because of excessive consumption.

Not April Fools though :-/

Bashing Haskell: Reimplementing Haskell's Parsec library within the unix shell

SIGBOVIK2015 paper: https://github.com/mikeizbicki/parsed/raw/master/sigbovik201...

github repo: https://github.com/mikeizbicki/parsed

Minecraft snapshot 15w14a – The Love and Hugs Update


"We’ve thought long and hard about this, but we finally feel happy to announce that we are now changing the general direction of the game Minecraft. Starting from the next update we will be focusing on the things that make life worth living, promoting healthy relationships with the environment and its inhabitants."


Today eeryone's comments are being auto-edited to include conspiracy theory claptrap (added to end of whatever they wrote), and they've got an illuminati theme

Year ago on April Fools' Day /r/europe added "thanks to Putin" to the end of every submission title and it fitted perfectly.

Ah, the wonders of CSS. I bet they're choosing "random" phrases by trailing post ID characters.

TeslaMotors: No more parking tickets for Model S owners. Today we’re introducing: ticket-avoidance-mode. Here’s how it works: https://amp.twimg.com/v/cdad704b-5167-42bd-9fd7-a5c39fabf1f9

(c) https://twitter.com/teslamotors/status/583339439759310848

The CSS working group has published a draft of proposed extensions to the CSS specification, which include dedicated units for denoting lengths on astronomical scales (lightseconds, attoparsecs, etc.) as well as extending the CSS gradient syntax to grant first-class support to the generation of double rainbows.


> Note: This specification does not address relativistic effects of scrolling or animations and transitions at (or beyond) the speed of light.

I presume these would only show up if using relative paths or positions in your CSS.

This is gold

Tinder for Uber*


*I'm praying this is a joke

I wonder how many crazy entrepreneurs use april days for validating ideas they had without loosing they're credibility :)

To assist with you're credibility:


And 'losing', 'April', missing 'fools' (or 'first of').


I concede that succinct satire doesn't really work on the Net.


You're the man.

Amazon Dash?

And there's also Uber for Tinder! http://uberfortinder.com/

uber for tinder for uber! for tinder!

That one actually made me laugh out loud

I may be accused of being a curmudgeon, but most of these aren't funny anymore. Companies are rarely funny, not sure why they keep doing this. /rant

I agree. The Essenes of s good April Fool's is something that is mostly believable. None of this fools anyone, it is just silly.

I probably shouldn't post via audio. Looks like I am drunk.

Humor by committee. What could go wrong?

Ah, I don't enjoy them either, but let them have fun. This is probably more for their employees morale than for the customers.

>not sure why they keep doing this

Because it gets them attention.

Personally I find it irritating.

/Buzz Killington

You can play Pac-Man in Google Maps right now


Ingress (the game by Google's Niantic Labs) also replaced some of its graphics with those of Pacman https://plus.google.com/+Ingress/posts/8TQAYXzvQpB

Is it an April Fool if you can actualy do it? More like an early Easter Egg?

Blogspam url?

zoom in to the map select the Pacman overlay. If it can't create a playfield it offers a 'I'm feeling lucky'. I ended up at https://www.google.com/maps/@-22.975078,-43.1923318,18z/data...


An Australian and UK study has reported that increasing temperatures will result in an explosion of fire-breathing dragons around the world.

QANTAS to become QUANTAS, to end decades of orthographic confusion.


Crypto pranks:

The winner of the Password Hashing Contest was announced to be, LM Hash!



libsodium added ROT13, fast, keyless, powerful cipher


> libsodium added ROT13, fast, keyless, powerful cipher

And made resistent to timming attacks!

As did /r/guitar and /r/bass, and /r/AncientGreek and /r/latin.

This surely has some of the acolytes going insane.

Retro amazon, http://www.amazon.com/

This is embarrassing: if they are too afraid to actually re-style it for a day (with all potential losses), then they shouldn't bother with a static image. Sometimes you get too big to be cool.

I completely disagree. They run a system that is arguably very complex. I would not want to restyle my entire app (for a day) (so people like you would approve of it). They took something that was low risk, made it happen across the board, reliably. Site still works. It drums up chatter around offices. Makes people visit. Enjoy your misery.

Wow, no need to overreact. I remember VK offered Soviet and Pre-revolutionary versions of their web-site as an easter egg:


"Russian-speaking users can choose between the standard Russian version and two extras: a Soviet version and a Pre-Revolutionary version. Other than language tweaks (e.g. telegrams for messages and comrades for friends) these versions contain other easter eggs. For example, all private messages in the Soviet version have a stamp saying 'passed server censorship'. The pre-revolutionary version uses old-style Russian orthography. Both extra versions are also ad-free."

Amazon is naturally much bigger, but VK is not a small fry either.

It wasn't an overreaction, it was merely defending their decision and implementation. It was far from "embarrassing".

Would probably result in millions of lost revenue because of the UI.. Although that number would be interesting to see.

It's probably much higher than we can guess.

Amazon has been pretty conservative with their UI changes over the years, which could be because their users react poorly to them.

It's bad enough having a full-page single-image image map (I'd almost forgotten image maps were a thing), but to use a jpeg is just offensive.

Hey, I actually thought it was an April Fools joke as well, but then realized that we've gotten to the point where it is crucial to have 1 day delivery for toilet paper...Honestly, it's cool, but from a sense of self-pride...no. This is how civilizations collapse...let's be honest.

> This is how civilizations collapse...let's be honest.

You're right, it's a little known fact that the cause for downfall of the Roman empire was the ability to order personal hygiene products using a button placed in people's home!

Not sure if you were being cheeky or not, but that's not an April Fool's joke.

Dash is real.

No it's not.

They've certainly gone to a lot of trouble writing support docs if it's not real: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_b...

Did you read those docs?

> Note: You may need to increase your iPhone volume, since Dash Button uses ultrasonic tones to sync with your iPhone during setup. If prompted, drag the volume slider to the recommended level, at or above where it says Best.

Ultrasonic tone sync?

I actually wrote a library that does this, FSK to WAV and back is just a few lines of code, and fairly reliable. There are even Javascript libraries that can do it.

I think it probably is real, it just shouldn't be. :-/

Isn't that what Clinkle was supposed to be using? It was supposed to be the hot new tech that could replace NFC. Or something or other...

[1] http://www.thewire.com/technology/2013/07/what-is-clinkle/66...

That's actually pretty established technology nowadays. I'm not surprised they're using it.

Ultrasonic communication is also used by some of the 2nd screen tv apps.

Doesn't the Chromecast have that capability?

No reason it shouldn't be. Brilliant idea: put a "reorder consumable product" right where you will be the moment you realize you need to reorder a particular consumable product. Running low on laundry detergent? TP? fabric softener? trash bags? push button. You walk away from that location, you'll immediately forget you needed to order (which means drive to store or fiddle with browser). Devices can be built dirt cheap now: button, minimal wifi, ease setup via (yes) nigh-unto-free microphone. App gathers requests, confirms them (my first thought was "great, kids sit there pushing button and order 137 bottles of Tide"), done, product arrives in 24/48 hours.

Sign me up.

That's a real product, and was actually announced March 31st.

Wow, that must be costing them a fortune. This is the biggest example of conspicuous consumption I have ever seen.

The be vendors that offer the buttons for their products are probably financing the whole thing. They'll also be the ones paying for the buttons, as opposed to customers. Imagine how great it would be for a paper towel company to make buying its towels a single button press (with high coolness factor) whereas any other brand would require a trip to the store, or at least 2 minutes to order on amazon.

They could just automatically include the device in some shipments.

I think it's likely they are partnering with P&G at least on promoting this.

WOW, just wow. Will they not be losing money this way?

Short term, long term.

"Hey, have you seen the Amazon.com homepage today?" - someone in every office everywhere today.

Possibly overrating the green field Amazon has left. I can't imagine any less than a savage disregard for Amazon's half-assed retro April fool's joke around my office. YMMV.

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