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How to Make a Starship Enterprise out of a 3.5" Floppy 538

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the nothing-else-to-talk-a dept.
Wow, there is absolutely nothing good to post in the bin today, so you get to enjoy this little gem: Here are some simple instructions for making an Enterpris from a 3.5" floppy disk. Remember those? Before CDRWs cost next to nothing? Thanks to Ant for digging this one up. Update Removed the link when the original content was removed.
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How to Make a Starship Enterprise out of a 3.5" Floppy

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  • Haha (Score:5, Funny)

    by captainclever (568610) <rj@RABBITaudiosc ... minus herbivore> on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:33AM (#5673048) Homepage
    An honest post if ever i saw one.

    That's about all floppy disks are good for anyway :)
    • Re:Haha (Score:5, Interesting)

      by websaber (578887) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @12:29PM (#5673454)
      Mayby the reason there's nothing to post is because people have stopped submitting stories. What's the use, they are always rejected anyway? 90% of posted stories are from the editorial staff. It's their right for creating such a amazing site but don't be suprised if people stop submitting/
      • I've suggested this but Taco Shot it down.
        I personally think every story posted should go into a users journal.

        That way people can develop fan clubs and post good info all day long instead of being shot down by the editors.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 06, 2003 @01:46PM (#5673769)
      Due to the people at slashdot.org linking to this site without asking the owners or the hosters, asciipr0n.com is offline until further notice. Maybe you guys should start mirroring the sites you link to...
      • by Pharmboy (216950) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @07:49PM (#5675461) Journal
        Maybe you guys should start mirroring the sites you link to...

        Which raises an interesting question: Should /. 'ask' permission to link? That seems to be what they are implying. I undertstand their frustration, but since when does any news agency (or quazi-news) ever ASK to point toward content? Anyone have an example?
  • umm... (Score:5, Funny)

    by caino59 (313096) <jcainoNO@SPAMobscure[nospam]reality.net> on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:33AM (#5673050) Homepage
    something about this is just wrong.

    yes somewhow, it seems to be sickly intriguing.

    damn.

    i must be a geek.

    • Re:umm... (Score:4, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 06, 2003 @11:08AM (#5673143)
      something about this is just wrong.

      Not only is it wrong, it's downright illegal and violates the DMCA to do this. You're circumventing a copy write-protection device (the plastic case and tab). Nyuk nyuk nyuk. I'm here all week, try the veal.

  • by Crasoum (618885) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:35AM (#5673052) Journal
    The enterprise may go at light speed.

    But the grinding of the server's harddrives as we slashdot them only travels at the speed of sound
    Cheers
  • Mirror! (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:36AM (#5673054)
    Hey you two people who actually got to see the page, rip that thing out of your web cache and share it please.
    • This is what you see when you visit there site...

      "Due to the people at slashdot.org linking to this site without asking the owners or the hosters, asciipr0n.com is offline until further notice. Maybe you guys should start mirroring the sites you link to..."

      I feel so awful, since I didn't link to the site...

      Oh wait...
  • Meh.. (Score:5, Funny)

    by fadeaway (531137) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:36AM (#5673057)
    Call me when we can make a Death Star out of a roll of CAT 5.
  • Just in case... (Score:5, Informative)

    by c_g_hills (110430) <chaz AT chaz6 DOT com> on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:37AM (#5673060) Homepage Journal
    the site is slashdotted, I have put up a mirror at

    chaz6.com/enterprise/ [chaz6.com]
    • Re:Just in case... (Score:5, Informative)

      by brejc8 (223089) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:51AM (#5673110) Homepage Journal
      And I collected these mirrors [man.ac.uk].
    • Re:Just in case... (Score:5, Informative)

      by Otter (3800) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @11:43AM (#5673286) Journal
      ..and the original page now says, in its entirety, "SLASHDOT SUCKS" so you may want to rely on the mirrors!
  • by Alsee (515537) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:37AM (#5673061) Homepage
    Wow, there is absolutely nothing good to post in the bin today

    It's not like that's ever stopped them before. Heck, they could always post a dupe.

    -
    • It's not like that's ever stopped them before. Heck, they could always post a dupe.

      Thanks to a glimpse into the mysterious future I know that he nearly did. This [slashdot.org] story was about to give a repeat performance. Someone must have warned him...

    • by sqlrob (173498) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @11:14AM (#5673159)
      Why post a dupe? There's lot's of good stuff out there, like the new evil bit in TCP/IP.
    • That may be true, but when the main story is located at "asciipr0n.com" things have hit a new low.
    • by nullard (541520) <nullprogram@voic ... d.cc minus punct> on Sunday April 06, 2003 @01:38PM (#5673742) Journal
      From the submit story page: grousing about rejected submissions is Offtopic and usually gets moderated that way.

      From the story: Wow, there is absolutely nothing good to post in the bin today

      It can't be offtopic now.

      There was something good in the bin:
      * 2003-04-04 17:19:21 Oregon Law Would Jail War Protesters as Terrorists (yro,usa) (rejected)

      Since it's a slow news day, you might want to read that article in my journal [slashdot.org]:

      Oregon is considering a
      law [washingtonpost.com] that would label protestors who disrupt traffic as terrorists. They would face 25 to life. So much for freedom of assembly. According to the article even the police union is opposed to this one.

      read more [slashdot.org]
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:38AM (#5673066)
    And it is an USS Enterprise from reusable media. Nothing else to see, go on now...

    Really, go outside or read a book.

  • DVDs? (Score:4, Funny)

    by maukdaddy (244282) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:39AM (#5673072)
    Now, what in the hell could be made from a DVD? Borg ship perhaps?

    With some duct tape and an old towel MacGyver could make a gun!
    • Re:DVDs? (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Benm78 (646948)
      A 10-pack of CDR's in jewel cases resebles a cube quite well.. Finish the surfaces with some scrap PCB's and you'll have a fine desktop cube ;)
  • by The Analog Kid (565327) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:40AM (#5673074)
    I just saw this on a message board, before it actually got to Slashdot. This is odd. Well once you get good at that then try this [lachschon.de]
  • Lovely! (Score:5, Funny)

    by trublaha (650819) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:40AM (#5673075)
    Wicked. No longer will my flatmate's tape-reel millenium falcon and punchcard x-wing dominate the living room.
  • by FosterKanig (645454) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:40AM (#5673076)
    For the first ever, I am mad that my Macs don't have floppy drives. Now how am I supposed to waste five minutes of my day?
    Oh, right. I forgot.
    Masturbate!
  • Hrmm (Score:5, Funny)

    by acehole (174372) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:41AM (#5673078) Homepage
    Going out to meet people or spend time making a enterprise replica from a floppy disk?

    no contest...

    raise shields mr sulu!

  • oh boy (Score:4, Informative)

    by caino59 (313096) <jcainoNO@SPAMobscure[nospam]reality.net> on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:41AM (#5673079) Homepage
    fine, you asked for it.

    but im going to get slashdotted to hell and back

    768/136 dsl

    but here it is: mirror [no-ip.com]
  • /.ed (Score:5, Funny)

    by rice_web (604109) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:45AM (#5673090)
    The Enterprise got SlashDotted! And it's supposed to have neural networks!

    I think this proves once and for all that Star Wars really is better.
    • by Yokaze (70883)
      This is earth-shattering. How can you be so ignorant. The Enterpise runs with Duotronic computers [ditl.org]. Watch the blinken-lights and listen to the beeps. You can almost imagine relais clicking in the background. Only ships flown by women are driven by organic components.

      Go back in your aristocratic universe filled with fluffy and funny creatures, where kids govern planets and blow up invinceable space-ships :).
  • by xintegerx (557455) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:46AM (#5673092) Homepage
    how to make a starship enterprise out of an old floppy disk
    by bonnie
    ----------
    Step 1: take an old 3 1/2" floppy disk
    Step 2: sneak into Viacom's and Paramount's studios
    Step 3: ???
    Step 4: save confidential Word .doc's on the secret to keeping a crappy decades-old series still on the air
    Step 5: ???
    Step 6: blackmail.
    Step 6: profit!
    Step 6: buy star trek franchise
    Step 7: fire everyone
    Step 8: keep the starship enterprise :)
    • I know I wrote Word .doc's and crappy (...) series intentionally, but come on, have a sense of humor.
  • Slashdotted (Score:2, Redundant)

    by KoolDude (614134)

    Here are some simple instructions for making an Enterprise from a 3.5" floppy disk

    Slashdotted already... like served from a floppy disk ;)

  • 1. Dont forget to scribble NCC 1701-D on the hull.
    2. Careful when you place that warp drive and the dilithium crystals inside. Don't want a warp bomb.
    3. Keep force fields on full frontal;helps survive nasty Klingon phasor attack.
    4. Attach Romulan cloaking device.
    5. Isnt the bridge supposed to be detachable from the rest of the ship?

    Oh, and if you misplace your starship enterprise, by the Ferengi rules of acquisition otherwise known as "Finders keepers; loosers weepers", I get them. "Ahead Warp
    • by nurightshu (517038) <rightshu@cox.net> on Sunday April 06, 2003 @11:51AM (#5673312) Homepage Journal

      <ComicBookGuy style="nerdy.pedantry" tongue="in_cheek">

      1. That is clearly supposed to be NCC-1701, as Captain Montgomery Scott said in ST:TNG 6x04, Relics: "No bloody 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' or 'D!'"
      2. No real argument here; improperly aligned dilithium crystals can cause a containment breach.
      3. Klingons do not use phasers; they use disruptor cannons. Two completely different technologies.
      4. The Federation cannot use cloaking technology because it would be a violation of the treaty of Algeron (the U.S.S. Defiant, NX-74205, uses a cloak under a special arrangement between the Algeron treaty signatories).
      5. All Constitution class starships have replaceable bridge modules, yes. However, I believe you're thinking of a detachable saucer section, which NCC-1701 did not have. The NCC-1701-D had a "hot-swappable" bridge module, and a detachable saucer section (it also had a battle bridge in the drive section).

      Oh, I've wasted my life...

      </ComicBookGuy>

  • by sdo1 (213835) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:55AM (#5673120) Journal
    How many of you grabbed a floppy and ripped it apart within 1 minute of reading that page? Admit it. You know you did.

    -S
  • Truly... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by jptxs (95600) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:56AM (#5673121) Journal
    this is "stuff that matters"!

    It's exactly the antidote to a morning of reading the news from around the world...

  • woohoo (Score:5, Funny)

    by croddy (659025) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @11:06AM (#5673140)
    it worked! [emory.edu]
  • by KoolDude (614134)

    Thanks to Ant for digging this one up.

    Did anyone else notice the url starts with www.asciipr0n.com ? Imagine a colony of ants transfering ASCII pr0n, char by char ;)

    Oh, shut up!
  • by DaneelGiskard (222145) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @11:14AM (#5673162) Homepage
    ... Stuff that matters.

    Uh...
  • I made one as soon as I read the post... only to discover that the top didn't fit. If anyone else encounters this problem, just try folding the thin end of the floppy cover thingy (does it have a name?) in half.
  • by BlackHawk (15529) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @11:43AM (#5673287) Journal
    <html>
    <body>
    <center><h6>SLASHDOT SUCKS</h6></center>
    </body>
    </html>

    OK, this was an amusing method of dealing with the Slashdot Effect.
    • by LinuxGeek (6139) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `cn.dnajd'> on Sunday April 06, 2003 @11:57AM (#5673332)
      Due to the people at slashdot.org linking to this site without asking the owners or the hosters, asciipr0n.com is offline until further notice. Maybe you guys should start mirroring the sites you link to...


      I think they really, really, really didn't like finding out about the ./ effect completely unannounced. Can't say I blame them either. Smaller sites can end up with huge bandwidth bills in just a day and people have been asking for story mirrors for years now.
  • Great! (Score:4, Funny)

    by mivok (621790) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @11:47AM (#5673294) Homepage
    Now make 3 of these, and with the remaining plastic bit, you can make a borg cube to annoy your nice little fleet.
    Its still not a patch on putting cd's in the microwave and making pieces of art out of the interestingly patterned results.

    (I would make a comment about shoving the enterprise in the microwave and ion storms here, but thats going a bit too far)
  • by Vengie (533896) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @11:52AM (#5673316)
    Now reads "Due to the people at slashdot.org linking to this site without asking the owners or the hosters, asciipr0n.com is offline until further notice. Maybe you guys should start mirroring the sites you link to..."
    Ouch!
    And the link from the article just reads "Slashdot Sucks"
    Thats what i get for reading articles i guess.
  • You guys slashdotted www.asciipr0n.com. Now where am I supposed to get my fix of ultra-realistic "\/" - shaped vagina?

    Anyways, wouldnt you think a text-only site would have more of a chance of surviving slashdotting after only 8 comments! ;)
  • Seems like they should be honored that their little thingy made it on Slashdot and it nuked their site. I know I was when MY Enterprise [happywaffle.com] made it.
  • The site currently has this to say:

    Due to the people at slashdot.org linking to this site without asking the owners or the hosters, asciipr0n.com is offline until further notice. Maybe you guys should start mirroring the sites you link to...

    Now, I can understand that a site would get brought down if it were serving out huge files (like music or movies) but I'm perplexed by all these sites that are brought down just by serving out small static pages. My site was slashdotted once, and the web host [ninthwonder.com] had n

  • by telly333 (659241) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @12:13PM (#5673398)
    Important!

    Shouldnt the first step should be "back up your data"? Be forewarned - I lost a year of important financial statements by trying this stupid little "trick".....

    Seriously though, looks like all the Mac and (soon)Dell users are SOL on this one.

    Escape Pod out of a USB Pen Drive anyone?
  • Due to the people at slashdot.org linking to this site without asking the owners or the hosters...

    What, do these guys work for the Dallas Morning News?
  • These things actually fly pretty straight, if you throw 'em.

    These instructions could probably use improvement (for instance I was thinking snipping the neck where the saucer section attaches at the front might make it fit on better). Anyone feel like reworking the design a little, or providing more clarity?

    Also, if anyone has ideas as to how one would make a Bird of Prey from the same parts, that would be appreciated. :)
  • Here I sit in a room with 6 PC's surrounding me. I figured I'd reach in to my desk and grab an old floppy and do this. None there. Look in the closet behind me....none there. When's the last time I actually used one? Musta been building a tomsrtbt disk about 8 months ago. Now i've got to really scavenge so I can build this useless little puppy.
  • by Treeluvinhippy (545814) <<treeluvinhippy> <at> <snet.net>> on Sunday April 06, 2003 @12:35PM (#5673491)
    Some additional instructions so you can make the U.S.S Enterprise 1701-D.

    Well first don't remove the media from the medal disk thingie.

    When the ship is assembled the media will cover the nacelles so just trim the saucer into an off-center oval with the metal disk thingie to one side.

    If done somewhat correctly the saucer section will now be in somewhat accurate proportions to the hull.

    As soon as I remeber where I put my camera, I will post some pics.
  • Due to the people at slashdot.org linking to this site without asking the owners or the hosters, asciipr0n.com is offline until further notice. Maybe you guys should start mirroring the sites you link to...

    Methinks they don't appreciate the attention.
  • by smoondog (85133) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @03:30PM (#5674239)
    I don't get it. These guys put up a site, /. links to it, the site goes down do to heavy traffic. Perhaps they shouldn't have put the site up in the first place? The web is a *public* place folks. If they wanted to prevent it, they should've password protected it.

    Anyways, I think it is funny that these guys act like /. has prevented viewing of important stuff.

    -Sean
    • Sure, it's a public place. Like a public park. It's nice to walk down to a public park, play on the swings, etc.

      Imagine going down to your neighborhood park and finding 500,000 people jumping up and down. Sure, it's a public place, but it wasn't designed for that. It was designed for 50 or 100 people to hang out for a bit, and move on.

      If you think about it a bit more though, this is like someone's back yard. This guy has to pay for bandwidth. He's got a sign saying "sure, come in, sit down for a bit". It'
      • If you think about it a bit more though, this is like someone's back yard. This guy has to pay for bandwidth.

        The problem is that the web isn't someone's backyard. It is something quite different. 1) It takes very little effort for someone to visit the site and 2) the concept of linking is very different and enables this activity so easily a website should expect this.

        I do think however, that there could be a way to opt out. Perhaps something equivalent to the robots.txt file? Either the linking body
  • by babbage (61057) <cdevers@cis.usou[ ]l.edu ['tha' in gap]> on Sunday April 06, 2003 @03:51PM (#5674343) Homepage Journal
    If you're tempted to do something like this at work, be aware that your cow-orkers may make fun of you [internalmemos.com] over this. Be ready to defend your Trekliness if fighting breaks out [internalmemos.com]. And by all means, if you do respond to any teasing for your devotion to all things Trek, please make sure that your cow-orkers know who to forward the mail to [kaplanindex.com]. The world will thank you :-)
  • by Enrico Pulatzo (536675) on Sunday April 06, 2003 @10:42PM (#5676342)
    Everyone's griping about the whole mirroring situation and lack of a policy.

    This story [slashdot.org] presented a good way for ISOs to be distributed.

    Everyone and their grandma is looking for a way to "legitimize" P2P sharing without involving music.

    Why doesn't slashdot start a P2P mirror. Simple gzip the page that's cool to look at, and host it via bittorrent or kazaa. Bandwidth gets shared among the slashdot community, and no site gets hit too hard (except google, which will invaribly be linked to by people who insist on posting google cache links in nearly every discussion ;) Sound good?

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